The Life Unwired with Ben Combee (unwiredben) wrote,
The Life Unwired with Ben Combee

Quick Movie Reviews

I've seen four films in the theater in last month. Here's my quick take:

The Nightmare Before Christmas (in 3-D) - I'd not seen this before, so the story and jokes were quite fresh, and I found it quite inventive. The 3D effect, done using polarized glasses and a digital projector, worked very well; I had to remove the glasses a couple of times to relieve some eye-strain, but I never got any headaches. The music is top-notch here too.

Borat - very funny but also a bit disturbing. I do feel sorry for some of the participants in the film, but it also had some scenes that had me laughing hard.

Casino Royale - best Bond film in quite some time. Very light on gadgetry, much stronger on character motivation. I really liked Eva Green's accountant character, although I felt the last half-hour of the film dragged a bit.

For Your Consideration - this film will have no Oscar buzz. It just wasn't very funny, and there was little emotional connection with the narcissistic characters. Slate had a good article on director Christopher Guest's style of film making that talks about the problems with this film.

Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny - from the pre-credits take on a "THX" intro through the rocking musical pieces and cool cameos, this film had me laughing, cheering, and throwing hand signs at the screen. I'd gotten a little sick of the D a few years ago when they were popping up everywhere, but having familiarity with the Tenacious D mythos made this film a real pleasure to watch. BTW, you do need to stick around to the end of the credits for one final joke.
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