winter_elf: Sherlock Holmes (BBC) with orange soft focus (Sheppard heart)
Another solid B movie.

Pros: Pretty, entertaining and amusing. Good for all ages. I really liked the Monkey and China girl sidekicks.

Cons: The leads were very one dimensional. The interest basically was the secondary characters - the monkey & China girl. I was not impressed by the 3D. Another studio grab. Go for the 2D.

Another movie with no surprises though a little long. The intro credits were well done and interesting.

James Franco did an okay job, if a little flat. I think really, that a much more charismatic actor in the lead role would have kept my interest more. To play a con man, you really need the 'oomph' and Franco tried, but just didn't have it. I read that they originally wanted/had Robert Downey Jr. He would have really fit this. Also, I think Jim Carrey could have blown it out of the park.

Basically, if you know the OZ books, I was told this is very true to them.
winter_elf: Sherlock Holmes (BBC) with orange soft focus (Sherlock-look trouble)
Entertaining B movie with no surprises but decent acting. Could you figure out the plot in 5 minutes? yea. But the actors did keep you entertained during the movie that wasn't too long and had decent action and plot.

The only head scratcher - this was definitely PG13, ie older teens, so the advertising was a bit of a disconnect with the 'family movie' hopes and studio advertising. Sorry, the giants loved to EAT PEOPLE. You might have had no blood and showed the 'eating' in a very vague and 'oh it's at a distance' sort of thing, but still!

There's really no need for the 3D. That's just studios grabbing money with a retro redo.

This one'd work just fine as a rental. Or if you need something mildly entertaining to watch.
winter_elf: Sherlock Holmes (BBC) with orange soft focus (Blow Something Up)
Over all, Not bad. Not as good as #4 (Live Free or Die Hard) which had a lot of snappy banter and good chemistry. This one, the chemistry is not as strong between John and his son, Jack. As both are doing the 'strong, slient' thing. Lots of destruction, lots of explosions, several 'wait, that fall should have killed them...', and oh, the old classic - slow-mo explosions. And lets not forget the gun battles in a place that... yea, that was interesting. Small twist I didn't see coming. I've discovered the McCLane's power. He's indestructable.

Best scene was the car chase near the beginning. LOTS of destruction, cars everywhere. And funny snappy commentary by John. He wasn't as funny later. Trying for serious. But here, at the beginning, boy yea, take on that Tank John. Sure. That will go well. NOT.

Enjoyable, but not outstanding.

One of the many trailers was for Fast & Furious 6. All I can say - looks like Die Hard 6 to me! Explosions! Tanks! Planes! Cars!
winter_elf: Sherlock Holmes (BBC) with orange soft focus (Blow Something Up)
Why oh why is January 'horror movie month'? Shouldn't these have been in Oct? Sooooo many horror flicks released in Jan that I have NO interest in seeing. So yea - long dry spell in movie watching :(

But Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters wasn't bad. More than a bit bloody - and a bit of tits for that R rating. But Jeremy Renner in tight black leather! even Shirtless! And my favorite - getting beat UP in tight black leather. Yum. Wait - you wanted plot - well, there is one, pretty simple. Lots of awesome steampunky type weapons, some side kicks, lots of evil witches to kill and really, no surprises. But for fantasy eye candy - not bad.

Not quite a B movie - but not an A either. If you can, go for non 3D.
winter_elf: Sherlock Holmes (BBC) with orange soft focus (Blow Something Up)
May 2013 be a much better year for all of us!

London 2013. As if you all didn't know I love London :)
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Have a safe and magical holiday - no matter what you celebrate!

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Okay, I have now seen the Hobbit 3 times. What, you doubted that I would?

- Imax 3d - HFR
- Imax 3d (normal FR)
- 2d

I enjoyed all versions, and really they all have their pros and cons.

2d - by far the easiest to watch. Very little blurryness (not as noticeable in 2d as in 3d), no eye strain, enjoyable.

Imax 3d (normal), pretty, but blurry at some of the more intense action bits and swift camera moves.

Imax 3d HFR - OMFG clear, no blurry in action or camera panning, eye strain, Rain fail bit. NZ is just stunning and so is Gollum. Downside - the sets stand out a little bit more - not as stunning as nature :) I didn't notice the makeup/costume comments some people said. But then, it was my first viewing and I was pretty involved in the movie. The only thing that really bugged me - the bit where it's raining when the party is leaving the Shire and you can obviously tell it's actors with wet hair riding between sheets of rain.

