Drifting Further Into My Heart

Theatrical release poster. 20th Century Fox.

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Opened: July 13th, 2012

Runtime: 1 hr, 27 min

Viewed: July 26th, 2012. 8:25 P.M.

Ice Age: Continental Drift may at first seem like it may be overkill to a series that should have been done with, but after giving it a chance, it turns out to be quite a surprising refresher. Manny, Diego and Sid are back for yet another prehistoric adventure, this time focusing on the shifting continental plates. As soon as the movie opens, we’re treated to some amusing hijinks that reintroduce us to the lovable non-speaking, acorn hunting Scrat. And it immediately brings back all the fond memories of this series.

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Actors are Heroes, Too

Theatrical release poster. Warner Bros. Pictures.

The Dark Knight Rises

Opened: July 20th, 2012

Runtime: 2 hrs, 45 min

Viewed: July 20th, 2012. 12:01 A.M.

Before I get into this review, let me first preface it by saying that those who know me know I am a huge Batman fan. I have been anticipating the release of The Dark Knight Rises since the credits rolled during The Dark Knight. I began feverishly surfing the net looking up information on the final installment, on the cast information, on any plot information or any possible tidbit I could come across. I admit, I had slight trepidation when I came across any news about the film. I wasn’t entirely sold on the choice of Bane as the hyped villain. Wasn’t entirely convinced Anne Hathaway was the right fit for Selina Kyle/Catwoman. Didn’t like the bits and pieces I was reading about the plot. I just wasn’t sold that this film would be better than its predecessor. I was right. Not for the reasons I thought, because I was wrong to be worried for the things I was worried about. Instead, the disappointment stemmed from the buildup, from the hype, and from the perfection of The Dark Knight.

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Pixar’s Disappointment

Theatrical release poster. Walt Disney Studios & Pixar Animation.


Opened: June 22nd, 2012

Runtime: 1hr, 40 min

Viewed: July 16th, 2012. 10:35 P.M.

Brave, Pixar’s thirteenth feature film, had really big shoes to fill. Instead of filling those shoes, it only filled the screen with wild hair. Merida, the film’s protagonist and heroine, gets points for not being stereotypical. She’s a wild, fiery, red haired princess who refuses to conform to her mother, Elinor’s, rules and regulations in regards to how a princess should act. She isn’t the stereotypical damsel in distress. That is a great plus for Merida, as it gives her some depth as an actual person. However, it provides for a generic and obvious conflict. The film becomes predictable in this way, which takes the fun out of the magic of Pixar films.

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My Senses Were Tingling

Theatrical release poster. Columbia Pictures.

The Amazing Spider-Man

Opened: July 3rd, 2012

Runtime: 2 hrs, 16 min

Viewed: July 6th, 2012. 10:30 P.M.

The Amazing Spider-Man, a reboot of the 2002 Spider-Man film, delivers on the added “Amazing” in its title. The most natural thing for one to do—if they’ve seen the original—is compare the two. The 2012 reboot surpasses any expectations one would have. The 2002 film pales in comparison.

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My New Endeavor

Hi All,

So I’m deciding to write a blog, dedicated to much of the things I love. I am focusing on reviewing movies at the moment, as I find that to be something I enjoy doing. It marries two of the things I love (writing and entertainment) so I felt it fitting to create a blog focusing on that. Perhaps in the future I will add more things, but this will primarily be a forum for my own personal opinions on the world of entertainment. I hope to get some support from many of you and constructive feedback as well. I’d even enjoy a friendly opinion tossed in there, whether you agree or disagree with anything I have to say. Also, if any word could spread about this, that would be great, as it would help achieve my ultimate goal of becoming something in this writing industry. Thank you all for your time and I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you. A first post will be coming up shortly, reviewing one particularly sticky movie. Stay tuned…

-Dan Berbs