Wednesday, April 30, 2008

JuneBug

Amy Adams nominated role in this film was the reason I wanted to watch this movie. Straight out of Sundance, the movie got a lot of buzz. I didn't realize the buzz was really only about Amy Adams. The movie was odd. I didn't get the point of it. There was lack of really character development or even a conclusion. What was the point? I agree Adams was wonderful and the best thing from the movie but even in the end... I did not get it. 1 out of 4

Monday, April 21, 2008

Fantastic Four

Entertaining film. It was corny so.. i must of been a corny mood because I really liked it and I even shed a few tears at the end. Self-sacrifice will tug at the heart strings everytime... 2 1/2 out of 4

The Hoax

The writer Clifford Irving nearly pulled off one of the most audacious media scams in history, when his "autobiography" of Howard Hughes was published. Irving claimed the book was based on in-person interviews with the reclusive billionaire, which were in fact completely bogus. ( per movies.yahoo.com)

Very interesting movie. Good cast. 2 1/2 out of 4

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Reign Over Me

Former college roomates Charlie Fineman and Alan Johnson meet up again by chance on a Manhattan street corner. Five years after losing his family on 9/11, Charlie--once a successful dentist--has retreated from his life, and Alan is stunned to see the changes in his formerly gregarious friend. At the same time, Alan--who should be enjoying his beautiful wife, children and career--is overwhelmed by his responsibilities. Their rekindled relationship becomes a lifeline for the two men, who are both in need of a trusted friend at this pivotal moment in their lives. (per yahoo.movies.com)

I really enjoyed this film. Finally, a movie where Don Cheadle is taking the lead. It's not a typical Adam Sandler movie and it is refreshing to see Sandler attempting a serious role where he verbally brings humor to his character. Sandler and Cheadle work really well together. The movie can be viewed a bit clumsy not really putting things together or even revealing a clear purpose of the film. But I see two men, one who lost his family and one who is lost in his family. Charlie needs to deal with his loss and Alan needs to find a way to be part of the family with out losing his family. I liked what the movie attempted. And it's the acting ability of the actors that made the movie worth while to see. Oh and the musical soundtrack is worthy of a mention. The soundtrack was an asset to the film. 3 out of 4


Hairspray

What a fun musical. I really enjoyed it. It was fun and every character was well played. Nikki Blonsky was great and worthy of every accolade. I didn't know what Hairspray was about and I was surprised about the subject matter. It's a great reminder of the injustices black people faced here in America and those that there were people who helped fight against it and those that aided in the injustice. I loved the final number how those subject to injustice came out and fought and won. 3 1/2 out of 4

It's ashame that their are still prejudice against race and even those against socially and physically handicapped and overweight people. We aren't born with prejudice we learn from our parents. What's that saying... "you aren't born to hate, it is learned." I see ignorance in others and even in myself and it would be so nice to finally get to a point where we are all educated and more open-minded.

Friday, April 11, 2008

The King

The King is an independent film that I just heard about and thought I'd watch it. It's a very dark film and it starts off very interesting. Elvis played by Gael Garcia Bernal, seeks out his father who he's never met. His father played by William Hurt is a successful pastor of a church and he rejects Elvis because he is a reminder of his scandoulous mistake before he came to Christ. I heard great things about the acting ability of Bernal but he was very blank in this film. I wasn't quite sure if he was vindictive and wanted to bring down his father or he was just psycho. The movie moved along great but towards the middle when you were expecting the huge climax of the film, it never really was there. It left me feeling... "that's it". hmmm... it makes you think. if all Elvis wanted was to be a part of a family but why did he murder and why did he let himself have incestuous relationship with his half-sister.

The best acting in the film was Pell James and Paul Dano and they were supporting roles. They played Elvis's half sister and brother. Interesting film... and as my hubs said, " what a waste of time!" 1 out of 4

Notes on a Scandal

Notes on a Scandal is an intricate film. Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett are brilliant in this film. Judi Dench played her character so well. She was nominated for an Oscar and she should have won. Her character was so complex and the way she delivered her performance was extraordinary. To appear ugly and yet be mesmerizing at the same time is very hard to do. This is a good film. 3 out of 4

Monday, April 7, 2008

Transformers


I was a fan of the cartoon way back when. I've been dying to watch the movie directed by Michael Bay. I usually enjoy his stunt pack, slow mo action comedies.. I think he's the American version of John Woo... Well... I really enjoyed the film. I loved how they really brought to life the transformers. The smooth transition to object to robot was really cool. man, things they can do with special effects. I thought Shia Labouf was so so funny. I haven't seen the cartoon for such a long time but when the words, "decepticon" "Optimum prime" "auto bots" "megatron", I got so excited... It was like meeting an old time friend you haven't seen in such a long time. Hubby had to calm me down. He on the other hand didn't like it as much as I but what can I say... I'm a dork. I really enjoyed it. 31/2 out of 4

Enchanted


Jadyn received this movie as a gift. It was really sweet and cute. It's a story that intertwines with old favorites like snow white and sleeping beauty. It one of those "true love" stories. It's a nice idea and it's a nice romantic comedy. My girls liked it but didn't quite get it. I enjoyed it. 3 out of 4

A Mighty Heart


A film based on the true story of a married couple who were in Pakistan for work and the husband, Daniel Pearl, gets kidnapped by terrorist. It follows the pregnant wife, Marianne, with other people to find and save her husband. I can't imagine how horrific the circumstance would be. Although it they weren't able to save Marianne's husband, the strength that she had to get through it and not be so hateful in the end.

Angelina Jolie was great in portraying Marianne. She is so talented. 2 out of 4

Thursday, April 3, 2008

License to Wed

Not a very good movie. It was sloppy writing trying to find funny moments but as for the story... there wasn't any. The only thing I liked in the movie was the little protegee of the Priest played by Robin Williams. 1 out of 4