#2,276: The Lobster
Cast a Deadly Spell ★★½☆☆
I like Lovecraftian stuff more than the next guy, and I like when movies have in-fiction easter eggs for the fans, like when the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings up Roxxon Oil or something. But somehow It still feels so cheesy and embarrassing when a movie starts dropping Lovecraft references. I don't know what it is. Maybe it's that the kind of movies that star Detectives Lovecraft and Bradbury aren't very good.
In truth though, I thought the parts that focused on investigation and/or Yog-Sothoth instead of comedy turned out okay.
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping - ★★★☆☆
I know there were references that were lost on me, but I liked this more than I expected. It's perfect for fans of the Lonely Island's signature 'long list of nouns' songwriting technique!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) - ★☆☆☆☆
It's nuts how boring this is. The first 70 or 80 minutes are an adaptation of the 30 seconds that opens the cartoon, except with worse music. Then there's a video game level or two and a generic CG-action movie boss fight.
I don't know what's crazier, that this movie shares writers with Ghost Protocol, or that the writers of Amazing Spider-Man didn't get any credit at all even though this movie swipes a lot of the dumbest parts of ASM's plot.
The Lobster - ★★★☆☆
This is fun. It's like Her by way of Rubber. I noticed a lot of people making the comment that they enjoyed the second half less. That's probably because you have all of this fun in the first half of being shown around a world, and it's almost always disappointing when that sort of thing comes to an end to make room for the plot.