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Aug 24, 2007

Cleanup time

A little bit of everything here, as I type this at 1:00 AM, just 10 hours before embarking on a trip to Sin City. First off, a couple (really) short reviews:

Fletch's Film Review: The Simpsons Movie

There's a good reason it's taken this long to come up with something for this review: there really isn't much to say about it. The Simpsons Movie is exactly what it was supposed to be, and just as you'd expect. It's a long, well-done (yet still obviously past its prime) episode. Clocking in at just shy of 90 minutes, it's considerably longer than a 22-minute TV version, and the scope and size of the story are big without feeling too big (in other words, you can tell they were trying hard to make it BIG, but it doesn't feel too forced or hackneyed or go beyond the scale it should).

As usual, Homer f*cks up his family and his town at large, and it is up to him to realize how much he needs his family to help clean up after him. There's the usual scads of puns, non sequitirs, political jabs, physical comedy, and on and on. Many jokes hit, many miss - none too much in either direction. There's a few voice over cameos (Green Day, Albert Brooks) and most (but not all) of your favorite characters are featured in at least some small way.

Solid, if unspectacular.

Fletch's Film Rating:

"You seem a decent fellow. I hate to kill you."

Thursday's Things to Click On

Let's just ignore the fact that it will be Friday when you read this, ok? It's still non-technically Thursday night to me. Thanks.

* If you check back to this site constantly over the next 72 hours or so...there's still a 99.9% chance you'll never see me. But it's probably worth it to try.

* Cool, interesting poster for an upcoming movie about sex trafficking. (Movie Poster Addict).

* Intermission at Work writes my Superbad review for me. (Okay, not really - I'm sure I'll do one as well. In the meantime, check out his site.)

* Like redheaded actresses? The Critical Critics count down their favorites.


Just the major releases here...

Jason Statham is making it really hard for me to be a fan of his. Snatch? Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels? Hell yeah! The Transporter? Um, ok - it has its moments. Just about anything since? Gimme a break, man. Either make a good action flick or go back to just making some quality.
Fletch's Chance of Viewing (in the theater): 3%

The Nanny Diaries
Wow - this got buried. I thought this was supposed to be a big hit, a breakout vehicle for star Scarlett Johannson. Guess not. She and a stable of quality co-stars (Laura Linney, Paul Giamatti, Alicia Keys, Chris Evans) will just have to be satisfied with a $10M box office take. Ouch.
Fletch's Chance of Viewing (in the theater): 1%

Mr. Bean's Holiday
If you have yet to see the trailer for this, I implore you to turn off your TV, avoid the theater altogether, and turn off your computer (after reading this, naturally) as soon as possible. I am already 14% dummer after having seen it. Have I mentioned that August sucks yet?
Fletch's Chance of Viewing (in the theater): -35%

Resurrecting the Champ
This thing slipped through my radar completely. I've still yet to see a trailer or ad for it. Odd, considering it stars Sam Jackson (apparently actually acting here, judging by the plot) and Josh Hartnett and has been received well by the voters at IMDb (8.1/10 so far). If Mrs. Fletch liked sports, we'd probably check this out; as it is, I can wait till cable.
Fletch's Chance of Viewing (in the theater): 11%

4 people have chosen wisely: on "Cleanup time"

Matt said...

I still like Jason Statham. I thought Crank was a lot of fun even if it did sometimes make me feel dizzy.

With the exception of War, I have little/none interest in any of the movies in your list. Mr. Bean is dead to me.

Jason Soto said...

I agree about Crank, I thought that was an awesome and fun movie.

And don't be so harsh on Mr. Bean. He's still pretty freakin' hilarious.

joen05 said...

Thanks for another plug! I actually enjoyed War, so maybe you can check it out and see. Of course I saw it for free, so that may have helped...

Fletch said...

I'll have to give Crank a chance. I admit, it looked mildly appealing.

But I can't say the same about Bean...