Kurt McKee

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Articles tagged with review

Quantum of Solace (2008) | 17 November 2008

I saw Quantum of Solace yesterday, and was sorely disappointed. "Quantum of Solace" is a terrible title. They should have called it "Plethora of Typography", or "Excess of Vehicle Chase Scenes".

The movie featured Bond both as pursuer and pursued in a car, on a motorcycle, and by boat and …

Movies (September) | 14 October 2008

The Karate Kid (1984)

So we've got this punk from New Jersey. He's new in this California town and he keeps getting beat up by the neighbourhood toughs. Until, that is, Mr. Miyagi steps in and informs him that these kids are jerks because they have a bad karate teacher …

Movies (August) | 2 September 2008

Pitch Black (2000)

The director, David Twohy, chose to do some odd things that, in my opinion, didn't work. Sure, his choices have some logic behind them, but they don't work. "Riddick has surgically-enhanced eyes, right? Let's do extreme closeups of eyes!" The script called for the antagonist and Riddick …

Movies (July) | 31 July 2008

No Country for Old Men (2007)

I've enjoyed the Coen brothers' films in the past ("O Brother Where Art Thou?", "Miller's Crossing"), and this film didn't disappoint either. The acting was superb, and the accents, spot on. I was transported by the movie; when the film ended and I began …

Books (July) | 30 July 2008

The Food of the Gods - H.G. Wells (1904)

The book's cover caught my eye: giant baby chickens and a mass of bewildered onlookers. The story begins with two men inventing a chemical which significantly increases the size of things (beast, plant, and man). The book was fast paced, and …

Movies (June) | 30 June 2008

I Am Legend (2007)

Will Smith delivered a good performance here. When he was scared of the dark, his fear was palpable. But he sold loneliness best; "Please say hello to me" was absolutely heart-breaking. Nonetheless, the story wasn't great, and the opening sequence was as ridiculous as it was …

Northwestern's new NU Link | 7 April 2007

Northwestern University's NU Link website launched a few hours ago, and I felt it needed a strong talking-to.

Recent movies | 25 June 2006

Movies I've watched in the past month.