Just tweeted out my thoughts on Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief and I figured I should preserve them on my blog as well. Hopefully, I’ll have a chance (and the inspiration) to write out a full review later, but if not I think this summarizes perfectly how I feel about Chris Columbus’ latest movie:
Now that I am allowed to say something about Percy Jackson, I’m not sure how to convey my thoughts on the film… OK, how’s this? It’s like G.I. Joe for the Harry Potter crowd. Kids will love it and adults will see the cracks in the facade BUT it’s so outlandish and over-the-top at times that you can’t help but laugh. Also there’s a horny satyr and an acid trip of sorts.
Percy Jackson also includes a musical montage courtesy of NYUer Gaga.
And in case you can’t tell, I loved Percy Jackson. Chris Columbus movies made my childhood and this is like a cracked-out orgy of them all.
YES THERE ARE SPOILERS EVERYWHERE.
This won’t be a full-bodied review as it’s late, I’m tired, and I’ve only just seen a movie that people stopped caring about months ago. But in case Where the Wild Things Are does end up making the Oscar rounds — at which point the buzz around it will build again — here’s my take on said film.
To put it bluntly, the only way Where the Wild Things Are would have earned my eternal and unwavering love and adoration is if it had been a three-and-a-half-minute music video. All of the necessary elements are there — music by Karen O that alternates between haunting and rousing, and cinematography that evokes more emotion in a single shot than any one line of dialogue in the film — so it seems almost daft that instead of choosing a medium that would have made the most of these strengths, even a 10-minute short, director Spike Jonze took on the task of turning Where the Wild Things Are into a full-length feature that weighs in at 100 minutes long.
Not pictured: Where the Wild Things Aren't
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This review revels in vague descriptions and nondescript info allowing it to be 80-90 percent free of spoilers. However, since this is a review, there are spoilers regarding the tone and general direction of the plotline. At the most you’ll find a small reference to the tone/set-up up the final scenes but nothing that gives away the ultimate conclusion or explanations behind events.
Suffice it to say, this review is less spoilery than Cameron Diaz at a Comic Con panel.
“It’s essentially the original [short story and "Twilight Zone"] episode extended with WTFuckery.”
– My original review on Twitter.
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I just finished writing up this news over at LatinoReview about the possibility of Fathom Studios taking legal action against James Cameron for perceived similarities between their respective films, Delgo and Avatar.
As you can see from my post, I find the idea laughable. The truth is, I can come up with some other films and properties that share more in common with Avatar than Delgo seems to at this point. Don’t believe me? You’re about to.
Yesterday was Avatar Day, and at the last minute I found myself in attendance for the 6 pm showing at NYC’s AMC Loews in Lincoln Square. (The theater and I have a long history together that mostly goes back to me drooling over The Dark Knight in IMAX and feeling insanely dizzy thanks to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in IMAX 3-D.)
Three things you should know about me before we get started: 1. I love IMAX, I love 3-D, and IMAX 3-D is always a treat for me when it’s well done, 2. While I was curious about the Avatar footage, I wasn’t planning to attend Avatar Day until the opportunity fell in my lap, and 3. I actually liked the Avatar trailer that was shown earlier this week though I cared little for the design of the Na’vi alien race.
Worthington and his Na'vi-like avatar counterpart.
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When word first leaked about The Princess and the Frog the working title was The Frog Princess, which would have been fine if the movie wasn’t starring Disney’s first black princess. Racial overtones were immediately and rightly spotted but it all might have been curtailed if Disney had pointed out that the movie was an adaptation of the book series by the same name, and it definitely could have been avoided if they had simply not made the main character black after deciding on a title like that. That’s like making a movie called Spic and Span about the adventurers of a magical cleaning woman and then deciding at the last minute to make her Hispanic and give her a best friend named “Span.” You have to see this coming.
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Because laziness is the gift that keeps on giving, here’s another pic post from WonderCon. This time however, you’ll get to see stars, desperate wannabe stars, and the creative minds responsible for this year’s can’t-be-missed films.
Day 2: Sitting On My Ass All Frakkin’ Day
There’s only one game plan when it comes to getting a good seat at a high-profile movie panel, get there early enough to find a spot (or have someone save you one) and never leave. That’s why Saturday I found myself with primo third-row seating for the Watchmen panel at 11:30 am, and I did not give that bitch up until McG was done talking about Terminator Salvation at 5:30 pm. Unfortunately, not all the panels in-between were worth my butt’s time or growing numbness.
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