Tag Archives: Adventure

Curse of the Were-Rabbit: Gorgeously Cheesy

SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY HOPS.  Here’s a few numbers for you: 2.8 tons of Plasticine in 42 colors were used for the characters and the miniature sets, of which there were 30; it took 44 pounds of glue every month to hold the sets together; the filmmakers got 3 seconds of footage every day and … Continue reading Curse of the Were-Rabbit: Gorgeously Cheesy

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

A JEDI SHALL NOT KNOW ANGER. NOR HATRED. NOR LOVE. The second Star Wars movie in the second series brings us ten years into the future after the events in The Phantom Menace (1999). The foundation to Anakin’s fall is laid during his teens when he grows arrogant and opens himself up to the forces of evil. Meanwhile, the … Continue reading Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

FANTASY BECOMES REALITY.  In 2065, scientist Aki Ross is looking for spirits that could destroy creatures that are tormenting the people of Earth, but a general has dangerous plans of his own. Plenty of critics liked this space adventure, but to me this is nothing but another video game disastrously adapted for the big screen. … Continue reading Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

The Incredibles: It’s a Family Affair

SAVE THE DAY. In 1999, there was a film called The Iron Giant. It was an animated tale about a boy who ran into a being from outer space, a gigantic figure made of iron. The giant was befriended by the boy, but the grown-ups feared it was nothing but a massive weapon of mass destruction … Continue reading The Incredibles: It’s a Family Affair

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES. As Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) begins his third year at Hogwarts, authorities are looking for a convict who could be hiding somewhere near the school. The third entry in the series introduces a visually creative director, and it shows. There’s a certain edge but it’s all getting a bit repetitious by … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) is trying to find the powerful Pandora’s box before it falls into the hands of an unscrupulous scientist. When it was time to put together a sequel to the 2001 movie, director Jan De Bont must have thought, “why not turn this into another Raiders of the Lost Ark”? Then he … Continue reading Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

SOMETHING EVIL HAS RETURNED TO HOGWARTS! Summer holidays are over and it’s time to go back to Hogwarts where the apprentice wizards find out that the Chamber of Secrets threatens to destroy the school. This dark sequel to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone came a year later and the two movies are pretty similar. Boastful professor Gilderoy … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Inspector Gadget

THE ULTIMATE CRIME FIGHTING TOOL. When security guard John Brown (Matthew Broderick) is seriously injured, the authorities see their chance to turn him into a hi-tech crime fighter… This movie version of the entertaining TV cartoon (1983-1985) is noisy and unfunny; left with writing this boring, the filmmakers have unfortunately felt the need to pace … Continue reading Inspector Gadget

Lara Croft Tomb Raider

BORN INTO WEALTH. GROOMED BY THE ELITE. TRAINED FOR COMBAT.  Adventurer Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) fights a secret society called the Illuminati that is trying to locate a talisman that gives its possessor the ability to control time. At least the game on which this movie is based is likely to engage its audience rather … Continue reading Lara Croft Tomb Raider

A Knight’s Tale

HE WILL ROCK YOU. Sometime in the 14th century, a squire (Heath Ledger) assumes a knight’s title and jousts his way into a girl’s heart while also challenging a competitor (Rufus Sewell). A movie with intentional anachronisms; apparently, people used to dance to Bowie’s “Golden Years” in the Middle Ages. That silliness works to some … Continue reading A Knight’s Tale

The Mummy Returns

ADVENTURE IS REBORN. Adventurer Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser), his wife Evelyn (Rachel Weisz) and their son run into the mummy again, but all of them must also do battle with the mighty Scorpion King. I dare the writer-director to explain the story of this movie. Well, there is none; the actors engage in pointless fights all … Continue reading The Mummy Returns