Some Movies

The first: Avatar.  I read Ebert’s review of it last week, and he compared it to when he first saw Star Wars.  I can’t say it was that good, and certainly only time will tell if Avatar holds up, but I did enjoy the movie immensely.  Technically, very nice.  Plot-wise, about what you’d expect from “Dances with Wolves” set on an alien moon.  Avatar is breath-taking and thunderous and brimming with gob-smackingly beautiful special effects, and is only a little sickly sweet.  I do wonder if a sequel will be titled “Avatars.”

The second film was my son’s request this evening, and ironically enough, Star Wars Episode I, The Phantom Menace.  I can’t say enough bad things about this movie and the two follow-ons that Lucas excreted, and if I start bad-mouthing it I won’t be able to stop, so I have to use someone else’s words.  After he first saw it, the Gibber remarked “That wasn’t a very good movie, daddy,” which made me smile.

The third: Yesterday my group at work saw Inglorious Basterds.  I have a peculiar kind of impatience when it comes to Tarantino films, namely that I don’t truly appreciate the fine dialog until the gore ramps up and reminds me how good the movie was up until the point that the blood started flying, and yes, I close my eyes during some of the really bad bits.  Overall: Meh. Bad people get what they deserve, so do some good people, and sometimes it just sucks to be in the line of fire.  I get it, but I got it like three movies ago, too.

Finally, I was sick earlier this week and spent a day or so at home.  I re-watched Star Trek, and it was still a blast.  I’m hoping the genre has been successfully rebooted, and I hope they re-make The Trouble with Tribbles.

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6 Responses to Some Movies

  1. Eric TF Bat says:

    Yes, yes, that’s all well and good, but I must know: does Gargamel show up in the first Avatar movie, or do we have to wait for the sequel? We’ve been waiting decades for a live-action Smurfs movie, so it should be done properly!

  2. jez says:

    Have you seen the recently (yesterday) released 70-min review of the phantom menace?[1] As bad as such an idea sounds (being half the length of the movie, and featuring a slightly annoying narrator voice), it’s totally worth it.

    [1]: http://www.slashfilm.com/2009/12/17/watch-this-70-minute-video-review-of-star-wars-the-phantom-menace/

  3. I would love to see Trouble with Tribbles rebooted.

  4. Star Worrier says:

    Here’s my trick to enjoying (yes, enjoying) the Star Wars I – III prequels: Don’t pay attention to the dialog or story. Treat it as “eye candy” — visual art (not always great visual art…)

    Lucas has become a bad caricature of himself. Seems that his creative staff are using him as inspiration for some of the Star Wars characters.

    Hasn’t anyone noticed the eerie resemblance between George and the flappy-chinned cook in Dex’s Diner (Dex?), or with the similarly blubbery Gungan ruler? Watching the supplemental material on one of the prequels, Lucas examines the prototype character models under consideration for the movie, and he really really seems to like the ones with the big blubbery chins. Funny thing, he has one too!

  5. me says:

    ROTFL. Dear Daddy, I do so enjoy reading your missives. You’re dead wrong about Star Trek, though. Red Matter? Ahem.

    That said, I am willing to bet $5000 that it would be possible to increase a rating derived by satisfaction sampling of a random audience by more than a factor of 10 by simply recutting the movie and adding new voice overs.

  6. Scott says:

    With ref to your sons remark that he thought episode 1 was ‘not very good’

    I’m so proud of him, almost like he was my son!

    bless!

    ‘go i will.. happy you raise him well you do… ‘

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