Pirates of the Carribean: World's End
Finally, a 3rd sequel that was good! I have loved this entire series from the first movie. I think Orlando Bloom has something to do with it! :) This installment was a tad long at almost 3 hours and I would definitely recommend re-watching the first two movies before hand. I had no idea what was going on for the first half hour, they don't give you much back story. Keith Richards was freakin' hilarious. Even if you don't like the franchise, he'll make you laugh. If there was anyone who needed the least possible makeup to become a pirate, it's him. Stay until after the end credits for an extra scene, it's actually relevant, unlike the one at the end of Pirates II. When it comes out on DVD, it'll be cool to watch the three back to back.
A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland Indiana
Great throwback memoir to a quieter time. Kimmel is a master of metaphor and descriptive writing. It's a little sleepy to start but as you move through the book, the characters are fleshed out and the it starts to roll along. I was actually surprised when it ended, I was expecting more. Not for everyone, especially if you want a hectic plot, but for those of us who love language, it's a treat.
A Dirty Job
Love it, loved it, loved it! Took a little while to get into, because I didn't get some of the death lore in the begining, but the story explains what it's talking about so well, that it all started to make sense. Funny, laugh out loud at times, disturbing and creative, from his creative metaphors to his descriptions of San Francisco this guy is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I also really like the way he brings minor characters from previous novels into subsequent storylines. Minty Fresh, a great lesser character from Coyote Blue has a much larger role as a Death Merchant in this one. The fact that the evil forces of darkness are funny is great. Loved Charlie Asher and the whole concept of the Beta Male. A definite must read.
Shrek the Third
Oh when will I ever learn that seqels usually suck! It wasn't walk out of theatre bad, but I hardly laughed at all. The new improved animation tricks were pretty cool. The jokes were almost all geared toward adults, I have no idea how a kid could find anything to laugh at, although maybe the sight gags were enough. Justin Timberlake was pretty awful. The original Shrek is still the best, but I know I would go to another one if it were made. I am such a sucker!
Not as good as the first two. Still liked the first one the best. Too many villans, not enough plot, the usual contrivances. I don't even read the comic books and knew that it didn't ring true. Still like Toby and that Franco kid is pretty hot. The CGI stuff was cool, especially the black suit. I couldn't believe the age of some of the kids that were in the theatre. One of them, must have been around 3 or 4, fell asleep, the woke up with a start at a particulary violent part and started screaming. Poor kid, what were his parents thinking? Glad I saw it, but wouldn't see it again unless someone else chose to rent it as a dvd. Hopefully they'll stop at 3 and not kill it with a pointless 4th movie that has none of the original actors in it.
Laugh out loud hilarious. Well worth the price of admission and a second screening! I'm not usually a big fan of gore, but this film was so funny that the blood didn't bother me so much. Really want to see Shaun of the Dead now, just for the two actors who pair up again in this movie. Apparently they are best friends in real life. I've always loved films set in the UK and the southern sleepy village chosen was perfect. The fast paced shots and camera movements were interesting although a little hard on the eyes. Great, definitely go see it!