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By: Jeffrey Ford
By: Jeffrey Ford

Previews of The Amazing Spider-man, Savages and Katy Perry: A Part of Me

 

It’s already been a long day so I am going to try and keep this short. June has just ended so normally at this time I would review the best and worst of the month. Instead ,I’ll just say avoid Rock of Ages (poor direction, simplistic story and hair metal done Glee-style) and That’s My Boy (Adam Sandler movie) and go see Moonrise Kingdom (funny and quirky) and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (great acting and moving).
 
July is the apex of the summer season with two of the most hyped movies of the year being released. The Dark Knight Rises will be discussed in 2 weeks, but for now let’s swing into the other (over)hyped movie that was released this past Tuesday.
 
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
 
Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father's former partner. *
 
Why are they rebooting a 10-year-old film that was rather successful? I would be fine with the recasting and different take on the comic super hero, but the first hour is apparently the retelling of the origin story. We’ve already seen that recently. Show me something new and exciting, not regurgitation. What really gets me is the studio’s insistence on not using the Lizard (who has been set up since the first movie) when original Spider-man director Sam Raimi suggested it for the fourth film. Once he walked away from the project and Sony decided to reboot, the villain they chose to use wasthe Lizard. Their logic just doesn’t make sense.
 
I’m going to see this and am hoping that the new director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) can pull together a competent film. I have no faith in the studio, though. I’m slapping on my web shooters and webbing 3 pointless and unnecessary reboots out of 5. 
 
The Amazing Spider-Man is rated PG-13 for sequences of action and violence.
 
SAVAGES
 
Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend. *
 
I have no idea how to approach an Oliver Stone picture. The brilliant director of Platoon, Wall Street and Born on the Fourth of July has recently been putting out… less than stellar productions. He has taken the Tony Scott approach to filmmaking, exuding an obnoxious style over substance that is rather distracting. The constant cutting, filter changes and obtuse angles are such an affront to the senses that any meaning Mr. Stone would like to convey are lost in the train wreck of the presentation.   Savages looks to continue the downfall. I would like to enjoy this but I have to wonder if I would need to take some aspirin beforehand to calm the headaches that are sure to surface. At least I’ll have a popcorn bag that could be handy once it’s empty. I’m locking the doors and hiding out from 3 Conspiracy Nuts out of 5. 
 
Savages is rated R for strong brutal and grisly violence, some graphic sexuality, nudity, drug use and language throughout.
 
KATY PERRY: PART OF ME
 
A documentary that chronicles Katy Perry's life on and off-stage. *
 
… Really. 1 California Gurl out of 5
 
Katy Perry: Part of Me is rated PG for some suggestive content, language, thematic elements and brief smoking.
 
That will do for this week. Stay tuned next time when we are set adrift on memory bliss with a wooly mammoth. Until then, baby, you’re a firework.
 
*all summaries taken from IMDB.com
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