Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

ice-age-3-posterHaving seen the first Ice Age movie and liked it, I found myself going to Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs mainly because of the novelty of being presented in 3-D. I never did see the second Ice Age, but I don’t think I missed any key plot or story elements. After all we are talking about a sloth and a mammoth here.

This movie was about what I expected. Had it’s cute parts, but had it not been in 3-D might have lost my interest at some points during the movie. The scenes that did keep my interest the most were those hinged on the 3-D effects, the chase scenes and flying scenes at the end. With all the characters in these movies, I still find the squirrel after the nut routine to be the funniest parts of these films. I could almost watch an entire film of that, no talking, just chase scene after chase scene….almost like an extended Roadrunner vs. Wile Coyote cartoon.

Simon Peg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) was a nice addition and had some of the funnier lines in the movie. Everything else was about what I expected. This one is a take it or leave it movie for me. My wife and I were just searching out something to see at a convenient time, and this one fit the category. Also, on an economy note…call around and see what theaters charge. We went to a matinee and slit a large coke and popcorn, and our total was $31.50! That is outrageous for a matinee. Ticket prices must have been $7 or $8 plus the glasses. I know a theater elsewhere that was $4 each plus glasses. So shop around!

Star Trek (2009)

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To me this is the first of the Summer Blockbusters considering Terminator fell flat on it’s face, and seeing the previews of the new Transformers I am not expecting much from it.. Star Trek is just good summer movie fun. I never was a die hard Trek fan as a kid. I remember seeing a few episodes of the TV series in the early years in grade school, probably because it fell right before Uncle Zeb’s cartoon camp. (OK, maybe that is an Okie thing.) This film is worth seeing. 

It was refreshing to see them go back to the solid colored uniforms like the old TV series, and to use some of the lines as a throw back to the series. “Damn it Jim!” Even the sound design reflected the old series with the sounds of the Enterprise and the teleporters, if that is what trekkies call them. Also, not knowing much about this before it came out, I was surprised at some of the cast that kept popping up, Winona Ryder (Dracula, Girl Interrupted), Eric Bana (Troy, Munich) and even Leonard Nimoy! After seeing Mr. Nimoy, maybe me look for a cameo from William Shatner that unfortunately never came. Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) was a nice surprise and made a great Scotty, and I was impressed with Zachary Quinto (Heros) who played Spock.

This movie is what it is. It is loud, it is action packed and is chalked full of great special effects! Get a bucket of corn…and my personal recommendation of gummy cola bottles….you will have a blast.