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Cheaper by the Dozen (2003)
Leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
This movie may set a bad example for children who watch it. It will teach them that it's okay to be spoiled, selfish little brats who would get in the way of their parents' dreams instead of trying to work with and help them. It shows families that they have to sacrifice everything in their lives for their children. I understand that sacrifices have to be made but these parents have given up their entire careers and life work because these selfish children don't know how to act. The teenagers in this family could be helping out much more instead of adding to the problem. I am a teenager myself and watching this movie makes me hesitant about having children if I can't have a life outside of them.
Leads up to a disappointment...
I (a high school student) rented this movie without many expectations. I have seen movies that take place in "high school" before. This did accurately portray high school somewhat but also included a lot of the same old stereotypes I have seen over and over and have yet to actually witness firsthand. Anyway, to Gus Van Sant, I have three things to say. I love to nitpick, and one of the worst overlooks I have seen in this movie is that no one apparently could muster the brain power to call the police. I didn't see a single officer in this entire movie. I did see people standing around outside the school while they know two gunmen are inside killing people, but I didn't see a single cellphone pulled out. Next, when the boy and girl (don't remember names) at the end of the movie hide in a meat locker instead of leaving through the exit a mere 20 feet away, that really didn't sit well with me. What kind of dense people bypass the exit to hide in a meat locker with no means of escape? Finally, I didn't like the shooters. Of course, no one does, but others on this site explain their lack of depth by saying Van Sant didn't know what made them tick, he just portrayed the events. I don't really know what else to say. Rent the movie to understand what I mean. I give this movie a 1/5 but actually recommend a rent so you can see what I mean and why I am dissatisfied.
House of Sand and Fog (2003)
Pretends to be a masterpiece.
While this movie may on the surface pretend to be a masterpiece, it is really overall just a way to get depressed. The only emotion this drama really brought out in me after watching it is anger. Intense, firey hatred. Others say that it is "real" and that is what makes it so intense, but...no its not. I can see why some people would come out of the movie and say, "Wow, that was good." Those people are people who only have a passing interest in intelligent entertainment. The choices made by some people in this movie wouldn't even be options in real life. The character you are supposed to identify with and feel sorry for, I had no emotions for at all except, you guessed it, hatred. The writers of this movie took a wrong turn when they, toward the end of the movie, go about things the "new movie" way and deal a drastic blow to our emotions in an attempt to get us to remember the movie after we leave the theater/pop it out of the DVD player. The end of this movie makes me want to do drastic things involving forward motion and large cliffs. It portrays life as being (searching for the right words) really crappy.
P.S. (Not specifically related to this movie because it only pretends to be "real") Why can't writers STOP writing movies with the "real life" in mind where the bad guy wins and the ending isn't happily-ever-after? We see enough of the "real world" on the news. We get depressed enough watching that. We don't need to see more of it when we are paying for it.
Not bad at all.
I don't know why everyone doesn't like this miniseries so much. I have never seen the movie or any other story about this topic and I am enjoying it immensely. Since it is only 2/3 over I can't say much more but so far the story is progressing nicely and I am always entertained.
Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)
Brings back memories.
I am 16. When I was younger, I would watch this movie all the time at Christmas. This, along with A Christmas Story and (Clark Griswold's) Christmas Vacation are the traditional Christmas movies. It didn't get very high ratings, but these people are looking for action and intrigue, not just good holiday laughs. I suggest you find a copy for your children.
Scary Movie 3 (2003)
Not as bad as people think.
How much can you really expect from it? If you don't go in expecting a psychological thriller and just go in expecting to see another Scary Movie, you will come out satisfied. I laughed heartily a couple of times. I DO suggest that you see a bargain show and not a full priced showing or for you lawbreakers, go see something good and then sneak into this afterward. P.S. Just in case anyone from the MPAA reads this, I do not suggest that anyone sneak into any movie without paying for it. Just stating what some other people do. ;-)
I was very surprised when I started reading the comments for this feature. Lots of people said it was crap, but apparently people who actually gave it a number thought it to not be so bad at all. I enjoyed this miniseries and was eagerly awaiting the next episode except for Acid Tests. That wasn't such a good episode. I recommend you watch next time they run it.
Bowling for Columbine (2002)
Like all the others say...thought provoking.
I am only 16 and I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It isn't just for the enlightened adults. I found it interesting and all too true. Why do we Americans have such a high murder rate when Canada has the same amount of guns per people that we do? Watch this movie and draw your own conclusions. P.S. Michael Moore is awesome!
Good Fences (2003)
I enjoyed this movie quite a lot. I have always been a fan of Whoopi Goldberg and this movie only emphasizes it. She portrays a housewife in an African-American family which is moving up the social chain due to the husband's (Danny Glover) success as an attorney. She moves to an all white neighborhood where the people are friendly, yet a little awkward toward her. The various events that arise during the course of the movie make for SOME laughs but mostly appeal to the other emotions. This movie is not so much a comedy as a drama. I give it a strong 8/10. I highly recommend you catch it on TV or rent it soon.
Like so many singers, Spears blows like no other.
Like so many have tried to accomplish before her, Spears wanted to completely dominate the media landscape. This just doesn't occur. She tries, but fails miserably in her attempts to create a good chick flick. The only reason to see this movie is if you need to catch up on your Z's. GoOdByE.