As I’ve done before, here are my quick takes on the genre-related films I’ve watched in the last several weeks…
- Inglourious Basterds (2009) – Quentin Tarantino’s alternate history Nazi story is so characteristically Tarantino that you can’t help but like it, even if the pacing of each vignette was a bit repetitious.
- Where The Wild Things Are (2009) – Watching this felt like indulging a bratty kid having a tantrum. And how do you make an unlikable child? Plus, he has a poor imagination; his imaginary friends are as surly and unlikable as he is.
- Zombieland (2009) – A decent zombie comedy, even if it’s aimed at teenagers. Best part was a laugh-out-loud surprise cameo that was hilarious in its self-deprecation.
- Ponyo (2009) – This may not be the best Hayao Miyazaki film, but this charming story of a magical goldfish who wants to be human is still worth watching for it’s excellent animation.
- Hancock (2008) – The story of a drunken, down-and-out superhero trying to change his image with the help of a public relations man comes close to having elements of wonderful comic book cheesiness, but that’s sadly overshadowed by blatant disregard for logic after an otherwise promising mid-film plot twist.