Tip o' My Brain

January 25, 2011

True Grit in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 1:14 pm

I loved the acting, scenery, straightforward plot, humor, and that the Cohen Brothers can reign in their sometimes opaque storytelling tendencies.  But one thing I loved the most–that this is one Hollywood film that treats Christianity, specifically, in ways that are genuine without the antagonism.  I can’t remember the last time that happened this side of Chariots of Fire.

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Donnie Darko in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 1:08 pm

A kid with behavioral issues sees a 6-foot bunny that tells him the world is ending.  It seems like a film student’s bad idea, and yet it delivers both the indie cred and the well-structured story.  And there’s some genuine creep–that bunny doesn’t look a thing like Roger Rabbit.

Slumdog Millionaire in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 1:04 pm

I realize the gameshow angle might be a little too pat, but this movie has a lot of heart and not a trace of cynicism.  One thing I appreciated was the landscape–I don’t have any experience with India that isn’t Disney-lite, and every time I see SM I’m amazed how Danny Boyle makes it come alive.

January 24, 2011

How to Train Your Dragon redux in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 9:22 pm

This time I was reminded of how varied stories can be, and yet how most of them boil down to a small truth.  In this case–the lengths a son will go to impress his dad, while at the same time forging a separate identity.  Heady stuff for a cartoon, isn’t it? And yet it’s very effective.  Who says cartoons are for kids?

Red redux in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 9:16 pm

This time I was struck by how much fun these post-55 actors seemed to enjoy just acting together. It almost made the whippersnappers like Karl Urban, who does a solid enough job, more like window dressing. Oh well, it’s not a bad compliment to say you’re showcasing the Greats.

District 9 in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 9:13 pm

I love this movie.  From a storytelling standpoint, it’s incredible how the filmmakers pick up, not from the beginning, but from the end.  The aliens are already on earth–this is about the relocation. And the audience tracks with them the whole way.  That’s takes some skills.

Tron Legacy in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 9:10 pm

I’ve observed this both in my own response, and in the responses of my geek brethren–“It was…good! Not great, but good!”  Decoded: You probably won’t like it, but go anyway because we need the validation for our life choices.  Let me elaborate–the effects are fun. But I much prefer the simple-yet-elegant plot of the original. I couldn’t really tell you what this one’s about.

Salt in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 9:06 pm

The action was decent and the stunts were good.  But I had a) the nagging feeling that I’d seen it before, and better, and b) the not-so-nagging feeling that everything I was watching was utterly preposterous.  In other words, if you’re in the waiting room of a dentist office and it comes on tv, you don’t have to look away.

Toy Story 3 in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 9:02 pm

I hate saying goodbye, and so I went into this with some trepidation.  And yeah, it’s very moving and bittersweet.  Yet it also had all the laughs I was hoping for, and not a trace of schmaltz.  Again, I don’t know how Pixar does it.   I wonder what would happen if they took over the government?

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review — kryptobrent @ 8:58 pm

I loved this movie! I didn’t know what to expect, and what I got was different from pretty much everything else that’s comparable today.  It didn’t have Pixar’s epic reach, or Dreamworks sarcasm.  Just straight laughs and zany-ness from start to finish.  My latest pleasant surprise.

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