Tip o' My Brain

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.

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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.

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.

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

The Green Hornet in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,superhero — kryptobrent @ 2:49 pm

Michel Gondry, known for off-kilter comedy-dramas, seems out of his element here.  Seth Rogan tries to lighten things, but the action set pieces seem amateur.  What I missed most, though, was any coherent motivation for the characters. Why did they fight crime? Because they were bored. Compelling, isn’t it?

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.

June 13, 2011

The Crow in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,action,superhero — kryptobrent @ 9:00 pm

Three things here–one, Alex Proyas has only gotten better since this movie; he’s got a talent for transforming the ordinary world into something fantastic.  Two, the action scenes seemed rather uninspired.  Not good for an action movie.  And three, Brandon Lee’s performance reminds us again that he was a talent cut down before his prime.

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