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Having been let down by two of my childhood favorites, Superman (OK, the “Man of Steel”) and “The Long Ranger” — even if my childhood viewing of the original TV series was via syndication –  I was stuck for what to see a weekend or two later. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the case that my wife and I were torn between two good choices. Just the opposite. We really should have found something else to do to get us out of the house. …

Instead, we settled on something called “The Purge.” It looked like a horror flick, which will rarely (never?) get my time or money, but based on the alleged plot, and having Ethan Hawke as the star, I figured a few dollars at a discount house might be worth the gamble. Still, I’d be lying if I professed optimism as we headed to the theater.

You know what? Typo almost liked it. The premise, admittedly absurd from the get-go in terms of reality, was enough to get me to buy in. And when the storyline had run its course, it ended. Hear that, “Lone Ranger” makers?. No, “The Purge” won’t win any Oscars, not even if the Best Film nominations are enlarged from 10 to 50. But Typo gave it a 5. Tell me it’s only because my expectations for the previous movies were higher, and “Purge” was a question mark, and I guess I have to acknowledge that possibility, but I don’t think that is the case here. The film offered me something that could entertain me, and did so at a basic level. …

Confessing the obvious here, but I don’t live and die by the news of every movie that is made, so I hadn’t even heard of “The Purge” until the night we went to see it. ..

Most recently, we saw “Now You See Me.” Tell me if this sounds familiar, but I hadn’t heard of this film until the day before we went to see it, and it was also showing at a discount house, so what the heck. …

This film rather fascinated me. Again, it brought an originality of premise that didn’t have me thinking I knew what was going to happen 10 minutes before it did. It would have been pretty easy to lose me amid the magic-based plot turns, yet the film flowed nicely. Typo wavered on the rating for “Now You See Me,” but only to this extent: Was it a 5.5, maybe a 6? Typo settled on a 6, right on the borderline of a movie worth recommending to others. …

It will be interesting to see what comes along next. …

Typo on Movies

I rather enjoy going to a good movie. So if one ever comes along again, would you let me know? …..

I don’t consider myself that tough of a movie critic. When Siskel & Ebert were in their heyday, all it took was for one of those guys to like a movie. If that was the case, the chances were very good that I’d like it too. (I believe I heard it said that Siskel needed a film to be technically sound, and Ebert just needed a good show. Or maybe it was the other way around.) …

So the most recent handful of movies that I have seen are enough to send me scurrying for a good book. …

This revelation began with “Man of Steel.” I heard by word of mouth that some people liked the movie, and others didn’t. If I said that I think it should have been renamed “Man of Stealing My Money,” would that tell you how I felt about this movie? It actually started off OK, maybe the first 20 minutes to a half hour, as it looked back at the events on Krypton. Beyond that? Nada. The zipping around, midair fights, city destruction, too drawn out. All of the special effects in the world won’t cover for a plot as badly lacking as this one was……..How much did Typo hate this movie? On a scale of 1 to 10, congratulations: It avoided a 1. Yeah, 1.5. 

For context, the only movie that comes to mind that I disliked more than “Man of Steal” was “Battleship.” That movie, which some how earned its 0 rating, would have been better if it were just two people sitting at a table playing the board game that shared the movie’s name. And that was it for me and superhero movies. Enough is enough.

It took about a week to break that vow, because I was intrigued by what “The Lone Ranger” might offer. Hey, at least there wouldn’t be whooshing around outer space, right? … Would you be impressed if I told you that Typo liked “Ranger” three times as much as “Steel”? You should only be impressed that I got the math right, as Hammer/Depp rated a 4.5. I kept waiting for something to cheer for, but turning a hero into a buffoon doesn’t do much for me. Nor does drawing out the movie well beyond its barely useful life. Should have been at least 30 minutes shorter.

More on Typo at the Movies next time.