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American Hustle (2013)

American Hustle (2013)

Posted on Friday, February 19th, 2016 under Reviews | No comments

2 out of 10 obvious hairpieces
I had so much excitement for this movie and despite a slow build leading to an intriguing turn, it still felt sufficiently underwhelming. Maybe I was suckered in by the appealing 70's poster style and groovy teaser audio track. Maybe it is as simple as that enticing neckline on Amy Adams or the excellent diversity in ensemble character styles. Whatever the initial reason, it isn't a film I'd go back ...

Gone Girl (2012)

Gone Girl (2012)

Posted on Friday, December 12th, 2014 under Reviews | No comments

3 out 5 condescendingly accurate analogies

I'm taking the next few days working at home, as I managed to catch the inevitable flu that has been circling our house, roommate to roommate. That, of course, means that while I am not fully up to being productive, I still can't shut off my brain and sleep during the middle of a workday.

Instead, Crystal (also home sick) and I laughed our way through a whole season and 1/2 ...


Divergent, Book I

Posted on Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 under Reviews | No comments

** My thoughts below are about Veronica Roth's first book in this series; I have plenty to say about the film version, but that will have to wait for another time (and possibly another viewing) when I am less affected by one particularly awful theater experience and instead more by the presented content.

Like I'm sure most of you, I started reading Divergent after a friend's recommendation that I would enjoy it based on my interest ...

American Psycho (2000)

American Psycho (2000)

Posted on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 under Reviews | No comments

1 out of 5 sweater wearing yuppies

This movie distinctly falls into the category of films that I watched out of curiosity, caused by the pop culture status of its name, and was left wished I had skipped it. While it is likely in some way beneficial that I now know who Patrick Bateman is, there wasn't much, if anything gained, in this viewing.

The premise that is it necessary to tell (and show) us that money ...


Under the Dome in Boredom

Posted on Saturday, August 17th, 2013 under Reviews | No comments

So far, I have been thoroughly unimpressed by CBS' rendition of Stephen King's "Under the Dome".

Logistically, it's been great seeing them take advantage of the Amazon Prime platform and offer new episodes every Friday at no additional cost (though can someone explain why that leaves them without a episodic presence in their own iOS app?). Amazon can't seem to make anything of their own with any real quality, so it's comforting seeing other content ...

Unfollowing the Following

Unfollowing the Following

Posted on Thursday, April 4th, 2013 under Reviews | No comments

If you didn't catch it earlier, I recently posted on Twitter that after 9 episodes, I was giving up on FOX's Poe-inspired thriller, The Following.

What initially felt eerie because of some interesting literary interpretation and unexpected turns, now just feels thick with bloodsport and weak at many of the pivotal points that move the narrative forward.

Of course I was in at the start, despite the warnings of vivid violence, because how unnerving would it be ...

Trailers in a Pinch

Trailers in a Pinch

Posted on Monday, July 19th, 2010 under Reviews | No comments

While waiting for Inception to start last night with Jodie and friends at the Regal in Waterford, I managed to jot down some quick thoughts on upcoming movies ...

Due Date
Oscar - Um. I don't really think Zach Galifianakis is very funny, so this looks 'ight to pretty awful.

The Social Network
Oscar - I typically consider Facebook a waste of time ... and, this movie will make a great companion to that consideration, me thinks.

Wall Street - ...

Comeback Kid Trailers

Comeback Kid Trailers

Posted on Saturday, March 20th, 2010 under Reviews | No comments

A fresh set of trailers for you to enjoy this wonderful March weekend. Enjoy!

Abraham Lincoln - Vampire Hunter
This video is super goofy! Good thing it is just to promote the book and not for anything serious.

The Runaways
Looks like this possibly good idea has a full trailer now ... I'm still not sure about Dakota Fanning as a serious, non-screaming-kid actress, but I like the look of this.

Coffee ‘n Trailers

Coffee ‘n Trailers

Posted on Monday, February 8th, 2010 under Reviews | No comments

It is always such a long time in-between when a bunch of us can get together and watch trailers as a group, so this last time we made sure to knock out quite a few ... and since we happened to be up by the mall, we started the night with some warming Starbucks. Yum.

Inception"I don't get it. All I can think of is MC Escher's paintings ... which usually give me headaches." - Oscar

Clash ...

Trimming the Trailers

Trimming the Trailers

Posted on Friday, February 5th, 2010 under Reviews | No comments

Since I have been busy working on this site's redesign, I have a bunch of trailer that have just been sitting in my queue, waiting to be watching. I actually got sometime last night to watch at least these guys, of which I am most excited for the upcoming animated feature films.

When in Rome
Rome and Kristen Bell? Well ... I know at least two girls that will be watching this.

Robin Hood
Awesome. Aside from the extensive ...


Astro Boy (2009)

Posted on Thursday, December 31st, 2009 under Reviews Sketches | No comments

3 out of 5 butt-deployed machine gunsThe other movie I got to enjoy on my double-feature cheap theater Sunday was Astro Boy and even though I wasn't crazy about the overall execution of the film, there were some really great pieces. I loved all of the character designs by Imagi and most of the voice acting was really well placed (yay for Kristen Bell, but not so much for Nick Cage). The big robot Zog ...


Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Posted on Tuesday, December 29th, 2009 under Reviews Sketches | No comments

4 out of 5 man-eating super-sized turkeysWith Jodie gone for a whole Sunday afternoon, singing at Candlelight for the Mouse, I found myself with hours to spare and a cheap dollar theater nearby in need of someone to watch their movies.

I never read the book as a kid, but I thoroughly enjoyed the great animated adaptation of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. The voice-acting was wonderful (I love most things Bill Hader is in), ...


