Showing posts from November, 2011

The Magician (Ansiktet) (1958) ****

3 reasons to see this film:

Maniac Cop 2 (1990) **1/2

The Muppets (2011) ***1/2

The Muppets (2011) isn't quite the home run that some are making it out to be, but it's very enjoyable and clearly made with love. The great moments were really great and the rest were serviceable. Unfortunately, there were a lot of "meh" moments and plot points as well.

1. The mansion
A lot of people are mentioning this - Kermit wouldn't live in a mansion. Just doesn't feel right.

2. Walter
He's fine. I don't hate him (like Kermit's nephew Robin, whom we were blissfully spared from in this film), and the film actually didn't focus on him too much, which is good. But he doesn't have a lot of personality.

3. References
While I love Gary Numan, WTF does "Cars" have to do with anything? Because Kermit says, "We drive"...? Kind of a stretch. I don't think Jim Henson would have used the Cee-Lo song. It's clever to a certain degree, but it's unnecessary. The barbershop singing Nirvana was used to better e…

Phantom Of The Paradise (1974) ****1/2

This film blew my mind. Rocky Horror can suck it.

Winslow Leach: "But I'm innocent! Swan stole my music and FRAMED ME!"
Phoenix: "I'll give them whatever they want."
The Phantom: "My music is for Phoenix. Only she can sing it. Anyone else who tries, dies."

Beef: "Can't you feel the vibes in your own house, man? Bad, sport, real bad. The karma in here is so thick, you need an aqualung to breathe."

The General (1926) ****


Wallace & Gromit - The Wrong Trousers (1993) ****1/2

My favorite W&G.

Wallace & Gromit - A Grand Day Out (1989) ***1/2

"Everyone knows the moon is made of cheese."

Halloween II (1981) ***


Movie Matters Podcast: Movie Matters #12 - Brian De Palma Special

I had the great pleasure of being a guest on the Movie Matterspodcast!