Verdit ... .... see them all? :) Different views for the mood really.
winter_elf: Sherlock Holmes (BBC) with orange soft focus (Hobbit)
Yes, I had a ticket to a midnight showing :) Like there was any doubt. By chance, and not because I was looking to - I ended up at a HFR Imax #d showing. It wasn't my intention actually. But I picked the theater close to home (so I wouldn't have a longer drive). I found out later it was showing in HFR. Several other IMAX's around were NOT. Oh well. I just jumped into the deep end. Worried that it would make me sick, I took one of my motion sickness pills - which helped.

Overall, Enjoyable movie. Loved Martin Freeman as Bilbo, Richard Armitage does a stunning Thorin, Gandalf was pretty amusing and Andy Serkis blows you away with Gollum. The dwarves were all individual and well done - and actually, easy to keep apart (even if one keeps forgetting their names) by their hairstyles. Good choice on that Jackson.

Despite critic's grumbling - I liked the prologue - you need that history which what the dwarves had been through to see why they are willing to risk so much to return home. NZ is BEAUTIFUL. Really. I've been there, and oh yea, you can TELL when it's filmed in NZ and what's filmed in 'sets'. Which... is one problem with the HFR. The sets look a little too polished/sparkling/flat. The CGI just isn't up to the HFR. I also enjoyed the White Council bit at Rivendell - and a more warrior acting Elrond!

Pros to HFR: NZ in all it's glory, Gollum who's so alive he all but leaps off the screen, very intense

Cons to HFR: Sets and costumes need to be up to a higher standard, the 'rain fail' scene, other CGI baddies are not up to Gollum's standards

I'll need to see the movie again in NON HFR to vote which way is the best - sneaky.

Easy vote - see it in a theater no matter which format you choose!
winter_elf: Sherlock Holmes (BBC) with orange soft focus (Hobbit)

1 Week to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I need more Hobbit icons.
winter_elf: Sherlock Holmes (BBC) with orange soft focus (Sherlock-snow)
And the car thinks I'm not paying it enough attention. As if the tires it needs were not enough. It decided to hit me up for MORE attention this morning.

It's a friday. My co-worker is off and we are expecting a delivery, so I can't be late. And the car is like - hey, I won't start. That'll teach you! *facepalm*

I have AAA, but didn't have the 45+ minutes to wait for them to find my place (not an easy task), but I managed to find someone close and talked them into giving me a jump - which turned into TWO jumps. Yea, it was that dead. Traffic was flowing so I ALMOST made the mechanic. Too many stoplights and there's me, pushing my car out of an intersection *facepalm, again*. My car is light, the intersection was not busy (thank goodness!). I only had a few blocks to walk to the mechanic. Luckily he took my 'here's the keys, there's the car, put in a battery' without a blink as I then hussled the mile or so to work. Hey, got my excercise in.

I was late, but did not miss the delivery, so that's good. I guess I can look at surprise excercise as a plus, though I could have done without the panicking - and the additional expense in this month. And you know car, a little warning would have been nice! I do take the 'I want a battery now' slow starts seriously. Really.
winter_elf: Sherlock Holmes (BBC) with orange soft focus (facepalm)
Did I spit in your coffee? make jokes? What? Let me tell you, nothing like a little Murphy hitting you over the head when it's going to do you the most frustration.

I had dinner tonight at the mall then headed home in plenty of time to watch the two Wed night shows I enjoy - Arrow & Supernatural. I hadn't set the VCR because I was planning to be home. Yea, you can see this coming.

On the way home I get a flat tire on the freeway. In the FOG! Luckily, I have AAA, so calling a tow-truck is no hassle. However he finds out that 1) my donut (mini) spare is flat and 2) I have a stripped lug-nut. He has air for the tire (and hope it works). But by now it's 8:30pm - so almost everything is closed. No chance of getting a new tire tonight - and, of course, I have a dentist appointment first thing in the morning that I made 6 months ago.

We're not far from a mall w/ a Sears, so the tow-truck follows me there. However they are closing and do not carry lug-nuts and will not sell me a tire. *sigh* He does suggest an auto parts store still open a few stops back on the freeway, so I'm off to get a lug-nut. Try #2 - I get a lug-nut. But I'm still on a donut tire that might go flat in the morning when I have to get to my dentist, who's not close.

By the time I get home, my shows are over, and of course, one was one I was really looking forward to. And I'll have to buy a new tire tomorrow - thrills. More than likely, two, since they'll give me the whole lecture about just buying one new with my older ones.

*head/desk* What a night.
winter_elf: Sherlock Holmes (BBC) with orange soft focus (Blow Something Up)
Wow. Intense, pretty and all out well acted. This is a Bond to not miss.

I really Love Judi Dench as M - and in this one, she has lot to do - so it's nice to see more of her. The new Q is cute (and young). The action is excellent, the stunts are awesome, the fights are more realistic, the acting is superb, and the Cinematography is just outstanding.

