Monday Morning Quarterback Part III
By BOP Staff
July 11, 2012
Felix Quinonez: I saw Prometheus and I have to say, In my opinion, this is the movie to beat this year. It was so much more than I was expecting and I can understand why some people were disappointed. I saw it with my brother and he was not happy with it. But the question that he asked me pretty much told me he missed the point of the movie. I guess it's just not for everyone. But I loved the fact that it asks the questions it does and knows better than to try to answer them.
I also saw The Amazing Spider-Man. I LOVED so much about this movie. I should admit that I'm a huge Spider-Man fan, so maybe my fanboy excitement is overtaking my objectivity. Yes, it does cover some of the same ground as Raimi's movie but as a comic book fan I am used to seeing countless new takes of the origin story so it didn't bother me. That being said, I never felt like I was watching the same movie. First and foremost I thought Garfield was great as Peter/Spidey. I also thought that he and Emma Stone had wonderful chemistry. And I felt the supporting cast was more developed and I loved Peter and Uncle Ben's relationship. The fact that Flash Thompson was shown as more than just a bully, even for a little while, was great. Another thing that I loved was that they seemed to be taking at least some cue from the Ultimate Spider Man comics. The movie had a lot of emotion without it feeling forced, at least for the most part. And the action was great. Spider-Man kicked ASS!
David Mumpower: I liked Ted well enough as I consider the concept to be pure genius. It suffers from the same issue as all of Seth MacFarlane's shows, though. The signal to noise ratio is deplorable. Only one out of every ten jokes works. The difference here is that the ones that work are uproarious. I don't claim to understand the physics of how a stuffed animal come to life is capable of getting high and achieving orgasm, but it's funny nonetheless.
Wes Anderson is a divisive figure to a lot of film lovers and I frequently find myself conflicted over his work. He has created masterpieces such as The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Royal Tenenbaums, but movies like Rushmore and The Darjeeling Limited didn't do a damn thing for me. I had read the glowing comments from others here about Moonrise Kingdom. I had largely avoided any and all details about the actual story of the film, though. For the first 30 minutes or so, I was restless about the tone of the film. This has been an issue for me in the past as I find Anderson's tendency toward specificity too compulsive in many instances. Then, I quite suddenly fell head over heels in love with Moonrise Kingdom. It's a refreshingly earnest tale told wonderfully. And the last shot before the closing credits is breathtaking. It reinforces every moment of the film.
Rock of Ages is a mess of a movie with a plot so poorly thought out that it would be a disappointment as a middle school play. I cannot say in honesty that I liked it yet there are several entertaining moments. For example, the out of nowhere assault on 1990s boy bands is magnificent. The cover of I Can't Fight This Feeling is quite funny. And Julianne Hough is irresistible as the female lead. This is counteracted by the fact that Diego Boneta has the natural charisma of liquid paper. So, the entire movie is a mixed bag teetering toward awful that I expect to become a guilty pleasure because - and this is really all that matters here - the music is great.