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I've been hearing lots of negativity about this movie. I think a lot of people have been shocked, frankly, by the raw and rough nature of the film. Having read the play, I've been looking forward to it for about a year now, and it's honestly one of the best plays I've ever read. Mike Nichols presents it in an amazing way, very faithful to the words as they're written (and they should be, for the movie is also written by the man who wrote the play, the brilliant Patrick Marber).
It's a brutal topic, sex and love, especially when they're combined. I thought the movie was amazing. It captured all of the vulnerability, caustic harshness, and acerbic flirtation that the play vibrated with. All of the cast brought the movie alive. It uplifts and then brings you way down, but that's the point, and yet at the end, I didn't feel depressed or saddened, just really really awake and curious. It's the feeling you get when you get "closer", I suppose.
Natalie Portman, in a tour-de-force performance, is the standout by far. Maybe it's because she's the youngest, and not expected to be that awesome, but she is. Anyways, her Alice is flirty and sweet, caustic and manipulative, evasive and yet very open, sexual and gloomy all in one character. She has the best chemistry with the men - whether it be purely sensual with Clive Owen, or innocence and affection with Jude Law. She comes alive with the two guys, and their scenes are ones to look forward to.
Julia Roberts, whom everyone looks towards, is not bad in this film. She's very understated and good, but she is outshone in nearly every scene by whomever she's acting with.
Clive Owen is absolutely astounding, and he's definitely on everyone's radar screen. As the man of experience and "simplicity", as Jude Law's character comments, he's brash and hotheaded, but also extremely clever. Owen perfectly plays the sleazy, unlikeable character, but somehow manages to appeal to the audience and even though he's a disagreeable character, I think many managed to find something all right about him - Owen's human sense in Larry.
Jude Law is simply very very good; neither astounding nor bad. The only reason he does not stand out is the fact that we've all expected him to do a good performance. And he does, he has a great performance. He and Portman have amazing scenes together, and he's always on par.
Simply put, the movie is not for everyone (especially not for seeing with a parent or young child); it's a mature adult flick, and does not back down from anything. It's high drama - with all the uplifting romance and brutal arguments of relationships. It's a story about people.
13 Going on 30 (2004)
Cute, sweet, funny - a gem!
Jennifer Garner is sensational and completely winsome in this delightful movie, 13 Going On 30. Jenna Rink is 13, and like any 13-year-old girl, wants to be cool. It's 1987, and on her party of the year invites the "Six Chicks" and her goofy next-door-neighbor-best-friend, Matt. Her one wish? To be "thirty, flirty, and thriving". Next thing you know, she is.
But there's a price to being "thirty, flirty, and thriving" for Jenna Rink. She has everything she wants, or does she? Mark Ruffalo is really really great as older Matt, and he and Jennifer Garner have lovely chemistry. The movie has a good pace, and the comic moments are not always fall-over-funny, but they always shine! This is due to the top-notch writing and Garner's effervescence. It was great seeing Andy Serkis in a movie after Lord of the Rings, and he was really good.
All in all, the idea may seem hackneyed at first - but it'll surprise you with its wit, youth, and freshness. A great movie!
Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004)
A really great time
In this 50's story that takes you back to pre-Revolutionary Havana, Cuba, Katey Miller (Romola Garai) is of a small group of Americans living in the country. Her parents (Sela Ward and John Slattery) try to keep her sheltered, and though she does attend a largely American private school, along with James Phelps (Jonathan Jackson) and her sister Susie (Mika Boorem), she soon drifts into the spicy, rhythm-based center of Havana with waiter Javier (Diego Luna).
