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The Puppet Masters

Posted by james on Feb. 9, 2006

(post.rating: 2)
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This had been one of my favorite books that Heinlein wrote. Most of his books were pretty formulaic, and were more or less cookie cutter. At least this one was a little different, and a little exciting in the middle. So this movie I wanted to see ever since I heard it was coming out, about 9 yeras ago. So of course, it stunk bad. I don't know why, but Eric Thal.. man, I wish they'd never invented that hair cut. He must have it somewhere in his contract, a certain amount of guaranteed no-shirt time, and also a certain amount of almost-complete nudity time. Creepy exhibitionist. So how good can a movie be where you hate the main character as soon as you meet him? Bad. Really bad. At least... well, no "at least". It's just bad.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Posted by james on Feb. 9, 2006

(post.rating: 7)
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Crazy crazy movie. The opening credits remind me of sin city, very comic book like except this time more like a 60's noire private-eye flick. Which is basically what it was, with a modern "Very Bad Things" twist and a John Cusack like narration. The most amazing thing; they took two normally bland actors and actually got some good performances. Wow. Val Kilmer in his best since (no, not Batman 7), Tombstone. And Robert Downey Jr. in his best since... well, probably just his best. Lots of nudity, lots of killing people with guns, lots of "wrong" moments. And nudity. But the saving moments (besides the almost tricky but really just nancy-drew clever plot twists) are the really funny downing vs. kilmer interactions. That along gives the movie its score. I'll probably watch it again just for that. Albeit this time the censored version without all the nudity (ie. the 30 minute version).

Aeon Flux

Posted by james on Feb. 9, 2006

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First impression; Charlize Theron as a hardcore action starlet? Bad news... Somehow she can't pull it off like Kate Beckinsale. Although that one was kind of a stretch itself, but it worked (and Underworld is so darn cool!). Too bad this one is completely predictable. Lots of slow motion fantastic "gravity don't work here" acrobatics, very weird and unbelievable "gadgets" (here's a spoiler: coins turn into balls that climb walls and then jump away real fast... blowing everything up. Ahh, the wonderful future). A pretty weak plot too, mostly because of the almost apathetic attitudes of all the main performers. Actually, all of the performers. Lesson #7: in the future, everyone is emotionless. That automatically bumps the actors' cool factor by, like, 10. Look like you don't care! Think Keanu Reeves! (Minus the "whoa"). Good thing this was a dollar movie. So, bad news Charlize. Go back to (what does she do again?)


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