I swear I read The Hobbit as a kid. I remember finishing the last page and excitedly running to talk to my brother about it. I’d even seen the cartoon several times. Despite these memories, I walked into the movie knowing exactly three things: there were younger versions of characters I already knew in it, and also a dragon. (I was also pretty sure Gollum was in it somewhere, but that was just hearsay.) So it was that, yet again, I watch a Tolkien movie and everything is new to me.
I am a particular brand of Tron fanboy because the movie came out the year before I was born and I wouldn’t really understand much about computers or programming until many years after I had the movie decently memorized. I’ve loved the original movie for pretty much my entire life, even writing about my love affair with the movie and how I can use it to know if I’ll really like someone right away. It should be no surprise that I went to see Tron: Legacy on the day of its release, but I am a bit surprised that we decided to see it in 3d and that it turned out to be a good decision.
Something you may not know about me if you come to Critical Hits mainly for the RPG content is that I’m a huge movie nerd. In April of this year I posted a look ahead at the big summer movies of 2010 that I was hoping to see, just as I have done for the last four years running. This year is a bit different from the last few because I am already excited to see a ton of movies in 2011 and we’re not even through December yet! Here’s a look at the movies of early 2011 that I’m most excited to see, and a quick description of why I’m excited about it:
Inception is a wildly entertaining summer blockbuster wrapped in the packaging of a sleeper hit science fiction thriller/heist film. All of the comparisons of this movie to films such as The Matrix and Blade Runner are well deserved but fall short of the deeply involving experience that Inception provides the viewer. The film excels due to the stunning combination of well executed directing, inspired writing, spot on acting, and seamless production.
In what is a rare occurence for my wife and I, we did not go to see Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen at a midnight showing last night. It’s not because of the Tuesday night issue, we went to see The Dark Knight at midnight on a Wednesday (though the day of work afterward was very tough), and it’s definitely not an issue of us not being excited about it. Honestly I can’t tell you why for sure, maybe it’s because we’re finally getting a bit more mature (or lazy).
…is to become Saturday morning cartoon… !? Watchmen is a serious, serious bit of graphic novel, even with meta-powered individuals populating its story. Written by psychedelically charged soul-delver Alan Moore, it is a seminal piece of literature, and I might almost be excited to see them release a movie of it this week. But I […]
I just wanted to highlight something I read today in the lunch room at work, our local newspaper the Washington Post had a review of the movie Watchmen on the front page of the Style section today with the title “Blight Watchmen: Graphic Novel’s Edge is Dulled in Adaptation”. Written by Philip Kennicot, it’s an […]
Not long ago I was quite excited to see the movie adapted from the very good comic book, Wanted. This excitement was spurned by a few non comic readers saying that the movie was great, and so I figured if they thought the movie was awesome then surely it must be a decent movie no […]
Last night my wife and I had the privilege of seeing an advanced screening of the movie Eagle Eye, thanks to Paramount Pictures and local morning radio host Elliot in the Morning. The movie is listed as an action/mystery/thriller and takes place in modern day America, staring Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan with Rosaria Dawson, […]
Today is exactly one year until the movie Watchmen is released, and now they’ve released a group of images of what many of the main characters look like. Head over to the Watchmen site to see all of the glorious full-size shots. I have to say that I think these are perfect, especially the Comedian […]