Movie review : The Losers

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I’m a big fan of this movie genre. I can’t wait to see the A-Team. But let me tell you this movie was horrible. The plot was horrible. The acting, what little there was of it, was bad. Most of the time it seemed like the actors were just reading their lines for the first time. A few minor laughs. The action was okay at best. And you certainly see all the good bits in the previews. And let me tell you the bad guy in this movie – Max – was pathetic. He was supposed to be some funny bad guy and it just didn’t work at all. Bad writing, bad direction, bad acting.

This movie got a 37% from RottenTomatoes.com. That’s 37% too high.

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Movie review : How to Train Your Dragon

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[ No Spoilers ] How to Train Your Dragon was a good solid kids movie that the whole family can enjoy. There were a handful of fun action scenes that appeal to kids. I was surprised that it has a PG rating. The fighting scenes are very cartoonish. Nothing more violent than a Bugs Bunny cartoon.

The movie had a couple of laugh-out-loud moments but that was it. It wasn’t hilarious by any means.

The story is very easy to follow. Nothing complex to get lost in.

As far as the peetimes go I think they are all pretty equal. Each one is fairly easy to sum up. But none of them are as missable as I would really like.

The voice acting was top notch. Gerard Butler as Hiccup’s dad was perfect. There wasn’t a weak spot in the cast.

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One thing that bothered me a little after the movie is that it wasn’t obvious if Toothless knew that it was Hiccup who had shot him down in the first place. I would have liked to have seen that added in that after they bond Toothless discovers the truth and then forgives Hiccup. I think that would be a good message to kids about forgiveness.

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Movie review : Green Zone

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I think the best way to describe how good this movie is is to compare it to a very good George Clooney movie with all the very good parts taken out. There’s nothing wrong with Matt Damons work at all. In fact he was very good. But the story just doesn’t quite grab you by the throat. Instead it seemed a little confusing right around the middle part.

There’s nothing much to make this a compelling movie to see in the theater. I’d say wait for the DVD.

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Movie review : The Crazies

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[No Spoilers ] The Crazies is a good solid zombie flick but certainly not the best of the genre. There isn’t a lot of action to speak of so this doesn’t compare to something like Resident Evil. And I don’t recall a single funny scene, so it’s nothing like Shaun of the Dead. What this movie does have over most other zombie flicks is good solid realism. I didn’t just say that, did I? πŸ™‚

Seriously, what would happen if a small Midwestern town suddenly came down with zombiecitis? I’d say this is a pretty good depiction of what to expect.

They play around with the zombie mythology a bit in this film to make it seem more realistic. You’ll see what I mean. And there is a cause for how and why this disease has hit this town. But the movie doesn’t waste time on tracking down causes or secret government conspiracies. All of those details are dispensed with in about 5 minutes of screen time. Maybe less.

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Movie review : Valentine’s Day

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[ No spoilers ] First off the cast is great and huge. In the first 30 minutes of the movie there were at least 15 different scene cuts and it didn’t seem like we visited the same actor/actress twice. This movie is packed with highly recognizable stars.

There are many movies that have massive ensembles where we gradually see how their lives are intertwined. And doesn’t it seem like movies like this always take place in Los Angeles? What’s up with that? Well, there was Love Actually that took place in London. But all the rest are LA based. πŸ™‚

I thought the movie was pretty good. Not great. Certainly no where near as good as Love Actually and probably not as good as Magnolia which is another one of my favorite’s in this genera – whatever this genera is called.

There were a few good laughs. Some surprises here and there. One thing is certain: if you see this movie then absolutely hang out through the beginning of the credits. There are a few minutes of bloopers and the last one is not to be missed. πŸ™‚

It was very difficult to get peetimes for this movie because most of the scenes aren’t more than 2 minutes long. Plus, I knew that something that might seem innocuous but then turn out to be hugely important later on. That’s how this type of movie goes. So I just had to take my bust shot. I think the peetime after the camera man says, “High school love…ignorant of reality” is the best one to use.

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Movie review : From Paris With Love

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[ No spoilers ] I was really looking forward to this movie. And while I’m not hugely disappointed I’m also not exactly thrilled with it either. I guess the good news is that it’s a decent movie because it could have really sucked. But with the talented combination of Travolta acting and Luc Besson writing there’s only so bad it could get.

Getting peetimes for this movie wasn’t easy. That’s because there’s a bit of a mystery going on during the middle of the movie as Wax and James try to figure out who’s running the show. I kept having a feeling that this could be important later. Ultimately it wasn’t that big of a deal. If you’re going to see this movie for the plot then you’re probably going to be very disappointed.

The action was average. Lots of Wax – Travolta – shooting dozens of people while never getting a scratch on him. That’s as good as it gets. Wax does have a few good lines here and there but nothing iconic. Well, just one line that is a reuse of an iconic line he delivered in Pulp Fiction. You’ll like that moment.

The other guy – Jonathan Rhys Meyers – as James was decent. Nothing award winning but then it’s not that kind of movie.

It does seem that they were trying to set this up as a franchise, as the two desperate characters work well together as a team, blah, blah, blah. But I doubt if this is going to have the popularity it will need to bring on a sequel. Because in the end it’s just an average action movie.

One tiny little thing that bothers me is the movie poster. It didn’t happen in the movie that way. Not that it’s important, but James isn’t driving when Wax is shooting the rocket launcher. And besides that, Wax doesn’t even shoot the rocket launcher from the car. What movie were these guys watching when they made this poster? πŸ™‚

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Movie review : Dear John

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[ No spoilers ] The movie schedule this week worked out to where I had to see this movie instead of my mother or wife. So a middle aged guy is probably not the demographic this movie was aiming for. I’m pretty sure I was the only single guy in the entire theater. Most were groups of young women or couples of all ages.

