Eric's Blog December 6, 2013
[The Movie B.S. podcast warms your ears on chilly winter days.]
Eric's Blog November 29, 2013
[Six reviews on this week's Movie B.S.! That's practically seven!]
Movie Review: "Homefront" C November 27, 2013
In the movies, Jason Statham's "thing" is getting into fistfights with dudes and sometimes shooting them. He's not the only actor in Hollywood who specializes in this, of course, and he's not the best, but he's pretty good at it. What's more, he's reliable. Whatever else happens in this crazy, mixed-up world of ours, you can count on there being one or two movies a year where the entire plot is that some bad guys come after Jason Statham and he kills them.
Movie Review: "Black Nativity" B- November 27, 2013
It's the time of year when good intentions count for more than they usually do, when a nice gesture is appreciated even if it's clumsy and maybe accidentally pokes you in the eye. That's why I'm OK with "Black Nativity," a heart-on-its-sleeve Christmas story of love and redemption that's 100 percent earnest but only about 60 percent successful. What it tries to do is praiseworthy; if we're charitable, maybe we just leave it at that.
Movie Review: "Philomena" A- November 26, 2013
A sweet old woman searches for her long-lost son with the assistance of a cynical freelance journalist who's hungry for a meaty human interest story. That one-sentence description of "Philomena" is accurate, but it barely scratches the surface of the themes and ideas addressed by this magnificently acted and gently moving two-hankie drama.
Eric's Blog November 22, 2013
[Fewer people die listening to Movie B.S. than in a Hunger Games tournament.]
Movie Review: "Delivery Man" D November 22, 2013
In a way, "Delivery Man" is an awe-inspiring achievement: a movie that is 100% disconnected from reality, without a single plausible moment or believable character. And I'm not even talking about the premise, which is that an irresponsible man's many donations to a sperm bank 20 years ago resulted in 533 offspring, 142 of whom have filed a lawsuit to learn his identity. I mean, no, that premise doesn't make any sense. But I've seen movies with unlikelier scenarios succeed better than "Delivery Man," which disastrously tries to squeeze real sentiment out of its inane plot when it can barely squeeze a laugh out of it.
Movie Review: "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" B November 20, 2013
Suzanne Collins' "Hunger Games" trilogy is a great read if you're into that sort of thing (reading), and it's shrewdly constructed. The first book, memorably adapted last year into a star-making vehicle for Jennifer Lawrence, focuses on the Hunger Games themselves, an event in a dystopian future America in which two children from each of the 12 districts are put into an arena and forced to fight to the death. (It's like "American Idol" only fun to watch.) But the book also lays the groundwork for a larger story, one that's not just about one girl's harrowing experience in the Hunger Games but about the government that requires it and the popular uprising that is bound to come.
Eric's Blog November 19, 2013
Have you always wanted to watch the Arnold Schwarzenegger film "Predator" with me and Jeff Bayer? Then I have good news! We recorded an audio commentary for this movie as a reward for one of our Cannes Kickstarter supporters, and we liked it enough to make it available to the general public (you).
Movie Review: "Kill Your Darlings" B- November 19, 2013
"On the Road," "Howl," "Big Sur" -- for some of us, the movies about Beat poets we've seen in the last five years outnumber the Beat poems we've read in our lives. But the latest, "Kill Your Darlings," covers a lesser-known aspect of the Beat Generation: the time that one of them killed a guy.
The last 60 days:
- About Time A-
- All Is Lost A-
- All the Boys Love Mandy Lane B
- The Best Man Holiday C+
- Black Nativity B-
- Blue Is the Warmest Color (French) B
- The Broken Circle Breakdown (Flemish) B-
- Carrie B
- Charlie Countryman C
- The Counselor C+
- Delivery Man D
- Ender's Game C
- Escape from Tomorrow B-
- Escape Plan B-
- Go for Sisters B
- Haunter B
- Homefront C
- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire B
- Kill Your Darlings B-
- Last Vegas C
- Philomena A-
- Romeo & Juliet (2013) C
- Thor: The Dark World C-
- Zero Charisma B