Thursday, January 3, 2013

Short Reviews!

From, like a year of watching movies.

Cartoons!

ParaNorman
Cute. Great for kids, and perfectly tolerable for adults. Goes kind of where you expect it to.

Despicable Me 
Lots of fun, good laughs, incredibly cute. Been on my shelf for a year, glad I finally opened it.

Brave
Good Disney movie. Not so great Pixar movie. If you have a daughter, she should probably watch it.

Rise of the Guardians
Surprisingly good. Figured it would be a ho-hum holiday piece, but had some nice darkness and a good kid's tale.

Not Cartoons!

Les Miserables
I can't say it sucked... but it wasn't good. Give Hathaway her Oscar though. Shame, cuz I love the musical.

Stories We Tell
Lovely bit of documentary film-making about family secrets from Sarah Polley, who just continues to impress as a director. See also:  Take This Waltz, which I think reviewed last year.

Pitch Perfect
No, seriously, it was good. Total fluff, but enjoyable fluff. Also, Anna Kendrick.

Your Sister's Sister
Touching look at grief and love and family and conflict... at a cottage.

The Cabin in the Woods
C'mon, you know this is good already. But it really does need the Cabin in the Woods song from Evil Dead: The Musical.

21 Jump Street
Did I do this one already? Plenty fun. Needs more Offerman.

Moonrise Kingdom
I like Wes Anderson films more with every new one. This apparently makes me backwards.

Lincoln
It's Spielberg, and it's REALLY good.

Prometheus
Dear sweet baby jeebus, please give me back my time wasted on this crap.

Snow White and the Huntsman
Better than I thought. Very pretty. Not as good as...

Mirror Mirror
Yes, the Julia Roberts one - horribly advertised. Much better than expected. Darkly comic, sometimes just dark.

Rock of Ages
Crap, crap, crap.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Very nice. I do like unavoidable doomsday pieces. That English chick was good.

The Amazing Spider-Man
Not as good as the 2nd one. Or maybe the 1st. Better than the 3rd.

The Dark Knight Rises
Shut up about the gigantic plot holes and nonsense. This was a great film.

The Avengers
WOOOHOO!! FUN FUN FUN! HULK SMASH! WITTY WHEDON-LINERS!

Premium Rush
Umm.. Bike couriers in NYC. Basically urban bike stunt porn. Still, fun way to kill time on the airplane.

2 Days in New York
I liked it more than 2 Days in Paris. Delpy is always fun, and it's always good to see Chris Rock try drama, although some stuff didn't work.

Compliance
The blonde from Don't Trust the B... (Dreama Walker) stars in the basically verbatim retelling of that time some creep called a McDonald's and made them do terrible things to an employee. All kinds of uncomfortable, which is the point.

Argo
Great movie until the last 20 minutes or so where Affleck totally Hollywood's the story into crap. Also, Canadian arguments about historical veracity. Also also, no Grey Cup champions.

Holy Motors
Basically a master class in makeup and character acting. There's a reason the critics love this, but it won't be nominated for any Oscars because the Academy sucks.

Skyfall
BONDY! Sooooo bondy. Loved it. First time I liked Craig as Bond. Then again, I skipped the Quantum of Solace, so maybe he was great in that.

That covers most of 'em. Except for the ones I forgot.

4 comments:

Dawn Summers said...

Good Disney movie. Not so great Pixar movie. If you have a daughter, she should probably watch it.

WHY? So she can learn to poison her mother instead of listen? *shoots an arrow in your sexist left foot*

Astin said...

At least you got the right "ist" finally. Also, how do you know it's my left foot that's sexist?

That's clearly the message of the movie. Just think, if you'd poisoned your mother similarly when you were a girl, would she still be calling you for Facebook "emergencies"? Or would she maybe think, "Hmm, if I wake Dawn up, she might poison me again."

PetiteDov said...

ANne Hathaway should never be recognized as a good actress. Never.

Dawn Summers said...

Les Miserables
I can't say it sucked... but it wasn't good. Give Hathaway her Oscar though. Shame, cuz I love the musical.



Is that because sometimes sucking is good, but this movie is never good? Cause I could agree with that.