Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Posted by Scott on August 18, 2010 at 12:27 pm

I’m afraid I have an impossible task ahead of me: to write this review without gushing all over your screen.  But let’s get the basics out of the way.  Pilgrim tells (nearly) the same story as a series of six graphic novels centered around the eponymous main character.  The pertinent detail is this: I haven’t [...]


Posted by Scott on July 19, 2010 at 3:18 pm

I purposefully waited a couple of days to review Inception; I needed time to separate the movie from both the hype and the idiosyncrasies of my theater experience.  Note: Don’t take your annoying, talkative uncle to this film.  It demands your complete attention, so when the guy next to you is making snide comments or [...]

The Last Airbender

Posted by Scott on July 6, 2010 at 9:46 pm

I feel sorry for M. Night Shyamalan.  The man who made Unbreakable and The Sixth Sense has, in recent years, seen his font of creativity shrivel to sub-par levels.  Movies like Lady in the Water and The Happening have transformed Shyamalan from golden child into whipping boy.  The Last Airbender sees Shyamalan wisely taking a [...]


Posted by Scott on June 5, 2010 at 11:58 pm

Macgruber knows what it wants to be. It aspires to the screwball comedy heights of Airplane and Hot Shots. These hallowed classics never focused on story, even in comparison to other comedies.  Similarly, Macgruber’s paper-thin plot exists only as an excuse to string together as many absurdities as possible. The movie lives [...]

Robin Hood

Posted by Scott on May 18, 2010 at 11:57 pm

I mentioned in my Upcoming Reviews page that I feared Robin Hood might feel like Gladiator with bows and arrows. If only that had been the case; such an exercise might have kept my attention. Robin Hood, the second collaboration between director Ridley Scott and pugilistically infamous actor Russell Crowe, cannot even pass [...]

Iron Man 2

Posted by Scott on May 12, 2010 at 4:15 pm

What score would you give the first Iron Man?  Prepare to give its successor the same exact score;  Iron Man 2 feels almost eerily similar to its forebear.  Of course, there’s something to be said for consistency, and if you liked the first installment, you’ll be pleased to discover that the sequel feels like a [...]

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Posted by Scott on May 5, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Writing reviews for fantastic movies is simple.  Terrible movies don’t put up much of a fight, either.  It’s the lukewarm movie that leaves me scratching my head and wondering where to start.  Tattoo is a character-driven whodunit that channels memories of Agatha Christie novels and Murder She Wrote episodes.  Tattoo, however, has attitude; the eponymous [...]

The Square

Posted by Scott on April 28, 2010 at 12:00 am

The Square puzzled me in a number of matters, and the first confronted me as I walked into the theater.  There on a tiny screen was a bouncing blu-ray logo.  A man walked in to start the movie from a dvd/blu-ray console at the front of the theater and informed us that he would stick [...]

Alice in Wonderland

Posted by Scott on March 27, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Oh, what to do with poor Alice? This was the question swimming through my mind as I sauntered out of the theater last Friday. In the interest of full disclosure, I should admit right now that Burton’s Gothic stylings often strike a chord with me. Sweeney Todd was a dream come true. Early images from [...]


Posted by Scott on December 23, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Avatar certainly could have been a disaster, a technological husk with no soul. Worse, the reliance on CG characters could have landed it smack dab in the uncanny valley…the realm where special effects wizards attempt to match reality but reap unsettling and awkward results. Beyond all reasonable expectations, however, Avatar must be considered a smashing [...]

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