In which a Star Wars newbie watches the original trilogy back-to-back with the new movie.
Aladdin is special to me for being the very first Disney movie I ever watched, and perhaps the only one I--according to my parents--would cry at the end of, as I apparently wanted them to rewind the VHS tape and play it again. I couldn't tell you what I saw in it over 20 years… Continue reading Movie Review: ‘Aladdin’
Warning: SPOILERS AHOY. Well, that was adorable. Before I watch any live-action Disney film, especially one that's a retelling of a retelling, I always make sure to lower my expectations first--not because I think the film is going to be bad per se (although Maleficent was pretty...meh), but because there will be inevitable changes to the story… Continue reading Movie Review: ‘Cinderella’
Spoilers ahead. I want to tell you that 2014's Godzilla is, as a film, as massive as the rather stocky creature on the screen. I thought it was going to be smart, visually arresting, and character-driven just as last year's blockbuster kaiju movie Pacific Rim was. But sadly, it wasn't. That doesn't mean it wasn't fun to watch, however. After an amazingly… Continue reading Movie Review: ‘Godzilla’
You see that poster? Do not let that poster fool you. In no way do that tattooed guy or the iron-clad samurai have the big parts the poster implies. This is the tale of the 47 ronin...or the 46 ronin and the half-Japanese demon played by Keanu Reeves, who seek revenge for their slain master.… Continue reading Movie Review: ’47 Ronin’
Everything is awesome--this movie, especially. I was feeling purely cynical toward it, at first. It seemed like The LEGO Movie was going to be a promotional movie for an amazing toy I grew up with that didn't need a movie to boost its sales at all. I was thinking that the plot was bound to be… Continue reading Movie Review: ‘The LEGO Movie’
Spoilers and Tolkien geekery abound. I didn't exactly fall in love with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. As the first of a trilogy-that-should-not-have-been, it was so obviously padded by both material from the appendices and scenes completely made up by Jackson and the screenwriters. The music was great, the acting was more than many Hollywood movies could… Continue reading Movie Review: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’