Monthly Archives: November 2013

Snack Time: Review of opening night showing of ‘Catching Fire’

A flaming bird? This seems like an excellent way to start a forest fire. Smokey the Bear would not be pleased.

A flaming bird? This seems like an excellent way to start a forest fire. Smokey the Bear would not be pleased.

Rated PG-13, 146 minutes (watched 11/21/13 and 11/24).

After reading the book, I wasn’t sure how Catching Fire would work as a movie. There’s a lot of exposition and – just like the first movie – we get another tribute-filled battle in a techno arena. Katniss shoots a bow and arrow. Peeta moons over Katniss even though she kinda/sorta/not really has a thing for Miley Cyrus’s ex. (I hope those crazy kids can #twerkitout.) As it turns out, it actually works better than the first in the Hunger Games trilogy. Continue reading

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Play Time: Review of ‘Ender’s Game’

"This is not a game"? Dude, you literally just said it was a game. See? It's right there in the title!

“This is not a game”? Dude, you literally just said it was a game. See? It’s right there in the title!

Rated PG-13, 114 minutes (watched 11/2/13)

Review:
Ender’s Game is odd. I think it’s trying to teach me a lesson, but I haven’t a clue what that lesson is. Continue reading

Yaaaaaaaaaaarg: Review of ‘Captain Phillips’

"He's right behind me, isn't he?"

“He’s right behind me, isn’t he?”

Rated PG-13, 134 minutes (watched 10/12/13)

Review:
Some of the folks who lived it may quibble over the veracity of certain details, but Captain Phillips, aka Forrest Gump’s Fun-Time African Pirate Adventure, is a very well-made and very engaging movie. Continue reading