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Movie Ratings Instant Search - 12 Oct 2010

I’ve created an Instant movie ratings search that lets you search movie titles and see their IMDB ratings as you type. The primary reason I created it is because it took too long to search for movie ratings. The main review sites I use to assess movies are IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Yahoo Movies. […]

When to Take a Potty Break During a Movie - 21 May 2009

If you’ve ever doubted the web has everything you can imagine, I give you The sole purpose of the site is to tell you the best time to pee during a movie (note: make your way to the bathroom first). I sat through 2 1/2 hours of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves having to […]

The Best of Everything - 19 May 2008

I always enjoy getting recommendations for good movies, books, games or web sites. I’ve had mixed results from web sites that try to do this. Listible is overrun with spam and The best stuff in the world is mediocre. Their recommendations are often sub par. My latest find is a site called Ditto, tagline, “The […]

Short Movie Summaries - 14 Mar 2008

Rinkworks has done it again. First it was The Dialectizer, now it’s Movie a Minute. The idea is simple. Provide short (and I do mean short) summaries of movies. Here’s Citizen Kane. Orson Welles: Rosebud. (dies) Reporter: What does it mean? Everybody Else: We don’t know. THE END Classic.

Box Office Earnings From 1987 to 2007 - 26 Feb 2008

The New York Times put together a graphic of Box Office Receipts from 1987 to 2007. It’s interesting to see how different movies compare. Some started slowly and grew over time, while others opened with a bang but petered out in a few weeks.

Who was Yoda’s inspiration? - 08 Feb 2008

I’ve heard several people claim Spencer W. Kimball, a former prophet of the LDS church, was the inspiration for Yoda’s appearance. Their faces were similar but it sounded like an urban legend. In search of an official answer I found several sources saying he was based on Stuart Freeborn, the British makeup artist who created […]

Blurb watch - 15 Mar 2007

Bad analysis wrote about the sources of those quotes you read on the cover of the DVD, and how misleading they are. Here’s an example: “An ad for [Norbit] has the following blurb: “Eddie Murphy’s comic skills are immense.” ―Michael Wilmington, CHICAGO TRIBUNE If you suspect that some context is missing, you’re right: Murphy’s comic […]

Movie Tally - 06 Nov 2006

My wife and I watched The Aviator over the weekend and I was very disappointed. The movie was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 5 so we expected it to be great. Instead, we were bored out of our minds. The movie seemed like a half-hearted attempt at a documentary. After a quick read […]

The real Willy Wonka factory - 28 Sep 2006

While chomping nerds I noticed that they were made by the Willy Wonka Candy Factory in Itasca, IL 60143. I loved the movie (with Gene Wilder) and wondered if the factory might be visible from Google Maps. Maybe it had been made to look like it did in the movie and was a tourist attraction. […]

Stiltwalkers - 09 Aug 2006

This 4-minute short called Stiltwalkers was created by a 22 year-old BA student from Belgium in 7 months. Very impressive. (via presurfer)

upcoming movies - 15 Jun 2005

I saw an ad for a new movie directed by Hayao Miyazaki called Hauru no ugoku shiro (aka Howl’s Moving Castle) and I recognized the name. Miyazaki directed Spirited Away, which I really liked, so I have high hopes for this one too. It’s in theatres now (it was released on June 10th). Another movie […]

hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy movie review - 29 Apr 2005

I just got back from seeing The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped. It was a fun movie, and having enjoyed the book, it was fun to see the characters on the big screen, but it didn’t provide the entertainment I got from the book. […]

movie recommendations - 28 Apr 2005

Yahoo has come out with a new service to recommend movies to you based on your history of movie ratings. The recommendations are powered by ChoiceStream, and so far I haven’t been all that impressed because they only show new releases in theatres and on DVD. What I was hoping for was a list of […]

hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy movie trailer - 22 Feb 2005

Now that I’ve read the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, I’m looking forward to seeing the movie which will be in US theaters on May 6, 2005 (The trailer says April 29th, 2005 but that’s when it comes out in the UK). I tried viewing the trailer off the official site but it never loaded, […]

when does the movie really start? - 15 Jan 2005

Frustrated with lengthy advertisements and previews that delay movies and chew up viewing time, a state lawmaker wants theaters to be honest about when a movie actually starts. State Rep. Andrew Fleischmann is proposing legislation to force movie listings to print the time the previews start, and when the movies start. “We’re being robbed of […]

worst movies ever - 11 Aug 2004

It may not be at the top of the bottom list, but my #1 worst movie, Battlefield Earth, got more votes for the worst movie of all time than any other on IMBD’s Bottom 100 list. It’s nice to know my bad movie radar agrees with over twelve thousand other people. I’m curious to see […]

top grossing films - 01 Dec 2003

The top ten list of highest grossing films of all time has an interesting mix. I don’t think I would have guessed many of these, but after seeing what they were, I’m not too surprised. George Lucas sure managed to make popular movies. He’s got three in the top ten.

