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Fake Movies: Bambo

Continuing on in my efforts to practice my photoshop skills, I am taking a page from Blogs gone by Movie Mash-ups.  A recent commenter asked if I could provide synopses of those movies.  Well, I thought I’d do one better.  Instead of writing out the plots for these wonderful movies, I’ll give you the movie posters.

First up: BAMBO

February 22, 2011 Posted by | Fluff/Inspiration, Movies, Photoshop Creativity | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Vulcan Stev Family movie review: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Ben Barnes …  Prince Caspian
Georgie Henley …  Lucy Pevensie
Skandar Keynes …  Edmund Pevensie
William Moseley …  Peter Pevensie
Anna Popplewell …  Susan Pevensie
Sergio Castellitto …  Miraz
Peter Dinklage …  Trumpkin
Warwick Davis …  Nikabrik
Vincent Grass …  Doctor Cornelius
Pierfrancesco Favino …  General Glozelle
Cornell John …  Glenstorm
Damián Alcázar …  Lord Sopespian
Alicia Borrachero …  Prunaprismia
Simón Andreu …  Lord Scythley
Predrag Bjelac …  Lord Donnon

Synopsis from IMDb: A year after their first adventure in Narnia, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are pulled back in by Susan’s magic horn. They find that hundreds of years have passed, and Narnia is now ruled by the bloodthirsty General Miraz, uncle to the true heir, Prince Caspian, now in exile. Now the children must find Caspian and help him depose Miraz…but how will they get home after it’s done?

VS: 1.75 pointed ears
The novel Prince Caspian is a shorter novel and has very little action to begin with.  The Pevensie children don’t show up in the novel until the mid-point.  The writers were faced with the unenviable task of taking a follow-up novel that didn’t deliver as much as it’s predecessor and making a movie that delivered more than it’s predecessor.  This was a nice attempt but PC didn’t engage me nearly as much as TLtWatW.  Perhaps that’s why the box office was down over Disney’s expectations.

This is a good movie and was made with the same attention to detail that TLtWatW was.  However, there’s only so much that can be done with the source material before the movie no longer resembles what it was drawn from.  Kudos to the producers.  They didn’t fail in their attempt in making a good adaptation of PC but they didn’t succeed in their goal of making a “BIGGER” picture than TLtWatW.  That isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Mrs VS: 1.5 pointed ears
Although the spirit of the novel was present in the movie.  The castle siege scene that was added was not to my taste.  I felt the producers tried to hard to make this follow-up movie a “bigger” hit than the previous film.  The author of the novel did not write it that way.  I believe that the filmmakers strayed to far from the source material.

Pvt Black Spartan is on an FTX and will be sending us her review at a later date.

PIT #2: 1.5 pointed ears
This is a good adaptation of the novel.  The problem is this novel was not one of the better Narnia books.  I liked the one on one combat with Lod Miraz.  I am eagerly awaiting VotDT

PIT #3: 1.5 pointed ears
I liked this movie.  This was a very “talky” movie.  I understand that the producers added some action scenes to make the movie less “talky” than the novel.  I applaud them for their efforts.  I just think they didn’t go far enough in adding some action.

6.25 pointed ears out of 8
Hollywood has a tendency to think THEY know best what a movie audience wants.  This is one instance where THEY tried to hard.  The misguided notion that this movie HAD to be bigger is probably what hurt it.  Is this a bad movie? no.  Hollywood just had larger visions than what the story needed.

April 2, 2010 Posted by | Movie Reviews, Movies | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Vulcan Stev Family movie review: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Georgie Henley …  Lucy Pevensie
Skandar Keynes …  Edmund Pevensie
William Moseley …  Peter Pevensie
Anna Popplewell …  Susan Pevensie
Tilda Swinton …  White Witch
James McAvoy …  Mr. Tumnus
Jim Broadbent …  Professor Kirke
Kiran Shah …  Ginarrbrik
James Cosmo …  Father Christmas
Judy McIntosh …  Mrs. Pevensie
Elizabeth Hawthorne …  Mrs. Macready
Patrick Kake …  Oreius
Shane Rangi …  General Otmin
Brandon Cook …  Boy on Train
Cassie Cook …  Girl on Train

Synopsis from IMDb: Based on the classic novel by ‘CS Lewis’ . Four London children are sent to a professor’s country home in order for protection during World War II. There they find a magic wardrobe which leads to a mystical land called Narnia, which is being ruled by an evil witch. To defeat the witch, they must join forces with Aslan, the lion God of Narnia.

