May 30, 2008 at 11:13 am (Movie Reviews)
Prince Caspian was a bit of a disappointment and it wasn’t just that there was no John McAvoy. The story was a bit disjointed and I still can’t figure out the lion not being around. The King Peter character did not have enough character to make me like him. The scenery and backgrounds were very beautiful and I love the flying griffins. I will rate this 2/5 acorns.
Indiana Jones was much more fun. The adventure was fantastic. Harrison Ford still got it and the young Jimmy Dean like character was pretty funny. I don’t want to say more and spoil the plot. There are some great giant ant scenes. I will give this one 3.5 acorns/5.
May 30, 2008 at 11:03 am (Rants and Whines)
28 days and counting. I’m tryng to be good. The last word from my retirement coaches is to keep my cool. I just have to yell this out!
I can’t know things I was not informed about. Don’t get mad at me! I still don’t read minds and I’m not Borg, so no collective consciousness.
My support staff was cut to build up the new support system, but hey after 6 months my work load has increased with no real solution in sight. Nada has been taken off my plate! And yes, I know, things are tough all over. But the chaos is impeding my ability to do my work the way I want to.
I hate cleaning up after people and having their work dumped on m. I hate situations where no one is accountable. I hate being put in the position of trying to explain why things went wrong or didn’t get done, when I was not involved in the process at all. If I was in private practice I’d fire those slackers.
I’m trying not to gloat, but I’m so very grateful it’s only 28 more days. And really, I do actually work with some very nice people who actually focus on work, but I’m taking a break to get uncrabby. I just have to keep it together 28 more days.
and one week I get to stay at the Hapuna Beach Prince. I have so much to be grateful for. Really! I do:)
The problem is I do. I’ll just have to get over it.
May 16, 2008 at 9:49 am (Movie Reviews)
Richard Donner, producer/director of many fine movies such as, Omen 3,The Goonies, Ladyhawke,Lethal Weapon 1-4, Xmen,Conspiracy Theory,The Lost Boys,Jurascic Park as well as countless TV episodes from the 1960s. Leonidas himself, Gerard Butler stars as the love interest and steals the whole show, IMO. He is so darn cute. The story is based on a Michael Critchton book I’ll have to add to my retirement reading list.
Some archeological students are working on La Roque Castle in the Dordogne Valley of France. They discover a note written by their professor calling for help, buried in a previously unopened tunnel in a monastery. Meanwhile, that professor has disappeared. When they go to find him, they are shanghaied into going into a time tunnel (3D fax machine) to rescue him.
I liked Ladyhawke very much. While this movie is not quite as romantic, it is still quite entertaining and I will rate it 3/5 acorns. The fight scenes are well choreographed. Can’t say it has any clives. No heads swung off into the air, or entrails dangling, just the “zoot” of the arrows and the fiery trebucher.
May 14, 2008 at 11:56 am (Movie Reviews)
I never would have picked Robert Downey Jr for this part and I can’t see Edward Norton as the Incredible hulk, but then I couldn’t see Michael Keaton in the 1989 Batman either. Note to self to cross off casting director as second career.
Mr. Downey plays an extremely bright engineer who has followed his father’s footsteps into the business of building war machines. He leads a fast, superficial personal life and is pretty clueless about matters of the heart and conscience. Gwyenth Paltrow is Pepper Potts, Ironman’s girl friday. She takes care of all the mundane necessities such as remembering his social security number and taking out the trash. Jeff Bridges is the conniving business partner and Terrence Howard (of Hustle and Flow) is the faithful childhood friend.
This movie had a lot of action, great machines, tongue in cheek humor, a little romance and I did not mind that it was 126 minutes long. Ironman is a great superhero…cocky and flawed, but dedicated to fight for justice and freedom.
There are some very memorable scenes…one of Jeff Bridges in his wannabe Ironman costume, Downey’s robot “dog” dousing him on firepatrol, the malibu house…
No secret that I enjoyed this movie.
May 13, 2008 at 11:07 pm (Movie Reviews)
Appleseed Ex Machina is a very entertaining anime directed by John Woo and written by Masamune Shirow (Ghost in the Shell). Olympus is trying to create a new world in which humans and cyborgs can live together. Our heroine is a member of ESWAT with her cyborg partner. The animation is wonderful and the story kept me entertained through to the end. I will rate it 3.5/5 acorns, no clives.
May 9, 2008 at 11:54 am (Movie Reviews)
Kibakichi2 stars the same ole human-wolf yokai, wandering aimlessly without friends. I can relate to him as I approach my retirement date. Kibakichi has the same garb and great hat as he did in Kibakichi. He strolls into a village in time to save the blind maid from a stray dog. The dog is quite fluffy and better groomed then our hero. Kibakichi is attacked soon after and suffers a stab wound. Although blind, she can smell blood and in spite of his assurance that he can take care of himself, she follows him to the temple where he takes shelter and tends to his wounds. Miraculously, she happens to be the doctors assistant and trades in her comb, a keepsake from her mom, to pay for the rare medicine. The townspeople are quite horrified she would take care of a yokai, but she pays her debt with her lovely theme song playing in the background.
Kibakichi’s other encounters are with Sakuramaru, the town drunk, Anju the she human-wolf from his hometown, and the ghostly 3 some who’s motives aren’t entirely clear. Sakuramaru can’t help being a slovenly, bully as he is a bastard and had poor mothering. He is fascinated by Anju and follows her around trying to get lucky. She finds him rather annoying. He was really rather annoying, but had a cool ponytail i keep waiting for it to fall off his head. The 3 some have some magical powers, but in the end are no match for our hero and are killed off too easily.
As the ending approaches, the dead bodies pile up. As I guessed the first fatality I cared about, the blind maid, was knocked off pretty quickly. Her being so sweet was her downfall. The last showdown is between Anju and Kibakichi. The choreography of this fight was more like dancing and I still wonder what happened to the she-wolf’s ears.
This netflicked movie came all the way from Arkansas…must be the hot bed of samurai werewolf movies. Who would have thunk? I really liked the theme song, written by Kenji Kawaii, who also is responsible for the really cool soundtrack from Ghost in the Shell and Avalon.
There is a great shot at the end of the movie.
While not as cohesive a tale as Kibakichi 1, I still found this movie funny with a high cheese factor. I will give in 3/5 acorns and 1/2 of a clive.
May 2, 2008 at 10:05 pm (Movie Reviews)
The Mist is a Stephen King bug movie. The armed forces have been doing some experimenting up there on the mountain doing who knows what. After a thunder storm a heavy mist rolls in and in it lurks some kind of evil that makes grown men scream! Our hero has gone to the store with his gnarly lawyer neighbor and his son to get supplies to fix the window damaged by that tree planted by grandfather when it falls during the storm. They are trapped in the grocery store when a screaming man runs in declaring they should all lock themselves down, due to something being in that mist. Many are in disbelief until the bag boy goes out and is devoured by a beast with lots of huge tentacles.
Marcia Gay Harden is very convincing as the religious fanatic. As a knitter I was drawn to her sweater and felt that the movie unfairly portrayed people who wear hand knit sweaters as slightly crazed. As a knitter I take issue with that.
I mean look at the detail on those sleeves!
The hight point of the movie is the bugs. ..great big bugs and nasty ones to boot. I didn’t like the ending. Endings are the hardest part of any movie or story. I won’t say more.
I will rate this one 2.5/5. It had some good moments and characters. And, did I mention the bugs? 1 clive.