Trailer Time: Oblivion International Trailer (2013)

I’m very intrigued by this.  I loved…LOVED Tron: Legacy and I want to see more from Joseph Kosinski.  First teaser looked great and so does this.  There is a lot of amazing-looking science fiction coming up this year.

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Top 5: Kevin Spacey Movies

Top 5: TV Episodes of All-Time (Comedy Edition)

I have been recovering from a bout of food poisoning (tomato soup, we are breaking up for life) the last two days.  During that time, I was fortunate enough to discover Kevin Spacey’s new drama on Netflix, House of Cards.  I watched the first six episodes in one sitting and I would very much like to get back to it (plus I can feel my ability to stay vertical waning) so a special shout out to someone I’m glad to see doing good work once more: Kevin Spacey.
1. The Usual Suspects
2. LA Confidential
3. Margin Call (one of the most underrated films of the last five years)
4. Recount
5. Superman Returns*
* Yeah…don’t like American Beauty or Glengarry Glen Ross.  Discuss.

Movie Review: Warm Bodies

"You miss him?  Like a boyfriend....like a zombie boyfriend?
“You miss him? Like a boyfriend….like a zombie boyfriend?

I have seen many movies.  Thousands, actually.  I do not believe that in those thousands I have seen a zombie love story movie.  The trailer for this was just so fantastic and I was looking forward to seeing what they were going to do with this concept.  The thing is, the trailer brought the funny.  The movie, not so much.

This is very much an existentialist zombie teen angst romance set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.  You know, typical like that.  There’s nothing wrong with the premise, but there is so much in this absurdity that you could have mined for comedic gold amidst angsty inner monologues by Nicholas Hoult (who gets a pass from me for life for About a Boy) after his undead heart is reawakened upon beholding shotgun-wielding Teresa Palmer.

A lot of the problem is in the pacing, which kind of shambles along at the pace of the film’s inhabitants for most of the movie, but then we hit a moment.  I will call it the “Rock You Like A Hurricane” moment for spoiler freedom, and the film picks up from there, but to me it felt very much like an opportunity for something truly special wasted.  I’ve never read the source material.  If anyone’s read the novel, I’d be interested in a comparison.

There’s nothing wrong with this.  It’s cute.  It’s fun.  It’s also forgettable, which is unfortunate because this could have been a lot more than it was.

6.5/10

 

 

 

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