The Fun Rush of Premium Rush

This will be a brief review. I figure I shouldn’t spend more time writing about the film than they did writing the actual screenplay. But that’s not a knock on Premium Rush. Granted the trailer looked awful. The name is forgettable (and thankfully only mentioned once). But after seeing many positive reviews from diverse sources, I took a dive in. My belief that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the most talented diverse young actor today (having taken the mantle, I believe, from a now older Edward Norton) only helped.

This fun summer ride is what summer action movies should be about…at least the ones without explosions, superheroes, robots, dinosaurs, aliens, or CGI.

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Remakes and Re-Marks

I have recently tried to upgrade myself – call it a mid-life crisis, Mark 2.0 (or 5.0?), a renovation, an adjustment, or whatever you wish – I left my job, moved to the other side of the country, and took a position that only lasts for 12 months. My life is full of changes – now we’ll see if I am full of transformation worthy of the remake.

This journey was on my mind as I saw The Amazing Spider-Man. It has only been 10 years since Sam Raimi’s superb big screen film on the web-slinger came out and 5 years since the painful 3rd installment. Perhaps a bit soon for a full-on remake. But the Hulk was remade after 5 years – albeit as a loosely related sequel rather than a complete remake. And we learned from The Incredible Hulk, adding an adjective – “Incredible,” “Amazing” – is not necessarily a sign of all the wonder that is to come. Continue reading

Ted

As a child of the 1980s, I am conditioned to appreciate that era’s nostalgia. Throw in references from Indiana Jones to Tiffany and I am amused and comforted. The recently released comedy Ted is an episode of I Love the 80s drenched in Mountain Dew and jammed full of pop rocks. It is ceaseless, gives you an incredible high, and ultimately signifies nothing, but boy did I laugh a lot. Continue reading

Brave

Let’s begin with something simple…

  • Toy Story brought digital animation to life. And was perfect for both adults and kids
  • Bugs Life demonstrated Pixar wasn’t a one trick pony.
  • Toy Story 2 proved a sequel can be as good, or even better than the original.
  • Monsters, Inc. married celebrity and humor (and showed us digital fur)
  • Finding Nemo took an unexpected collection of situations and voices to make pure enjoyment.
  • The Incredibles proved action and a familiar genre could be give brilliant new life.
  • Cars was basically a cartoon remake of Doc Hollywood, but it made a lot of money and was still enjoyable.
  • Ratatouille let me love it (even though I don’t like rats and think rodents cooking – even in cartoon form – is disgusting).
  • WALL-E proved silence was captivating.
  • Up showed that a few minute montage could be better than most films. Squirrel!
  • Toy Story 3 reminded us you can go home again and that adults cry at cartoons.
  • Cars 2 was terrible and a merchandising whore. The first Pixar film I have not really loved or even liked.

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