VIDEO: MOVIES: REVIEW: The ‘Burbs (1989)

Claire: 4/5 stars, 8/10.
Carolyn: 4/5 stars, 8/10.
Native ratings: 3.5/5 stars Netflix, 6.8/10 IMDB.

Claire’s thoughts:  This was well-done, and almost reminded me of a Tim Burton feel (but not look) of a movie.

But an even more compelling reason to watch is if you are an American Dad fan. Francine’s voice actress stars in this movie. She’s basically the sexiness of the movie.
Or watch it for Corey Feldman.
Or get lost in IMDB and discover that Brother Theodore was the voice of Gollum in the 1977 Hobbit animated movie…. And get side-tracked watching his David Letterman appearance.

These older movies are charming because everyone’s gone on to do other things. No wait. Just Francine. Everyone else’s career went down the tube. At least she still has her voice on primetime television. Nevermind.

I’m glad I finally got to watch it. It wasn’t super, but it was a good movie.

Carolyn’s thoughts:  I had missed this when it came out.  It was pretty funny, though.  I enjoyed it a lot.

Directed by Joe Dante (Gremlins movies, Explorers, Piranha, Innerspace).
Written by Dana Olsen (Inspector Gadget movie, 2 eps of Laverne & Shirley).

Starring Tom Hanks as Ray Peterson.
Bruce Dern (Django Unchained, 2 eps of Bonanza, 1 ep of King Of The Hill) as Lt. Mark Rumsfield, the ex-soldier neighbor.
Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies, When Harry Met Sally, Scream 3, Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back, A Midsummer Night’s Rave, Fanboys, Cougar Club, 19 eps of Family Guy, 1 ep of Smallville, 1 ep of Weeds) as Carol Peterson, Ray’s wife.
Rick Ducommun (Scary Movie, Groundhog Day, Ghost In The Machine, Loaded Weapon 1, Encino Man, Gremlins 2, Spaceballs, 2 eps of Max Headroom, 2 eps of Garfield & Friends) as Art Weingartner, the crazy neighbor.
Corey Feldman as Ricky Butler, the teenager who likes people-watching.
Wendy Schaal (Francine in American Dad, *batteries not included, Innerspace, 19 eps of Fantasy Island, 3 eps of Six Feet Under, 2 eps of The Love Boat, 1 ep of Friends) as Bonnie Rumsfield, the hot wife.
Henry Gibson (Wedding Crashers, Magnolia, Gremlins 2, Innerspace, 13 eps of The Grim Adventures Of Billy & Mandy, 7 eps of King Of The Hill, 1 ep of Stripperella, 1 ep of Knight Rider, 1 ep of Malcolm In The Middle) as Dr. Werner Klopek, mysterious new neighbor.
Brother Theodore (Gollum in the 1970’s The Hobbit and The Return Of The King animated features, The Last Unicorn) as Uncle Reuben Klopek, mysterious new neighbor.
Courtney Gains (National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze, Back To The Future, Children Of The Corn) as Hans Klopek, mysterious new neighbor.


VIDEO: MOVIES: REVIEW: The Da Vinci Code 2 – Angels & Demons (2009)

Clint: 3/5 stars, 8/10. (Compared to 3/5, 6/10 for Da Vinci Code.)
Carolyn: 4.4/5 stars, 8.6/10.  (Compared to 5/5 stars for Da Vinci Code.)
Native ratings: 3.7/5 stars Netflix, 6.6/10 IMDB. (Compared to 3.6/5 stars, 6.4/10 for Da Vinci Code.)

Pink Panther minus comedy plus religion.”
National Treasure minus comedy minus patriotism plus religion.”
“24 minus America plus The Vatican.”
Da Vinci Code 1 minus Leonardo Da Vinci plus Illuminati.”

It seems like everyone — Clint, Carolyn, Netflix people, IMDB people — all liked this better than first movie of the trilogy, The Da Vinci Code. Ignore the fact that Carolyn gave this one 4 stars and the last one 5 stars — she, too, agreed this one was better. (It’s hard to rate consistently, people!)

This was done very well… And was interesting. But I am quite turned off by religion, so I wasn’t super-thrilled with the entertainment, despite recognizing its quality. Religious stuff just doesn’t resonate with me.

Still better than the first, though. This one wasn’t a disappointment like the first one.