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Journeyman (2007– )
1/10
Quantum Leap...Anyone?
9 June 2010
Hello, it's Quantum Leap all over again. People need to come up with something original. I mean, just reading the tag line will tell you that it's a rip-off. Yes, there is the Time Traveler's Wife thing too, but seriously, it's Quantum Leap, which in my opinion is a much better show. There is the fact that yes, he's not a scientist and it's not too high tech, but the time travel thing worked well for previous shows like Quantum Leap because of the sci-fi element. They just tried to twist it around by making some of his "missions" end on a less positive note. Although, NBC did cancel it prematurely, it may have been better if they had given it a chance. But, given the similarities to previous works, I am glad NBC made the decision. Ugh, watch Quantum Leap, skip this one. You won't regret it.
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1/10
One of the Worst Films....Ever
30 September 2006
I had to watch this film for a class about Mid-Victorian Britain...with my professors and my class...and I was shocked at the story; Not just how awful the acting was, but that the script was actually bought and given a green light for production. The costumes were stylized and the design was nominated for an Oscar...how that was possible, I don't even know. The only thing redeemable about the film is Kristen Scott Thomas. Mark Rylance and Patsy Kensit give two of the worst performances I have ever seen in my entire life. Rylance's pitch and tone of voice never changes and Kensit was overly dramatic to the point of being comical. I would only see this movie if you want to laugh. But even at that, you're going to be wasting money...even energy by renting this movie. Stay away...
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Hollywoodland (2006)
6/10
Hollywoodland Offers a Mixed Bag
29 September 2006
The new drama Hollywoodland delves into the mysterious death of the actor who portrayed TVs "Superman" during the 1950s.With a cast that includes Ben Affleck, Adrian Brody, Diane Lane, Bob Hoskins and Robin Tunney, the film is a mixed bag of performances and technical glitches. The performances left something to be desired. Ben Affleck portrays Reeves and gives a performance that seems as if he watched too many James Stewart and Carey Grant movies for research. Affleck has his strong moments which give some validity to the role; such as a scene where he has to stop a little boy from trying to shoot him because the boy believes that Reeves really is Superman. Despite the glimmers of hope for his performance, Affleck comes up short. However, the weakest performance comes from one of best actresses of the past twenty years—Diane Lane. She is over the top and unbelievable as Toni Mannix, the much older lover of George Reeves. Mannix, who was married to MGM studio manager Eddie Mannix (portrayed by Bob Hoskins), had been suspected in connection with Reeves' death. Diane Lane has done better work than this film; as she was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in Unfaithful. By pairing Affleck and Lane together, the two performances appear as if they were trying to emulate "Old-Hollywood" stars of the 40s and 50s. It didn't work. Despite the presence of weak performances, actors such as Adrian Brody, Robin Tunney and Bob Hoskins save the film from going up in smoke. Brody gave the most interesting performance as private investigator Louis Simo. As Simo, Brody grapples with balancing trying to prove that Reeves' death was a murder and his private life. One of the most interesting dynamics is the one that Simo has with his young son who is desperately trying to deal with Reeves' death. Adrian Brody, who won an Oscar for his performance in The Pianist, give Simo a depth and range that is worthy of praise (and maybe another Oscar). Robin Tunney (TVs Prison Break) portrays Leonore Lemmon, George Reeves' fiancé. Her performance adds to the film's overall tension and shows her range as a dramatic actress. Well-known character actor Bob Hoskins portrays Eddie Mannix. Although his appearance in the film is short compared to the others in the ensemble, Hoskins does one of the most impressive American accents by a British actor ever. He also adds balance to Diane Lane's character and performance which helps the film succeed. Aside from the performances are the technical glitches made by the filmmakers. The film flashes from the present to the past and replays the night of Reeves' death numerous times. The lighting of the flashbacks varies from stark to inviting, it was effective. Although the editing is cohesive and adds to the overall effect of the film, it is its technical glitches that make it weak. The most distracting thing became seeing the boom microphone in several shots throughout the film. It occurred so much that I was sitting there waiting for it to appear. After the last few years of biopics of Ray Charles, Truman Capote and Johnny Cash, Hollywoodland puts a different spin on a traditional concept. It is entertaining, but is weighed down by a few weak performances and technical mistakes. Maybe seeing Superman Returns and The Black Dahlia back-to-back would be a good substitute for this film.
