Sunday, 27 January 2013

Pro Bowl Weekend!

Oh, it's the most exciting weekend of professional sportsdom!  It's the one weekend of the year that I exclude everything else and completely focus on the awesomeness of the NFL Pro Bowl!

Yah, I'm just joshing.  We watched a bunch of movies.

Finally got around to seeing Django Unchained.  I'm a big fan of  Reservoir Dogs but Tarantino has been delivering less and less with each new outing.  I had a good vibe on this one though.  And it's pretty good.  I think there could have been more on the bounty hunting.  But there's still some good straight up action.  And Samuel Jackson deserves an Oscar.  My new Tarantino rankings are thus:

  1. Reservoir Dogs
  2. Pulp Fiction
  3. Jackie Brown
  4. Django Unchained
  5. Kill Bill: Vol. 1
  6. Kill Bill: Vol. 2
  7. Death Proof
  8. Inglourious Basterds (Seriously, I think I'm the only one that hates this movie)
The Bourne Legacy
I was very skeptical of this movie.  Bourne is Matt Damon.  Anything besides the discovery of Bourne's long lost sexy sister is going to be a poor substitute.  But it came Robickle-endorsed, so what the hell.  And it's really not as bad as reviews made it out to be.  The beginning is kind of slow and I'm really tired of scenes with people at computer terminals yelling over top of each other that "I need that intel NOW!  Pull up that video!  COME ON PEOPLE!".  But I think it's a solid movie in its own right.  Good action.  Some reviewers had quibbles with the "chems" plot device but I thought it fit in well enough.  Better than watching a Leafs game on a Saturday night.

Silver Linings Playbook
I started out not liking this movie very much.  I was as agitated as the main character on screen.  Too many awkward scenes and way too much yelling and characters talking over each other.  There's a point to it, I get it, but I don't enjoy it.  But by the end of the movie, I'm cheering for them to win big at the big dance competition.  Worth seeing.  Oh, and I never thought I would like Chris Tucker in a movie, ever.  But he and his character make the scenes that they are in.  Weird and fantastic.

Seven Psychopaths
This was the movie I had the highest hopes for.  So that's probably why it was the biggest disappointment.  The opening scene was perfect and really sucked me in.  But it was all downhill from there.  This is the guy that did In Bruges and that sense of humour is still there but it just devolves into meta nonsense.  The movie is a cross between Adaptation and Dexter and it is not half as good as either.  So many good actors but the premise doesn't leave much room for them to overcome the story.  Blech.

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