Eric's Blog July 27, 2014
[Also reviews of "And So It Goes," "They Came Together," and "A Most Wanted Man." It's a busy week at Movie B.S.!]
Movie Review: "And So It Goes" D July 25, 2014
A while back, after years of directing good movies in a variety of genres, Rob Reiner decided to focus on tepid, forgettable, upscale comedies aimed at the least discerning, most easily entertained demographic in America: middle-aged white people. So instead of "The Princess Bride," "A Few Good Men," and "When Harry Met Sally...," the once and future Meathead has been shoveling out tripe like "The Bucket List," "Rumor Has It...," "Alex & Emma," and now the latest, "And So It Goes," a movie so lazy it couldn't even be bothered to come up with a real title.
Movie Review: "Lucy" C July 25, 2014
The familiar adage about how humans only use 10 percent of their brains is an old wives' tale (old scientists' tale?), but that doesn't mean it can't be the basis for a good story. I mean, it's not true that getting bitten by a radioactive spider gives you the powers of a spider, either, but you go with it. So what sorts of things could we do if we unlocked 100 percent of our mental potential? The possibilities are staggering!
Movie Review: "Hercules (2014)" C July 25, 2014
"Hercules" begins with someone saying, "You think you know the truth about him? You know nothing!" That seems like an unnecessarily combative way to start a movie, but it does set the tone. This ain't your father's Hercules! Unless your father is Brett Ratner. Which, for all I know, he may well be.
Movie Review: "The Purge: Anarchy" C July 24, 2014
Last year's "The Purge" made a sparse, modestly thrilling movie out of a dumb premise -- for 12 hours every year, all crime is legal! -- and hit pay dirt at the box office. The natural consequence of this, as you know, is a hastily produced sequel. It has arrived, 13 months later, in the form of "The Purge: Anarchy" (was it not anarchy before??), a considerably less interesting but not altogether worthless exercise in ham-handed social commentary and wanton violence.
Movie Review: "Sex Tape" C July 24, 2014
"Sex Tape" is like an episode of a filthy sitcom that was stretched from 22 minutes to 94 even though they barely had 22 minutes' worth of story. Starring a slimmed-down Jason Segel and a very game Cameron Diaz, it centers on a workable premise: what if you filmed yourself doin' it and then accidentally uploaded the video to the Internet? What would you do? But screenwriter Kate Angelo ("The Back-Up Plan"), with assists by Segel and his regular collaborator Nicholas Stoller, doesn't seem to have pondered the question any further than that. The answer is that everybody runs around screaming and flailing their arms (figuratively, but also sometimes literally), coming up with panicky, last-second lies, and ranting about the Cloud the way people 30 years ago ranted about arcade games (and with a similar level of understanding of how they work).
Movie Review: "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" B July 20, 2014
The surprisingly robust prequel "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" ended with a few dozen chimps, gorillas, and such escaping into the forests near San Francisco after being dosed with a drug that made them super intelligent (for apes). Over time, these animals will evolve into the Statue of Liberty-destroying, Heston-bedeviling dominant species we know from the "Planet of the Apes" movies of the '60s and '70s. But as "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" picks up the story, 10 years after "Rise," humans are still technically in charge, and the apes are still learning what they themselves are capable of.
Eric's Blog July 19, 2014
[There's a new "Planes" movie too, butÂ Movie B.S.Â refused to dignify it by watching it.]
Movie Review: "Wish I Was Here" D+ July 18, 2014
I doubt I'm the only person who loved Zach Braff's "Garden State" in 2004 but has been hesitant to watch it again for fear it won't hold up. It spoke to a particular demographic at a particular time. I'm no longer at that stage of life, and it's no longer 2004, and it's possible "Garden State" would strike me now the way it struck its detractors then: twee, precious, quirky, and slap-worthy.
Eric's Blog July 12, 2014
[We took a week off to accommodate Jeff's move to San Diego (such a diva), but Movie B.S. is back now as if nothing ever happened.]
The last 60 days:
- 22 Jump Street A-
- And So It Goes D
- Begin Again C
- Borgman (Dutch) B+
- Dawn of the Planet of the Apes B
- Edge of Tomorrow B+
- Hellion B
- Hercules (2014) C
- How to Train Your Dragon 2 B+
- Land Ho! B-
- Lucy C
- Maleficent C-
- A Million Ways to Die in the West C
- Obvious Child B+
- The Purge: Anarchy C
- Sex Tape C
- Snowpiercer B+
- We Are the Best! (Swedish) B+
- Wish I Was Here D+