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All reviews - Movies (3)

Rango review

Posted : 7 years, 1 month ago on 17 June 2011 12:34 (A review of Rango)

First of all: It's a metaphor. Secondly, it's not what it appears to be -- a kid's movie. It's also the funniest, kookiest, most inventive thing I've seen since...well I can't remember, but an awful long time. Johnny Depp voices the title character, a pet terrarium lizard who is suddenly bounced into a strange and savage desert world. He then embarks on a classic hero's quest, equal parts Dali, Castaneda, and Hunter S. Thompson -- surreal, hallucinatory, philosophical, full of darkness and absurdity. Full of wink-wink sidetracks and references (oblique and not so much) to other films. The soundtrack is fabulous too, a combined effort between Los Lobos and Hans Zimmer. Highly recommended if you like any or all of the ingredients I've mentioned. Definitely for adults and not kids. It contains profanity etc. but that's not the main reason -- I think the ideas, style, imagery and humor are just too much for most kids. The movie is intense, the themes are dark and the main villain could be terrifying to small children. I love all these elements, but they could easily add up to a less than enjoyable experience for youngsters.

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The Ice Pirates review

Posted : 7 years, 1 month ago on 17 June 2011 12:30 (A review of The Ice Pirates)

Great cheesy, campy, stupid-spoofy 80's sci-fi fun. Technically a pretty bad movie, but who cares? Great satirical riffs on Star Wars and other iconic sci-fi films of the era. Plus, space herpes! And Ron Perlman as the little guy!

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The Green Hornet (2011)

Posted : 7 years, 1 month ago on 17 June 2011 12:28 (A review of The Green Hornet)

Sadly, this one hit me exactly as I thought it would when I first heard Seth Rogen had the lead -- a huge disappointment for this fan of the old comics and TV show. Whaddaya get? Just another vapid bromance that's all about Rogen and not his character. Bleah. I rarely give something the definitive stamp of Do Not Like, but couldn't scrape together any love at all here. Well, maybe some for Jay Chou and the Black Beauty, but that wasn't enough for a save.

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