May 16, 2010

One line review: A lot of hit and miss jokes, but enough jokes manage to stick that you can at least enjoy the film.

Movie Title: Spaceballs

Actors: Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman, Daphne Zuniga, Dick Van Patten, George Wyner, Michael Winslow

Director: Mel Brooks

Year: 1987

Genre: Comedy

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: Family

Rotten Tomatoes: 65% – Most jokes have a forced quality, but there’s something gleefully self-aware about them, like the vaudeville comedian whose act consists of telling bad jokes and laughing at them, but doing it all with exquisite timing.

My rating: ***

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): This won’t be a movie I hold in such high regard, but at least it was funny sometimes. The jokes come at you one moment after the other: some set up, some sight gags, some hidden jokes, all thrown at the audience at random. Part of the reason I didn’t think much higher of this movie is because it seemed to shift from one joke to another without giving the audience time to think. Still, the movie avoids getting too annoying, has some rather clever observations and jokes, so it overall comes off as an enjoyable, if a bit strange, movie.

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January 18, 2010

One line review: A fantastically enjoyable film that keeps a fast and funny pace throughout the entire movie.

Movie Title: Ghostbusters

Actors: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts, William Atherton, Ernie Hudson

Director: Ivan Reitman

Year: 1984

Genre: Action / Comedy

Method of Viewing: DVD

Location of Viewing: Home

Viewing with: No One

Rotten Tomatoes: 93% – Ghostbusters is an infectiously fun blend of special effects and comedy, featuring a hilarious deadpan performance from Bill Murray.

My rating: *****

My assessment (the first 101 words at least): Each of these famous movies are forced to live up to different expectations, however this one did the best job. Within twenty minutes of the movie, all the pieces were there and the gang was ready to start busting ghosts. From beginning to end this movie is delivering sarcasm, one liners, and fantastic quotes. Ghostbusters never allows you to stop and think about the silly premise or nearly non-existent plot because there are so many jokes to laugh at. All of the actors deliver a perfect ensemble to ensure every kind of humor is here to make for a fantastic movie.

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