As far a sports movies go, this was a well above average one. Pretty long though. But it was a good, if predictable story, with excellent acting all around. The trailer more or less tells you the whole main plot but it’s all the little character things along the way that made this enjoyable.
How did this get made? That’s right, another terrible movie I watched just for the podcast. A Chsirtmas movie released in February. Hoo boy. They knew they had a real stinker. And oh lordy is it a stinker. Let me just list the ways in which this was a true stinker.
-Forced line in which he says the title of the movie.
-A Christmas movie with characters named Nick and Rudy (Rudolph).
-A double and triple twist at the end that makes absolutely no sense given what we were shown on screen.
-Cowboy Ben Affleck.
-Gary Sinese being bad at darts.
-Pseudo bro/sis incest/abuse.
-The most obvious gang of casino robbers in the history of movies just chilling at diners talking about robbing and sht.
All that said, like most HDTGM movies, I’m glad I watched it because it made for a great podcast.
How had I never seen this before? Crystal insisted we watch this, and luckily after doing a search on the cable listings it was playing on VH1 soon. So, what I watched was indeed edited and had commercials, but it was pretty good anyway. It was great seeing Jeremy Piven try to play a college student. In 1994 he was 29, but he looks at least 40. And he’s playing a 22ish college senior, with a seriously receding hairline. But I got over it. I just kept thinking how cool it was to see Dean Pritchard playing he role of rebellious student.
Jon Favreau was great too. As was George Clinton of course. Solid flick all around. Really glad I watched it, and I would like to eventually see the DVD/Blu/whatever unedited.
If it wasn’t Michael J. Fox I wouldn’t have bothered. The movie was ok. Pretty straightforward story in every way, especially if you’ve seen Cars. Kind of funny. Mostly meh. Not bad though, I mean, it was enjoyable. It’s just that I bet even when this came out people would give it a resounding “pretty good”. And then age that 20 years and you’re closer to “it’s ok”. Not a waste of time is the best I can say. Like I said, without Michael J. Fox this would have been a non-watcher.
This was an absolutely amazing moviegoing experience. I saw it twice! I haven’t done that since Star Trek ‘09. The IMAX 3D was worth every penny. I’d have peed myself if I saw it at a proper IMAX like Udvar-Hazy, but Tysons will have to do. Normally I don’t like 3D but they was Alfonso used it here was amazing, and the fact that there weren’t cuts every 5 seconds (often the film went mintues without a cut) really immerse you in the film.
The story is fairly thin, and I was totally fine with that. Tons of rebirth symbolism throughout. The suspense was amazing, so many “OH SHIT” moments. The score was perfect. Bullock and Clooney gave great performances. I’m sure that 90% of what I saw was CG, maybe more, but it was so well donw and so well blended with real stuff that I was on board the whole time. Probably my favorite movie of the year so far, and it will likely stick around on my best of all time list.
Not as good as MIB but WAY better than MIB2. The time travel stuff was ridiculous and inconsistent and of course that bothered me. If you’re gonna make rules, however silly they are, at least stick to them. They tried to write their way out of it with the whole “he was there!” angle, but that was also just contrived and nonsensical. All of that aside, I really like Brolin, and it was nice to go back to the world of MIB with it’s crazy aliens and quippy Will Smith.
A decent flick, incredibly and satisfyingly violent. Like, way more than I was expecting even for an Evil Dead movie, since remakes are generally pretty shit. The changes they made were fine, I’m actually glad it wasn’t just a straight remake with all the same beats. Super bloody, decently written characters and a cameo by Ash’s shadow at the end! I guess those Army of Darkness 2 rumors could be coming true.
Pretty dumb but it had its funny moments. Most of which were Will Ferrel riffing or being over the top silly. The Zach character just didn’t do it for me. Comedies can have tight plots and still work (The Hangover) or generally loose ones that allow the actors to just make the funny happen (Anchorman), but this one tried to much to stick to its plot and have a message, so a lot of the funny was lost. It wasn’t awful, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.
Another one for How Did This Get Made and ooh boy was it a doozy. It was terrible in all the right ways. The overuse of CG, the awful acting from every single performer (and Sharon Stone seemed to be the only one doing it properly), ludicrous plot, ridiculous costume, and writing that will make you cringe and smile all at once. Listen to the ep. They said it better than I ever could.
The biggest surprise of the summer for me, I loved it. I don’t inherently hat fast zombies like some people do, and they worked well here. The change happens fast, almost too fast, and the device they used to show that was neat. Then when Brad got blood in his mouth and jumped up to the ledge of the building and counted to 12, very cool scene. It was just overall a really well done movie. I don’t want to pick it apart, I have read lots of people picking it apart and yeah there are large portions of this movie that either don’t make sense or are totally unnecessary but I DON’T CARE. IT WAS COOL. That’s all I wanted, a cool movie on a hot afternoon and goddammit I got that.
The beginning was rough to watch, when he was with his kids trying to get to safety. Like, shit man, I’d be dead, my wife would be dead, and my kid would be dead. Hell, Brad and family would probably be dead if not for a perfectly timed dump truck to clear traffic.
I think what I liked best was the sheer scale of this. Almost all other zombie movies are stuck in a single city or smaller location with very little information from the outside worl. This really was a world war. Here we got to see two major city outbreaks, visited a few other locations, and got tons of information about the rest of the world. It handled the zombie outbreak like Contagion or Outbreak, which is probably how it would really go down. And they called them zombies! And the zombies were ACTUALLY ZOMBIES! I like 28 Days Later style infections just as much as anyway, but I also love some good old fashioned dead rising, and that’s what we got. Not truly explained, it’s some kind of virus and that’s pretty much all we get. That’s fine for now, but they’ll probably get more into it in the sequel(s). And I do hope we see at least one sequel.
“After World War Z” perhaps, wouldn’t that be cool? I mean, the zombies kind of won this round. And is it really a war when one side is just a mindless killing machine? Let’s start the next one a few years later, humanity has spent it’s time blowing up the world’s major cities along with the majority of the zombie populace and we are starting to rebuild. But of course, there are still some zombies out there… There could be an epic 20 minute opening sequence chronicling the “war” before we get to the title card.