Friday, February 7, 2014

Weekend Movie Discussion: The Lego Movie, The Monuments Men, Vampire Academy

In memory of Philip Seymour Hoffman, let us reflect on what was possibly his greatest role. I speak of course of Chuck in My Boyfriend's Back. He got eaten in that movie. Alright, that may not have been his best role but it spoke well to the versatility of his acting prowess. Able to do comedy as flawlessly as drama. 

Now onto the weekend...

3. Vampire Academy - Because people just can't get enough of the happy, friendly vampires, here's a new film based on a book about teenage vamps. This time they attend a wizarding vampire school where there's peril and undoubtedly love stories. God I hope there's a werewolf triangle in there somewhere. If you didn't catch the irony in my tone I'll be more blunt: Blech. 

2. The Monuments Men - On paper sounds good. In practice... I've heard/read some negative reviews about it. I was likely to wait for home viewing anyway and that's where it'll stay.

1. The LEGO Movie - Okay, yes, I'm a grown man. I admit that. And yes, I've been dying to see the Lego movie. They've already started turning the wheels on a sequel, which doesn't mean the film is good, just profitable. However the optimist in me chooses to believe it might just be the greatest movie of all time. Of all time.

Also out this week in limited release is A Fantastic Fear of Everything, starring Simon Pegg. The film came out a couple years ago in the UK, but didn't reach the US till now. It's got some mixed reviews, leaning towards not so great. Personally I saw the film last year and felt it was quirky, humorous, and yes, more than a little odd. It's been awhile since I saw it, but I believe my main issue with it was that it was unbalanced. Parts of it were excellent, but it was like the writer couldn't decide what he wanted the film to be. Like jamming three different films together and hoping they make one. It's still worth at least a viewing though, especially if you're a fan of Pegg.

So what's on the horizon for your weekend? Building a movie brick by brick? Going to rescue some art from Nazis? Had enough vampire movies suck jokes yet?

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