Great film! Fun for the whole family! If your family is made up entirely of women or gay men. Not since all the Sexes in the Cities have women overdressed and flocked to the theaters with all their horndog girlfriends. If one of the rules of entertainment is ‘know your audience,’ then Magic Mike is dead-on. It’s quite possibly the greatest movie that’s ever been made, if you like movies about stripping. Turns out, I do. It’s fun and infectious (stripper pun?). You know how, at the end of Rocky, you want to run around punching things, or even just the air? At the end of Magic Mike, you’ll want to grind and hump things. And, to borrow from Martha Stewart, it’s a good thing.
When is a science fiction movie not a science fiction movie? When is a romantic comedy not a romantic comedy? When it’s Safety Not Guaranteed. But I’ll tell you what this movie definitely is: a real joy to watch.
What a wacky notion, right? Abraham Lincoln was secretly a vampire killer? Seems kind of preposterous. And yet, when you think about it, maybe it’s kinda cool. I mean, someone thought to write a novel first, so clearly certain people thought it was worth the time. And as it turns out, the author, Seth Graham-Smith, first wrote the best-selling novel “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”.
My expectations were pretty high for Brave. They were made higher by the fact that Cars 2 was so awful. But the problem with high expectations, is that they are easy to fall short of.
A movie, based on a musical, based on a bunch of rock songs from the 80’s. Add Tom Cruise as a creepy, messed-up rock diety and an opening scene of a bus-load of people singing “Sister Christian”, and you’ve got a reason to get drunk for two hours so you can get throught it.
My family is a big fan of this franchise. We fell in love with the characters in the first Madagascar. My 4-year-old loves Marty the Zebra, “Because he’s black and white.” My 7-year-old loves Alex the Lion “Because he’s funny and because I know four Alexes in my class.” My 42-year-old husband will laugh out loud at anything uttered by big-eyed, King Julien sidekick, Mort. And me? Melman the Giraffe’s neurosis makes me giggle but I LOVE me some Motto Motto the Hippo. In fact, his song “I like ‘em big, I like ‘em chunky…” sung in Madagascar 2 is my ringtone when my husband calls me. (Eh-hem.) But I digress…
Expectations. Sometimes expectations has much to do with how we feel about a film. And Prometheus, oh, how we have been given expectations about you. But if that were all that troubled us, one could perhaps wrestle our way past it. But to be given such a visually beautiful film, one that asks grand questions, one with all the elements needed for brilliance, and still come out with that empty feeling? Well, there’s more going on here than mere expectation.
Ok, so Wrath of the Titans actually is better than Clash, but only by a little, and not where it really counts.
I’m not surprised very often by Hollywood and its’ continuing persistence to remake movies and turn TV shows into feature films. I mean, really, how many of those have actually been good, let alone barely watchable? … Turns out, 21 Jump Street is actually pretty funny.
In a weekend of film releases that vary from broad mainstream comedy to indie drama, and another Nic Cage film of dubious quality, it’s easy for a film to get lost in a weekend of “who cares”. But when the Duplass Brothers make a film, I’m going to seek it out.