Sunday , March 3 2024

Four Quick Movie Reviews

This is my first post for and I’m kind of excited about that. I’m a reporter-turned-educator in the middle of a career change from journalism to elementary education. I write book and movie reviews for a blog I started partially to fill the need to keep writing.

Time to catch up on some movie reviews.

I’m trying to watch 50 movies and read 50 books this year because of two memes started in Livejournal, before I moved my blog to Typepad. The rest of my movie reviews are here.

March of the Penguins – Fascinating, beautifully photographed film. I fell asleep at the theater but that was mostly because I was trying to get out of the heat wave and figured staring at ice would be relaxing. It worked. I was a bit too relaxed.

Warning: Penguin sex. But seriously, it’s a great movie. Think Winged Migration but with cuter animals and more of a purpose. I give it an 8.

MurderBall – I’m encouraging everyone to see this movie. Don’t be put off by the title – nobody is murdered.

It’s about the stories of the men on the U.S. wheelchair team (basically rugby for guys confined to wheelchairs) who correctly say things like how they have done more in their chair than most have done without one. There has been speculation that it’s doing poorly at the box office – getting trounced by March of the Penguins – because some think the subject matter too sad or unsettling. Prove this speculation wrong by going to see it. I give it a 10.

Outfoxed – Excellent documentary about what Fox does to the news and it’s not pretty. I give it an 8. I can’t give it 10 because of the reasons best summarized in Jesse’s review.

What the #$*! Do We Know? – I know some who love this movie and that makes it hard to say how much I hated it but I’ll say it anyway: Argh!

I found this movie very irksome and it’s hard to know where to start. The graphics – often unneeded – make the movie more annoying. The fact it’s essentially a recruiting film for a cult makes it more disturbing. Let’s just say that if you buy me this movie for a gift you can expect to receive something really awful in return. I give it a 2.

That brings me up to date on movies.

The next movie I’ll see will probably be Control Room.

The October discussion movie will be Monty Python’s Life of Brian.

About Scott Butki

Scott Butki was a newspaper reporter for more than 10 years before making a career change into education... then into special education. He has been working in mental health for the last ten years. He lives in Austin. He reads at least 50 books a year and has about 15 author interviews each year and, yes, unlike tv hosts he actually reads each one. He is an in-house media critic, a recovering Tetris addict and a proud uncle. He has written articles on practically all topics from zoos to apples and almost everything in between.

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