Films viewed in 2011

Posts Tagged ‘3D’

395. A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas

In Comedy on November 23, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Dir. Todd Strauss-Schulson

Stoner buds Harold and Kumar cause a holiday fracas by inadvertently burning down Harold’s father-in-law’s prize Christmas tree.

MY TAKE

Adult Christmas movies are a rare treat, where we get the munchies instead of munchkins and everybody ends up on the naughty list. So why does A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas often seem joyless? John Cho and Kal Penn waste a lot of energy healing a rift from an apparently bad trip to Guantanamo Bay (never saw that movie). The result means that instead of dealing with their delirious situations, there’s a odd tension between them that weighs down the laughs. The everything-but-the-kitchen-sink comedy does include some enjoyable self-aware 3D, old school claymation and a coked out baby, but each episode is strangely self-contained. I wouldn’t call this a holiday classic, but it does add a welcomed spice to the overly sweet family season.

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361. Final Destination 5

In Horror on October 31, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Steven Quale

Survivors of a suspension-bridge collapse learn there’s no way you can cheat Death.

MY TAKE

I make no apologies for my love of the Final Destination franchise. Each subsequent film isn’t so much a sequel as a remake of the original formula, and each sequence shamelessly tries to out-shock, out-surprise and outdo the last.  The gymnastic scene in Final Destination 5 might be the best of the whole series, and the opening bridge disaster is inspired throughout. Director Steve Quale also gleefully disregards everything he learned working for James Cameron by unapologetically hurling 3D objects in our face throughout. That’s not a complaint – subtlety has no place here. In fact, the subdued character reactions are the film’s biggest flaw (I miss Devon Sawa’s paranoia from the first film). So despite the film’s attempt to bring everything full circle at the end, I’ll bet good money there are more destinations to come.

281. Transformers 3D: Dark Side of the Moon

In Action on September 27, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Dir. Michael Bay

The Autobots and Decepticons race to learn the secrets of a hidden spacecraft on the Moon.

MY TAKE

Few franchises elicit such equal amount of fan-boy contempt and cash as Transformers.  Director Michael Bay, the one-man Nickelback of Hollywood, once again creates some of the most amazing scenes we can barely even see. Filming in 3D forced Bay to ease up on the average shot length, but the story is still typically convoluted nonsense and the characters are completely interchangeable. I will, however, defend Shia Labeouf for bringing his A-game “holy shit” face to the action, plus the extended climax of a collapsing building and winged skydivers got me pretty pumped.

280. Shark Night 3D

In Horror on September 27, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Dir. David R. Ellis

A weekend at a lake house in the Louisiana Gulf turns into a nightmare for seven vacationers as they are subjected to shark attacks.

MY TAKE

A movie that combined my favourite horror franchise (Final Destination) with my wife’s unnatural shark fixation equaled a date night we inexplicably looked forward to for weeks. But director David R. Ellis’ half-hearted efforts to embrace the absurdity of the genre make it hard for even us to recommend. There’s only one real cheer-worthy moment as a shark leaps through the air devouring a Jet-Skiing teen head on. Katherine McPhee is also a fruitless tease and Canadian Dustin Milligan is far too good looking to play the supposed nerdy lead.

124. Jackass 3D

In Comedy on August 16, 2011 at 11:19 AM

Dir. Jeff Tremaine

Johnny Knoxville and company return for the third installment of their TV show spin-off, where dangerous stunts and explicit public displays rule.

MY TAKE

People questioned if the first Jackass could actually be called a movie, and now there’s a franchise. I still think this needs to be judged with slightly different film criticism criteria. But did I laugh? Yes. Did I gag? Yup. Was that the plan? You bet. But on planet YouTube, those accomplishments can only go so far (even in 3-D).

76. Sanctum

In Suspense on August 9, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Dir. Alister Grierson

An underwater cave diving team experiences a life-threatening crisis during an expedition to the unexplored and least accessible cave system in the world.

MY TAKE

What? James Cameron touched this? Now I have to see it! Oh how quickly you can burn goodwill. The opening scenery is impressive but the acting is just embarrassing. The only thing that saves this movie is how few of the characters actually survive. The fact people get picked off one by one keeps the story moving, but I wasn’t moved by any of their deaths.

25. The Green Hornet

In Action on July 26, 2011 at 8:33 AM

Dir. Michel Gondry

Britt Reid, heir to his father’s large company, teams up with his late dad’s assistant Kato to become a masked crime fighting team.

MY TAKE

If I measure this movie against it’s potential, it fails. The brilliant Michel Gondry barely manages a single signature moment, and Seth Rogan the dick is not nearly as funny as Seth Rogan the douche. As an average comic-book movie it’s fine, but what could have been, dammit. What could have been.