Archive for March, 2010

Review Catch-Up: “The Wolfman”

For the audio version of this review, check out my MovieReview AudioBoo website.

If you want to see actors phone in their lines, go check out Joe Johnston’s The Wolfman.  While not the worst movie ever made, it certainly isn’t that good, and barely passes as something I’d recommend even renting.

Benicio Del Toro plays the title character, a man who’s searching for whatever killed his brother.  His dad, Anthony Hopkins, has shown little interest in actually finding the killer.  Emily Blunt, who plays the love interest, is more concerned about Del Toro’s safety than the identity of the killer.  Acting-wise, this movie is a mess.  Del Toro looks absolutely bored and lifeless as The Wolfman, while Emily Blunt is given absolutely nothing to do throughout.  Anthony Hopkins, on the other hand, looks like he’s at least having fun playing this crazy old kook.  He probably knows how bad this movie is, and is probably trying to make the best of it.

On the visual effects front, it’s not too bad.  The landscapes, especially that of turn-of-the-century England, look very CG, but the make-up on the Wolfman is pretty good.  The blood (and there’s gallons of it) looks kinda fake, though.

The Wolfman is yet another mediocre movie to add to director Joe Johnston’s resume of mediocre movies.  I am a little worried now for his next project, The First Avenger: Captain America, which is supposed to be the lead in for the Marvel/Universal uber-team-up movie The Avengers.  As for this flick, I’d say skip it, unless you really like your creature movies.


March 29, 2010 at 2:13 pm Leave a comment

Netflix Wii Streaming Discs In The Mail

If you signed up for the Wii Streaming Disc from Netflix, you should be getting them today.  I’m actually been catching up on Lost (still on Season 1), and the video quality is what you’d expect from the Wii.  Though Netflix streaming has been available on the Xbox 360 for about a year and a half now (and on the PS3 since last year), the Wii is still able to deliver decent picture quality from Netflix.

Resolution is still capped at 480p, and look about as good as a movie or show streamed from Hulu.  Not exactly something you’d use to show off that $5,000+ home theatre system, but if you only own a Wii and want a simple way to watch Netflix, this isn’t a bad choice.  Plus, it’s free as long as you’re a Netflix subscriber.

Large buttons, clean interface

Easy UI for pause/play, forward/rewind

March 26, 2010 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment

Review Catch-Up: “Cop Out”

For the quick audio version of this review, check out my MovieReview AudioBoo site.

Kevin Smith’s first action flick, as well as the first movie he’s directed and not written, certainly stands out in his stable of films.  Unfortunately, in the buddy-cop action movie genre, it blends in with all the rest.  While I don’t think the movie is terrible, it’s not all that great, either.

Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan play Detectives Jimmy and Paul, two wise-cracking cops who have both been temporarily suspended due to a botched sting operation.  This sucks worse for Jimmy, because his daughter’s expensive wedding is fast approaching, and he needs the funds to pay for it.  Jimmy decides to sell an ultra-rare baseball card worth more than his daughter’s wedding.  Problem is, it gets stolen.  Willis and Morgan spend the next hour and forty minutes trying to find it, running into a dangerous Latino gang in the process.

Cop Out suffers from a mediocre script saved only by some good chemistry and ad-libbing between Morgan and Willis.  The movie also suffers from a run-time of nearly 2 hours; this is a movie that could’ve needed some time shaved off.  It loses steam about halfway through, and has a bunch of supporting characters that were either unnecessary or had too much screen time (Rashida Jones, as beautiful as she is, didn’t need that much screen time, and Sean William Scott’s character was an anomaly to me).

Overall, it was certainly entertaining (to a degree) and a decent way to spend an evening, but don’t expect too much.  I wouldn’t mind it if Kevin Smith wanted to do another action movie, but maybe choose a better script (or even write it) next time.


March 24, 2010 at 9:14 pm 1 comment

Review: “Hot Tub Time Machine”

Quick review of the new John Cusack comedy Hot Tub Time Machine.  It’s exactly what you’d expect, if you’ve seen the trailers.  As dumb as the premise is, it’s actually quite funny, with Rob Corddry stealing the show here.  There’s a hilarious scene involving him and Craig Robinson (‘Darell’ from The Office) in the bathroom.  Definitely not one for the kids, as this is a rated ‘R’ movie; lot’s of swearing, crude humor, and naked women.


If you’re at all interested, go check it out, it’s hilarious.  Check out my full AudioBoo review by clicking the link below.

\’Hot Tub Time Machine\’ Review

March 24, 2010 at 8:42 am 1 comment

Review Catch-Up: “From Paris with Love”

Hot on the heels of last year’s Taken, director Pierre Morel and producer Luc Besson team up again for another flick that trades plot for action. Though Taken followed that same general formula, it was a far more enjoyable flick than this uneven action romp.

From Paris with Love follows Jonathan Rhys Meyers as James Reese, an aide to a U.S. Ambassador, while also moonlighting as a low-level CIA operative.  Reese yearns for more, as he wishes to be in the middle of the action, and not just changing license plates for other undercover agents.  He gets his wish when he’s paired up with Charlie Wax (John Travolta), who’s on an assignment in Paris to bust a drug manufacturing and smuggling ring.

The action hits fairly hard, with some nice shootouts and hand-to-hand fights.  I especially appreciated the John Woo-esque shootout at a mannequin warehouse.  Travolta is fun here, channeling a little bit of his performance from last year’s The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. While nothing extraordinary here, he understands what this movie is about: plain dumb fun, and channels it well.  Rhys Meyers, however, is boring.  Yes, his character is supposed to be the boring pencil-necked cubicle jockey, but I just didn’t buy it.  He didn’t seem very relatable as this ‘Everyman’ who ends up following a trigger-happy gun nut who happens to work for the CIA.

And that’s also the problem with this flick.  With Taken, Liam Neeson was totally believable as an ex-government agent tracking down his kidnapped daughter.  His character was relatable because that film showed him not as a badass, but as a father who happens to be a badass.  Most people can relate to the plight of a father searching for his missing only child.  With Paris, none of the characters have that connection with the audience.  Sure, Travolta is having fun, but there aren’t any emotions the movie generates that I could latch on to.

From Paris with Love isn’t a terrible movie, but it ain’t that great, either.  This is certainly one of those movies you’d pull out when your buddies are over and you’re looking for a testosterone-fueled shoot ’em up, but other than that, there’s better ‘mindless action fare’ to be found.


March 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm Leave a comment

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