The story may seem predictable and a poor retelling, but I really enjoyed it. The actors are all very good, and I was impressed by how fresh and vibrant everything was. The dancing, the music, setting were all top notch and really brought everything to life. The dancing is absolutely astounding, and I really felt like learning the salsa, mambo, and cha-cha after I saw it. :)
The actors are all very, very good. Romola Garai was impressive to me, and continues to impress me after I saw her in Nicholas Nickleby and I Capture the Castle. She's very natural. Some of the dialogue seemed contrived and stilted, but she pulled it off admirably. Also someone to watch out for is Diego Luna. Everyone knows him as Tenoch in Y Tu Mama Tambien, and he does well here - both on the dance floor and on the stage. He can definitely hold his own. Sela Ward and John Slattery were good as the concerned parents, and it was nice seeing Mika Boorem out and about after John Stockwell's rollicking surf flick Blue Crush. Also ones to mention are January Jones and Jonathan Jackson as Katey's American acquaintances.
Everyone instantly rolls their eyes when they see 'Dirty Dancing' tacked on to it, but I encourage people to forget about its predecessor and see the story that Guy Ferland and his team are trying to tell this time around. It's completely different, although at its heart is the same message: as the tagline says, "Break the rules. Find your freedom. Live your life". My only real complaint about the movie was that it was too short. ;)
Dangerous Beauty (1998)
OK, let's face it, the reason I saw this was because of potential chemistry between Catherine McCormack and Rufus Sewell. I love both of them as actors, and I was psyched when I heard they were in a movie together.
Then I looked at the plot, and was intrigued. I'd seen a movie similar to this, Moulin Rouge. Hmm, would it be as good as that? Would it be a let down? Looking at the title and the cover, I wasn't expecting too much. Soft porn, maybe? Eh, probably. But I rented it anyways, simply because I was in the mood for a period piece, and Rufus Sewell is easy on the eyes. :)
The movie ended up becoming one of my absolute favorites. It is sumptuously filmed, gorgeous, like staring at a beautiful painting for hours. Every piece of colors and cinematography is top notch. The acting between Sewell and McCormack is amazing, astounding. I fell in love with their romance. The film hasn't left me long after I saw it. The score is brilliant. George Fenton is an emotional genius. If you want to hear more of his stuff just check out Ever After, starring Dougray Scott and Drew Barrymore. :)
I really want to buy this movie. It works so well, and it is just really, really good. It's a movie to be felt, not explained. If you love intriguing plot lines, romance, and period pieces, then I highly recommend you check this out. :)
The O.C. (2003)
I love it already
I've been anticipating this show for MONTHS! And it was so, so good! It was funny, edgy, exciting, and gave us so many introductions of the characters that make me *know* there's more to that person than meets the eye! The writing was good, scenery is perfect and beautiful, and the show has a great premise. :) I also love the song, "California"- great theme song. Benjamin McKenzie still has some kinks to work out (actually the whole show does), but he shows *great* potential. He and Adam Brody (Seth) work really well off each other. Adam Brody did a fantastic job as Seth Cohen- he was funny, charmingly dorky, endearing, and so cute! *grin* Mischa Barton did well, for having not that many lines yet, as Marissa Cooper, the intriguing girl-next-door, who's already showing problems in alcohol abuse. There's so much texture and history with these characters, I can't wait to see the next episode! Everyone watch "The O.C."!
A very excellent movie
I've been wanting to see this movie for a long time now, and what can I say? It was brilliant! Christian Bale MAKES the movie. He's such a perceptive, versatile actor that shines and is believeable in every role he plays. There are some that feel he is very wooden, but that is entirely what the role calls for. Just watch other movies he's done: Newsies, Little Women, Shaft, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and American Psycho. He's awesome.
The movie reminded me a lot of Star Wars, which had an Original Trilogy that wasn't not dependent on special effects. Not the the effects were bad, but they weren't up to par, but it didn't matter, really. The characters shone through, as they do in this movie. Equilibrium is intelligent, thought-provoking, and entertaining. I'd watch it for Christian, his scenes with Emily Watson, and the message behind it! It was nice to see Sean Bean in the movie, as well. :)
Mindblowing, utterly fantastic- Enjoy! **spoilers**
It seems like this year has been the year for sequels. First Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets burst forth in November, funnier, wittier, and more delightful than its predecessor. Then Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, in perhaps the least popular book, proved it could live up to its expectations- and even exceed them. And now, with all the candor, excitement, and intensity (and MORE!!) of the first X-Men movie, X2 adds a new level to the saga of the X-Men.
