A little late on the bandwagon for these two, but nevertheless here comes a Quinn review.
By Pam Quinn (Writer)
You know those movies you look forward to coming out into theatres. I’ve been a huge fan of the Batman franchise (since Burton and Keaton) and when previews for the Nolan conclusion came out, rushes of excitement would fill my freckled body. I was really excited about this one.
Then, for whatever reason, I just didn’t get around to it. I avoided opening weekend, cause I didn’t want to deal with the jack asses who wait in line and most likely shout things out at the screen during it. (I was one of those jack asses during Inception. “WHAT DID WE JUST WATCH?!”)
Then I got busy, the Aurora incident kinda kept me a few paces back, I think... I’m highly sensitive to crime these days as I’ve been watching quite a few CRIME DOCUMENTARIES back to back. But I eventually got ot it at a $5 movie theatre in sunnyside last weekend. Needless to say, I was entertained. Sure it was the weakest of the three. The Batman Forever of Returns and number 1 (We don’t count Batman and Robin because... well, hopefully you know why.) Two words: Hathaway and Levitt. It was as if they were in their own little movie and I liked it. I also have firmly believed that Michael Caine is simply the BEST choice for Alfred ever and who doesn’t adore Morgan Freeman at this point in his career? I love that Nolan brings back Cillian (Scarecrow) for bits here and there in the second and third along with Neeson’s return (Have you noticed that every time he alludes to something being taken away from him, you can’t help but giggle?) Also, Gary Oldman can do no wrong in my mind. SO while the dialogue some of the plot and Bale’s Batman voice may have rubbed me the wrong way, over all, I gave it two thumbs up.
The other gem I saw last week was the Seth MacFarlane TED starring Mark Wahlberg. I’m a Family Guy fan and I love me some stoner humor from time to time... but for whatever reason, when this movie came out... the mixed reviews had me stepping farther and farther away from the box office. Finally, due to a theatre location error on my way to see the crime documentary The Imposter, I found myself in line for TED... finally.
I don’t know, maybe it was the right mood, or crowd... but I actually really liked it. I laughed through the majority of the film and appreciated where they reminded me how ridiculous I was for feeling emotions about a stuffed bear. There’s great cameos in it, the plot is interesting, the questions that form in your head are fun and for some stupid reason (other than Ted not being anatomically correct), there’s something really believable about it all. I liked where they didn’t take themselves too seriously and where they did, Kunis and Wahlberg committed, so it worked. In my opinion, if you like South Park and Family Guy, you’ll like this one. It even has more visible heart (and maturity) than the former potty humor gems of which I am a fan.
PAM QUINN Moved to California from New York at age 14 and entered the professional world of writing at 17 on the west coast. By her 20th birthday she had three original works produced in the Los Angeles area. Rising from sketch comedy writing and a background in theatre, Pam collected what she had learned over the years and compiled it into playwriting. She began collaborating on an idea for an original musical (Right Together, Left Together) with Will Collyer and Jacob Harvey. Since moving back to New York in ’05, Pam hasn’t stopped breathing this idea. She co-founded The Unknown Artists (www.theunknownartists.org) with Emily Clark and continues to be prolific within this fantastic company. www.uaplayclub.wordpress.com
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