VIDEO: MOVIE: REVIEW: RE-REVIEW: Mind Game (2004)
Clint:::::: 3.8/5 stars, 7.4/10.
Carolyn: 3.6/5 stars, 7/10.
THIS IS A SERIOUS DOWNGRADE from my previous rating of 5/5 stars, 10/10, after watching it 7 yrs ago in 2005, where I reviewed it on my blog at https://clintjcl.wordpress.com/2005/08/09/best-movie-ive-seen-in-a-long-long-long-time/
… Simply put, I didn’t like this as much as the first time. I wasn’t as impressed by the crazy, style-changing animation as I was the first time around (perhaps).
The film won Japan’s most prestigous anime award, and is pretty inspiring and very unique… But it just doesn’t hold up to a rewatching as well as we’d hoped.
Sucks to have to downgrade from a 10 to a 7! 50% of people who watch this movie give it 9-10/10, so it’s still quite good, and better than 95% of anime out there. Perhaps one’s enjoyment of this movie is based on one’s mood?
Studio 4oC is an awesome studio, though, and I automatically pay more attention to something if “4oC” is attached to it.
LINK URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0452039/
VIDEO: MOVIE: REVIEW: Spy Kids 1 (2001) – Machete’s first appearance
2.8/5 stars, 5.8/10 from both of us.
Native ratings: 3.4/5 (Netflix guess for us=3.2/5), 5.5/10 IMDB.
This could have been better, but some of it was waaaaayyyyy too convenient at times.
Still worth it to see the first film appearance of Machete, who was a character in the Spy Kids movie before he had his own movie.
Also cool to see Cheech Marin.
But yeah. Even with low expectations, this was a slight disappointment. It was still entertaining and enjoyable, just not very much.
I mean, it’s the same director as Sin City, Planet Terror, and The Faculty. Robert Rodriguez apparently has a decent range for directing different kinds of movies.
LINK URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0227538/
VIDEO: MOVIES: REVIEW: Goon (2011)
3/5 stars, 7/10 from both of us.
Native ratings: 3.7/5 (Netflix guess for us=3.6/5), 7.0/10.
So for once, we rated lower than average. Probably because we despise sports. Yet, this was a quite serviceable sports comedy, and I have no regrets watching it. We laughed. And apparently it’s a “true” story, albeit turned into a comedy. A bloody, bloody comedy.
However, the ONLY reason I convinced myself to watch this was that it was co-written by a writer who worked on Pineapple Express, Superbad, Da Ali G Show, and The Green Hornet. And the other co-writer? Jay Barchel, the gangly kid from Undeclared, Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Fanboys, & The Rules Of Attraction.
Actores include Seann William Scott (Stifler from American Pie) — who seemed to be breaking his previous acting range, playing a soft-spoken, humble character, instead of a full-of-himself asshole. His acting was actually a treat. Also with Alison Pill (Kim Pine from Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World), Liev Schrieber (Sabretooth from the X-Men movies, Cotton Weary from Scream 1-3), and Eugene Levy.
Yea, this was an enjoyable sports comedy. And most people seemed to like it even more than we did.
“Two rules, man: 1) Stay away from my fuckin’ percocets; and 2) Do you have any fucking percocets, man?”
LINK URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1456635/