Category Archives: Movie

The moving picture industry has had a profound effect on me.

The Ultimate Marvel Movie Marathon – AMC 12 @ DownTown Disney, Anaheim, CA

$40, 6 movies, 14 hours. Special intro segments for each film (part of our “training package” for the Avengers Initiative) by SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson. An absolutely amazing and incredible experience. Not only to be packed in a theatre for 6 movies with a like-minded crowd of enthusiasts, but to experience, in it’s entirety, the subtle weaving and artistry that Marvel Studios has been constructing since they first gambled on taking control of their own movie properties in 2005, “after Marvel Enterprises declared independence by pacting with Merrill Lynch to produce a slate of films that would be distributed by Paramount Pictures” (PickMyVideo Review of Avengers). I can’t actually think of any other property in recent history that could result in this kind of amazing … “ness”. I mean maybe a Star Wars marathon would count, but nothing even really comes close. Marvel took a gamble, played their cards right, … Continue reading →

The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)

The Pirates: Band Of Misfits – Century 20 At Bella Terra, Huntington Beach, CA

BWAHAHAHAHA!!! IT’S BASED ON PIRATES IN AN ADVENTURE WITH SCIENTISTS!!!! AND THE AUTHOR WROTE THE SCREENPLAY!!!! Hugh Grant does an amazing accent and gives an amazing performance as The Pirate Captain. David Tennant is charmingly buffoonish as Charles Darwin. Brendan Gleesan and Martin Freeman sneak in there too. An all-around amazing film from Aardman, whom I think I’m going to start calling the British Pixar But With Puppets.

Mirror, Mirror – AMC 12 at Downtown Disney, Anaheim, CA

Nice cameo by Sean Bean. Armie Hammer is a fascinating cross between Ryan Gosling and Ewan McGregor. And his wardrobe was AMAZING!!!! If I could turn off my not-medically-diagnosed-OCD I would love to wear the jacket with the long, flowing cloak. Lily Collins was delightful and super cute. I especially liked her costume in the second half of the film (although her ball gown was nice too). When the credits started, the musical number struck me as odd until I saw the director’s name and then I stereotypically deduced that this was the huge Bollywood ending. My bias for Bollywood not withstanding, it was a very lavish and well put together piece that made reading the credits very difficult. 😉 Alan Menken did the music?!?! Well even the Sherman brothers got to do Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. 😉 Yay Nathan Lane! A very wonderful performance as always. Do I have … Continue reading →

The Hunger Games – AMC 30 at The Outlets

An excellent adaptation! I loved getting to actually see the behind the scenes of how The Arena and the broadcasting of the games worked. By the end it made sense that it was basically a holodeck with the safety’s off. 😉 Interesting having District 11 rioting after Rue’s death. And having her and Thresh be black….kind of an obvious commentary? Donald Sutherland as President Snow was brilliant! Very happy to see the author take such an interest in her intellectual property by executive producing and helping with the screenplay.

John Carter Of Mars – UltraLuxe Cinema, GardenWalk, Anaheim, CA

AN AMAZING FILM!!!! GO SEE IT NOW!!!! IGNORE THE STUPID AS HELL MARKETING!!!! The marketing for this film makes it seem like it’s just a guy fighting aliens film, but there is so much more beautiful stuff than that. Funny thing is, you can see a lot of similar elements to Tarzan (at least at the very core of the story) which really makes me want to go read all of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Oh…didn’t the marketing tell you? This story is based on a 100 year old book! Of COURSE they didn’t mention it….they didn’t believe in it. That’s why they released it in March. NO faith. Which is so sad since Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL-E) directed expertly and Michael Giacchino composed amazingly epic themes (as always – you know: Up!, Star Trek, Space Mountain, etc). But enough out of me. Go buy the Blu-Ray and show Disney … Continue reading →