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10/10
Let the SUNSHINE In
10 September 2006
Warning: Spoilers
The Hoovers: combine an honest mother, a father whose career is on the fritz, a silent Nietzsche-obsessed brother, a drug-addicted grandfather, a suicidal uncle and a girl who just wants her moment to "Shine" and you get one of the most dysfunctional families on earth. The new comedy, Little Miss Sunshine, tells the story of a family who drives from New Mexico to California in hopes that their 7-year old daughter, Olive (Abigail Breslin, Signs) can win the "Little Miss Sunshine" pageant. With an ensemble cast that includes Greg Kinnear (As Good as It Gets), Toni Collete (The Sixth Sense), and Steve Carrell (TV's The Office) one would expect a movie that produces "I laughed so hard, I cried" reactions. Yet, this is one of the best movies to use intelligent humor to attract and hook its audience. Perhaps it was expecting to see Steve Carrell be as outrageously funny as he was in such blockbusters as The 40-Year Old Virgin and Anchorman that was a downer. It is Carrell however, whose performance is serious and subtly funny at the same time. Carrell plays Frank, Olive's gay, suicidal, Proust scholar uncle who needs constant supervision. It was awkward and fascinating to watch Carrell play a serious character. While his performance is worthy of all the praise it has been given thus far, it is not the performance that drew much attention…at least from the audience I viewed it with. Paul Dano, a relative newcomer, seems to overshadow his costars. Dano plays Dwayne, Olive's teenage brother who has taken a vow of silence until he is admitted into the Air Force Academy. I should have guessed from the moment I saw Dwayne's mural of Nietzsche and "I hate everyone" scribbled on his notepad, that his cynical view of the world would be the most interesting. It is his observations during the film that provide some of the most comedic moments such as his various facial expressions and witty remarks on his notepad to his odd-ball family. There is another uncredited character in the film that provides some of the best laughs—the family's VW bus. Starting in New Mexico, the audience follows this bright yellow bus 700 miles west to California with several mishaps along the way. A key moment in the film occurs when the stick-shift breaks leaving only two functioning gears. The family is then forced to push the bus to get it rolling and do some clever stunt-work by jumping in after it gains some momentum. This visual gives the film one of its many themes—to chase your dream. Finally, it is when the Hoover family, sans grandfather, reaches the pageant when the film becomes the most heartbreaking. With visuals that seem to be taken from documentaries about kiddie pageants, such as a mother spray-tanning her daughter and a over-the-top host, Olive seems to be out of her element. Wanting to spare his daughter the embarrassment of performing, Richard (Kinnear) tries to convince his wife Sheryl (Collette) to pull Olive from the competition. That comes only after Richard pleads with a pageant official to let Olive compete when they arrive just five minutes late for registration. Sheryl tells her husband "Why can't we let Olive just be Olive?" The film's message is perhaps wrapped up in that simple quote…to just let people be who they are without trying to fit them into a mold. Little Miss Sunshine is hopeful and heartbreakingly funny with a talented cast that is worth seeing on the big screen. This film has been called "too real" by some, but it is its realism that gives it humor. Go see this film, it's worth it.
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The Ron Clark Story (2006 TV Movie)
10/10
Wonderful Story and a Great Change for Matthew Perry
17 August 2006
"The Ron Clark Story" chronicles a teacher's journey with his sixth grade class in Harlem. When one firsts thinks of who should play the title character of "Ron Clark" anyone but Matthew Perry (a.k.a. Chandler Bing from "Friends") comes to mind. However, Perry's performance is one of the best things about the teleflick. It becomes easy to distance one's perceptions of him from "Friends" when the story gets going and you end up really seeing the versatility that Matthew Perry possesses. Equally stunning, are the performances given by the young actors who make up his sixth grade class. It is really a breath of fresh air to see child actors who can really act all in one movie. As a whole, this "Johnson & Johnson: Spotlight Presentation" is definitely one that should be in the spotlight and seen for it's tender story and great performances.
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10/10
Honest opinions about the industry
14 August 2006
"Searching for Debra Winger" is a fabulous documentary featuring some of the most compelling women in the industry ranging in age from their 30s to 60s. Rosanna Arquette's film is a candid look at the pressures that women face in the entertainment business and in life in general. For younger actresses, it is a great look at how the industry has affected the lives of many of the personalities featured in the movie. I would recommend this film for simply pleasure, as well as a guide as to how the industry views women from a woman's prospective. With an array of actresses from Catherine O'Hara and Holly Hunter to Sharon Stone and Diane Lane, this film is a must-see.
