*** A Game of Thrones, season 2. Not as good as season 1, but still good. I like that both Tywin and Cersei get some additional depth from the way they’re written and acted here. Arya was better this season than last. On the other hand, Daenerys wasn’t as gripping this season; her kickass moment […]
December 8th, 2012 Comments Off on Movies, July 2012
December 7th, 2012 Comments Off on Movies, June 2012
**** A Game of Thrones, season 1. Most of the casting and characters were great. I liked Tyrion and Daenerys as much as I did in the books. Arya was a little meh, but on the other hand some of the characters (like Cersei) gain some additional depth from being inhabited by an actor.
December 6th, 2012 Comments Off on Movies, May 2012
*** The Avengers. Hey, that was pretty good. Robert Downey Jr. is always good, I thought the Hulk story was handled well, and the action was pretty good. It didn’t make a lick of sense, but what can you do. What a stupid way to invade a planet. Eh, whatever. I’m mildly interested in seeing […]
April 4th, 2012 Comments Off on Movies, March 2012
*** Bullhead. We weren’t sure what to expect of this movie (I guess a violent European crime thriller), but we sure didn’t expect a nuanced and sometimes brutal character study. Fascinating and odd and kind of messed up, in a good way. *** The Hunger Games. I may have a few quibbles, but this was […]
April 3rd, 2012 Comments Off on Movies, February 2012
*** Mean Girls. I’ve been wanting to watch this one again for a while, to see if it was still as good as I remembered. It was. When I first saw it, I thought that Lindsay Lohan girl was great and had a fantastic future in front of her, but I guess now we can […]
April 3rd, 2012 Comments Off on Movies, January 2012
**** Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Terrific. I don’t really want to compare it to the terrific Alec Guinness version. Gary Oldman makes it his own, and the supporting cast, direction, and look of the film are all great.
January 13th, 2012 Comments Off on Movies, November 2011
*** Glee, Season 2. There are a lot of annoying characters on this show, and I didn’t think the musical numbers were as good as in season 1. At this point though, I think we’re watching almost entirely for Britney. But overall still not a bad way to pass the time.
January 13th, 2012 Comments Off on Movies, October 2011
*** The Trip. Obviously, you have to be in the “enjoys Steve Coogan” camp to enjoy this one, as it’s more of the usual. As usual, he plays a (fictionalized?) womanizing, self-centered, insensitive version of himself, Rob Brydon plays a (fictionalized?) goofy, annoying version of himself, and they goof off and see what happens. It […]
October 24th, 2011 Comments Off on Movies, September 2011
*** Midnight in Paris. A charming way to pass some time. The best parts were the various actors having a good time hamming up characters like Hemingway and Dali (I am.. Dali!). ** Drive. Already reviewed.
October 21st, 2011 Comments Off on Drive
We’ve seen this movie before. The hero does bad things but is not a bad man. He’s singlemindedly very very good at something that other people use for evil, but he’s pure of spirit. He is good at what he does but not very good at any other aspect of life; he’s a naif, a […]