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 May 29, 2010
Before I start, just going to say RIP Dennis Hopper. All of you people should see Blue Velvet immediately to honor his memory (or Easy Rider, but I still haven’t seen that and it’s on my list).
A lesser-known Walter Matthau film! Walter Matthau is probably best known to you whippersnappers as one of the ‘Grumpy Old Men’, along with Jack Lemmon. That pairing was actually made famous in the film adaptation of the Neil Simon play “The Odd Couple”. Both had extensive movie careers and were widely respected and adored by filmgoers everywhere. I just want to hug Walter Matthau when I see him onscreen. Oh, and he was quite a lot of fun in Charade (recommended).
Hopscotch is a comedy about a rogue CIA agent who essentially engages in a worldwide game of cat and mouse with his former employer and colleagues. Matthau stars as Miles Kendig, an extremely smart and seasoned CIA field agent whose new boss, Myerson (Ned Beatty of Deliverance), decides to punish his latest antics by relegating him to a desk job in the filing room. Kendig, a man of superior wit and whimsy, immediately goes to work on a scheme to deliver the biggest, most embarrassing, and costly “Screw you” to the CIA, and specifically Kendig himself. How does he go about doing this? By leading the CIA on a wild goose chase all over the world in an attempt to find him and stop him from writing a tell-all memoir about his experiences at the CIA– a memoir he is sending out, chapter by chapter, to all major national intelligence agencies worldwide… including the Soviets. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Cantankerous Panda on February 27, 2010
ROLE MODELS (2008)
Yes, I am reviewing a silly comedy. This means I will also be reviewing The Hangover and I Love You, Man in the near future. In today’s world of Judd Apatow comedies, there’s something to be said for the comedies people group in with Apatow’s films but are not actually his… and are also probably funnier. I’m a bit biased about Role Models simply because it’s a movie directed by David Wain of MTV’s The State (an amazingly brilliant ’90s sketch comedy show that was big on random humour). Wain peppers former State members throughout his films (see one of my favourites, Wet Hot American Summer) and so every film he does makes me happy even if I don’t love the actual film (probably shouldn’t see The Ten– it’s OK at best). However, Role Models is actually quite hilarious and full of wonderful performances that includes a lot of improv from the cast.
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