Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

I will be the first to admit that The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is actually a surprisingly curious movie. Since curiosity is the key word I will give you a very brief review that should peak your curiosity.

Here are some keywords to help you know what to expect when you see it.

Brad Pitt
Abandoned Baby
Make up
Reverse Aging
New Orleans
Forrest Gumpy

I thought it was well done and I actually got drawn in towards the end when Benjamin was getting younger yet dying of old age as a little kid. I give it 7.5 stars

Sunday, June 21, 2009


Valkyrie is a movie based on historical events of War War 2 when Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg and other Nazi officers attempted to assassinate Adolph Hitler. They obviously didn't succeed with their plot but for a moment you feel that they did and you wonder how they could have changed history. Valkyrie was well done and was quite suspenseful. The cast was excellent and they gave the movie a very realistic and believable feel.

I like Tom Cruise despite all the negative Scientology PR that follows him. On a side note, this is one of the few Cruise movies that does not feature him sprinting in on of the scenes. I thought it was strange that I was rooting for the Nazis in this movie but at least they were the ones trying to get rid of Hitler.

Valkyrie is one of the better war movies that has come out in the last 10 years. I give it a 7.7 stars.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Land of The Lost

Despite my disdain for excessive movie remakes based on TV shows, when I heard that Land of the Lost was coming out I was willing to make an exception and give it a shot. How can you go wrong with Sleestacks, crystals, dinosaurs, pylons, and Chaka? When I found out this was a Will Ferrel movie and a comedy I lowered my expectations.

Let me save you some time and just tell you that Land of the Lost is best as a movie trailer. You've probably seen most of the funny parts on all the commercials over the last several months. I'm a Will Ferrell fan, but Danny McBride made me laugh more during this movie. There were some funny moments but overall it was a negative experience.

It's rated PG-13 and is extremely heavy in the crude humor department. I was surprised to see a notice posted by the movie management indicating that despite the rating they felt it was not appropriate for kids. I would have to agree that this is definitely not a kid or family movie.

I'll be the first to admit that the 70's TV show was not a masterpiece but it is better than this movie. Any fans of the original series will be disappointed. I'm glad I had free movie passes to it and didn't spend any money on it. I give it 5.6 stars and just hope for better when the inevitable Sigmund and the Sea Monsters movie comes out in the future.
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