Tip o' My Brain

June 30, 2011

The Transporter in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,action — kryptobrent @ 12:22 pm

There’s something about the lack of pretension in this movie that really appeals to me.  The characters are simple but not stupid, the action is tight but not over-the-top, and even the score is jazzy and not the orchestral event you see in other Hollywood action movies. The European landscapes work towards this vibe–the entire movie says, “Come for the excitement! Then stay for a nice cappuccino.”

Predators redux in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,action,redux,sci-fi/horror — kryptobrent @ 12:17 pm

Again, I’m surprised at how jacked Adrian Brody got for this movie. This time around the movie seemed more by-the-numbers, which isn’t a compliment. There’s just something about Schwarzeneggar’s bulk and swagger from the first movie that made his match-up with the Predator more epic. Since then it’s been one get-‘im-before-he-gets-you scenario after another. Predators is one of the better ones, but still.

June 29, 2011

Best Worst Movie in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,documentary — kryptobrent @ 1:53 pm

A fascinating documentary about the stars, history and bizarre phenomena surrounding the film Troll 2, considered the worst ever (have they at least considered “McHale’s Navy”?).  At times heartwarming, funny, triumphant, sad and aggravating, it’s a great picture of how show business doesn’t necessarily change someone, as much as accentuate what’s already there.

June 28, 2011

Smilla’s Sense of Snow in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,drama — kryptobrent @ 2:40 pm

Strong performances by always-reliable Gabriel Byrne and Julia Ormond, who joins Scarlett Johansson as a member of the “Coolest Movie Star Names Ever” club.  I don’t know where she went, but I want her to come back. Oh, yeah, this movie…besides the beautiful landscapes, we get a somewhat implausible story that overpowers its simple murder-mystery setup.

The Losers redux in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,action,redux — kryptobrent @ 1:48 pm

I’ve seen this movie, like, three times in a year. Why? The action is decent and the performances, particularly by Chris Evans and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, are engaging, but the writing’s a little uninspired and cliched.  What it’s got is…it’s easy.  It’s the cinematic equivalent of Doritos.  You eat one and suddenly half the bag is gone.

June 23, 2011

X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,action,superhero — kryptobrent @ 1:16 pm

What’s good here is undoubtedly in the casting–Liev Schreiber and Ryan Reynolds are great, and it’s still hard to imagine anyone pulling off the titular character better than Hugh Jackman. There’s plenty of bad, though–flat plot, cliched dialogue, way too many mutants, and (a personal gripe) yet another missed opportunity for Logan to show why he’s considered THE fiercest fighter in comics.

Top Gun in 13 seconds

Filed under: '80s movies,13 Second Review,action — kryptobrent @ 1:09 pm

A great example of how a movie can lose none of its original coolness. And it’s not just about the idea of being a fighter pilot (this film probably influenced more “What I Want to Be when I Grow Up” essays in the ’80s than any other) here–it’s the ageless ideal that all of us, at any time, can be the best at something we were undoubtedly meant to do.

June 18, 2011

Brazil in 13 seconds

Filed under: '80s movies,13 Second Review,sci-fi/horror — kryptobrent @ 11:21 am

Terry Gilliam has this way of creating whole worlds that seem familiar and utterly bizarre at the same time. That, with Jonathan Pryce’s winning performance as a guy who suddenly has a reason not to accept what he sees, made this work for me.

Tangled in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,Animated — kryptobrent @ 11:18 am

I loved this movie, in part because it captures the non-complicated, non-sarcastic age of innocence that’s taken a back-seat these last twenty years. And, I admit it, I loved the songs. Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore both have perfect voices for animation.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,comedy — kryptobrent @ 11:14 am

One of those movies where you’re both marveling at the dialogue (razor-sharp and witty here) and performances (winning) and cringing at the depravity (substantial). Shane Black has proved a master at this kind of material before–I’m deeply interested to see what he does with the PG-13 Iron Man 3.

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