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Shall We Dance (2004)
Slow to start but picks up speed by the end.
Shall We Dance? is slow to start but picks up speed by the end film. Richard Gere is a lawyer named John Clark who takes dancing lessons at a local dance studio and falls for a beautiful dance instructor named Paulina. Jennifer Lopez plays the beautiful ballroom dancer instructor that Gere falls for. The movie also co-stars Susan Sarandon as Richard Gere's suspicious wife who believes that he is having an affair. Shall We Dance? has some slow moments which lead into the better parts of the movie. The monologue scenes that Richard Gere gives at the very beginning are pretty boring but they lead up to better scenes with Gere and Stanley Tucci. This is a major chick flick, so guys won't probably like it. Women will probably like it because of the "love triangle" between Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez and Susan Sarandon. I was a little disappointed that they did not have more scenes with Stanley Tucci. However, I thought the comedy in the movie was hilarious. Overall I gave Shall We Dance? 7 out of 10 stars. If you liked Shall We Dance? then I would suggest renting Pretty Woman or Maid In Manhattan.
Kevin James stole this film!
I loved this movie about Will Smith, who plays the "love doctor," Alex 'Hitch' Hitchens, who helps men with their relationship problems. His latest case is a man played by Kevin James, Albert, who hopes to entice a multimillion dollar heiress, Allegra Cole played by Amber Valletta. During this time Hitch meets up with and falls a gossip columnist named Sara, played by Eva Mendes who threatens to shut his quiet little operation down after finding out that Hitch is connected to one of her stories. Every time Hitch goes out of his way to try and impress Sara it comes back in his face. Kevin James from the King of Queens stole the movie away from Will Smith as his portrayal as Albert. However, the movie largely revolves around Will Smith. I was a little disappointed that there weren't more scenes with Kevin James. However, I thought the scene where Will Smith was teaching Kevin James how to dance was hilarious. Overall I gave Hitch 8 out 10 stars, and if you liked it I would recommend seeing Six Degrees of Separation, Independence Day, Bad Boys I & II Training Day and the TV series King of Queens, co-starring Jerry Stiller and Leah Remini.
Blade: Trinity (2004)
Not as good as the original, but better than the second.
Ryan Reynolds stole the show, playing ex-vampire, Hannibal King. It seemed like in every line Reynolds had something catchy to say. In Blade Trinity, as well as being up against vampires, now Blade (Wesley Snipes) has to face the human race. However, we forget all about that after the first half hour or so. In Blade Trinity, Blade goes toe to toe against Dracula himself or Drake as he's called in the film, played by Dominic Purcell. However, Parker Posey plays the devious Danica Talos, who I thought did a poor job acting wise. Another person who I believe won't get any more acting jobs in Hollywood anytime soon is Paul Michael Levesque, or he's better known in the wrestling ring as Triple H, unlike his friend Dwayne " The Rock" Johnson, Triple H doesn't bring that same charisma onto the set and most of his lines sound forced. However, I loved Jessica Biel as Abigail Whistler. I would suggest see the seeing the other two Blade films first and then going to see this one, because they hint on some of the things that were introduced in the other two movies, such as the idea of "familiars" and the other two movies might give you a further and more in depth explanation about Blade and Kris Kristofferson's character, although Kristofferson isn't in this one that much. Overall, I gave Blade Trinity 7.5 out of 10 stars.
Funny, Worth Seeing!!
Vince Vaughn plays Peter La Fleur, a man who is down on his luck and is the owner of Average Joe's Gym. However, Vaughn is about to have his gym taken from him and sold to the competition, White Goodman played by Ben Stiller and Global Gym. Vaughn has to raise $50,000 to stop Global Gym from making Average Joe's Gym into a parking lot. In order to get the money they decide to play dodgeball. Stiller learns of their plans and tries to stop them by entering a team into the tournament. Rip Torn is excellent in this film. Rip Torn plays Patches O Houlan, coach for Average Joe's Gym and ex-dodgeball player. Besides Rip Torn, I also liked Ben Stiller's portrayal as White Goodman. Average Joe's team also consists of a geek, a nerd, a man who thinks he is a pirate and Christine Taylor. However, the movie is a little predictable, but overall I gave the movie a 8 out of 10.
One of the worst movies I've ever seen.
Garfield was one of the worst movies I've ever seen. The movie is based on the comic strips and the late 80's early 90's television show, Garfield and Friends. There was no real character development which we could see. Also, there was no real plot to the movie. Garfield was also too slow and not that well written. It lacks the substance that any good movie should have. Bill Murray gave a weak performance as the fat orange feline. Breckin Meyer gave a terrible performance as Jon. Stephen Tobolowsky, played Happy Chapman, the 'villain,' of the film. However, I didn't buy him in that role at all. I've seen Bill Murray in much better films, including Rushmore, Groundhog Day and What About Bob? The only good thing in this film is the lovely Jennifer Love Hewitt, who plays Liz, Jon's love interest in the film. If you like Jennifer Love Hewitt, I would recommend seeing I Know What You Did Last Summer, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, and Heartbreakers. Overall I gave the movie 3 out of 10 stars.
