Archive for November, 2010

The comedic great Leslie “Don’t call me Shirley” Nielson died yesterday.  I think now might be an appropriate time to re-watch the “Airplane” and “Naked Gun” movies.  It somehow seems appropriate.

Tangled up in…gold

Disney’s Tangled was much how I expected it to be.  After all, most Disney movies subscribe to a certain type of plot.  For example, when the character Flynn Rider says at the beginning that he dies in the story, does anyone actually believe that he’ll die (and stay dead)?  It’s Disney, after all!

I think the voice casting was excellent, however, and the movie as a whole was fun (even if it was predictable).  Zachary Levi is the voice of Flynn Rider, and he manages to have some cynicism and charm at the same time that works well for the character.  And he actually sings!  Bonus.

Mandy Moore was a good choice to play the wide-eyed, naive, and resourceful Rapunzel.  The fact that Rapunzel was resourceful made the story more appealing.  Heroines who do nothing but scream and faint get tiring after about two minutes.

Tangled was entertaining, and I would recommend it to those that don’t mind Disney stories!

I’ve been thinking today might be a good day to acquire a copy of How to Train Your Dragon.  I’ve only heard good things about the movie, but haven’t had a chance to watch it yet.  Are there any “naysayers” out there that disagree with all those who’ve told me it’s a good movie?

Take a break from shopping and guess where these quotes came from!

1.  “He’s not a tame lion.” – Tumnus, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

2.  “That’s a terrible name for a detective. Sherlock Holmes?” – Roy O’Bannon, Shanghai Knights

3.  “Strange town, San Francisco. When I purchased the pumps, they asked if I wanted them wrapped or if I was going to wear them.” – Joe, The Princess Diaries

4. “The Godfather is the I-ching. The Godfather is the sum of all wisdom. The Godfather is the answer to any question. What should I pack for my summer vacation? ‘Leave the gun, take the cannoli.'” – Joe Fox, You’ve Got Mail

5.  “Krill’s a maniac! Go tell the captain he spit in my soup!” – Casey Ryback, Under Siege

6.  “Oh, man, you get to work with Bessie! I’d give my left two lugnuts for somethin’ like that!” – Mater, Cars

And so the Castle grows

I watched three Castle episodes in a row yesterday, and discovered something.  Nathan Fillion as Castle becomes more endearing with time, while the lack of Stana Katic’s–Kate Beckett–acting skills becomes more noticeable with time.  She doesn’t enunciate, she often speaks in a monotone, and she’s frankly boring.  It’s a good thing Fillion is good, or the show would probably tank.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone has a wonderful (safe, if they have to drive) Thanksgiving!  Enjoy good food, and time with family and friends!

It’s a sad state of affairs…

…when Tangled looks a lot more interesting than Love & Other Drugs.

Just sayin’

I don’t remember how I stumbled upon this website– –but one of their shows, “Poliwood,” has some great movie information and analysis by two screenwriters.  I’ve been watching them talk about movies that have been getting “Oscar buzz,” most recently Black Swan.

The weather isn’t really frightful, but it does make one want to stay inside and watch movies.  I was busy all day, but I have some time now…

Harry Potter, Part 7…sort of

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1‘s title is almost as long as the movie, I thought.  The story is, of course, appealing to any Potter fans, regardless of whether or not they’ve read the books.  The movie did seem to drag in places, though.  There were some unnecessary shots, combined with some shots that were too long.  In other words, I think the movie could easily have been two hours long, instead of two and a half hours long.

Some people get annoyed if I compare other fantasy movie to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but I think the comparison is apt in this case.  Tolkien didn’t want his story split into three parts, but did so at the request of his publisher.  Peter Jackson split the story into three movies, but he managed to neatly conclude the first and second movies.  Part one of The Deathly Hallowsends with such an anticlimactic scene that it’s ridiculous.  In fact, everyone I’ve talked to agreed that the ending was terrible.  That will, of course, not stop the movie from being a smashing success.

I was hoping the movie would cut down on the inordinate amount of time spent detailing the camping of the young heroes.  After all, the book (and, alas, the movie) could be titled Harry Potter and the Extended Camping Trip.  (Hat-tip to my friend Maetelle for that gem.)

The movie was enjoyable.  However, since it seems so incomplete, I will have to wait for the second one before I can really judge whether or not it will be a good conclusion to the Potter phenomenon.