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I actually enjoyed this
I only ever watch Disney movies because my daughter wants to see them. This one is the first one that never once made me cringe! A good story with an admirable protagonist and some really good songs. Moana's relationship with her grandmother was well-done and touching. I hope that future Disney musicals will be this good, because my daughter's only five so I guess I have a few more years of watching them.
Until Moana, Frozen was the only Disney movie that had ever moved me to tears. Now the list is up to two!
It's hard to think of anything else to say that wouldn't be a spoiler. I found myself wondering how much the story is grounded in actual Polynesian culture, traditions, religion, and how much they just made up from scratch.
This was great! I was laughing so hard.
I especially enjoyed the kitchen fight scene. I thought it was very well done, funny, good action, and I loved that it was in a kitchen. V. subversive.
I loved how, in the blink of an eye, Melissa McCarthy went from "mildly cringing innocent bystander who happened to save the life of an evil rich lady" to "bodyguard hired by said lady's late father and who doesn't give a s*** anymore."
Also the writing made so many nods to things that happen in movies and in real life to women. McCarthy's boss (Allison Janney, hooray!) wasn't always nice to her, but she made a point of giving her credit for her work. The field spy McCarthy worked with for twelve years was actually not as nice as he seemed, faking her out with a crummy present in a fuzzy, hinged jewelry- store box, but even worse, convincing her to remain his handler when she could have been a field agent years ago. So basically sweet-talking her into letting her career stall for his benefit.
Anyway, nicely done; I hope to watch it again in a few years with my son when he's old enough.
kind of fun but not great
I thought this movie was going to be a lot better than it was. The trailer looked quite promising.
It was truly a relief to watch a non-dystopian movie. I love the Hunger Games but a lot of the best fiction lately has been dystopian; it's hard to get away from this kind of story.
Some of the plot points were too subtle, so the story ended up being confusing.
I was glad to finally see a movie with two important girl characters who seemed, throughout the whole movie, to never once give a thought to their appearance. And they were both really tough and fearless, and optimistic.
Private Resort (1985)
terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad
To paraphrase Elizabeth Bennet, this film was offensive in every possible way. Misogynist, racist, misogynist, fat jokes, misogynist, every possible stereotype you could think of. And the fat jokes were misogynist fat jokes. The only male character who was overweight was a boy, about 12 years old, who was remarkable for his sneaky horniness. Actually I guess he was a fat joke, too, but the fat jokes with women were much less gentle and impossible to miss. The one truly funny moment involved Hector Elizondo and an aerobics class.
I expected this to be a low-quality movie. I didn't expect it to be *this* bad. I only watched it all the way through so that I wouldn't wonder, years later, if maybe I had missed something good. Also because I went to the trouble of getting it on Interlibrary Loan. At least it was fairly short.
What happened to Paya?
This was a pretty interesting episode--we don't often get to see much of the survivors' life outside the most powerful military and political spheres. Still, it left a lot of unanswered questions for me. Who was the woman Lee was remembering? What happened to Paya after the end of the episode? What was Zarek doing on Prometheus at the end of the episode? He appeared to be just there, not doing anything at all. Why show that? Actually I don't want to ask people to post spoilers. If someone who's seen the whole series could just tell me whether or not these questions will be answered in future episodes, I would appreciate it. Thanks!
I did not expect to actually enjoy this. I had heard it was well done, so I thought I ought to force myself to watch at least some of it. Well, I've seen the first three episodes and can't wait to watch the rest. The acting is incredible, the cinematography imaginative, the pacing very good, and the dialog, since it is pure Dostoyevsky, is, of course, stellar. I've read the book (in English) a couple of times, but this movie brings the characters to life for me in a way the book never did. Perhaps the translation I read was not too great, but I think the biggest difference is the wonderful acting and directing in this mini-series. Eye contact, pauses, changes--or lack thereof--in tone of voice, all make such a big difference.
The DVD I am watching, from the Russian company CP Digital, has reasonably good-quality images, but terrible subtitles. For instance, one character told another, "You shouldn't miss this opportunity (to marry a very rich man)," but the subtitle said something like, "Isn't that interesting!" I know enough Russian to be able to tell when the subtitles are inaccurate, but unfortunately, not enough to watch it without subtitles. Perhaps the second or third time through I'll watch with subtitles turned off.
If only we could all have even a drop of Prince Myshkin's humility, compassion, love, honesty, candor.
