Posted by Cantankerous Panda on February 27, 2011
I know, it’s amazing that I’m posting again, but nothing can keep me away from Oscar madness! (OK, I’m sure SOME things can keep me away… but let’s not dwell on such things!)
I do hope to return with awesome new reviews for you fine folks, and I think a possible solution is to write them up in Word or something first before trying to do my whole thang here with the pics. I’ll see how that goes, kittens.
Anyway, let’s get this show on the road! Come in for the awards, and stay for the snark!
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Posted by Cantankerous Panda on September 26, 2010
At last, my long-awaited review for Inception is here. Who DOESN’T want to talk about this movie? Now, I’m going to attempt to write about this in a way that allows people who have yet to see it to skip over the spoilery parts, but if you’re super-strict about such things you might just want to come back here after you’ve seen it. And yes, you should see it. I am breaking my pattern here and telling you upfront that this is a film to watch. I saw The Prestige and I did not enjoy it, but I really liked this film (and yes, I understood The Prestige far too well, which is part of the reason why I didn’t like it–but I’ll get into that when I write that film up). So, for those of you who are terribly behind on your cinema exposure, go see Inception and then get back to me. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Movie Reviews | Tagged: Batman Begins, cerebral sci-fi, Christopher Nolan, Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page, Film review, Inception, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine, Modern films, Oscars, Pete Postlethwaite, Public Enemies, recommended, Shutter Island, The Dark Knight, The Prestige, Tom Hardy, Top recommendations, Whip It | 7 Comments »
Posted by Cantankerous Panda on August 19, 2010
I killed my back, so hunching over my laptop and writing a review just isn’t something that is conducive to my not dying from debilitating pain. I started my Inception review, and I am trying to work on it little by little, but it’s been a really rough couple of weeks. Believe me when I say that I want to get these out to you– I’m just not doing well right now. I’ll likely be in my new apartment when I post my review for you, though, so that’s good news.
I hope to have it up for you soon!
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Posted by Cantankerous Panda on August 8, 2010
Well colour me shocked, kittens, but this I actually found this retread to be fairly enjoyable! If you haven’t heard of the Predators franchise, then please rapidly extract yourself from the hole in which you are currently residing and GET TO DA CHOPPA!! Er, I mean, introduce your face to the original film. In actuality, it’s not necessary for the understanding of this film, but there are references to what happened in the original, as well as a number of homages and throwbacks, so it makes the film a bit more enjoyable to watch if you’ve seen the first. I will admit that my memory of the first one isn’t that great, so I’m sure I missed many of those ‘inside jokes’. Either way, the throwbacks I did get were fun. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Cantankerous Panda on August 4, 2010
So, a combination of a conference, a wedding, a fire, a blackout, a trip to L.A. with very shoddy internet access, an extreme lack of sleep, and the endless process of packing/moving has led to this major lull in updates. I am sorry to the few of you who actually read my blog (and I love you guys for it) and I promise to have another one up by the end of this week.
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Posted by Cantankerous Panda on July 10, 2010
I like to follow good classic films with terrible movies.
Legion is almost inexplicably hard to describe. I really don’t know what it was that I watched that night. What I do know is that Paul Bettany has been on this weird ‘religious badass character’ binge for awhile (The Da Vinci Code, the upcoming film Priest), and this film falls firmly into that category. Bettany plays Michael, an angel who decides to disobey God’s orders and protect humanity when God decides to go all Old Testament on us and destroy human kind. I think the reason why is because we take everything for granted and we’re all pretty terrible. Or maybe we don’t love God enough. I don’t really remember. Either way, Michael decides God is just being moody and will eventually realize how ridiculous this entire plan is, so he comes to Earth with a purpose… to take off his shirt, as all the advertisements promised. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Movie Reviews | Tagged: Adrianne Palicki, angels, Charles S. Dutton, Christopher Walken, Dennis Quaid, Doug Jones, Elias Koteas, Film review, horror, Jon Tenney, Kate Walsh, Kevin Durand, Legion, Lucas Black, Modern films, not recommended, Paul Bettany, Peter Schink, Priest, Scott Charles Stewart, The Prophecy, Tyrese Gibson, Viggo Mortensen, Willa Holland | 5 Comments »
Posted by Cantankerous Panda on July 2, 2010
MY MAN GODFREY (1936)
“The only difference between a derelict and a man is a job.”
