Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Review – The Amazing Spider-man 2

After the first chapter of this Spider-man iteration, I was expecting something considerably better here. The villains leave a lot to be desired. Jamie Foxx makes a goofy, unfocused Electro, and the Green Goblin appears so late in the show that they might as well have saved him for the next sequel. But the real killer for me … and this is a major spoiler, so be warned … was the death of Gwen Stacy. I know she died in the original comics, but Emma Stone was a big part of why I picked this movie up to begin with. And though this is situational and subjective, I really wasn’t in the mood for a sad ending. Wrap this up differently, and it’s a fun action picture. As it stands, it’s a bummer. Mildly amusing

Monday, January 12, 2015

Review – Beauty Is Embarrassing

Artist Wayne White proves to be a sufficiently interesting subject for a documentary. Sure, he has a little of the whole “artistic temperament” thing going, but at least he isn’t as big an asshole as some other members of his profession. The story of his life also includes some interesting behind-the-scenes stuff from the early days of the Pee-Wee Herman phenomenon. Mildly amusing.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Review – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Think about what serial dramas on television are like when it isn’t a sweeps period. You know the episodes I’m talking about: the ones that are light on actual plot developments and heavy on the set-up material that builds bridges between the audience-grabbing blockbuster moments from the last ratings-intensive spot on the schedule and the shocking new revelations to come in upcoming episodes during the next sweeps. This movie is like that. It has plenty of entertaining moments, but for the most part it seems to be laying the groundwork for a future release (presumably the next Avengers movie). Mildly amusing