Friday, August 17, 2007
Seriously... Stupid. I'm sure that a massive amount of effort and passion went into creating this movie and that the legions of kiddie fans all adored its lighthearted tom foolery, but it obviously relies on the novelty of the Shrek franchise more than anything else, just like the God awful Spiderman sequels. ManwithaVan thinks this one was really "phoned in".
Monday, August 6, 2007
“Independence Day” meets “Terminator”.
Seriously… Director Michael Bay delivers a high-caliber, catastrophic action movie of man and machine. Like most action movies attempting to cover so much ground, there are issues— the dialogue can be aloof, character development is minimal, and the world of suspended disbelief eventually begins to unravel. But with so much stellar action, this is entirely forgivable. Plus a cast of welcome familiars lead by rising star Shia "Even Stevens" LaBeouf and supported by Jon “Midnight Cowboy” Voight, Bernie “Mr. 3000” Mac, and John “Don't F*ck with the Jesus” Turturro.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
The Anti-Hollywood. And good.
Seriously… For ONE, There is no swooning alpha-male hero. Jake Gyllenhaal is a nerdy cartoonist who never grows out of his shell, Mark Ruffalo is an understated Inspector, and Robert Downey Jr. is a neurotic print reporter. TWO, there are no real female roles. Chloe Sevigny has the only significant screen time and she's relegated to a helpless housewife. And THREE, the story is rather unconventional. Unlike the title’s suggestion, this film is really about a few people who become obsessed by the Zodiac and their ensuing triumphs and defeats. Once you stop expecting the typical Hollywood fare, it’s easy to appreciate Director David Fincher's "The Zodiac" as a welcome change to the usual, unrealistic, predictable crap.