Cinematic Music and James Horner

From a very young age, as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved movies. I loved being transported to another world, experiencing the plight, drama, tension, horror and exultation of the characters that I saw onscreen. While others admired … Continue reading Cinematic Music and James Horner

Pirates Wasn’t As Bad As Critics Claimed it Was

So I checked out the 4th Pirates movie last night on a “Bargain Tuesday” (where films – even in 3D IMAX format – are only 6 bucks!) at my local theater. I went along with my daughter who, surprisingly enough, chose to see this movie over Kung Fung Panda 2. Who knew? As I’m buying goodies to eat and walking towards our primo seats in the IMAX theater, I wondered why she was so excited about seeing this movie in particular. She had seen the first three movies years ago and I doubt that she remembered the various plot lines … Continue reading Pirates Wasn’t As Bad As Critics Claimed it Was

I’ve Been Sucker Punched!

*** Major Spoilers *** sucker punch (noun) – an unexpected punch or blow. That’s exactly what I got when I left the theatre last Tuesday night after watching Zack Snyder’s latest movie. Oh Zack. Why? This was all I kept thinking. I didn’t go in with high expectations but I didn’t think it was going to be this bad. All that money thrown at this film with all those snazzy special effects and slow motion action set pieces and no one thought of creating a really good story? Story is what was missing here. I commend Mr. Snyder for trying … Continue reading I’ve Been Sucker Punched!

The Ugly MF’s are Back!

(**** SOME SPOILERS!****) When I heard that the Predator franchise was getting a reboot, I was extremely excited. I’ve been a Predator fan since the first movie. Despite the tepid sequel and the abysmal Alien vs. Predator movies (that last one was pure garbage although the Dark Horse series it’s based on were actually very good), I was still holding out for a good, solid movie one day. Well, that day has come! Enter Robert Rodriguez and his style of film-making and vision. Although he did not direct this movie, he produced it. And a great job he did! From … Continue reading The Ugly MF’s are Back!

Best Movie This Summer

Last night I went with my best friend to see the highly anticipated Peter Jackson production, District 9. Ever since I saw a teaser for this movie months ago, I knew it was going to be something special. Initially the preview reminded me of Alien Nation but when the alien captive at the end of the clip simply stated, “We just want to go home,” I said to myself that this was going to be a very original movie. This summer we saw the tepid, over-hyped Terminator Salvation (is it only me but am I the only one getting so … Continue reading Best Movie This Summer

Harry Potter and the Alzheimer’s Bowl

(Note: No disrespect to the people and their families that suffer from this terrible disease)

dumbledore_pensieveI watched the latest Harry Potter film this weekend  and came away from it somewhat pleased. Like the previous movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, this movie was directed by David Yates (known mostly as a British TV director, rising to fame after taking on the Harry Potter movies). He will also direct the final two movies of the Potter series, something which I particularly don’t really care for. It is my opinion that the studio is desperately trying to cash in on the last book and have the fans pay twice for a single story. Why not make the last movie three hours and be done with it? Chris Columbus was the perfect director for the first two films, keeping the pacing just right and being the most true to the novels.

My problem with the current movie (and the previous one) is the fact that so much has been omitted from the book. I get it. It’s a movie, not a book. “The book is always better than the movie,” yadda yadda yadda. I understand that it is a completely different medium and that many times the written word doesn’t translate well onto the screen. Things HAVE to get cut. I get it.

But if David Yates had to condense the film down to 2 1/2 hours, he basically had to Continue reading “Harry Potter and the Alzheimer’s Bowl”