Walt Disney Pictures * 143 mins * PG * 2005

VS: 2 pointed ears
In all honesty, I had never read the Narnia books prior to seeing this film.  Because I enjoyed the movie so much, I did, after seeing this film go read the entirety of the Narnia series.  After my reading of the C.S. Lewis novels I can say that this movie is a very faithful adaptation of the novel.  The things added to the film, like the prologue, are derived from narration in the novel and are not out-of-place in the movie.  The action sequences may be a little too intense for younger viewers.  Overall a very nice tale of good triumphing over evil.

This is definitely a movie you can watch with the family.  By the same token it is a movie that adults need not “borrow” kids in order to have fun watching it.

Mrs. VS: 2 pointed ears
This motion picture followed the book very well.  I was impressed with the faithfulness shown to the setting, characters and story.  I actually will sit and watch this movie with the family when it gets pulled out.

Pvt. Black Spartan is on an FTX and will be sending us her review later.

PIT #2: 1.8 pointed ears
I loved the entire Narnia series of stories.  Most of the movies I’ve seen based off of novels do a severe injustice to the source material. Not so with TLtWatW.  I was very impressed with the overall integrity of the source material as presented on-screen.  The “movie” that plays in your head when you read a good novel was not damaged at all by the movie that Walden Media produced.  The two movies, mine and Walden’s, intertwined to the point of harmony.  A must see.

PIT #3: 1.5 pointed ears
I liked this movie.  I wish there could have been more action in this movie.  It seemed to be a very talky motion picture.  Mommy has read the Narnia stories to us.  I guess I remember more action in the stories mommy read to us.  It’s not a bad movie, it just doesn’t compare with what I always pictured in my head.

7.3 pointed ears out of 8
Highly recommended.  This family friendly film is must have for your collection.

March 31, 2010 Posted by | Movie Reviews, Movies | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Vulcan Stev family movie review: The Incredibles

Craig T. Nelson …  Bob Parr / Mr. Incredible
Holly Hunter …  Helen Parr / Elastigirl
Samuel L. Jackson …  Lucius Best / Frozone
Jason Lee …  Buddy Pine / Syndrome
Dominique Louis …  Bomb Voyage
Teddy Newton …  Newsreel Narrator
Jean Sincere …  Mrs. Hogenson
Eli Fucile …  Jack Jack Parr
Maeve Andrews …  Jack Jack Parr
Wallace Shawn …  Gilbert Huph
Spencer Fox …  Dashiell ‘Dash’ Parr
Lou Romano …  Bernie Kropp
Wayne Canney …  Principal
Sarah Vowell …  Violet Parr
Michael Bird …  Tony Rydinger

Walt Disney/Pixar * 115 mins * PG * 2004

Synopsis from IMDb: Fifteen years ago, superheroes walked the streets of Metroville, performing acts of great heroism and inspiring many to follow their example. But a string of lawsuits by disgruntled people they’d helped lead to political and public outcry, and the Supers were forced into retirement and government-funded anonymity. Bob Parr used to be Mr. Incredible, one of the greatest and strongest Supers; now, he lives a mundane life as a suburban insurance agent. Although his wife Helen (formerly Elastigirl) has moved on and is more concerned with raising their children Dashiell (who is super-fast and super-confident), Violet (who can turn invisible – and is super-shy) and baby Jack-Jack than battling evil, Bob still yearns for the good old days – and his chance comes when he is approached by a shadowy government organization and asked to join their numbers. But all is not as it seems, and Bob will find himself trapped by Syndrome, an embittered enemy who in his youth once idolized Mr. Incredible – and only his family will be able to save him now…

VS: 1.5 pointed ears
This is the first Pixar film to receive a PG rating.  The rating is mostly for the intense action sequences that might be a little much for an impressionable child.  Nothing really bad happens to the main characters and the deaths happen off-screen.  As an adult watching a film that is marketed to and directed at children, I appreciated the in jokes the producers placed in the movie to entertain the adults.  The other thing I liked is that the heroes are human beings with human faults.  Mr. Incredible talking to the audience, “Sometimes I just wish the Earth would stay saved,” this is something we would never expect to hear Superman or Spider-man admit out loud.

