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Movie Ratings and Reviews

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
½

Not bad - good summer popcorn flick. Definitely rides the coattails of the previous indy movies. Nothing new here - a bit over the top, but a mostly solid performance.

Iron Man
Iron Man(2008)

This was a really solid summer blockbuster movie. Definitely worth seeing - and stay till after the credits!

Smart People
Smart People(2008)

Saw this to see the scenes shot at Carnegie Mellon. Not bad... probably worth waiting for the DVD though.

The Darjeeling Limited

the movie backdrop/setting was awesome and well shot, just had a hard time following along - might have been a little too quirky this time around. doesn't hold up to rushmore - but this was a decent watch.

Juno
Juno(2007)

ellen page is brilliant in this, and allison janney had some funny moments (espescially liked the ultrasound scene...) witty dialogue, subdued comedic moments - this was a ton of fun to watch, I think I need to see this again.

The Usual Suspects
½

finally got around to seeing this (thanks Joe for the hulu tip). this definitely merits a second viewing.

Be Kind Rewind

definitely gondry-esque, the movie feels like a look into how he approaches film making - the way the sweded shots were composed for certain effects felt straight from gondry's head. felt like a few plot threads weren't tied up, but this was quirky, funny, and enjoyable.

Man Push Cart
½

netflix threw me this one as a recommendation, i thought it was a documentary. it wasn't. but it had that sort of feel to it.

not a bad watch though, the plot is stretched a little thin, really liked the premise. definitely captures the gritty new york atmosphere with the way scenes were shot and the silent portions of the film.

My Kid Could Paint That

Continuing my documentary viewing streak, I enjoyed this film. Amir Bar-Lev does a fine job of constructing his narrative around Marla, the 4 year old painter.

It interestingly explored issues and brings up questions like what is art? How the storytellers bias effects its reception. Definitely enjoyed slate's review of the film which popped up on digg recently.

http://www.slate.com/id/2175311

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
½

This was awesome, a well crafted documentary around competitive Donkey Kong. The drama felt a little bit forced, but the filmmakers did a great job with crafting the various personalities and telling a story. Bonus points for the geekiness of some of the peripheral folks interviewed in the movie.

Persepolis
Persepolis(2007)
½

Really enjoyed the art direction/animation style of this, its simplicity really accentuated the storytelling. There were a few unexpected funny moments, definitely enjoyed this and recommend it.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

If you didn't enjoy this, well then I fart in your general direction!!!

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

Michel Gondry's a genius. The handheld camera work made me a little nauseous at first, but overall I really enjoyed this romp through Joel's memories and Long Island.

Beowulf
Beowulf(2007)
½

Caught this last weekend in digital 3D - managed to get over the uncanny valley and thinking too much that this was a CG movie. Definitely some interesting stuff going on with the 3D effects - had me jump out of my seat a little.

Futurama: Bender's Big Score

A fun watch - a lot like the Simpsons movie, this is an entertaining long episode. The trouble is with these movies is that they're judged against a catalog of years of work instead of judged as a standalone piece - but then again, it wouldn't be the same movie without that context.

I'm thinking too hard - if you're a futurama fan, go watch this!

Spellbound
Spellbound(2002)

Seriously one of the best movies I've ever seen. The kid from New Jersey (w/ the creaking voice) was awesome. Incredibly funny and heart-warming. I laughed, I cried, I pissed my pants... ok maybe not the last part.

My Neighbor Totoro

A fun watch for fans of Miyazaki, with the themes of childhood innocence/imagination and animism that are apparent in his later works. Doesn't quite have the magic of Spirited Away or Princess Mononoke, but still has an endearing quality to it.

No Country for Old Men

To echo many other folks, Javier Bardem is creepily brilliant in this, though I'm still trying to make sense of everything, might require a repeat viewing.

Film Noir
Film Noir(2007)
½

An interestingly told noir story in animated form. Nothing revolutionary here with a somewhat predictable plot - but a well told story that makes it easier to forgive the film's shortcomings.

The Science of Sleep
½

Normally I'm a huge fan of Gondry's stuff, but for some reason, things didn't pull together for this one.

Helvetica
Helvetica(2007)

A movie about a font? This was actually a fun documentary, with interesting characters via the designers they interviewed. Definitely an entertaining watch on one of the most pervasive fonts... really makes you look around to see where Helvetica is.

Rocky IV
Rocky IV(1985)

The movie that ended the cold war.

Cars
Cars(2006)

Not the best Pixar movie, but another solid film from these guys.

Garden State
Garden State(2004)

Loved it at first, awesome soundtrack from Zach Braff. But it really degraded after a repeat viewing.

Snakes on a Plane

Watch this movie with friends, and make fun of the ridiculousness of snakes on a plane.

Snatch
Snatch(2001)

I always get this mixed up w/ Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

Serenity
Serenity(2005)

The movie was good, but mainly as an extension of the TV series.

Batman Begins

Best Batman since the original movie - much truer to the comics in with it's darker overtones to the story. Less cartoon like... seriously Ah-nuld as Mr. Freeze? Hopefully the followup to this will be even better.

Mortal Kombat

I've got this bad habit of watching terrible movies in theatres.

Ladder 49
Ladder 49(2004)
½

Better than I thought it would be.

Bad Boys
Bad Boys(1995)

Mike Lowwwwwrey.

Smokin' Aces
Smokin' Aces(2007)

Lots of characters to follow, most were poorly developed. Interesting how the movie was shot, but just too much breadth in the end.

A Beautiful Mind

Nash went to Carnegie Mellon!

Aladdin
Aladdin(1992)

One of the last quality non-CG Disney movies.

The Departed
The Departed(2006)
½

Follow the X's... I'd like to check out the original hong kong version.

Die Hard: With a Vengeance

Didn't remember Samuel L. was in this. Another solid popcorn flick in the Die Hard series.

Hero
Hero(2004)

Gorgeous photography/composition in this film, also a really interesting narrative for a kung fu flick.

Phone Booth
Phone Booth(2003)

Kind of got ruined by seeing the cast list beforehand.

The Pursuit of Happyness

I enjoyed seeing the sf scenes, and Will Smith had an interesting dynamic with his movie/real life son.