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    Movie Review: Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

    June 2, 2008

    prince-caspianThe McGee 4 went to the movies together on Saturday and saw Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, and absolutely delightful movie that had plenty to offer both kids and adults.

    I was particularly glad that the movie didn’t go way overboard with special effects and sci-fi/fantasy gimmicks. This would’ve been a completely different movie in the hands of someone like, oh … Steven Spielberg. Prince Caspian is almost like an anti-epic — a big, grand film that seemed like it really wants to be smaller.

    Now, it’s worth nothing that I enjoyed the movie a lot even though I’ve never read any of the C.S. Lewis novels, nor have I seen The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, the first film in the series. Turns out that there were a couple dialog references and other things I missed by not knowing the books/movie better, but as a complete rookie to Chronicles, I still really enjoyed the story. I confess to feeling lost for about the first 10 minutes, but after that it was clear sailing.

    The only negatives for me? 1.) The thick English accents that the kids and some of the Telmarine lords used was hard to understand at times, and 2.) Some of the movements of the Narnians was a bit clunky. I’m referring to the centaurs and minotaurs mainly. But that clunkiness was actually somewhat endearing — it was almost like they were trying to make sure things weren’t perfect.

    Overall, on a scale of 1-10, I’ll give Prince Caspian an 8. My 6-year-old loved it, and was crying when it was over — she didn’t want it to end. My 10-year-old liked it, but thought a couple scenes were too scary. Still, good for the whole family.

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    Live Blogging ALL of Oscar Weekend

    February 23, 2008

    No, it’s not me doing the live blogging.

    I have two friends who are very funny, who are Movie Geeks of the first degree, and even have a successful movie podcast. And they are the ones who are live blogging all of Oscar weekend. (Crazy, I’m tellin’ ya.)

    If you’re a movie geek, too, you can read as they go along, and join the fun.

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    If You’re on My Christmas List…

    February 10, 2008

    The Kingdom DVD… I’m going to spill the beans now, in early February, and tell you what you’re getting from me this year. You’re looking at it. Right there. Yep.

    The Kingdom on DVD

    I watched it Friday night on DirecTV PPV, and here it is almost 48 hours later and I still can’t stop talking about it. W.O.W. easily one of my favorite movies of all-time. (I’m not enough of a movie geek to have a Top 5 list that I can rattle off, or anything like that. Sorry.) It’s a great story line — fictional, yet clearly based in the reality of what’s going on in the world these days. Great action sequences, but nothing that I found to be too over-the-top. Just a terrific film.

    So, if you usually get a Christmas present from me, this is what you can expect. Hope you like it!