Review: Star Trek

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I saw Star Trek twice on opening day – so that I could get some real good and accurate PeeTimes. And I must say that it wasn’t as good on the second viewing. While it was an incredibly entertaining movie the plot was a bit muddled.

What I loved was the change in scale of everything. Abrams took a big risk by pumping up the volume on everything. Bigger ships, bigger rooms, bigger everything. I’m not sure what the overall Trekers consensus is but I was happy with it.

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Review : Terminator Salvation

What did you think about Terminator Salvation?

I thought it was a pretty good movie. Much better than T3 but then that’s not saying much is it? Terminator and T2 are very hard to improve upon. So Salvation is pretty easy to place in the Terminator pantheon.

The Fx were great. Acting was top notch and I was very pleased with the plot and pacing of the movie.

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( Note: I would write more but I really need to get back to work on the website. )

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Movie Review: My Life in Ruins

I’ve been packing like crazy, getting ready to make a big move and needed just a couple of hours to escape from the boxes and piles of stuff I hadn’t seen for years….My Life in Ruins is the perfect escape. There’s humor, tiny bit of drama and beautiful scenery. Nia Vardalos as Georgia, was very much like her character in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, (which is not a bad thing. ) We see Georgia change from being a frustrated tour guide to a charming, caring beautiful woman, over a four day tourist excursion. Richard Dryfus provided great comic relief and also a very touching, poignant moment at the beach. My Life in Ruins is the perfect get-away. If you can’t go to Greece, let Greece come to you at your local theater.

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Review: The Hangover

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The Hangover isn’t the sort of movie I usually go for. Movies in this genre tend to be crude for the sake of crudeness. The Hangover isn’t like that. All of the characters are likable. There’s no maliciousness between them that wouldn’t be normal for any group of guys. And they bond together as the movie goes on. As opposed to a movie like Very Bad Things ( 1998 ) which has a similar theme but ends up driving the characters apart.

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The movie plays out unexpectedly as a mystery. Four friends go to Vegas … tell me if you’ve heard this one before … for a bachelor party. The morning after we see Phil, Stu and Alan wake up in their hotel room to find the place trashed and a few inexplicable additions. Plus one major subtraction: the groom. Thus begins the mystery. They have no memory of the previous evening and begin piecing clues together as they search for their friend.

There were some good laughs and the pacing worked well. I had to see it to get the PeeTimes and I’m glad I did.

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Review: Transformers – Revenge of the Fallen

The sequel to the 2007 blockbuster “Transformers” is out and it is rockin!

When I see trailers for movies I decide (because of my ever-shrinking budget) whether it is going to be a “wait for the DVD” movie or “go see it in the theatre” movie. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” was a “Go see it in the IMAX, baby!!!” And I am certainly glad I shelled out the extra bucks to do so. Getting caught up in the special effects and sound was worth it, because that is at least half of what make this movie so great! I am not saying it in the snide, put down way that “bite the hand that feeds you” Megan Fox did. (What the heck was she thinking?)

The movie critic “Movie Mom” said of the 1st Transformers “the robots are just so cool!” She was right then, and it hasn’t changed now. They’ve gotten even cooler with way more personality.

Let’s talk personality. Bumblebee – come on, that is one hot car and if he were human I would totally want to date him. Courageous, loyal, sensitive, strong – everything a woman wants. But there was one thing in the movie that confused me; what happened to his voice? They made a big deal out of giving him James Earl Jones’ voice at the end of the first movie and gave some lame excuse as to why it doesn’t work now. Don’t get me wrong, I adore him without the voice, he expresses way more through radio and song – but it was a little cheesy the way they glossed it over. And while I am pet peeving on this; James Earl Jones as the voice for a hot car like Bee? No way! JEJ has the voice for Kings and Gods, not a hottie like Bee. Let’s think along the lines of Samuel L. Jackson, or Ice T., or even Vin Diesel. That would be a tough voice!

I’ll go ahead and get my other problem with the movie out of the way. This is not quite a spoiler; but if you haven’t seen the movie yet, skip this paragraph. I could have thought of at least 3 different ways to help Sam in the desert without going all mystical like they did (OK, 1 and if I thought really, really hard I could come up with 2 others, but you get my point). It reminded me so much of the way The Matrix was ruined by trying to take it to some “higher purpose” when the purpose was already high enough! Come on guys, is uniting 2 alien races not enough for you? We can’t even get peace on one planet; I would think engendering trust between 2 planets is a huge deal. Why the great beyond stuff?

