Friday, March 30, 2012

A Short List Of Movies Or Films Without Full Reviews: part 9

As a lover of cinema, I watch a lot of stuff. Sadly, I don't have the time, energy or even desire to write reviews for everything I see. Rather than to just continue to let these movies sit on a list, I've decided to post them here with a rating and maybe a little word or two. If you trust my judgement or agree with me on my decisions, then maybe this will be helpful to you in finding some keen new stuff to watch. I think it will also free up my mind a bit to see a much shorter list of things to review in the future. That being said, here we go!


The Captains

A documentary about the 'Star Trek' captains hosted by William Shatner? Yes, please. That was my feelings going into it, coming out of it I learned some things. 1) Patrick Stewart is just as cool off screen as he is on. William Shatner will always be the same. Scott Bakula is awesome. Avery Brooks is a weird-o. Chris Pine is kind of pretentious and Kate Mulgrew is pretty normal, for theater folk. This was entertaining and being a closet fan of 'Trek' for my whole life, it was a nice trip down memory lane. Also, I know that Jeffrey Hunter has been dead for quite a while, but they should have at least done a tribute or something. He WAS the original captain. All in all, 3 out of 5 stars and 4 out of 5 for hardcore 'Trekkies'.


The Rocker

I've been a Rainn Wilson fan since I first saw him in 'House of 1000 Corpses'. Since then, I've followed his career and seen him appear on some of my favorite shows. So, when I heard about this movie, I figured it was a no brainer.... I was going to love it. In the end, it was just 'okay'. I learned to appreciate Emma Stone a lot more and Rainn had some funny moments, but it just never went above and beyond. If you dig music and some light comedy, this is for you. 3 out of 5 stars.


The Hollywood Complex

This movie seemed like it was going to be a trainwreck of bad parenting, but overall the parents and kids were fairly normal. The overall feel of this documentary was positive. The only people portrayed negatively were some of the talent scout people. To me, this was more a realistic look at the kids who want to be stars and the fact that it's next to impossible. A pretty well done documentary, in my opinion. 3 out of 5 stars.

(no trailer available.)


The Zombie Diaries

"The best zombie movie ever." Is what the poster claims. I beg to differ. This isn't even close to that title. Granted, it was better than quite a few of them, it just didn't hold up all the way through. As a matter of fact, I was severly let down by the ending. I have also put the sequel WAY back on the back burner after finishing this movie. I had such high hopes, only to have them dashed on the rocks. This movie does not come highly recommended. 2 out of 5 stars.


Comic Book Confidential

I was a comic book collector for many years. I still have the majority of my comic books, at least the ones that haven't gone missing. Everything about them is cool. The art, the stories the characters.... it's the stuff of daydreams. Now, this documentary isn't a recent one. It's from 1988. Sometimes it gets a little weighted down by it's age, but it still is a pretty awesome collection of interviews and details about some of the more influential comics of my lifetime. Well worth the watch for comic book fans and non-fans alike. 4 out of 5 stars.


Land of the Lost (2009)

Before I write anything, let me just say that this movie isNOT for kids. Unless you don't care about censoring bad language from your youngsters. Other then that, this movie is quite a bit of fun. I found myself giggling out loud at quite a few things that happened. This movie isn't going to change the face of comedy, but I don't think anyone thought it would. It's fun and that's it. T-rex steals the show. 3 out of 5 stars.


Chasing Ghosts: Beyond The Arcade

If you've seen 'The King of Kong', then you really need to see this movie too. It's got a lot of the same people and themes, but it focuses a specific group of games.... not just a couple of them going head to head. It captures a place in time that will never happen again. If you've ever wondered what happened to the 'professional' games of the 80's, this is the documentary for you. Very well done and very engaging. 4 out of 5 stars.


The Amityville Haunting

This is not good. That is all. 1 out of 5 stars.


CNBC: Game On! The Unauthorized History Of Video Games

For a special on CNBC, it was pretty good. It covers the origins of video gaming and takes you through the entire history up to about 2006. Very comprehensive and kind of fun. However, it is not the be all end all bible of video gaming. After all, it was just a TV special. 3 out of 5 stars.

(no trailer available, but you can watch the whole special on Netflix and


The Last Broadcast

I waited over a decade to see this movie. It came out the same time as 'The Blair Witch Project' and is said to be the predecessor of it. I don't care which one came first, because this one was not good. It started out okay, but the ending was so lame and pointless that I wish I had waited another decade to submit myself to it. This is, simply, a giant trainwreck of garbage. It can't even hold a candle to 'The Blair Witch Project'. Avoid this one. 1 out of 5 stars.

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