Thursday, December 15, 2011

'Chipwrecked' Review Up at F.O.G.

(Forces of Geek once again hosts my cinematic take on an upcoming release.)

Not since Goin’ Coconuts has a tropical movie misfired on so many cylinders. No amount of witty lines can lighten arson, murder, and a descent into barbarism.

And that’s what awaits in Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.

Read the rest here.


Tom Ruegger said...

I read your review last night and meant to comment: I am deeply sorry that you had to endure this one. I just read somewhere that the heavy in the piece -- David Cross -- said this was the worst experience of his professional career. He gave no details. But it's hard to believe him, since Cross was in the movie "Year One."

Parenthetically, I just learned that Mr. Cross and I have the same birthday. But we did not have the same Mohel.

John P. McCann said...

Most reviews are panning the film.

I'm fortunate with Overthought Reviews in that I'm not required to actually see the films—just comment on them as if I had.

Tom Ruegger said...

Excellent. All of the critical faculties at work, without the insult of actually viewing the film! Perfect!

Luke said...

Well, exam week is over, and I am finishedSee with school until January 5th.

It may be slightly longer than previously expected for your video John.

Great in depth review, I know better now.

See, I can review a review without actually eeading it, two can play at that game. Ill read it later though, I promise.

John P. McCann said...

I look forward to your comments, Luke.

My you and your euphonium have a relaxing Christmas season.

Luke said...

Thank you, and I wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas.

Speaking of my Euphonium, my parents surprised me with a brand new shiny Concert euphonium the other day. And it sounds divine, or at least it would if someone competent played it.

John P. McCann said...

It will sound competent in time.

Luke said...

I get an error page when I try to pull up.the review

John P. McCann said...

Try the "Alvin" link and see what you get.

Craig Crumpton said...

Oh my, that was a lovely piece of satire, John.

I was required to do an in-depth study of "Lord of the Flies" for the Advanced Creative Writing class I took in college along with some 30 other students. The teacher broke us up into several small groups and each group had to deliver a group paper and lecture on one of the book's themes and how Golding used that theme symbolically in the story.

Did I mention that there were 30+ students in the class? One must wonder how many legitimate symbolic themes Golding actually intended.

And each group was ASSIGNED a theme -- we didn't get to pick from a list or come up with one of our own. My group (which immediately nominated me as the group leader because they didn't want to do any work) was given the task of explaining the allegorical depth of the viney tangley things that lined the jungle floor. There wasn't even enough evidence in the book to support that they were an actual, intentional allegorical symbol.

And the group which had picked me as leader was of no help, so I just made it all up.

And we got an A.

...kinda like your review, which I give an A+.

John P. McCann said...

Thanks, Craig.

The only element that would've made your A sweeter is if you'd never read LOF in the first place.

But you have all the necessary elements to review films.

Congrats on your new gig!

Craig Crumpton said...

I had already read LOF in high school... and for fun, if you can believe that. I liked the book. So it put me ahead of the game in that class.

But when the teacher gave us the assignment of researching an obscure and insignificant plot element (if it even was intentionally symbolic by Golding), it was a bit of a blindside.

It turned out to be a genuinely creative writing (and speaking) assignment. You know how Jim Carrey made talking out of his butt famous in "Ace Ventura"? It was kind of like that.

And thanks for the congrats on the gig, but at this point it's kind of an "old" one. I was cast in this animated pilot over a year ago, but have only recorded 8 pages of the script so far. I'm learning firsthand how long the development process takes in animation sometimes.

John P. McCann said...

I recall liking LOF.

There was a black and white film from the early 60s that captured the book pretty well.

Ah, wonderful animation. Slow, slower and hurry the hell up.