Posts Tagged ‘movies’

Our (almost) free summer movie fest (with notes, of course)

June 29, 2011 Leave a comment

So the desperate good folks at Blockbuster sent us an offer last week. We rent 1 new release (at 2.99) and get 1 free movie a night until July 4th. While I’m not a fan of Blockbuster, I am a fan of movies. And I’m a huge fan of taking advantage of silly corporate moves like this without contributing another dime to their bottom line. So we’ve watched a lot of movies this week. One a night, in fact. For free. Thanks, Blockbuster.

Here’s the list. We went mostly with movies that weren’t high on our netflix list or we couldn’t stream on netflix. I might also point out that I let K make a lot of the choices since I tend to be the one the picks the movies. And of course, I can’t help but make a comment or two about each.

True Grit – loved this film! Great performances. Even though it’s a western and a remake, it felt like a Coen brothers film (which I love). If you haven’t seen it – you need to see this movie. (K liked it too, btw)

Other Guys – This is the first time Will Farrell has been funny to me in a long time. Wahlberg is great, too. Ridiculous movie, but fun.

Kid movie – Rebekah picked it. I’m sure she loved it.

The Switch (aka Jennifer Aniston still plays Rachel pt.100) – I agreed to this b/c I love Jason Bateman. And he’s pretty good in it. Some funny moments, but it’s a rom com. SPOILER ALERT: The whole formula is there. Zany circumstances. They can’t be together. Wacky best friends (Jeff Goldblum is great in this role btw). The heartfelt revelation. I never want to see you again. Soul-searching montage. Reconciliation. Wedding. Weird thing from earlier in the movie is resolved. Happily ever after.

Just Go With It (aka Aniston as Rachel in Hawaii) – See above. Sub Sandler for Bateman (although I’m not as big a fan).

Underdog – Kids got to pick again. I have to admit – I kind of liked it. I loved the cartoon as a kid and the movie stays pretty true. They even go overboard to make Peter Dinklage look like Simon Barsinister.

Tron: Legacy – This just made me sad. First, George Lucas beats my childhood to the ground with the prequels (you know what I’m talking about) and Indy 4. Now, Disney has finished it off by sucking the life out of Tron. Remember all of the things you loved about Tron? Well, they aren’t here. Instead, we get 10 minutes of light cycles and disc battles and then 45 minutes of Jeff Bridges channelling “The Dude” while sitting in the Lotus position and “talking to the sky”. I felt like I needed to apologize to the kids for making them sit through it.

The Dilemma – I like Vince Vaughn and Kevin James. And I like Ron Howard films. My issue with this movie isn’t that it wasn’t good, I thought it was OK, the problem is that the movie that is advertised isn’t the movie that’s delivered. The trailer makes this film look like a comedy. It isn’t (really). There are some genuinely funny moments, but there is a lot of drama and friendship stuff worked out all the way through. Oddly enough, about 30 seconds of the trailer is cut from the film.

So there you have it. More opinion than you want, but perhaps some fair warning. Any suggestions for our last movie tomorrow?

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five pieces of random goodness in my world

March 21, 2008 Leave a comment

Just some random things that have been greatly enjoyed over the last week or so.

Film – saw Juno tonight. Incredibly good. Every performance was spot on and I especially can;t say enough about Ellen Page and J.K. Simmons. If you haven’t seen it – you should.

DVD – King of California. Another movie with incredible performances. Michael Douglas at his best. Hilarious and at the same time a movie that really has something to say about suburban existence.

Books – Thanks to my trip to Vegas I got to read Into the Wild and Earth Abides last week. I love it when I have time to read and find great stuff with which to fill that time. Earth Abides is another in my way too long string of apocalyptic novels.

TV – While I didn’t send any peanuts to CBS, I am a fan of Jericho. I caught the first season on the internet this summer and while it had some incredibly cheesy moments, something kept me watching. I’m glad I did. With only a handful of episodes to tell it’s story, the show has really tightened up and has great pacing and storytelling this time around. If you haven’t been watching, check out season 1 on DVD and the season’s episodes at

Hoop – It’s tourney time and I spent a good part of the day in the big chair watching teams I care nothing about play basketball because that’s what you do  on the first day of the tournament. And I plan to do it for the second day as well.

Ah the joy of simple things.

hats off to Jon Stewart

February 24, 2008 1 comment

My wife keeps calling me in to watch different Oscar moments and a few minutes ago I watched as Glen Haspard and Marketa Irglova won best song for the amazing “Falling Slowly” from the incredible film “Once”. The obvious shock and joy on their faces was beautiful to see. Haspard got to say his thanks, but the orchestra started to play before Marketa got to say anything. So back to work I go when my wife comes back in to say “you have to see this”. I walk in to Jon Stewart reintroducing Marketa and giving her the mic to say her thanks. A made for TV moment to be sure, but it seems like Stewart was pretty taken with the song and the pair. I look for them to show up on The Daily Show in the next week or two.

Here’s the moment.

If you haven’t heard the song – you should. Enjoy.

top 20 geek movies

February 3, 2008 Leave a comment

In honor of finally seeing Blade Runner tonight I give you the top 20 geek films of all time as put together by ListVerse. The ones I have seen are in red. Not quite to the 15 that makes me official, but it won’t be long. There was also a pretty good conversation over at The Movie Blog about films that were left off.

20. Pirates of Silicon Valley 1999, Martyn Burke
19. Short Circuit 1986, John Badham
18. Hackers 1995, Iain Softley
17. Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan 1982, Nicholas Meyer
16. WarGames 1983, John Badham
15. Repo Man 1984, Alex Cox
14. Planet of the Apes 1968, Franklin J. Schaffner
13. Alien Quadrilogy 1979, Ridley Scott (I have to give myself .5 of a film here since I’ve seen two of them)
12. Akira 1988, Katsuhiro Ôtomo
11. Pi 1998, Darren Aronofsky
10. Office Space 1999, Mike Judge
9. Star Wars 1977, George Lucas
8. The Matrix 1999, Larry and Andy Wachowski

7. Metropolis 1927, Fritz Lang
6. Brazil 1985, Terry Gilliam
5. Serenity 2005, Joss Whedon
4. Lord of the Rings 2001, Peter Jackson
3. Spaceballs 1987, Mel Brooks
2. Bladerunner 1982, Ridley Scott

1. 2001 1968, Stanley Kubric

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top 5 2008 movies I’m excited about

January 3, 2008 1 comment

do you care? probably not, but this is a good place for me to remember.

Thanks to The Movie Blog for the links to the lists from different studios.


The Happening

The Dark Knight

Prince Caspian

Get Smart

Honorable mention goes to: Yes Man, Indiana Jones, Iron Man, and a bunch of others I don’t know anything about yet.

speed racer movie – the weekly whah?

December 7, 2007 Leave a comment

Again courtesy of The Movie Blog, I bring you the trailer for Speed Racer. This, I will not be seeing. I get the attempt at trying to keep the look and feel of the cartoon, but wow this looks horrible. Click, view, and share your opinion – especially if you think this looks good. I can’t imagine.

I can’t get it to embed, so just click the link below. Just remember – I warned you.

Click away

movie news – couple of can’t wait films

December 7, 2007 Leave a comment

Since I don’t want to work on my finals and would much rather think about the freedom that is coming – a few movie trailers.

First a film I can’t wait to see – Prince Caspian. I thought the first Narnia film was great and this looks to equal it.

I saw the latest I Am Legend trailer last night – wow.

And against my better judgement – Will Ferrell’s latest – Semi-Pro. It has to be better than the ice skating garbage.

ht to the Movie Blog for keeping me up on all things trailer.