Friday, May 16, 2014

Weekend Movie Discussion: Million Dollar Arm, Godzilla

New Movie Releases Reviewed in 7 Words Each

Million Dollar (baby) Arm - What? You are not Godzilla. Silly movie.

Godzilla - Rawwr, Rawwr, roar, grrr, Rraarrrr, meow, Rawwr!

If you look carefully at the above reviews, you might be able to detect a subtle hint towards my priorities this weekend.

Million Dollar Arm sees a bunch of white guys, recruiting an Indian cricket player so that the white guys can continue living the good life. Jon Hamm will play one of the aforementioned white guys. A challenging role indeed. Additionally this is based on a true story, which I'm told makes it better in some way. Because it's now inspirational, I guess. Also Alan Arkin is there.

Speaking of movies based on true stories...

Who could ever forget the horrible events that inspired Godzilla. Those poor, poor people. I'm told this movie is also inspiring. Featuring Bryan Cranston, a former drug lord who has cleaned up his life and now likes reptiles. Especially if they are of a large girth. Aaron Taylor-Johnson does a lot of running around in the film. That's a Quicksilver joke. His role is pretty kick ass. That's a Kick-Ass joke. Um... John Lennon? Alright, done trying to fit in puns. 

I'm a huge Godzilla fan. I've watched all of them multiple times. I even used to watch, on occasion, the awful Jean Reno one, though I was just a kid who hadn't learned to distinguish between right and wrong at that point. And don't kid yourself that it was Matthew Broderick's film. Jean Reno's performance is the only thing that could possibly be said to have merit in the whole affair. At any rate, since that disaster there have been more documentaries about the kaiju, but none American. The time is right for redemption. 

It'll also be part of the 3-step punch to the not even quite mediocre Amazing Spider-Man 2, which has done well overseas, but under performed against its predecessors domestically. Next week will bring the new X-Men film and should pretty much lay Spidey in a bed of silk before lowering a pillow over his face. Too graphic? I blame the violence in comics and movies, and news like Roberto Orci directing Star Trek 3

Yeah, that last one leaves such a distaste in my mouth, you'd think I'd just drunk a 2 liter of aspartame. 

So what are your thoughts on the movies this weekend? 
♫ Tell me all your thoughts on God...zilla. ♫


  1. One thing I know for sure is that this Godzilla movie will be better than the last one. I could sneeze in a tissue and it would be better than the Reno one. Breaking Godzilla sounds pretty good actually.

  2. And Godzilla was pretty good! Saw it this afternoon. Not a perfect movie, but ten times better than the last one.

  3. What did you think of Godzilla? I was underwhelmed. It was okay but I didn't feel like there was much of a story, I didn't care about the characters. and Godzilla didn't kick enough butt. I would have liked more of Godzilla and maybe a few main characters that I cared it they lived or died doing something besides just getting from A to B.

    Am I alone in feeling this way?

  4. Godzilla is on the agenda this weekend. I hope it is a good as I've heard...


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