Tip o' My Brain

October 30, 2010

Paranormal Activity in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 7:11 pm

This movie taught us two things: One, you can make an effectively taut, creepy, dread-filled movie with very little budget. Two, when you’re being stalked by a demon, don’t call a psychic, or research the internet, or break out the Ouija Board…GO TO CHURCH.  Maybe it wasn’t in the budget.

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Curse of the Golden Flower in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 7:07 pm

The emperor is poisoning the empress, who wants to turn her son against the emperor while also having an affair with the emperor’s other son who is attracted to his unbeknownst-to-him half sister whose mother was the emperor’s first wife.  A beautiful movie that made me glad we have Presidents.

October 23, 2010

The Outlaw Josey Wales in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 10:28 am

I’m not a Western enthusiast, so I wonder how others would rank this.  All I know is, it’s got lots of stuff to like–drama, great landscapes, a plot that moves pretty well and, best of all, some fun, memorable characters.  And precision projectile spitting.  What more could anyone ask?

Rambo in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 1:49 am

The action is engaging enough, but it’s hard to consider this a Rambo movie, and not just because of the oddly gratuitious gore.  The message here seems to be…the world is so ugly, why bother trying to change it?  Maybe a little more introspective than the superhero themes of the previous Rambos, but ultimately it rings hollow.

Star Trek First Contact in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 1:34 am

The best TNG movie, and not just because of the effects, or the Borg’s creepiness.  We also get to see, among other gems, Picard act selfishly, Worf threaten Picard (justifiably), Voyager’s holographic Doctor in a clever cameo, and James Cromwell as Zeframe Cochrane, the future’s scared, drunk architect.

Star Trek Generations in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 1:27 am

Should Kirk have gone out with more style? Probably. But I still greatly enjoy this movie, in part because it takes pains to answer what every geek wonders in his (or her, yes, I’ve been told there are many) heart of hearts–what would the two greatest starship captains have to talk about?

The Thing in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 1:24 am

My favorite John Carpenter movie, besides maybe Halloween.  We root for the guys to make it, even as we (and they) see the increasing impossibility.  The effects are creepily effective.  The plywood sets (meant to keep out the Antarctic chill, apparently), aren’t.

October 22, 2010

Get Smart in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 11:39 pm

I wasn’t expecting a lot, and was pleasantly surprised. The movie’s not much like the show-Max is alternately brilliant and a buffoon (which I found a bit jarring). But Steve Carrell is turning into a reliable go-to guy for comedy. Take notes, Will Farrell!

Predator 2 in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 11:15 pm

First, the more-or-less obvious…P2 isn’t a good movie. The less obvious and possibly devastating truth? There’s never really been a good Predator movie. Even the first one was mostly about flex shots and exploding body parts. For dude movies Die Hard is still my benchmark. See? Testosterone cred still intact.

Juno in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 2:28 am

Jason Reitman’s characterizations are less zany and more ponderous than Judd Apatow’s, but no less memorable and definitely just as compelling.  Ellen Page’s performance is one of my favorites of recent years.  At the end, as she suffers both joy and stinging loss, I admit I just wanted to give her a big ol’ hug.

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