Thursday, May 29, 2008

Review Archive

Here are a couple of older reviews I wrote that I never put up anywhere.

War of the Worlds: Why does Tom Cruise have to be the best damn whatever-he-is in every friggin' movie? In this movie, he's a dock worker. The best damn dock worker in the world. He's the only one, according to his boss, that can move 40 containers in an hour. Top 1%. Top gun. Then he drives his car to his house, and he makes the best damn left hand turn anyone's ever made. Top 1%. Top gun. Morgan Freeman narrates this movie, which needs an omniscient narrator like it needs a 45 year old housewife trapped in a 10 year old's body. Which brings us to Dakota Fanning. The child inside her is dead, as evidenced by those cold soulless eyes. Good lord those eyes. She is also the most annoying screamer in the whole wide world. Anyway, here is the structure of the movie. Aliens attack. Dakota Fanning screams so loud my teeth hurt. Tom Cruise yells at her to shut up. They find a way to get out and, oh look, they found a safe area. Then aliens attack. Dakota Fanning screams so loud my face hurts. Tom Cruise yells at her to shut up. They run. Repeat until end of movie. The alien tripods look awesome, and some of the individual sequences are cool (the train, the initial attack, the first 75 minutes of the tentacle camera thing) but they don't really add up to anything more. Plus, the movie is bleak and unrelenting. I was shocked by how dark it was (river of corpse, anyone?) but it just felt too oppressive. Also, the Tom Cruise character does something morally repugnant and unredeemable, but the movie doesn't seem to think it's all that big of a deal. Just another decision that parents have to make. Probably because he is morally repugnant in a way that noone has been before. Top 1%. Top gun. Then Dakota Fanning screams.

Batman Begins: The first hour is over-serious and kind of boring. But then Batman fights ninjas, which super redeems everything. "Batman vs. ninjas" has to be in the top five hardest things to mess up, along with grilled cheese and the slam dunk contest. In fact, I can't think of a single movie that would not benefit from a Batman fighting ninjas scene. Casablanca? Great movie. But what if Rick turned out to be Batman and, in the final scene (pre-"hill of beans" speech), had to fight off Nazi ninjas before seeing Ingrid off? It would be head-explodingly good. Batman Begins does fall prey to the Spiderman issue where people say things to the protagonists that they would only say to people who they knew were superheroes. ("Why do we fall? So we can pick ourselves up again." Insert masturbatory gesture.) But Gotham City looks awesome and The Scarecrow is really good and the batarangs don't look goofy. And the last scene when Gordon hands Batman the thing-with-the-thing= awesome! Also, Christian Bale is a pretty pretty man.

New Blog Yay!

Hello gang. My name is Kumail Ali and I am a New York based comedian. And this is my blog about movies. Yup. Just movies. What if I wanna talk about a really cool song I heard? Well, I can't do it here. What if something really major happened in my personal life and all I wanted was to share it with the rest of the internetted world? Not in this blogspace, buster. Yes, I just called myself buster.

Oh, I named the blog after this awesome stock sound effect scream thing called The Wilhelm Scream. Read about it here.

Fascinating isn't it? Look at all the movies that use it!

Watch this compilation of movies using the scream.

I love that the giant ant attack movie, Them, uses it like a hundred times. Yup, giant ants. And I know an ant as big as a dog would be considered a giant ant. But these ants are as big as trucks. So, pretty fuckin giant. Chances of humanity's survival = zero. Ants can lift 80 times their own body weight. So an ant the size of a truck can life 80 trucks. Given, of course, that an ant the size of a truck would weigh as much as a truck. Or that a truck the size of an ant would weight as much as an ant.

See, these are the kinds of vaguely comprehensible insights you can expect from this blog. Oh, and my Indiana Jones review. That's next.