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Archive for February, 2010

The Crazies—WOW so well done! Go Tim Olyphant

Ok i am SO glad that the Crazies was soo good!  I have had a mediocre couple of  movie weeks!   But wow..the movie was so well done.

First..im a big fan of Timothy Olyphant..of deadwood and hitman…he’s always great as a tough guy.  He was great in this.

The story line is great..its not super original because there are so many infection/zombie type movies..but the approach was unique..things unfold fast..and the way the plot plays out..its really really well done.

There are a few really good jumps..and not necessarily associated with a zombie..which i liked!

Go see this NOW



Shutter Island- Not bad, but turn down the dramatic music!

Shutter Island was slightly better than i thought it would be..but i didnt love it.  Im usually not the biggest fan of psychological thrillers that dont have lots of action or real supernatural stuff goin on.   But Shutter Island was interesting though just not my favorite movie.   There was one big thing i didnt like about it..the music was way overdone.

There are opening scenes and others throughout the movie…where extremely LOUD over DRAMATIC music was playing as if something was about to happen..but nothing did.  Im a big fan of the right soundtracks to trailers, movies..and specific scenes..and wow it was overtly annoying how many times this dramatic music was not only playing..but at a crazy volume level.

Also there is a firing line scene were a bunch of people are shot..and one of the idiot extras in that scene can clearly be seen looking up and smiling when he was shot down…i mean..how hard is it for an editor to see that? i caught it immediately …those kinds of little things annoy me.

The Wolfman- made me miss American Werewolf in London- so much lost potential

Wolfman was a bit of a let down.  It had so much potential! The trailers were great!  BUT as soon as i saw how cheesy they made the Title screen…i knew i should be worried. (When you see it..you’ll know exactly what im talking about..WTF was the production team thinking kicking things off with a super cheesy Title screen?!!) 

I do think the werewolf transitions were done well..and actually was probably the coolest part of the movie…BUT the sad part was the effects on the creature itself werent so great.   Also..they should have made the movie a bit darker…it had a slight "Van Helsing" or "Drag me to Hell" cheese to it…for example..loud noises to try and make you jump unnecessarily..which i HATE

The cast had huge potential..Anthony Hopkins was amazing as always..and so was Benicio del toro and emily blunt…and Hugo Weaving..all great actors..but just not enough real action..not enough foreboding.

Its a worthwhile rental..but no need to run out and see it in theaters