The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Not really much of anything
This was an OK movie. Not as good or as clever as I had hoped, although the special effects, costumes, etc. were great. Visually, it was an extraordinary movie. In terms of plot and characters (which are what I like), it was no big deal. And I do think that "I think that went rather well," said after an unsuccessful conversation/negotiation/etc. is something no audience should have to sit through in 2007. Or ever again for a few decades until it has gotten so old as to be new again.
I'm moved to comment on this movie mostly b/c I spent two hours watching it and hope that time could be put to someone else's use. I chose this movie b/c of Heath Ledger. In spite of the packaging, I thought that he would be sexy and there would be some sexy scenes in the movie. Well, he wasn't, and there weren't. So if that's what you're after, just watch A Knight's Tale again.
Mission: Impossible III (2006)
I wish I hadn't wasted my time! This was pretty much Alias starring Tom Cruise, with elements of Lost. It also included something I can't stand in movies, when many innocent, good, or bad-but-low-level people are killed in order to save one person. Stupid! A high point was that the newly-rescued female actually rose to the occasion and rescued her rescuer, instead of pulling a Buttercup-vs-the-ROUS pathetic copout. So that's why I give it a 3 instead of a 2! Will we ever see Tom Cruise play a character who actually dies? I hope it will happen in my lifetime. Also be warned in case you didn't know that Philip Seymour Hoffman plays the bad guy. He was one of the reasons I let myself be talked into seeing this but if I had known that he was the bad guy I might have saved myself a couple hours.
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
very disappointing (spoilers)
_The Matrix_ is one of my favorite movies, but _The Matrix Reloaded_ disappointed me. There were some good plot ideas, but way, way too many characters and too much complication.
The Morpheus-Naiobi-commander love triangle was pointless. The dialogue (especially within this love triangle: What are you doing? What I have to. Why? Because some things change...and some things don't. Arrgh!) was dumb.
I have to admit that it is not the Wachowskis' fault that people in love (Trinity & Neo in _Matrix Reloaded_) are less entertaining than people on the verge of falling in love (same in _The Matrix_). However, it must be somebody's fault that there is zero chemistry between Carrie-Anne Moss and Keanu Reeves. Somehow, they're more sexy fighting side by side than lying side by side.
The fight scenes were interesting but too long. When Neo fights the many, many Smiths, it's obvious from the beginning that the only way he's going to get out of this situation is to fly away. On the brighter side, his launch method is both cool and groovy and a really good use of special effects.
I could have used about half as much technobabble from the Architect. They should have called him the Impressive Architect, a la the Impressive Clergyman from _The Princess Bride_. Come to think of it, maybe what this movie lacked was a sense of humor.
And Morpheus's non-speech to the teeming mass of that--dance hall, or whatever it was in Zion was just embarrassing. I hope that Laurence Fishburne gets some better material to work with in _Matrix Revolutions_.
_The Matrix_ was so good in so many ways that it was almost inevitable that its sequel would not measure up. Still, I expected better than this.
Phone Booth (2002)
Don't waste your time!
Contains Spoiler This is a stupid, pointless movie. It is suspenseful, in that you don't know what is going to happen, but in a good suspense movie, you *care* what is going to happen. Who cares what happens to this pissy schmuck? How could anyone be interested?
Another characteristic of suspense movies is that a lot depends on the end. It should be clever and meaningful in some way; it should make you utter the Ohhhhh! of realization, and get you thinking back on the various plot twists and understanding them in a new light, now that you know more than you knew before the end. (What follows is a spoiler, maybe, but how can you spoil what's already rotten?) The end of this movie reveals nothing. The Ohhh of realization is instead a curse of frustration when you realize that you sat through the whole thing for nothing. Watch _Speed_ again instead, or _Ghost ship_.
boring and shallow
Predictable, formulaic--the best I can say about it is that it was inoffensive, most of the time. There was not a single interesting character, nor a single (unpredictable, unformulaic) reason why any character did anything. Don't waste your time, unless your main motivation is to see 95% of Diane Lane's skinny body.
Call me naive, but I liked this movie a lot. Thinking back on it, I suppose it was rather predictable. It made me think about historical and present imperialism (of China, the US, and Russia), what makes a minority, and the many forms of resistance to oppression, including non-resistance. Perhaps this movie interested me precisely because these are things I know little about and rarely think about. You gotta start somewhere.