Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena

Frog, Invictus, Fox, 2012, Armored, Hero

So the end of my December vacation consisted of being exhausted, sleeping, and sneaking out to occasional movies (with a bit of much appreciated scheduling help from Jeremy of Tinseltown).

"The Princess and the Frog" is a Disney animated musical romance. It is a solid example of the type; you will like it better if your musical tastes include Randy Newman and Dixieland. Ours do.

"Invictus" is a well crafted presentation of a truly amazing story. The critics love it; audiences are staying away. For once, the critics are right. The movie presents Nelson Mandela as both an extremely competent politician AND a truly good man. I am not inclined to believe this is possible, but after seeing this movie... Maybe.

"The Fantastic Mr. Fox" is a tolerable piece of more-or-less children's animation. The animation is kind of peculiar and occasionally jarring to no particular purpose. I don't regret seeing it, which is not exactly a recommendation.

"2012" is a SILLY movie. It has no particular grounding in reality, and the plot mostly exists as an excuse to blow things up. I enjoy John Cusask and Amanda Peet, and liked their scenes well enough, but the overall silliness made it REALLY hard to care.

"Armored" is a caper movie with a lame plot and a great cast. Stuff blows up. Lots of fake money gets burned. I don't think I regret seeing it, quite.

"Ten Inch Hero" is a 2007 indie movie with an ensemble cast that includes Jensen Ackles. I stumbled upon it by accident, waited for them to get around to producing a DVD, and we finally watched it on Monday. It is a strange little slice of life movie that tries to be both funny and touching, and more or less succeeds. We enjoyed it a great deal.

Uncle Hyena
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