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.

June 18, 2011

Green Lantern in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,summer,superhero,theater — kryptobrent @ 10:51 am

It’s not a great movie–shallow characters, over-reliance on CGI and too-easy resolution. On a positive note, Ryan Reynolds and Martin Campbell both do their best with what they’ve got. And the sci-fi angle actually worked for me. After so many earth-bound super-hero movies, it’s nice to get off-planet a bit.

X-Men: First Class in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,summer,superhero — kryptobrent @ 10:28 am

Three things elevate this above standard super-hero schtick (which I admit, I love)–one, the loopy-but-still-fun Cuban Missile Crisis angle lends gravity. Two, the two leads wring real emotion out of their doomed friendship. And three–the visionary vibe of the James Bond-swinging ’60s. Kudos all around.

June 15, 2011

Fast Five in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,action,summer,theater — kryptobrent @ 3:06 pm

I’m not a huge fan of the Fast/Furious franchise, but this is a lot of fun straight through. And, besides a great third act, there’s just something about watching huge guys pummelling each other, physically and verbally. It makes you wonder how they’d handle ordering a croissant at Panera. They’d probably have to do it on a dare.

June 14, 2011

Thor in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,summer,superhero,theater — kryptobrent @ 12:30 pm

It’s hard to objectively review a film that, from a fanboy perspective, I’m preprogrammed to enjoy.  Having said that, I liked it a lot. The action was good, the humor was fun, Asgard was pretty sharp. The love story seemed a little lackluster. It doesn’t transcend the superhero genre but it’s definitely near the top.

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