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10/10
One of the most poignant movies ever made
13 January 2006
Warning: Spoilers
"Brokeback Mountain" follows the lives of Jack Twist and Ennis del Mar throughout their lives after meeting one summer while working as sheep herders on Brokeback Mountain. It is a beautiful love story that speaks to everyone no matter what their sexual orientation or beliefs. It is something we all go through as human beings.The cast is formed perfectly with subtle performances and transformations throughout the picture. The aging process between the two main characters and their female counterparts is amazing down to their voices and looks. I would definitely recommend this film to everyone. It angers and saddens me that so much criticism has been made towards such a beautiful story and wonderful film directed by Ang Lee. Definitely go see this movie.
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10/10
Powerful Documentary Geared Towards MTV Generation Speaks Volumes
9 November 2005
Warning: Spoilers
This powerful documentary details various experiences of Jewish youth during the Holocaust. Through the intense photo montages and fill clips, MTV does an excellent job of bringing new stories to today's MTV generation. The diaries and letters of those killed in the holocaust are poignant and heart-wrenching. The amount of detail that was documented was amazing, considering the ages of most of the victims.

Narrated by by many of today's hottest young stars such as Elijah Wood, Amber Tamblyn, Ryan Gosling, Kate Hudson, Oliver Hudson and Joaquin Pheonix to name a few, it brings one of the most important events in history to life from perspectives that are often ignored...that of the youth who lived through it. Like Anne Frank, these young people wrote eloquently about the events of their lives in the ghettos, concentration camps and even escapes. This documentary should be seen by anyone who wants to learn more about our world's history.
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The Company (2003)
10/10
A Unique Look at a Beautiful Art Form
25 September 2005
I can honestly say that this is one of my favorite movies of all time. Under the direction of Robert Altman, The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago along with writer/producer and star Neve Campbell, bring vibrance and life to the screen. The camera work is very unrestricted simply because of the fact that the movie deals with real dancers, so there is nothing to hide technically in terms of doubling feet because an actor who had no dance experience would have to be doubled. The dances have color, light and a life of their own. Altman is great at using the spaces and situations to create an "organic" feel to the piece. The audience can see things that dancers see and hear point shoes on the stage. It's amazing. Even if one isn't "into ballet" they should still see this film for a solid story and wonderful dance numbers that will leave you wanting to sign up for a dance class.
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Flightplan (2005)
3/10
Panic Plane?
25 September 2005
Warning: Spoilers
I am only giving this 3 undeserving stars because the visuals were pretty good. However, Jodie Foster, who is one of my favorite actresses, made a horrible choice with this movie. I am not saying that it's her fault the movie is horrible because it's not. Frankly, the script is the problem. There are so many plot-holes that leave the audience confused from the start. Granted, it's a thriller and confusion is inevitable, but there are too many unanswered questions even by the end of the movie. The dialogue is repetitive and predictable.

Jodie Foster as a grieving widow and paranoid mother seems to have very little depth. I usually love the movies that Jodie Foster makes, however, this performance has no levels. She seems to be freaking out from the beginning of the movie. There seems to be no change in emotional levels leading up to Julia's disappearance.

The actions and reactions in this movie are predictable and it is certainly not worth the 8-10 dollars spent on the ticket. The only thing redeemable about this film are the special effects and the beauty of the sets. How Ebert & Roper gave this two thumbs up is very perplexing. It's thriller yes, but it seems to be "Panic Room" on a plane. Thumbs down for me.
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Worried About the Movie
12 December 2004
Through taking one of the most influential musicals of the 20th century and making it into a movie, you're taking a gamble. Not to mention the fact that it is opera-like with singing throughout most of it. Webber's classic is in trouble, to put in bluntly. I bought the soundtrack the other day, I was curious and I love the musical anyways. First note, Gerald Butler sounds like he's drunk at a Karaoke bar or something. There's very little emotion in his voice, and it sounds very unprofessional. How did he get the part? I don't know, but hopefully the acting is better than the singing. For someone who is known to have graced the stage of the Met since the age of 7, Emmy Rossum's singing is not mature enough or developed enough to take on the role of Christine. She's 18 yes, and a lot of singers have voices that are far beyond their years. I am not saying that she doesn't have a good singing voice, I am saying that for the specific part of Christine, her voice is not developed enough to take on that role. Just from hearing the soundtrack, her voice is lacking power and is "breathy" during a lot of the songs. I'm sure that her acting will be great though because, she is a good actress. However, for the role of Christine you need the power and emotion in your voice which Emmy was lacking a lot. There were some powerful moments, but as a whole, it was underdeveloped. I know a lot of people may say "What do you know about singing?", but I have been trained in voice since I was young and currently go to music school for vocal performance. A redeemable performance however, is that of Patrick Wilson(Raoul). He conveys the right emotion and his voice is beautiful. As a whole, the soundtrack is not that bad, but it definitely could be a lot better. I really am looking forward to seeing if the movie is good or not. I've heard good things about it, so it should be OK, but for Andrew Lloyd Webber's sake, I hope it's good.
