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I'm with Lucy (2002)
Very accurate account of blind dating!
I don't think it was so bad. I thought it was actually a pretty accurate account of blind dating. I have (and still do, on occasion) dated guys from singles' services. You meet some nice people, and you meet some real jerks. You meet some guys who have mouths full of rotten teeth. You meet some guys who want to psychoanalyze your life after a 15-minute telephone conversation. You meet some guys who hold you as you cry through a flashback and help you through the worst times in your life--guys you'll never forget who will always mean the world to you as true friends. And, you meet guys who seem wonderful--ideal, even--for the whole time you're dating, but then you spend your first extended time alone with them, and find out they're a monster.
Yeah, the movie was pretty darned accurate. Lucy lucked out, actually. She found out the guy was a monster before she'd lived with him for three years and bought a house with him.
I was thinking through the last part of the movie, "Oh, no! She's gonna end up with Luke because David's the big-name star, and it's the Barry guy that she should really be with! He's the best guy for her! Darn it!" They surprised me! They actually surprised me! She didn't end up with Luke! I'm not going to say who she ended up with, though! I will say it was a surprise! All the guys really surprised me. I thought they were all kinda jerky in their own way at the beginning--one of them in particular. Heck, one of them wouldn't have gotten a second date with me! But, he ended up being a pretty decent guy. That shocked me out of my gourd! I really think this was a very true-to-life movie. I know a lot of people who saw it said it was stupid. I respectfully disagree. I recommend it to anyone who has ever been on a series of blind dates with different men. You will *so* be able to relate to this film! There aren't as many laughs as you'd expect in a romantic comedy, but there is a lot of heartwarming.
That's my review, and I'm sticking to it! :-)
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Fast-paced action, awesome special effects
It was a *good movie*. There were some pretty intense moments, and I can see no need for them to make a 3-D version, as the 2-D was dizzying enough in places. There was a lot of fast-paced action in this one!
The formation of the villain in this one is similar to watching the Borg in Star Trek: The Next Generation get their implants. It's done in a similar way, and it's just as creepy to watch.
The special effects rocked. And, as always, Tobey McGuire looked really good in that spandex! (I think his legs have beefed up quite a bit since the first one, though.)
They've done a really good job of setting up a springboard for a Spidey 3, too. We'll see what happens.
There are cameos by two former WB television stars: Ted Raimi ("Joxer" on Xena and Hercules), Bruce Campbell ("Autolycus" on Xena and Hercules), as well as an appearance by one of my favorite comedic movie actors, Bill Nunn ("Bradley, physical therapist" in Regarding Henry and "Lt. Eddie Souther" in Sister Act).
I highly recommend this movie to anyone who hasn't seen it. If you haven't seen the first one, yet, it will help you understand this one to see that first. It's not necessary, but it will help.
One of Disney's finest stories
I saw this for the first time two nights ago, 5 years after its release in theaters. It had my heart strings being tugged, had me giggling, and, most importantly, it moved me. The music was beautiful, particularly the lyrics and music to the song that Mulan sings to herself ("Who Is This Girl I See"?). The lyrics are just as awesome an accomplishment as the melody of the song. The animation on Mulan and the Captain of the Imperial army was very lifelike. I could actually picture what the people might look like in real life. That's a first for me with a Disney animated feature. I was very impressed.
The only possible flaw I saw in this movie, not being an expert in East Asian culture, but knowing a little, is the way Mulan's family behaved when she returned from running away, even though they knew where she'd gone and what she'd done. I think, realistically, an East Asian family, particularly from that era, would not have behaved that way. I could be wrong.
Down with Love (2003)
Hard to Follow in Places, but Overall Very Cute
There were places in this movie that had me scratching my head and saying, "HUH?" Still, I laughed at a lot of it.
Not being well versed in the types of movies they were trying to spoof and/or mimic in this movie, I can't comment on how well they did with that, other to say that the costumes and habits of the characters were very appropriate for the 60's era, as were all the "convenience" gizmos that were popular when people first started attempting to "streamline" their lives, some to the point of ridiculum.
Stay for the credits, too. A cute musical number by the male and female protagonists is there, as well as some cute clips.
It's a very enjoyable movie if you enjoy tongue-in-cheek stuff. I know I'm going to add it to my "to buy" list.
Bruce Almighty (2003)
Charming but Silly
Morgan Freeman's portrayal of God was very endearing in this movie. I enjoyed it quite a bit. A lot of the movie was just plain silliness, which, I must admit, was refreshing in the midst of all these smash-em, bash-em action/suspense/thriller movies that are overtaking the industry these days. With all the *real* violence going on in the world, I prefer to watch a movie that helps me *escape* it for a couple hours, not bury me in it. It's hard enough to face reality once I *leave* the theater.
I was also relieved that this movie didn't contain Jim Carey's tendency toward what I call toilet humor. (See the Ace Ventura movies for an example of what I mean.) No, this was, for the most part, just good, clean humor tossed in with--gasp!--tough decisions based on morals.
