So let's jump right in, shall we?
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
|"Who's Bill Hicks?"|
I'd say it paid off pretty well, and not just at the box office. I'm a big fan of Emma Stone, and her Gwen Stacy is written far above your typical comic book damsel-in-distress. I also like Denis Leary much better as an actor than as a stand-up comedian ripping off Bill Hicks jokes. The film is well-made, well-acted, and the story evokes (similar to Spider-Man 2) the truth that always made Spider-Man my favorite comic book hero: at the end of the day, he's just a kid trying to do the right thing.
If you want to read about my theories on the shadowy figure in the after-credits scene, go here.
|"This helmet smells funny."|
The effects are incredible. The violence is disturbing. (As it should be, right?) It is a curious choice, cinematically, to have Karl Urban, as Dredd, never remove his helmet throughout the film, but it is certainly accurate to the comic book. Thankfully, the writers got rid of the lovely Olivia Thirlby's helmet right away. (And she's more than lovely. She's very good in this.)
Good film, but not not not for the kiddies.
Men In Black 3 (2012)
|"Make another 'dick-tation' joke. I bloody dare you."|
It may be the best of the series.
The Expendables 2 (2012)
|". . . and for a flaky crust, add a dash of apple cider|
vinegar to the pie dough."
Bruce Willis gets all of the best quips, and he nails every one of them.
Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans (2009)
|"Whichever of you is humming 'Darth Vader's Theme':|
. . . louder."
The Bourne Legacy (2012)
|"Thicker than a Magnum,|
Ace of Spades. . ."
The Quatermass Conclusion (1979)
|"This is a picture of my grand-daughter:|
The serial plodded along a bit at times, but the shorter movie skips over what I feel were fairly important plot elements, so it is difficult for me to recommend one version over the other. both have strengths and weaknesses. Sir John Mills is compelling as Quatermass and Simon MacCorkindale as astronomer Joe Kapp becomes his able sidekick - before his performance devolves into complete melodrama. I can recommend this - either the serial or the film - as more than just a curiosity, but . . . not much more.
As always, feel free to let me know what you think.
And, for your listening pleasure, I found this live acoustic version of "Gifts and Curses" by Yellowcard. The original version was featured on the Spider-Man 2 soundtrack and is sung from Peter Parker's perspective. (It's a favorite of mine.)