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10/10
Wonderfully Acted
2 December 2004
Gary Oldman is one of my favorite actors and will always be. "Immortal Beloved" is a wonderful example of Gary's ability to become a character. Beethoven was a tortured soul and it is expressed through his music. In this film, Oldman takes Beethoven's soul and puts flesh to an icon that has been in popular culture world wide for nearly two and a half centuries. At the point where Beethoven is playing Giulietta Guicciardi's new piano I was moved to tears because of the action of the way he played the piano. Granted, the music was dubbed over, but you could still see emotion within Oldman. Another part that sticks out in my mind is after he has the heart attack when he is looking for his nephew Karl. The makeup, combined with Gary's performance made it amazing aestetically speaking. All in all, awesome movie which highlights Beethoven's love affair and the search for "immortal beloved" through his music. Awesome, simply, awesome!
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The Deadly Look of Love (2000 TV Movie)
Completely predictable with terrible acting
25 July 2004
The only redeemable thing about this entire movie is Holland Taylor because she is an amazing actress. Everyone else (Jordan Ladd, Vincent Spano) were completely melodramatic and over-acting. Granted, television movies are not supposed to be of Oscar-winning calibers but this takes the bad-television movie genre to an entire level of horrible. Jordan Ladd's character was over-acted and too melodramatic even for a psychotic character. Other supporting characters like the mothers of Vincent Spano and Jordan Ladd made the movie worse by feeding off of their costars bad acting. The scenes were so predictable that my friend and I were anticipating the dialogue before it happened and then ending up to be right. The music made it even worse. It was your classic bad tele-flick, made worse by terrible actors. 0/4 stars
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Gracie's Choice (2004 TV Movie)
10/10
Wow! What an inspirational story!
18 January 2004
I first saw this movie on the Lifetime Television network after hearing some good reviews and seeing previews. The plot follows Gracie(Kristen Bell), a 17 year old girl who deals with trying to keep her brothers from being taken away from her and put into foster homes due to her drug-addicted and often absent mother Rowena(Anne Heche). With stunning performances from both Bell and Heche as the daughter and mother duo the film has real edge. With the supporting cast including Diane Ladd, this television movie surpasses the stereotypes of a typical movie-of-the-week. I strongly recommend this movie to anyone who wants to be inspired by a true story set to the screen.
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GREAT MOVIE! ENTERTAINING: YOU SHOULD SEE IT!
8 October 2003
"Household Saints" is one of the best movies that I have seen. With an all-star cast including Tracy Ulman, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Lili Taylor. The only odd thing about this movie is that D'Onofrio plays Taylor's father in this movie. Four years earlier he played her fiancee in "Mystic Pizza" it just seemed odd at first, but then the performances overshadow the odd-casting choice. I seemed to be engrossed by the plot and the performances which were brilliant! Great movie!
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GREAT PERFORMANCES BY Katheryn Erbe AND Kevin Bacon
31 March 2003
Everything about this movie is soooo great. I love the plot even though it is a little reminiscent of "The Sixth Sense" it is still different. From the domestic situation to the little boy to even the movement of the ghost. It was an all around great movie.
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10/10
Great Indie Flick
29 December 2002
After renting this movie on DVD I really have to say, it was quite good. Vincent D'Nofrio's performance in this is much different that many of his other movies. It was great. I thought his innocence was something that was lacking from his characters since "Full Metal Jacket", it was amazing to watch. In any respect, the film was very well directed and written. TWO THUMBS UP!
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The Godfather (1972)
10/10
"You spend time with your family? 'Cause I man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man"
26 December 2002
This is by far my favorite movie of all time. The performances from all the actors are on target. I have to say though, that I am one of those fans who has to put The Godfather I and the Godfather II on the same plate. They are equally my favorites and they are equally done to the same degree. Although II has its perks with DeNiro speaking Italian for most of the film. It's great. Memorable moments in the first one though are the entire film. Rarely does a movie come along where the entire film is memorable. Even the small scenes. I can truely say I love it. I never get tired of it. As a Italian-American growing up w/parents and relatives who memorized the movies, it is great to finally acknowledge them and say that Godfather is the best!