The main thing I noticed about the second movie was that everything moved a lot faster than in the first one, and this was to be expected, whereas the first movie is mainly introduction and exposition, the second movie actually grabs a hold of a plot that its characters embark upon. The opening scene with Nightcrawler at the White House was perfectly done, with tight, intense editing and extraordinary choreography and special effects. The sound in this movie was incredible! I recommend that everyone see this at the theatre, for seeing it home on a small screen doesn't do its mastery justice.
As with many sequels, this one was funnier than the original! Everyone had great lines, especially the new character Pyro and our homeboy Wolverine. :) It was cool seeing the characters with their new looks- Rogue's maturity in dress and style, Jean's nifty hair cut, etc.
Acting was all-around fantastic, too. I felt the actors understood their roles better. Jean Grey, my favorite mutant, got a bigger part, and I was so happy! In the first movie she got a bit of the shaft. Speaking of getting shafted, Cyclops/Scott Summers got really shafted! He only had a few scenes central to the action of the plot, and though one of these was outstandingly done e.g. Jean's death scene, I think we needed more of him. More of Rogue/Bobby/Pyro camaraderie, too. I loved that scene in the food court, hehe, it was great! :)
I can't go on enough about the action and the special effects. They didn't look cheesy AT ALL. They were brilliant and perfectly done. The sound was amazing, editing was fabulous, everything came together so nicely. The only nitpicks I have are with the plot, and that is that I wish we could've learned more about Wolverine's background, since the first movie set all that up.
Brian Cox played Stryker, who was so awful and scary, I really loathed him in the movie. Cox did a great job. I liked his scenes with Hugh Jackman. :) Kelly Hu did really well, too. There's that one scene with her and Hugh that is sooooo intense! I heard it took three weeks to film, and it was really well-done.
Word of warning, though, I wouldn't recommend taking your kids to see this, at least if they're under eight or nine. The movie is definitely PG-13, PG-15, and it skates under the R belt. I heard it was R before Bryan Singer toned down the violence. There were several small children in our showing, and a lot of them were getting tittery and a little sniffly during some of the violence, and very restless during the romantic, tender scenes.
All in all, what a great movie! 8/10
The Forsyte Saga (2002)
Gorgeous, haunting miniseries
I first saw this miniseries when my friend loaned it to me on her taped VHS collection. She stressed emphatically how fabulous it was. One day, I borrowed it from her, skeptical...that soon changed! I loved it!
The cast is phenomenal, all are top-notch thespians with great range and a wonderful display of the human condition. Ones that particularly stand out are Damian Lewis and Rupert Graves. Lewis' haunting, affecting performance as the wealthy Forsyte and his suffocating passions was truly mindblowing and brilliant. Lewis is a very accomplished actor. Graves displays a subtle yet great performance as Young Jolyon. He's also pretty easy on the eyes. ;)
And one performer whom I REALLY adored, was Ioan Gruffudd, who is extremely, extremely talented. It's a pity his character had such a small space to play around in, so to speak, because he really would've shined. He's a lovely, lovely tragic actor. :)
I had a few qualms of Gina McKee when I watched this miniseries, for I HAVE read the book, and I do know about the characters as Galsworthy meant for them. I do not think McKee is aesthetically suited for the role, as I pictured Irene to be somewhat younger and more youthful. McKee is very good, however, and she really shines in Irene's class and aloof, enigmatic presence.
The miniseries is sumptuously filmed, with accuracy and a haunting score. The writing is magnificent, a great adaptation from the book. Watch it! I can't wait for the miniseries.
