12 Movies in a Minute

One of the joys of living in a city like Toronto is the number of cinemas withing striking distance of my office/home. I probably go to the movies twice a week, either planned or on a whim. I still get a little frisson of excitement when I sit down in front of the big screen. So just for fun  here is my take on the current crop in Toronto. As I mentioned in a previous blog I am no film critic, I just know what I like.  Brits – some of these may or may not be released in the UK yet.
 
Karate Kid  
yes                                                     
 
Knight & Day  
yes
                                               
Sex & The City  
Ummmm……………….okay yes
 
Toy Story 3
Yes with bells on
                                                     
Solitary Man 
okay
                                                 
The A Team  
A romp
                                                   
Get him to the Greek
Yes
                                  
Cyrus
Yes with bells on 
                                                               
The Sorcerers Apprentice
Okay
                        
Please give generously
Okay
                              
Despicable Me 
No
                                              
Robin Hood
Hell no
 
In more detail:
 
Karate Kid – After his last appalling film  (so bad can`t be bothered to look up the name) who`d have thought that Jackie Chan would choose such a great vehicle to profile his technical abilities, and all without too much danger of getting hurt. Jaden Smith terrific. The fundamental flaw –  as with the original –  is that the film is NOT about  karate. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SmmxvHLsKk
 
Knight & Day – Tom Cruise at his most enigmatic and funniest so who cares about the plot.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAAYcts4GrM
 
Sex & The City – I did this before in a previous post
 
Toy Story 3 – I won`t spoil the plot, but the plot made the movie. Assuming franchise is put to bed now as this storyline didn`t leave any loose ends up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_FfHA5whXc
 
Solitary Man – Michael Douglas playing the usual self centre egocentric character. Nicely done but a little intense and intelligent for someone as superficial as I. Danny Devito and Susan Sarandon nice side characters, with some new Scarlett Johanssen lookalike bird in the other  supporting role. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baLqGFCZZrU
 
The A Team – Who can resist Liam Neeson in the role of Didn’t actually like the series of the 70’s although did love George Peppard.  
Get him to the Greek – Russel Brandt might have disgraced himself on BBC radio 1 with Jonathan Ross last year but it doesn`t seem to have done his movie career any harm. I`m starting to wonder if he`s looking to get cast as `Jesus in an Easter special anytime soon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoILTG8UF-A
 
Please Give – It helps to be in a good place mentally when viewing as although quirky and intelligent, a tadge depressing. Starring – the as fresh and gorgeous as ever –  Amanda Peet and Kate Keener (not as fresh or gorgeous) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi9WlsYCr-k
 
Cyrus –  Brilliant and original. John C Reilly, Jonah Hill, Catherine Keener and Marisa Tomei; excellent and under publicised. Superb character acting although a little overdone in places. Filned like a fly-on-the-wall documentary with loaded pauses and spot-on timing that enhanced the palpable tension dynamics of the plot. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0G0bYpMQ-fI
 
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice – This is a Disney film so don’t expect too much however nice  scene referencing the original Disney “Fantasia” Sorcerer’s Apprentice; the one where Micky Mouse gets the mops and brooms to do his cleaning up. For the Disney cartoon version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2Rfriax4DY
 
Despicable Me – Had high hopes  for this with voices provided by Steve Carroll and  Jason Segal   (“Sarah Marshall`  and “I Love you Man).  Also starring the voices of Kristin Wigg, Russell Brand and Julie Andrews. Started well, but of course it is aimed at kids and the ending was incredibly silly, smaltzy and childish!! If you’re a bloke or under 18. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_rUbqbhUEQ
 
Robin Hood – Just awful – shame on you Russell Crowe. If you must…………………..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KH-ZptFWn34
 
 
ENJOY
Over and Out
 
COMING UP:

  • Society Cut-ups (AGO exhibit)
  • The Tall Ships have left Toronto Harbour
  • The Summer Cottage – A great Canadian Tradition
  • Rock & Blues Cruising Lake Ontario
  • An afternoon in Yorkville
  • A trip to Caledon
  • Baysfield – who knew?
  • Wine pairing in Niagara
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