Reviewing The Smurfs 2 for Time Out NY. My enjoyment of the first Smurfs movie is a running gag on Operation Kino. I am here to say that the sequel doesn’t live up to the original, but still, it ain’t half bad when it comes to kid-friendly entertainment. Seriously.
This week we’re coming to you live from the Shatterdome, as we review this week’s rock-‘em sock-‘em jaeger vs. kaiju adventure Pacific Rim . Does it live up to the many monster movies that inspired it? Has Guillermo del Toro made a film worth the five-year wait? Will David ever like a single blockbuster that comes out this summer?
This week we’d like you to join us for a ride on our hydroplane, old sport, as we sweep up the confetti and champagne glasses left over from our screening of The Great Gatsby. Did Baz Luhrmann’s experiment with 3D actually work with his maximalist aesthetic? Are the crazy party sequences great, or great to the point that they’ll make you sick? And who is this Gatsby fellow anyway? (It’s Leonardo DiCaprio.) All that, plus your answers to our lightning round questions about other books you read in high school that ought to become movies.
Operation Kino 112 Review: Iron Man 3 Is A Very Shane Black Superhero Movie
This week we each step into our individually crafted Iron Man suits— or are we just controlling them with our minds?— to review Iron Man 3, the movie you are probably going to see no matter what we tell you. It’s a two-parter: one half for people who haven’t seen it, and a spoiler-filled second half for those who have.
This movie is nuts. Good nuts.
Hannibal kicks ass. It’s rare to see a network show with visual flare, artistic violence, true tension, and a pair of balls.
Not many of these out there — read on!
Operation Kino 104 Review: Oz The Great And Powerful Both Dazzles And Disappoints
If you hated Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland the way we did, you might be cringing at the sight of another brightly colored fantasy world, filled with recognizable stars and action and everything perfectly calibrated to appeal to as many people as possible. But Oz The Great and Powerful is directed by the likable Sam Raimi, and stars the very likable Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz (plus James Franco, who’s also there somehow). Can it succeed where Burton’s Alice failed? Find out our take, as Katey and Patches discuss the giant movie along with special guest Jordan Hoffman. Plus, brief hits on Dead Man Down, On Golden Pond and The Jackal.
To listen to Tuesday’s main episode (aka pure madness), click here.
We’re bracing ourselves for a lot of movies starring The Rock coming our way in the next few months, and kicking things off is Snitch, a movie inspired by a true story and sharply critical of the very real government policy of mandatory minimum sentencing for drug offenders. Sound boring? Well, that’s where The Rock comes in to spice things up. Katey and Patches review the film, with David standing by as the voice of the people, asking what you’ll all be asking yourselves: "Wait, this movie is actually supposed to be good?" We end with your lightning round answers about ill-conceived message movies, with Da7e joining us in a surprise twist ending!
Operation Kino 101 Review: Is It Ever A Good Day To Die Hard?
Yippee-ki-yay, Mother Russia. For the review segment of this week’s Operation Kino we’re talking about A Good Day to Die Hard, with special guest Matt Singer of Indiewire’s Criticwire blog. We talk about where the movie stands among all the previous Die Hard movies, the evolution of John McClane as a character, and whether or not Jai Courtney lives up to the cinematic gauntlet thrown by Jason Momoa in Bullet to the Head.
A Good Day to Die Hard is my 7th new release of the year. Beautiful Creatures was my 6th.