Skip to main content

Drive Thru Review (2012) - (2)

The Drive Thru Review is that work-in-progress compilation of the year's reviews that I just couldn't quite get time to devote full reviews to. But fear not, for these short summary reviews are up and ready. Please pull forward...

Breathless: A Texas housewife turns murderess after discovering that her criminal husband was planning on keeping the take from a big robbery all to himself, but finds her options quickly shrinking as a concerned sheriff and a tenacious private detective show up determined to crack the case.
Director: Jesse Baget
Starring: Val Kilmer, Ray Liotta, Gina Gershon

Hilarious, gory, and oh-so-appealing on every level, this Coen Brothers-styled comedy by Jesse Baget keeps you watching in a way that so few other films could. It’s ingeniously written and marvelously paced. And, no, you can't predict where it's headed, I guarantee. This was one of my most satisfying viewing experiences of this year. And Gina Gershon is an absolute, toe-tingling sensation! A+
Watch Trailer

Paranormal Activity IV: It has been five years since the disappearance of Katie and Hunter, and a suburban family witness strange events in their neighborhood when a woman and a mysterious child move in.
Director: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Starring: Katie Featherston, Kathryn Newton, Matt Shively

And it could be it five more years - or five hundred years - and we still couldn’t care less. Since the first spine-tingling movie (which wasn’t a great movie, but did scare us), each in the series has gone down hill a little further, but this doozie is more than a dud; it’s a bore, wrapped in irrelevance, that should come with guarantee not to cause nightmares. It’s not only slow, but totally devoid of scares or surprises even on a superficial level. At the beginning, we quickly tune out and don’t tune back in at any point along the way. This is easily one of the worst films of the year in that in does NOTHING that it sets out to do. F
Watch Trailer

Hotel Transylvania: Count Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a human boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teen-aged daughter.
Director: Genndy Tartakovsky
Starring: Adam Sandler (voice), Kevin James (voice), Andy Samberg (voice)
Animation | Comedy | Family

It starts to entertain us like a Halloween movie should, but then becomes a hip-hop, hyperactive, rapping vampire teen romance with no climax or thrills. This is how movies are these days--loud, clamorous, twitchy, and self-important. C-
Watch Trailer

The Odd Life of Timothy Green: A childless couple bury a wooden box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for their would-be child. Soon, a child is born, but new arrival Timothy is not all that he appears to be.
Director: Peter Hedges
Starring: Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, CJ Adams
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

It’s supposed to be a comedy about two aspiring parents who seem to have gotten a wish come true, but in reality, it’s like something Stephen King would put out, something disturbing and not a little sappy. C-
Watch Trailer

Moonrise Kingdom: A pair of preteen lovers flee their New England town and head out to live in the woods, which causes a local search party and their troubled parents to fan out and find them.
Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray
Comedy | Drama | Romance

It’s a whimsical work by Wes Anderson, alright, but it’s one of the most overrated movies this year. The humor is well-placed and the story is ardently written, but this tale of two preteens learning about themselves and each other is only a must-see for Wes Anderson fans or those who love any of the film’s stars. B-
Watch Trailer

Premium Rush: A bicycle courier in Manhattan must deliver a package across town, but is relentless pursued by a dirty cop for reasons he does not know.
Director: David Koepp
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez
Action | Thriller

It's a fairly entertaining action-thriller with a better first half than second, but will prove worth the watch for most viewers. Its sophomoric tone and ultimate lack of decisive writing that measures up to more mature audiences brings it down a notch. C+
Watch Trailer


Popular posts from this blog

When Jesus Turns Down the Glory: 10 Worst Ever Christian Songs

It’s a sad testimony when even the creator of a thing realizes that the product isn’t what it was intended to be. Well, actually it’s a good thing. It just doesn’t happen often enough. The Christian music industry is, shall we say, not up to par with where its admirers (and even creators and ardent well-wishers) would hope it would be. And when even the average believer realizes that their music is not market-cornering stuff, all should know that there is a problem.

Now not all Christian music sucks (you might even find a few rock songs from artists like Petra on Joe Holman’s ipod that he still sometimes listens to and enjoys), but what makes the stuff that does suck suck is that what sucks sucks for a number of different reasons. We begin the countdown going from best of the worst to absolute worst...

The Top 5 Most Powerful Beings in Sci-fi (Part I of II)

It’s a subject that is rarely tackled in any form outside of random questions on a message board, but here we will devote a sensible examination of it. Who – what – is the most powerful being anywhere in every realm of sci-fi or fantasy ever dreamt up by a finite human being? I’ve been contemplating this subject since I was 8 years old. At 39, it hasn’t left my mind. That means several things; (1) I’m a fucking geek. (2) I’ve invested enough of my life pondering this for it to qualify as an obsession.

As with all “Most” anything lists, we are faced with several problems, one of them being limited source material. A couple of these only made one or two brief appearances somewhere and that is all we have to go by. But sometimes, those situations let our imaginations go into overdrive and give us even more creative fun. The mystery tends to add to the experience of contemplation.

The Top 5 Most Powerful Beings in Sci-fi (Part II of II)

#1) The Douwds – From Star Trek The Next Generation

Claim to fame: This Douwd went from pacifist to mass murderer of 50 billion in a single moment of anger. He appears to hold the record for most murders in all of sci-fi.
Abilities: Just about unlimited.
Nature: True immortals.

Our winner, debatably edging out number #2, is a mysterious race of beings called the Douwds. We only get to meet one of their kind in a single episode (#51, season 3 - see the condensed version here) called “The Survivors.” It was one of the very best of any season. What little we know of this illusive race “of disguises and false surroundings” only adds to our fascination with them.

When the Enterprise gets an urgent distress call from a federation colony on Delta Rana IV about an attacking alien warship, they head over as fast as they can, but they are days away. By the time they arrive, it is too late. All are dead and the planet has been literally leveled…with the sole exception of one house and the small pa…