Saturday, October 8, 2011

50/50

50/50
The Grand Theater
Excellent (Again very close to Superior)

If the first hour of the movie was as good as the last hour then no question this was a superior performance. Joseph-Gorden Levitt (although he has too many names) had an incredible scene towards the end of the movie, and Seth Rogan was great as well. The problem was the movie wasn't as funny as it was supposed to be. I know that sounds terrible when you're talking about a cancer movie, but it was billed as a Drama-Comedy. All the best jokes were given away in the previews and although that certainly didn't sink the ship or lessen the impact of the performances or the story, it did promise something that didn't deliver. In this case the preview ruined the movie because of promises it didn't keep. However if it wasn't for the preview I probably wouldn't have seen it anyway. So what do you do?

Cool that it was based on a true story...I wonder if he lives! (he-he) (Watch the trailer above to find out why that's funny.)

The Ides of March

The Ides of March
The Grand Theater
Interesting

That's what this movie was. Interesting, but a little unemotional. It was an interesting intelectual story. It was sort of a what-if sort of story. Very believable, yet not all that remarkable. If you like political dramas you'll find it interesting. If you don't care about politics then you propbably won't find much that thrills you.

The Lion King 3-D

The Lion King 3-D
The Grand Theater
Excellent

Yes it's nothing but a money making scheme by Disney. Wow did it work, it's made millions of dollars again! The 3-D was nothing special. The best part was taking thekids and they loved it. To see a classic on the big screen again was awesome, I wish they'd do this sort of thing more!

The Help

The Help
The Grand Theater
Excellent

Hey, there's nothing bad to say about this movie. I liked it and Becky loved it. She loved it enough to see it twice so that's saying something right there. For me, it was a great movie but once was enough. Take your mom or that new girl you're trying to impress!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Rise of the Planet of the Apes
The Grand Theater
Excellent...really really close to Superior

Awesome Movie! Way cooler then what I expected it to be. I don't want to give too much away. Great action, great story, great acting, great special effects.

I thought I knew what kind of movie it would be, but I was wrong. And what a wonderful wrong it was!

Cowboys and Aliens

Cowboys and Aliens
The Grand Theater
Great

Although many doubted me I expected this to be a good movie, and I was right. Some spuds are saying "The script isn't very plausible" Really? An alien invasion in the old west not plausible?

I mean seriously folks stop taking everything so seriously. It was a good western! Harrison Ford performed brilliantly, and the leading man (sorry, I'm way to lazy to look up his name) was totally bad-A##.

I enjoyed myself, no it wasn't the best movie I've ever seen, but really get over it!

Whinnie the Pooh

Whinnie the Pooh
The Grand Theater
Excellent

Best kids movie of the summer. I went with Charlotte and Evan and they loved it. It was not made for adults, there was no off color humor for adults. It was a sweet and cute movie for kids. It was beautifully and creatively made.

We didn't need stars.

We didn't need 3-D or IMAX.

We just needed a good kids movie, and that's what we got!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Cars 2

Cars 2
Richland Cinemas-Richland, Pennsylvania
Poor

Disapointing to say the least, in a wierd way. If they had made this movie with a sweet story with all of the sweet characters they had in the last one it would have been great. If they would have made a cool Pixar level Spy movie with new animated "human" characters (think computer animated James Bond) this movie would have been awesome. What they ended up doing was combining these two elements and it did not work at all. Mater was the central character and his character is not strong enough for the main role. Many of the great characters from the original "Cars" movie had small parts in the new one and one of them they needlessly killed off. What purpose is there to killing off an animated character that isn't even human?

In any case watch the 1st "Cars" movie again and forget they ever made this one.

Sorry Pixar, you have your first miss.

Super 8

Super 8
The Grand Theater
Excellent

I haven't been going to the movies as much lately. Partly because I haven't had the time and partly because movies have not been very good lately. I was happy to see Spilberg and JJ Abrams (Sorry about the spelling I don't feel like looking it up) team up because at the very least I knew the movie wouldn't stink! I was right! Even though I wasn't overwelmed with this movie I certainly was not disapointed.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Limitless

Limitless
AMC Universal Cineplex Orlando Florida
Great

I may be a little late on this review (about 3 months) but this was a good movie. Not the best thing I've ever seen but I enjoyed a lot of it. It was the perfect cure for a rainy day at Universal Studios Orlando!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The King's Speech

The King's Speech
The Grand Theater
Great

This movie was very interesting and parts of it were laugh out loud funny. Although it had a dramatic ending I was looking for more. Although the King did overcome his speech problems he didn't completely overcome them. I thought there was more development possible, even if it didn't follow history exactly, a little more story development would have made this Great movie an Excellent or possibly a Superior movie.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Black Swan

The Black Swan
The Grand Theater
Excellent

Honestly, I didn't enjoy this movie for the first 45 minutes. I was expecting it to follow the formula for a traditional suspense thriller. What I learned as I approached the latter part of the movie is that this movie wasn't deigned that way. What this movie does is take you into this balerina's world and mind. You're never sure about what's real and what is not. It is a fascinating movie. The movie is powerfully scored and feels like a ballet itself. I'd like to see it again with the understanding that the movie is more like a ballet, then it is a movie. Hopefully this understanding will help you enjoy it more from the begining.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

True Grit

True Grit
The Grand Theater
Excellent

Very good movie, however very gorry. That doesn't bother me in the least, but I can't imagine the John Wayne version being as "gritty" I admit I haven't seen the original, I will put it on my to-do list. I thought the acting in this movie was superb. For someone who isn't crazy into westerns, this was one that made me at least a little thirsty for more. As a composer/musician I found the soundtrack very appealing. Throughout the movie different variations of the same hymn were used quite effectively to set the mood for the action on the screen. Go catch this in the theater if you still can.