This movie is a fresh take on the superhero archetype.  I enjoy it each time I watch it.

Mrs. VS: 1.5 pointed ears
This a good family movie that adults will enjoy as well.  I’m not particularly “in to” action adventure movies, but when the family saw this in the theater and again we bought the DVD I sat and watched with my family.  This isn’t a movie tat I’d go see because I want to see it but I can sit through it without feeling lost.

Pvt Black Spartan is on an FTX her review is coming.

PIT #2: 1.2 pointed ears
Only because my younger cousin watches this movie every time he comes over.  I’m getting a little tired of watching it.  One or two viewings every couple of years or so would be fine.  The first time I watched it I was very impressed with Pixar’s take on the whole super-hero genre.  How would  public react to super heroes?  What happens to a hero when it’s more than just his own life in jeopardy?

I liked the way Pixar dealt with these questions.  I just don’t want to see the movie once a month. 

PIT #3: 1 pointed ear
This is a Disney movie.  Cartoons are for kids (editor’s note PIT #3 is 11 and therefore wa-a-ay too cool to be watching cartoons).  Mr. Incredible is a Superman wannabe who can’t fly.  Elastigirl an the rest of the superheroes are  ripoffs of characters in both Marvel and DC.  Super-villian puts the world in jeopardy and it’s up to our heroes to save the world.  Blah blah blah…  I’ve seen it all before.

5.2 pointed ears out of 8
Rated PG for intense scenes of action and comic book-style violence.  This is a nice family friendly film.

March 29, 2010 Posted by | Movie Reviews, Movies | , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Vulcan Stev Family Movie Review: Race to Witch Mountain

Dwayne Johnson …  Jack Bruno
AnnaSophia Robb …  Sara
Alexander Ludwig …  Seth
Carla Gugino …  Dr. Alex Friedman
Ciarán Hinds …  Henry Burke
Tom Everett Scott …  Matheson
Chris Marquette …  Pope
Billy Brown …  Carson
Garry Marshall …  Dr. Donald Harlan
Kim Richards …  Tina
Ike Eisenmann …  Sheriff Antony
Tom Woodruff Jr. …  Siphon

Synopsis – by VS
A Las Vegas cabbie, Jack Bruno, picks up two seemingly innocent children.  These children request a ride out to the middle of nowhere, out that way.   The cabbie brings them to their destination and discovers these children are not from our planet.  In an effort to protect the children from the Siphon, our government, and his own past, Bruno signs on for the race to witch mountain.  Aided by the beautiful physicist, Dr. Friedman, Jack protects the children and saves not one world but two in the process.

Reviewers VS, Mrs. VS, PIT #1, PIT #2, PIT #3

VS – 1.95 pointed ears
A fun film.  The family enjoyed it.  The only problem I had is with the SF convention in Vegas, the only costumes we see are Tron, generic aliens, and Stormtroopers?  Seriously, the producers got permission to have stormtroopers in the movie, how hard would it have been to have Trekkers in there as well.  This is only a minor quibble, however.  This film had a decent plot, snappy dialogue that didn’t come off as cheesy (except in the places it was supposed to come off that way) and enough action to keep my young nephews and PIT #3 enthralled. 

I never saw the original, so I cannot compare the two.  However Dwayne Johnson has long left his wrestler days behind him.  He’s found an acting niche, replacing Da Govinator.  Bonus Mr. Johnson is understandable.

Mrs VS –  2 pointed ears
This is nice fun family film.  I went to see this with my daughter while the boys stayed home to watch the NASCAR race.  I thoroughly enjoyed the movie.  The title is completely misleading.  There is no mention of witchcraft in the movie at all.  Witch Mountain is an Area 51-like secret government facility.  I never saw the original movies because of the titles but this movie has piqued my interest in these films from the 70’s.  I recommend this movie as a nice family diversion and only wish that I had felt up to going with the whole family on Monday evening.

PIT #1 – 2 pointed ears
This was interesting twist on the “Aliens-are-trying-to-save-us” plot.  The Aliens are trying to save both planets, theirs and ours.  The military of both worlds are out to stop them.  Dwayne Johnson has shed The Rock.  I was able to watch this film not once but twice.  The only downside is it won’t be out on DVD until after I ship out.

PIT #2 – 2 pointed ears
Awesome movie!  Since the movie was about aliens I wanted to give it 4 appendages, but Dad wouldn’t let me.  The action was very nicely handled.  One thing I want to remind everyone is that if you see a light at the end of the tunnel, it’s probably an oncoming train. 

