reviewthat: (Movies: I Love Movies)
Movie: Red Riding Hood
Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Shiloh Fernandez and Michael Shanks
Opened Nationwide: March 11, 2011
Stars: 4

This is a dark fantasy and reinterpretation of the folktale of Little Red Riding Hood.

Here there be spoilers )

I'd say to check it out, even if it means going to see it at full price.

Rango

Mar. 10th, 2011 05:13 pm
reviewthat: (Movies: *gets popcorn*)
Movie: Rango
Starring: Johnny Depp and Isla Fisher
Opened Nationwide: March 4, 2011
Stars: 1 1/2

A pet chameleon is accidentally stranded in the desert, where he meets an armadillo who sends him on a quest to look for the spirit of the west. Along the way, he comes to a desert town inhabited by different animals, and he begins trying to save the town from losing what little bit of water it has left.

Here there be spoilers )

I'd say skip this one entirely.

The Strain

Mar. 6th, 2011 08:24 pm
reviewthat: (Books: Bookgasim)
Book: The Strain
By: Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan
Pages: 608
Release Date: June 29, 2010 (paperback edition)
Stars: 3 1/2

The book opens with the landing of an airplane at JFK airport, where all the power has gone out, and all but four of the people on the plane have died (with no explanation as to why or how). It is soon discovered by Eph Goodweather (who works with the CDC) that the people who had been on the plane had contracted a parasitical disease that turns them into vampires.

Here there be spoilers )

Beastly

Mar. 5th, 2011 03:13 pm
reviewthat: (Movies: I Love Movies)
Movie: Beastly
Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, Lisa Gay Hamilton and Neil Patrick Harris.
Opened Nationwide: March 4, 2011
Stars: 3 1/2

This is a retelling of the story of "Beauty and the Beast", set in New York in the present day.

Here there be spoilers )

See this one, at least at a matinee. Might not bring the little kids, but at least the tweens and above might enjoy it.
reviewthat: (Movies: Don't Judge a Book By Its Movie)
Movie: The Last Station
Starring: Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, James McAvoy and Paul Giamatti
Opened Nationwide: December 23, 2009
DVD Release Date: June 22, 2010
Stars: 1

The story of the last days of Russian author Leo Tolstoy, and the efforts of Vladimir Chertkov to remove Tolstoy's wife from Tolstoy's will and put all of the author's work into public domain.

Here there be spoilers )

I'd say skip this one completely.
reviewthat: (Movies: Reel & Popcorn)
Movie: Drive Angry
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, William Fichtner and Billy Burke.
Opened Nationwide: February 25, 2011
Stars: 1

Nicolas Cage plays John Milton, a man who breaks out of Hell so that he can save his granddaughter from being killed by a cult leader.

Read more... )

All-in-all, I'd say skip it completely.
reviewthat: (Movies: *gets popcorn*)
Movie: Gnomeo and Juliet
Starring: James McAvoy and Emily Blunt
Opened Nationwide: February 11, 2011
Stars: 3 1/2

This is an animated retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, where the characters are garden gnomes from neighboring yards.

Here there be spoilers )

This one is worth a check out, even if you don't have a kid to go along with you.
reviewthat: (Books: The Devil Presents: Books)
Book: Wizardry and Wild Romance: A Study of Epic Fantasy
By: Michael Moorcock
Pages: 206
Release Date: October 25, 2004 (Revised Edition)
Stars: 2

In this book, Moorcock examines the influences of early writers of epic fantasy writers on the current writers.

Here there be spoilers )
reviewthat: (Fairy Tales)
Folklore: Little Red Riding Hood/Little Red Cap
Location: French by way of Germany
Classification: Story number 333 in the Aarne-Thompson classification system for folktales.

"Little Red Riding Hood" is the story of a little girl who wears a red cape and hood (where she gets her name). In this story, she is sent to her sick grandmother's house with a care basket, and is warned to stay on the path. Along the way, she meets a wolf who asks her where she is going. After telling him her business, the wolf beats Red to her grandmother's house, where he proceeds to eat Granny. When Red reaches the house, the now cross-dressing wolf is pretending to be Granny, and he proceeds to eat her as well. And it is only after the sudden and timely arrival of a male figure (depending on which version you're looking at, it will either be Red's father or a woodsman) who saves both Red and Granny from the wolf's stomach (amazingly unharmed).

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Unknown

Feb. 19th, 2011 04:15 pm
reviewthat: (Movies: I Love Movies)
Movie: Unknown
Starring: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones and Aiden Quinn
Opened Nationwide: February 18, 2011
Stars: 3 1/2

In this psychological thriller, Neeson stars as Dr. Martin Harris, a biologist in Berlin for a conference. While his wife is checking into their hotel after they arrive, he realizes that he has left his briefcase at the airport and goes back to locate it. On the way there, he is in an accident, where he receives head trauma and is in a coma for four days. When he awakes, his wife doesn't seem to know who he is, and there is another man claiming to be him. And so begins his attempt to prove who he is.

Here there be spoilers )
reviewthat: (Books: Bookgasim)
Book: The Interpretation of Fairy Tales
By: Marie-Louise von Franz
Pages: 208
Release Date: July 9, 1996 (second edition)
Stars: 3

Von Franz uses Jungian psycology to examine the collective unconcious and reoccurant themes within various fairy tales.