Getting peetimes for this movie wasn’t too hard because there are really just a few moments in the movie that are remotely missable. Personally I think the love/sex scene is the best time to get away because really, not a lot going on besides the camera panning over their bodies for a minute or so. You’re better off missing that than some important dialog.

The acting and production values were all spot on. Amanda Seyfried was pretty great. And I just discovered that she played Lilly Kane in Veronica Mars. I thought she looked familiar. πŸ™‚ She pretty much carried the show. It isn’t that Channing Tatum is bad or anything. He just plays a young, fairly dower Army guy. Not a lot of expressions going on there. But then if he did it might seem a bit misplaced. So kudos for him not trying to over act the part.

I was really impressed with the job Richard Jenkins – John’s father – did. It was a fairly small role but he did a lot with it.

I think what most people will want to know is how emotional is this movie? Well, it’s both happy and sad which is probably what you want to hear. And I’ll bet that 99% of the women who see this movie will shed a few tears and a large percentage of men will as well. And then there’s the one scene where I actually heard people sobbing. So yes, this movie brings the emotion pretty well. And hey, there’s even a few explosions and gun fights tossed in there so everyone can be happy. πŸ™‚

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keeping your cues and synopsis separate

A few users pointed out to me that there was a problem with the way copy/print was handled at RunPee.com. Because the cue and the synopsis were together, people would sometimes read details that they didn’t want to know about.

I believe there is a simple solution to that. I have made two buttons for copying the data. One gives you only the cue, when it starts and how long the peetime lasts. Now you can copy/print that info on one piece of paper and then copy/print the complete cue and synopsis info on another sheet. You can use just the cue info to figure out when to RunPee and then the cue/synopsis together to read what’s going on while you’re . . . you know.

And think of this: if the restroom is out of toilet paper you’ll have 2 sheets of paper to use. πŸ™‚ Yeah, I know, ewwwww. πŸ™‚

I also added a little extra so that peetimes that start, say, 71 minutes into the movie will read: 1 hour and 21 minutes. I know it’s hard to do math when you have to pee.

I would like to point out that this was only brought to my attention a few hours ago. And the update is already implemented and online. Because here at RunPee world headquarters we really care about our users. That’s why our new motto is: Don’t be like Apple.

Note: in case you were unaware Apple doesn’t care how much users want to have the Flash Player on their iPod or iPad. They are not going to give it to you.

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Movie review : The Tooth Fairy

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It’s no secret: I love kids movies. To be more precise I love kids movies that have good humor, good acting and deliver a message without being silly about it. That being said, “I loved Tooth Fairy.”

There are a lot of comedies that aren’t funny. Take for instance Funny People which had funny people in the movie but they didn’t do much that was funny. The Tooth has lots of hilarious scenes. I mean throwing your head back and laughing out loud scenes. And that was the reaction from most of the audience which was predominantly adults. I’m sure that kids would find it even more hilarious.

Dwayne Johnson – The Rock – is great. I’ve seen a lot of his movies and some of them suck. Take the remake of Escape From Witch Mountain. Huge suckage but that wasn’t necessarily his fault. It was just a lame story and had pathetic production values. There’s none of that in Tooth Fairy.

Probably the most important skill that Dwayne Johnson has is his ability to act with kids. He had a lot of one-on-one time with the two kids – Lily and Randy – in this movie and did very well. And they weren’t easy scenes either. They required both parties to perform well, which is something that many adult actors can’t pull off when working with kids. My theory is that the adult has to make the kid feel comfortable. Which is something that Johnson must be adept at.

Of course the core of any good movie is in the telling of a good story. Yes, the story is predictable. It’s a kids movie. What else would you expect? However the story doesn’t go exactly in the direction that you might expect. What I liked most was that when the characters decided to really work at something they didn’t succeed right away. There were failures to overcome. In many stories once the characters become determined to accomplish something they do so. Which is simplistic because life just isn’t that way. I think this shows kids a valuable lesson in that they must continue to believe in themselves and not be afraid to change tactics when trying to accomplish something.

As someone who grew up watching Billy Crystal movies it was so nice to see him back at his best. He doesn’t work much anymore but he still has the gift. His role here is reminiscent of his role in Princess Bride but as a happier character. If you like Billy then by all means see this movie.

And it cannot go unmentioned that Ashley Judd does a good job with her part even though she doesn’t have much of a role. I didn’t even know that she was in the movie until she was introduced. Putting talented actors in minor roles really helps bring the grade up for this film. The same can be said for the ageless Julie Andrews and Stephen Merchant – The Office. Both are perfect for their roles.

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Movie review : The Book of Eli

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If you’re a Denzel Washington fan then worst case scenario is you’ll just barely enjoy this film. More than likely you’ll enjoy it a lot. Maybe even love it.

What will probably be the determining factor in what most people think of this film is how well they take to the style that it is filmed in. The lighting is always stark and washed out. It’s almost looks like it was filmed in black and white. The lighting isn’t just for some stylistic impression. It’s that way because this takes place after a nuclear war.

I personally loved the style and cinematography that was used. Very dramatic, and it sets the mood well for the story that is being told.

As for the story: immediately after the film I would have given it a solid 8-out-of-10. But after thinking about it more and more, I find myself liking the movie more. Usually it’s the other way around. So good work on putting together something that gave us a nice revelation at the end that hardly anyone will see coming. Yeah, you’re going to want to steer clear of any spoilers for this film. If someone starts to tell you how it ends, then just stick a knife through their throat. That’s what Eli would do. πŸ™‚ That being said – now that I know what’s what – I’m looking forward to seeing this movie again on DVD.

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