PIT #3 – 2 pointed ears
Lots of action and no kissing make this a cool movie.  I’d really like to see this film added to the next Kingdom Hearts game.  I recognized Dr. Friedman as being the curator from Night in the Museum.

9.95 pointed ears out of 10
The VS Family heartily recommends this film as family friendly.  Go see it in the theater if you can.   Buy it when it comes out on DVD and add it to your collection.

April 27, 2009 Posted by | Movie Reviews | , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Vulcan Stev Family Movie Review: TRON

Jeff Bridges …  Kevin Flynn / Clu
Bruce Boxleitner …  Alan Bradley / Tron
David Warner …  Ed Dillinger / Sark / Master Control Program
Cindy Morgan …  Lora / Yori
Barnard Hughes …  Dr. Walter Gibbs / Dumont
Dan Shor …  Ram / Popcorn Co-Worker
Peter Jurasik …  Crom
Tony Stephano …  Peter / Sark’s Lieutenant
Craig Chudy …  Warrior #1
Vince Deadrick Jr. …  Warrior #2 (as Vince Deadrick)

Synopsis from IMDb: Kevin Flynn is a former employee of the software corporation ENCOM, now running a arcade. Flynn has been trying to hack into ENCOM’s mainframe computer to find evidence that ENCOM’s senior executive Ed Dillinger stole four video games he created. But Dillinger’s supercomputer “Master Control Program” foils Flynn’s efforts and dictates and controls most of the computer systems. One night, Flynn’s former girlfriend Lora and her boyfriend, ace computer programmer Alan Bradley helps Flynn break into ENCOM to shut down the MCP with Alan’s security program “TRON”. But MCP uses Lora’s matter transmission program and converts Flynn into data and sends him into the computer. Flynn finds himself in a electronic world ruled by the MCP and his evil chief henchman Sark, where computer programs are the alter-egos of their creators and are forced to compete in gladiatorial games. With help from Tron, a heroic and fearless security program and his lover, Yori, Flynn sets out destroy the MCP and help Tron liberate the system from the MCP’s control, by destroying the MCP is Flynn’s only way of returning to the real world.

Reviewers: VS, PIT #1, PIT #2, PIT #3

VS – 1.5 pointed ears
Even though the technology clearly pegs this as an early ’80s film, the story still holds up.  Clearly a Christ-analogy, Tron is a pretty straight-forward defeat the “evil” in the world story.  The religious allegoryis clearly intentional as one of the Red guards talks about “religious nuts”.  Though the writer makes it clear that even with the help of his god, it is still the individual that gets the job done.  The implication is that although religion is ok, it’s not anything to run your life around.

The film seems a little too short to me.  Interactions that could’ve been explored a little seem to be given the short shrift, Alan seems to agree to helping out Flynn just a tad too quickly.  Computer bugs which played a large part in the coin-operated arcade game got less than 30 seconds of screen time.  I would’ve liked to see a little more screen time of the real world results of the MCP’s destruction.

All-in-all a decent popcorn flick when you don’t have a lot time for a movie.

PIT #1 – 2 pointed ears
In spite of the fact that this movie relied too much on ancient computer technology, this was a very good movie.  The portion of Kingdom Hearts 2 made a lot more sense now that I’ve refreshed my memory on this movie.

PIT #2 – 2 pointed ears
I’ve always wondered what life on the other side of the screen was like.  Watching Flynn actually having to play was cool.  There could’ve been more action if they’d had more games in the movie.  The ’80s tech was distracting but not detracting.

PIT #3 – 1.8 pointed ears
I didn’t understand the computers.  Daddy tried to explain that in the early ’80s computers were big things that didn’t fit into offices.  I think I understand that, but why didn’t Mr. Dillinger simply erase the data?  Why did Flynn have to teach computer programs about kissing?

7.3 pointed ears out of 8
I had always wondered about Dillinger’s lack of foresight in changing the data, but I let PIT#3 bring it up first in the article because he was so proud about catching that plot oversight.

This is a nice family friendly film.  Given the fact that Disney has a sequel scheduled for 2011, we recommend at least renting this movie.  The 20th anniversary DVD has a lot of interesting features and is worth the purchase.

