Category: 2013 reviews
April 15th, 2013
February 11th, 2013
This past snowy Friday when I couldn’t get out to a movie, I ended up
hunkered down and doing a movie on demand. I know, I paid for it, as
opposed to pirating it over the internet, but I like movies. Anyway
I rented Premium Rush and I was glad that I did! I had heard many
positive things about this movie but had not a chance to go see it
yet. Arbitrage will be next on the On Demand hit parade.
To borrow Roger Ebert’s assessment of Speed when he reviewed that for
At the Movies; “…this was fun!”. And it was. Not only is there the
rush (no pun intended) of seeing this guy, and people like him, ride
bikes like maniacs around the city of New York, there is a compelling
story here. I like the time travel done to put things in context and
fill in the holes. The real treat for me here was the role of the
gambling addicted cop. He is funny, and he can’t seem to buy a break
and has one bad thing after another happen. Still like the Energizer
bunny, he keeps coming back and finding new and ingenious ways to
bring the slip of paper back to himself. I also like the little duel
between the policeman on bike along with our hero. He certainly
goes through a LOT for a $30 payment!! There are some great chase
scenes and some good thinking that had some funny moments (I laughed a
few times with the cop) and the predicaments of the hero that he is
A fun ride. I recommend if you haven’t seen already. The acting
talents of JGL are not really challenged here, but the physical
aspects of the role are. Yes, there are stunt riders I am certain,
but it was believable and a good use of my time on a snowy Friday
Well here are the Ebert picks for the Oscars.
We can have our own little side bet if you so choose. Despite his
protests, I do not believe that he got them “all right”. Quite the
contrary, I think that he missed out in the Best Supporting Category
entirely. I also believe that Best Director may fall elsewhere as
well. Just how many Non-Americans are part of the Academy? Because
to me, Lincoln speaks to Americans and Americans only. No one else
cares. Despite all that Daniel Day Lewis wins, just simply because
he IS the Best Actor these days (where the heck did Edward Norton fall
[Alison disagreed entirely on Premium Rush and found it silly and sophomoric]
I laughed at the over-the-top cop with an addiction and laughed out
loud a couple of times. It was a mood I was in perhaps. I wasn’t
looking for great acting, and what I got was a fun story. It moved
along well. Discarded the crap, and put a simple bike rider in a life
changing situation all for the fee of $30. He is a much better
actor, and deserves better scripts, and he will get them from Looper
and Dark Knight Rises and other films he makes with Christopher Nolan.
Argo did a fabulous job at creating tension for sure. A great job all
around and shocking on the snub for Affleck here on the Directing.
He isn’t a great actor. He is becoming a very good director with The
Town and Argo under his belt.
I did rent On Demand Arbitrage last night and enjoyed that. It was an
interesting view of how one can manipulate and use people and then in
end smell like a rose with all smiles and bliss. Good performances
and Gere was in good form.
April 1st, 2013 (April Fools Edition)
This past weekend I stopped at the Zip.ca red box at the local grocery store to pick up Wreck it Ralph and then the Hobbit. I was NOT going to pay money to see the Hobbit, but at $2 for a Blu-Ray and kids coming over I could not resist. The Red Box is the greatest thing, and by far the cheapest as Rogers on Demand usually wants $8 for a rental. Highway robbery and finding a DVD store is next to impossible,
March 4th, 2013
I had read the Ebert review of Jack the Giant Slayer and thought that
youngest son and I could have a movie night out. I had also seen the cut outs
at the theatre advertising this, but never put much thought into it.
I did like the idea of Ewan Macgregor being in this film. We headed
out and (not on purpose) ended seeing this in the assigned seating
fancy 3D shaking seat theatre. Cost for two – $32!! Egad! Mine was
$17.99 and his $13.99 for a child. We put on our cheesey ill-fitting
glasses and watched.
This was fun. We had a good time. Son of course being the typical
boy laughed at the farting and nose-picking of the Giants. I thought
that a rather mundane and pointless fairy tale was brought to the
screen with a story that made a little more sense. Jack here is
portrayed by the same little kid (no longer little) from the Hugh
Grant movie About a Boy. Hell we likely reviewed that movie when he
was a 10 yo! Damn I am old! Anyway, in some way I couldn’t get
that boyish face out of my head, and didn’t think of him as the
dashing guy who could whisk away the heart of a princess. But never
mind. I also could not get over the voice for the two-headed Giant
of Bill Nighy who was, of course, the octopus faced villain in Pirates
of the Caribbean. He is effective, it just sounds like the same
voice and was a distraction.
