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David, Film Freak
Men in Black II (2002)
One of the biggest films of 2002 is of course, Men In Black II - the super-cool sequel to the 1997 sci-fi original starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. With a mysterious alien creature on Earth trying to find 'The Light' which could destroy Earth as we know it, Agent K (Smith) must find Agent J (Jones) and get his memory back, for he might be the only one who knows where The Light is hidden. One of the good things about MIIB is Rosario Dawson - a key witness to an alien attack - fresh from such flops as Josie & The Pussycats and Down To You, this is bound to kick-start her career. OK, it's not the most sophisticated of storylines and you won't come out of the movie feeling any smarter for having seen it, but at least, while you're in the movie theatre, it's an exhilirating rollercoaster ride filled with blinding special FX and a humourous cast with plenty of jokes. I wouldn't say it was either better or worse than the first one, but both are solid sci-fi action comedies to enjoy on the big screen.
It's not there to win any awards. It's not there as a cinematic masterpiece. It's just there.
The second movie in Kevin Smith's 5 film View Askewniverse series is Mallrats - a charming comedy about two losers, who, after being dumped by their girlfriends decide to spend a day at the mall. - and try and win their girls back. Jason Lee and Jeremy London play the dumped-and-depressed duo of ex-boyfriends who both succeed in bringing to life the characters of . Shannen Doherty and Claire Forlani - the two ex-girlfriends also perform well here. It's been said - not just by critics and fans, but by Kevin Smith himself, that Mallrats is a bad movie - and by far the worst of his 5. Personally, I rate this 3rd... with Dogma in front, and Chasing Amy last - I found this movie to be funny, charming and completely entertaining. Ben Affleck's character was also funny to watch. Jay & Silent Bob appear to add the cartoon comedy flavour, while Stan Lee cameos in an hilarious performance of himself.
I liked the script and the way that the movie was paced, although at times seemed like the scenes were stretched further than they should be. The sets were good and the lighting and cinematography is good also. I don't really have any major gripes about this film, it's just that, there are better movies in Kevin Smith's series.
Ali G Indahouse (2002)
Well if you're a fan of the irrepressable Ali G and you go along with a whole bunch of immature people (like I did) you're bound to love this movie. It's completely sick (worse than American Pie or Scary Movie) and it's no holds-barred but if you're looking for a lotta laughs and you don't mind sex jokes and toilet humour (and lots of it) then I definitely recommend Ali G Indahouse. Never mind that the plot is paper-thin, just sit back and gross yourself out!
Baby Boy (2001)
R&B Crooner Tyrese takes a stab at acting in this realistic film about 'Baby Boy' . He thinks he's a man... he's got 2 kids. But really, he's just a baby who doesn't want to leave the cosy confines of his momma's house. There's no actual real plot-line to this movie, it's basically just an excerpt from Baby Boy's life - detailing his relationships with his mother, his kids, his kid's mothers and his mother's new man. Rapper Snoop Dogg also appears in this, as a rather nasty-lookin ex-boyfriend of Tyrese's woman. Fine directing, strong acting, a good metaphorical element about him being in the womb and sly humour make Baby Boy a good watch... although those sexually inhibited might find this a bit strong!
40 Days and 40 Nights (2002)
Teen "heart-throb" Josh Hartnett leads this film as Matt Sullivan, a sex-obsessed male who gives up any form of sex for the 40 days of Lent. Of course, as Murphy's Law would have it, within a week he finds the "girl of his dreams" but can't do anything about it physically. Too bad - this could've have EXTREMELY funny, but this has to settle for being funny in only bits and pieces - and the funny scenes are too few and far between. Hartnett and relative newcomer Shannyn Sossamon are fine in their 2-dimensional roles but the only feeling you'll have after seeing this is a sorry feeling for poor Matt because of his nasty friends and the fact that he's raped with just seconds to go!
But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)
Natasha Lyonne (American Pie 1 & 2, The Slums Of Beverly Hills) is absolutely hilarious in this bittersweet comedy/drama about a cheerleader, who, at the advice of friends and family is sent to True Directions - a camp aimed at reforming gays and lesbians "back" into heterosexuals. Bizzare as it sounds, Lyonne pulls off her eccentric character brilliantly and co-star Clea Duvall (as the butch Graham) is also perfectly cast. There is quite a bit of same-sex kissing, but for guys, it's not that hot girl-on-girl stuff you'd expect as the two involved (Lyonne and Duvall) are not what you would probably call "hot". Then there's also the 2 guys as well which was almost too much for me! But as a film, it's funny and sensitive.
The Sweetest Thing (2002)
Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate and Selma Blair play Christina, Courtney and Jane - 3 friends - in a film about trying to find the sweetest thing in a man. The movie kicks off with a collage of guys that Christina has dated in the past. From there we see Jane sobbing after being dumped by her boyfriend. That's when Christina demands that they go dancing. This is where Christina finds her potentional 'one and only', but he leaves too early for them to really get to know eachother. This leads Christina and Courtney on an absolutely hilarious journey to attend One & Only's brother's wedding. To avoid giving away the whole story, I'll stop reciting the plot line but I will say that this film is both charming and funny (even if it is quite short) and each of the lead actresses share great chemistry in one of the greatest female trio teamings since, well Charlie's Angels!
Down to You (2000)
Down To Nothing.
Yet another Freddie Prinze Jnr-lead teen romance comedy about two college students, Alec (Prinze Jnr) and Imogen (Julia Stiles, Save The Last Dance) who fall in love, and experience the highs and lows of being in a serious relationship. The good stuff: Unique and refreshing editing, Julia Stiles. The bad stuff: Freddie Prinze Jnr... he's a very ordinary actor, the plot... 100% unoriginal and not very engaging. Overall, I wouldn't say this is a bad movie, but it's not 'good' in any sense of the term and is ultimately completely forgettable.
Witherspoon is brilliant.
The rules of politics are thrown out the window as Tracey Flick (Reese Witherspoon) will do just about anything to become class president. Just her luck then, that she has a teacher - Mr. MacAllistar (Matthew Broderick) who holds a major grudge against her plus the other two running - one a nice but dim-witted jock (Chris Klein), the other a revenge-seeking lesbian (Jessica Campbell) are both hoping to win the election.
It's delightfully sick and twisted - but in a good way. A comedy of the black kind, with great editing - each of the main characters gets their chance to narrate, giving us an insight into the characters and making them more than just made-up people on a screen) and the acting is brilliant. Witherspoon's Tracey is award-winning. She's obsessive, cute, a bit neurotic and Reese does all of this - and moore - with seeming ease. Broderick, Klein (American Pie) and Campbell are also perfectly cast. All in all, this is a very good film that puts a completely different spin of 'teen high-school flick'.
Boys and Girls (2000)
Yet another teen flick.
The only reason I bothered to even watch this movie was because of the cast. I'm not big fan of teen romance-comedies, but this movie at least had Jason Biggs (American Pie), Claire Forlani (Mallrats) and R&B diva Monica. Well just my luck. Monica has a 3-line role, Jason Biggs has never been more annoying and Claire always seemed either dull, or dull but smiley. And Freddie Prinze Jnr in another one of these below-average teen flicks - no thanks. The plot basis was passable but the characters were unengaging, whiny and completely one-dimensional.