Monthly Archives: July 2012

Micro Reviews: The Amazing Spider-Man, and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

The Amazing Spider-Man:

Liz and I went to see The Amazing Spider-Man in 3d at the Movie Tavern.  The chicken wings and pitas were also in 3d.  So were all the people talking during the movie like they were at home.  I think the chicken wings may have confused them.

Despite the crowd, The Amazing Spider-Man was fantastic.  It was light, fun and had some really interesting performances from Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield.  This is good, because the best performances in the Raimi Spider-Mans (Spider-Men?) were from the villains – and Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire were just okay (actually, I thought Kirsten was terrible, but I’ve been biased against her since she was on Celebrity Teen Jeopardy and was completely stupid about everything, including all the questions that were already too easy because they were Teen questions, but made even easier by about two standard deviations because they were not only Teen questions, but Celebrity Teen questions).  So, I look forward to seeing them again in 2014, and then again in 2016, when Gwen Stacy will be killed off.  And then will come the MJ trilogy?

Sure, the plot was the basic waiting for a spider-bite, and then the basic OHNO GIANT MUTANT.  So… oh well.  Call me simple, but the simple plot didn’t bother me.  It was just fun seeing Spider-Man swinging around in 3d.

Rating: 5 out of 5 chicken wangs.

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol:

So, I watched MI:GP at home, which eliminated the distractions of the boorish crowd at a movie theater, but added the distractions of home, namely a cell phone with which to check Twitter and Facebook.

The first half of MI:GP was great.  The bit at the end I hardly saw, because I started checking Twitter when the movie began to bore me.

If I could split the rating into halves, it would be five stars for the first half, and 1 star for the second.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 awesomely impractical giant digital screens with which to hide oneself from Russians

Micro Review: A Very Harold and Kumar 3d Christmas

Some big laughs, some small laughs, a few dragging areas.

The big, broad stuff didn’t really hit with me – much like poop on a windshield, it kinda slid right off. But there are a few moments in AVHaK3X that really work, just really subtle moments of comedic timing where exactly the right pause or look is given.

3 out of 5 Neil Patrick Harris as “Neil Patrick Harris”es.