November 25, 2013


My daughter loved the trailer for Planes. She could watch it over and over again. We thought about taking her to the theater to see it, but decided she wasn’t ready for the big show yet. As soon as it was available on bluray I reserved it at my local Redbox kiosk.

Like Cars before it, Planes looks great. The animation of the sleek aerodynamic metal looks cool. Planes also has some cool point-of-view flying sequences. The whole experience was improved by the fact that we watched it on a friend’s 120" projection screen. The movie looked awesome. But there is very little to Planes beyond the aesthetic.

Planes feels like they recycled most of the story from Cars. The whole reason it exists is to create a whole other set of toys that children will want to buy. The storyline of the film is harmless… and a little bland. Dane Cook does nothing to improve the film. Cars was a better effort as far as the story goes, and Cars had better characters, but both movies left me feeling similarly underwhelmed and unmoved. I would say that sentient vehicles were unable to elicit emotion from me, but the adorable robot WALL-E was able to do the trick.

Children who loved Cars will probably love Planes. Dusty Crophopper will replace Lightning McQueen on the toy shelf and Disney will rake in the dough.

November 21, 2013

What I'm Watching - NOV 21

I have what seems like a never-ending list of things I want to watch. I am adding to the list way faster that what I am checking things off. Here is what I'm watching.

Justified has been my show of choice lately. The first three seasons are available on Amazon Prime instant video. I am almost finished with season 2, which so far has been great. I'm planning to keep rolling on to season 3. I haven't decided if I will go ahead and buy season 4, or if I will jump on to something else and wait for it to be free.

November 14, 2013

The Heat

I haven’t been watching many movies lately. Well, this week I broke my film fast with the cinematic masterpiece starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock, The Heat. I had zero expectations for this movie and I probably wouldn’t even have bothered with it if my wife didn’t really want to see it. I laughed more than I thought I would, but I’m not sure if I was laughing at the jokes, or at how bad it was.

November 7, 2013

New Fall TV: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Of all the network tv shows, the classic half-hour sitcom is probably my favorite. They are low risk, mostly harmless, and sometimes result in a laugh or two. More often than not sitcoms are bad, but those tend to go away pretty quickly[1] and there is no harm done. Lately shows like The Office and Parks & Rec have defined sitcom success. With those shows going away we need some new ones to step in and fill the void. Modern Family started with a great first season, but is now faltering. I’ve only seen the first couple episodes, but Brooklyn Nine-Nine seems like it is going to be a winner.