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Changing Lanes (2002)
What a waste of time!
This is one of those films where the trailer in the theater promises a great movies. Lies, lies, lies, lies, lies. Although the premise is great --- rare for most films coming out of Hollywood these days --- and the movie starts out with promise, it gets more boring and mundane as the film progresses. I was amazed I made it through the entire film without slipping into a coma! The great actors and parts in the film (Toni Collette, Sydney Pollack, William Hurt and Amanda Peet, playing against her usual silly, goofy cute girl image) could have been missed if you blinked for too long. This film was not worthy of their talent or Mr. Jackson's --- a total disappointment in my books.
Hidden Gem on the DVD Shelves
I really truly enjoyed this movie. (Which is why it surprised me that it got such a low rating from so many users at this site!) I am not saying that it is a cinematic masterpiece but it was a great way to spend a cold, snowy Saturday night. It is funny, poignant, and a great tales of the ups and downs of female friendships lasting through difficult times and the bad things that female friends tend to do to each others! (fess up ladies, we have ALL BEEN THERE!) Bill Paterson shines as the Reverand Gerald Marsden and Andie McDowell proves that she can be a fine actress when the role is right and she puts her mind to it. (And truly, there is the best "wedding escape" that I have ever seen or dreamed up in this film ... more guts than anyone I have ever known!) You will laugh and you will cry --- ignore any marketing campaigns and how this film is being marketing .... it is a hidden gem that should have done TONNES of box office. (now I have to look around to purchase a copy!)
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
Andre Lloyd Webber is a Megalomaniac Twit
Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum are wonderful in this horror of a film --- amazing singers given the material and over-dramatic drivel and over-done costumes, sets and utterly campy. I have not been as ill since I saw "Cats" and laughed the entire production and was asked to leave the theatre. And it is no fault of Joel Schumacher considering what he had to work with ... the evil troll has struck again. This is why I gave it a "1" as a "0" is not available ... this movie was crap, drivel, horrible, boring and awful ... go back to acting Emmy take Gerard and stick to the stage where your voices will be appreciated! Andrew Lloyd Webber is an egomaniac and should be shot, drawn and quartered ... (Typical short, fat and balding limey!) leave this on the stage not on the screen ---and take Minnie Driver with you! Utterly nauseating --- as much taste as airline food that has been over-microwaved!
The Aviator (2004)
Normally when I see a movie I will tell myself "wow, such and such and actor is really good at that part" ... this time, no. While watching "The Aviator" I saw performances that transcended the roles that they were playing. Leonardo Di Caprio WAS Howard Hughes: I lost track of the fact that he was an actor and not Mr. Hughes himself. I have never seen OCD played out so well --- and I see it every day in a member of my family. Cate Blanchett WAS Katherine Hepburn --- she had come back to life in that theatre and on that screen in no better tribute than could be imagined. They both happened to be in a movie on the screen in front of me and playing parts... and blew me away. I felt that I was watching a newsreel at times --- it was so REAL it was spooky with the casting and the costumes. (A9lthough if you blink you will miss Gwen Stefani!)
Is the movie genius? Maybe. It is long and tedious at times but you cannot fault the acting ... Howard Hughes' descent into madness did not happen overnight, nor did his career in aviation or the movie industry.
A definite movie to see ... an epic film on so many levels: just bring a cushion to sit on.
My Life So Far (1999)
It is rare to see a sweet and lovely movie but this is one ... a great way to spend the afternoon. A nice family story, although with really young kids you might have to explain some of the things "Wee Fraser" discovers up in his Grampa's attic. (Should you find your attention wandering and this not being your kind of movie, just fast-forward to the dinner scene and the very final scene: those two scenes should go down in movie history as the most adorable ever made!
(A Family Dinners will never be the same when you consider a little bit of knowledge gets a little out of hand --- and maybe dad does know best!)
Bless the Child (2000)
Not Awful but not Great, that is for sure
This movie had its moments, some really bad, not it is not a bad way to spend an evening (and I would watch it a million times before "the passion of the christ" and its insults to every religion out there and mel gibson's ego and madness in bringing it to the masses and the asses who actually paid $$$ to see it!)
Sure, some parts made me laugh out loud (explain how she ended up driving that car and "woke up just before she drove it off the bridge" -- remote control? mind control? who knows!) and as a Canadian the geographical errors were downright glaring but it was really not THAT AWFUL ... it is better than anything Mike Myers has ever made and Rufus Sewel is funnier than Mike Myers will ever be...take it with a grain of salt and watch it on TV where it deserves to be.
Man on Fire (2004)
Suspenseful, intruiguing movie
NO SPOILERS HERE!
I enjoyed this film ... fabulous acting (although Marc Anthony, don't give up your day job!) and a very twisty turny plot with a lot of surprises. I only wish it were a LOT shorter and had less twists as it got a little out of hand at the two hours mark ... less "what-ifs" could have made it just as good of a movie, ended the movie and it would have been no lesser of a movie... it just ran so many sub-plots it took forever to end. Dakota Fanning was AMAZING .. this girl has leading lady written all over her: if she can get through the awkward teen years and not get stuck in stupid teen sex comedies I can see a 70 year career for this acting dynamo: it is time for her to headline a movie and Mary-Kate and Ashley to stop acting and Hilary and Britney to not even try: this little dynamo has move talent in her pinky than those girls have in their whole entourage!
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Confirmation of MY PERSONAL beliefs
I saw this movie as a guest at a press screening. "Interesting" is one way to word it. Director Mel Gibson is an egotist beyond belief and brings his views to the screen --- they are his views and this is a vanity project and the fact that is being released on 2800 screens is amazing. Is it anti-Semetic? that depends upon your interpretation: Mel's father should be shot for his comments on the holocaust and Mel is a product of his environment as we all are.
I DID NOT like this movie: the actors are AMAZING: Jim Caveziel especially. The visuals are amazing, the cinematography sublime: but it is still not a GOOD MOVIE. It does not deserve to make any money as it is PURE VANITY.
It is propaganda on the scale of 1930's Germany and will be the subject of news stories and university and college classes for DECADES to come. Will it be a subject for ministers, rabbis, atheists, agnostics and all others in the field to argue about forever and a day? YES...it is even on CNN now. (and I am LOVING IT!)
Will it win awards? Sadly I imagine it will. Does it deserve it? No. (but that is free speech, folks!)
Does it even deserve a vote? No. (as there are no minuses on a scale of one to ten).
See it and decide for yourself ... just don't be surprised if you think you wasted your money and gave Mel some more filthy lucre to satisfy his enormous ego with.
Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)
Amazing. Breathtaking. Wonderful. Luminescent. Didn't like it? I'd like you to take an unknown piece of history, write an awe-inspiring, astounding novel and transfer it to the screen. So shut your cake holes and see a popcorn flick like Lord of the Rings or Cat in the Hat.
Italiensk for begyndere (2000)
4 Funerals and it Really Sucked
This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen --- first of all, it was filmed on crappy videotape instead of film and the entire "movie" jumped up and down (hear of a tripod??? it doesn't move up and down...)
Let's see .... four morose funerals, eternal talk of impotency, about 3 minutes in Italy, drunken fights, non-stop talk of death, and the cover is total false advertising (I expected a lush, romantic comedy set in Italy and I got a sucky morose drag set in a 2 cent set in Denmark!).
AVOID AT ALL COSTS!