Monday, October 15, 2007

The Chipster's Mini Reviews

Fido – Touching story of your boy growing up in 1950s America and his love for his dog. Only the dog is actually a zombie played by Billy Connolly. Very funny, equally as smart, but very dark. Excellent.
The Host – disappointing Korean horror. Despite some excellent vignettes, typically good music, there’s little else to recommend it.
Surf’s Up – CGI pseudo-documentary about surfing penguins. Sassy. I enjoyed it.
3.10 to Yuma – classic western, now remade, based on Elmore Leonard story, full of the subtle nuances that make Westerns one of the most flexible and undervalued genres.
The Shining (TV Series) – less good as a film but better as a story, characters engage in a totally different way. Worthwhile.
Frequency – woefully underrated, time-twist story despite cheesy power ballad in the last minute and credits.
Planet Terror – spectacularly gory, cheap, tacky, often dire, but entertaining example of what Grindhouse could have been if Tarantino had tried less hard to be Tarantino.
Convoy – Sam Pekinpah film, generally lambasted but Kris Kristoffesen saves it and some touches where you might think it could have been so much better.
Cars – somewhat overlooked Pixar film, smart, sweet, and enjoyably funny.
Pirates of the Caribbean 3: too much story, too much story, and just when you think it’s over, too much story. Did I mention that there’s too much story? A slightly more deranged that usual Depp just manages to save it from too much story.

2 comments:

Momentary Academic said...

I loved Cars and 3:10 to Yuma as well. We'd definitely hang out.

Big Chip Dale said...

Undoubtedly. Gabby says you can come watch films if you bring her some crisps and beer.

Have you seen the remake of Yuma yet? I hear it's very good. I recommend Fido, though. One of the funniest things I've seen all year.