Movie Review Catch-Up 2010, Part 1

January 16, 2011 at 10:20 pm Leave a comment

Been away from this blog for some time due to work (I stare at a computer all day at work, so the last thing I want to do when I go home is to stare at one some more). So since I’ve been remiss at updating this blog with movie stuff, I decided to do a recap of all the movies I’ve seen and a brief blurb about what I thought of each of them.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Loud, flashy, witty, and oftentimes very funny, Edgar Wright’s film adaptation of the popular graphic novels comes to vivid life. While it’s not the perfect comic book movie adaptation, it’s still a damn good one. Each of the characters is well written and the actors all do a fine job making their respective parts stand out. My only real complaint is that the film is a little too long. Yes, I know they’re condensing a bunch of different graphic novels into one movie, but it could’ve used a little more trimming. Maybe have Scott Pilgrim face off against Five Evil Ex’s instead of Seven.

8/10

Lottery Ticket

Every once in a while, you need a silly movie to watch. This was my silly movie. There’s not really much to say about this movie, except that the cast work rather well with each other. Bow Wow seems, to me, a capable actor as long as he isn’t given a whole lot (“capable” meaning it’s not as painful to watch him act as it is watching an amateur high school play). The script loses steam pretty early on, though, and there’s one scene that is excruciating to watch. It involves Bow Wow and his best friend played by Brandon T. Jackson, and they’re arguing over something on a rooftop. It sounded so bad, like watching improv where both actors didn’t know what to say, but they know they should be angry. At one point, Jackson says something about worrying about the government. What? Anyway, a slightly below average flick.

4.5/10

Machete

Hot on the heels of Stallone’s The Expendables is Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis’ Machete, another tongue-in-cheek action flick that favors ridiculous violence over anything resembling a good story. The difference here is that this isn’t so much an homage to action films as Expendables was, as it is a satirical look at the U.S.’s current immigration issues, more specifically the ones surrounding Hispanic Americans. It’s got that same grindhouse, B-movie style that powered Rodriguez’s Planet Terror and Tarantino’s Death Proof, and it’s probably just as fun as those. I just wished there was actually more action. The last half of this flick felt a little limp, in comparison to Stallone’s loud, noisy, over-the-top finale for Expendables.

6/10

Devil

Say what you will about M. Night Shyamalan, but there’s no denying his ability to come up with an intriguing premise. That’s what’s apparently driving his latest endeavor, “The Night Chronicles” –  a series of films with stories conceptualized by him, but written and directed by others. This isn’t such a bad concept, especially if you’re an up-and-coming director who happens to get in good with Mr. Shyamalan or any of his producing partners. The first entry in the series, Devil, is about a group of strangers who get stuck in an elevator. The twist: one of them happens to be the devil himself. Unfortunately, you can probably guess which one’s the title character pretty early on. And, the movie seems to wrap itself up too nicely for its subject matter. If anything, this movie proves that maybe Shyamalan should let other people handle his work for a while, at least until he gets his groove back .

6/10

A new entry coming soon.

For something completely unrelated, check out what I’ve been doing for work (writing/editing video game strategy guides):

Medal of Honor

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

Disney Epic Mickey

Kirby’s Epic Yarn

Halo: Reach

Call of Duty: Black Ops

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

Dead Space 2

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