Interesting and thought-provoking
I went into this movie with an open-mind, trying to wash away all memories of the hackneyed Joey Potter and the moderate superstar Benjamin Bratt...and I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It's interesting, entertaining, and moves at a luxurious pace, but it still keeps you interested. It's like you're in a trance, wanting to know the mysteries but not really understanding what the mysteries are. Charlie Hunnam is brilliant, and Katie Holmes provides a breath of fresh air. Benjamin Bratt is all right, but I loved the simplistic music choice and the cinematography. I'd recommend this movie for anyone looking for something new in movies. :)
Wow, what a surprise!
Tape was a great movie! I forget the reason I rented it, but it had something to do with my seeing a brief glimpse of it on Ebert & Roeper and happy that I liked the cast. What a wonderful movie! It reminded me of Blair Witch Project- low budget, biting dialogue, interesting premise, great success. This movie is for those movie-goers that are sick of the pretentious, blithering, big-epic Hollywood nonsense that we see every Friday. Tape is an interesting, psychological look which is driven forth by the great, raw talent of the cast (Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard, and Uma Thurman), and by the focus of the screenplay. You think you'd get bored, but you don't. As the dialogue rolls along, you see the essence of each character, and are sucked into their worlds. I greatly enjoyed Tape. I wouldn't recommend it to everyone, but I give it two thumbs up! :)
I saw this on opening night -taped it, in fact. It's a really great show! The characters are engaging. Treat Williams and Gregory Smith have a great chemistry. That fight scene was intense!! I love the relationship between Ephram and Amy. So sweet, although there are strings attached. I'm hooked for sure! Everyone should check this show out! It's the best show of the season! :)
Fawlty Towers (1975)
Oh my God, it's sooo funny!
I started getting into Fawlty Towers about a month ago, since my dad had some episodes taped. I completely fell in love with the series! It's hilarious! John Cleese is the perfect sarcastic hotel manager. Everyone else is wonderfully cast as well, including Manuel, who is so funny and sweet. The show is a comic gem! I recommend everyone to watch! :D
Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)
I was pleasantly surprised!
When I first heard of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, I thought, "Great, another boring, awful love story. I hate Penelope Cruz. I hate Nicholas Cage. I hate sappy, sentimental love stories!" When I heard that Christian Bale was in it, I was interested. I have been obsessed with Bale ever since I saw him in Newsies, and have been following his career closely. This was one of the few movies of his I hadn't seen, so I rented it. And I was pleasantly surprised! The movie is laden with tender, sweet scenes on the backdrop of beautiful Cephallonia (I think that's the island). The visuals and cinematography are spectacular. The story is rich with the beauty of the island, and the charm of the natives. I really enjoyed the scenes of dancing and Greek parties. The leading stars are great, I have to admit. Nicolas Cage plays his part as Captain Corelli wonderfully. He has that innocence and starry-eyed romanticism that carries the role. And Penelope Cruz, who I thought had no acting ability, shines as Pelagia, the simple, beautiful girl, daughter of the town doctor. She is believable and gorgeous. :) And Christian Bale, my favorite actor of all time, has much more screentime than I initially thought- it was great! He is awesome, as per usual (and looking mighty fine, might I add <wink>). I found his scenes believeable as well. His talent goes beyond words. :) All in all, CCM is a sweet, simple movie with plenty of powerful scenes. If you don't like love stories, give it a try. If you don't like Penelope Cruz, give it a try. And if you're pretty sure that you're ready to travel to Greece, definitely check this out!
I wasn't impressed
Since I've been traveling on "Christian Bale streak" for a few movies, I was eager to see Metroland. The synopsis on the back of the movie cover sounded promising enough, but this film isn't for everyone...specifically me.
I felt there was just so much missing in the movie. I came away with it saying "OK...Christian Bale is a fantastic actor...but did I just spend 1 hour and 42 minutes watching that piece of [insert expletive]?" There were a few things I found a little off in the movie: 1) unnecessary amount of sexual scenes. I mean, hello, we know that Chris and Annik shared this passionate affair...we get it! Enough with it!
