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10 “Missed Movie” Reviews

November 9, 2011

Greetings all!

These past few weeks have been very busy for myself. Which means very little movie watching! (Much less than I would prefer anyways!)

I'm pretty sure I fell asleep in this same position a few times this week! 😉

BUT, nevertheless, several other movie blogging friends of mine have braved the crowds to investigate and report on the theatrical features of the cinema. They are the heroes of this post indeed, and I thank them all!!

Today is the day for you to be able to check out a few written reviews for some of the movies that I have missed. Written by reviewers whose work I enjoy reading…here are 10 “Missed Movie” reviews for you to check out!

(How this post works: To read a review, Click the respective movie’s poster to be taken directly to the page…with the exception of the final film- its review is directly below the poster itself.)

1. The Rum Diary, starring Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, and Aaron Eckhart.

Review written by Dan over at Fogs’ Movie Reviews

2. Tower Heist, starring Ben Stiller, Alan Alda, and Eddie Murphy.

Review written by Scott over at FrontRoomCinema

3. Footloose, starring Julianne Hough, Kenny Wormald, and Dennis Quaid.

Review written by C.S. over at Big Thoughts from a Small Mind

4. In Time, starring Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, and Cillian Murphy.

Review written by Matt over at IEatFilms

5. We Need to Talk About Kevin, starring Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, and Ezra Miller.

Review written by Doranman over at Filmplicity

6. Take Shelter, starring Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, and Shea Whigham.

Review written by David Schleicher over at The Schleicher Spin

7. The Son of No One, starring Channing Tatum, Al Pacino, and Katie Holmes.

Review written by Dan over at Dan the Man’s Movie Reviews

8. A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, starring  Kal Penn, John Cho and Neil Patrick Harris.

Review written by Matt over at Creed’s Delight

9. Anonymous, starring Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave and David Thewlis.

Review written by Sam over at Anomalous Material

10. Puss in Boots, starring Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, and Zach Galifianakis.

Mini-Review written below by Yours Truly, TheScarletSp1der

Puss in Boots, the character side-story of the infamous sidekick of everyone’s favorite green Ogre, Shrek, is a tale of mystery, fun, excitement, and fable. With a major market appeal for youngsters, audience members will find several reasons to laugh and watch in wonderment. However, those looking for a Shrek 4.5 of sorts will find themselves disappointed. Having already been introduced by Dreamworks studios to the fairytale-impressioned world of Shrek, I expected to see so much more of the same style, with more characters of storytime fame and an interweaving of adventurous tales similar to the Shrek films. But, perhaps they exhausted all of those options with Shrek because no such style exists in Puss in Boots.

This animated feature tends to follow the pattern of Shrek in terms of formula, but fails in terms of story. In Shrek, we followed Shrek with Donkey and Puss at his side in his quest along with Fiona as the love interest. In Puss in Boots we follow Puss with Humpty Dumpty at his side and Kitty Softpaws as the love interest. But with the lack of so many additional lovable side characters, interweaving plots, and appropriately paced story, Puss in Boots drags its feet.Sure, it’s got its fun (the best character is Humpty Dumpty)! Sure everyone seems to love cats! And, Sure, it definitely is great to see Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek on screen together for the first time since Once Upon A Time in Mexico and Desperado (even if it is in animation form), But this film is far from “purrfect” when it comes to animated features from the likes of Dreamworks studios. If you are waiting for a good sequel from them…wait for How To Train Your Dragon 2! One can attribute Puss in Boots‘ success at the box office to great date-launching strategy due to the fact that nothing else of any greater merit released in theaters. Kids will like the film, but that’s about all.

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy if you wish…or don’t enjoy! Happy Watching!

TheSp1der’s Score2.5 out of 5 stars for “Puss in Boots

up next: “Trailer Time Thursday!”

32 Comments leave one →
  1. Jack Deth permalink
    November 9, 2011 8:47 am

    Hi, ScarletSp1der and company:

    About the only film on your ‘Missed List’ I feel any impetus to see is ‘Take Shelter’. For its palpable, ‘Frailty’ vibe.

    ‘The Rum Diary’ comes off as ‘Fear And Loathing’ very very lite.

    ‘The Tower Heist’ boasts a cast who has never been funny.

    ‘Footloose’ and ‘In Time’ look like complete wastes of film and time.

    ‘Harold & Kumar’ are not this this generation’s ‘Cheech & Chong’. No matter how hard they try.

    Have no use for the revisionist history of ‘Anonymous’.


  2. November 9, 2011 8:58 am

    @ Jack. Thanks for checking in. I hope you are able to check out the reviews of interest for yourself. Perhaps you may find a different reason to see one of the other films! Have fun reading and watching!


