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January 26, 2012

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

I don’t have a whole lot to say about this one. If you liked the first one, you’ll like this one, although not as much. At least I didn’t like it as much. It seemed to have less humor and the plot was a little messier. But it was still good fun.

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

No Mission Impossible will ever be better than Mission Impossible III. I just needed to get that out of the way. This was more realistic than 2, but still pretty silly. And there were parts that were just plain dumb. But, like all the MI movies, it was fun to watch. This is probably my least favorite of the franchise, though. Meh.


I had NO IDEA what this movie was about going into it. Actually, I thought it was animated. Why did I think that? Although the main character is a little orphan boy, the movie is largely about the filmmaker Georges Méliès. You don’t have to know who he is or know his movies to enjoy Hugo, but knowing about him definitely made it more special. As I was watching them show clips from some of his films, I wondered how many people in the theater knew that those were actual old films, and that the character was based on a real guy. Again, it doesn’t really matter how much you know, the movie is still great. This one is definitely recommended. My only real problems with it were that the first half seemed really rushed to get a lot of info to you, and then the second half seems to slow down almost too much, where it was kind of dragging. But all in all I really liked this one. Check it out.


Steven SoderberghMichael DouglasAntonio BanderasEwan McGregor. Guaranteed to be great, right? Wrong. I’m not sure I can do justice in explaining how bad this movie really was. First of all, the main character of the movie isn’t an actor. She’s an MMA fighter. And it shows. Her lines, although terribly written, are delivered completely flat and boring. Second, remember all the cool music from Ocean’s Eleven, that other Soderbergh film? Well, they reused that. And it doesn’t work here at all. And I think it might have just been the same song over and over. Third, the dialogue. Ugh. It was just terrible. I think the script might have been written by a junior high stunt after learning about cliches in spy movies. Then there was the plot, and the sequencing, quite a few scenes of people just running, and lots of confusion. Who is that guy? What’s his job? Where are they now? The only good thing about the movie is the fight scenes. And they’re good because they’re interesting, but not at all believable. Right after watching the movie, I tweeted this, and I still think it’s the perfect review: “I asked @sheenapatton two questions during #Haywire that pretty much sum up my review: ‘Does she have cornrows now? When did that happen?'”
D (because Sheena and I had a lot of fun laughing at it)

Puss In Boots

I liked it! Keeping in line with the Shrek movies, this uses some old fairy tales as plot devices. And it’s really clever. And it’s pretty funny. And it’s nice to look at. So, see it.

Paranormal Activity 3

I’m not such a big fan of the “horror” genre. Not because they scare me, but because they’re usually just really dumb. The Paranormal Activity series is a nice change. It’s not gory in the slightest, and it mainly just feeds off of your sense of anticipation. Not a lot happens in these movies, and at times that’s annoying because it gets a little boring, but I think it works because just when you get a bit bored, something small happens that brings you back on board. This movie is in no way close to perfect. There are tons of things that happen, on tape, that the characters never go back and watch, which is really annoying. So much so that Sheena was kind of yelling at the tv. Things that once you saw them, instead of wondering what’s going on in your house, you’d just get the crap out of your house. But it wouldn’t be much of a movie if they just left the place where the crazy stuff was happening, huh? I think what I like most about the movies is the continued story. Although each movie stands alone just fine, the fact that every new one that comes out is a prequel to the last, getting you closer to where all this craziness started, is a really interesting way of doing things. It makes me actually care to see each movie. Not like, run out and see it on opening night or anything, but eventually see it. It’s safe to say that there is at least one more movie to be made, and I look forward to seeing where the story takes us.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 26, 2012 4:47 pm

    i agree with all reviews except the part about the first and last half of Hugo. good job!!

  2. bobby permalink
    January 26, 2012 4:56 pm

    So if I didn’t like the first Sherlock movie then I’d extra hate this one?

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