Warm Bodies - I watched this one last night. It's a slightly different take on the zombie genre, and it's not bad... But it's also not great. Maybe, say, a 6.5/10.
Last night, I had a chance to re-watch Wes Anderson's first movie, Bottle Rocket. The last time I saw this movie was probably 15 years ago, and I've since become a huge Wes Anderson fan.
The movie stands the test of time pretty well, and also shows some flashes of the high-quality filmmaker Anderson would become, but Bottle Rocket is easily his weakest and most significantly flawed output. It certainly didn't seem that way back when I first saw it, but now that Anderson has a body of work to compare it to, Bottle Rocket's defects are undeniable. Still, if I had to put a number on it, I'd give it a 6.5/10 - It's probably worth 90-ish minutes of your time, but not a must-see.
Did you ever get a DVD from Netflix that you forgot you'd added to your queue? That's what happened to us on Saturday, when we received Date Night (with Steve Carell & Tina Fey). Then it came back to me: I remember seeing commercials for the movie when it was in theaters and thinking, "This might be OK... I should queue it up in Netflix." And then it arrived...
It's not especially bad, but not very good either. Several scenes were good for chuckles, but there was only one or two legitimately good laughs. 5.5/10
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story - I'd heard some good things about this movie, but it turns out they were wrong. Dead wrong. Maybe my expectations of the movie being more biographical than fictional were unreasonable, but I'd give it a 4/10 at best.
World War Z. Interesting but nothing special 6/10
One does not simply ride their bike into Mordor! - electrik
While having a totally unrelated conversation with my wife, I happened to mention that I'd never seen Play Misty for Me. She said that a few days earlier, while skimming through Comcast's free on-demand flicks, she spotted this movie, (which she had seen many years ago), and that I should watch it.
So, I did. Man, what a snore!! There were no explosions, no robots, no CGI... Hell, they didn't even have cell phones!
Actually, it was pretty good. This was Clint Eastwood's directorial debut, and that's definitely evident with some pacing problems and a fair bit of self-indulgence. But, the good outweighed the bad, (and the ugly - heh ), and the movie was an enjoyable way to kill an hour-and-a-half or so . 6.5/10
Riddick was completely forgettable, which was a shame because I'm a big fan of David Twohy's movies.
GRAVITY in IMAX/3D.
Damn. So good.
Tense all the way through. Visually stunning. Not for the faint of heart, or people who get nauseous. Lots of spinning.
The time traveler's wife 7/10
The Time Travelers Wife...9/10.
You see, their morals, their code...it's a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these...These "civilized" people...they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve
Iron Man 3. Not sure what to rate it. Wouldn't be good. It just didn't do it for the wife or I. Most movies, I can just suspend my disbelief and go with it. This one, though, had so many logical and plot holes I couldn't do it. Probably give it a 5/10 at best.
Flipping through the On-Demand free movies last night, I spotted 21 Jump Street and decided to give it a shot. It's not the kind of movie I'd normally consider watching, but I'd heard that it was pretty funny.
About 35 minutes into this painfully unfunny comedy, I decided I'd had enough and I bailed out. Which is significant for me, because I almost never give up and just walk away from a movie without finishing. But, I really couldn't see continuing to watch this one as being anything more than a total waste of time.
21 Jump Street - 2/10
Optimist: The glass is half-full.
Pessimist: The glass is half-empty.
Engineer: The glass is twice as big as it needs to be.
Masi 3VC Volumetrica
1983 Fuji Touring Series IV
cloudy with a chance of meatballs 2
8 out of 10
as i pulled on the 3d glasses and sat down
i began to dread my decision
i was expecting a complete rehashed copy of the original
but i found it to be imaginative and fun
much better than i expected
While I DVR'd the American Horror Story season three premier last night, (to be viewed Saturday night with the wife), I decided to re-watch a movie I hadn't seen in at least 10 or 12 years: The Graduate.
Turns out it's just as excellent, awkward, and enjoyable as it ever was... No surprise there.
The Graduate - 8.5/10
Captain Phillips. 9
Somali actors were great. Awesome final scene with Hanks and a real Navy doctor interacting.
Current Rides, Look 566 & d' Arienzo-Basso Daily Rides. Cannondale 800 Optimo, utility bike.