It's at least worth one viewing. I won't pay theater price to see it again (that's where I saw it this time), but I'd watch it again on video if someone I knew hadn't seen it and was in the mood for a lighthearted comedy.
Warning, though: Several parts of this movie could be considered blasphemous to those who are seriously religious. Preview it before taking anyone like that with you to see it.
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
A surprisingly better movie than the ads had me believing!
First of all, let me say, WOW! CAN EWAN McGREGOR SING! What a gorgeous
voice! Nicole Kidman also has a beautiful voice.
This movie was a bit confusing during high-action scenes, but I believe we were meant to feel the confusion along with one of the characters.
The movie's moments left me wondering whether to laugh or cry. One moment
something ridiculously silly was happening, the next something heartbreaking.
Whatever you do, don't try to figure out how everything that is foretold at the beginning will happen in the end! You'll be wrong!
Interesting Movie, Creatively Portrayed Concept
Whoever created this plot concept and brought it to life in the screenplay was a creative genius. Kudos to that person. A lot of the elements of this movie were able to make me say, "Oh!" with surprise and/or realization, something I've found severely lacking in modern film.
I wouldn't pay $8.50 to go see this film in the theater again, but I definitely recommend seeing it at least once on the big screen. If you have to, wait until it comes around to the discount theater. Just don't come crying to me when there are giant dust specs on the otherwise flawless skin of the manufactured actress! ;)
Compared to some of the clones upon clones of destroy, maim, mutilate, and conquer films in today's industry, this film was refreshingly thought provoking. Enjoy.
Ice Age (2002)
Good, Clean Fun with a Little Fantasy Added for Good Measure
This was an excellent CGI film. All voices were very well assigned to the characters, and all characters were fleshed out with extreme care until they came to life on the screen. (Honestly, did we expect any less?)
Some very funny moments, some very sweet moments, some great lessons for youngsters and us mature folks, and, as always, some great inside jokes for those of us old enough to understand the double entendre in the words spoken.
Just good, clean fun with a little fantasy added in for good measure.
I laughed so hard my cheeks ached at the end of the movie!
Nice Cameos in a Great Movie
I got a lot more emotional spectrum out of this movie than I expected. That alone impressed me. I felt sorrow, glee, anger, fear, humor, and even shocked enough to jump at one point.
There were some great cameos (one of which I missed, darnit!) by former cohorts of Sam Raimi's from his Xena and Hercules days. Some were more obvious than others, which explains why I missed the one person I would have really liked to see.
Anyway, I'm told by my comic-fan friends that this movie did a really good job of honoring those who told the tale of Spiderman before it. I wouldn't know--I was more of an Archie, Pink Panther, Peanuts sort of kid.
All I know is, even without being a comic fan, I really enjoyed the movie. It's always a plus when a film works on all your emotional strings.
Oh, and did I mention how good the special effects were? SEAMLESS.
Humble, but Well-done Show That I Miss Terribly
I remember, appreciate, and miss this show, too. I'm sure my Aunt Kathy feels exactly the same way, as she was the one who introduced me to it. So, maybe there are three people in the world who miss it. I started watching it before it was on The Family Channel, and was ecstatic when they picked it up to show just before The Young Riders, another similarly programmed Western/Action-adventure series. I've been unable to find any sites for it, either. It's really a shame. The acting was excellent, as were the storylines. Now that I think about it, even the cinematography was good.
The show worked around the fact that a Canadian Mounty and a U.S. Marshall had to share an office on the Western U.S./Canadian border in the late 1800's, and that both men fancied a female, French Canadian doctor who practiced in town. There were other issues, such as an early version of the modern-day, anything-for-a-dollar lawyer that gives other legitimate lawyers a bad name. There was also the ongoing clash between the clean-cut, Oxford-educated Clive (the Mounty), and the stubble-ridden, tobacco-chewing, under-educated Jack (the Marshall). It was very well done so that it kept you laughing with campiness and occasional much-needed comic relief during the more serious episodes. When it came down to the nitty-gritty, though, you could always tell that the two men cared deeply for each other but were too stubborn to show it unless the situation was dire.
The series Due South has a very similar premise to this and was accepted more readily by a larger audience, perhaps because it was set in modern times instead of the Old West.
Also of Note: This is the series that introduced (as far as I know) the most recent actor (as of April 2002) to play Michael Horton (Roark Critchlow) on Days of our Lives, the nice-looking blond with the beautiful blue eyes. He played the part of a young member of a gang of trail robbers posing as a Mounty apprentice to assist in the overtaking of Clive's guarding of a shipment of money.
Personal Note: If anyone has this series on tape, I'm willing to pay money (up to $10/6-hr VHS tape with 12 shows at 30-min ea., or more, if you've erased the commercials). Please e-mail me privately for arrangements. Thank you.