Project 101

Dan attempts to watch 101 movies in 12 months

Archive for January 1st, 2009

#19 Tropic Thunder

Posted by Dan on January 1, 2009

tropic_thunder_ver3I was really looking forward to this movie. I wanted to go see it at the movies, but I just never quite found the time to go. Thankfully due to the lightning speed that it seems to take movies to come out on dvd now, I didn’t have to wait that long.

I should have kept waiting.

This movie is awful. I’ve never been so disappointed in a movie like this for ages. I love Robert Downey Jnr, but his character was a bit of a one-trick pony and the funniest lines he had were already used in the preview. Jack Black was almost nonexistant in his usual comedic schtick, which seemed to be simply overrun by the other actors on the screen. Then there’s Ben Stiller. Fuck I hate that guy. The only thing I really liked about that movie was Tom Cruise’s role and the fact that Alpa’s man that he was in love with, “Lance”, turns out to be Lance Bass.

This movie was incredibly sub-par. Sure, I can see what they were trying to do with it, and I totally get it, but just the execution was awful. I even hated the commentary, which has Ben Stiller and Jack Black giving some really boring insights, and RDJ who kept in character the whole time.

I give this movie 2 out of 5.

“I know who I am – I’m a dude playing a dude disguised as another dude!”

Here, as a treat, let me save you the copy of rental, the whole movie can be summed up in their trailer:

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#18 Club Dread

Posted by Dan on January 1, 2009

club_dread_ver2Holy shit this movie was bad. I loved all the others that Broken Lizard have done, but this was just rubbish.

Let me save you some time:
– The killer is Sam, the guy that’s the “fun police”.
– The only ones that get away are Penelope, Jenny and Lars.

The only good thing about this movie is when Penelope gets her boobs out towards the end of the movie.

I give this movie 1 out of 5

“It’s not a party until someone breaks the jacuzzi!”

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#17 I, Robot

Posted by Dan on January 1, 2009

movie_poster_i_robotNormally I try and stay away from blockbuster movies. It’s not a “cool to hate” type thing, it’s just that when a big budget movie comes out, it’s  hard not to pay attention to the publicity, so invariably I end up being disappointed because I’ve not been able to watch the movie for it’s own merits. So I’m kinda glad that I left this one alone for a while.

Given that I’m probably the last person on the planet to have seen this movie, I won’t bore you with the details. Long story short, robots are getting smarter, and eventually evolve to try and take over humanity. Enter Wil Smith, que action sequences, insert the standard “I learnt something today..” type values, and BAM, you have I, Robot.

I actually quite enjoyed this movie, a lot more than what I thought I would. Like I said, when a movie first comes out, if it doesn’t live up to expectation, it’s usually all too easy to just pass it off as a product built on hype. But when you look past all of that, it’s actually quite a great movie. The concept of the film is based on Isaac Asimov‘s series of short stories about robotics, and while I haven’t read them myself, are apparently fairly faithful to old ideals. So, when you get a concept like Asimov’s, and put these into the faithful hands of director Alex Proyas (who’s done , amongst many others, The Crow and Dark City), you’re generally going to get a fairly good outcome.

The CGI in this movie are great, and the action sequences are highly enjoyable. There’s almost the cliche love interest plot thrown in, but thankfully they binned the idea of exploring that further and the one scene where you think an attraction is being formed, it appears to be just a brief case of lust.

I’m that for those of you who want to see it, probably already have, and those that haven’t probably have no interest in watching it. If you’re like me from a few days ago, and you haven’t seen it, but are kind of interested, I’d definitely recommend watching it.

Oh, and for the Joss Whedon geeks, keep an ear out for who voices the main robot of the movie, Sunny.

I give I, Robot 3 and a half out of 5.

“Thank you … you said someone, not something.”

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