Beauty And The Beast 3-D – AMC 12 At Downtown Disney, Anaheim, CA

Wow. Stunning, beautiful, extravagant…I’d need a thesaurus to better describe how incredible this film looked in 3-D. This film in particular is a great example of how beautiful 3-D can be, and it’s all thanks to a little thing Walt pioneered in 1937 called the multi-plane camera. I think Disney’s next big push should be for Snow White And The Seven Dwarves in 3-D. I would pay money to see that. But the film was only stunning up until the last 15 minutes or so. I’ve never had problems with 3-D before (although several of my friends have mentioned not being capable of watching a film with the glasses without developing a migraine), but the last 15 minutes were ruined for me because I can’t see the gorram sailboat. And it wasn’t just me! Recent conversations have revealed the same problem with Lion King 3-D and the grass. And it … Continue reading →

Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows – AMC 12 at Downtown Disney, Anaheim, CA

Absolutely beautiful. I wish I could talk more about how beautiful this film was, but I have to be really careful and not spoil anything for anyone who hasn’t seen the movie(s). Sufficeth to say, if you’ve been waiting for somebody to encourage you to go see it, this is that moment (or it would be if you respected my opinions at all). 😉 The film picks up about 6 months or so after the first one ended and it does so perfectly. It immediately finds it’s groove again and just runs with it. It’s so beautiful to see Holmes face off against his greatest opponent yet! The acting is top notch! So great to see Stephen Fry as Holmes’ brother, Mycroft (unparalleled brilliance). Hans Zimmer delivers another amazing score. While listening, I at first made the mistake of trying to compare his work for this one with his work … Continue reading →

Arthur Christmas

Curse you Rob Bredow, you didn’t warn me I would cry!!! I mean congratulations on your promotion (since Cloudy) and your prominent place in the credits! :-)And yay for R. Stirling Duguid!They are both in the credits and we know them personally! The Beiber music video was better than the song (sorry, I’m not a big fan…although his duet with Jaden Smith for Karate Kid 2010 was pretty sweet). The steampunk elves is an AWESOME concept though. Iwas surprised to see that the film was partially Aardman Entertainment’s fault which is kind of cool to see them jump into the digital realm (although the trailer we saw for their pirate movie, The Pirates! Band of Misfits,looks SOOO purdy and makes me think it’s claymation but who knows). It also explains how Anglicized the film was: the leads were all Brits: James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy andImelda Staunton! … Continue reading →

Real Steel – Century 20 @ Bella Terra, Huntington Beach, CA

What an amazing movie. Yay! Danny Elfman has a career outside of Tim Burton movies and it’s really good! Really impressive, dramatic, and powerful stuff. Amazing acting. Of course Hugh Jackman takes his shirt off at least once. It’s gotta be in his contracts or something. Dakota Goyo is incredible (go baby Thor!). It was really nice having a loser, lovable scoundrel as a hero again…Laura says it’s just like 40s noir films and that gets us all excited for the future. If you place this film in the context that next year’s Ãœber-fail (it’s like epic fail but in German) / box-office-bomb is based entirely on the game Battleship you can’t help but compare this film to Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em Robots. However it is my opinion that the comparison only works as an initial story idea: “Hey you know what was a great game? Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em … Continue reading →

Transformers: Dark Side Of The Moon – AMC 30 @ The Block, Orange, CA

The best Transformers movie yet. No seriously. I mean it. The first one had a lot of characters and things to introduce, but I stand firm in my belief that the film would have been monumentally better if Anthony Anderson and John Turturro’s roles were smaller. The second one was lots of fun with the 1920’s Transformers and I enjoyed the plot, but this one really takes the cake. First there’s no more Megan Fox. Second the story’s conspiracy angle has just enough for me to believe it. Third it’s got Alan Tudyk and he doesn’t get killed (damn you Joss Whedon!). All in all I had a fantastic time at this mind-numbing, action-packed blockbuster. Lenonard Nimoy returns to the Transformer universe! For those of you playing the home game, he voiced a souped up Megatron called Galvatron in The Transformers: The Movie (1986). I was really excited to get … Continue reading →