i see a lot of movies, not that this makes me an expert. the fact that i don’t have to pay for most of them does make me unbiased, though. newest stuff on top; title linked to the imdb page; any links on the star-rating (out of 5) is back to my own review. enjoy, and feel free to email me to debate.
cirque du freak, the vampire’s assistant: ***½, as with many other kids’ movies, the adult viewer has to overlook a few plotholes-due-to-simplification. super cute and a lot of fun, i’m interested in both the books and any forthcoming sequels.
where the wild things are: **, visually, it’s a gorgeous world where monsters and magical things look really lived-in (as opposed to the usual squeaky-clean plastic perfection of CGI). but the story doesn’t particularly go anywhere – apparently, kids get can get frustratingly unhinged about little things in life, and then act like little monsters.
paranormal activity: ****, a truly old-school haunted house movie – really refreshing for those of us that prefer our horror to be actually scary rather than just gory. slowly builds up, ratcheting up actual tension rather than cheap buckets-o-fake-blood, right up to an ending that’s sudden as cardiac arrest.
9: **½, it’s really really really pretty – animation, lights, textures are all fantastic. but the story is particularly thin, and plagued with enough head-scratching wtf moments to have you thinking it’s pointless by the end.
gamer: **, starts off with the far-from-novel but slickly-presented premise that our online lives are (literally) taking over our real ones. after a really good set up, though, it gives up any pretense of thinking to head off into some standard summertime explosions and the very same gratuitous t&a and blood splatters it’s supposed to be skewering.
inglorious basterds: ***, really really really tarantino. the plot is more than a little lazy, but it looks oh so stylish.
district 9: ****, manages the remarkable trick of making you care what happens to an utterly unlikeable protagonist. would be wonderful for the south african accents alone, except that it’s also a great movie.
moon: ***½, slow, talky, and more thoughtful than your standard sci-fi. feels like a sketch rather than a whole painting.
the hurt locker: ***½, does an incredible job of putting the viewer into the emotion and daily life of a military bomb squad technician. uneven, but solid.
the watchmen: ****, mar 2, ’09. haven’t seen so much full-frontal outside of a porn flick in a very long time; sue me, i’m an american, we get distracted by this stuff. anyway, really good whether or not you were into the comic.
the international: **, feb 12 ’09. i fell asleep during a gunfight in the gugenheim. ’nuff said.
push: ***½, a rare example wherein the sort of book i like to read does in fact make a quite decent movie. deeply flawed by the gaping wide open ending, but otherwise fun.
taken: ****, if you’ve seen the trailer, you’ve absolutely got the gist of it (i.e., very accurate marketing). suspenseful & taut for all it’s inherent simplicity, but could win an award for best possible propaganda for dads to convince nubile daughters to just stay at home.
underworld: rise of the lycans: ***½, kate beckinsale look-alike has cinematic hot lovin’ with a werewolf on top of a cliff; mayhem ensues. pretty, not thinky, but fun enough to chomp popcorn through.
outlander: ***, jesus (aka, the count of monte cristo) comes from outer-space to do battle with the space-dragon that chomped his fam. beowulf + predator is sum total of the flick.