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My Bloody Valentine 3D, Paul Blart, Valkyrie, and Fanboys

Posted Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at 11:18 AM

Movie Reviews for May 19th


My Bloody Valentine 3D

I usually stay away from horror flicks as they are most usually pretty dumb. Some I prefer to watch for some thrills, but in general - I tend to just get bored. I decided to watch Valentine because of the 3D element. This flick was one of the very first to be released in theatres utilizing the new 3D system that still requires glasses, but not the ones with red and blue lenses. The home video version switches back to the red/blue glasses and is just as terrible as you remember 3D at home. The technology isn't quite there and although you could buy it - the cost is quite high, so I'm going to stick by the technology isn't quite there statement. So, how's the movie without 3D? Boring. If you like seeing people get chopped up and random bits of 'scary' moments then you might get a kick out of the show, otherwise - stay away.


Paul Blart Mall Cop

I stayed away from this film in theatres for more than one reason, but mostly because I wanted to watch other things. The film stars Kevin James in a movie produced by Happy Madison Productions or Adam Sandler. This is a typical run of the mill comedy with some old jokes and some new jokes. A few bits hit pretty good but a lot of misfires. It's a good little flick to laugh at and doesn't take itself too seriously. The effects are decent and the acting is adequate with the exception of Kevin James who manages to always do a quite compelling job in engaging the audience. I can't say I particularly liked Paul Blart, but I didn't turn it off and I didn't get bored - so it has some things going for it! This is a movie you won't remember tomorrow but it's worth spending the night with if you have nothing else to watch.


Valkyrie

Watched this one in theatres and sort of liked it, but didn't feel the need to rewatch it on DVD. This was a slow moving flick that felt a little rushed almost to finish it up. Bryan Singer is the director and usually does a top notch job, but somehow with the star power of Tom Cruise - this little flick just kind of fell over. The story is all about a revolt inside Hitler's Germany that lead to an attempt to overthrow the dictator. It's interesting and if you didn't already know the 'story' then the flick would maybe be a bit more entertaining.


Fanboys

Delayed for years with many different cuts of the film circulating before an official release in theatres never happened - this flick had a terrible time of getting to today where it is released on DVD. Is it worth the wait? Yes.

Fanboys is a great movie if you like Star Wars and pop culture references. There is also an underlying story that brings a bit of heartwarming sweetness to a movie that is generally more obsessed with the inner workings of the Star Wars Universe. The story is that a group of friends decide to take a road trip to Skywalker Ranch - the home of George Lucas - to steal a copy of Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace before it is released in theatres. There are plenty of comedic moments that will stick with you long after the credits roll and for those who are Star Trek fans - the movie makes sure you know that Star Wars is the superior franchise. Fanboys is well acted, directed, and produced. It is well worth watching - if you can find it.


That's it for this week - next week we've got New in Town and Powder Blue.



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Cody Dame is the CEO and owner of three local McCook Businesses, Game On, Spotlight Studios and Divine Productions. He also manages to work for the McCook Daily Gazette.