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Give Me a Break
I heard about this movie nearly a year ago and was really excited to see it (since I'm a fan of almost everyone who stars). Plus I respect Cusack's work since he has such an impressive resume.
However, this movie really did not hold together for the last 15 or 20 minutes, and I think quite a few people agree with me in saying; WHAT KIND OF ENDING WAS THAT? This is one of those endings where you're like "huh?" for the next hour after you've left the theater. Trying, desperately, to piece it together. Not one of those clever, profound, thought-provoking endings, but the one where it just didn't make any sense. It came out of left field too quickly and actually pretty unrealistic. Not WHAT happened to the victims, but that it was all apart of some psychotic man's imagination?? Um, okaaaaay.
Still, maybe if I didn't expect so much from it, I would have enjoyed it more. I just think it was cheapened and that the screenwriter couldn't come up with anything relevant so he tossed this onto our plates. I found the storyline of "everything happens for a reason and they were all meant to die at this motel on this night" and all. That's more interesting to me personally.
You've Got To Be Kidding Me
I have a few things to point out about the ending (so it's best not to read ahead if you've not witnessed this)...
Okay, so Madison is arrested and we think all is well, right? Not just yet folks! She manages to grab the officer's gun (as if they sit in the back-seat of a patrol car with a prisoner beside them -- and are foolish enough to let this happen anyway. And if so, they deserved to be shot) and shoots both cops. THEN she strikes again, by kidnapping Amy - Ben's typical, nothing special blah girlfriend, who was terribly UN-entertaining, and plans to drown her by cuffing her to a chair and pushing her into a swimming pool. At this point, we think Amy is doomed. But no... wait... Ben just HAPPENS to have the very same hairclip Madison gave him when they first met, in his back pocket, which enables him to unlock the cuffs and save her! The climax is Madison drowns, leaving everyone relieved and able to go on their merry way. ::gags herself:: Right, okay. ::rolls eyes::
How hideously ridiculous is that? Granted, I knew this wasn't going to be great for starters, simply because it was setup like most movies directed at the 13-17 age range. Hollywood must assume all teenagers are complete idiots and that we will not stand for any type of film that requires us to use two (or less) brain-cells to grasp the meaning of a storyline. I mean, after seeing movies like this, you'd think any schmuck off the street can be a screenwriter. Look kids, it IS possible to shovel this kind of garbage into the faces of movie-goers, who knew?! What happened to originality in the cinema world? Maybe this was more suspenseful and clever on paper, in a script - although highly doubtful - it certainly wasn't executed well onscreen. A total letdown. Grade: D (Cause it wasn't the most horrible I've ever seen, hard to believe, I know).
A Little Princess (1995)
I watched both this and the Shirley Temple version numerous times throughout my childhood, never really comparing the two. Now that I'm older, I've grown quite a distaste for remakes and sequels, and rightfully so!
My younger sister rented this and asked me to watch it with her. I didn't remember much of it and was skeptical. I was actually pleasantly surprised. I loved Sara's stories. I think this being a more recent version, there was an opportunity to add effects and bring a more dreamy and mystic storyline to the table.
I highly recommend this for children and even teenagers, like me, can enjoy it!
The Ring (2002)
Creepy NOT Scary
I don't think I'm alone in saying this was really confusing and just a jumbled mess. I mean, I didn't feel as if the scenes tied the story together. Like Brave Sir Robin said, there's lots of side plots that have no relevance. Personally, I didn't even get the ending. Yes, the girl coming through the TV - and her face - made me wince, but what I didn't get was why Rachel and Aidan survive just by watching a different copy of the tape?
I mean the film overall is creepy, NOT scary. I think some have mistaken the differences. Maybe it's a possibility that I just don't get the heebie-jeebies easily. The only movie that makes me pee my pants is "The Exorcist" and this does not, by far, even compare in the slightest. Especially considering what occurred in "The Exorcist" has been reported as actually happening, whereas this is so unbelievable and fictitious.
I might have enjoyed it more by not having the expectations that it was one of the most horrifying films of the past 10 years or something. I'd recommend that if you do see this, just take it in how YOU want to. Maybe you'll like it, who knows. But I personally don't plan to watch it again in the near future. AND I get the feeling this has sequel written all over it, due to the ending and the enormous success (which I'm sure the film company would love to duplicate).
