Monsters vs Aliens

We all went to see Monsters vs Aliens today because, well, it’s called Monsters vs Aliens. What’s not to like? Well it turns out the film is what’s not to like. Great voice work, sadly drowned out by the constant dull thud of dead punchlines, plus animation that at times barely looked one dimensional, let alone the 2 we’d paid for or the three that is available in some places (though at other spots it was truly great), meant that I spent way too much time wondering when I could have my next candy.

The kids loved it though, so I recommend sending the smallest number of parents you can get away with.

Emotional Rollercoaster

How to mess with a film fan’s dreams in two sentences by announcing a new film:

Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins…

Cool – not high art, but likely to be a fun couple of hours

…features Batman Begins star Christian Bale as rebel leader John Connor.

YES! Christian Bale rocks!

Charlie’s Angels director McG will take the helm on the movie


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Episode 3

I watched the final (or third of six, depending on how you’re counting) Star Wars movie last night. I hope it was the final one, anyway, because I couldn’t not watch any follow-up, and if it’s as woeful as that was…

I now want to say “on the upside”, but I can’t think of one. Oh wait, I thought General Grievous was good, and made Jar Jar Binks look like Jar Jar Binks. But aside from that it was abysmally scripted, badly played (though quite what more could be expected from the actors I don’t know), and even the effects didn’t work; they were technically impressive, but they didn’t convince me that anything was real (except for the aforementioned General, who seemed to have some real weight.

Fortunately I have a remedy lined up, in the form of the original trilogy that my kids need introducing to. Now I just need to decide on regular or special edition.

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