Cinema Misfits, Episode 57: Total Recall, Moonrise Kingdom, To Rome with Love, and Brave

6 ‘N 90!  Da Man reviews six films in ninety seconds!″

Total Recall.  Is this remake good enough to make audiences forget the Schwarzenegger version?″

Moonrise Kingdom.  One thing’s for sure, there’s only one Wes Anderson.  And maybe that’s a good thing.″

To Rome with Love.  Maybe Woody Allen should send a little of that love toward the audience.″

Brave.  Does Pixar’s latest effort hit the bull’s eye, or is it a little wide of the mark?″

Thanks for listening!  We’ll be back in two weeks.
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2 thoughts on “Cinema Misfits, Episode 57: Total Recall, Moonrise Kingdom, To Rome with Love, and Brave

  1. You guys are a tough crowd! Perhaps my mood was influenced by my NBA team The Miami Heat winning a championship later on the night which I saw it, but I thought Moonrise Kingdom was the best movie I’ve seen this year. It was touching, funny and looked great too. I take it none of you are JD Salinger fans, but I think Wes Anderson at his best (meaning this movie and The Royal Tenanbaums) really captures the spirit and panache of those Salinger short stories.
    Here are my two cents…
    After tepid reviews of my two favorites of this year Moonrise Kingdom and Batman I’m hesitant to ask, but have you seen The Intouchables yet? I’m curious how that stacks up for you guys.

    • The thing about Moonrise Kingdom is, I don’t think any of us went in expecting to like it at all, and because of that, it kind of caught us a little off guard. Sure there are things that didn’t work for us, but I think there was as much or more (characters, situations, look of film, unexpected moments) that we did like. And while we might have been ambivalent about some of the movie, we still appreciated that Moonrise Kingdom isn’t just another assembly line widget of a film cranked out by Hollywood.

      My favorite kind of movie-going experience is when I start out disliking a film, but by the time it ends, come around to understanding and enjoying it. That didn’t quite happen with Moonrise Kingdom, but still, while it’s always great to see a movie that completely meets and fulfills your expectations, occasionally it’s a more rewarding and richer experience to be challenged and confounded by a film. If nothing else, you find yourself going back to it days later, still trying to make sense of it.

      Haven’t seen Intouchables yet, but it might turn up in the future.

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