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Can anyone tell me whats wrong with this picture?

I really don’t get what the big deal is about this movie. A lot of people are calling it ‘Pixar’s Greatest!’. Really? Because my family thought it was boring as hell. The most disappointed was my youngest daughter. She has been going nuts waiting to see this movie. She was so excited when I brought it home from Blockbuster that she jumped up and screamed ‘WALL-EEEEEEE!!’ when she saw the box.

Thirty minutes into the movie I look over and see that she is nearly in tears because her anticipation was so high and she was beginning to realize the movie just wasn’t that good.  Hell, even my oldest daughter complained after the flick that it was ‘too preachy’.  I quote: ‘I hear enough about the environment at school.  I just wanted to watch a movie’.

Besides… the movie doesn’t have an original bone in its body.  The whole idea for Wall-E was pretty much ripped off from Idiocracy.  Do I even need to mention how close Wall-E is to Johnny 5 from Short Circuit?  Well no, I don’t….  because plenty of people already have.

I could also swear that I saw some Star Trek: TOS storyline about lazy humans in hovering/mobile chairs using robots to do everything (including fighting) for them.  It might not have been Trek, but I know I’ve seen a sci-fi episode with that theme.

And one final parting shot.  My kids make fun of this movie still (mainly because they know it drives their Mom nuts).  They run around ‘playing’ Wall-E re-enacting parts of the script.  It goes something like this:

‘EVE!’ Wall-E!’ ‘EVE!’ Wall-E!’ ‘EVE!’ Wall-E!’ ‘EVE!’ Wall-E!’ ‘EVE!’ Wall-E!’ ‘EVE!’ Wall-E!’ ‘EVE!’ Wall-E!’ ‘EVE!’ Wall-E!’ ‘EVE!’ Wall-E!’ ‘EVE!’ Wall-E!’ ‘EVE!’ Wall-E!’ ‘EVE!’ Wall-E!’ ‘EVE!’ Wall-E!’ ‘EVE!’ Wall-E!’ ‘EVE!’ Wall-E!’ ‘EVE!’ Wall-E!’ ‘EVE!’ Wall-E!’ ‘EVE!’ Wall-E!’ ‘EVE!’ Wall-E!’ ‘EVE!’ Wall-E!’

Because thats all those damn robots do thoughout the movie.  Repeat each others name.


watchmen, originally uploaded by psychophil.

There’s a lot of hype out there about the upcoming Watchmen movie. Enough that I was motivated to crack open the Psycho comic archive located in the dark recesses of my basement and produce the above set of original Watchmen comics from 1986. Well… not the whole set. I was only able to find numbers one through nine. I pretty sure I have the last three as well but they weren’t proving too easy to find. And the dust was bugging me. And I wanted a beer. Maybe I’ll be motivated enough in the not too distant future to dig out the rest of them.

Probably not.

This movie was a recent arrival from my Blockbuster queue.  Though is seems to have revieved a fairly high rating on IMDB (7.1 out of 10), I’ll admit to being confused by a what I perceive to be a fairly basic plot flaw.  Maybe somebody can explain to me what I’m missing here.

Without giving away any major spoilers, here goes:

Apparently they can record but state they can’t rewind.

Um….  huh?  How is that supposed to work?  Crap like that manages to ruin a movie for me.

Can anyone tell me how/why this movie won so many damn awards? I attempted to watch this movie last night with the wife and it bored the living hell out of us. It was one of those movies where you keep glancing at the timer hoping it would end soon but also hoping it would, at some point, actually wake up and be an entertaining movie.

Didn’t happen.

At first I though maybe I just didn’t ‘get it’. Maybe I’m not the type of movie person who enjoys Academy Award ‘Best Picture’ kind of flicks (my tastes do tend to lean towards Army of Darkness and Monty Python’s Holy Grail kind of films after all). After checking the list of Best Picture winners I realized this wasn’t the case. The Departed, Crash, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Gladiator are all recent winners which I thought were great movies. No Country for Old Men doesn’t belong on that list. After reading the forum for the movie on IMDB I see a lot of people agree with me.

Conversely, we recently watched the 2005 movie Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (which only won 4 awards (no Academy) compared to Country’s 88 awards) and thought it was great… far, far better than that boring, monotonous, piece of crap Country. I’m not sure how I missed this one when it came out. I just happened to stumble upon it while browsing through Blockbuster online and added it to the queue.

Harry: I peed on the corpse. Can they do, like, an ID from that?
Perry: I’m sorry, you peed on…?
Harry: On the corpse. My question is…
Perry: No, my question. I get to go first. Why in pluperfect hell would you pee on corpse?

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang gets the Psycho award of two beers up.  Rent it.

Gather ’round folks as I continue to beat the dead horse that is Blockbuster and Pee-Wee’s big adventure.

Its pretty easy to tell which movies are popular in when you open up the envelope. In some cases the sleeve is so worn and dirty its hard to make out the text describing the disk. So the big question I had was what kind of shape would this thing be in when I opened it? I figured since it took six months for it to be shipped it was probably the only damn copy they had in the system and thus pretty damn worn.

Then again, maybe I forced Blockbuster to buy a new damn movie. This thing didn’t have a single mark/smudge/scratch on it. You could still smell the shrink wrap. It was pretty obvious this was the first time this disk had been sent out. So I guess after five+ months of having that movie sit at the top of my queue someone at Blockbuster threw up their hands and said ‘Screw it! Buy the damn thing and ship it!’ Heh. I win.

Next up, Time Bandits. Five months at the number two spot on the list, now at number one. Current status: Very Long Wait (of course).

Its about damn time. Of course I already rented it via in store exchange three months ago (and it was a hit with the kids), I just kept it in the queue to see how long it would take to actually ship. It’s been sitting at the number one spot for half a year. Ridiculous.


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