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September 4, 2012

Cowboys & Aliens

I went into this with very low expectations, which seemed to have helped because I didn’t hate this movie. When I first saw the trailer, I was pretty excited about it, and if I’d have watch it in the theater while I was still excited, I probably would’ve hated it. It’s a pretty standard western for the most part, which is what I liked. The aliens made for a nice twist, and all the effects and whatnot were great, but it was just kinda dumb. Not plot-wise… I get that the plot is dumb. That’s not the problem. I can get beyond that. I just think the execution could’ve been much cooler. And the whole Olivia Wilde plot line was just stupid. They could have totally done without her character all-together. It just made things more confusing and silly. All-in-all, better than expected, but still not great.

At Night I Fly

You can see something like this pretty much anytime of day on tv. It’s called Lockup, or something similar. But I still love this stuff. People’s stories. How they’re growing, or not. How they cope with living a very structured, simple life. This documentary is kind of all over the place, but it mainly focuses on an art program within the prison. The majority of what they show is the poetry aspects. It’s very interesting. These hardened criminals are sharing their feelings, and having civilized conversations, and mixing with opposite races, which apparently doesn’t really happen that often in prison. So, yes, it’s what you’d expect, and it’s great.


To be real honest, this movie wasn’t as bad as I wanted it to be. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not good, but it wasn’t flat out terrible. It’s still a movie based on a board game. And it’s still got cheesy one-liners. But the special effects were pretty good, and there weren’t a ton of laugh-out-loud terrible moments like I was expecting. So, really… this movie was disappointing because it wasn’t more disappointing. Yeah.

John Carter

Well, surprise, surprise… this wasn’t half bad. Yes, there are some pretty cheesy parts, and it’s a bit long, but as far as plot and acting and all, it’s pretty good. There’s some good action and the special effects are fun. So… yeah, who knew?


This is about what you’d expect. Jason Statham kicks a lot of butt. The plot is pretty typical, and it’s all pretty far-fetched, but it’s pretty fun to watch, which is the point. There’s lots of shootin’ and fightin’ and double crossin’. And the little girl actress did a great job. Worth checking out.

The Amazing Spider-Man

Super duper-super great! Seriously, I thought this movie was excellent. It was exciting and funny and sad and happy and just plain fun. Andrew Garfield did an excellent job as Peter Parker. And I always like Emma Stone. There were still some silly scenes I could’ve done without, but it was much more serious than the first set of Spiderman movies. Good stuff.

The Five-Year Engagement

Really funny. Really, really funny. And a good story. I always like Jason Segel, and I really liked Emily Blunt. I’m also a big fan of Chris Pratt from Parks & Rec, and he was hilarious in this. Hopefully we’ll be seeing a lot more of him. It was pretty long for a comedy, but there’s actually a whole lot of story going on, so the length wasn’t a bad thing. Seriously, I wasn’t expecting it to be as funny as it was. Or as good as it was. See it.

Blue Like Jazz

This movie starts out pretty bad. Like, typical, Christian movie bad. And maybe, just maybe, it’s done that way on purpose, because once Don gets to college, it gets much better. But I think that’s just wishful thinking. It’s obviously not a high budget, Hollywood movie, but it does have some heart and some really solid scenes. I know it’s hard to make a movie that’s suitable for all audiences that also feels real, and at times they might have tried a little too hard, but there are some truly real moments, which was nice to see. By the end, I was much happier with what I’d seen than I thought I was going to be when we started watching. It’s still a Christian movie, but it’s better than most. So, do with that what you will.

Crazy, Stupid, Love

This was actually a pretty good movie. It’s a different sort of premise that was interesting enough. There are some funny parts, and some sad parts, and some happy parts. So… a romantic comedy. The cast is crazy good, and I especially thought Steve Carell did a great job. Definitely worth checking out.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 4, 2012 6:56 pm

    i agree with all of your reviews! good job!

  2. September 6, 2012 8:45 pm

    What I read in Spider Man review = Halley is always right. And awesome.

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