John Whisler

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  • Fantastic Four

    Fantastic Four

    Much better than the reviews would have you believe. I was watching it wondering when the bad stuff (from the reviews) was coming. But it never did. It's "deliberately paced" as they say, and has a somber tone, but good overall with a focus of building a foundation with character exploration and development. A slight tonal shift was evident once the Four gained their powers, but it held my interest and was actually intelligent and substantive. It doesn't deserve its RT rating and it's sad to see some "fanboys" rating a movie they obviously haven't seen. See for yourself.

  • Life of Pi

    Life of Pi

    ★★★★★

    Life of Pi is a symbolic spiritual journey similar in kind to the mythic stories of Hinduism that use allegory to convey truths about the human condition. Visually masterful and well-told tale requires a reading beyond its surface appearance down to its depths.

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  • The Incredible Journey

    The Incredible Journey

    Old-fashioned Disney animal adventure movie won't win any animal rights awards, but The Incredible Journey is warm, predictable family fodder. If you grew up in the '60s - '70s, the voice of the narrator, Rex Allen, is a familiar, soothing companion on this trek. Good nature photography as usual for this era of Disney films.

  • The Video Dead

    The Video Dead

    Really bad movie not worth your time. The acting is below sub-par, save for the guy who plays the Texan with zombie experience, and he's only good in comparison with the others. Goofy premise with a mess of goofy scenes topped with unconvincing, sub-par special effects. Victoria Bastel is a cute blonde and her fleeting up-skirt shot is the highlight of this flick, and that reveals a lot (about me and about this movie). The ending of the movie is even more idiotic than what came before, which was already maddeningly idiotic. Pass.