Monday, May 28, 2012

Movie Reviews: Chronicle, Men in Black III, Cars 2


With very few exceptions, I don’t watch horror movies. I don’t like the sensation of being scared, and so I have little interest in spending time and/or money watching something that is primarily interested in scaring me. One of the consequences of this avoidance, however, is that I have no real experience with the increasingly popular “found footage” genre, which (other than Cloverfield and a few other minor films that I have not seen) is mostly contained to the horror genre. As a result, this approach—especially in the context of a superhero origin story—seemed fresh and interesting.

Chronicle is the story of how three relatively normal teenage boys gain superpowers. Andrew, played by Dane DeHaan, is shy and introverted, frequently bullied both at school and by his unemployed, alcoholic father. His cousin Matt (Alex Russell) is a stoner with a fondness for pretentious philosophy, but is still able to fit in much better than Andrew. Matt’s friend Stephen (Michael B. Jordan, of The Wire and Friday Night Lights) is an extroverted golden boy, good at seemingly anything he tries and an aspiring politician. One night at a rave that Matt convinces Andrew to attend, the three find a mysterious meteorite (or something….) that grants them the power of telekinesis. As the boys use their powers, they grow stronger and stronger, eventually allowing the boys to fly, lift cars, and more. But although the three become fast friends, all is not well with Andrew, who remains lonely and isolated.

Friday, May 25, 2012

The Year in Paul: 2000

What I’ve Seen

Almost Famous
American Psycho
Battle Royale
Best in Show
Chicken Run
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Dungeons & Dragons
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Miss Congeniality
Mission: Impossible II
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Pitch Black
Remember the Titans
Requiem for a Dream
Rugrats in Paris
Scary Movie
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle
The Emperor’s New Groove
The Endurance
The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas
Titan A.E.
29 Total