MOVIES I'VE SEEN LATELY...

Me and Marilyn went to the movies this weekend, which was a treat, since we don't get there too often these days. We saw Horton Hears A Who! because of A. Marilyn's involvement with the website, B. We knew someone at Blue Sky (the guys that made the movie), and C. Because of a general love for Dr. Seuss material. So here's that and a few other reviews...

HORTON HEARS A WHO!: Blue Sky's latest 3d animated movie is based on a Dr. Seuss classic, and I have to say they did a pretty good job. Not only did they faithfully adapt the book, they expanded the content in fun and innovative ways. All the voice talents were good, with Jim Carrey as Horton and Seth Rogen as Morton being my favorites. I'd say it was Blue Sky's best so far, and would totally recommend it for children of all ages, and you adults, too!

MY KID COULD PAINT THAT: This documentary about a 4 year old who does these wonderful abstract paintings and the controversy it causes had me on the fence. While I dug the idea that this kid was painting stuff that was as good if not better than the masters of abstract art, and how part of the message was questioning that form of art, I thought the overall direction of this doc was too loose. The director just didn't seem to grasp which slant he wanted to go in. Even the people in it were questioning him, which proved to be a distraction. It's an interesting watch though so if anyone sees it let me know what you think.

HALLOWEEN: The Rob Zombie version that is. I'm not sure what all the bellyaching is about here. I thought this was a fine retelling, and this comes from a fan of the series. He gave an interesting reason for Michael Myers' origins, expanding on the character more than the whole rest of the series did! Sure the Laurie here isn't as strong a character as Jamie Lee Curtis was, but I think she was more believable as a teenager. The action was good, the cameos were great, and the ending was pretty awesome and definitive. I always say never think about source material when watching a remake, because it doesn't have anything to do with the original. I know it's hard, but once you start thinking like this these movies get much better standing on their own legs.

BLADES OF GLORY: Wow, this movie ranks up there for me like Ferrell's Anchorman did. And stop all you lovers of Anchorman, I'm in the "hated that movie" camp! I dunno, I could get into this at all, and didn't care to finish it, which is becoming a nasty habit with me...

A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS: Case in point this final movie in this installment. I couldn't get through this one for sheer annoyance at the nonstop stereotyping in it. I dunno, maybe it's true to life, but something didn't ring right with me, and ultimately I just didn't feel I was enjoying it enough to wade through to the end.