April 11, 2009 Posted by | Movie Reviews | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Vulcan Stev’s Family Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Johnny Depp …  Jack Sparrow
Geoffrey Rush …  Barbossa
Orlando Bloom …  Will Turner
Keira Knightley …  Elizabeth Swann
Jack Davenport …  Norrington
Bill Nighy …  Davy Jones
Jonathan Pryce …  Governor Weatherby Swann
Lee Arenberg …  Pintel
Mackenzie Crook …  Ragetti
Kevin McNally …  Gibbs (as Kevin R. McNally)
David Bailie …  Cotton
Stellan Skarsgård …  Bootstrap Bill
Tom Hollander …  Cutler Beckett
Naomie Harris …  Tia Dalma

Synopsis from IMDb: After losing Jack Sparrow to the locker of Davy Jones, the team of Will Turner, Elizabeth Swan and Captain Barbossa make their final alliances with the pirate world to take on the forces of Lord Cutler Beckett.  The battle is against the English fleet and Davy Jones, who is controlled by Lord Cutler Beckett. It’s not going to be easy, as they must rescue Sparrow, convince all the pirate lords to join them and defeat Beckett, whilst each individual pirate has their own agenda which they wish to follow.

Reviewers; VS, Mrs. VS, PIT #1, PIT #2, PIT #3

VS – 1.5 pointed ears
The climax? to the Pirate saga.  This isn’t a movie requiring a person to think.  Neither is it a cinematic triumph destined for greatness.  It is a good old fashioned popcorn flick to sit back and enjoy.  Some minor quibbles about the writer’s attempts to shoehorn too much mythology into the series, I mean Calypso, really?  Why not bring Poseidon along for the ride as well.

Will admits to my problem with the last movie, in that he isn’t talking to Elizabeth and their conflict is stretched out too long.  It’s not a good sign when the writers have characters utter dialogue that voice viewers concerns, too pat for my tastes.

The whole sequence of Jack in Davy Jone’s locker should have been cut from the movie as well as the riff in Davy Jones’ brig.  I loved the line “What should we have called it? The nine pieces of whatever we had lying around? Aye that’s real piratey.”

The BIGGEST complaint that I had is this, Barbossa and Jack Sparrow are both Pirate Lords?  Then why don’t they each have their own ship?  We do they keep fighting over the Pearl?  If Jack is Pirate Lord then why did Barbossa maroon him without relieving Jack of his “Piece-of-Eight”?

Mrs. VS – 1.5 pointed ears
Not the greatest family movie.  It was a decent movie.  I wouldn’t watch this one without my family present.  There wasn’t anything objectionable in this movie but some of the content may be unsuitable for younger viewers.

PIT #1 – 2 pointed ears
Nice ending? to the series.  Jack redeems himself partially by giving the Dutchman to Will.

PIT #2 – 1.5 pointed ears
Good action.  However the story is full of holes as related to the series as a whole.  I agree with Dad that Barbossa wouldn’t have marooned Jack without taking Jack’s piece of eight.

PIT #3 – 1.8 pointed ears
The battle between the Flying Dutchman and the Black Pearl was AWESOME!!!!!  The writer’s tried hard to make a good movie but they shoved too many things in that did not agree with the first movie.

Overall rating: 8.2 pointed ears out of 10.  Buyable.  The movie does not stand well on its own.  PotC:AWE needs to be part of a collection that includes the first two.  If you’re looking for a good sit-down-and-not-think movie this fiuts the bill.

February 13, 2009 Posted by | Movie Reviews | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vulcan Stev’s DVD review… Pirates of the Caribbean:Dead Man’s Chest

Johnny Depp …  Jack Sparrow
Orlando Bloom …  Will Turner
Keira Knightley …  Elizabeth Swann
Jack Davenport …  Norrington
Bill Nighy …  Davy Jones
Jonathan Pryce …  Governor Weatherby Swann
Lee Arenberg …  Pintel
Mackenzie Crook …  Ragetti

Synopsis from IMDb – After preventing the capture of a certain Jack Sparrow (Depp), both Elizabeth Swan (Knightley) and her fiancée Will Turner (Bloom) are arrested and sentenced to death. But Cutler Beckett (Hollander) has other plans, and sends Turner out to retrieve Jack’s compass. This isn’t easy for Turner, as he must now help Sparrow track down the Dead Man’s Chest, which contains the beating heart of Davy Jones (Nighy). Stabbing the heart, would not just destroy Jones but also set free Turner’s father, Bootstrap Bill (Skarsgård). The mission becomes even more difficult for everyone when Elizabeth escapes and tracks down Sparrow.

