I've been busy and I'm a little behind on this, so here's thoughts about a ****load of recently watched movies.
Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within
The first film I saw at the LA Film Festival this year. You can read my full review here, but quickly I will just say that this is the best action/thriller film I've seen in a while. It's supposed to get released out here this Fall and I am going to pimp the **** out of it here when it does.
I've still not seen the first one, and it didn't effect my enjoyment. I did order the first one on DVD as soon as I got home, though.
JD posted about this in the Pegg/Wright/Frost thread, but I want to mention it here, too. It's maybe my favorite movie of the year so far. Top 2, at least. Both hilarious and scary. You can read my full review here if you want to.
Karate Robo Zaborgar
From the director of Machine Girl and RoboGeisha, a remake of an old Ultraman wanna-be TV show. It was pretty fun and enjoyable, but not so much that I care if I ever see it again. That kind of low-budget, ridiculously over the top Japanese film has been done much better before (like in Machine Girl), but it was enjoyable. Full write up coming soon.
Saw this one last night. I really liked the director's last (and first) film The Chaser, so this was actually the film I was most excited about. It's pretty similar in tone and style to The Chaser. Very violent and fast moving. But the violence in this one was nowhere near as disturbing. I don't want to say it was comical, as its actually pretty brutal, but there are two characters who consistently get stabbed and beaten and just keep on going, which took me out of what would have otherwise been a pretty visceral experience. Full write up coming soon.
Still, it was pretty awesome, although maybe a bit long at 2 1/2 hours. I would recommend it, though The Chaser is better.
Ehh. It wasn't anywhere near as bad as I was expecting, but it still didn't do a whole lot for me.
This was a lot of fun. Very much a kids movie, but intelligent and funny. Some of the animation was really awesome, too.
I really enjoyed watching this, although it wasn't quite as funny as I'd hoped. It was plenty quirky, though, and I thought the characters were really likable. Fun.
Has some good funny bits and it was entertaining enough, but I don't care if I never see it again.
When the **** is this coming out on Blu-Ray so I can buy it?!?!
Hadn't seen this in years. Still a lot of fun. I think this might actually be my favorite performance by Christopher Lloyd, and I love that dude.