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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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 11, 2011

Splice in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,sci-fi/horror,thriller — kryptobrent @ 8:35 pm

Scientists get the idea of splicing human DNA into their genetic experiments.  I’m going to do you the favor their friends apparently never thought of–if you’re ever in a similar position…DON’T.  It can’t possibly turn out well.  Oh, and the film wasn’t bad, even though the weird sexual overtones detracted from the punch. Don’t do THAT, either.

George A. Romero’s Land of the Dead in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,sci-fi/horror — kryptobrent @ 8:27 pm

George Romero is credited with inventing the zombie film. In other words, our current fascination with the movies, video games, books and now TV pretty much all started with him.  So what do you do when you’ve created a whole genre and you want to do something “fresh”?  You recast the discussion…and now zombies are the victims and WE are the monsters!  Gasp! I’m not buyin’.

June 30, 2011

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 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.

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 14, 2011

Super 8 in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,sci-fi/horror,summer,theater — kryptobrent @ 12:23 pm

The ending wasn’t terribly strong, but that’s my only issue with this movie. Yes, it captures the Spielbergian magic of the ’80s with flair, from the string-driven score to the kids’ swear-a-thon (yup, PG meant something else back then).  What I appreciated the most was how JJ Abrams’ homage never skewed into mimicry. What else can I say? I love his work.

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.

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