Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Escape from New York (analysis)


A couple months ago a good friend who's made a few other appearances on this blog recommended that I watch John Carpenter's Escape from New York (1981) and Escape from LA (1996). Since then John Carpenter has become one of my favorite directors, but these two movies in particular hold a special place in my heart. They really need to be seen together to be fully appreciated, but for the moment I'm only going to discuss the first. Escape from New York is part post-apocalyptic adventure thrill ride, part campy cult classic, and (most importantly for my purposes today) part anti-hero political commentary.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Star Trek Into Darkness (review)


(For the sake of all of my readers who do not want this movie spoiled, I have completely refrained from discussing the plot. You're welcome.)

Before I get into my review of Star Trek Into Darkness, in the interest of full disclosure I'd like to say that I don't consider myself a trekkie. I have seen none of the original Star Trek (television or movies), and only small portions of the Next Generation series (I have, however, seen Galaxy Quest more times than I'd like to admit). So if I'm being ignorant, or criticisms I make are already answered somewhere in the Star Trek universe, I apologize. Feel free to inform me in the comments, etc. That said, I really enjoyed this newest installation of the Star Trek reboot. (Also, I saw it in 2D so don't expect any commentary on the 3D version.)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Kindergarten Cop (review)

As most of you (with the exception of a few close friends) probably don't know, I'm preparing to make a segmented top 10-style post of movies from my childhood. While researching this subject, I rediscovered this movie (which did not make the cut) so here are some of my thoughts on 1990's Kindergarten Cop:

For those who haven't seen it and enjoy watching the gigantic hulk that is Arnold Schwarzenegger on screen, Kindergarten Cop might be the movie for you. It's not an action movie if that wasn't obvious from the title, and is more of a children's comedy in the vein of Jingle All The Way (1996) than an action-packed Terminator sequel. Coming back to it after more than ten years, I was pleasantly surprised with how entertaining revisiting this was. Now when I see things like The Pacifier (2005) in theaters I assume they'll be total garbage, and if this came out today I imagine I'd assume the same thing. This movie, while far from perfect, entertained me more than I expected.