Wednesday, 20 March 2013
It’s difficult to argue that this is not an objectively better film than Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies, but it lacks the weird, quirky charm of those movies. This one’s sensibilities are firmly modern, whereas Raimi’s films still incorporated the innocence and optimism of the 1960s. This Spider-Man seems much more rooted in reality rather than being a filmed comic book, which is an interesting feat.
Andrew Garfield makes an excellent Parker/Spider-Man, though he is WAY too old to convincingly play a high-schooler. He is much more convincing delivering Spider-Man’s witty banter than Tobey Maguire was. And I really liked the fact that he is actually really bad at being Spider-Man for pretty much the length of the movie. He just started out; of course he’s gonna make mistakes and do things the wrong way. I also liked the speed-skater origin of the spandex costume, though I missed the professional-wrestling aspect of his origin (it is given a token nod as to the origin of the Spider-Man mask).
The romance between Parker and Gwen Stacy is endearingly geeky and awkward. The Lizard is perhaps not the most engaging of villains, but his scheme is large in scope and he’s a sufficient physical threat to get some rather good fight scenes in. But why doesn’t Captain Stacy bring a whole fleet of cops up to the roof with him at the end of the movie?
Conclusion: I was very skeptical, but I liked it a lot.
Wednesday, 6 March 2013
Do You Hear the People Sing… Live?
Les Misérables (2012): **½
Directed by Tom Hoopper
This film version of Les Misérables is full of fantastic, balls-to-the-wall performances. Unfortunately the movie surrounding them is kind of a disjointed, herky-jerky mess. More… »
Categories: Movie Reviews.
Sunday, 3 March 2013
My most controversial article ever!
For starters, I can’t believe I’m writing an article with this title. I generally do not like Seth McF’s stuff. Like, at all. I think Family Guy, American Dad, etc. are all, well, pretty crappy. So why on earth would I be defending this guy? Read the full article!
Friday, 1 March 2013
Link of the Month:
This site is NOT run by Michael Keaton. It is by the creator of Pictures for Sad Children, and is a weird and surreal comic with interspersed “found footage” videos. It is frikkin’ hilarious, and of very dubious legality.
Album of the Month:
On High by Gavin Guss
Gavin Guss continues his mastery of bubblegum/power pop/rock with On High which was released back in 2012 but I’m just now getting to. Catchy as hell in a very relaxed way, these are songs with hooks that seem just effortlessly put together. Guss’s music has a certain sense of inevitability about it; of course it sounds this way, because this is the way it sounds the best and most natural. Not terribly surprising or ground-breaking, but damned if I don’t want to just keep on listening to it.
TV Show of the Month:
Get A Life: The Complete Series
This show, much like Twin Peaks, makes me really wonder how the hell it ever got on the air. It is an incredibly weird, mean, and hilarious parody of the traditional TV sitcom. It’s about Chris Elliott, an unapologetic and unsympathetic man-child who still lives with his parents (his father is played by his actual father). Bizarre and surreal adventures ensue, and Chris actually dies at the end of 12 of the episodes. And somehow this completely off-the-wall show got 2 seasons under its belt! I love it, and it has finally been released on DVD. As it actually says on the back of the DVD box, “It’s like a nightmare come true!”
Categories: Of the Month.