Most readers probably know that I do the occasional film review here, and that because I like just about every movie I see, instead of actually rating movies myself I judge them based on how long it takes for them to put my wife to sleep. A few readers may even remember that, several years ago, I had been trying in vain to get my wife to sit through “The Two Towers” and “Return of the King”, after having subjected her to “The Fellowship of the Ring” in an actual movie theater. Alas, my efforts were in vain, until she happened to wander past the television when I was watching “The Two Towers” for the umpteenth time, and she happened to see Gollum. A bit more back story: When we finally got replaced our picture tube last year, it was with a 3D flat screen; and because it’s difficult to find 3D movies for rent locally and I am too cheap to buy them, I rent them by mail, a la Netflix, from an outfit called 3DBluRayRental.com. Are you with me so far? Good. So here is my non-review review of the 3D Blu-Ray of “The Hobbit”.
Posts Tagged ‘Reviews’
Posted by jamesviscosi on April 23, 2013
Posted in fantasy, Movies, Reviews | Tagged: 3D, big night, dinner parties, dwarves, gollum, long movies, Movies, Reviews, the fellowship of the ring, the hobbit, the lord of the rings, the return of the king, the two towers | 4 Comments »
Posted by jamesviscosi on January 13, 2013
So it’s been a very (very) long time since I posted a movie review, and the Oscar-nominated “Beasts of the Southern Wild” seems like as good a film as any to break the lengthy review hiatus.
Posted in Dramas, fantasy, Movies, Reviews | Tagged: aurochs, beasts of the southern wild, benh zeitlin, dennis, fantasy, louisiana, monty python and the holy grail, Movies, pot bellied pigs, Reviews | 2 Comments »
Posted by jamesviscosi on October 17, 2010
Last weekend we finally got around to watching “A Perfect World“, the Clint Eastwood film in which Eastwood plays a Texas Ranger trying to catch Kevin Costner’s escaped convict as he makes a run for freedom. Complicating matters is Costner’s hostage, a young boy he snatched during a home invasion. Lacking a father figure at home, it doesn’t take long before the boy starts going all Patty Hearst on us.
Posted by jamesviscosi on September 26, 2010
So this weekend we finally got around to watching “Paranormal Activity”, the (in)famous smash hit that was filmed down in San Diego for about $11,000 and went on to make a couple hundred million dollars. My wife wasn’t all that enthusiastic about it, because of the “found footage” nature of the film, which reminded her of “The Blair Witch Project”. We both hated that movie. Maybe we’re jaded from having spent so much time hiking and occasionally getting lost in the woods, but all we both kept thinking during TBWP was, “Just keep walking downstream, you idiots!” Fortunately, that wasn’t an issue with “Paranormal Activity”.
Posted in horror, Movies, Reviews | Tagged: creepy, demons, dumb boyfriends, hauntings, Movies, oceanside fire department, ouija boards, paranormal activity, poltergeists, psychics, rattlesnakes, Reviews, san diego, witchboard | 5 Comments »
Posted by jamesviscosi on August 22, 2010
So this weekend I saw “The Brothers Bloom”, a caper movie along the lines of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”, only with a little more jaundice. I say “I” saw it because my wife was not around for it, which means I can’t say how long it took her to fall asleep, so I’ll just have to estimate it instead.
Posted in Comedies, Reviews | Tagged: adrien brody, capers, comedies, con men, dirty rotten scoundrels, mark ruffalo, maximillian schell, Movies, rachel weisz, Reviews, rinko kikuchi, robbie coltrane, the brothers bloom | 2 Comments »
Posted by jamesviscosi on July 25, 2010
So this weekend we went to see “Inception”, the new trippy mind-bender from trippy-mind-bender-specializing director Christopher Nolan. If you think “Dark City” meets “Matrix” meets “What Dreams May Come” meets “The Spy Who Loved Me”, you won’t be far off. (But don’t think “Dreamscape”. Aside from involving dreams, the films are nothing alike.)
Posted in fantasy, Movies, Reviews, science fiction | Tagged: christopher nolan, cillian murphy, dark city, dreamscape, ellen page, inception, joseph gordon-levitt, ken watanabe, leonardo dicaprio, marion cotillard, Movies, Reviews, science fiction, the matrix, the spy who loved me, tom berenger, tom hardy, what dreams may come | 4 Comments »
Posted by jamesviscosi on June 27, 2010
So last week I finally got around to watching “Thank You For Smoking“, the satirical 2005 film about the tobacco industry and its efforts to lobby Congress and the public about its products. Not being familiar with the source material, I at first didn’t realize that it was set before the massive settlements between cigarette companies and the government; once that became apparent, I kept waiting for Russell Crowe to appear in the background to leak secret industry documents to intrepid reporters. Instead Aaron Eckhart (in a great performance that manages to make his smooth lobbyist character, Nick Naylor, not come across as smarmy) sleeps with an intrepid reporter, but that’s okay, too.
Posted by jamesviscosi on June 13, 2010
So the other day I found a new customer review of A Flock of Crows is Called A Murder (Kindle Edition) on Amazon.com, a mere eight years after it received its first customer review!
Posted by jamesviscosi on May 16, 2010
So I finally got around to seeing “Zombieland”, in which Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg do battle with hordes of undead as well as Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin (in a road trip only marginally less strange than the one she took in “Little Miss Sunshine”). As you probably know from the trailers, Woody and Jesse have much more success against the zombies than against the girls.
Posted in Comedies, horror, Movies, Reviews | Tagged: abigail breslin, buddy pictures, cameos, comedy, emma stone, horror, jesse eisenberg, monsters, Movies, pacific playland, Reviews, road trips, shaun of the dead, tafkap, the zombie survival guide, woody harrelson, zombies | 2 Comments »
Posted by jamesviscosi on April 11, 2010
So the other weekend we watched (500) Days Of Summer, a quasi-romantic comedy in which a greeting-card writer named Tom falls in love with an administrative assistant named Summer. Unfortunately Summer doesn’t fall in love with him. (This is not a spoiler.)
Posted in Comedies, Dramas, Movies, Reviews | Tagged: 500 days of summer, chloë moretz, edward norton, joseph gordon-levitt, love, paul giamatti, Reviews, romance, the illusionist, zooey deschanel | 2 Comments »