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April 9, 2014

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The Swiss Family Robinson (1960) – Movie Review

March 5, 2014

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Silver Stag Entertainment will be reviewing Pirates of the Caribbean March 16th. In order to prepare to re-watch it my wife and I are going to watch a bunch of old “Pirate” movies.

Arguably this movie isn’t about Pirates, and the original book didn’t have any Pirates in it, but it was a start and I hadn’t watched it in decades.

Characters

The characters were completely unlikeable. We have the super whiny youngest boy, the smart ass moping middle boy, the muscle bound lovable but dumb oldest, the overly stern father with a heart of gold, the useless mother, and the whiny useless flirty love interest.

The only likeable character was the Captain/Uncle who ends up saving the day.

Each character has their likable moments but overall I was almost cheering for the pirates

I won’t start ranting about how useless the women were in this movie. Let’s just say that they had less importance as characters and more importance as set pieces.

I give it 1 out of 5 for Characters

Story

The story was disjointed transitioning too quickly between scenes and taking too much time with parts of little importance.

The movie couldn’t decide if it wanted to be a family drama, survival movie, action adventure, or love story. Instead of integrating each style into the overall movie they wrote the scenes separately and sewed it together like some sort of Frankenstein’s monster.

If they had cut out the survival in the jungle scenes between the two boys and the girl it would have shaved 20 minutes off the movie and helped the flow.

I think the family scenes were heartwarming and make the movie.

I give it 2 out of 5 for Story

Sight and Sound

This was a beautiful movie, despite the low quality version we have, it’s filled with real jungle and real animals. Sometimes it’s easy to forget how much a real tiger will add to a movie compared to a CGI recreation.

The soundtrack wasn’t memorable but it wasn’t bad either.

The screatching of the youngest was a little annoying though.

I give it 3 out of 5 for Sight and Sound

Fun

Most of the movie was cringe worthy but it did have enough scenes that were fun to watch that I didn’t hate every moment of my time.

I give it 3 out of 5 for Fun

Overall

It’s an uneven, chauvinistic, frustrating, but mildly entertaining movie. It’s a movie that is desperately in need for a remake.

If you don’t mind stupid characters and want to see a fun old style live action Disney movie this might be for you.

Final Score is 45%


About Time Movie Review

October 24, 2013

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I was offered two free tickets to an advanced showing of About Time. It officially comes out on November first. It is a Romantic Comedy with a twist. The main character can travel back in time.

To truly enjoy the movie, you have to keep in mind that it is a Romantic Comedy and not a time travel movie. I kept expecting his jumps back to have disastrous and unfixable repercussions. They never happened. Yes there were a few “Oh Crap” moments but the main character seems to have the ability to reset the timeline without any problems.

At its core this movie isn’t about time, it’s about family and love. It beautifully sidesteps any moral questions by having the main character be completely sweet and upstanding. He doesn’t use his power to make the perfect date or to learn everything about the girl in order to seduce her. He meets her and they fall for each other without any use of time travel.

The strength of the movie is in its characters. They are all unique, memorable, lovable, and sweet. From the quirky father, the flower child sister, the grouchy playwright, all the way to the nutty uncle; each character is wonderfully played and written.

The movie is sappy and a little heavy handed in the end but that doesn’t take away from its constant laughs and good time.

Is this the greatest movie ever made? Probably not but it was a lot of fun and easily one of my favourite movies of the year. Possible of all time.

If you liked Love Actually, Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral, or enjoy funny love stories… Go see it.

4.5/5


Summer Movie Rankins as of July 29th, 2009

July 29, 2009

After G-Force and The Ugly Truth here is my list:

1. Star Trek (9.5)
2. Up (9.5)
3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (8)
4. The Ugly Truth (8)
5. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (7.5)
6. The Proposal (7)
7. X-Men Wolverine (6.5)
8. Trasformers: Revenge of the Fallen (6)
9. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (5)
10. G-Force (4)

Idea stolen from Howard Tayler of Schlock Mercenary.


A review of The Ugly Truth

July 29, 2009

uglytruth_poster2I seem to have a soft spot for Romantic Comedies. They’re kind of like chocolate chip cookies; I know the recipe and I know how it’s going to end but I can’t stop eating them. So I shamelessly went to see The Ugly Truth and honestly I liked it.

Short Version: Decent Romantic Comedy, a little coarse, with good actors.

*Warning Mild Spoilers*

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A review of G-Force

July 28, 2009

gforceI have a high tolerance for bad movies but this one was just terrible. There were a few cute or funny scenes but definitely not worth sitting through the movie.

Short Version: If you have any respect for the intelligence of your child or enjoy the Spy Genre than don’t see this movie.

*Warning Mild Spoilers*

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A review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

July 22, 2009

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The 15th of July My brother (Voldemort), his girlfriend (Death-eater), my wife (Gryffindor student), and I (Slytherin Student) donned our Harry Potter apparel and headed for the Cinema.

Short Version: If you liked the other movies and liked the books you will like it. If you are a crazed fan of the books you’ll have a few problems with the movie but still admit it’s one of the best.

*Warning Mild Spoilers*

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