Jim Erickson http://kmuw.org en Movie Review: Beasts of the Southern Wild http://kmuw.org/post/movie-review-beasts-southern-wild <p></p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Jim Erickson 3709 at http://kmuw.org Movie Review: Beasts of the Southern Wild Movie Review: The Watch http://kmuw.org/post/movie-review-watch <p>The Watch is a silly little comedy that should keep everybody entertained except some who will find parts of it too grisly realistic and some who are sensitive to bad language.</p><p>It is not out to inspire thought or emotions, just laughter, and it doesn’t try to conceal its dependence on other movies, snips of which you will recognize almost like a leit motif, especially if you see more action and sci-fi movies than I do.</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 13:04:18 +0000 Jim Erickson 5999 at http://kmuw.org Movie Review: The Watch Movie Review: Safety Not Guaranteed http://kmuw.org/post/movie-review-safety-not-guaranteed <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><i>Safety Not Guaranteed</i> is a completely successful but highly peculiar little movie the <i>Eagle’s</i> Rod Pocowatchit started by calling “deadpan funny,” and then never mentioned humor again, referring instead to it as an “imaginative, unexpectedly wondrous journey,” “charming and warm,” using words like “heart and conscience” and “electric” and “the tenderness of the human condition.” I refer you to last week’s “GO!” section. Pocowatchit is dead on.</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 13:20:45 +0000 Jim Erickson 6000 at http://kmuw.org Movie Review: Safety Not Guaranteed Movie Review: Ice Age: Continental Drift http://kmuw.org/post/movie-review-ice-age-continental-drift <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">I try to avoid children’s movies because all that matters about them, most of the time, is whether they are funny and whether they may be offensive to parents, and my sense of humor does not seem to match that of thirteen-year-old boys who think nothing is as funny as gas leakages, and I do not empathize with parents who want to protect their young-uns from language they hear every day at recess. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 12:24:53 +0000 Jim Erickson 6001 at http://kmuw.org Movie Review: Ice Age: Continental Drift Movie Review: Savages http://kmuw.org/post/movie-review-savages <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">There is nothing particularly new about Oliver Stone’s <i>Savages</i>: the usual good guys want out of the rackets and the usual bad guys won’t let them leave, there’s the usual one last job before retirement, the usual endless betrayals and double crosses till you neither know nor care what anybody is up to, the usual big orange explosions, the traditional blonde heroine and black-haired villainess, the requisite car chases, and the criminal superorganization that has the whole physical world bugged so you can’t go the john without being taped, but also the Thu, 12 Jul 2012 13:29:10 +0000 Jim Erickson 6006 at http://kmuw.org Movie Review: Savages Movie Review: Magic Mike http://kmuw.org/post/movie-review-magic-mike <p><i>Magic Mike</i> is a quite entertaining male strip show for the ladies, with codpieces instead of g-string and musclemen, but not weightlifters, especially Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum, baring almost all in routines that represent gymnastics more than dancing, dominating most of the movie until a veneer of social concern slips in a vein of wages of sin toward the end; men will get to know what it’s been like for the ladies to have to compete with the likes of Scarlett Johansson and Angelina Jolie: I suspect that such males bodies as <i>Magic Mike</i> displays are just as artific Thu, 05 Jul 2012 14:46:21 +0000 Jim Erickson 1873 at http://kmuw.org Movie Review: Magic Mike