Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Mars Needs Moms

Me and The 6 Year Old went to see Mars Needs Moms last Friday. She wanted to see Gnomeo and Juliet, but lucklily (or not) for me it wasn't showing anymore. For some reason I can not picture a good movie about a timeless story adjusted to modern sensibilities.

Anyway, I liked Mars Needs it has a very simple story and premise. Martians kidnap Joan Kuscak to use her in robot-mind-melding experiments. And the action ensues. The movie has a lot of action, it's more or less non-stop. There are a lot of effect that were purely done for the 3D experience with falling, flying, spilling, light kid friendly shooting (if there is such a thing) and so on. Most of the action is not scary and some of it is funny.

There is one small problem witht he movie. It goes for the realistic style of 3d rendering, instead of toonish. It gets creepy, because facial expressions a lot of times don't match or fail to catch up to what is being emoted. The effect I think comes from the consious part of the brain of the audience being in conflict in sub-consious parts. The brain knows that "actors" are not real, but it still tries instinctively to react to words and gestures. Some of it gets mismatched.

A good movie overall to see with your kids on a rainy day.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Movies reviews or some such...

I know why I am not a good writer. I don't plan ahead. I don't make time to prepare what is it I wanted to sa. I don't jot down points, or think about what I am writing. I just sit down and write. The problem is, if the thought is not developed I end up with a single undeveloped sentence and not much of the story to tell.

I don't have stars or thubms up images, I'll just write the first thing that comes to my head.

I watched two movies recently. One over the Netflix on my Wii, another one on DVD.

Law Abiding Citizen. Encapsulated review: What a waste of time.

What is the idea behind this movie? Law is not perfect, I would guess. There are a lot of things in this movie that don't make any sense. I won't go into the detail, some people might actually want to see it I guess. But why would a movie "to-catch-a-bad-guy" all of suddent turn into the race to disarm a bomb. Anyway, lots of things in this movie don't make more sense than let's try that, that would be cool. And I am sorry, Jamie Foxx cannot carry a wise DA role.

The Social Network. Encapsulated Review: Good movie. Watch it.

I don't know if the movie is Oscar material, but it's an interesting and fun flick. Granted there were some liberties taken with the actual Facebook creation and dialogoes and ideas, it's a movie and it neds to play on emotion. What I don't like is the idea that young internet enterprenuers are pictured as douchebags and assholes, not all of us are. It almost seems to be a staple stereotype these days. But, I enjoyed the movie and I would advise to watch it.