Stealing Harvard (2002)
Not THAT Bad
This movie wasn't one of the funniest I've ever seen or anything, but I don't think it's as bad as everyone is claiming. There were a handful of times when I laughed out loud. Many people I know complained about Tom Green - he's just the type of guy you either love, or really hate... doesn't mean he's a talentless goon. It's hard for me to picture Lee in a film not directed by Kevin Smith, it seems like he's not comfortable in anything else. Maybe I just perceive it wrong. But I'd only recommend this to a fan of somebody in the movie.
I Just Didn't Get It
I didn't expect much since this was tossed out of theaters so fast. I think it had a good basis for a plot, but the end result was just strange and confusing. There were several things I didn't understand while I was watching it - as if I'd missed something - and became more and more frustrated. I think the effects were cool and creepy, but visual candy can only carry a film so far and unfortunately the script was ridiculous.
I really feel bad for Stephen Dorff, because I do like him and think he's a good actor, but for some reason he's continually done mediocre work for the last two or three years. Someone help this guy pick out a decent script, please! AND he should stick to bad guy roles, because I didn't buy him as a cop for two seconds.
Anyway, as far as the movie goes, I don't think it's the worst ever or anything, but I really just didn't get it. Personally, I was thinking it'd have a nice twist of an ending that would tie everything together, but I was disappointed in my assumption. I wouldn't recommend this movie unless you're a fan of the director or someone who stars in it.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Worth The Hype? No.
After all the hype this movie got, I was hesitant to even see it because I figured it just couldn't be as good as everyone was saying it was. I think this was a nice story about a girl, her eccentric family and accepting her culture and where she comes from. And of course the classic love story. Was this film worthy of all the attention and praise it received? I don't think so. But it was enjoyable and had funny moments. Why on earth they would want to spin it off into a TV series, I have no idea. But you never know, it could be as likeable as the film. At least it has the original actors participating in it.
I saw this on the Sci-Fi station and decided to watch it because a friend had recommended it to me a few weeks prior. At first I was hesitant because it was four hours long, but I enjoy most King films so I pulled up a chair, grabbed some popcorn and prepared myself for a long haul I hoped would be worth it. Boy was I wrong.
The first two hours was just the kids' side stories and how they came in contact with "IT." By the time we got to the 4th or 5th kid, I didn't even care anymore. I figured since the second 2 hours would involve the adults, I'd give it a try. Well, it just kept going downhill. 30 Minutes before it was over, I was practically MAKING myself not change the channel. Only because I'd watched so much and figured I shouldn't turn it now. Not because I was actually interested in how it ended.
Maybe this was a scary movie 15 years ago, but I found the storyline, and especially the effects, embarrassing! I wonder why everyone I know enjoyed this movie so much? I just wasn't entertained and I'm sorry I wasted my evening on such garbage. John Ritter couldn't even save it and will someone please NEVER cast Annette O'Toole in a film again? She was horrible and very annoying. 1/10 for trying.
Society's Child (2002)
I didn't enjoy this movie AT ALL. It's mostly the approach to the story. I would have preferred seeing a realistic look at this disease, but instead we get tossed into this girl's mind so to speak, and are unfortunately forced to listen to an unnecessary and irritating narration throughout the whole film. And above all, like we're supposed to feel sorry, or some hint of emotion, for this woman who is unwed and has six children and living on welfare?! I don't think so! She put herself in that position by having kids when she was 14!! Just really cliched in certain situations which we expected: like mom having an unreliable on again-off again and somewhat abusive boyfriend, rebellious older children, scrapping for food and money, and Nikki just adapting to everyday functions. I realize the girl had the mind capacity of a two-year old, but that whining every time her mom would fight or get hurt, was SO annoying. I just became more and more annoyed as I watched this, so I turned it off after an hour. Very few made for tv movies are remarkably good, but this one is remarkably bad. Don't waste your time.
A Friday Night Date (2000)
Avoid This Trash!
This is honestly the stupidest movie I've ever seen! The plot itself is so weak, I didn't expect much, but geez! Nothing was believable. Like any guy in his right mind would chase down his ex-girlfriend for two whole days. And that his friend would even ALLOW him to drive his truck and ride over medians, into woods and down streams. Especially since he 'built the truck by hand,' and shouted the entire time for him to 'watch out man!' There was zero dialogue (which I assume was a plus considering the *talents* of these actors), and we're just thrust into this never-ending car chase which I became irritated with after a while (I might as well have turned to ESPN and watched the races). Annoying characters, horrendous acting and a ridiculous script, equal a dead end. Pun intended. And weren't these people like 30+ years old? Why were they in college?? :rolls eyes:: Avoid at all costs and do something productive instead of wasting 90 minutes on this trash. 1/10.