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Not nearly as bad as everyone's saying
This movie isn't really as bad as everyone seems to be saying. My only problem is it feels rather segmented/disjointed, as if it's 3 separate movies (probably due to the fact that it's basically 3 episodes strung together). Other than that, the jokes, especially in the 1st half hour are fast-paced and hilarious. I laughed way more than I did during Bender's Big Score, which only managed to get a couple chuckles and nostalgic smiles out of me. Really, the only reason there's any problem at all is that they're forcing themselves to write 90 minute episodes, where they really shine in the 30 minute block. If you're a fan of the series, you should (in theory) be quite happy with this.
Best story/characters/writing since the golden age of Lucas Arts!
If you grew up hooked on quirky, funny Lucas Arts adventure games like Monkey Island, Maniac Mansion/Day of the Tentacle, and so on, this game is for you. You might not realize it, since it's disguised as an action-packed 3D platformer, but this game has the heart of any of those greats. You spend as much time exploring, talking and finding/using items as you do smashing and burning things with your awesome psychic powers. The dialogue is hilarious, the voice acting is superb (anyone notice that Raz is actually Zim, from Invader Zim?), and there are plenty of funny gems to be found by those who think creatively enough to find them (light a squirrel on fire for some funny lines from Raz, for example). The only problem is the action and difficulty level is a bit inconsistent throughout: some levels are excruciatingly difficult and some are a breeze, in no particular order. However, the overall fun and vision of the game is more than enough to keep you pressing through the more frustrating moments. Definitely a must-play.
Incredible, unique and, yes, "intense"
I feel a little weird giving this 10 stars, but I'm going to throw it out there, if only because it is completely unlike anything I've ever seen in my life. I've heard that said about many films before, and it's terribly cliché. I use that wording here because, for the first time, it's actually true.
Another cliché I've encountered when reading about this film is that it is "intense." I kind of laughed it off when reading reviews and hype leading up to the release, because I never seem able to lose myself enough within the imaginary world of a film to actually find it intense. After all is said and done, a movie is just a movie, and I've always understood that. With Cloverfield, (another cliché, coming up) I actually felt like I was there. As soon as that first explosion went off, I was there, and it was scary as hell.
The only problem I have with this film is the first 10 minutes or so, in which the acting and interaction between characters seems a bit fake and forced, but the rest of the film will wipe that from your memory. Other than that, just make sure to suspend disbelief, because some pretty preposterous things happen throughout the course of the film. To me, the probability of these events didn't matter as much as the overall spectacle and sensation that the film achieved.
I came into this film just expecting to see an entertaining, so-bad-it's funny film along the lines of a Godzilla movie, since I've been enjoying Godzilla films since my childhood. I've always thought the "giant monster" genre was something that was impossible to make scary or believable, because it's so inherently laughable. Watching this movie in the theatre scared the hell out of me. And movies never scare me.
Go see this in the theatre. It is a one-of-a-kind experience.
Reno 911!: Miami (2007)
Funnier than I expected
I actually enjoy the show and was very unsure about how it could be translated into a movie, so my expectations were not terribly high initially. Then I read one of the reviews on here that said that the movie was much less funny than the show, and overall rather disappointing. After that, my expectations were even lower, so I was pretty much expecting a dud when I went in.
I see what people were saying about it being strange that they tried to shove a plot into what should essentially be series of skits, but contrary to the reviews I've read, I thought it worked just fine. If anything, the cliché terror-attack plot paired with the cliché drug-lord plot were just meant to be a throwaway satire of the kinds of awful plots some franchises have to create in order to be translated into a feature film format ("over-the-top" action "worthy" of the big screen). If anything it just provided for some completely ridiculous scenarios that this viewer found quite entertaining.
As far as the cameos, yeah, they remove you from what shred of "reality" was left in this reality TV parody, but I felt like they worked. For one thing, minus the Rock and Danny DeVito, most of the cameos were not necessarily people everyone is going to recognize. Half the theater was asking "who's that?" when members of Stella showed up, or when someone from Upright Citizen's Brigade was on the screen. But for people who've loved the work of these semi-famous comedians over the years, their presence was a bonus. Not to mention it made the film into an effort by the whole Comedy Central family, which was kind of endearing.
Anyway, going in with low expectations and trying not to take it seriously (it is a comedy, after all), you should have a good time viewing this.
Entertaining for a kids show
I'm a cynical 22 year old college student. I had seen the commercials for this show and though I'd turn it on to cringe for five seconds and change the channel. To my amazement, I was actually amused by the show, so much so that I opted not to change the channel when it was time for the Simpsons. The sheer absurdity of the plot (these kids are all seemingly 10 or younger but their characters are being treated like adults in the business world) paired with the satire of pop-music history and the commercial music industry in general wound up being much funnier than I would have expected from a kids show. That being said, you have to cut the actors some serious slack for their age, and the show some serious slack for its intended audience. Take it with a major grain of salt and you should be pleasantly surprised.
PS: The music is terrible, but at least that means the kids probably wrote it themselves.
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
X-Men for dummies
Discards all the subtleties of the previous 2 films in favor of a plot in which everything can be taken entirely at face value. Dialogue is dumbed down to the point where characters (except Storm) have 1-5 actual lines to deliver, most of which are attempts at humor or catch phrases that fall flat, and most of which seem out of character. Major characters are killed off at random (very early on) without much of a benefit to the storyline, and main characters lose their powers with seemingly no benefit to the strength of the story. None of the new characters introduced have more than a handful of scenes, none of which offer any satisfactory exploration of back-story. All in all, a dumber, flashier, trashier version of X-Men, successfully sabotaging a formerly intelligent and groundbreaking superhero franchise.