2) the message. By the end of the flick I don't really believe that Chris is truly happy in his life. The story structure didn't have a clear outline, i.e. it didn't work like a normal movie did, which is person has problem, person tries to fix problem, person goes through trials and tribulations, person vs. problem, person fixes or doesn't fix problem. The end. There wasn't any level of excitement in which Bale's character attacked his problem, unless you count the mediocre fight between his character and Toni- and even that didn't really have much of a purpose albeit to put some suspense into the remaining 5 minutes. 3) Marion. Is she nice? Cynical? Trying to ruin her husband's life? A prude? A sex object? Human? Who knows...
The movie really wasn't how I expected it to be. I even had to fast-forward through some of the sexual bits. Christian Bale IS a great actor, and he displayed the range of emotions in his character as best he could, but this movie really didn't do it for me.
I love this movie!
I've been reading the comments about this movie, and it's so funny how most of our titles are very similar "This movie is great!" "I love it!" "Great fun!" As funny as this is, we're not joking. This movie really IS great.
When I first heard about this movie about 3 weeks ago from my friend, I was reluctant to see it. I mean, I love singing and dancing...but I wasn't sure about them together. There are some fabulous musicals like West Side Story which I adored, but I still wasn't what you would call a musical-lover. That all changed when I saw Newsies. Let me spell it out for you. This movie has everything the teenage girl is looking for (and even something for guys, too!): cute boys with accents, great choreography, excellent singing, a great cast of children and adults, and a wonderful message. In fact, I nearly started tearing up when I heard Christian Bale's beautiful voice crooning "Santa Fe". There are a few slow parts, I must admit, like the scenes with Pulitzer and his men, but those are few and far between. Most of the movie is filled to the brim with rousing, stand-up-and-cheer (um, I mean dance) action! :D Watch this movie!
Young Americans (2000)
What in the world was the WB thinking...
...when they cancelled this show! Worldwide fans, outrageous fan response, banners, sponsers, fansites, fanfiction, EVERYTHING! And then they go and cancel it. Well, I'm sure they're sorry.
I first got my dad to tape this when I went on my annual trip to Thailand. In fact, he taped the first two episodes. When I finally caught up and saw them, I adored them. The show was original, hip, funny, and meaningful. It combined talent with lighthearted humor and fun. The show had heart and promise. Poor, smart, sweet boy Will Krudski from New Rawley gets a scholarship to one of the most prestigious schools in the state, and learns to adjust. He mixes in with some very fun, interesting people, all who have their own trials and tribulations of growing up as well. The show was a breath of fresh air for me, and will remain to be one of my favorite of all time. I can't wait to see Rodney, "The Kates", Mark, and Ian on the big screen (actually, Ian will be starring alongside Hayden Christensen in Life as a House, which comes out November 9th). :)
In Love and War (1996)
I rented this yesterday, as I desperately perused the local movie store, not knowing what to rent and not having a clue as to which movies were "worth" watching. Well, after getting sick of the slapstick humor front-covers of the comedy section, I went to the drama section. I saw Hope Floats, starring Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick, Jr., and thought "Yeah, Sandra Bullock is great. Maybe I'll get this". I did a 180, then saw In Love and War, with an even-prettier Sandra Bullock and way-hot Chris O'Donnell. I had heard of Chris O'Donnell's fame, and was interested.
I saw it and surprisingly, I loved it! No, not just loved it...LOVED it. I didn't even expect to love it that much. Chris O'Donnell, with his boyish good looks, flashy charm, and cocky humor, is perfect for this role. In the beginning, he looks like a "kid", but as the film progresses, you can see that he has become who he is, and has matured into a wonderful, passionate man. Sandra Bullock sparkles in this role. She plays the reluctant nurse/passionate lover roles very well. She has a stunning, natural beauty that reflects her characters, and displays emotion beautifully.
The movie itself is wonderful. In my opinion, though, the beginning battle scene was just pathetic. It lacked intensity, emotion, and just about everything you'd expect from a war scene. But the rest of the movie really makes up for the caricature-of-a-battle-sequence. The movie is, as you come to find out, about love and fate. The setting, in Italy and Venice, is gorgeous. The lines eschew the cheesy, corny sentiments of teen movies and old age dramas, and is refreshing, touching, and emotional without adding cliches. The movie starts out slow, but seductively sucks you in. You root for Ernest and Agnes throughout the movie.
