November 2010

 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link]

HAIKU REVIEW: Garfield is funny.
Especially the cartoon.
This one, though, sucks ass.

PEOPLE: Frank Welker, an amazing voice actor, does Garfield‘s voice duties. Sorry, it’s just not the same now that Lorenzo Music has died.

VISUALS: 3-D CGI. I would have preferred more Garfield & Friends style animation.

MORALS: The ability to be funny was inside of you all along! Pfft.

BAD STUFF: Pretty much everything. The jokes, the animation, the plot, the dialog, the depiction of the world as being more cartoonish instead of real. Bubbles coming out of the car’s exhaust pipe? What the hell? Garfield is supposed to be set in the real, normal world!

This was worthy of its 3.9/10 IMDB rating.

CONCLUSION: Even hardcore Garfield fans who have seen every one of the 200+ episodes of Garfield & Friends …. will probably still hate this steaming pile.

RATINGS: IMDB: 4/10. Netflix: 2/5 stars.

RECOMMENDATION: STAY AWAY!!!! Go watch Garfield & Friends instead. Now THAT was funny material. Funny for adults, even. (more…)

 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link]

PEOPLE: A film directed by Satoshi Kon, who died this year — so we’re watching all his stuff.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Old lady wastes life chasing after man who was actually dead most of the time. Filmmakers exploit her dying moments; dementia hallucinations ensue.

VISUALS: There is a surreal element, as the characters interviewing this elderly movie star end up being drawn into her story — much like what happened in The Last Action Hero. And various time periods look different — the stuff that happens in the 40s/50s is very desaturated, almost black and white. Lots of care was taken by Satoshi Kun to get things to look right.

MORALS: Learn when to give up! That’s what I got out of it. [highlight for spoilers] She may have enjoyed the chase, but she wasted her whole life on unrequited love. Lame.

CONCLUSION: Too random. Felt like ‘what was the point’ a lot of the time. Seems to be more of an emotional string puller. Reminded me of The Last Action Hero if it were a sappy romance. Carolyn actually liked it, and thought it was an interesting story, but thought it was not as well-executed as Satoshi Kon‘s other movies.

Clint: Netflix: 2/5 stars. IMDB: 5/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 6.6/10 (a low 7).

The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 7.9/10, Netflix: 3.6/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 3.4/5 stars–well, at least they knew we’d like this less than average).

RECOMMENDATION: Satoshi Kun completists and hopeless romantics might want to check this out.

SIMILAR MOVIES: I can’t help but say The Last Action Hero, even though the characters and plot are completely dissimilar. It has the same gimmicky “being sucked into movies” kind of feel.

MOVIE QUOTE: “The part I really loved, was chasing him.” (more…)

  • a comment i liked:
    "And this is how freedom dies. With open and blatant moves by the ELECTED representatives keeping the public in the dark about their wrongdoings. Right up to the betrayal of the very ideas those countries were founded upon ….

    The appalling part is that, they are no longer doing this secretly. They have no issues going about in the open and being open about trying to keep people in the dark about what wrongdoings are committed. They slap 'national security' tag to it, and think that this is a magic word that totally stupefies the public and makes them impossible to understand wrong things are being committed…."

    I wonder what goodies are going to come out of this next leak? The number of rulers on this world has been unchanged for a long time, but the number of subjects in this world is now higher than ever. It's nice that that the majority (subjects) will now get to find out what is REALLY happening with their rulers. Freedom of information.

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