JJ Abrams’ Star Trek has been released and I want to know what you thought! Leave your mini reviews in the comments below! What did you like? What did you hate? I’ll keep this comment thread sticky’d to the top of the site for the remainder of the weekend. Spoilers are open.
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Did you see X-Men Origins: Wolverine this weekend? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
Feel free to discuss the plot/spoilers.
Posted on Saturday, March 21st, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Because you asked for it, I’m posting a reader discussion for the final episode of Battlestar Galactica. What did you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
I just got home from seeing the Alex Proyas-directed sci-fi thriller Knowing. It seems like response to the movie is extremely mixed. Roger Ebert called the film one of “the best science-fiction films” he’s seen. Others reviewers have said that it is among the worst films of the year. I’m not going to write a full review because it could be seen as a conflict of interest since Alex was a guest blogger for the site, and my thoughts are pretty positive.
It’s definitely not perfect. The acting is over-the-top across the board, not just Cage. Some of the dialogue is laughable, and some of the computer generated effects look rushed. I can honestly understand why someone would hate this movie, especially the last third of it. But for me, the film presents some very interesting ideas having to do with fate and chaos, religion and science, symbolic visuals, three kick-ass action set-pieces, and one of the most ambitious endings I’ve ever seen. I really dug the film a lot despite it’s flaws. The film goes to places you would never expect.
And that is why I’m writing this call for reader discussion. I want to know what you thought of the film, or more specifically the film’s ending. If you haven’t seen the film, do not read the comments, because it is bound to be filled with spoilers. I’m not looking for “It sucked” or “loved it” responses. I want to hear what you thought, and why.
During the summer, we posted talkback posts every week asking readers what they thought about the latest blockbuster to hit theaters. It’s been a slow few months, but midnight hit and Watchmen was unleashed upon this world. So we’re bringing it back.
What did you think about the movie?
Did it live up to your expectations?
What did you love? What did you hate?
Was it faithful enough or too faithful?
If you didn’t read the graphic novel, did you understand everything?
Should it have been shorter? Or are you still excited for the three hour and 20 minute ultimate cut of the movie?
Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
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Posted on Monday, February 23rd, 2009 by Hunter Stephenson
“It was the egg rolls, not the ecstasy.” If you missed the second episode of HBO‘s revelatory Eastbound and Down last night due to misplacing your savings in an Oscar pool, that’s no friggin’ excuse! EB&D > “Jai Ho” on repeat. Will Ferrell made his debut appearance as a BMW dealer named Ashley Schaeffer, the embodiment of shithot blond ambition. Danny McBride‘s Kenny Powers continued his fall from the bleachers of Major League Baseball by hoovering blow in a school parking lot, capsizing a bird fountain, and mistaking a tween dance for a romantic rave. But perhaps what stood out most of all was the direction of David Gordon Green, who nailed an indescribable tone that fell somewhere between a hilarious Southern Sopranos, Freeway and his Pineapple Express.
Posted on Sunday, December 21st, 2008 by Hunter Stephenson
Post contains spoilers
Want to be seen as an even more exceptional Samaritan than Will Smith‘s pained character in Seven Pounds? Look up the start times for the film at your local cineplex, show up at one or more screenings anytime before the final credits and angrily yell “…of shit!” while shaking your fist and exiting. The majority of the audience, though exhausted from enduring one of the worst films in recent memory, will thank you with a smile or a defeated nod.
Movie stars playing the martyr in films is nothing new (see The Dark Knight, Milk). What is new is the biggest movie star on the planet playing the martyr with such eerie righteousness and penitent disconnect that it may come to (purposely?) affect the public perception of every performance and media appearance that follows. It is difficult to recall a film that manipulates viewers into shamefully disliking its protagonist at an intuitive level. From the odd psych-ward haircut to the weight-of-the-world whimper that Smith wears for the duration of Seven Pounds (reminiscent of Will Ferrell’s kitchen-table snivel in Step Brothers), this guy is Creepsville, USA. Moreover, his illegal, stalker-like behavior is justified (endorsed by the filmmakers, even) by a probable mental breakdown that resulted from a tragic accident. Place Smith’s character in the similarly unstable role of the driving instructor in Happy-Go-Lucky and Sally Hawkins’s character would find herself the happy, burdened owner of a sparkly used car!
By film’s end, we are supposed to take weepy-eyed comfort in the fact that the bogus on-screen relationship between Smith’s IRS agent and Rosario Dawson (absolutely terrible or brainwashed) is not a prolonged segment of Unsolved Mysteries that ends in a forest. You see, director Gabriele Muccino‘s follow-up to The Pursuit of Happyness (a film I liked) is simply the legend of Johnny Appleseed reimagined for these ever strange days as Johnny Bodyparts with a dash of Falling Down. Happy holidays, and remember to put down your Blackberries while driving into oncoming traffic.
Discuss: Many critics are in agreement, but do you think Will Smith’s Seven Pounds is the worst/creepiest movie of 2008? And how about that box jellyfish (e-meter?)?
The new Movie Trailer for JJ Abrams‘ Star Trek was attached to Quantum of Solace over the weekend and is now officially online!
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Discuss: What do you think of the new Star Trek movie trailer? What do you like? What do you hate? Lets hear it! Share your thoughts in the comments below!
If you’re seeing a movie this weekend, then chances are you’re seeing Kevin Smith‘s Zack and Miri Make a Porno. I would really like to know what you thought.
Was it Smith’s funniest movie to date?
Did Craig Robinson steal the show?
What did you think of the 12-frame, half-a-second shot that had the MPAA up in arms? (Vulture‘s quote poster mock up below)
And how classic was Star Whores?
Leave your thoughts in the comments below!