I never read reviews of movies before a) I've seen the film myself and b) have finished writing my own review. But since I have no plans to ever see Shrek the Third if I can help it, I read The Hollywood Reporter's pan of the film.
This line from the review pretty much describes how I've felt about the Shrek series: "The rude send-up of beloved fairy tale conventions remains - somewhat - but these playful jabs no longer come as pleasing surprises. You expect them. And you expect better."
With the exception of the Gingerbread Cookie dude and Antonio Banderas' Puss in Boots, there is practically zero wit or cleverness in these movies. I've never understood why they've been such huge hits the world over. But then some things will always be a mystery to me.
Wednesday May 9
The Sopranos - Episode 82: Walk Like a Man (2007): Caught up late with this week's episode, which I realize is not technically a movie. But wow. So many fantastic scenes packed into that one hour that it felt like a full-length movie. One of the best in the show's entire history, I think. And only four episodes to go before the end, which is increasingly looking to be a feel-good, happily-ever-after finale for everyone - not.