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The Hangover – Minute Movie Review

Mittwoch, September 29th, 2010


Having your bachelor party two days before the wedding in Las Vegas is a bad idea – especially when the groom-to-be is missing. So the three friends try to figure out just what the hell happened in their night of debauchery and hilarity ensues. No, seriously, it actually ensues. Despite nothing in the film actually being particularly funny, the film as a whole is quite hilarious – no idea how they pulled that off. Probably by being better craftspeople than I am.

Random Observations:

The Hangover at the IMDb

Zach Galifianakis, of the unpronounceable name, is probably the funniest ingredient in this very entertaining film. He plays the not-all-there brother-in-law of groom-to-be Justin Bartha.

I wonder: is Bradley Cooper in any way related to Chris Cooper? Probably not, but the new IMDb design doesn’t allow me to painlessly look it up. And it would be very funny if it were the case. So I am just going to pretend that he is Chris’ son.

The comedy here is painted in such broad strokes, that it is sure to appeal to almost everyone.

Hellboy II: The Golden Army – Minute Movie Review

Sonntag, September 20th, 2009


The Hellboy sequel, now that typical comic book movie origin story is out of the way, dives right into the action and profits from it. Elven prince Nuada is sick of the humans taking earth for themselves and wants to raise the Golden Army again to wage war on them, something which Hellboy and his colleagues from the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense are strongly against. The story is not really the main point to the film, though, but rather the striking imagery is. Guillermo del Toro once more proves that he may be the most visually creative director working right now in a two hour thrill ride from stunning set piece to stunning set piece. The film is oddly beautiful in its ugliness and the special effects are striking. If you like great images with comic book stories, this is the film to watch.

Random Observations:

Hellboy II: The Golden Army at the IMDb

Especially impressive is the make-up that is used to make the human actors into a wild array of “monsters”. Nobody really looks like themselves anymore.

I really enjoyed the way the back story was told. Sure, it was a rather cheap trick, but well handled.

Lots and lots of foreshadowing for a possible third film throughout this one.

Minute Movie Review – Hellboy

Montag, März 30th, 2009


When the Nazis open a portal to hell with the help of legendary sorcerer Rasputin, something gets out, before the Americans can stop it – Hellboy. Sixty years later, he works for the FBI and has to stop a plot by a resurrected Rasputin to bring Armaggedon about. Based on the comic book series, “Hellboy” is an extremely stylish movie. It lacks, however, three-dimensioanl characters and Rasputin isn’t a great villain. Nevertheless, the film is entertaining and the plot just interesting enough to focus ones attention, allowing the oversight of some gaping plot holes.

Random Observations:

Hellboy at

The film spawned a sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, that was better received critically.

The look of the movie reminded me a lot of director Guillermo de Toro’s next film, El Laberinto del fauno.

Ron Perlman is completely unrecognizable under the Hellboy make-up.