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Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D

Another movie review? Yea, I took Marcela up to Cobb at Dolphin Mall to catch another movie yesterday. We originally planned to see Hancock, but the 3D showing of “Journey to the Center of the Earth” caught our eye. Marcela had never been to a full length 3D movie, and I have been in the mood to watch family movies and adventure flicks so I was glad to check this one out.

Here are some of my thoughts on this movie:
We had a lot of fun just watching this movie and enjoying the 3D tricks. After the movie, my eyes became a little 3D weary and I got a slight headache, but that usually happens to me with 3D effects. The story was not at all deep (it was very loosely based on Jules Verne’s sci-fi novel of the same name but the characters used Verne’s novel as a guide underground). There wasn’t much in the way of acting, but Josh Hutcherson did do a very good job as a young teen actor playing the part of the nephew of geologist/professor Trevor Anderson. Trevor’s brother (the father of Sean) has been missing for 10 years. He disappeared while doing field research on seismic activity in Iceland. Brendan Fraser (the professor) delivered one cheesy line after another and pulled off his typical likeable portrayal of a lovable and somewhat sloppy bachelor character that he seems to play often. You must completely toss reality out the window in this movie to avoid being frustrated. For one of many possible annoyances with the lack of realism, the temperature in the world under ground is ranging from 85 to 120 degrees throughout their journey, yet they are barely breaking a sweat, they look like they are in the AC, and nobody has access to water. That said, the 3D effects and fun fantasy adventure made this an enjoyable kid movie, and was worth watching in the theater. Without the 3D, the movie was not worth admission. On the family-friendly side, this movie was very clean with the closest to a curse word being Fraser’s character exclaiming “look at all this shist” referring to some rock formation. It could be a little scary at times for a small child, but for kids over 6, I couldn’t see this being too bad. As a movie I would give this about 2.5 out of 5 points, but as a 3D movie, I would bump that up to a 3.5 out of 5.

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WALL-E

WALL-E has been alone on earth for 700 years, and he's lonely.

WALL-E has been alone on Earth for 700 years, and he's lonely.

Last night, Marcela and I caught the late showing of Disney-PIXAR’s WALL-E.  I had heard some good reviews about the movie, and the Internet Movie Data Base currently has a very high user rating for the movie.  The official movie site has some cool games, character background, and trailers.  This movie was very thoughtful, even showing that the more attached we become to technology, the less we are able to care for ourselves.  The movie focuses on a robot named WALL-E (Waste Allocation Lift Loader, Earth-Class) whose directive is to clean up the trash on Earth one little cube at a time.  Apparently he is the only robot left on the planet who is functional.  After all these years, he has developed a glitch which is a personality.  He repairs himself with spare parts from all the other “WALL-E” units that have broken down and has become a bit curious about things.  This leads him to become a pack-rat.  It’s also the first movie that I can think of in which a cockroach becomes a lovable character.  The animation is done as well as any movie I have seen before.  For the rest of the story, you will have to watch it yourself.  It’s a film that is completely family/kid friendly but is enjoyable for the adults to watch as well.  Marcela and I recommend this to anyone who likes sci-fi, love stories, technology, and “Disney stuff”.

If you want more info on this movie, this guy does a more detailed review that’s worth a look.

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Saturday Top 5: Sci-Fi Movies

For those that haven’t noticed, I like movies. Sci-Fi movies are particularly fun for me. For my list, I have almost completely eliminated Horror flicks from my list. I have also grouped franchises in one place and added a few honorable mentions. So here is my list of the top 5 Science Fiction movies ever made.

Honorable Mention:
2001: A Space Odyssey – It’s a bit of a slow film, and it can be a little bit confusing, but the music and scenery are amazing. The highlight of the movie may be the chimps learning to use weapons.

ET – How did they make such an ugly character so lovable? Only Spielberg could have pulled that one off.

Soylent Green – Chuck Heston stars in this film about a bleak future where populations are out of control and food is rationed by the government in little colored wafers. I won’t tell you what Soylent Green is made from, but I can tell you that it ain’t lettuce.

The Terminator – This franchise is about a computer system gone mad which sends a robot/android back through time to kill a future rebel leader while he’s a kid. The whole series has some great twists, action, characters, and quotes. “I’ll be back!”

#5. Planet of the Apes – Chuck Heston makes the list again with this sci-fi film about a crew of astronauts which land on a planet run by talking apes which have enslaved non-talking humans. What planet could this be? The end, like Soylent Green, is pretty dramatic with a major twist.

#4. Blade Runner – Harrison Ford stars as a bounty hunter/agent out to destroy some criminal replicants, androids that look, act, and think just like a real human. He has a test which can determine if they are real or impostors, but maybe he should try it on himself. This is a seriously good movie.

#3. Back to the Future – Michael J. Fox leads the way in this fun and funny 80’s franchise about time travel and the effects of tinkering with the past. These flicks tie in a bit of a western theme and actually predicts a World Series win by a Miami baseball team. This is a movie I can watch just about any time.

#2. Star Wars – Harrison Ford makes his second appearance in my list with a classic tale of good vs evil. I loved this whole franchise but I wasn’t to keen on Jar Jar. He may be one of the most annoying movie characters of all time (stay tuned for a future Top 5). One of the greatest heroes (Luke) and greatest villains (Darth Vader) have it out in this series. This movie franchise brought about the best special FX for it’s time.

#1. The Matrix – I love this franchise because of the way it values reality over the perception of what is reality of the characters. The heroes are fighting for a free world which is a hard existence as opposed to false reality which is a much easier and more pleasant life. The action and special FX, like Star Wars, are revolutionary. Much of the movie uses religious metaphor and imagery. The movies also have a running theme, that is that even though it seems that everything is destiny, you have a choice.

Think I missed something? You ask,”What about Star Trek, Alien, Minority Report, or Jurassic Park?”. If you think you can do better, make a list and I’ll gladly tell you why I am right.

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