Sunday, May 15, 2011

Priest 3D Review

Whaaat up Internet?

Priest.  I started out with high hopes after seeing the first trailer.  I've never read the comics so this was a fresh take for me.  I was intrigued by the visuals and the holy/vampiric stuff going on.  Then I saw more footage...and was bombarded by promotional ads and clips and looped commercials on the TV at work.  As the weeks passed my anticipation dropped, along with my expectations.  Apparently that was a good thing because I really enjoyed Priest.

Priest is Daybreakers meets Unforgiven meets Equilibrium.  Yes.  A futuristic alternate Earth where battle-trained (by the church) "Priests" fight sightless vampires (that aren't human) that either kill or "turn" humans into "familiars" who serve as their slaves.  Phew.  There's quite a bit going on in Priest..which actually is a good thing.  It could have very, very wrong, but the performances and impressive green-screen visuals were quite entertaining.  I dug the feel of Priest...the atmosphere.  Its almost always fun to watch vampires get beat up by holy weaponry - mini cross throwing-stars hidden in a bible, a metal cross that becomes a redunk knife-dealy.

I was overall entertained by Priest, but not blown away.  It clocks in at a nice run-time and doesn't really stop to bore the audience.  The acting was in general pretty good (even Cam Gigandet was tolerable) and the pacing kept the action flowing.  I'm sure fans of the source material may feel different but I liked what I saw.

Side note: the 3D aspects of Priest weren't great, but they weren't terrible either.  If the choice is given, I'd go 2D to save some money.

Priest 3D was meh.


Bridesmaids Review

Welcome, Internet!

I really enjoyed Bridesmaids.  The simplest way to describe it is The Hangover with women..but its not quite that.  Its more a romantic comedy with a ridiculous amount of comedy.  I think it may very well be the funniest movie I've seen since The Hangover (although The Other Guys is up there..).  The women that comprise the main and supporting cast all turn excellent comedic performances, with Melissa McCarthy absolutely stealing the show.  Almost everything she says and does (even in the background of shots) is laugh-enducing.  There are several scenes that gave me a headache from laughing so much.

I really don't have many complaints about the film; there was one or two scenes with awkward editing.  The movie's pacing falters a bit in the third act - most of the Apatow productions drag toward the end of the film.  Other than that the characters were likable (except for Rose Byrne but you aren't supposed to like her) and worked well as an ensemble, especially real-life-friends Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph. So far critics love if it makes enough money I'd love to see a sequel.  Or at least a new film with these actresses.  If you enjoy raunchy humor mixed with a bit of a romantic flavor then definitely check out Bridesmaids.

Favorite quote(s):
"It's coming out of me like lava!"
"All I'm saying is that I had a friend with tape marks on his ass"
"I own six houses..and just the other week I bought an 18-wheeler because I can"

Bridesmaids is Rad.


Review Changes

Hello Internets!

I know that I haven't posted many reviews, in part because I'm too lazy to actually write them.  Therefore, I'll be shortening the length of my reviews (unless its something big like Harry Potter for Batman).  I'll tell you what I think and that's it.  I'm also changing my review scale from 1-5 to a word system:  Radtastic, Rad, Meh, Woof, and Double Woof.  I may also make up words to fit certain movies.  I know, pretty sweet, right?

The Bullet.

Monday, May 2, 2011

The Year That Will Be 2011

Hello Internets!

Its been awhile since I've posted anything, and considering that summer is just around the corner I thought it would be remiss of me if I didn't discuss this year's kick ass summer movie schedule.  For me, 2008 still stands as the best year for movies in recent memory; specifically summer 2008 has dominated in terms of quality films.  Summer 2008 gave us such films as:
Iron Man
Speed Racer
Indiana Jones
Kung Fu Panda
Incredbile Hulk
Hellboy 2
The Dark Knight
Step Brothers
Pineapple Express
Eagle Eye

Yeah..summer 08 was pretty stacked.  It was a exceptional year for nerds and comic book fans alike.  Iron Man introduced us to the modern Marvel movie pantheon, setting up the Avengers film that just began shooting not but a week ago.  Kung Fu Panda remains to this day one of my favorites animated films of all time.  Ironically enough we are poised for its awesome-looking sequel in mere weeks.  Incredible Hulk was a really fun action movie..adding to the new Marvel mythos.  The Dark Knight still stands as one of the best films of this generation; Christopher Nolan took a story about a man who dresses as a bat to fight crime and turned his Batman films into intricate character-driven dramas.  The Dark Knight  stands as an amazing crime drama..elevating the comic book genre to new heights.  Hellboy 2 is another amazing sequel, if not a highly underrated one.  Step Brothers and Pineapple Express are two of the best comedies of the decade and will make you still laugh after multiple viewings.

Can 2011 top the great year that was 2008?  I kinda think so...
Pirates 4
Hangover 2
Kung Fu Panda 2
X-Men First Class
Super 8
Troll Hunter
Green Lantern
Cars 2
Transformers 3
Harry Potter 8
Captain America
Cowboys and Aliens
The Devil's Double
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
30 Minutes or Less
Apollo 18
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
Our Idiot Brother
The Debt

I mean, seriously?  In terms of comic book movies alone this year brings Thor, X-Men, Green Lantern and we're getting major nerd-friendly fair like Super 8, Troll Hunter, Transformers, Harry Potter, Cowboys and Aliens and Apollo 18.  Yes, this year and most others are "plagued" by sequels.  I don't really care if what I'm watching is original or a sequel as long as its good.  After the summer is over I'll revisit this list to see what actually held up and what didn't.  Judging by this list, I'd say that we're in for a great summer!

My most anticipated films of 2011 (in descending order):
Harry Potter
Super 8
Cowboys and Aliens
Hangover 2
Green Lantern

What say you Internet?  Are you pumped for 2011 like I am?