Movie Review: Red Riding Hood (2011)

If the thought of theatrically adapting the famous fairy tale isn’t enough to incite giggles, the recitation of the line “Grandmother, what big teeth you have” will certainly do the job. Little about the film doesn’t warrant laughter; the revealing of the red cape, the repetitious jump-scares with the grandmother casting wolf shadows and other bits of details from the source material thrown in for those who forgot what the movie is based on, and the overwhelming feeling that this is a lesser known chapter from the Twilight Saga. All are reasons to dismiss this ridiculous fantasy.

Movie Review: Green Lantern (2011)

The filmmakers are under the impression that audiences will accept anything, as long as it’s drenched in special effects. Balls of gaseous substances, electrical fields of lightning, pulsing rays of color, billowing smoke, fiery explosions and glowing energy beams all shown rapidly and accompanied by piercing noises – these tricks are sure to impress even the most cynical critics. Unexplainable things happen all of a sudden and viewers are expected to sit back and soak up the visual zaniness without questioning all the cryptic events.

Movie Review: Rango (2011)

Rango is basically one giant homage to all the great westerns, from the spaghetti west of Sergio Leone to the comedic parodies of Bob Hope. A multitude of references to a plethora of classics make an appearance throughout the film, and even those that don’t recognize these oftentimes clever allusions will find entertainment in the action, sly comedy, and hilariously twisted character designs. Rango may be the typical fish-out-of-water protagonist trying to discover his own identity, but when transplanted into an old west town inhabited by miserly turtles, gun-toting rattlesnakes and hillbilly varmints, all while plagued by intermittent surrealistic visions,…

Movie Review: Mr. Popper’s Penguins (2011)

Adults might have to stretch their patience to accommodate the level of absurdity inherent with the improbability and impracticality of a New York businessman raising six penguins in his apartment, but Mr. Popper’s Penguins isn’t really meant for the discerning viewer. Children who find bumbling, chubby creatures entertaining won’t have any complaints, and the parallel of a familial bond with the unity of a waddle of penguins isn’t the worst moral message one could offer young kids.

Movie Review: Take Me Home Tonight (2011)

It’s an interesting concept to make an ’80s teen sex comedy in 2011 (or a few years earlier since the film’s release was delayed) and Take Me Home Tonight manages to touch upon some of the magic of those films while also retaining modernistic comedy elements. The creators have stated that they wanted to make a movie that feels like it was made in the ’80s rather than just parodying the decade, but the result shifts back and forth between accomplishing that goal and venturing towards the outlandish antics of present day gross-out teen comedies. The R rating allows for…

Movie Review: I Am Number Four (2011)

If you’ve enjoyed a steady diet of Twilight films, superhero movies, and sci-fi television shows, you might like I Am Number Four. But probably not. The film, based on the young-adult novel of the same name, derives almost its entirety from other related materials, leaving individuality a permanently absent entity.

Movie Review: Unknown (2011)

Last time, they took his daughter – this time they’re after his identity. While not an actual sequel to 2008’s popular film “Taken,” “Unknown” follows a similar pattern of action and suspense centered around a grizzled warrior trying to stay one step ahead of ruthless villains. The tension remains consistent and the spattering of action sequences impresses, yet Unknown can’t maintain the same level of thrills as its predecessor due largely in part to a plot that starts to waver with each new reveal.

Movie Review: True Grit (2011)

The story of True Grit is an excellent source for a movie adaptation and the Coen Brothers retain the storytelling prowess they’ve always possessed with their vision of this epic tale of retribution. It still feels like a remake though, with every major event (as well as most of the minor ones) from the 1969 film finding its way into the script. Little has changed, save for the cast, and while the characters are handled well by the seasoned crew, it’s unlikely their performances will hold up against the adoration of John Wayne and the original film.

Reviewed: Something Borrowed [2011]

Something Borrowed follows Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) as she meets Dex (Colin Egglesfield) at university where they become best friends with feelings clearly developing but neither of them acting on said feelings. So when Rachel’s best friend the selfish and obnoxious Darcy (Kate Hudson) shows up and asks Dex out, Rachel gives her blessing, Dex says yes and several years later they are engaged to be married.

Mid-Summer TV Line-Up

Reflections on some interesting TV finales and TV movies that aired during the spring of 2011. Some signs TV is improving, and some examples of it falling back into claptrap.

DLP Vs LCD Televisions

When choosing a high-definition television consumers are often faced with the choice of a DLP vs LCD set. A newcomer to the television market can easily become overwhelmed by this prospect. There are several factors for you to consider during your decision to choose between a DLP vs LCD television including price, performance and overall display quality.

Looking Forward: The Man of Steel

Directed by Zack Synder (300/Watchmen) and starring Henry Cavill (The Tudors) as Superman, this movie sounds like it could finally restore Kal-EL to the top of the comic book movie world. Not since watching Christopher Reeve don the Superman suit have I been so excited about the prospect of another film staring the Man of Steel.