  3. November 9, 2011 10:18 am

    I will watch In Time soon…not really into it but my dear man is in it. I love his other movie so much, Retreat was great not sure about In Time.


    • November 9, 2011 1:24 pm

      ah, I was wondering about Retreat. So you liked it, huh?


      • November 9, 2011 5:12 pm

        I dont know why my comment got pushed down instead of here. anyway, the comment below is for Retreat 🙂


      • November 10, 2011 12:15 am

        no worries!


    • November 9, 2011 3:22 pm

      You know Nov, my friend had just seen this last weekend and he REALLY liked this film. He actually said Timberlake was ok but he said he liked the guy who played the cop and I told him he’s Cillian. So yeah, he’s always good even in supporting roles, as you already know 😀


      • November 9, 2011 5:07 pm

        my fried had seen in time and said the same, she didn’t like the movie but awed by Cillian, she wish he had more coverage.


      • November 10, 2011 12:14 am

        I hope that it still is rather decent!!


      • November 10, 2011 12:11 am

        Cillian is a great actor. I still want to see In Time, just…it will have to wait for when I have time.


  4. Stepheny permalink
    November 9, 2011 1:38 pm

    I am SO glad someone finally agrees with me that Puss in Boots was a let down. He is my favorite character of the franchise and the trailers made it look hilarious, but it never was. Thanks for the review!


    • November 9, 2011 1:42 pm

      yeah, it did make me sad to see. No problem! Thanks for the comment!


  5. November 9, 2011 2:30 pm

    My expectations for In Time have gone wayyyyyy down.


    • November 10, 2011 12:08 am

      I still will see it, but I won’t spend any money on it.


  6. November 9, 2011 3:23 pm

    I’m with Jack, the only thing piqued my interest is Take Shelter. I was interested in Rum Diary before I read some of the dismal reviews. I might rent it at some point, but no hurry.


    • November 10, 2011 12:12 am

      yeah…the Rum Diary disappeared from my list of “movies to see.” oh well.


  7. November 9, 2011 4:02 pm

    Thank you so much for the tag! BTW nice little review for Puss In Boots. I had a real fun time with that one.


    • November 10, 2011 12:12 am

      anytime Dan the Man!!

      and thanks, Puss in Boots disappointed me!


  8. November 9, 2011 5:10 pm

    Love it T!!
    I have written my review but I delay publishing it because I have just posted about Cillian this week. Will publish it next week.


    • November 10, 2011 12:15 am

      I can’t wait to read your thoughts on The Retreat!


  9. November 9, 2011 5:30 pm

    Hey Spider, thanks for linking me up! 😀 😀 😀


    • November 10, 2011 12:15 am

      anytime, Dan! My pleasure!


  10. November 9, 2011 10:00 pm

    Thanks for the AM mention Terrence 😀 I hope you get a breather soon!


    • November 10, 2011 12:17 am

      absolutely Castor! always glad to do so.

      and thanks. I am hoping for that breather soon!


  11. November 10, 2011 2:51 am

    Thanks Mr T!! Always nice of you to link me up from over here!!

    You sir are truly too kind!!


    • November 11, 2011 12:37 am

      Always a pleasure my friend! I love what’s goin on over at Front Room Cinema


  12. November 10, 2011 6:04 pm

    Thanks for the shout out to my review of Take Shelter!

    It’s a shame the film hasn’t received a wider release as everyone I know who has seen it has really liked it, and there seems to be a lot of people out there who would like to see it if it was showing in their neighborhood theater. Hopefully it will find a wider audience on Blu-ray/DVD.


    • November 11, 2011 12:45 am

      My pleasure, sir! I really wanted to see that one, but I suffer the fate of so many others that you mentioned. I am part of the group of “people out there who would like to see it if it was showing in their neighborhood theater.”

      Was glad to read your review and share it with others!!


  13. November 14, 2011 10:53 am

    Nice list Spider man and thanks for including our lil’ ol blog amongst some really cool posts. Hope I can return the favour sometime. Ronan


    • November 14, 2011 6:28 pm

      Absolutely! I always enjoy seeing what’s going on over there and sharing the love is always a fun thing to do! Return the favor anytime, or not. It’s no biggie!! 🙂


  14. December 14, 2011 5:50 pm

    You know whats funny is… I read this when it first got posted. But the “I got linked to!!” enthusiasm complately shoved all other things right out the window.

    Meanwhile, damn you! Thats what I was afraid of, and then so many people said it was awesome, but now I dont know WHAT to expect again!! LOL


    • December 14, 2011 6:11 pm

      hahahaha. Sorry man! You know me, I gotta tell it like it is! 🙂

      I figured that’s what happened. There’s your link followed by 9 more! It’s no biggie! haha!

      I will be interested in your thoughts after you watch it! No doubt!


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