I also like the older/hurt/struggling trope - and in this Bond is struggling a little with being older and his prior experiences, so that is very refreshing to see.

Some very beautiful visuals - in both landscape and action. I want to see this movie again in a Imax screen - just to see the more intense visuals that screen type has.

Also, the trailer is a TEASE! OMG! WHAT a tease. There are two bits in the trailer that make you think something else, when it's not quite what is going on in the actual movie. Good one. You sure fooled us all :)

God, I'm trying not to give spoilers but I want to talk about it! ARGH!

SEE IT! SEE IT! SEE IT! And if possible - spring for the Imax. It's worth it.

Worth it: OMG YES!
winter_elf: Sherlock Holmes (BBC) with orange soft focus (Girl & Wolf!)
Very entertaining and well done. I enjoyed it quite a lot. Great story, and not just for kids on this one. Kids will be entertained and adults will be nostalgic for old video games. It really goes for the message about valuing yourself, bullying and finding your own way in a good manner.

A definite must-see!
winter_elf: Sherlock Holmes (BBC) with orange soft focus (Hobbit)
I have my ticket for a midnight showing - there are tons of movie tie-in books in the bookstores and they are teasing us with releasing bits of the soundtrack!
winter_elf: Sherlock Holmes (BBC) with orange soft focus (Girl & Wolf!)
Cute, amusing kid flick. Interesting enough for adults. LOTS of detail happening in background scenes. Simple plot.

Verdit: Kids will love it, adults won't be bored.
winter_elf: Sherlock Holmes (BBC) with orange soft focus (Blow Something Up)
Actually, quite enjoyed it.

Initially, I was a little wary, as I'm often more confused than satisfied with time-travel movies. Often they dwell too much on the paradox and trippyness to really just tell the story. This one, I liked. And that's because the movie starts out with a ten minute explanation of the time-travel and what's going on/history, then spends the rest of it on character development and how the younger and older versions of the main character, Joe, have different agendas - and why.

I LOVE Bruce Willis - and he's only gotten better as he ages. He so good at the 'over the hill but BAD ASS' with snappy comments and even better snappy commentary on what his younger self is doing (or failing to do). Joseph Gordon-Levitt does an excellent riff as a younger Bruce.

I really enjoyed the character development and the journeys the characters make. Some well done ... flashbacks/flashforwards. You'll keep changing you mind on which Joe to root for as both are pretty ruthless, but not without reasons. Some real questionable morality happening, but again, makes sense for the world as set up - and for the characters as you've watched them. The ending makes sense, and I didn't totally hate it.

Grade: A. Good, intense and yet thinky action flick.

Besides the violence, mild gore, gunbattles and drugs; If this was a fic, there are two warnings I feel a little important to some. I know someone I read (though I don't know if they read my LJ) has these. So, behind the cut - more detail on what I feel might be a little intense for some. I WILL give spoilers, so please be aware before you click.

spoilers/warnings )
winter_elf: Sherlock Holmes (BBC) with orange soft focus (Blow Something Up)
Good intense action flick with a smart female sidekick. A little slow in the first 20 minutes with ground work going on for the history of the 'project' and the reason for 'cleaning house' so to speak. Once the action gets going - intense and thrill a minute. I liked the action scenes - lots of chase type and fights with more than just guns but mixed and with lots going on. I liked Jeremy Renner a lot in this. He plays troubled secret agent very well, with a huge Vulnerability that make a lot of sense of his desperation to keep going.

Worth seeing - oh yes. Would be fine for rental/home. Great action/stunts, but would work on smaller screens.
winter_elf: Sherlock Holmes (BBC) with orange soft focus (zombie)
I liked it. A bit more for older teens/tweens than younger kids (and plenty for adults to be entertained with). As it deals a lot about bullying and being different and has some deeper elements than a typical kiddy movie. Our group was fine with it, but there were a lot of young kids in the audience, and they were pretty squirmy.

Worth seeing - yes. But fine to rent. It's not 'need a big screen' type of movie.
winter_elf: Sherlock Holmes (BBC) with orange soft focus (Blow Something Up)
Too much even for me. More like a gory horror rather than an action film. The only use for 3D - to show you how much the blood sprays when bullets hit - IN SLOW MO!. Ugh. Not worth it. VERY, VERY Gory. So gory and over the top with violence, I think it should have been NC-17 rather than R. And as for plot - it had a video game plot (and was short): met partner, go into 'housing project', have gun battle, blow shit up, kill people (dudes with guns), gang leader is violent in return, more blowing shit up, traitors show up, take out gang leader, walk out of project. Yea. That was the film. Really.

I forgot to leave my brain at home. And I think even during tax time this would have been a WTF movie.

Grade: D


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