Friday, August 17, 2012

Quickie

This week's "Escape to The Movies" will be up in a few hours, but for those of you making weekend movie plans now, let me shoot some quick takes at ya:

"ParaNorman" is my favorite movie of the year, so far. Yes, more than "Cabin in The Woods." Yes, more than "Avengers." Better than "Coraline." An absolutely perfect movie with great characters, great mystery, and it eats "Super 8's" lunch in terms of Amblin-throwback "kid adventure" movies. Destined to be a cult hit, and will mark the point where Laika Animation dethrones Pixar as the hardcore film-geek Western animation house of choice (Pixar being "still good but too mainstream.")

"The Odd Life of Timothy Green" is one of the most eye-poppingly bad, ill-concieved train wrecks I've seen in years. Well-intentioned, but legendarily-bad - destined for a future as a RiffTrax and/or Channel Awesome mainstay. Imagine an M. Night Shayamalan pitch re-concieved by Tommy Wiseau. The sort of bad movie where, halfway through, you realize with a shock that Nicholas Cage isn't in it.

"Expendables 2" was hidden from the eyes of film critics. "Green" was not. That probably tells you something.

If "Beyond The Black Rainbow" plays near you, and you have a VERY strong affection for early-80s David Cronenberg/Ken Russell scifi/horror mindfucks; seek it out.

10 comments:

Mister Linton said...

Excited to see ParaNorman myself; I adore Coraline and love everything I've seen from the trailers.

You should probably just go ahead and run your premade review for Expendables 2 even though you haven't seen it.

Aiddon said...

ew, not screening for critics is a bad sign. Then again, considering that its predecessor can be best described as "Washed-up 80s Hacks: the Movie", it's pretty safe to assume that The Expendables 2 is a lackluster, self-important schlock fest that can't justify its existence.

Ryan B said...

When The Expendables 3 turns out to be an all star throwback to Schwarzenegger's 90's family comedies, then I'll be interested.

And ParaNorman. I mean, I figured it would be good, but... better than The Avengers? I dunno man. That's a pretty high sell. Still can't wait to see it though.

Blue Highwind said...

Yeah, on Beyond the Black Rainbow. Lol, no. I really cannot recommend that movie to anybody. WAAAAY too slow. WAAAY too boring. And ultimately since there are no human characters in the entire movie, nobody to like.

Joe said...

Your impassioned advocacy for ParaNorman on the Post-Movie Podcast was very convincing. And really, the only thing that could drag me out to see Expendables 2 on opening weekend is if they promised Chuck Norris' bloody onscreen death. Even better if it's at the hands of Bruce Lee's ghost.

Pat said...

I really hope ParaNorman doesn't get drowned out by Expendables like Scott Pilgrim did.

Anonymous said...

Not seeing Robot & Frank?

"Thank you, Frank. It's time for your enema!"

Aqua said...

@Pat

Not possible in this case, I think. Unlike Scott Pilgrim, Paranorman is aimed at children & families, and any kid that watches TV is probably already clamoring to see this movie as is.

Mister Linton said...

@Aqua: Yeah, Nickelodeon is running 1-2 ads for ParaNorman every commercial break.

Anonymous said...

Bob are you unesscarily hating on Expendables 2 despite not even seeing it.