A blog post from Variety’s Editor In Chief, recently called Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, “Ben Stiller’s Art Movie”.  Having seen the movie now, I can see why. Even the first movie. The plot is simple but come on, after the first, did you really expect heart-wrenching oscar material?

Night At the Musuem, maybe not the greatest piece of film work. Nor does it try. It is a film that teaches you about history in a very entertaining way. Personally, I never knew that Abraham Lincoln, never lies; hence forth being referred to as  ‘honest Abe.”  Then again I’m Canadian and naturally fairly ignorant about American history. Its presented in an amusing and occasionally a superfluous manner at times.

We find our hero Larry Daley(Ben Stiller), living his dream of the being the head of his own company, walking around his office looking bored, and mopey. Which is what,  leads him to visiting the museum only to find it undergoing renovations, and discovers a lot of the old exhibits are being moved off to storage,  and to be updated with more updated technological versions.

Throughout all the hassle of the move, the Egyptian tablet ends up at the Smithsonian as well, leading to trouble with Kahmunrah (Hank Azaria). Who wants the tablet to open up the door to the underworld and release his army of the undead.  Daley, receiving an urgent phone call of help flies off to Washington D.C in search of the Smithsonian with the help of his son.  He soon finds out the Smithsonian isn’t just one buildings but multiple specialized buildings (i.e Air And Space). Throughout his adventure he encounters even more famous characters leading to more mini-history lessons.

Overall, this movie is a great family film for those parents who want to take they’re children to see something ’till Pixar’s Up, is released. For those that aren’t parents or 12 years old, there is always Star Trek, or Terminator.

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Movie Podcasts

May 20, 2009

I am a huge movie buff.  Well, more as in follows industry news, and watches a lot of movies. When it comes to the classics, I fall short…very short.  So, I rely on movie podcasts full of people who know a lot more about movies then I do. This way I can go back and talk to my co-workers as if I’m some movie god. Listed below are some I’ve started listening too, or have been for a while. Either way, they are all greatly recommended. By the way, al these podcasts can be found on iTunes.

Scene Unseen

First up, is Scene Unseen.  This podcast consists of one of two having seen the movie, and the other hasn’t. Which leads to some often funny discussion about the movie. My first one was the X-Men Origin: Wolverine Review. That one alone won me over.

More information can be found here:  www.sceneunseenpodcast.com

The /Filmcast

The /Filmcast is a podcast from the editors of the site, who do the typical movie podcast thing, news, discussion, etc, then leading to a review to a movie. Being a movie geek I can’t get enough movie discussion. I usually have things pointed out to me that I either missed originally  or just never would have thought of, either way it’s a great podcast with some great people. I really do recommend also listening to the After Dark series. I finally got around to taking the plunge and listening to one of those as well, and it’s hilarious. Having listened to one at the recently, I got the impression its more of a reader heavy segment. A reader asks a question after confessing some embarrassing or pretty funny story and asks the editors and guests to relate if it all possible. This leads to even more amusing stories.

More information can be found at:  www.slashfilm.com

Battleship Pretension

Another more unique podcast, that doesn’t talk much about movie news, or reviews. Focuses more on film discussion such as, when great directors make bad movies. The people are very witty, and funny. Highly recommend it.

More information can be found at:  www.battleshippretension.com

IGN’s Keepin It Reel

My one sellout recommendation cause I just love all the IGN podcasts…except for the music and the retro ones…but thats just because I’m not interested in those things.  Either way, it’s a great podcast with insightful discussion. Other then straight forward. Also, it’s amusing to see the editors try and make box office predictions and to later discuss how close/distant they were in the following week.

More information can be found at:  www.ign.com

Hope everyone gets as much enjoyment as I do!

Lets get one thing clear. This is just a listing of the movies I enjoyed,  over the past year. I don’t care if its ‘critical approved’, cause in the end its my opinion and thats what matters to  me.

Here we go in no particular order: Read the rest of this entry »

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