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Horrible Bosses (2011)
Predictable, but still funny...
I thought I was going to hate this film just going by the description. The film is actually pretty funny. Some of he humor is very adult. I love the banter between the main characters which I think is very well written. I could see some of the plot twists quite easily, but that did not take away from the film. The only major issue I had with the film was with Jennifer Aniston. She is one of the horrible bosses, but I thing some guys would be into her behavior. Her cougar behavior would be more intolerable if she were less attractive and much older. If you think Jennifer is hot, then you have to see this film! Kevin Spacey is fantastic. Colin Farrell's part is quite small. Jason Bateman is great. I am a big Julie Bowen fan, and she is also hot in her small role.
Not a great film, but it had me laughing at many points in the movie.
More than a collection of comedy bits...
I was able to see this on my local cable provider's VOD. I half expected this to be part biography and part collection of comedy routines. It was heavier on the biography part and not as much a retrospective of performance bits. That was perfectly fine because this documentary was more about the man and what drove his comedy. Also, it appears Bill Hicks was an incredible blues guitarist from the few audio clips played. Most of the beginning is about his family and upbringing which sourced his early comedy. It also described his friendships and the relationships that led him into comedy. Towards the end, more of Bill Hick's comedy is performed, but more to emphasize the circumstances of his life and how he managed his career.
Bill Hicks will always be one of my favorite comedians, and to see the man behind the comedy was fascinating. I have a deeper appreciation of the man and his work after seeing this film.
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
Great movie...so-so 3D
I loved the movie, but the 3D was not worth it. First the movie. I thought it was a very touching movie. A young boy who wants to prove himself as a viking, but he is kind of screw up that is always an embarrassment to his father. I think anyone who has had a beloved pet will love this movie. The bond Hiccup forms with the dragon is very sweet. The supporting characters are nothing special. I love Kristen Wiig, but her character is so lame that anyone could have voiced the part. Craig Ferguson is the only standout in his role.
Now for the 3D. There is only one flying scene in the movie that had me go "Wow!", but the rest of the movie did not benefit from the 3D. If I am going to pay that much extra for a ticket, I want to be amazed throughout the movie. Maybe it is the technology, or the theater, or the particular pair of glasses I wore. I thought the scenes appeared mostly out of focus. My glasses kept picking up on the glare from the Exit signs and the aisle lighting. I saw it at a quality theater. Not worth the extra cost.
Star Trek (2009)
The more I think of this movie, the more I drop my rating...
If you are a fan of the original Star Trek, there is very little of it here. The character development gives a completely different take on the crew's origins. I did not like the new twists on everyone's background. Very poorly acted too, but I did enjoy Zoe Saldana. There is also a plot element to explain why everything is different. Plot-wise, not an enjoyable story.
The only two highlights of the film for me was Leonard Nimoy and the look of the Enterprise. But they made the ship look too high tech. It looks like it could run circles around the Enterprise D. Even though a lot of the humor was corny, I did chuckle at most of the jokes.
Very visual movie, but I did not care for the new direction of the franchise.
An enjoyable film...
I really enjoyed this film. I caught it by chance on TV. I did not realize it was made in 2007 and thought it was a lost Tom & Jerry special. It is not violent like the old, classic Tom & Jerry cartoons, but this is suppose to be a holiday film. Tom does get a banged up a few times, but nothing like the old cartoons. I am not familiar with the story line of The Nutcracker, so I do not know how close this adaptation is to the original.
I read some of the other comments, but I do not see their complaints. I think the animation is good, the music is good. The plot seems okay. I have my favorite moments. I like the look and feel of the scene in the dragons' den. The animation and music fit very well together.
If they had made this film like the later T & J cartoons in which they are friends and everything is corny with a bad laugh track, then I would have been very, very disappointed.
I was disappointed...
First, I never watched the cartoon or bought any of the merchandising when I was growing up. I was excited to see the movie anyway. The only two redeeming aspects of the movie are Megan Fox and the appearance of the new Chevy Camero. Both are hot!!! Shia LaBeouf plays a very obnoxious teenager that is full of too much talk. I got tired of him right from the beginning. I saw that same character in "I, Robot". The movie also has the typical drawn out action/chase sequences where everything gets destroyed (buildings, cars, etc).
I did like some of the attempts at humor. The Transformers themselves were pretty cool. I just thought the movie was completely formula and the acting and dialog was terrible. If the movie was from the viewpoint of the Transformers instead of Shia LaBeaouf's character, maybe the film would have been better.
The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Terrible waste of talent...
I am a huge fan of Terry Gilliam. I am also a big fan of Heath Ledger, Lena Headey, Jonathan Pryce and Matt Damon. But I am very disappointed in this movie. Although the plot is very interesting, I think it is poorly developed. The film has all the Terry Gilliam trademarks. It is dark, mystical, imaginative, and it is well casted. But the pieces do not fit together well. Films like Brazil and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen are very visual, but this film has very few memorable visual elements. Twelve Monkeys had so many plot details that I pick up on new details each time I watch that film. Maybe that is what is lacking. I expected more depth. Also, I do not think the chemistry is there between Heath and Matt. I think the only strong performance was by Jonathan Pryce, a favorite actor of Terry Gilliam films. I did enjoy the comic relief of Peter Stormare.
King Kong (2005)
A good movie, but too many creative liberties for my taste...
First, Naomi Watts is stunning throughout the movie. I really enjoyed her performance, which had a comic twist. Jack Black is good, but I do not think he was the right choice for the role. He was good coming across as being obsessive, but almost in a comical way. Adrien Brody's role seemed more of an action part than any real acting, but he was good. Not a lot of character development.
My only complaint with the film is that the action scenes were way too long. What I see in a lot of action sequences, in this film and in others, is that "How complicated and impossible can we make the action and still have the heroes survive?" Many scenes defy the laws of physics. Cars from the 30's handling like sports cars, bi-planes flying like jet fighters. Another common thing is characters that constantly put themselves into terrifying situations that would go against human nature. A real person in many of these situations would be too petrified to move than chase the action or scale the outside of buildings.
Overall, I did enjoy this film. It is very well done and enjoyable to watch, but too many creative liberties for my taste.
Inside Man (2006)
A very engrossing movie, and it is by Spike Lee!!!
I saw the movie as a sneak preview. I thoroughly enjoyed the film. I have never seen any of Spike Lee's previous films, but I am familiar with his earlier work. This film is very mainstream. One thing that amazed me was the dialog. It seemed very natural, like I was eavesdropping on real conversations, especially in the interrogation room. The film can be confusing as the audience, like the film characters, are trying to piece together what is going on. I thoroughly enjoyed Denzel Washington's performance. I also found Terence Blanchard's musical score very riveting.
I did not like Jodi Foster's character, but I do not think her character was suppose to be likable. She plays a woman who knows how to get what she wants, and her services are in high demand. Not a big role, but memorable.
Imagine Me & You (2005)
A very charming movie...
I really enjoyed this movie. I got to see the movie at a free screening in Rochester, NY. I am familiar with some of the previous work of Piper Perabo and Lena Headey, and they were the reason I wanted to see this film. This movie is a very light romantic comedy. I thought the dialog and humor were very well written. The characters are interesting and seem very real. It never gets heavy or preachy about alternative lifestyles. The movie just deals with falling in love and finding the right person in your life. Kind of like the movie Serendipity (I like that movie too), but not as sappy. Overall, a very sweet, touching movie.