Archive for December, 2009

Get me my cattle-prod, Watson!

Posted in Review, WTF with tags , , , , on December 30, 2009 by Timothy Parfitt

In a scene early on in Guy Ritchie’s reboot of Sherlock Holmes, Robert Downey Jr. and Rachel McAdams start generating on-screen chemistry, only to be interrupted by a dog fart.  The canine flatulence in question aptly sums up Sherlock Holmes.  Devoid of mystery, entertainment or wit, Ritchie has delivered a true stinker. Continue reading

Tales from the Lost Highway

Posted in Review with tags , , on December 28, 2009 by Timothy Parfitt

Crazy Heart, the new romantic drama starring Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal, shares its protagonists modesty.  Tracking the small humiliations of washed-up country-blues star Bad Blake (Bridges), Crazy Heart is a film grounded in music and tone. Continue reading

The 12 Best of the Decade

Posted in List-omania, Ruminations and Dedications with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 24, 2009 by Timothy Parfitt

I could’nt resist the List!  And could’nt recall very many memorable comedies?  Help me out guys.  Anyways, here is my 10 best movies of the decade list:

12. Zodiac (USA, 2007)

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Catch-up: Paprika (2006)

Posted in Catch-up, Review with tags , , on December 23, 2009 by Timothy Parfitt

I first heard of Paprika through Io9’s list of the 20 Best Science-Fiction films of the Decade (it came in #13).  Mining some of the same territory as other recent journeys of the brain (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Avatar), Paprika is serious and surreal anime at its best. Continue reading

Alien, Total Recall Screenwriter Dan O’Bannon dead

Posted in Ruminations and Dedications with tags , , , on December 21, 2009 by illwatchanything

Man did he write some winners and he did f/x for Star Wars.  The horror and science fiction fans of the universe will miss you, good sir.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/21/movies/21obannon.html?_r=2&ref=movies

Avatar and the escalating War for your attention

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , on December 19, 2009 by Timothy Parfitt

In Avatar, director James Cameron takes the war against the modern viewer’s attention span nuclear.  Can Internet and cable television compete with 3-D exploding dragons and a nauseatingly detailed alien jungle?  The answer is no (or not yet).  Avatar is the most visually overwhelming film of all time. Unfortunately, it succeeds in being a movie event without overly worrying about being a movie. Continue reading

(Blank) in The Box: review by Timothy Parfitt

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on December 17, 2009 by Timothy Parfitt

In The Box, writer/director Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko) conjures another period sci-fi philosophical mystery (a genre he has invented and laid claim to).  Set in the 70’s and populated by aliens and a Satre-quoting Cameron Diaz, the Box fails as a movie but succeeds as a mind-fuck. Continue reading