A Game of Thrones

Late to the party, I know, but I’m finally watching HBO’s series A Game of Thrones. I’m not going to bother gushing about it.  It rocks.  Great cast – Sean Bean is awesome, as always.  Peter Dinklage probably has the best character in the series as Tyrion Lannister (aka the Imp), but really there isn’t … More A Game of Thrones

Captain America

F**K YEAH! While Cowboys & Aliens was fun and forgettable with some great lead performances, Captain America is spectacular and memorable with some great supporting performances. Chris Evans gives a fine performance, but I honestly can’t say it was great.  It did the job and it did it well, but it doesn’t stand out the way, say, … More Captain America

Cowboys & Aliens

With a name like Cowboys & Aliens you don’t go in expecting much.  This is Jon Favreau’s latest film, which is probably the reason I gave it a chance.  Jon “gets” comic book movies.  Though to be honest, given the quality of comic book movies lately that’s no longer as remarkable as it used to … More Cowboys & Aliens

Tron Legacy

Just had a chance to see this one.  I liked it. See, the thing is I re-watched the original not too long ago and to be honest really not that good.  For a movie made in 1982 it sure felt like a Disney movie made in 1972 in terms of directing, story structure, and dialog.  … More Tron Legacy

Source Code

Gill and I went to see the movie Source Code today.  I thought it was pretty good.  Granted most of the elements in it I’ve seen elsewhere in other movies or video games.  Assassin’s Creed comes to mind for the core plot element, but from there it branches out into something more akin to a … More Source Code

Brides Maids

I did not expect this movie to be any good.  Can you blame me?  Look at the poster. This was another free preview at Fifth Avenue Cinemas, much like when we saw The Adjustment Bureau.  After that so-so film I was a bit wary about this. And, again, look at the poster. Basically I thought … More Brides Maids

Rango

I saw this on Tuesday and was rather surprised.  I was expecting yet another CGI movie that was aimed at adults but accessible to kids, but this one had a little bit something more to it. On the one hand this is a love letter to Westerns.  On the other it’s a quest for identity. … More Rango

127 Hours

I’ve been on an adventure or two.  In my opinion I don’t go on nearly enough.  Biking across countries and hiking up mountains is fun, but after a while I need to do something like it again or I just don’t feel right.  I’m actually getting into one of those funks now, but I took … More 127 Hours

The Adjustment Bureau

I got free tickets to see a movie that’s due to be released next month called The Adjustment Bureau.  Here’s a trailer: Okay.  Now, tell me.  What kind of movie do you think this is? I’ve just watched it, and I’m still not sure. It’s not an action movie.  It’s not a thriller.  I guess … More The Adjustment Bureau

A Christmas Tradition

We all have Christmas traditions.  Some of us like to decorate plastic trees or watch Charlie Brown (or Shrek) learn the meaning of Christmas on TV.  Some unfortunate souls will go out caroling and make me want to throw snowballs at them – with rocks in them.  Oh, don’t get me wrong I don’t dislike the … More A Christmas Tradition

The Storyteller

I recently got Netflix, which for 8 bucks a months is a pretty decent way to watch all kinds of classic movies and shows I’ve missed over the years, and to revisit others I only vaguely remember. Enter Jim Henson’s – The Storyteller: When people told themselves their past with stories, explained their present with … More The Storyteller

Good Hard Science Fiction

I love science fiction, but the definition of what is SF and what is Fantasy is often blurred.  Let’s face it, Star Wars is not science fiction by any definition.  It’s fantasy with lasers. What is considered “hard” SF is very easy to make boring.  For example, many people consider 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) to … More Good Hard Science Fiction

Feel The Medium Strength Power of the Dark Crystal

Fantasy is hard. People talk about it like it’s trivial and unimportant, and it can be – just like any other story.  Any story can be well written and relevant, but genres such as fantasy and science fiction have another hurdle to overcome, and that’s creating a world you believe. I remember people calling Avatar … More Feel The Medium Strength Power of the Dark Crystal

District 9

Yeah, I know, I’m way behind on this too.  What can I say?  I just don’t get around to see things in theaters as much as I’d like. I’ll just come out and say it.  I was a million time more impressed by District 9 than I was Avatar.  Not because of how it looked, … More District 9

(500) Days of Summer

I am a sucker for comedies, especially (good) romantic comedies, and cleverly written comedies that have something to think about in them. (500) Days of Summer checks all my boxes.  Though it is a comedy and it involves romance, I’d hardly call it a romantic comedy.  If anything, it’s an autopsy on a relationship that … More (500) Days of Summer

Tear The Curtain

Okay, so for our anniversary, Gillian and I saw a new play called Tear the Curtain.  It’s set in the 1930s, in which Vancouver is under the competing entertainment interests of live theater and movies (with talkies on the way).  It’s about a theater critic who ends up involved in a surreal mystery.  It incorporates … More Tear The Curtain