Here there be spoilers )

If you have a mind that is bent toward analyzing fairy tales, this is a book to at least check out.
reviewthat: (Movies: Reel & Popcorn)
Movie: The Expendables
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Terry Crews, and Mickey Rourke (with cameos by Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger)
Opened Nationwide: August 13, 2010
DVD Release Date: November 23, 2010
Stars: 1

Sylvester Stallone is the leader of a group of mercenaries, who get an assignment to take out a South American dictator. Along the way, they find out that he is being controlled by a former CIA agent who is only interested in making money.

Here there be spoilers )

All-in-all, I'd say skip it entirely. But if you really feel like watching it, find it somewhere online, where you won't have to pay for it.

The Eagle

Feb. 13th, 2011 03:14 pm
reviewthat: (Movies: *gets popcorn*)
Movie: The Eagle
Starring: Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell
Opened Nationwide: February 11, 2011
Stars: 3

In 140 AD a young centurion travels through Hadrian's Wall into what is now Scotland to retrieve the standard of his father's legion, and regain his family's honor. Along with him, he takes his personal slave, a man whose father was the chief of their tribe in Briton, and whose whole family was killed during an attack by the Romans.

Here there be spoilers )

While it was ok, I'd say, don't bother paying full price for it. Watch it on a matinee, or wait for it to show up on DVD.

The Fox.

Feb. 10th, 2011 05:19 pm
reviewthat: (Folklore)
Folklore: The Fox
Location: Various
Classification: Trickster

While reading a book on fairy tales, I came across a reference to foxes being associated with witches, and the idea fascinated me. So, I got curious as to how foxes are seen in various cultures around the world.

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reviewthat: (Books: The Devil Presents: Books)
Book: The Heroine's Journey
By: Maureen Murdock
Pages: 232
Release Date: June 23, 1990
Stars: 2

This book is an examination of what it takes for women to survive in a male dominated society, and the sacrifices that they make for that survival. There is also a great deal of examination on what the author believes is needed to heal not only society as a whole, but women specifically (with many examples from not only her own life, but the lives of women that she has come into contact with).

Here there be spoilers )
reviewthat: (Movies: Reel & Popcorn)
Movie: The Runaways
Starring: Dakota Fanning, Kristen Stewart and Michael Shannon
Released Nationwide: March 19, 2010
DVD Released: July 20, 2010
Stars: 2

This film is an adaptation of Cherie Currie's memoir Neon Angel and her time as part of the all-girl rock band The Runaways. It shows the rise of the band, and their susaquent self-distruction just as fame starts to come their way.

Here there be spoilers )

Overall, I'd say skip it. It wasn't worth the price for even a rental, or the two hours that you will lose by watching it.
reviewthat: (Movies: I Love Movies)
Movie: The King's Speech
Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter
Opened Nationwide: December 10, 2010
Stars: 4

This is the story of George VI (king of England from December 11, 1936 to February 6, 1952) and the process in which he began to really learn how to overcome a stutter. After he becomes frustrated with the doctors who have been no help to him, Elizabeth (the mother of the present Queen Elizabeth) goes to seek the help of Lionel Logue (a speech therapist from Australia). There is resistance from the prince in the beginning, and many unnecessary rules put on Logue in the manner in which he is allowed to help the prince. But along the way, the two men become friends, and there is a great deal of success in helping to relieve the stutter.

Here there be spoilers )

All in all, this is worth the price of admission (as well as the price of the DVD when it comes out).
reviewthat: (Movies: *gets popcorn*)
Movie: The Mechanic
Starring: Jason Statham and Ben Foster
Opened Nationwide: January 28, 2011
Stars: 3

Jason Statham stars as Arthur Bishop, a hitman who is the best one around at his job (because he can make things look like they were accidents). After being ordered to kill his mentor, he takes on his mentor's son and tries to teach him the "art" of being a hitman.

Here there be spoilers )

It's not necessarily something that I would pay full price to go see, but worth a matinee viewing.

Norse Code

Jan. 10th, 2011 05:37 pm
reviewthat: (Books: I Write Like a MoFo)
Book: Norse Code
By: Greg Van Eekhout
Pages: 292
Release Date: May 19, 2009
Stars: 3

This is an urban fantasy that centers around the Valkyrie Mist, who goes AWOL when she looses faith in the Valkyrie project and the manner in which the dead are being recruited to fight on the side of the gods during Ragnarök. Leaving her post, she goes looking for the Norse messenger god (Hermod), and the two of them attempt to stop the end of the world.

Here there be spoilers )

I'd say to check it out as a light read, but don't go into it thinking you might get anything truly deep out of it.
reviewthat: (Movies: I Love Movies)
Movie: Season of the Witch
Starring: Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman
Opened Nationwide: January 7, 2011
Stars: 1

Season of the Witch is the story of a young girl who is accused (by the church) of being a witch. As a result of the "confession" in which she was "assisted" into giving (by a church representative), she is to be brought to a group of monks to decide her fate. Enlisted to assist in bringing her to the said monks are Behmen (played by Nicolas Cage) and Felson (played by Ron Perlman), who are military deserters during the Crusaides.

Here there be spoilers )

All in all, I'd say to skip it.

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