This movie is so worth watching. I recommend it to everyone. :)
American Outlaws (2001)
A fun, summer movie!
I love this movie! So I know that it's not the real Jesse James story- goodness, I've been studying Jesse James for like three weeks now, I do know that it's not the real story- but it's so much fun! It's a light, popcorn flick that entertains you and keeps you on your toes. It's not meant to change your life or make you think really hard. I don't think it deserves all of this slamming it's getting from the critics and such. This movie hits all the bases- comedy, action, western setting, romance, and drama. It's a very well-rounded movie, like Pearl Harbor was. I'm definitely going to buy this movie. Colin Farrell is cast PERFECTLY as Jesse James, and the Irish native has the Texan accent down pat (like he did in the hit Tigerland). If you didn't know he was a Dubliner, you never would've noticed that he was anything but an American in the movie. Scott Caan played his role terrifically. He was Cole Younger, and he has the look, persona, and masculine energy that you would expect from him. Will McCormack, Gabriel Macht, and Ty O'Neal were funny and great as well. Ali Larter, in a surprisingly wonderful performance, wowed us with her range. So far she has played a seductive teen in Varsity Blues, a jailed convict in Legally Blonde- and now the energetic, effervescent Zerelda "Zee" Mimms, love interest of Jesse. I loved their chemistry. They are one of my favorite couples now.
A great, great movie! Definitely my fave summer flick!
I give it a 9/10.
Malcolm in the Middle (2000)
What a great show!
I started watching this show when it premiered. It seemed really silly and kind of stupid, but funny nonetheless. Then I stopped watching for a while. BIG MISTAKE! I have just started watching reruns, and I can't believe I actually stopped watching!
The show is fresh, funny, realistic, unrealistic, sweet and sarcastic all rolled into one. The actors have an unbelieveable amount of comedic talent- they really make this show shine. Frankie Muniz is a breath of fresh air, and really does have some great insights into what being a kid is all about. He is definitely going to be a star. Jane Kaczmarek is cast perfectly as the uber-mom of the household. The rest of the cast is no exception. Justin Berfield as the ultra-strong and super-dumb Reese is fabulous and unrelenting in his role. Dewey, played by Erik Per Sullivan, is sweet, cute, and very intelligent as the youngest member of the family. I have nothing but glowing remarks for Chris Masteron, a.k.a Francis, who was thrown into military school and makes the connecting link between hilarious and realistic. The lineup is faboo!
Each week the creators make a situation which sounds really lame, and turns it into something totally hilarious!!! That shows true genius from the cast and crew alike. This show will live on! :)
Planet of the Apes (2001)
A fantastic blast! **possible spoilers**
Wow, this was such an excellent movie. The casting list was fabulous (Mark Wahlburg in a role you'll never forget; Tim Roth as the sly, malevolent Thade; Helena Bonham Carter as the warm human-friendly ape; Estella Warren as the beautiful Daena)! The visuals are absolutely wonderful and the highlight of the picture. Tim Burton excelled in imagery, costume design, makeup, and detail. The appearance of the film was absolutely spectacular. Certain scenes will take your breath away, and leave you wanting more. A few of the ape scenes are appropriately harrowing, which makes you appreciate the actor underneath all of those costumes and makeup. The only downside of the this film was the "love-triangle" among Leo, ape Ari, and Daena. I just didn't buy into it. I would've much rather loved to see Leo and Daena share a romance. :)
I give this film an 8/10.
