Tip o' My Brain

July 28, 2010

The Bounty Hunter in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 8:36 pm

This is billed as a romantic comedy. There’s at least two things wrong with that description.  Stupid plot.  Unlikeable characters.  The story humanizes about two-thirds of the way in, but too little and way too late. My sister liked it–this has hurt our relationship a bit.

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July 27, 2010

Get Shorty in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 4:39 pm

Watch out–hot f-bombs a’flyin’!! But Travolta hasn’t played a more multidimensional character than Chili Palmer–cool, thuggish, and thoroughly likable.  The scene where he’s watching Touch of Evil in an old theater,  looking to see if everyone’s having as good a time as he is, is small but perfect.

Magnum Force in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 4:32 pm

Dirty Harry’s second outing is better than the first. Lots of iconic 70’s cop violence and intrigue. Nothing politically correct in sight.  And a reminder that, contrary to popular belief, Harry was more than just a carrier of large guns–he was a believer in his own cause.

July 26, 2010

The Losers in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,Uncategorized — kryptobrent @ 3:06 pm

Not the funniest, actiony-ist movie out there, but I thought it did  just fine.  Hollywood genre films come in waves, and this preceded this years A-Team crop (followed by, well, The A-Team last month and the Expendables next month).  Worth a spin.

Shrek the Third in 13 Seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 2:59 pm

Now almost completely laugh free!  I haven’t seen the fourth yet, but this movie proves why audiences stayed away. The angle of Shrek being afraid of fatherhood did strike a chord, which was almost completely eradicated by the phony ending.

July 23, 2010

From Paris with Love in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 10:53 pm

Another proof of the Luc Besson Effect (see B13 review), only with a couple plot reversals that keep the action fairly fresh. All undone by a contrived ending and a ridiculous epilogue.  John Travolta is in full Alpha Male mode, which, let’s face it, is the only one he uses anymore. Sigh.

A Good Year in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 10:48 pm

One of those comedies where you feel like it’s supposed to be funnier.  Plus it has a major plot detail that never resolves to any satisfaction. But it’s light–yup, Ridley Scott can do light!–and the French scenery is amazing. Unlike Robin Hood, the current Scott-Crowe collaboration, it isn’t painful to watch.

Eraserhead in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 10:44 pm

A guy goes to have dinner with his girlfriend’s family, the chicken explodes, her mother starts chewing on his neck and she gives birth to a dinosaur.  What does it all mean? It means that weird doesn’t necessarily mean good. Sorry Lynch fans–you’re weird too!

Inception in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 10:39 pm

Drink a pot of coffee before hitting the theater–if you blink you’ll miss something.  Great story, though. I’ve never seen anything like it. Just don’t ask me to explain it. Chris Nolan’s got more creativity in his lil’ finger than I have all over, and for that he must pay.

July 18, 2010

Big Trouble in Little China in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,Uncategorized — kryptobrent @ 10:46 pm

John Carpenter–say what you want, but the man makes movies HIS way. This time around–I’m reminded that a)some movies transcend if you watch them with die-hard fans,  b) some movies are too bizarre to sum up in a a paragraph, and c) Lo Pan’s “Indeed!” is the possibly the best one-word one-liner ever.

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