Indiana Jones Review

“I got a bad feeling about this.”  – Indiana Jones When the end credits started to roll, there was a smattering of applause…and almost as many “boos”.  Yep, that’s the sound of my expectations being dashed on the rocks.  The only things I heard about this movie prior to seeing it was that the reviews…

The Fall Review

You know those dreams you have that have all sorts of amazing things happening that look beautiful and poetic, like a storybook fairytale, but none of it necessarily makes any sense?  Yeah, that’s kinda what “The Fall” is like.  Wait, wait…no, that’s what “The Cell” is like.  Of course, both of these films were directed…

Summer Movie Preview 2008 Part 2

  After May, things get pretty crazy.  There are a lot of movies I want to see, with some obvious highlights.  But someone please tell M. Night Shyamalan, Will Ferrell and Brendon Fraser to re-examine their careers.  Thanks. June 6: “Kung Fu Panda”.  Jack Black voices this animated feature as the title character.  I really…

There Will Be Blood review

There will be blood.  That’s what I said when the movie was over.  So this was directed by Richard Dean Anderson – uh, sorry, Paul Thomas Anderson.  He’s the guy that directed BOOGIE NIGHTS.  I’d rather have seen this directed by MacGyver, actually.  Everybody loved MacGyver.  That guy could do anything with a foil gum…

Iron Man review

Since I didn’t really read the Iron Man comics, I didn’t really have any way to discern whether the script really followed or stayed true to the books.  This way I couldn’t be disappointed.  But at the same time, I didn’t have the benefit of having a built-in emotional investment in these characters like I…

Summer Movie preview 2008 Part 1

  Last summer there wasn’t much to look forward to.  These are the only movies I really liked at all: the fourth “Die Hard”, “Transformers”, the Harry Potter movie, “The Simpsons Movie”, the Bourne movie and “Stardust”.  Everything else was lackluster.  The “Fantastic Four, Rise of the Bored Viewer” movie could’ve been better.  “Spiderman 3”…

The Forbidden Kingdom review

“The Forbidden Kingdom” has two great things going for it:  Jackie Chan and Jet Li.  Unfortunately, it has little else in its favor. Our story begins with a teenager Jason (Michael Angarano) who is a huge kung-fu fan.  He’s seen all the moves and he buys his movies at a little pawn shop owned buy…

The Ruins review

What’s better incentive than 94 degree heat for seeing a movie in an air-conditioned theater?  Well, it sure wasn’t the promise of seeing another overly gory, one-note horror film.  We had one of those random early heat waves we get now thanks to Global Warming. “The Ruins” is exactly why most horror movies suck these…

Doomsday review

Of all the films I’ve seen, I have only witnessed (as in a crime) two films which made me consider walking out of the theater.  One of those was the movie “Toys”, directed by Barry Levinson and starring Robin Williams.  Heavy-handed much?  The second movie is “Doomsday”.  Yeah, you saw that coming, didn’t you? When…