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This was a really fun parody movie of romantic comedies. It nails all the stereotypical elements and clichés that go on in those films, while actually kind of succeeding in being one itself. Its true strength is in its cast, particularly in the case of Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler, who are fantastic together. I could watch Poehler being silly all day. I wouldn’t say it was absolutely hilarious from beginning to end, and some of the jokes do start to wear thin, but it still had me laughing more than most contemporary comedy films. Recommended.
This film from Indonesia has a reputation for incredible fight scenes, and on that front, it delivers. The choreography is very impressive, and a few of these guys in particular are crazy talented. Otherwise, it borrows heavily from a lot of other action films. The boss at the top of it all, the henchman in increasing levels of strength, the double crosses - they’re all there. The plot and dialogue really aren’t anything special, but they’re good enough to keep the film going. It’s the fight scenes, which are well-directed too, by the way, that really drive the story, and I don’t see anything wrong with that. As long as you know what you’re getting into, it’s pretty enjoyable.
I didn’t grow up watching the Muppets, so this recent revival doesn’t mean all that much to me. Still, I enjoyed The Muppets (2011) and I felt more or less the same about this one. I mean, it’s probably not as good as the first one, but I liked it about the same. I loved the songs by Bret McKenzie again, and the celebrity cameos were a lot of fun. I like Ricky Gervais a lot in general, but it kinda seems like he’s just phoning it in here. I suppose it’s nothing special overall, but I had a good time.
This is an interesting early vampire film. You can tell that sound in film was still a relatively new thing, as the dialogue is sparse and title cards are used to tell some of the story. Despite this, I still found the story a little bit hard to follow. Anyway, the direction is pretty good, and the visual effects are really cool, with some impressive use of shadows. It’s a must-see if you’re interested in early horror.
I just finished season 2 of Orange is the New Black. Thoughts:
- This season was just as good, if not better, than the first.
- It focused less on Piper, and we got to explore more of the supporting characters, which I liked.
- Poussey is my girl, and I love her forever, and you can’t do a thing about it!
- I also enjoyed Crazy Eyes, Taystee, Nicky, Morello, Fischer and Soso this season.
- Sometimes it does feel like they hold back a bit, particularly in regards to the characters’ mortality. It seemed like every time I was shocked about something or someone, everything turned out fine.
- Still, I was emotionally invested, and that’s often enough.
- It’s a really important show, with such a great, diverse group of women and I’m looking forward to more.