Tip o' My Brain

July 7, 2011

A View to a Kill in 13 seconds

Filed under: '80s movies,13 Second Review,action — kryptobrent @ 1:27 pm

Roger Moore’s last Bond outing feels bloated and silly at times–he’s kind of a cartoon, going through other cartoons to thwart ultimate cartoon villiany (hello, Christopher Walken!). Moore probably should have packed it in one movie earlier–seeing him cavort with women half his age is wrong, wrong I tell you.

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July 3, 2011

Octopussy in 13 seconds

Filed under: '80s movies,13 Second Review,action — kryptobrent @ 11:29 pm

There’s been more Bond sequels than any other franchise, and I wonder if that means (in the 80’s at least), the Broccolis felt it was okay to phone these in. This one has all the Roger Moore-era Bond accouterments–cheese, weird gadgets, jumpsuits, and more cheese.  When you use that benchmark, it’s actually fairly watchable.

June 23, 2011

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.

E.T. in 13 seconds

Filed under: '80s movies,13 Second Review,sci-fi/horror — kryptobrent @ 10:42 am

I wasn’t in the U.S. when this movie came out, and I feel like I missed the hype train. It’s touching, gripping at times, and effectively shows the universal kid perspective, where adults are the real villains. But I didn’t love it. A great argument for seeing a big movie in a theater–sometimes there’s more to the experience than just what you see and hear.

Working Girl in 13 seconds

Filed under: '80s movies,13 Second Review,comedy — kryptobrent @ 10:34 am

I’m a sucker for a Cinderella story, and this one does it right. You’re firmly in Melanie Griffith’s corner from the start, not just unsatisfied with her pedestrian life, but fighting to rise above it. It’s funny how, no matter where we come from, we all want to feel that way at some point.

June 15, 2011

The Last Starfighter in 13 seconds

Filed under: '80s movies,13 Second Review,sci-fi/horror — kryptobrent @ 2:58 pm

One of those rare childhood movies that completely stands up after I achieved some sort of adulthood.  The script is sharp and funny, the characters experience real emotions and even the effects, though dated, don’t seem irredeemably so.  And the score! The first few bars are burned into my memory for all time.

June 13, 2011

Robocop in 13 seconds

Filed under: '80s movies,13 Second Review,action,sci-fi/horror — kryptobrent @ 9:22 pm

I remember watching Roger Ebert’s original review of this movie–“I was like a kid at the movies!”  I’m kind of glad I didn’t grow up in his house.  Yeah, it’s got great action and some interesting social satire.  What I find intriguing about Paul Verhoeven’s films, underlined by the hyper-violence, is the idea that, deep down, we humans really aren’t worth it.

Tron redux in 13 seconds

Filed under: '80s movies,13 Second Review,action,sci-fi/horror — kryptobrent @ 9:13 pm

Why am I reviewing this film again when I just did last December? I’d like to introduce my two friends–Blu and Ray.  I’ve grown up watching the original on laser disc. This time, maybe for the first time since getting HD, I felt I was watching a whole new movie.  The colors really pop, and yes, the story’s still great.

April 20, 2011

The Last Emperor in 13 seconds

Filed under: '80s movies,13 Second Review,drama — kryptobrent @ 8:16 pm

Big ’80’s era epic about China’s, y’know. Won a lot of awards, and it probably deserves it. I did enjoy the whole spectacle of it- it looks impressive enough- and yet the ending seemed too abrupt and existential for me. But again, it is China, I guess. Pretty good overall.

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