I saw “Horton Hears a Who” this weekend. I was really excited about it because I love Dr. Seuss and it looked great. After seeing it I gotta say, it was. I really loved it, I think it kept fairly true to Seuss, though I haven’t read this particular book, the movie made me want to. Read more “Horton”
I went and saw Juno in the theater finally. This is probably a good time to say that while I’ve previously given a fairly bad review of Sundance, when given a choice between Sundance and other local theaters (as Juno was) we have chosen to visit Sundance largely because it is a nicer place than the often trashy and gaudy theaters that usually are around, have fewer commercials, and has way better popcorn. Though think they stopped making my danishes which sucks because I loved em. Maybe the sort of high price isn’t that horrible, and lately they’ve taken 2 more mainstream movies in a time, though largely still artsy in spirit movies, to give them more solid movies always in the theaters.
The career of Peter Jackson looks to be muddled at best. He did great with the Lord of the Rings trilogy but bombed with King Kong. And now there is the whole business with the Halo movie where he is going to produce it not direct it and he wants more money than any studio is willing to give him but Microsoft will only do it with him… which essentially means that he may never do Halo.
Yet I still give him credit where credit is due, even if he never puts out another movie even half to what LotR was. What he did was single-handedly bring the genre to the fantasy screen. Yes there were others before him, most notably Harry Potter by one short year, Willow by many, and Legend by many more.
There were many more rather forgetable ones I am sure that I am missing as well but I think those were really the major players in the fantasy genre. This seems to have changed though. Now we are seeing a bevy of fantasy movies cropping up. We’ve already seen the first installment of The Chronicles of Narnia and I am sure we will see more from the series. Eragon came out not too long ago, and now the previews for some others are starting to show up like The Last Mimzy, The Bridge to Terapithia, and Pan’s Labyrinth. We are even seeing some smaller movies that are going straight to DVD like the long awaited (at least for me) Dragonlance Chronicles.
And now I am happy with the future of movies.
Saw Davinci Code today, never read the book, but thought the movie was pretty good and interesting. Predictable as well, perhaps it was done better in the book but I knew who the bad guy was and who the bloodline would be fairly early in the film. Those were the two big surprises about it so I guess they weren’t that great. I thought it was a very entertaining movie however. Read more “Davinci”