Tip o' My Brain

November 29, 2010

The Incredibles in 13 seconds

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

My favorite Pixar so far, and that’s saying something.  A superhero movie that explores the modern male conundrum of doing what he was made to do, while staying true to his responsibilities at home? And with great action and hilarity? I know Pixar’s been asked this constantly but…how do they do it?

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Star Trek Nemesis in 13 seconds

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

Many credit this film for effectively ending the Next Generation run of the franchise, but I don’t know why.  It’s got it all–space battles, cool Enterprise hijinks, romance, political intrigue, even some pathos.  I wish it’d been more successful, if only so the crew could have had a better sendoff.

Star Trek Insurrection in 13 seconds

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

Not the best Star Trek, but not the worst.  I made it for a pretty good extended episode of Next Generation.  The story doesn’t have as much gravity, but the humor is a step up.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 13 seconds

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

There’s a lot to love here–the movie moves briskly, the dialogue is sharp, the leads are gorgeous, and their problems are relatable.  What I loved best, though, was the fact that it was just so much fun.  Doug Liman does great work, but I like him best when he’s not brooding.

How to Train Your Dragon in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 10:35 pm

You know when you have a great animated film? When you see the main guy and his main dragon suffering, and you feel bad yourself.  I loved it–maybe not as much as Kung Fu Panda, but definitely more than the Shreks. Keep it up, Dreamworks!

The Village in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 10:32 pm

Yes, the twist overpowers the film.  Yes, M. Night needed to curtail his cameos. And yet, it’s hard to deny the film’s cold, stark style. The score is perfect.  And the end still grabs me. I feel the wonder and longing of the guard, knowing this chance encounter will haunt him forever.

Just Friends in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 10:23 pm

Overly familiar plot, undeveloped second-tier characters…and yet, this movie works for me.  The charm and comic timing (and, lets face it, attractiveness) of the leads helps raise the movie above its source material.

Hook in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 10:18 pm

A nice, light holiday classic.  Great if you overlook the shoddy swordfighting skills.  Something new–when I first saw it, I thought Peter Pan should have stayed in Neverland. This time I applauded his decision to leave. Have I matured? Or has the adventure been squeezed out of me? I don’t wanna know.

Tomorrow Never Dies in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 10:14 pm

Pierce Brosnan has been given short shrift–TND is a good entry that showcases everything we consider to be essential Bond–he drinks too much, has too much cavalier sex, kicks evil booty and quips mercilessly.  Daniel Craig’s Bond (admittedly my favorite iteration), has been criticized as being too real and brutal. Thoughts?

The Spy Who Loved Me in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 10:08 pm

Pretty good Bond entry.  Lots of Bond accoutrements–uber-bad villian with villiany plot, underground lair with convenient sled transportation system, love interest with accent, gadgets that amaze for their prescience, etc.  Added bonus…swingin’ disco soundtrack!

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