I may have fibbed to a few people when I said I’d be doing a video review for this film. I apologize. I almost shot a video in my car moments after leaving the theater, but I was way too sleepy. Kudos to the theaters having earlier premieres than midnight. Some of us have work on Friday morning (that I almost slept through). But hey, this film declares summer is here!
IM3 picks up some time after last years mega hit The Avengers. Tony Stark is having serious anxiety problems, most of which stem from the events in that film. I say that so people who have admitted to me they haven’t seen IM1 or 2 can skip to Avengers just to get familiar with what’s going on so they can see this one. Anyway, besides Stark’s personal demons, he has a new villain to face by the name of The Mandarin. I had to run over to Wikipedia just to get a background on who he is and what he does. I’m not going to explain here. Kudos to the brilliant actor Sir Ben Kingsley. The plot mostly comes from the Iron Man story arc “Extremis” which for a while was on Netflix Instant. (more…)
Hopefully I can do these more often. Also, at least with the blog, anything I forgot to say I can write it here. But if you didn’t catch my point, I’m recommending you see this immediately!
I’ll be honest and say I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was. In fact, I wasn’t even planning on seeing it in theaters. But I’m glad that I did. Summer has officially begun.
It was my intention to write this review before the Academy Awards aired on Sunday night. I decided to run out to a theater still playing what was later awarded Best Picture of 2011 late Saturday afternoon, and to my surprise, I found myself in a packed theater. Sadly, due to the time I arrived, I had to sit in one of the seats close to the front. That was my only problem with this film, but it was my own fault.
As for the film, marvelous homage to early cinema! I knew all the hype behind the movie, but as usual, I needed to see it for myself to see if it was legit hype.
True, the major selling point is that it’s a silent movie. The black & white aspect isn’t all that spectacular even though it’s employed nicely, a lot of modern movies still do that brilliantly. (more…)
I’m slacking with the new shows of fall 2011, predicting who will last, what shows I’ll be watching, etc. I’m so late, there have already been a number of cancellations like Charlie’s Angels, The Playboy Club, Free Agents, How To Be A Gentleman… am I missing any? It doesn’t matter, I don’t think anyone is going to miss them. I only watched two of those four shows just to get the flavor of it and predicted it’s demise.
But right now I’m talking about new comer and later fall debut of Once Upon A Time, a sorta retelling or a modern-ish look at classic fairy tales. Actually I live-tweeted the show and decided mid-way that I’d write a review about it. The other boasting property this show has is that it features a couple of the writers from LOST lore. That’s an important fact for later. (more…)
Netflix recently recommended this documentary to me based on what I’d assume my like of a string of documentaries I’ve watched recently, and probably my marathon of Mad Men, which is a recent favorite show added to my list of enjoyable TV. For those completely unaware as to what Mad Men is or what it’s about, it’s a drama on AMC about a Madison Avenue advertising company that takes place in the 60′s. Since it’s been on the air and winning Emmy’s, I constantly ignored the show… but I’m going to stop myself from raving of it’s awesomeness since this about Art & Copy. (more…)
I had wanted to see this movie in theaters, but for whatever reason I missed out. And then after renting it, I managed to watch the movie about 3 times before shipping it back. Why? I was mimicking the plot, of course!
No, really I was watching with one of the special features on… which wasn’t as special as I had hoped. But I’ll talk about that later. The movie is about a soldier who is enlisted in a special program to relive the last 8 minutes of someone’s life in order to solve a mystery of a terrorist attack on a train. (more…)
This is one of those must-see, important documentaries that I feel a lot of people need to see. Maybe not necessarily everyone on the planet, but probably most American parents, educators, kids and those who are concerned about education.
I had been hearing about this film for a while and also watching reports and specials on CNN about education reform and the problems with public school systems. And trust me, it’s not like I didn’t know they existed before they were on TV. While I’ll say that for the most part, I went to a very good high school, things aren’t as sunny as they used to be, and probably were a bit worse than I realized when I was in school. But I’m getting off track a little bit. (more…)
This film was SHOT in 3D. Most of it was anyway. It’s important for me to say that because a good chunk of the 3D films that have been released, were converted to 3D and don’t have that look that so many of might be looking for… especially if you’ve seen Avatar. With that said, I suggest seeing this in 3D. Or maybe recommend is a better word? I don’t want to say “required” because, I mean I saw the first two in regular old fashioned 2D and I enjoyed them just fine. But that extra dimension is rewarding.
The bad news is that the movie is about 2 and half hours long. I think because it was so late and my day was so long, my eyes grew heavy whenever something wasn’t blowing up or there weren’t robots on the screen. And that’s not to say the movie was dry or boring. You need some character development. I think I read somewhere that that’s what Michael Bay wanted to do more of with this film even though it’s the last in the trilogy. (more…)
I’ve realized over the years I have a thing for comic book/superhero movies, since quite a few of them are my favorite. I’m not saying this one is a favorite, but I just wanted to make that known. I’m not a big Green Lantern fan either, but I like the character enough that I felt he deserved a midnight showing… so I went.
As usual, when it comes to these kinds of movies, you’ll have fans in costume. I saw a lot of dudes with GL t-shirts of some kind. I don’t own any t-shirts that have superhero insignia on it (even though I heard someone say McLovin could be a hero, so maybe that’s the love exception to my collection). In any event, the fans were out. Not really in mass numbers, but enough to have a presence. I think the reason there wasn’t as large as a crowd is because a lot more theaters are doing the midnight premieres… so that opens up a lot more seats and the theaters aren’t as packed, like when I went to see Watchmen a couple years ago where it sold out. (more…)
I’m a total JJ Abrams fan… except for his earlier works, like TV shows Alias and beyond only because I haven’t seen them yet. With that said, I was highly anticipating seeing this film from this expert storyteller. Oh, and it was exec produced by the living legend Steven Spielberg. Two heavy hitters when it comes to a stellar summer story.
And what a story it was! A total flashback to what summer movies are all about: action, adventure, wonder, amazement, intrigue, kids in danger and some explosions for good measure. I felt hints of E.T., Jurassic Park, Goonies, the list can go on. But if you’re a fan of those kinds of films, then this is up your alley.