Chasing Amy (1997)

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I feel conflicted about this movie.  This conflict is reflected by the “drama” genre classification, as opposed to “comedy.”  The first 75 minutes were fantastically fun, comedic, and entertaining; the remainder was dramatic and full of crying, screeching, high-pitched arguing.  The latter did not please me.  It was not what I expected from a movie usually listed under the comedy genre.

The beginning was exactly the type of movie I was expecting and looking forward to.  The end was filled with so many stupid decisions and so much annoying yelling.  Although I do like the story, I didn’t like the execution.

My conclusion is that this movie should be watched when you’re in the mood for a serious movie, and not when you’re looking for a happier, more light-hearted romantic comedy.  I was looking for a romantic comedy, not this, when I watched it.

Warrior (2011)

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Tree Of Life (2011)

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Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011)

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Rubber (2010)


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Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)


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After much anticipation, I finally got around to seeing the latest Transformers movie.  I had pretty low expectations, but because Transformers was undoubtedly one of my favorites as a child, both because of the animated show and the toys, I had to go see it.  Of course I had to see it in IMAX 3D too, the way it was intended to be seen.

Well, what can I say?  It was without a doubt a Michael Bay movie.  Explosions, things battling, sparks flying, slow-motion camera work.  It was undoubtedly visually stunning, although the 3D movies always leave my eyes incredibly strained.  The biggest problem though wasn’t anything with the actual visual effects themselves or the technology.  The problem was that the shots and the battles were nothing new, nothing spectacular, nothing that I haven’t seen in the past; it was the same, just in 3D and with better CGI.  There was little to no innovation in terms of using the technology to produce something beyond my own imagination.  For this year’s non-stop action-packed adrenaline filled movies thusfar, this still pales in comparison to Fast Five.  The biggest point of redemption for me is that every time I see Optimus Prime show up and start crushing the opposing army, it makes me reminisce upon those childhood memories from the early G1 Transformers years:

Kup:  “Prime did it, he turned the tide.”

A side complaint:  The new movies did not have the musical genius of Stan Bush, which I can understand because songs like “Dare” and “The Touch” only happen once in a lifetime, but at least the last two had songs that I quite enjoyed.  “What I’ve Done” by Linkin Park was aptly chosen for the first movie and “New Divide” was specifically written for the 2nd movie.  This 3rd installment’s theme song was definitely sub-par and a poor choice; not only that, the entire soundtrack sounded like generic epic sci-fi battle music.  Steve Jablonsky might as well have saved himself the time and just used the music from the last two Transformers movies.  Either way, it’s not even close to the same level as Vince DiCola.

One surprising thing is that there was almost an entire hour of story building and development in the beginning of the movie.  It’s already more than I expected But again, still nothing new and nothing unpredictable or out of the ordinary.  I wish that the production of a visually stunning movie didn’t have to coincide with unoriginal and uninspiring story lines.  Even when I saw Avatar, it merely reminded me of Ferngully (which I need to re-watch again because I enjoy it so much).

In conclusion, this isn’t even the best action movie of the summer, and if you had to spend money, I’d recommend going matinee as I did.  Also, the new girl is not nearly as hot as Megan Fox, but she probably is smarter in real life.

Goodburger


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So, I’ve been eyeing this place ever since I knew it existed.  It brings back fond memories of Keenan & Kel, and it also begs the question, what ever happened to Kel?  Overdosed on orange soda is my guess.  Anyways, I thought I’d give it a try for lunch since it’s not far from my office.

I’m not sure whether it lived up or not to my expectations.  The setting and atmosphere was definitely a let down.  It was modern, almost like a pub with its wooden walls, rather then cheap and covered in white tiles like in the show.  It was clean and civilized, and I most definitely was NOT greeted with “Welcome to Goodburger, home of the Goodburger, can I take your order?” by the first employee I saw behind the counter.  This without a doubt was a let down.

However, the food quality I suppose did exceed my expectations.  I was expecting the worst burgers in the world, since that’s how I imagined they would taste like from watching the show as a teenager.  I ordered the single burger with crispy onions and cheese and it was quite delicious, though the actual meat seemed a little on the small side.  But all in all, it was a complete and satisfying tasting burger.  I also ordered a side of cheese fries, which surprised me pleasantly since it was made with real cheese and not that nacho cheese dip stuff that you often get.  It was delicious when I first got it, melting hot with ooey-gooey deliciousness all over the plate of shoestring fries.  I think there were even two kinds of cheese used.

Good food, not Keenan & Kel-type atmosphere, combined with moderate prices and relatively slow service for a “fast food” makes this establishment an okay choice for dining.  You won’t really be disappointed, but don’t expect it to change your life at all.  There’s nothing really memorable about the place; you’ll probably just remember that you ate at some imaginary food chain which was introduced by a 90’s Nickelodeon show.  But I did quite enjoy the cheese fries.