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Signs (2002)
"See...Swing Away"
22 August 2002
AWSOME MOVIE! I thought this movie was great. It freaked me out a little, but it was great. I thought the acting performances were solid from the entire cast. The little girl who played Bo ( I forget her name at the moment) was great considering how young she was. Rory Culkin's performance was just as good, maybe better. Even though he reminds me a little of his older brother Mack, but that is to be expected. The movies underlining themes were what brought the movie together.I loved it. I don't want to reveal anything. I just want people to see it. It was great.
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Speed (1994)
Satisfies My Need For Speed
16 August 2002
Honestly this is one of my favorite movies, and by far my favorite action movie. I love the whole premise of the story and I love the way it was played out. From the camera work to the acting. Keanu Reeves is not only hot in this movie, but his acting has come a long way from " Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure." Sandra Bullock is amazingly funny, witty and heartbreaking as Annie. I love this movie so much. It has an equal number of suspense scenes mixed with humor. Brillant.
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ABC Afterschool Specials: One Too Many (1985)
Season 13, Episode 7
Too Much
16 August 2002
I saw this movie in my driver's education class sophomore year. Honestly, the movie actually made a point, but the acting was awful. The weird thing is it has some of the movie industry most talented actors in the roles. It's odd that I responded to that movie as being stupid. The message isn't. It was just the way it was portrayed.
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"Hey Son!" "Yeah Dad?..."
15 August 2002
When I first saw this movie I was fourteen and loved it. I still do. Even though I realized that all the characters in the movie were your classic stereotypical categorizations of people. Not only did this movie have me laughing. I felt bad that they were portrayed as such harsh sterotypes. Is this supposed to be funny. In high school, I was more like Allison than anything. But I had a bit of Brian personality as well. I didn't dress in all black, granted. I knew I was an outsider, but come on. Some of the scenes are just too fake as well. The one where Brian cries about having a gun in his locker. That is definitely not Anthony Michael Hall's best performance. If you really want to see him act, check out " The Dead Zone" television series on the USA network. He really stretches big time. I give him a lot of credit. Molly Ringwald is the Prom Queen? OK, so it was her decade, but come on. I love the movie and the dialogue, but the acting is just bad. Maybe I love it 'cuz it's soooo cheezy and unrealistic. How many people do you know actually tell you their life story in a day? Still this is a great pickme up movie. If you want something that's unrealistic and will take you attention off the stresses of your life.
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10/10
I Honestly Love This Movie
8 August 2002
The Joy Luck Club is a movie based on the bestselling novel by Amy Tan of the same name. It is one of the best movies I have ever seen in my life. It combines the stories of mothers and daughters to tell one sincere story of friendship. It is one of the finest pieces of acting collaberations among an ensemble cast. It also combines foriegn film with American film in a way giving it a new style. This movie is almost ten years old. For me it never gets old and the stories are also fresh. I like the set up of the movie or the sequence rather, better than the book. It seemed to make more sense. It also has the movie and book on the same level of unique style and everlasting stories to go along with it. Many of the performances were powerful. Even those who only spoke the Chinese language in the film should have gotten awards for performances that made me laugh and cry. I would recommend this film to anyone who wants to see an honestly good film without the Hollywood hype. Rent it, you won't regret it.
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5/10
Trying too hard to be "Real"
7 August 2002
MTV basically slapped themselves in the face with this too long TV movie. Granted, that some of the parts were interesting, it basically trashed the fact that people can't try too hard when they're acting. Some of the performances I actually enjoyed like the characters of Melinda and Roland. But that was about as good as it got. The filming was pretty good with the effects and everything, but all in all it was a mixed bag. I'm just disappointed that you don't have cast list of the people that played the fake 7 strangers. Or the kidnapper.Did I mention that the real worlders are kidnapped by a real world reject and held hostage. I must have forgot. If you want a good laugh, check out the movie. Even though it's not a comedy.
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Mystic Pizza (1988)
Mystical and Pure Fun
7 July 2002
Who can resist a chick flick huh? I know that I'm a girl and I shouldn't be using the term, but it sums up the movie. It is one of my favorites. The acting is modest and the characters, dynamic enough to hold your attention for a long time. The premise of the story is just really clever and you feel sorry and happy for the characters at the same time. The dialogue has something to be desired, but the film works. It shows Julia Roberts fresh at the start of her career and Matt Damon's as well. It just works and it has so many underlining themes. Just go see the movie.
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