I saw ‘King Kong’ over at The Grande Movie Theater last night. And you know… I didn’t really want to like it. Yeah! I’ll admit it. I didn’t want to like it because Peter Jackson directed it. This is strictly my opinion, but the guy has made a history of crap.
The latest remake of ‘King Kong’ was great! It wasn’t awesome, but great. Jack Black was perfectly cast and frankly, I didn’t have a problem with anyone else in the film. They updated the story just a little bit and that part is a little better than the previous two films. The special effects were fantastic and even when Kong was fighting off the fighter jets from atop the Empire State Building; I got a couple of sensations of vertigo.
Yeah, I have a slight fear of heights.
That just goes to show you how good the special effects and computer graphics are in this film. If it’s making me clutch my hand rests and giving me the uneasy feeling of being WAY too high in the sky… EXCELLENT!
The filmmakers didn’t stray too far away from the original. They did add the part about the giant spiders and insects going after the men that fell from the Kong log roll.
In the original, members of the audience were leaving the screenings because that part was a little too much for them. This new 2005 version has put it back in because we all pretty desensitized bastards by now. But, I must admit, when the worms came out of the muck and started to peel away their “foreskins” and eat the men with their toothy penis like bodies, that was too much. They could have done without that part.
When Kong got Ann Darrow after his rampage leaving the Broadway theatre, they went for a romantic ice skating trip in Central Park. I also felt that was unnecessary too.
They could easily shaved off 20 minutes or so from the movie, but again, Peter Jackson can’t make anything 2 hours or under.
‘King Kong’ gets 4 out of 5 stars from me. I enjoyed the ride and I liked it very much.
I watched ‘The Brothers Grimm’ from Netflix today and I was totally unimpressed by it. I was getting bored and looked at how much time had ticked off the DVD and it was only 19 minutes. Jeez!
I almost stopped it to put it back into its envelope and return back to Netflix. But, I didn’t. I thought that maybe it would pick up and I was wrong.
When it came out, Marcia Gan and myself considered seeing it in the theaters. But our schedules just didn’t allow us to see it so I waited for its release on DVD. And I am SO glad that I didn’t spend money on that piece of excrement.
The special effects and stuff like that were cool, but the story just didn’t grab me.
The Grimm brothers were kind of like ghost busters in the late 1700’s. They went town-to-town exorcising witches and other “spiritual” demons from the villagers for sums of money. They were total con men that staged the exorcisms and eventually the French government caught up with them.
The French were weirded out by what seemed to them to be a hoax much like the ones the Grimm brothers were responsible for. The brothers were allowed to dispel these happenings in exchange for their lives. And when they got there, they found out the mysterious happenings were for real.
I found the movie to be very boring. Rent it if you like, but you have been warned.
One other thing that I would like to note here… Bus Stop is doing another reunion show on Christmas night at the Blind Tiger. This is a band NOT to be missed! They had a reunion show last Thanksgiving and just about everyone in this town showed up. I’ll be there as soon as I’m off the air that night.
And don’t forget the New Year’s Eve shindig at Ziggy’s. Mood Cultivation Project is doing it up right again this year and I’ll be the host for the evening.
This year, I plan not to drink as much so that I won’t get up on the stage with them and sing. They’re such groovy guys, they didn’t really mind. As a matter of fact, they were nothing but smiles both times I jumped up to sing backup.
If they do another cover of Blue Oyster Cult’s “Godzilla” and I’ve had too much to drink, I promise to get the chorus right this year.
I’ll be looking for you at the Blind Tiger on Christmas night and at Ziggy’s on New Year’s Eve.