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Monty Python's And Now for Something Completely Different
11 months ago via Flixster

I like me some Monty Python, but I'm not a huge fan. And if that description fits you, then you'll also probably like a few of these sketches, but find the movie on the whole a bit disconnected, loud and obviously weird.

The best sketches like "Lumberjack Song", "Twit of the Year Race" and the opening "How to Stay Hidden" are probably worth watching the film at least once to have them in the memory banks. I'm also laughing as I write this with one of the best "clutz destruction" scenes of all times with the Mountain Climber in the office. That was an amazing bit to behold!

So if any of this piques your curiosity - you're going to enjoy this flick enough to be worth it. I just wanted to turn it off a few times for various reasons as well... hence the 3 of 5 rating.

Jurassic World
16 months ago via Flixster

Haven't seen it yet? What are you waiting for? It's a fun frolic in the fanciful forests of ficton! A monster-movie at its core, but also a trip back into nostalgia - a revisiting of the idea of a Jurassic Amusement Park. 20+ years later, and its nice to be back.

Overall its good popcorn entertainment, delivering pretty much what you'd expect. Much more in the spirit of the original Jurassic Park movie, even if what goes wrong this time seems much more unlikely and forced. Good characters, good special effects, and some fun moments... but the unbelievability starts to sink in and add up. Even dinosaurs need motivation, reason - something that makes them do what they do.

*SPOILERS: For those who've seen it - HOW could the IndominusRex mask its body temperature? WHY would it just kill for no reason? How could the big water dinosaur be right next to a pedestrian pathway? Why were so many people excited about the museum exhibit when REAL animals were right outside the doors!? Was there really no plan for evacuation on an island filled with dinosaurs? etc. :-)

American Ninja
16 months ago via Flixster

Ninja stereotypes and an American soldier whose magical youthful training somehow makes him superhuman. No matter how rigorous the training is from the "master Ninja" - they just can't compete with our magical American ninja.

This movie is laughably dated too. The insider arms deal, the ninjas throwing smoke balls to make themselves disappear, the "I've seen this a million times" action-movie plot. There's little in the way of good martial arts either... and stupid sprinkled throughout. I mean, why would the master ninja kill one of his dedicated, skilled trainees to prove his "badness". Just dumb.

Brother
Brother (2001)
16 months ago via Flixster

Brooding, violent and intriguing all at the same time. This was my first exposure to a Takeshi Kitano movie - and although it might not be his best, it has peaked my interest in more.

There are many elements of this movie that are fascinating, but left mostly unexplored. The relationship between the "brothers" (both real and through loyalty to a "family"), the Yakuza gangster culture and code of ethics, and the warring gang factions.

I found it changed little for Yamamoto to go to Los Angeles. For a brief period there... he could've tried to do something other than be a drug lord -- but whether through learned habits or a split decision he once again starts down the exact same path of a drug ring leader.

This movie certainly doesn't glorify a gangster life - instead portraying a world where death is always present, and there seems to be little room for mistakes. Getting your pinkie finger cut off is a small disciplinary measure for mistakes... and the stakes go up quickly.

Stark. Violent. Sad. But interesting. Worth watching, and then looking for more from this talented director and fascinating leading men.

Oblivion
Oblivion (2013)
16 months ago via Flixster

Visually stunning, tense and moody. This is a great dystopian, futuristic sci-fi movie - which is much better going in if you know as little about it as possible. It surprised me, delighted the senses and the story gradually unfolded as we learn more about this strange world we find ourselves in.

If you factor in the Tom Cruise effect (ie. the negative emotions around him as a person affecting rankings) this movie deserves about 20% higher score. Tom Cruise and the sci-fi genre work well together. While not as good as "The Edge of Tomorrow", this was certainly a movie worth watching.