Tip o' My Brain

August 25, 2010

Iron Monkey in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 11:06 am

Lots of fun kung fu action and the zany overacting you can’t get in any other genre. What I appreciated most, though, was the scope. The epic gravity of Crouching Tiger or (to a fault) Hero is missing. Sometimes you want No Country for Old Men, and sometimes you want Raising Arizona.

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August 19, 2010

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World in 13 seconds

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

Opening weekend– Alpha male movie The Expendables faces off against unabashed Chick Flick Eat Pray Love.  And for the video game/comic geek contingent, there’s Scott Pilgrim. Yeah, it got trounced. I don’t care. I loved it–Edgar Wright’s movies have so much manic energy they could power Indonesia for a year.

Identity in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 10:38 pm

You like twists? This one’s different in that it doesn’t come at the end–more like two thirds of the way in. I remember when I first saw this one it was so jarring it was almost too much of a reversal. Still, it’s fun to get your brain yanked sideways every once in a while.

Knight and Day in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 8:33 pm

What do you get when you take two bankable stars that define the word “pretty,” a respected director, lots of travelogue and big budget effects and throw them into an action-comedy blender? Same thing as whenever you throw anything in a blender–a soupy mess that leaves you wanting something solid.

Emma in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 7:13 pm

Very proper British period piece. Lots of big dresses. Lots of great coats and canes. Lots of sedate dancing and buttons that go all the way up to the top, and proper romantic entanglements, and would-be entanglements. I loved it. Shut up!!

August 16, 2010

Witness in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 11:26 pm

This movie has aged pretty well, except for the music. I’ve always wondered why Harrison Ford didn’t seek out more of these kinds of roles–this one showed off his acting chops more than pretty much anything else he’s done. And look for Viggo Mortensen in complete Amish fanfare!

Citizen Kane in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 11:23 pm

My friends and family think it’s too slow. Not me. This time around, I noticed more the sinister atmosphere that’s conveyed through the lighting and the music. It’s not a scary movie until you factor in the main character, drowning in the tide of his own personality.

Iron Man 2

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 11:18 pm

It’s not as good as the first. So?! The first was, let’s face it, a wonderful surprise. And now we get War Machine (awesome), and another geek-centric epilogue (they made it just for me). Let’s face it–the IM movies are like a 50’s rom-com with super-villain battles. High praise, I say.

Serenity in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 11:10 pm

I can’t explain why I love this movie.  Well, let me try. Great dialogue, great acting, great ensemble, great plot, great twists. I bristle at the accusation that this was just a two-hour Firefly episode. There’s greatness here (great greatness). I can’t wait to see what JW does with Avengers.

August 9, 2010

Blade Runner in 13 Seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 9:23 am

It’s easy to see why it’s considered a neo-noir masterpiece. Harrison Ford is NOT an action hero here. He shows a lonely swagger that makes it one of his best performances–like if Han Solo realized he was alone in the universe.  And Rutger Hauer–you can’t take your eyes off him.

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