three fugitives - 10 Jan 2003

I had the pleasure of watching Three Fugitives on TV last night. I usually don’t laugh out loud during a movie, especially when I’m the only one in the room. So, either the movie was exceptionally funny or there was a gas leak, because I laughed a lot. I enjoyed the antics of Martin Short […]

Spirited Away - 20 Oct 2002

Spirited Away accurately describes the experience of the viewer as well as that of the little girl who learns courage and love. I was engrossed from start to finish by the story, masterful animation and music. The artists showed an unbelievable attention to detail and created majestic scenery as a backdrop for the story. It’s […]

my big fat greek wedding - 18 Oct 2002

I had been meaning to see this movie after hearing nothing but positive reviews and after watching it, I am in full agreement. Instead of the glamour often found in movies this one has characters that are down to earth and easy to relate with. The acting was genuine, as was the laughter it caused. […]

I Am Sam - 07 Sep 2002

I watched I Am Sam tonight. Wow. It was a very powerful movie. The plot presents you with a difficult question of whether or not a man with the mental capacity of a 7-year-old can successfully raise a child. The acting from all three is superb. Sean Penn’s portrayal of a retarded man is very […]

spider-man was great - 09 May 2002

Tonight I watched the human spider swinging through the city in his red and blue suit and I loved every minute of it. The time went by in a flash, keeping my attention the entire time. Well, I can’t say the entire time. The only time my attention wasn’t fully on the screen was was […]

ben hur part II - 01 Feb 2002

We finished Ben Hur and it was quite good. The ending tied things up extremely neatly, almost too neatly for my liking. I also played a decent game of basketball. I haven’t played in quite a while and I’m not in very good shape but my game is improving quickly. We need to get more […]

ben hur - 31 Jan 2002

We started watching Ben Hur at about 9pm. I had never seen it but had heard good things so I was excited. After 6 minutes of sitting in front of the TV the movie hadn’t started yet. The TV was on, the DVD was in the DVD player, but all that was on the screen […]

citizen kane at long last - 30 Jan 2002

I had an assignment to watch Citizen Kane in a film and theatre class I had. For some reason I didn’t see the movie when it was shown for the class, but I was given credit for seeing it under the agreement that I would watch it on my own. Alas, that was more than […]

harry potter - 21 Jan 2002

I finally saw the Harry Potter movie and quite enjoyed it. I’ve heard mixed reviews of it and agree that it followed the book very closely. This doesn’t make the movie good or bad, it’s just an observation. It was entertaining and funny, keeping the time filled so I wasn’t checking my watch. I will […]

Phantom Menace - 24 Oct 2001

My roommate just bought Phantom Menace on DVD and we watched it. I haven’t seen it for a while and it just made me think how imaginative he is. I’m looking forward to seeing Episode II now. I wonder when it’s coming out. There are so many questions that I want answered, such as how […]

antigone - 10 Oct 2001

I saw the play Antigone last night and it was quite well done. I wonder what the people who saw it when it was first written thought of it. Kind of interesting to think about. I also had a friend of mine who got back from a trip to Italy say that tourism has probably […]

pay it forward - 03 Aug 2001

I just saw the movie Pay it Forward and it was pretty good. It would have been a lot nicer if the story had been true instead of being based on a novel. Knowing that something actually happened of that nature would have a greater impact on me. The fact that it was based on […]

the family man - 18 Jul 2001

I just watched The Family Man last night and it was very thought provoking. The protagonist is an extremely wealthy bachelor who never married his college sweetheart because of business pursuits. He gets a chance to glimpse the life he would have had if he had married her. I think I’ll have to watch it […]

good movies - 04 Jun 2001

I just watched Star Wars the other day and was thinking about how much of a following it had. What made it so different than other movies to become so incredibly popular? I really enjoyed watching it (I think it helped that I had a cute girl to watch it with) but still haven’t figured […]

croc dundee - 23 Apr 2001

I just saw the newest Crocodile Dundee movie and despite the bad reviews I thought it was a funny movie. Today is my birthday and we went to Taco Bell for lunch. Now I’m kind of stuffed. A birthday is kind of strange, because I’m really not a year older, since it’s just the first […]

harry potter - 10 Jul 2000

The new Harry Potter book is out – The Goblet of Fire. Quite good – I’m more than halfway done. It’s just too bad that it will take so long for the next three books to be published. I’ll have to reread the others a few times I guess. If you haven’t read any of […]

chicken run - 27 Jun 2000

I have heard that Chicken Run was created by the same mastermind who did the Wallace & Gromit movies (which I highly recommend if you haven’t seen them). If you’ve Chicken Run, I’d be curious what you thought of it.