results of recent media testing

Pirates of the Carribean: fucking awesome. Totally going to be a pirate when I grow up.

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: great! I could have done without Tom Sawyer, and someone like Ian McKellen or would have made a way better Quatermain than Connery did, but all the other characters worked really well. Totally going to be Captain Nemo when I grow up.

The Hulk: decent to so-so. I was going to say "it would have been better without the Nick Nolte parts", but then I realized that that was most of the movie. Well, it's hard to have a good movie without a good villain, and the villain in Hulk was boring. Actually, the Mr. Hyde bits in League were a better Hulk story than Hulk was.

28 Days Later: excellent and genuinely scary. It's definitely in the Night of the Living Dead ballpark. Though the plot had some surprising similarities to Resident Evil of all things. Sadly, though, it was shot on DV, which looks like total ass on a big screen, so you really won't miss much of the moviegoing experience if you wait for video.

Terminator 3: not bad. I expected it to suck, and it exceeded my expectations. It's sillier than T2, which is bad, and has some dumb plot holes, but it's a reasonable sequel, and not the disaster I dreaded. There are some subtle plot elements and time-travel fu that I wish got more attention: I think there was a more clever movie in an earlier draft. Maybe the inevitable "director's cut" will make it better.

Charlie's Angels 2: not merely bad, but OH MY GOD BAD. And I liked the first one. This movie was like an unordered pile of Saturday Night Live parodies of the first movie. Stay far, far away.

No Such Thing: a recent Hal Hartley movie I stumbled across on TV. The plot is kind of all over the map, but it's entertaining. I really like all of his movies.

The Animatrix: ranges from ok to really good. My favorites were "Beyond" (the one with the cat) and "Matriculated" (the one with the captured robot.) Totally could have done without "Kid", and I expected more from "Second Renaissance."

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