VS – 1.75 pointed ears
As much as I enjoyed the first romp in Disney’s Pirate franchise, this one seemed to go over the top.  It felt to me that the producer’s were trying to hard to come with “scary” nautical CGI villians to menace our heroes since the skeltons had been vanquished in the first movie.  Honestly, I think they tried to hard.  I remember this being an enjoyable romp in the theater.  Repeated veiwings at home seem to drive home the lack of a plot.

What Gore Verbinski has given us is a two-and-a-half hour set-up for PotC 3.  Yes, there is swashbuckling action.  Yes, there are astounding stunts, beautiful locations and cool CGI effects.  This movie suffers from the Empire Strikes Back syndrome.  The studio knows it had a hit with the first movie.  So it wants at least two more successful movies to follow so part 2 flows directly into part 3.  This leaves part with insufficient story to carry the full length of the movie and the producers attempt to fill the remainder of the time with “oo-aah” momnents.

One weak plot point that seems awfully contrived, Will’s sudden sense that Elizabeth prefers Jack over himself.  Yes he sees Elizabeth kissing Jack, but for crying out loud this is his fiancee.  He keeps his mouth shut for far too long.  Elizabeth keeps her mouth shut as well.  Why because the writer’s know that if they allow the characters to talk about what happened they can’t keep the characters apart.  Loses .5 pointed ears for weak writing and insufficient plot. 

Mrs. VS – 1 pointed ear
This is definitely something that I call a hubby movie.  Lot’s of action.  Lots of special effects.  I wouldn’t watch this without my hubby or kids.  The Kraken can be a little bit scary for impressionable youngsters.

PIT #1 – 2 pointed ears
I like how the producers expanded the franchise.  Davy Jones was a marvelous blending of actor and effects.

PIT #2 – 2 pointed ears
PotC 2 & 3 kinda mush together for me.  However I’m not as picky as Dad.  The whole Pirates franchise rocks.

PIT #3 – 2 pointed ears
Davy Jones was a good addition to the mythos.  The wheel fight was a good peice of stunt work.  I wish Barbosa had shown up for more than just a cameo.

8.75 pointed ears out of 10
VS’s recommendation don’t bother buying this unless you own PotC 1.  It’s watchable, but too much is left unexplained as the producers assume you’ve seen the first.  If you must see this movie watch number 1 first.

February 5, 2009 Posted by | Movie Reviews | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vulcan Stev’s DVD review… Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Johnny Depp …  Jack Sparrow
Geoffrey Rush …  Barbossa
Orlando Bloom …  Will Turner
Keira Knightley …  Elizabeth Swann
Jack Davenport …  Norrington
Jonathan Pryce …  Governor Weatherby Swann

Synopsis from IMDb: This swash-buckling tale follows the quest of Captain Jack Sparrow, a savvy pirate, and Will Turner, a resourceful blacksmith, as they search for Elizabeth Swann. Elizabeth, the daughter of the governor and the love of Will’s life, has been kidnapped by the feared Captain Barbossa. Little do they know, but the fierce and clever Barbossa has been cursed. He, along with his large crew, are under an ancient curse, doomed for eternity to neither live, nor die. That is, unless a blood sacrifice is made.

Reviewers; VS, Mrs. VS, PIT #1, PIT#2, PIT#3

VS – 1.9 pointed ears
Considering that this movie is based off a popular Disney ride, Jerry Bruckheimer pulled it off.  Gore Verbinski did a marvelous job of directing considering all the SFX.  The cast was inspired.  This motion picture is in the grand tradition of Hollywood swashbuckling classics.  If I was reviewing this after having seen it in the theaters, it would’ve garnered a full two ears.  Only after repeated viewings have I begun to notice things that no longer make sense.  At the beginning when the Pirates attack Port Royale before we know that the pirates are indeed cursed, Will ‘kills’ one with an axe.  The cursed pirates supposedly cannot feel anything yet Pintel and Ragetti yowl in pain when doused with hot coals.  Barbossa claims to feel the warmth from Elizabeth’s dress.  The entire crew react with shock when Elizabeth feigns dropping the gold piece overboard, despite the fact that being cursed they suffer no effects of being underwater.

