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MOVIE REVIEW: "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" (2004)

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Recently, “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” was playing down in St. Grissom, and as R2 and I both missed that film in it’s initial release, we decided to check it out. Enchanted by the thought of seeing a ‘new’(ish) Olivier flick, made only 15 years after he died!We knew it was a bomb, but we thought it might be an interesting and memoral bomb - like Blade Runner - and not a bland and pointlessly forgetable bomb - like Armed and Dangerous 2: Armed and Fabulous - so we figured it was a good way to blow an evening.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Land of the Lost (2009)

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I am disappointed and heart-broken. I know that general consensus has been that this remake was a bad idea as constituted, but – if you follow me on Twitter (www.twitter.com/jobfaust) then you know that I am a dedicated and overly apologetic fan of Will Ferrell. I admit it – the guy makes me laugh. And he makes me laugh spasmodically. The relative quality of his films can easily be challenged, but the fundamental fact remains that, as it relates to me, almost all of his films have had 3 to 4 gut wrenching laughs from me that make up for all of the rest of movie’s failings.

I saw Semi-Pro with a group of my co-workers for a team building event one Friday afternoon and they thought I was going to die of asphyxiation (but with a lot less shame, effort and hidden darkness of soul than David Carradine did) during the scene in which the Basketball Alley Oop was first invented. In all of Ferrell’s movies I have always found moments of pure hilarity that gave me a reason to be grudgingly defensive of his filmic contributions to our culture. That is, until Land of the Lost.

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Up” (2009)

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Let’s just get this out of the way before we go any further: yes, I cried. Despite my right-leaning conservative status, I’m secure enough in my manhood to admit I was crying several times in this movie. I wasn’t bawling like a six-month-old baby girl or anything - and if I did, I wouldn’t admit it because I’m not *That* secure in my manhood - but there were definitely some water streaming down my face at several points in the movie. And there were several *other* points that my eyes were definitely stinging and my throat got kinda’ tight.

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MOVIE REVIEW: “The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy” (2005)

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While good movies are always the thing you’re hoping for when you make a film, we here at Republibot are well aware of the joys that only a really bad film can bring. Good movies may be a dime a dozen, but a truly bad film is forever, right? I mean, better to know excellence or awfulness than to be one of those timid souls who know neither defeat nor victory. My apologies to Teddy Roosevelt for paraphrasing him like that, but it’s true. A really good bad film has an unpredictable quality that no masterpiece can ever aspire to.

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DVD MOVIE REVIEW: “Justice League: New Frontier” (2008)

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This is two thirds of a really good movie, which makes it especially frustrating when it all falls apart at the end. The film is set solidly in the 1950s, beginning the day (7/27/1953) and ends with a badly-animated president Kennedy giving a speech in July of ’61. The premise is that superheroes have gone out of fashion in the days since WW2, with most having retired. Those who remain are strongly questioning why they do it, since the lines between ‘good’ and ‘evil’ have gotten spectacularly muddy. (Huh?

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MOVIE REVIEW: “The Battle For Terra.”

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One of the nice things about being a basically hypercritical and negative individual like myself is that when your opinions turn out to be wrong, you’re almost invariably pleasantly surprised. “Well, that’s it: we’re all gonna’ die,” I say, and it’s kind of hard not to be happy when you’re proved to be wrong. I feel sad for all the stupid hippies of the world, who constantly aspire to great and glorious things, only to have ugly stupid reality and traffic jams and famines and coffee stains bring them down.

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Monsters vs. Aliens” (2009)

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I was holding off seeing this movie because Republibot 1.0 didn’t like it, and usually we’re of a mind on these sorts of things - I mean, hell, it’s a Dreamworks CGI movie - how good could it be? Their products are, well, more products than films, and they’re uniformly terrible to boot.

I’m happy to say I was wrong about this one, though, it was a good, solid, fun movie. My first clue this might not suck as much as Shrek XXVI: Colon Blockage was when the cloying Dreamworks logo came up, and then one of the space ships from “Earth Versus The Flying Saucers” came by and blew it up. Hooray!

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(not at all science fiction) MOVIE REVIEW: “Fly me To the Moon” (2008)

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I only sort-of saw this, really…I say “Sort of” because…The Republikid and went to the local IMAX theater and it turned out they were showing a 45 minute cut of a 90 minute movie. That actually worked out to our advantage, though, as both of us thought the movie was pretty bad and 90 minutes would have been more than we could stand.

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(Belated)MOVIE REVIEWS: “Serenity” (2005)

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Just re-watched this movie and I just can’t help being disappointed by it. I realize that’s heresy since I loved the series beyond any limit of what is considered socially acceptable, but there you are.

Having pondered it a bit for a while now, I think there's no single cause, but probably a lot of tiny one that by themselves would be unnoticeable:
* The soundtrack was done by someone different from the TV show, and made use of no themes from the show, excepting a 15 second audio cameo in the very end of the credit roll. The STYLE of the music is different, too.

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