The Woman in Black (2012) review
Why did I break my recent film-going fast with The Woman in Black? People choose which films to see for different reasons. There are “anticipated” films one wants to see, as in “I can’t wait for The Avengers, it’s going to be great!” Or, sometimes it’s simply a matter of “let’s go to the movies tonight, what’s...
Chronicle (2012) review
I have no clue why Chronicle uses the “found footage” gimmick. It adds nothing to the film, it isn’t used imaginatively, the filmmakers don’t play by “the rules,” and there was no need for it. Did the producers think “oh, kids these days can’t identify with characters in a fictional film, so we have to make it seem like this is...
Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (2012) review
I like to think I’m a hip, cool, up-to-date guy who—although I may not like certain things—still “gets” contemporary pop culture. Internet memes, lol! Dubstep, lmao! Smart phones, amirite? Wtf, inb4, brb!! I also believe I have an appreciation for quirky humour, from Monty Python to Spongebob Squarepants. However, my jaunty self-image has been shaken by...
The Grey (2012) review
Released in a traditionally slow film-going period of the year, The Grey topped the USA box-office its first week, then declined rather precipitously in the face of “younger” competition (Chronicle and The Woman in Black). Even without this pair of challengers, one imagines The Grey might have lost momentum in its second week, since it’s not at all the...
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011) review
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy wasn’t on my radar screen until Gary Oldman received an Oscar nomination for his performance (in fact, the script and the music score also received nominations). Then I discovered the director was Tomas Alfredson, who’d done the original Let the Right One In, so I decided to invest 2 hours or so in watching it. It was generally time and money...