The Sixth Sense did a much better job of hiding the plot twist and did so in such a way that the second and subsequent viewings that movie did not contradict itself.  Mind you PotC:TCotBP merits multiple viewings and is a very watchable movie.  My only complaint are the minor internal discrepancies.

Mrs VS – 1.5 pointed ears
Not a bad movie.  I wouldn’t watch this on my own.  The pirate skeletons are a little disgusting.

PIT #1  – 2 pointed ears
Elizabeth is the kind of girl I want to be, she kicks butt and isn’t a ‘girly’ girl by any definition of the word.

PIT #2 – 2 pointed ears
Good piratey action.  Dad has purchased some ‘classic’ pirate movies.  This takes the cliches and turns them for a modern audience.

PIT #3 – 2 pointed ears
Pirates rock.  I really love pirates.  Daddy can I give it more than two pointed ears?  Did I mention that Pirates rule?  Daddy likes Star Trek, I like Pirates more.

9.4 pointed ears out of 10

February 3, 2009 Posted by | Movie Reviews | , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Vulcan Stev’s Month-Late Movie Review…. “Bedtime Stories”

Adam Sandler …  Skeeter Bronson
Keri Russell …  Jill
Guy Pearce …  Kendall
Russell Brand …  Mickey
Richard Griffiths …  Barry Nottingham
Teresa Palmer …  Violet Nottingham
Lucy Lawless …  Aspen
Courteney Cox …  Wendy

Reviewers; VS, Mrs. VS, PIT #1, PIT #2, PIT #3

Plot Synopsis from IMDb: Marty Bronson (Jonathan Pryce) who raises his son and daughter on his own has to sell his homey motel to clever Barry Nottingham (Richard Griffiths) who promises to make Marty’s son manager, when he’s grown up and has proven himself. Nottingham pulls down the motel to raise a pricey hotel. Although grown up, Marty’s son Skeeter Bronson (Adam Sandler) works as a janitor and general servant, but unlikely as it seems, he still dreams of becoming the manager. When Nottingham announces a brand-new gigantic hotel project, he makes his future son-in-law, base Kendall (Guy Pierce), manager, shattering Skeeter’s dream. At the same time Skeeter’s sister Wendy (Courtney Cox) has to leave town for a job interview and asks him to alternate looking after her two children Patrick (Jonathan Morgan Heit) and Bobbi (Laura Ann Kesling) with Wendy’s responsible-minded colleague Jill (Keri Russell). He doesn’t get along with either Jill or the children, but his easy-goingness loosens them all up and once he starts telling his bedtime stories, the children grow fond of him and begin to bring in their ideas about how the stories should go. When the stories turn out to become true in real life, Skeeter tries to maneuver the stories into a direction which will make his dream come true, too.

VS: 1.9 pointed ears
Normally, I don’t care much for Adam Sandler.  He usually is not my cup of tea.  However Mrs. VS was looking for a bright spot in her day and wanted to go see a family comedy.  Our choices this week were “Bedtime Stories” and “Marley & Me”.  Dog movie, Adam Sandler, Dog movie, Adam Sandler at least the promos for Bedtime Stories looked better.  The first portion of the movie didn’t do much to dispel my doubts about Adam Sandler flicks.  It laboriously introduced the characters and seemed to me at least to drag on much to long.

However once the bedtime stories began, the movie began to take off.  Mr Sandler proved he can get laughs without resorting to his normal “R” rated shticks.  The kids were absolutely believable.  There were places where the entire theater laughed out loud.  I would’ve given this film 2 ears if not for the slow start.

Mrs. VS: 2 pointed ears
I haven’t had much opportunity to laugh recently.  This was a very nice diversion and I enjoyed it immensely.  It is a very family friendly film.

PIT #1: 2 pointed ears
Poetic Justice.  Kids need to be kids.  The scene with the health food was hilarious.  I am not a slavish Adam Sandler fan.  He did a good job in this flick.

PIT #2: 2 pointed ears
It’s not Adam Sandler’s usual work.  The movie was still hilarious.

PIT #3: 2 pointed ears
It was so cool that a penny postponed the kissing.  This movie was full of funny moments

Overall rating: 9.9 pointed ears out of 10
A family friendly film worth the price of admission, buyable if you have kids, definitely a rentable flick

February 3, 2009 Posted by | Movie Reviews | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments