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The Abominable Dr. Phibes
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Jesus....where to start. Great later Vincent Price movie. In fact, my one of my favorites, second only to Theatre of Blood. Anton Phibes (Price) was a very successful concert organist who was horrible disfigured and left unable to speak after a car accident that happened when he was rushing to be at the side of his ill wife, Victoria. He survives his ordeal only to discover that his beloved bride had died on the operating table. Unhinged, Phibes embarks on a spree of murders (all themed from the Ten plagues of Egypt of the Old Testament, hell bent on eliminating anyone who was involved with his wife's botched operation. Trying to stop him are New Scotland Yard Inspector Harry Trout (played by Peter Jeffrey of Dr. Who and Midnight Express fame) and Dr. Vesalius (played by veteran American actor Joseph Cotten). All of the performances in the film are solid, with special props going to the three main male leads I mentioned. Vincent Price gives one of the most iconic performances of his career as the titular Dr. Phibes. He plays the character gleefully over the top in a way that only Vincent Price could manage. Also worth mentioning that he worked in nuances of his own personality into the character (such as his love of gourmet cooking and penchant for art snobbery).

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

The fourth pirates outing starts promising enough, and glides steadily down hill to an ending that I saw as soon as I heard the phrase "fountain of youth". It all went downhill pretty quickly....proof that this series has come to rely on a pretty cut and dried formula, which, back in 2002, worked pretty damn good. Back then, though...Jack Sparrow was god. I left the theatre after seeing the Curse of The Black Pearl begging for more...and they delivered. Unfortunately, the movies just got progressively worse and worse, culminating in this anal abomination. On Stranger Tides as all the slick action and impressive visuals and epic set pieces that have become the hallmark of the series. On a technical level, it's every bit of the shining eye candy that you would expect it to be. Acting....I want Johnny Depp to distance himself from Jack Sparrow...as much as he can. The character has become him, and, while it was cool to begin with, now I just want him to die. Geoffrey Rush is...well...not awesome (never thought I'd say that). He's just kinda there, but doesn't really add much to it. Peneope Cruz is...well...same story. Totally unremarkable (never thought I'd hear my self say that I missed Keira Knightly). Now....Ian McShane as Blackbeard....now your cooking with gas. He was great. The showstealer. But unfortunately, he wasn't good enough to carry the film on his own. If they make another movie...which I'm sure they will (cashcows), I hope they bring back the Blackbeard character and flesh him out some more. The bottom line....Jack Sparrow is an annoying tool. Harder core fans of the series will probably like this...but I'm afraid I can't recommend it.

Thor
Thor (2011)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Okay...another movie I expected to suck big time. Again, I was pleasantly surprised. I won't lie...I know next to nothing about the source material. And even less about Norse mythology. That being said, I don't know how true Thor was to the comics. What I do know is that Thor had a pretty good plot, a few really good performances (one of which does NOT come from Kat Dennings, and some awesome slick visuals. On the flip side, I feel that several actors were woefully underused. Anthony Hopkins got nowhere near enough screentime. Stellan Skarsgård (who is one of my favorite actors) got more, but he just wasn't giving as much into the character as he could have. Also, I felt that there wasn't near enough character development in the beginning. One moment Thor and Loki are young boys, sreenwipe, now they are fully grown, Thor is an arrogant jock, Loki looks like the child catcher from Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang. Zero explanation how they got there. My final grip is that S.H.I.E.L.D. was driving around in Acura crossover SUVs (obvious product placement). They should be driving around in 9,000 pound Vortec V-8 powered Chevy Suburbans, like any good shady government agency. The bottom line is that Thor, while it doesn't utilize the time and talent it has the way it should, is still well worth the time.