Another new feature here at FGWG… it’s the Review Grab Bag… Basically what we have here is a spot for me to say something about the odds and ends I watch, play, read, whatever, that I don’t really feel strongly enough about to warrant a large scale review of their own. Like all Grab Bags and boxes of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get. If it can be reviewed, it’s fair game… good, great, bad or steaming pile of shit.
I’d also love for the Review Grab Bag to become a spot for guest reviewers. The rules are simple:
- Have an opinion on a thing.
- Write a paragraph or two about it, and e-mail it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m a sucker for pretty much anything with a non-linear narrative. This one is kinda like Go or Pulp Fiction, except localized into a 30 minute or so window. There are about five intertwining stories, all hinging around events that happen at 11:14 one nondescript evening. The acting is good, which isn’t surprising. There are several recognizable faces here, even if they aren’t all necessarily huge Hollywood names. The story they’re working with isn’t as solid as PF or Go, but it is still a fun and/or intriguing watch at most times. Probably the biggest problem with the story itself is that they show us the clock too often. Like an episode of 24, they don’t really give these characters enough time to do the things they’re doing. 4/5
Special Guest Reviewer, Melanie:
We watched this movie last week and there isn’t a whole lot I remember about it. In fact, all I really remember is the stuff I didn’t like. It’s too long. Not enough happens. I don’t like most of the actors. Kristen Stewart? Just horrid. If I wanted to watch Kristen Stewart bite her lip and play with her hair for a couple of hours, I would have just watched Twilight again. Oh wait, no I wouldn’t. That sucked too. Jesse Eisenberg? I can’t explain it, but I just don’t like that guy’s face. I do remember chuckling at a few jokes in this movie. And we did finish it. So it gets 2 out of 5 stars. But really, it stinks. 2/5
David Spade, John Goodman, Patrick Warburton and Eartha Kitt give this little movie so much heart and soul it’s ridiculous. Mel and I watched it twice in the theatres when it released. We’ve watched it many times since then, including this past week. I still laugh far too hard, especially at Kronk. 5/5
Will Ferrell’s and David Cross’ voice-over performances really make this one worth watching for me. I enjoyed the various references to superhero and video game culture. The animation is good, but nothing stands out as mindblowing. Also, if you go in knowing nothing about the movie, there are a few twists and turns in the story that are unexpected. 4/5
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