Here you know the story. Jack looking to sell the family’s only
possession (the horse and cart) ends up with “magic beans” and then
there is a beanstalk to the sky to deal with a Giant. In this case,
MANY Giants. And they are pissed. There are a series of adventures
here and they are well done, and look good. Do we need the 3D here?
No. Does it add anything? Not really. But do you care about the
characters? Yes for sure. And you are intrigued by how the whole
thing will resolve itself when you have these Giants that clearly have
very few weaknesses. A prickly problem and satisfyingly resolved. I
won’t tell you how it all ends…..but the last two words are “…ever
Worthy of a viewing and good on the big screen. These shaky seats
incidentally are not worth it. So you throw even BIGGER subwoofers
in the theatre to have my seat actually shake…but it really adds
little. More gimmicks to draw in people, but they are only as good as the story allows.
February 3rd, 2013
So I did end up seeing The Sessions on Thursday. Saw it at the
Kingsway theatre which is independent small theatre on Bloor street
just east of Islington Ave. It is SMALL. They have the MAIN theatre
and then now (unbeknownst to me) a smaller side theatre which is a
room up in the second floor. A theatre with around 20 seats, and
like the old Cineplex theatres in the old Eaton Centre. Not much
bigger than a good sized room at home. Despite the size, they still
charge $13 a pop. Pricey. Cheaper Tuesday at massive theatres is
around $7.50. A bargain!! I will go again tomorrow night.
I went in with higher expectations I think. In the end I can agree
with you. This was charming. I am not completely sure what the
attraction to buddy is. I guess the message is that you “make them
laugh” even if you have an iron lung. Then again, perhaps women (and
attractive women) want to not have to worry about the sex thing since
buddy doesn’t even have a bed!! But I digress. Helen Hunt here is
effective but I am not seeing the Award nomination. Perhaps she got
extra marks for taking all her clothes off. Acting in the nude.
Okay. But it was generous to offer that up to her. William H Macy
was good and I liked his attitude. The Catholic church would be
better off to have more caring and pragmatic Priests like him to gain
in attendance. You could see him struggling with the concept, however
he saw the overall benefit to this. In the end, he as a friend was
right. We can see the transformation in him. So a worthy movie to
watch. Yet another victim to High Expectations for me.
This week, likely Les Mis. And perhaps Amour. We will see.
January 28th, 2013
This past weekend I was visiting my brother and we had a Marky Mark
double header. I had been wanting to see Ted as it is always good to
have a laugh or two.
The Ebert review on it was decent and I wanted to check it out. First
I can’t get over the pipes on Marky Mark – holy crap, buddy is ripped!
Massive arms. If you do a trailer search you will see him playing
the role of a wrestler/body builder
I digress but thought that you might appreciate the beefcake!!
Anyway, I enjoyed Ted. It was stupid. It was stupid funny. It had
some good product placement for 80s shows, although the Flash Gordon
stuff was a bit over the top. The bear is funny though. And the
language is more Southpark than Disney! And there is a few laugh out
loud moments for me without question. I have to say that Mila Kunis
here is under-utlized and honestly I like her and all but she really
isn’t all that and a bag of chips! I think you have seen this. I am
glad that I did.
Real eye candy for me comes from Contraband where Marky Mark is paired
with Kate Beckensale. Prime! And completely and totally
under-utilized as well here. Here is the traditional story of the
accomplished criminal turns legit with the Wife and kids and then gets
pulled back in. “One more job” to [fill in the blank]. In this
instance it is getting his younger brother-in-law out of trouble.
And brother in law is a dumb ass. So there is plenty to do.
Interesting Giovanni Ribisi is the baddy in both of these different
movies. He is great. So versatile and he plays a really good creepy
bad guy. This is a complicated plot to the point of being totally
unbelievable. There is such a short window to be able to do what
happens here and you wonder about how exciting it can be a
freighter/ship from Panama to New Orleans. This was worthy of the $1
rental (Red Box). We all enjoyed it and made for a decent evening.
There are no Blockbusters anymore. It is rare to find a DVD rental.
I was lucky to find the boxes. Cheap. And I think that On Demand is
a ripoff at $8 a film. I rented for two nights two movies for $6.
More movies for me to check out this week. I want to see Silver
Linings, and also Les Mis. Maybe tomorrow.