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(Almost) Everything Is Awesome! in The Lego Movie

February 12, 2014
(Almost) Everything Is Awesome! in The Lego Movie

Just when making movies based on popular toys appeared to have run its course – the Transformers were big but Battleship (2012, Movie Man No. 983, a 4) tanked – along comes a film about Lego building blocks.
And it’s fun.

About the movie
Sometimes you can just tell that a movie is going to be a hit. (The Lego Movie raked in over $69 million in its first weekend and earned rave reviews.)… Read the rest

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Lost baby movie delivers amid minor controversy

February 5, 2014
Lost baby movie delivers amid minor controversy

The Movie Man did what he said he would do; he jumped back to a 2013 movie instead of one of the two boring-looking new releases (That Awkward Moment and Labor Day [the latter already being ridiculed for the “pie-making scene,” an so-inadvertently-bad-it’s-horribly-painfully-funny Ghost pottery-making sequence mirroring]).
So, the Movie Man took Movie Wife to see the sort of movie that usually gets a small release in America and they found the British, “based on a true story” Philomena.… Read the rest

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Frankenstein’s monster movie lacks electricity

January 29, 2014
Frankenstein’s monster movie lacks electricity

Ah, Frankenstein’s monster!
That wonderful creature from the Movie Man’s youth has been through hundreds of film incarnations.
Some were cool and some really bad. This latest attempt, I, Frankenstein, is one of the lesser efforts, sadly.

About the film
The Movie Man will admit that he’ll cut some ratings slack to monster movies.
While the campy Godzilla remake of 1994 was weak (Movie Man No. 235, a 4 [however, a new, much more serious version of the giant Japanese monster arrives May 16 and it boasts a fantastic trailer]), he was generous to the new King Kong that Peter Jackson made in 2005 (MM #644, 8).… Read the rest

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Spy reboot worth the wait only for die hard fans

January 22, 2014
Spy reboot worth the wait only for die hard fans

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit broke the record for the trailer the Movie Man saw the most times.
It began running way back in the summer of 2013, heralding a Christmastime release. Every film seemingly played the JR:SR coming attraction.
Then, out of the blue in the fall, an announcement came that the movie was getting bumped in to the cinematic death pit of January/February (unless you’re a horror movie; they seem to do quite well in January).… Read the rest

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Period movie has actors doing the awards Hustle

January 15, 2014
Period movie has actors doing the awards Hustle

There are all sorts of movies and everyone has their favorite genre.
The Movie Man prefers comedies, horror/monster (good horror/monster, rare today), and movies that dare to be or look different.
Down the preference ladder for the Movie Man is war pictures. That’s why he skipped Lone Survivor – which substantially out-performed projections to win the weekly box office race – and dipped back to American Hustle, a movie that you’ll hear more and more about as the awards season engages.… Read the rest

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The nitty gritty: Witty Mitty not long for the city…pity

January 8, 2014
The nitty gritty: Witty Mitty not long for the city…pity

Christmastime – often Christmas Day – often brings not only peace, love, and happiness but a bevy of movie releases.
So, invariably, some movies get lost in the year-end glut. Some surprise at their lack of excitement generation (this year, it’s Grudge Match, a comedic fight movie with Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro that is really taking it on the chin, making just $24.8 million so far) and others – long believed to be duds by studios hoping to reclaim at least some sort of return, are dumped – praying the holiday cinema rush for the hits will spill over into their weaker release (the Movie Man is talking about 47 Ronin [$32.7 million]).… Read the rest

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Clash of the Titans: Poppins vs. Mickey Mouse

December 30, 2013
Clash of the Titans: Poppins vs. Mickey Mouse

Before we get to the final official review of 2013, let’s look back on the Best and Worst of the Year.

Year in review
Overall, ‘13 wasn’t a bad year for movies. Perhaps there were no classics, but the Movie Man awarded just one ‘3’ – very rare.
Best of the Year:
10. Hunger Games: Catching Fire (7). It lacked the near-perfection novel adaptation of the first one, but it was still solid.… Read the rest

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This just in: 2nd Anchorman painfully unfunny

December 23, 2013
This just in: 2nd Anchorman painfully unfunny

Comments from Will Ferrell pictures are not alone in inserting themselves into the Movie Man family. Like with many other films, Movie Family picks up comic sayings and they become part of the Family’s historical record.

About the film
That’s happened twice with Ferrell.
No one can go swimming anymore with Movie Family and not hear “Cannonball!” from the first Anchorman picture (2004, Movie Man No. 568, 5).… Read the rest

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Dragon movie has some serious draggin’ in it

December 18, 2013
Dragon movie has some serious draggin’ in it

The Movie Man came out of The Desolation of Smaug, the second of three Hobbit movies with a familiar feeling.
Remember when the second Star Wars trilogy arrived? The Hobbit is experiencing the same kind of comparisons with its original film trilogy.

About the film
The purist fans of the original Star Wars were appalled when the next three films were released; the second threesome did not approach the acclaim – publicly or critically – of the 1977, 1980, and 1983 movies.… Read the rest

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Just what is the best movie ever made? Depends…

December 11, 2013
Just what is the best movie ever made? Depends…

Like declaring Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band or Nevermind or Midnight Memories the greatest album of all-time, picking out the best movie ever made is no easier.
Just like with those records – by The Beatles, Nirvana, and One Direction, respectively (the Movie Man had to look up that last one; surprisingly One Direction is not on his playlist [since he’s not 8]) – it depends on whom you ask: grandpa, dad, or kid.… Read the rest

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