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
I was a little disappointed, but the movie was good
As a "member" of the youth of America, I can relate to the teenagers of this movie (Dean, Wood, and Mineo). The struggles with finding who you are and where you want to be, while breaking away from your parents (to their despair) is very apparent in every generation, and the creators of Rebel Without a Cause chose very general troubles, while still being able to add depth to each of the characters. My eyes were constantly focused on James Dean. Not only is he good-looking, but he's probably the most popular sex-symbol of the 50's and 60's, and the victim of a terrible car accident not long after this movie. While I watched, I was kindly paying my respects to him. His sullen, brooding and defeatist, yet very realistic portrayal of the new kid (Jim Stark) facing parental problems, popularity, and finding out where you belong was great. We didn't always get to know how he felt about certain things, since he never said too much, but his youth-of-Americana feel was there.
Good movie, I give it a 6 or a 7/10. I was a little disappointed at the direction the movie took near the second half. It seemed kind of pointless.
Jurassic Park III (2001)
Extremely disappointing **possible spoilers**
After witnessing the brilliant creativity, action-packed first movie, the considerably worse second movie, and now this movie, I now realize why everyone despises sequels and their follow-ups. The third volume of the dinosaur thriller really is quite disappointing. Even though I wasn't expecting much out of it, as I've heard the second and third movies are usually really bad compared to their predecessor, I still came out saying, "That doesn't deserve to be a movie."
One factor which I think played a part for why I didn't like it as much as the first two was the switch in direction. Steven Spielburg gave the reins to his production cohort, Joe Johnston. Now, while Johnston did a fairly good job for someone who was taking over a large movie franchise empire, there was too much riding on this movie that even Spielburg could fix to make "perfect". But, I think the final outcome would have been considerably better than Johnston's version. No offense to Joe Johnston.
Another fact was the lack of plot. Not only was there no creative genius theory as there was in the first one, this movie had no real plot. Unless you call two divorced people looking for their son on Isla Sorna and getting involved with dinosaurs a plot. The movie was just non-stop action. Which is ok if you like that kind of stuff. But for me, I need a "method behind the madness" type of influence. I can't just see lots of running around, lots of dinosaur chases, and lots of worried faces and expect to walk out of the theater with a satisfied grin. Perfect example: The Matrix. There is a lot of heavy metal warfare, lots of chase scenes and action, but the movie really has great theoretical support from Andy and Larry (Wachowski), who came up with the mind behind it. I think they could have expanded upon the fact that the dinosaurs can talk to each other, thus drawing out the creative genius portion of the movie.
I was very disappointed with this movie. Minimal action, practically no deaths, and a thin plot line. Hopefully Jurassic Park IV will be better. <rolleyes>
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
One of my favorites! **possible spoilers**
Oh my goodness, I love this movie! I rented it so long ago, but then I saw they were playing it on the WB so I taped it. Wow am I glad I did. This movie has everything you need. Comedy, romance, poignant humor, real-life issues, and an all-star line up.
Matthew Broderick is *perfect* in his role as the witty wise-guy Ferris Bueller who plays hooky and goes into the City with his girlfriend Sloane and best friend Cameron to have some fun. Along the way he faces obstacle after obstacle with pure charm and ease, even when he's chased down by his older sister Jean (played by the wonderful Jennifer Grey) and the principle, Mr. Rooney.
This movie is so much fun, and is great when you watch it in large groups or at parties. A winner! I rate it 9/10!
Awesome special effects, plot very disappointing ***spoilers***
This really is a great movie. I saw it a long time ago, but decided to rent it. Unfortunately they didn't have it for rental (WHAT?!) so I just bought it. It figures, hehe.
When I first saw this (about half a year ago), I thought it was really disappointing and just ok. Which is half-true. I can't lie to you- the plot really stinks in this movie. It's a major drawback, but the awesome special effects make up for it. The costumes on the characters were fabulous- ingenius! I was very impressed by the style and overall appearance of the movie. It was very classy, very hard-core, very intense. Now that I've seen the movie again, I have to say that it's better than when I saw it the first time. I didn't really want to see it the first time, but now that I went out and got it voluntarily, I have retained a sense of open-minded-ness.
