Mar 31 2011

Sucker Punch

Yes, you will be unprepared... about how terrible this movie is. No stars- see anything else.

sucker punch (suk’r puh-nch) v.  1. A blow or assault made without warning.  2. A harmful act that comes as a surprise and without provocation.  3. A bitch move.

Oddly enough, this aptly describes the experience of watching Sucker Punch.  Who would have thought that the film’s title was more of a summation of the how one was going to feel over the course of 109 minutes?

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Mar 10 2010

Alice in Wonderland

It’s not often on Lock, Stock, and Two Film Geeks that we discuss the biggest movies of the week, but I’m going to do it this week.  I wish it was because I felt really passionately about it, that it was some work of art worth presenting to the masses.  Unfortunately, this is not the case with Alice in Wonderland.  I’m reviewing the new live action Tim Burton interpretation of this children’s story mostly because, well, I saw the film.  Actually, this is the most I’ve ever wanted to have a notepad and pen with me in the theater, I had quite a few thoughts, and hopefully most of them will make it to the page.  As I mentioned in Taking Stock, our weekly column about the films coming out this weekend, I wasn’t too hyped up about this movie, citing being tired of the “Tim Burton redoes a children’s movie in his style” thing.  And I was about right, I got major Charlie and the Chocolate Factory vibes, amongst many other films that I’ll try and list throughout the review.  Overall there’s things to like here, but even despite my relatively low expectations, I was still disappointed with this film. Continue reading


Aug 19 2009

The City of Lost Children

Film Duel is our written review format in which Benn and James each review a film, and then comment on each others’ reviews to give a proper balance and really fill out the commentary as well as possible. This week we take on the strange French fantasy film The City of Lost Children. It looks like Benn and James actually may have a difference of opinion on this one so it’s worth a read for the novelty of that, if nothing else.

La Cité des Enfants Perdus
Year: 1995
Dir.: Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Ron Perlman
Genre: Fantasy

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