Finally Friendly Trailers

Posted on Sunday, December 13th, 2009 under Reviews | No comments

Finally! Courtney and Jodie are back in the loop with me for this big ol' set of movie trailers. I hope you enjoy ... I know I had a much better time playing them back from my MacBook Pro to the TV, thanks to the new QuickTime Player. It now allows for fullscreen playback on the secondary monitor while still allowing keyboard control and application switching on the main monitor.

Oh and I know that there ...


Trailer Me Once

Posted on Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 under Reviews | No comments

Shake Hands With the Devil
There is something really hypnotizing about that guy's big mustache ...

Interesting. I still don't know if it is a good thing that so much attention is brought to famously "bad" people in our history as humanity. It seems half like glorification of an already known evil and half a further exposition of a cruel oddity. Oh well ... at least sixth-graders in History class will have an easier topic for book ...


Trailer Bemusing

Posted on Thursday, November 5th, 2009 under Reviews | No comments

Another few days of keeping busy with teaching and freelance work, reading through comic books and watching old TV Serieses (?), and painting and drawing whenever I get the chance ... and another set of quick movie trailer reviews, just because I love watching them o' so much.

I have no idea was this movie is about ... but I did really like the title card design. Very fun.

WOW! This looks fantastic. I think someone might ...


Putting a Face to the Voice

Posted on Monday, November 2nd, 2009 under Reviews | No comments

I don't think I've seen this done before, beside at the end of The Simpsons Movie, but I love that IMDB has the animated cast of Atlantis : The Lost Empire tiled up with the actors that voiced them. It is so much fun remembering who the people are behind such funny moments in that movie.


Trailer Me Pink

Posted on Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 under Reviews | No comments

Here's another slew of quick movie trailer reviews and as a little bonus in case you missed it, a snapshot of the new A-Team movie that is currently in the works. Despite the fact that it has none of the original actors, I am still very excited about this reboot.

The Wolfman
This new trailer just makes me even more excited to see this. The addition of Hugo Weaving is only going to make it better.

The Lovely ...


Google Chrome on the Mac

Posted on Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 under Reviews | No comments

It has been a few days now since Ars Technica announced Google's Developer Preview for Chrome on the Mac and I have been loving every minute of it. While I do miss the robust plugin architecture of Firefox and the slickness of Safari 4's "Top Sites", Chrome's speed trumps all.

New tabs and windows are quick to respond and page loading is ever so snappy. And though I am not entirely won over by it yet, ...


Tumbling Trailers

Posted on Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 under Reviews | No comments

Yet another thick set of movie trailer reviews by Oscar ...

It Might Get Loud
This looks fantastic. It is coming to the Enzian on Sunday ... anyone want to join me in seeing it?

The Book of Eli
Interesting ... I wasn't so sure about Mila Kunis and the whole post-apocalypictic story, but this new trailer makes it all look pretty good. And I've definitely liked Denzel in a few things (thanks to Nathan's constant prodding), so this ...


On the Trail

Posted on Tuesday, October 13th, 2009 under Reviews | No comments

Just a few more quick trailer reviews and then you will be on your way ...

Astro Boy
I never really read the comics, but have always admired the look of this franchise from afar. I'm really excited about this movie!

I think we already watched this trailer with Co and Jimison, but I guess it showed up again in the Apple feed because the trailer has been updated with endorsements ... still plan to skip this one.

Boondock ...


Exchanging a slow Safari for Firefox 3.5

Posted on Monday, October 12th, 2009 under Reviews | No comments

Despite how much I love the new Safari 4 features, I have been experiencing some really poor performance as of late ... specifically, a 3-5 second stall at every new window launch, new tab or trying to scroll through a part of a page I had not been using previously. Though it may be due entirely to the upgrade to Snow Leopard, I don't have anything concrete to back up that theory and am forced ...


Trailering On

Posted on Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 under Reviews | No comments

Just a few more trailer reviews ... because I can, because Hollywood keeps putting them out and because my brain needs so many breaks between teaching, code and everything else. Enjoy!

I watched the trailer because it had Emmy Rossum and I really liked her in Phantom of the Opera, but this just looks silly. Especially that I guessed if there was a play in this movie, it would be A Streetcar Named Desire ... and ...


Ketchup Trailers

Posted on Sunday, September 27th, 2009 under Reviews | No comments

Just a few quick thoughts to catch me up on Apple's wonderful RSS feed ...

Despicable Me
Oh this looks like fun! Thanks to the great Character Design blog for pointing it out!

Ong Bak 2
Oh yea! This looks sweet! I am so ready for some new Tony Jaa fun. I also don't own The Protector yet ... if anyone is looking for gifts ;)


Trailers By Me

Posted on Monday, September 21st, 2009 under Reviews | No comments

Just a couple of quick words on a few trailers, then back to work ...

Sure it looks visually interesting, but I hope their is more than just computer-generated elements pushing this movie ... mainly because I am not THAT impressed with the 3D. Like Alex Albrecht said, "it is basically the Final Fantasy movie plus render time".

This looks fantastic. The cast is strong, I am intrigued by the visual style and it feels like ...


Snow Leopard wants to replace your Automator Plugins with Services

Posted on Friday, September 4th, 2009 under Reviews | No comments

If you are like me and love the wonderfully scripted things that Apple's Automator application can provide, you are going to be pretty excited for some of the changes in Mac OS X 10.6.

You will, however, find that if you were using any custom or third-party actions (i.e. those by Dropbox, Junecloud or AppZapper) and they were implemented in Leopard as Finder Plugins, they aren't going to work the same way anymore. Most can ...


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