Movie review: The Secret Life of Pets
I just got back from seeing The Secret Life of Pets. This is a movie which I had promised myself I wouldn’t see in theaters. The trailers were so bad and boring. No good jokes, no character reveals, and no story shown. Unfortunately, that’s because the person editing the trailer had no good jokes, characters, or story to include.
Long and short of it
The story of the film is about a dog, Max, who finds himself with a new roommate. This happens, of course, because his owner decided she wanted a second dog. After the two pups argue and fight for roughly an hour (in-movie time, not run time), they both get picked up by a dog catcher. The two then forge a friendship through their trip (more…)
10 movies that were actually remakes
Ever watch a movie and think, “I’m pretty sure I’ve seen something like this before…?” For a while now, Hollywood has been criticized for remaking old films instead of producing new original stories. When looking at the list of recent releases from Tinsel Town it’s easy to see why they catch so much flack, more than half of movies released over the last several years have been a rehashing of old stories already committed to film, but there are also several popular movies which most people don’t know are actually remakes. Here is a list of the top 10 movies you didn’t know were remakes:
Classic movies: The Truman Show
For the first time ever, my wife got to watch The Truman Show thanks to a night in and our old pal, Netflix. The decision to sit through this 90’s adventure went as follows:
Me: “Have you ever seen The Truman Show?”
Wife: “Uuuh, I don’t think so.”
Me: “Really? It’s pretty good.”
Wife: “Okay, lets watch it.”
Minimal prodding needed to interest her, and I didn’t even have to give away a single part of the plot (which I think really helped during her first view as the discovery of what is happening was exciting for her).
Watching Classic Movies
Those of my regular readers who have followed my work over several years know that I am a HUGE fan of movies. Not just “films” or “cinema,” but grimy horror, chick flicks, and old creature features. As with almost every film nerd, I have seen nearly every movie which critics would consider a “classic” as well as nearly every movie which is known as a pop-culture classic. Recently, while having a conversation with my wife about Back to the Future 2, I was shocked when she revealed that not only had she never seen it, but she had never seen the original Back to the Future either. In her family, films (more…)
Disney’s The Jungle Book review
Today I finally got out to my house and made my way to see the new adaptation of The Jungle Book. I had an idea of what I was going to see based on the trailers, a lot of CG animals thrown into an okay movie. After seeing the complete film, I am sad to see that my first impression was right on the money. There are critics all over the web praising this movie and there are big box office numbers to back up what all those critics are echoing, but I don’t get it. The movie wasn’t bad, if you wanted to see it you probably will have a good time, but I wouldn’t recommend anyone go out of their way to sit through a showing.
Analysis and review of Panic Room
As promised, we have now returned (at least temporarily) to watching and reviewing films of David Fincher, today’s film was Panic Room. For those who have not seen it, Panic Room is about a mother and daughter who move into a new home which has a “panic room” (basically a stronghold within their house) and have to use it almost immediately as a few guys break into the home thinking it is still vacant, looking for 3 million dollars. The movie was…okay I guess. Far from the best that I have seen from Fincher, and arguably the worst (although I have not seen his entire filmography). To me, all the characters feel so unrealistic and the tone is off. While there are serious moments within the film and characters are supposed to be terrified or frantic, it all plays a bit ‘silly’ and feels like it is meant to be comical. Also, it has a young, foul-mouthed Kristen Stewart who is just as unemoting as ever.
Waking Sleeping Beauty review
This movie review is a little out of place, and we will return to the regularly scheduled Fincher movie examinations tomorrow, but I had the opportunity to watch a documentary which has long interested me but I never got the chance to see: Waking Sleeping Beauty.
As you could probably guess from the title, this documentary is about the Walt Disney Animation Studios, but it has nothing to to with Sleeping Beauty, in fact, it covers the struggles of the animators and the animation division of Disney from the time that animated features were nearly cancelled (around the release of The Black Cauldron). Although I am typically reviewing films and looking at the elements used to tell the story visually, I am a huge fan of documentaries and I was very excited that I finally got to see Waking Sleeping Beauty.