Salt

Angelina Jolie, showing off two of the looks she displays as super-spy Saltl

Considering how much time, money, and effort was put into the buzz about this flick, someone really should have figured out that it had better not open the week after Inception. Though to be fair, based on the early, pretty uninformative trailers for Inception, that movie could have turned out to be something of a yawner, so maybe the Salt people just didn’t have enough to go on.

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Inception

Arthur and Random Bad Guy walk on walls. And ceilings, and floors.

You know those “late for class” dreams that so many people seem to keep having even years and decades after leaving school? I still have those now and then. Thankfully, I never had any of the abruptly-ending staircases they have here, but there were stairs that skewed off at dangerous angles, where walking was next to impossible and I was forced to go on hands and knees to reach the top. In the dream, I would rant and complain about what a stupid style of architecture this was, but it never occurred to me that there was actually anything improbable about it until I woke up.
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Quarantine v. [REC]

Compare and contrast the two Angelas. Well, compare, at least.

Recently — without quite realizing I was doing it, because I just don’t pay enough attention to the behind the scenes stuff sometimes — I rented the original version of Quarantine, a Spanish film called [REC]. I also accidentally discovered that — on this DVD, at least — it’s possible to have both dubbing and subtitles on at the same time. It was weird, because they didn’t always match.
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Predators

Sniper Alice Braga and her Really Big Gun

Turns out Adrien Brody isn’t so much an action hero, as an action anti-hero. He’s rude, stubborn, and cares more about his giant knife than any of the people he finds himself stranded with. On the other hand, none of those things are all that noticeable, since that description fits pretty much all of the characters in the film.

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The Last Airbender

The Last Airbender movie cast versus the animated series cast.

Once there was an animated series called Avatar: The Last Airbender. Thanks to James Cameron, no one can use the name Avatar anymore, so we’re stuck with the subtitle. I haven’t had cable in years, so I didn’t know the series existed myself until I started seeing all this buzz. M. Night Shyamalan likes to keep us all on our toes with his choices of subject, apparently. His last name, in case you’re wondering, is pronounced “sir”, because on the billion to one chance I ever meet him, that’s what I’m going to call him. I hear he gets mad if you mispronounce his name.

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