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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Live and Let the series Live, 23 August 2004

***

Starring: Roger Moore, Jane Seymour, Yaphet Kotto, and Julius Harris.

00-agent James Bond travels from the swamps of Louisiana to the island of San Monique to capture the suspected killer of three other agents, Mr. Big. There he finds the beautiful psychic Solitaire held under Kananga's control and his right hand man Tee-Hee, who really fits the definition of "right-hand man."

Roger Moore's first outing as Bond breathed fresh (needed) new air into the withering franchise after the below average "Diamonds Are Forever." This movie is filled with action, a good plot (that was actually believable), and the best villains in the series.

Rank in the Series: 3rd

Goldfinger (1964)
The movie that started the classic James Bond formula, 22 August 2004

*** 1/2

Starring: Sean Connery, Gert Frobe, Honor Blackman, and Harold Sakata.

007 uncovers a gold-obsessed madman's sinister plot to contaminate all of Fort Knox's gold, which in turn would multiply the value of his own gold. Of course, he comes across women whose names are double entendres and a man who has a fascination of bowler hats (I wonder why?).

This is the movie that started the 007 formula: Thrilling pre-title sequence, women with "different" names, henchmen, and smarter sinister plots. And all of that works in this. The thing that worked the best in this is the title character, Goldfinger. Well acted by Gert Frobe and highly developed by the script writers.

Rank in the Series: 2nd

GoldenEye (1995)
69 out of 113 people found the following review useful:
Truly 'golden', 22 August 2004
10/10

*** 1/2

Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Izabella Scorupco, Sean Bean, and Famke Janssen.

Double-0 agent James Bond, still as suave and sophisticated as he was in the last film, enters Russia in search of the stolen Goldeneye satellite.

After six years without 007, the fans needed a movie like this. Just about everything in this works, from the witty plot to Pierce Brosnan as the new Bond. And I can't review this without complimenting Sean Bean as the series best villain.

Rank in the Series: 1st

3 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
First two acts vs. Third Act, 21 August 2004

** 1/2

Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Raoul Bova, Lance Henriksen, an alien, and a predator.

A thermal satellite, owned by Charles Weyland, detects a major heat circuit on a small island off the coast of Antarctica. He assembles a group of people, with Alexa Woods as the guide, to explore what seems to be a pyramid of some sort buried beneath the ice. Once they arrive there, they soon realize that they aren't the only ones there.

The first two acts were filled with fun and plenty of tension, but the third act is packed with absolute silliness.

Entertaining movie, but hardcore Alien and Predator fans will be sorely disappointed.

0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Shaky story with even shakier cameras, 21 August 2004

** 1/2

Starring: Matt Damon, Joan Allen, Brian Cox, and Franka Potente.

Starting where the last one ended, we are introduced to Jason Bourne and Marie living a supposedly happy life under new identities. But when two CIA agents are found dead, Jason is framed and must use every skill he has to survive.

Two things hurt this movie: 1. Shaky Story - The makers of this film should have spent more time developing a highly underdeveloped story. 2. Shaky Camera - I understand that the director was trying to make the fight scenes seem as real to the audience as possible; however, it instead made the movie hard to follow. Who just got punched? What just happened?

Okay movie, but I was disappointed.

Don't 'dodge' this one, 21 August 2004

*** 1/2

The "Average Joe Gym," owned by Peter La Fleur, is about to be taken over by the enormous Globo-Gym. His only chance to get it back is by retrieving $50,000. Coincidentally, a dodgeball tournament is happening in Las Vegas where the grand prize is 50k. Peter and his friends must compete and win this tournament to keep their gym, but of course not without White Goodman, the owner of Globo-Gym, in the same tournament.

I'm just gonna say this: Ben Stiller makes this movie. Given that their is a great supporting cast, Stiller steals every scene. Besides that this movie is hysterical. Along with "Anchorman" this is the second "stupid" comedy of the summer, and I loved them both. Just about all the jokes work perfectly.

Highly recommended.

Shrek 2 (2004)
0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Plenty of children humor, and enough adult humor make this the summer's best, 21 August 2004

****

Starring: Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas.

Newlyweds Shrek and Fiona are invited by her parents (the king and queen) to their castle to meet Shrek. They are...kinda disappointed that both Shrek and her are ogres. Several sub-plots (including an attempted assassination attempt by a cat) ensue.

Just about everything in this movie is great. From the hilarious children's humor to the hilarious adult humor ("We're following a white bronco...") make this the summer's best.

83 out of 162 people found the following review useful:
Anchorman: The Legend of Will Ferrell's Comedy, 21 August 2004

*** 1/2

Starring: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, and Paul Rudd.

Famous anchorman Ron Burgundy is on top of the world. He's got fame, friends, ladies, and his beloved dog. But all that changes as he develops a rivalry with his new female co-anchor Veronica Corningstone.

Without question this is Will Ferrell's best work. His over-the-top acting and his over-the-top hair fits perfectly in the title role. And surprisingly, he's not the best part. Steve Carell, as the "retarded" weatherman steals just about every scene he's in.

Hilarious movie, but not exactly for the ones who don't exactly like "stupid" movies.

I, Robot (2004)
'I' am good (or is it "'I' is good"?), 21 August 2004

***

Starring: Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, Alan Tudyk, and Bruce Greenwood.

In Chicago, 2035, robots are almost as common as humans. And when Detective Del Spooner is investigating the death of Dr. Lanning, the creator of robots, he believes something non-human did it. Before the new shipment of robots arrives, Spooner must find out what's really going on.

Beautiful CGI (that's not going to happen too often), great characters, and incredible action makes this one of the best movies of the summer.

1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
2 Fast 2 Furious - 2 Many Cliches, still fun, 12 August 2003

**1/2 to ***

Starring: Paul Walker, Tyrese, Eva Mendes, and Cole Hauser.

Brian O'Conner, stripped of his badge and now in Miami, is picked up by the cops. The cops tell him that he could help them in this cliched druglord case; thus, clearing his record. Or spend awhile in jail. He picks the obvious one and goes for the druglord. He gets to streetrace, pick up on the hot girl, and more and more cliches.

This is the first movie I've ever given to ratings to, but I couldn't decide. The movie has plenty of fun sequences, and should not be taken too seriously. The cliches, however, riddle this movie too much.

Fun movie, but for the love of God don't take it seriously.


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