The Incredibles (2004)
Great from beginning to end, but meant more for the adults.
The Incredibles is great from beginning to end. However, with some scenes of fantasy violence and some sexual innuendos this movie is meant more for the adults. The movie stars Craig T. Nelson as Mr. Incredible, an out of work superhero, who has been recruited to find out what has happened to some missing superheroes. While Mr. Incredible has been in retirement from the superhero game, he has married and had three children. His wife, voiced by Holly Hunter has the ability to stretch, his daughter Violet has the ability to become invisible and his son Dash has the ability run at lightning speed.
The movie also stars Lucius Best a.k.a. Frozone, voiced by Samuel L. Jackson. They all face off against Syndrome, voiced by Jason Lee, from Dogma and Almost Famous, who plays a super villain who wants the world for himself. The movie was great from beginning to the end. It had great visual and sound effects, the characters were well developed and overall well done. Overall I gave The Incredibles an 8 out of 10.
Jamie Foxx deserves an Oscar nomination for his performance as Ray Charles.
Jamie Foxx deserves an Oscar nomination for his performance as Ray Charles. Jamie Foxx plays the late, great Ray Charles, portraying the singer's life. The movie shows Charles' battle with drug addiction. Also, the movie shows the problems that Ray Charles had with women, like Margie Hendricks played by Regina King. Regina King was also great in the film. Kerry Washington also did a great job playing Della Bea Robinson, the wife of Ray Charles. The movie also goes into further detail about the problems facing Ray Charles in his home life. Another part of the movie that I enjoyed very much were seeing the flashbacks into Ray's childhood describing the origins into his past and see what got him interested in music and how he became blind in the first place. The child who played Ray Charles as a young kid did a fantastic job as well, and deserves some sort of recognition for his work on the film. The overall plot was fantastic and the filmmakers did a great job portraying Ray Charles. Overall I gave this movie 8 out of 10
Man on Fire (2004)
Slow at the beginning, but picks up the pace as it goes on.
The movie, Man on Fire, starring Denzel Washington was a good movie. It could have been better in parts, and it didn't need to be as long as it was, running nearly two and half hours long. The movie is about an ex-CIA operative who becomes a bodyguard to a little girl and her family down in Mexico. When the girl is kidnapped and Washington is nearly murdered in the process, he must then find the people responsible and extract his revenge. Christopher Walken plays Denzel's best friend and mentor; he was great in this film. The movie was slow at the beginning, but gradually picked up the pace as it went along. Overall I gave the film a 6 out of 10.
Too slow and not that well written.
Anchorman received many good reviews from other critics. I have no idea why though. The movie lacks the substance that any good movie should have. As well as a decent plot or strong character development. There are many guest appearances from many big name actors, such as Ben Stiller, Tim Robbins, Vince Vaughn, Jack Black and Luke Wilson, but after one or two scenes they're never seen again. The main story is it's the 1970's, and Christina Applegate's character becomes the first anchorwoman on television and Will Ferrall and his friends feel threatened by her arrival. Meanwhile, Will Ferrall develops a romantic relationship with Applegate's character. Anchorman does have its moments, but for the most part it's filled with cheap laughs and antics. I thought Will Ferrall did a much better job in Zoolander. Overall I gave the movie 4 out of 10 stars.
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
A Great Tale of Revenge
Kill Bill Vol.1 is Quentin Tarantino's best work since Pulp Fiction and Uma Thurman's best work ever. It's a classic revenge tale, in which Thurman's character seeks revenge on the crew of assassins who tried to kill her. Thurman's character simply known as the Bride was a former member of the crew who attempted to kill her. After the Bride is attacked she goes into a comma for a few years, she wakes up and only has only one thing on her mind
REVENGE!!! Kill Bill is the perfect combination of action, comedy and Japanese anime. Uma Thurman is excellent as the bride. Lucy Liu is great as the half Chinese half American, O- Ren Ishii. Quentin Tarantino does it again. The entire film was good from beginning to end. I can't wait for volume 2 to come out later on this year. Vivica A. Fox is awesome and lethal as Vernita Green. However, David Carradine fans will be disappointed. He is only in a couple scenes throughout the entire film. Hopefully we will see more of him and Michael Madsen in Kill Bill Volume: 2. Overall I gave Kill Bill Vol. 1 an 8 out of 10. The action scenes were spectacular and I loved the Japanese-anime sequences in the film. If people liked this movie I would recommend seeing Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction.