Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thunder Soul

This is one of my favorite documentaries in a year where I saw many good ones. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will make you want to get out of your seat and shake it - not that I ever do that but whatever.

The movie is about the incredible 70's Texas high school funk band led by the dapper Prof Johnson. As a tribute to the man, the former bandmates decided to reunite to honor the 92-year-old Prof. The movie tells that story as well as weaving in interviews about the golden days and plenty of great footage and music.

 Check out this trailer and you'll be convinced that you should see this movie.

Directed by Mark Landsman
2011
DVD

Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Cabin in the Woods

I'm glad I was able to avoid what this movie was about. And don't worry - I won't ruin it. It's a modern version of Scream (just typing that made me wince) but a lot less winking. Scream was good for 1996 but this takes that film and one ups it on the clever fun.

It's kind of a perfect tribute to the horror films that it is enamored with. I'm assuming Sam Raimi loves it. Every ominous sign of trouble ahead is perfect. The casting is perfect. The action is great. I just hope there are aren't three sequels in the works.

Directed by Drew Goddard
2012
34th St.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Kung Fu Panda 2

The boys didn't love this at first but were won over by the end. In particular, Otis was won over by the scene where Kung Fu Panda made the gorilla carry him up the stairs on his back. I think Otis was taking notes on how to get me to always carry him around.

The ambition of this movie is pretty intriguing. They could have just coasted on the good name of the first film but instead they created a dark tale of questioning one's identity and of evil turkeys.

I was a little bored by action scenes in this one though. I remember liking them a bit more in the first film. The boys liked the action scenes though and kept asking if Kung Fu Panda was going to fight when each scene began. 

Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson
2011
HBO