OK – spoiler part over, you can read again.

Things I adored;

Sam’s Mom: this woman is hilarious! Between crying over sending her only child to college and sampling some of the “special” brownies being sold at the bake sale – she will have you dying. Do not drink too much Coke, you will have to go to the bathroom from laughing so hard.

The Twins: they almost destroy as many things fighting each other as they do the Decepticons, but do not attack one of them. They are brothers, and you do not mess with brothers.

Transformers hiding: just like in the first movie, the Transformers attempt to hide. I have no idea why I find this so funny, but I do. It reminds me of my 6 year old standing up straight as he can behind the tree in hopes I won’t kill him for using my china for flying saucers.

Sam: he is just great. Every tiny expression is perfect. You can tell just how nuts he thinks his roommates are to just how devastated he is by a great loss he experiences, and how much guilt he feels over this loss.

Bumblebee: I love this car, I want this car. I will even take the old beat-up version of this car as long as I get one that cries when I say I am going to leave him behind. Oh and that comes out shooting military grade bombs at any adversaries. I think he would be great in Atlanta traffic.

The plot was not great in this movie. There were some pretty Swiss cheese type holes. But the acting and the special effects more than made up for it in my opinion. Michael Bay was not going for Drama of the year or an Oscar with this film, he was looking to give us all a good time – and he succeeded with that spectacularly.

Can I have my Bumblebee now, please?

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action violence, language, some crude and sexual material, and brief drug material. The twins’ language is particularly “street” foul language. I would definitely pay attention to the “13” part of it. Your 5 and 6 year olds are going to beg to see this because it looks so cool, but unless you want to spend the entire movie going “don’t repeat that” – then you will probably want to hold off until the DVD version.

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Movie Review : Land of the Lost

If you’re a fan of Will Ferrell, this movie won’t disappoint you. He does what he does best – slap-stick humor. I did find myself laughing out loud a few times.

A word to the parents that are not Will Ferrell fans: if you can safely drop off your pre-teen/teenager at the movies and go shopping, please do so. And don’t worry about the kiddies seeing something shocking…Most everything in this movie can be seen on television. Lots of slime, spit and urine being tossed about. The kids will love it. I can’t say anything bad about Land of the Lost. You’ll be entertained and the final scene with Matt Lauer is priceless…..

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Review: Year One

Parents, are you uncomfortable sitting through a Cialis commercial with your preteen, dreading to hear the words “erectile dysfunction” and waiting for you kid to ask you, “what is an erection and why do you need to see a doctor if it lasts more than four hours?”…

If the answer is yes, don’t go see this movie with your youngster. I’m not saying don’t see the movie. DO see this movie – just not with your kid. It’s a hysterically funny parody of the Old Testament with some great lines delivered by some great characters; there’s poop and urine humor, some hints of bestiality, and of course gay humor. Part of the story takes place in Sodom and you can imagine the fun the writers had with that scenario.

I saw Year One at the first showing and was amazed to see the number of kids under 13. A mother with four young boys sat in front of me. The kids laughed all the way through the movie. The mother did not…

Go see it with a friend or your spouse – not your kid! 🙂

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Review: The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

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There was nothing wrong with The Taking of Pelham 123. The acting in Pelham was more than adequate, as you would expect with high caliber actors Denzel and Travolta carrying the load. The story was okay; the direction was okay; the writing was okay. So as much as anything that’s what is wrong with Pelham. It was just okay.

There are no great reveals and no great plot twists. Which in and of itself is no crime but that leaves the movie as nothing more than a simple story. And that can work well if there are compelling characters. Characters that you want to live, or die, or overcome some obstacle. Someone to root for. But that’s not the case here.

Denzel played his character just fine but the character as written was unassuming and humble. So no great attachment is made with the audience.

Travolta’s character – Ryder – wasn’t terribly evil or malicious. So it’s hard to root against him. It seems as though an effort was made to make the audience associate with Ryder and think, “This could be me under those circumstances.” But the story just doesn’t quite pull it off.

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The acting in Pelham was more than adequate, as you would expect with high caliber actors Denzel and Travolta carrying the load.