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Community (TV Series)

Posted by james on Oct. 20, 2012

(post.rating: 10)
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This is, by far, the best television show I think I've ever watched. Definitely worthwhile.

It's a ridiculous comedy, but the writing/characters/attention-to-detail is amazing. Sometimes I get the urge to crawl into the screen & hang out with my study-friends.

GO HUMAN BEINGS!

Arthur

Posted by james on Aug. 16, 2011

(post.rating: 5)
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Lauren wanted to see this, I didn't really. I think Russell Brand is really amusing in talk shows that I've seen, but the previews made this look like just another marrying-the-wrong-woman comedy. Which it was, plot-wise, but there's so much more to this one.

The movie was really funny for almost the entire first 2/3 solid, quirky jokes from Russell's witty and strange mutterings. He's a bit easier to understand, and I'm guessing he was coached not to speak at a normal lightning British-pace for us Americans. It helps a lot, since there's gold throughout that would otherwise be lost.

And Hellen Mirren... wow. She was good in Red, but amazing here. Now that I think about it, while Russell's craziness and humor sold the funny movie part, Mirren sold the heart. Almost all of this genre's movies try to have a tear-jerking meaningful interlude to elevate the movie and give it a bit of weight. But this time it actually worked.

I didn't think I would enjoy a couple hours of Brand, as funny as he is, but this movie was solid. Even though you've seen this all before, and you know what's happening every step along the way, this one was well-worth recycling the story.

Clash of the Titans

Posted by james on March 30, 2011

(post.rating: 5)
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I saw the previews, and it made one thing clear - this was a special-effects monster fest.

I actually expected a lot worse, which is probably why I didn't hate this movie. It's not a good movie, but it's also really not as awful as you'd expect.

The most painful part - the lame character setup at the beginning. Instead of introducing all the characters (and the comic relief, and the wise old sage, etc etc) they could have just shown them briefly with their title (ie. "Young innocent soldier who will most definitely die quickly") and spared the setup. Heck, at that point they don't even need names (not that I remember any of them).

It was a little distracting to see so many recognizable actors & actresses - mainly because they didn't really seem to fit. The first half of the movie (aka the real-life / non-cgi part) was a little... lame. I can't remember a movie where I noticed the makeup as much. It seemed like they cut some corners on the costumes.

But the second half was enjoyable (minus the jar-jar-binks era Medusa CGI). Why? Because it was just a CGI-laden monster fest. And Sam Worthington was probably the single best thing about the movie. Probably the only unforgettable character here (though seeing Liam Nielson in yet another "god" role is ... well, let's just say he might be challenging Morgan Freeman as the go-to god guy).

So - not the most awful movie. Pretty much what you'd expect. I take back what I said about Sam Worthington - the *kraken* is the single best thing about this movie. He's huge, but well designed. In fact, don't even bother watching this movie - just find the kraken clip on youtube, watch that, and stop when you're done. That's all you really need.

PS. What the heck with the eye-less blind witches holding an eyeball in their hand? It's like Guillermo del Toro's creatures mixed with Auhgra from the Dark Crystal.


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