Eric's Blog March 7, 2014
[Movie B.S. is now being hosted by GeekNation! There were some bumps in the iTunes transition, but it should be sorted out now.]
Movie Review: "Grand Piano" B March 7, 2014
Make no mistake, the premise of "Grand Piano" is 100 percent ridiculous. Do you remember "Phone Booth," where Colin Farrell couldn't hang up or he'd be killed by a sniper? It's like that, only it's concert pianist Elijah Wood who has to keep playing or risk being shot. "Now you know the true meaning of stage fright!" is something that the villain really says to him. There's also an element of the plot that's not entirely dissimilar to the Bugs Bunny gag where Yosemite Sam has rigged a certain key on the piano to explode when Bugs plays it.
Movie Review: "Ernest & Celestine (French)" A- February 28, 2014
"Ernest & Celestine" is one of those effortlessly charming cartoons where everything is basically very simple -- it's a story about animals that are supposed to be enemies being friends -- yet filled with whimsical details that make it unique. For example, in this world, the mouse population uses discarded bears' teeth as replacements for their own worn-out incisors, and dentistry is mouse society's most noble profession. If you asked me to make up a connection between mice and bears for a children's story, I wouldn't have come up with that in a hundred years.
Movie Review: "Pompeii" D+ February 23, 2014
"Pompeii" is like a low-rent "Titanic," with a rich girl and a poor boy falling in love in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius days before its famous eruption in A.D. 79. You need something to fill the time before the volcano blows its top, though, so to pad out the story, "Pompeii" is also an uninspired "Gladiator" retread. It's two Oscar-winning movies crammed into one 105-minute waste of time and money!
Eric's Blog February 21, 2014
[Only one review on Movie B.S. this week, plus plenty of other mischief.]
Eric's Blog February 14, 2014
[Movie B.S. is my podcast. There are others like it, but this one is mine.]
Movie Review: "That Awkward Moment" D+ February 13, 2014
"That Awkward Moment" is like an unfunny, R-rated, bro-oriented "Seinfeld," with three young New York dudes having zany mishaps -- "I think the girl I hooked up with is a prostitute!" "I accidentally used skin-bronzer to pleasure myself!" -- and trying to convince one another (and themselves) that they remain emotionally unattached to any of the women they sleep with. They have made a deal, you see: graphic-designer studs Jason (Zac Efron) and Daniel (Miles Teller) pledged to remain single in solidarity with their newly divorced doctor friend, Mikey (Michael B. Jordan), and to have only the most casual of sex with the various women in their "rosters." ("Don't you have a roster? You gotta have a roster!") But Jason is falling for new girl Ellie (Imogen Poots), Daniel has commenced a non-platonic relationship with previously platonic friend Chelsea (Mackenzie Davis), and Mikey is secretly hooking up with his ex-wife (Jessica Lucas). Yada yada, sponge-worthy, Soup Nazi, etc.
Movie Review: "I, Frankenstein" C- February 3, 2014
Everyone knows Frankenstein's monster died 200 years ago. What "I, Frankenstein" presupposes is: maybe he didn't? This expensive-looking and deeply absurd genre turkey stars Aaron Eckhart as the handsome, five-foot-eleven, jeans-and-hoodie-wearing creature. He's spent the last couple centuries helping the Gargoyle Queen (Miranda Otto) -- yes, I mean queen of the stone ornaments found on old buildings, which in this world come to life, just like Disney's "Hunchback of Notre Dame," and are actually angels -- in her people's eternal battle against demons.
Eric's Blog January 24, 2014
[We're both in Park City for this edition of Movie B.S., and we saw a lot of movies!]
Movie Review: "The Past (French)" B+ January 22, 2014
"The Past" is about the past (no surprise there), and how decisions made then can dramatically affect the present and future. But it's also about communication -- verbal and non-verbal, the things we say and don't say, the misunderstandings that can arise. The first scene has a soon-to-be-divorced couple separated by glass at an airport, unable to hear each other, but able to communicate what needs to be said in that moment. Later, they'll be speaking face-to-face and miss each other's point. So it goes.