Archive for November 7, 2008

Movie Journal: The Incredible Hulk

As a longtime fan of Marvel Comics characters I’m having a blast with all the movies that have been coming out in the last eight years or so, going back to 2000’s X-Men. But while they’ve been alternately fun or exciting it’s just now that it’s getting interesting, with Marvel now tying all their movies … Continue reading

Movie Journal: Clerks, Clerks 2 and Mallrats

I decided, prior to the release of Zack and Miri Make a Porno (which I’ve yet to see) to watch a few Kevin Smith flicks. But instead of doing them in the usual order (chronological by release) I decided to just watch both Clerks and Clerks 2 and then, because I had just been talking … Continue reading

Movie Journal: Death at a Funeral

Gotta say, having just seen it, that I’m greatly disappointed by the news that Hollywood is planning a Chris Rock-starring remake of Death at a Funeral. The movie is laugh out loud funny as it tells the story of a British family dealing with the death of its patriarch, whose funeral becomes the forum for … Continue reading

Movie Journal: Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Forgetting Sarah Marshall is just an enormously funny movie, even if I’ll never really be able to look at Jason Segal the same way now that I – and the entire rest of the movie-going world have seen his unwrapped package. There’s actually not much more I can even say about it. It’s one uncomfortably … Continue reading

Movie Journal: Speed Racer

It’s actually kind of funny that Speed Racer wound up being the in-flight movie on my return trip to Chicago from San Fransisco. It’s funny because at The Converation, one of the graphic artists who worked on the movie was on a panel and joked, after showing a clip, that the amount of people who … Continue reading

Movie Journal: Be Kind Rewind

My enjoyment of Be Kind Rewind was probably hampered by the fact that I watched it on an airplane. But even giving it the benefit of the doubt I have to say it was not very good. At least I didn’t quite get what Michael Gondry was going for with it. I get the story … Continue reading

Movie Journal: The Harry Potter series

I had watched Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone several years ago, shortly after it came out on DVD and found it among the least enjoyable movies I’d watched in quite a while. It wasn’t that it was bad – it was that it was, in my estimation, completely forgettable. I compared it at the … Continue reading

Movie Journal: Gray Matters

I’m not sure what exactly is behind the sub-genre that’s popped up over the last few years of movies about women who are leading perfectly normal, if romantically unfulfilling, lives and who wind up being lesbians. The transformation usually winds up impacting either their current husband/boyfriend in unexpected ways but always winds up with everyone … Continue reading

Movie Journal: Baby Mama

There’s a lot of potential in a movie about a woman who encounters complication after complication as she tries to contract with a surrogate mother in order to have a baby despite the fact that she’s a busy career woman with little to nothing going on in the romantic prospect department. Heck, even the synopsis … Continue reading

Picking up the Spare: Zack and Miri edition

Christine and Film.com goes into the battles Smith and the Weinstein Co. endured with the various marketing materials they submitted, had to pull, had to redo or wound up getting approved. I think Christine kind of takes her argument to the extreme but it’s still an interesting read. Wired’s Epicenter blog covers the campaign from … Continue reading

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