Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Man from Laramie

Jimmy Stewart wreaks a rather constrained revenge for a betrayal that killed his brother. Some excellent moments, but overall a bit taxing. There is an inept Nancy Drew-like mystery that completely derails the drama.

Aragon Lives! In Texas.

No, not Viggo (although he may for all I know) the giant spider from Harry Potter.
Storm troopers: Big spider web

Residents report that they can hear the cries of massed mosquitoes trapped in the webbing.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Nixon

Oliver Stone's didacticism is really annoying but you can't look away! Sir Tony brings all Shakespearean ploys to bear. If only RHN had been a tenth as ethical as the debauched character in this movie!

The Guns of Navarone

Gregory Peck clenches his jaw to victory. Nazis implode from the gaze of his American godliness. Silly, fun fantasy.

Monday, August 20, 2007

The High and the Mighty

Hotel meets Titanic in midair. John Wayne is likable, dammit! His crappy real-life politics annoy me still but he gets the job done up on the screen.
Far too many plot-threads, but that's the genre.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Killer Elite

What may have seemed cynical in the '70s seems trivial by Halliburton standards. Disjointed. Mako rocks. James Caan's dead-fish delivery works well. Robert Duvall didn't seem to be at the top of his form; seemed to be thinking about his dry-cleaning bill or something.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Steamboy

Best part was the steam monocycle.
Worst part was the weak characterizations - even for anime - weak characterizations. Better than The League of Extrardinary Gentlemen (who copped more than a few visuals) by a far piece.

Monday, August 13, 2007

I went to the zoo

I didn't take a camera because I didn't want to be distracted from the zoo itself, but I did take a few snaps with my phone.

This is the inside of a bear.


This is the outside.


Special effect of a ghost wolf provided by suboptimal phone camera optics:


Orangutan wearing a sack. I can't stand looking at the great apes, it's like staring into someone's house.
Posted by Picasa

Friday, August 10, 2007

Seventh Victim

Not a mystery so much as a mash-up (as the kids say nowadays) of character-types. Add creepy lighting and solid journeyman production values and voila! Late-night TV fodder. But good fodder. Slight to moderate horror.

Island at the Top of the World

Potentially amusing Victoriana (Polar balloons! Vikings!) rendered DOA by presence of David Hartman. Mako (Mako!) completely wasted. At least there are no musical interludes with Pat Boone.

Apple(b)logue archive