Posts categorized “Reviews”

Friday, 30 May 2014

New Movie Review: Godzilla (2014)

That's our monster...

That’s our monster…

Godzilla (2014) ★★★½

Directed by Gareth Edwards

I must confess that I am a Godzilla movie fan. For some reason I can’t explain, I am just drawn to his movies even though the hugely-vast majority of them are utter, utter crap. Nonetheless, much like the entire James Bond oeuvre, I really enjoy them. Started by the original Gojira, a very serious and scary film, the series devolved over the decades into cheesy, B-movie, Saturday-morning kiddie affairs (I mean, Jet Jaguar—come on). The series tried to right this starting with Godzilla 1985 and going through a couple of iterations in the 90s and the 00s, but with the quirkiness of Japanese pop-culture of the times, these movies were bright, colorful, cartoony spectacles.

That is one of the main reasons why I really enjoyed Gareth Edwards’ new Godzilla movie. This is by far the most realistic Godzilla movie to date. And though there are a couple of fun nods to previous Godzilla and Kaiju movies, this one really treats its source material with great respect and much-due gravitas. This isn’t a tongue-in-cheek, ironic “re-imagining” of Godzilla. This is a distillation of what makes Godzilla the King of the Monsters. Gareth Edwards brings Godzilla back to his roots.

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Friday, 23 May 2014

New Movie Review: Veronica Mars (2014)

Veronica Mars: she's watching you... watching your every move...

She’s watching you… watching your every move…

Veronica Mars (2014): ★★★½

Directed by Rob Thomas

After being cancelled for low ratings, Veronica Mars has returned to the big screen via the most successful movie Kickstarter campaign of all time!

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Sunday, 4 May 2014

New Movie Review: Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

Muppets Most Wanted

Hi-ho, Kyer-mit thee Frog heere

Muppets Most Wanted (2014): ★★★

Directed by James Bobin

The previous Muppet movie (The Muppets (2012)) banked its appeal on being absolutely drenched in nostalgia. It was for lapsed Muppet lovers, adult children who loved these characters when they were kids who could now share it with their own kids. It had heart and sweetness and, like the original Muppet Movie, a genuinely moving story.

Muppets Most Wanted doesn’t have the advantage of access to all that nostalgia; the previous film is only a couple of years old, so what is there to be nostalgic about? So instead it goes a different direction: with a wink and a shrug it eschews all the feely-feely nostalgia and goes straight for the laughs. And it is funny. Great gravy, is it funny. This might be the overall-funniest Muppet movie yet made.

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Monday, 10 March 2014

New Movie Review: Frozen (2013)

Let it go...

Let it go…

Frozen (2013): ***½

Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee

In very many ways a spiritual successor to Disney’s Tangled, Frozen takes many very similar elements and improves on most all of them. It also does an excellent job of taking many familiar tropes of fairy tales and twisting them in clever and new ways. I don’t like to review movies by comparing them to other movies, but Frozen really does make Tangled seem like a rough draft in many ways. More… »

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Wednesday, 6 March 2013

New Movie Review: Les Misérables (2012)

Les Miserables (2012)

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… »

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Sunday, 17 February 2013

New Article: Album Review: Five Letters From Far Away

Five Letters… 12 Songs

I’m going to review an album! It’s been, what, eight years since I’ve done a full-length article album review? What’s taken so long to do another? Well, kids, papa’s been busy. If you notice, I’ve gone from doing dozens of articles a year to sometimes just a couple (though I managed to squeeze 7 into 2011. Is there a 7/11 joke in there somewhere?). [Read the Full Article]

Categories: Featured Posts, Music Reviews.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

New Review: The Hobbit (2012)

The Hobbit (2012)

The Greatest Adventure is What Lies Ahead…

I know this film has been getting a lot of backlash, and I guess I can kind of see why. But I really enjoyed it. And anyway, I’m not here to conjecture about other opinions. I’m here to give my own. I thought it was a lot of fun, nicely silly, and really beautiful to watch. [Read my full review]

Categories: Movie Reviews.