Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Django Unchained

Full disclosure: I
Am a big Tarantino
Fan, and love westerns

I was predisposed
To really like this movie.
Slick, funny, gruesome,

And too cool for school
A well-acted though choppy
Revenge fantasy,

It lived up to, but
Didn't surpass any of
My expectations.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Hobbit (non-3D, non-48 fps)

Yes, it felt dragged out.
Yes, it was underwhelming.
Yes the characters

Were regretfully
Underdeveloped. Not to
Mention how crazy

It is that they are
Eeking three movies out of
One fairly short book.

Despite all of that
Returning to Middle Earth
Was a lot of fun.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


A dark and brutal
Drama disguised as sci-fi,
A thriller with brains,

 Looper will make you
Think, just not about happy,
Fun, or pleasant things.

Top-notch direction
And a nicely streamlined plot
Keep it all moving.

While a unique take
On time travel makes up for
The super-grim tone.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Sleepwalk With Me

Mike Birbiglia's
Charming, bittersweet tale of
A sleep disorder

And how it caused him
To (eventually) be
A better man and

Do better on stage.
A fairly lightweight story
Taken mostly from

His standup routines
It is cute, funny, well made,
And winningly short.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Resident Evil: Retribution (IMAX 3D)

Not a good movie
But at least a fun one, it
Shares a lot with the

Last movie I saw
In IMAX, Avatar. Both
Have bad acting, great

Action, and I found
The ridiculousness was
Rather endearing.

RE wins out though,
It doesn't take itself at
All seriously.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Expendables 2

The dumbest movie 
To be released this year, I
Really enjoyed it.

Less a movie, more
The best videogame I'll
Never get to play.

Better action than
Part one, with more silly one-
Liners and even

Worse dialogue. It
Has everything you'd expect,
Both the good and bad.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Beasts of the Southern Wild

An original
And unflinching (though somehow
Not pretentious) tale

Of a girl finding
Her place in the universe,
It is a creole

Winter's Bone with a
Much younger yet equally
Intense lead actress.

Q* Wallis carries
The whole movie on tiny,
Impressive shoulders.

*Her first name is actually Quvenzhané, I'm guessing it is four syllables, but I wasn't confident enough to try to include the whole thing.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Moonrise Kingdom

Even if you don't
Like Wes Anderson's style,
You've got to admit,

He sure knows how to
Do a lot with a little.
Here his overly

Precise direction,
Lyrical storytelling
And eccentric cast

Combine to make a
Charming, funny tale of young
Love and adventure.

Saturday, June 9, 2012


The superb acting
And directing deserve a
Better script, one with

Good dialogue and
Character development
Luckily I tend

To have a soft spot
For sci-fi that tries to be
More than just action

Prometheus TRIES,
Very hard, for greatness but
Never quite makes it

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Cabin In The Woods

A lot has been said
About how much you should know
When going to see

This crazy freak show.
Yes there's a cabin, and it's
A giant cliche

But that is the point
So why don't you stay? Come for
The humor, and Joss

Whedony bits, but
Don't be surprised if all your
Expectations are completely and utterly subverted by how he messes with convention.

Monday, March 26, 2012

21 Jump Street

Wow, what a pleasant
Surprise. If it weren't for the
Chemistry between

Tatum and Hill, this
Could have been a complete wreck
Their exuberance

(Along with the sharp
Writing, clever cameos,
And general sense

Of fun) totally
Won me over. It's silly
But somehow, it works.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Hunger Games

Well, that was intense.
Despite some cheesy effects,
And the condensed plot

Gary Ross pulled off
A great adaptation of
The anti-Twilight

Compromises were
Made for brevity, not the
Heart or characters

Jennifer Lawrence
Tough as nails, carries the film
On sculpted shoulders