Another classic screwball comedy to throw into the mix. This title was always familiar to me, and yet I never really knew any of the stars, nor did I know anything about the plot. I found myself quite surprised and amused by the film, while also slightly irked throughout. The film is quick to the pick-up, dumping the viewer in a trash heap with a number of homeless men. When a few members of the bourgeoisie pull up to the site, one particularly snooty woman offers $5 to her homeless man of choice, telling him that they are taking part in a high-class scavenger hunt and that bringing in a “forgotten man” will bring their team a huge amount of points and the win. Little did she know that the man she chose is smart, quick-witted, and uncompromising of his dignity, nor is he afraid to speak back to those with money and power. Instead of helping her, he opts to help her kinder–albeit naive and spoiled–sister, and subjects himself to becoming an almost zoo-like spectacle to a room full of upper-crust men and women. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Cantankerous Panda on June 22, 2010
TOY STORY 3 (2010)
OH MY GOD I AM TOTALLY REVIEWING A MOVIE IMMEDIATELY AFTER ITS OPENING WEEKEND!!!
I had forgotten what a solid franchise Toy Story was until I saw this film on Saturday. It doesn’t necessarily have a prerequisite for the other two films, but seeing them certainly would help to inform this installment. This film has it all–a decent story, enjoyable characters, great humour, content for both adults and children, and even decent tear-jerking and fear evocation. The plot is absolutely solid–the toys are facing a life-changing dilemma as Andy, their owner, is about to head off to college and has to go through his belongings. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Cantankerous Panda on June 12, 2010
TAKING WOODSTOCK (2009)
It’s so hard to watch films about music during this time period and not wish I had been around for it. True story: My father is so impatient that he turned around on his way to Woodstock due to traffic. I will never forgive him for that. The film Taking Woodstock isn’t so much about the music as it is about the man who ‘saved’ it. That man is Elliot Tiber in reality, and this film is based off his book (co-written with Tom Monte) about how Woodstock came to be in his home town. It’s a film that is much more about a young man’s struggle with his family and his own identity; it’s a story of self-discovery, of independence, Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Movie Reviews | Tagged: American Pie, Ang Lee, anti-Semitism, based on a true story, Best In Show, Brokeback Mountain, coming of age film, Danny Elfman, Demetri Martin, Elliot Tiber, Emile Hirsch, Eugene Levy, Film review, Harry Potter, Henry Goodman, homosexuality, Imelda Staunton, James Schamus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jonathan Groff, Liev Schreiber, Max Yasgur, Michael Lang, Modern films, sex drugs and rock 'n roll, Taking Woodstock, The Daily Show, Tom Monte, Vietnam, Watchmen, Woodstock | 16 Comments »
Posted by Cantankerous Panda on June 5, 2010
THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971)
Behold, a young Gene Hackman and possibly the best car chase scene in cinematic history!
Forgive me, but I just got obsessed with The West Wing and I kinda need to finish it before the fall begins (SEVEN SEASONS) so I have been powering through the episodes and not devoting my free time to this blog. I am ashamed.
The French Connection should ring at least SOME bells. It’s a definite classic, it’s a rough and dirty film, and it’s incredibly famous for the car chase sequence. This is a major Oscar-winning film, bringing in the little gold man for Best Actor, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Writing (based on another work), and Best Picture–the first R-rated film ever to win for Best Picture after the MPAA adopted the rating system. It also had nominees for Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography, and Best Sound. It is another selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. This movie, my friends, was a big deal. And rightly so. Read the rest of this entry »
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