Category Archives: Movies

What Battleship Got Right

Let’s be frank here. Battleship is trash. Or more accurately I suppose I can say it’s schlock. Super-schlocky sci-fi with a dumb story, and uninteresting characters, and lots of melodrama and militaristic hoo-rah, and whatnot. But once it got past those first 30 minutes where it tries futilely to make you care about the asshole main character and everyone else, it’s actually fairly enjoyable schlock. Sometimes you just want to watch some bad sci-fi, you know?

Time to get wet!

Okay, it doesn’t really make sense, and it certainly isn’t anything related to the board-game, but that was a given from the start. I don’t even know why they tried to tie them together. Yet it did come with a couple of pleasant surprises that I really wasn’t expecting, and they’re part of what helped make it enjoyable, I think. So let’s talk a bit about those.

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Django Unchained

Well well, this certainly is a movie. I’m certain most of you have heard both this and that about this Tarantino creation by now, so I figured I might as well throw my opinion into the vast mix of the Internet, while largely avoiding spoilers.

Fastest gun in the South.

In true Spaghetti Western style the film opens with a cheesy theme song which mainly involves singing “DJANGO!” over and over. Tarantino is good at capturing the style of certain genres, while also adding his own flair to it. It feels very much like a Spaghetti Western; dark and brutal, while still having some good humour in there; yet it also has that distinct Tarantino feel. One thing I can’t recall seeing anyone mention, but that I will: This is a long one. About 2 hours and 45 minutes. I’d say it uses the time well, but I still feel like mentioning the length because I was a bit surprised after it was done.

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Dredd 3D

I have now finally gotten around to watching Dredd 3D, and I liked it quite a lot.

As title images go, I think this is a pretty good one.

Some of you might remember Stallone’s Judge Dredd from the 90s, and if you’re from the UK you might have even read the Judge Dredd comics. Heck, maybe even some of you outside the UK have read them. Dredd 3D is a somewhat different beast from the Stallone movie, and apparently closer to the comics themselves (I have not actually read them, so I can’t say either way).

I will give a short summary of my impressions before we move onto the spoilers. The movie feels very tight and very focused. The 3D is actually good. The slow-mo is brilliant and used to great effect, and thankfully very sparingly. Karl Urban does a great job as Dredd, Olivia Thirlby does a decent job as rookie Anderson and Lena Headey delivers a very psychopathic antagonist. The movie feels like it could be the very definition of hardcore. It won’t blow your mind, but it’s a solid action movie. If you don’t mind the gore and violence, you should check it out.

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Batman: The Dark Knight Rises (SPOILERS after the break)

I have now been to see Batman: The Dark Empire Strikes Back, and I will say right off the bat that I liked it. It’s a good movie. I might even go so far as to say it’s a very good movie. If you haven’t watched it, you probably should. If you like that kind of thing.

Making that hole must have been a pain.

Now I know the question you are all wondering. Is it better than Batcat? No, of course not. You should worry more about the possible than the impossible.

Other questions you might be asking: Is it better than The Dark Knight? I would say no. Your mileage may vary, but personally I don’t feel it reached the same peak, much less surpassed it.

Is it better than The Avengers? Definitely not. I suppose there could be some personal preference in here as well, but I would argue that even objectively The Avengers is a better movie than Batman: Bane’s Deception Among Thieves.

Is it better than The Amazing Spider-man? Haha, hell yes. I’m not sure anyone is actually wondering this, and I kinda included it as a joke, but let me answer anyway. Even though I actually liked The Amazing Spider-man, I have to admit that it wasn’t really a very good movie, and Batman: Fellowship of the Bane is most surely a good movie.

Let’s do a quick non-spoiler overview in case we still have any non-watchers with us. The action is cool, the battle scenes are good (though some of the hand-to-hand combat scenes could be done better), the characters are alright, the actors are great, Batman has cool toys, the plot is good, Catwoman (though she’s never actually called that) is kinda awesome, it does have some structuring issues, Bane works well though he never quite reaches great (I might be too harsh since I can’t help comparing him to the Joker) and this is probably the Batman movie with the least actual Batman in it. And it also never really felt too long for me, even though it was at like 2 hours and 45 minutes. It felt like it actually used the time well (with maybe a few exceptions), and the ending did actually make me tear up a little.

Now let’s get down to the nitty-gritty and dissect this thing.

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The Amazing Spider-Man the 2012 movie (SPOILERS!)

I went to see The Amazing Spider-man tonight, and it made me cry. Several times. I can’t remember the last movie that touched me so emotionally, and I’m glad I watched it. If that’s all the endorsement you need to check it out, then you’re welcome.

Dramatic pose!

Whoa, this is high up.

I have a long history with Spider-man, all the way back to the late 80s when I collected issues of a comic called “Edderkoppen” (direct translation: The Spider) which was the Norwegian title (mostly filled with translated Amazing Spider-man issues) before they some time in the 90s decided to stop translating names when localising comics. So perhaps my sentimentality played into my enjoyment of this movie.

Now be warned that after the break I’m going into MASSIVE SPOILERS. I’ll hold nothing sacred from beginning to end. So if you haven’t yet seen it, I recommend you stop reading here.

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (minor spoilers)

Sherlock Holmes seems to have become all the rage the past couple of years, with the first Robert Downey Jr movie, the excellent Sherlock series from BBC and the upcoming Elementary series from CBS giving us a new spin on old mysteries, and considering my love for mystery shows (and mad characters) I have absolutely no problem with this trend (yet).

Look at us, being all dramatic.

Let’s get dangerous!

I will admit to quite liking the first Robert Downey Holmes movie, so I was all set out to like this one too. And I have to say, I did. Sure, he’s not as clever as Benedict Cumberbatch’s version, nor is the writing as tight, but on the whole it was a fun movie with some memorable scenes. I will keep spoilers as light as possible, but a few things will need to be mentioned.

Also, this will not be as long my Prometheus post, because there’s honestly not that much to say about this film.

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Prometheus (Spoilers after the break)

Friday night I went with a friend to see Prometheus, and I have to say that on the whole I quite liked it.

Such a big head.

What is out there… wants to eat you.

It felt like a return to more old-school scifi with themes of exploring the unknown and dealing with the horrors you find there. Some call it a prequel to Alien, though that is not entirely correct. The story is independent to Alien, it’s just set in the same universe and has some of the same themes, just fleshing out the universe by telling a new story rather than attaching itself to the old ones.

Now, it’s not a perfect film. It has its issues with characters acting in ways that don’t make sense and whole scenes that, while not exactly bad, just feel like they don’t belong in the movie and add nothing to the story.

On the positive side there are some good performances in this movie, especially Michael Fassbender as David, and a couple of truly spectacular scenes.

Now, I don’t know what else I can say with going into spoilers, except that if you like the Alien movies or just science fiction in general, I would recommend you give it a look. As always I will recommend you go to a non-3D viewing if you can, as the 3D added nothing significant to the movie and I left the theatre with a headache. If you can’t find a non-3D viewing, it might be worth waiting for the DVD instead if it has caused you issues in the past.

So beyond this point we will be delving into HEAVY SPOILER territory, so if you haven’t seen the movie yet, you’ll probably want to stop here. If you have seen it though, I would also recommend checking out The Flixist’s Prometheuscast featuring Jim Sterling of Destructoid and Jimquisition fame.

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