Hugh Jackman, as Wolverine, is destined to be a star. Heck, he already is one. He's been in three movies I adored: this one, Someone Like You, and Swordfish. With a handsome, roguish, dashing look about him, charming good looks and charismatic persona, he's bound to be on the cover of ever magazine in the near future. Girls are already crazy about it him, and he has a strong fanbase. It's not hard to see why. As the strong, intense, never-let-your-guard-down Wolverine, and the distinctly more human Logan, he's just oozing with sex appeal. I can't think of anyone else who could have played Wolverine better. He said in a quote that it was either him or Val Kilmer. I was like "They were even considering someone else!?" ;)
Anna Paquin, while sincere and very real in her emotions, really disappointed me. I'm not a big fan of hers in the first place, except for her cute role in Fly Away Home, but I didn't see any magic onscreen while I was watching this movie. I really don't tap into the chemistry between Logan and Marie. All I see is a brother/sister type relationship- nothing more. While she is a very human, very sweet girl, I don't think we deserved to see that much of her in the movie.
Famke Janssen- WOW. Loved her. She's such a controlled actress, it's scary. You don't see much of her in the movie (to which I'm very mad about), but the scenes you do see emit such a poised, passionate, heroic, yet restrained woman who has a lot of back history I hope we explore in the sequel. Famke is a gorgeous actress, and is very direct and very honest. I wish they gave her more screentime. The love triangle among Logan, Jean Grey, and Scott was something I'm glad they went into (and if you have the tape, at the end you can see an expanded version of that scene in Logan's bedroom). This is one of the most interesting storylines in the movie, and I'm eager to see how Rogue gets thrown into the mix, if she does at all (I'm thinking she might). Personally, I love the Logan/Jean Grey pair. I know that the storyline will probably turn out to be Scott/Jean, but I'm very content and proud of my couple shipper fetish. :D
James Marsden, great role for him. He, like Famke, doesn't get much of a chance for screentime in here, but hopefully he will in the sequel. I don't like him much as Scott (look to the "love triangle" diatribe), but he did play a good part as Cyclops. I loved the throw of words he shared with Logan ("Stay away from my girl"). He's a great actor, and very handsome too. But I do have a slight hostility toward his character (getting in the way of my Logan/Jean, lol).
Patrick Stewart, exceptional! Who could've played Professor X better? Nobody! I'm so glad they cast him. He shares many of the same traits as Famke (ironic, since in the movie they share the same type of power)- poised, intelligent, and controlled. Such a great actor, who's able to look at you and direct an emotion so powerfully.
I liked this movie when I saw it a second time. The action scenes were phenomenal, but I felt the movie had something missing. Perhaps we will see whatever it was in the sequel.
The Beach (2000)
I don't really know what to think of this movie **spoilers**
Kudos to the cinematographer of this movie- he really outdid himself. The scenery was magnificently beautiful, and captured the idyllic essence of paradise perfectly. If there was one overall strength in this movie, the cinematography is it. I'm on vacation in Thailand, and me and my mom were watching it...we were like "Wow" . It really is gorgeous.
That being said, I have to wholeheartedly agree with the person that said "Huh?" The plot was very weak (if there was one at all). The second half of the film really messed me up inside. I did not get where the story was going, or where it had gone. Leonardo DiCaprio, a seemingly pretty boy, did exceed my expectations in this role. A few times he was kind of "iffy", but overall he was terrific as Richard. Virginie Ledoyen, as the beautiful Francoise whom takes a liking to Richard, is marvelously gorgeous, but didn't get the screentime she adored. Near the end, when Sal is just about to shoot Richard, I'm wondering why Francoise isn't helping him. She could like jump out in front of him and do that "take me instead" thing. If she really likes Richard the way that she says she does, wouldn't she help him over Etienne? Whatever. On that same note, in fact, I wish that the relationship between Richard and Francoise was developed more, and was given more screentime. AND on that note...what in the world was Richard doing with Sal? Grrr...
The movie was very suspenseful, very confusing, and, at times, a little pointless. But it was a beautiful, harrowing, two-faced adventure that was worth the money. :)