Paul Newman dead at 83

September 27, 2008

Paul Newman has died at the age of 83. He died of cancer at his home in Westport, Connecticut.

There’s not much I can really say, other than how much I adored Paul Newman. He was truly one of the best actors of his generation, and invested his life in philanthropy. Through his food company, Newman’s Own, he’s donated over $200 million to charity. Wow, Paul. You’ll be sorely missed.


RT: 50 Best Animated Films

September 24, 2008

Rotten Tomatoes has just released its list of the 50 Best Animated Films. I agree that practically every one of the movies on the list should be there, but of course, as with most “top” lists, I don’t agree with a lot of the results. The real thing to remember here, of course, is that Rotten Tomatoes ranks the films (for the most part) by the TomatoMeter, and so you get a film like Beauty and the Beast being beaten out by 101 Dalmations, which is definitely on the lower end of quality with Disney animated films. I don’t agree with that much at all, but apparently, the TomatoMeter says otherwise. One can’t fret about such a thing, though. Such review compilations are always off to some degree. Still, as with most lists in the same realm, it’s a fun distraction.

Update: If you want, you can spoil the top ten right here, below, with some commentary.

10: The Nightmare Before Christmas
9: Who Framed Roger Rabbit
8: Chicken Run
7: Fantasia
6: Finding Nemo
4: Toy Story
3: Pinocchio
2: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
1: Toy Story 2

Toy Story 2? Seriously? The reason it’s #1 here is simple, though: it got the most positive reviews and the least negative reviews. It actually, according to Rotten Tomatoes, didn’t get a single negative review. Kind of surprising, if you ask me, but there it is.

I also have to object to Who Framed Roger Rabbit being on the list at all. It has animation in it… But why not include Mary Poppins as well? That certainly has a good amount of animation. Not to the same extent as ‘Roger Rabbit’, but the fact is that the majority of the film is live action, and all of the animation takes place within a real, live action world. I just don’t see the logic here. I don’t see it at all.

The 10 Most Talentless People In Movies

September 24, 2008

Over at The Movie, they have a list (don’t you just love pointless lists?) of The 10 most Talentless People In Movies. It’s an interesting list. See it here. I would agree with all of the people on the list, but I have to say, after Paris Hilton’s political ad, she deserves a little slack. Sure, I guess in the movies you could say she’s talentless, but she’s not a talenteless person. I think she proved that. Not to mention the infamous sex tape. There was some real talent! …Ok, some snark there, I’ll admit. But let’s be honest. I gained a lot of respect for her after her performance in that ad. You can watch the video here.

IGN Summer Movie Awards 2008

September 24, 2008

IGN has just released its Summer Movie Awards for 2008. You can read all the “winners” and the reasoning for them here. Not surprisingly, Favorite Villain went to Heath Ledger for The Joker, and Best Summer Movie went to The Dark Knight. Most of the categories are kind of useless. But not really anything different than what you would find at, say, the MTV Movie Awards, with categories like Best Kiss. Still, though it doesn’t really mean much at all in the grand scheme of things, it’s a bit of fun.

Eagle Eye – Hmm…

September 23, 2008

From the second I saw the trailer for Eagle Eye, I was just confused. Is Shia LaBeouf really trying to reinvent his image? What’s going on here? I mean, how do we go from this, or even this, to… well… this? Is it just me, or does he seem completely out of place? Maybe he’s just got such a juvenile demeanor that it’s difficult to imagine him playing anything outside of an awkward teenager. I mean, the trailer is alright. But is LaBeouf in the right place? I guess we’ll just have to wait and find out. Personally, I’m not too excited, and I don’t expect much. Maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised. Though considering the backing behind the movie (Steven Spielberg producing, for example), it probably won’t do too badly at the box office.

Watch the trailer.

I’m back! …Sort of

September 20, 2008

Well, I’m here in Washington now. I have access to my laptop. But I’m busy as all hell. I doubt I’ll have much time to do significant updates for a little while. This mostly concerns actual reviews. I’ll try to write daily commentary on things – trailers, upcoming films, news, etc – I want to keep bringing movie news here. So, if there’s anything significant to report, I’ll start reporting it. Even small or miniscule things. But I want to be more active on the site. That’s my goal. Hopefully it’ll come to fruition.

G’bye for now

September 14, 2008

First, I apologize for not being very active. I’ve been busy packing. I’m moving out to Washington (state), and it takes a lot of work. I’ll probably be gone for about the next week. Maybe a little less. But don’t worry, I’ll be back ASAP!
Take it easy, everyone. Watch lots of (good) movies!