Tip o' My Brain

August 24, 2011

Cowboys and Aliens in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,action,sci-fi/horror,summer,theater — kryptobrent @ 10:42 pm

It’s funny when the title alone sets up unreasonable expectations. Or are they unreasonable? What I wanted was the quirky delivery of a double-genre mashup, with a revealed understanding of, and a homage to, both. I got what felt like a standard action adventure, competent enough, but in the end that was all. In other words, an example of the average summer blockbuster.

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Conan the Barbarian in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,action,summer,theater — kryptobrent @ 10:34 pm

I feel the need to first point out–I got the ticket free with purchase of T2 on Blu-Ray–a movie I could probably talk a lot more about that Conan.  Not that I hated it.  There’s pretty much everything you’d expect.  Some critics have rated it badly because of its nonstop violence. Their copy of “Conan the Thoughtful” is coming soon, straight to DVD.

August 18, 2011

Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,action,sci-fi/horror,summer,theater — kryptobrent @ 1:40 pm

To my utter surprise–a perfect summer movie.  Great story. Great acting. Pretty incredible effects.  Descent action. And none of that skeevy aftertaste like you’d get from The Hangover.  I walked out wishing I’d felt like this with Captain America (which I feel compelled to again say I thoroughly enjoyed).

July 29, 2011

Captain America in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,action,summer,superhero,theater — kryptobrent @ 9:15 pm

This was going to be THE one for me this summer. I love the character, and I had high hopes for Joe Johnston to pull off something…well, worthy comes to mind. Conclusion? First half–pretty much flawless.  Second half–too many laser guns, and not enough of Cap doing what he does best–taking down guys by the dozens. A harried ending didn’t help either. All in all, a solid film. I wanted better but was probably hoping for too much.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,action,summer,theater — kryptobrent @ 9:02 pm

The Apollo moon landing was actually a secret mission to investigate an alien ship? How interesting! Now let’s forget it and get on with the lots and lots o’ bang, destruction, and humans hamming it up (it’s like they know it’s the only thing they have to compete).  At the end, I didn’t care about any of it. My head-shaking, horror-induced realization? I LIKED THE SECOND ONE BETTER.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,action,summer,theater — kryptobrent @ 8:55 pm

As close to perfectly satisfying as I can expect from a summer movie (Iron Man is still my gold standard).  Some elements got short shrift (I was pulling for Bellatrix Lestrange’s serious comeuppance) and I pity the non-Potter fan’s struggle to grasp all aspects, but the story was strong, and emotionally engaging. So I guess that makes it my top summer pick.

Thor 3D (redux?) in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,action,redux,superhero,theater — kryptobrent @ 8:51 pm

That’s right, 3D. At the discount theater, with a $1.50 upgrade.  Conclusion? The movie is still a lot of fun. The two leads are perfectly cast. But in 3D? Just one more reminder that Avatar, which needed it to be a better movie, didn’t do us any favors by convincing theater owners that already-good movies needed it too.

July 11, 2011

Treasure Planet in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,action,Animated — kryptobrent @ 8:45 pm

One of Disney’s lesser-known animated movies, and it’s not hard to envision the pitch session, attended by a) a ’90’s Extreme Sports  aficionado, b) a lowbrow humor enthusiast, and c)someone who wanted to redo “Titan A.E.”  What emerged isn’t half-bad, considering.

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.

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.

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