Tip o' My Brain

July 13, 2011

Brick in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,drama,thriller — kryptobrent @ 6:02 pm

A noir-tinged murder mystery in the vein of The Maltese Falcon. Lots of rapid fire dialogue and tight performances. Here’s the twist–high school students are the protagonists.  Therein lies my only problem–my limited knowledge of what high school is like made it hard for me to believe what I was seeing. It’d be like office workers suddenly talking like they’re nuclear scientists.


Oldboy in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,drama,thriller — kryptobrent @ 5:54 pm

Okay, let me be forthright here–I’m not recommending you see this. There’s some r0ugh stuff, and the third act is deeply disturbing. But I will say this: Three days later and I’m still chewing over it, trying to figure out how the story drew an emotional response out of me. I admit, I’d kill to write a script that has that affect. Maybe the Spike Lee-directed American version will be tamer. But, I ask, will it still pack a punch?

The Lincoln Lawyer in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,drama — kryptobrent @ 5:44 pm

A better-than-average legal thriller, enjoyable from beginning to end.  It actively tries to avoid the cliches that you’d expect in this kind of movie. And the performances are strong, particularly by Matthew McConaughey.  Yep, you read that right.  Note to Matty–dude, swear off Romcoms for a year.  You’ll thank me for it.

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.

Get Him to the Greek in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,comedy — kryptobrent @ 8:40 pm

The bad: Once again Judd Apatow makes it hard for me to heartily recommend his movies. Just lots of ick.  The good–the performances.  Jonah Hill isn’t the type I usually like, but here he’s fresh and even moving sometimes.  And Russell Brand’s rock star is incredible.  When he’s strutting and ACTUALLY SINGING on stage I couldn’t think of anyone else who could have done it.

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.

The Hangover in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,comedy — kryptobrent @ 8:32 pm

I thought it was funny.  NOT the funniest movie of that year like everyone seems to have assumed.  But vastly better than Todd Phillips’ Old School. And I appreciate its premise of guys trying to be good friends to each other–that helps to cover over that ick-please-mom-don’t-read-this-review aftertaste.

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’.

July 7, 2011

A Fistful of Dollars in 13 seconds

Filed under: 13 Second Review,classics,Western — kryptobrent @ 1:33 pm

It seems cliched, until you realize this was the one that started the cliches.  It’s also an interesting study in story-making–Clint Eastwood’s Man with No Name has no motivation for interfering in the border town’s power struggle, nor for helping its downtrodden citizens. Yet we don’t worry about it. Maybe we accept that it’s what Western heroes do and just want them to get to it.

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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