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Not that it matters, but I have chocolate brown hair with strawberry-blonde streaks, I'm 5'4", and my favourite colour is black (all the way, baby).
Panic Room (2002)
An excellent film.
*May contain spoilers*
The Panic Room is an excellent movie, with wonderful actors. Though I definitely cannot compare it to movies such as Lord of the Rings (completely different categories), it ranks up high on my list.
The plot is like this: Meg Altman (Jodie Foster) and her daughter, Sarah (Kristen Stewart), decide to move to a new house. The first thing they notice, which was not in their other homes, is something called a "Panic Room" (hence the name of the film). A Panic Room is designed for a person to hide in there if someone were to break into their house. Surprise, surprise; they get some use out of it.
The first night in their new home, someone breaks in. Three men, Burnham (Forest Whitaker), Raoul (Dwight Yoakam), and Junior (Jared Leto), have come to steal some money (approximately three million dollars). The problem is, it's in the Panic Room.
Meg and Sarah have locked themselves in there; unfortunately, Sarah is a diabetic, and her medicine is still outside of the Panic Room. To add on to things, Meg is a bit claustrophobic (afraid of small places). They can't call 9-1-1 (the phone in there isn't connected). One thing leads to another.
I leave the rest for you to find out.
Overall, I give it four out of five stars.
What I Like About You (2002)
A terrific show.
Whether you live in the U.S., or in Canada (and if you have cable), you'll be able to enjoy the laugh-out-loud comedy of 'What I Like About You'.
'What I Like About You' stars Amanda Bynes as Holly, Jennie Garth as Val, Simon Rex as Jeff, and Wesley Jonathon as Gary. Together, they are hilarious. Amanda Bynes gets to express a more mature type of comical material, leaving the little kid in 'All That' and 'The Amanda Show' behind.
Jennie Garth, previously starring in 'Beverly Hills 90210' seems kind of tedious and uptight as the older sister to Bynes, but she appears to loosen up into a nice, more humorous groove after awhile.
The story is like this: Holly (Bynes) has to move in with her older sister, Val (Garth), after their Father is moving to Japan. These two don't exactly go together like whipped cream and pumpkin pie (or whatever it is you think is a great combo!), but they love each other, and learn to get along in the end. After all, it's for the greater good!
I recommend this show to anyone who needs a laugh.
White Oleander (2002)
'White Oleander' was written by Janet Fitch, and was adapted into a film in 2002.
Although this is a drama, it never gives you reason to cry. Astrid Magnussen (Alison Lohman) is a lone teenager whose Mother (played by Michelle Pfeiffer) is convicted of murder. After her Mother, Ingrid, is sent off to prison, Astrid must go from foster home to foster home, alone, scared, and slightly intimidated by those who threaten to take over her Mother's place in her life.
Astrid's first foster home belongs to Starr (Robin Wright Penn), her son, Davey (Marc Donato), her boyfriend Ray (Cole Hauser), and her teenaged daughter. You could call this a broken home, as Ray is already married, Starr is a drunk, the daughter sneaks out at night to hang out with her friends, and Davey is usually alone in his room.
Renée Zellweger comes in as Claire Richards, Astrid's second foster Mother. Her husband, Mark (Noah Wyle), is hardly ever around, and she assumes it is because he's having an affair with another woman, leading Claire to become clinically depressed.
Patrick Fugit plays the sweet Paul Trout, Astrid's best friend whom she met while spending a few months in a hall for children whose parents have either died, or have abandoned them.
Alison Lohman steals the show, giving a prodigiously good performance the whole way through; her performance never faulters. This is a great movie if you love extreme drama.
That's So Raven (2003)
Clever and witty.
I've only just watched "That's so Raven", but I can tell that it will be on the air for a few years to come. The script is witty, and Raven has definite screen presence. It's suitable for younger children, as the dialogue should be fairly comprehendable for any age, and most of the jokes can be enjoyed by nearly any age. Good job, writers of "That's so Raven"!
A thoroughly enjoyable film!
Wow. If you thought 'The Fellowship of the Ring' was the best movie you'd ever seen, you're about to change your mind!
As the second installment of both the books and the movies, 'Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers' is an incredible cinematic achievement. It follows the journey of the Ring-bearer, Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), and his companion, Samwise 'Sam' Gamgee (Sean Astin). They are on their way to Mordor, the only place where the one Ring can be destroyed. The ring has proceeded to take over Frodo's mind, and he is always feeling it getting heavier and wanting to slip it on.
As Aragorn/Strider, a ranger, Viggo Mortensen gives an amazing performance definitely deserving of an Academy Award. He, Legolas Greenleef (Orlando Bloom), and Gimli son of Gloin (John Rhys-Davies) are on a path to find two young hobbits, Peregrin 'Pippin' Took (Billy Boyd) and Meriadoc 'Merry' Brandybuck (Dominic Monaghan), who have been captured by orcs.
For those of you who have wanted to see a girl have at least a marginal amount of combat skills in a Lord of the Rings movie, your wish has come true. Éowyn (Miranda Otto) has a role of which shows girls can be fighters, too.
Overall, the best movie I've seen as yet. I highly recommend it to all of you, whether you are LOTR fans or not.
An excellent show!
Joss Whedon is one of the creators of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and it's no surprise he went on to do Angel, for David Boreanaz (Angel) was on the first few seasons of Buffy.
Angel is a vampire. He is over 300-years-old, and was formerly known as Angelus, a blood-thirsty vamp who killed for the fun of it. Now living in LA, Angel has a soul, and owns a small private investigation business entitled "Angel Investigations". His employees include Cordelia "Cordi" Chase (Charisma Carpenter), who was also on Buffy; Wesley Windom-Price (Alexis Denisof), who was on Buffy for two seasons, too, until he left the show when Angel and Cordelia did. Then there's Charles Gunn (J. August Richards), whose nickname is Gunn; Amy Acker plays the brilliant Willifred "Fred" Burkle, Gunn's girlfriend; and then, most of the time, there is Lorn, a fun-loving, green-skin, red-horned, psychic/telepathic demon (Andy Hallet). Together, they are the best team of demon-fighters around. When they're separated, they seem to fall apart.
The slogan for Angel is "if it takes a century, he will make his amends"....in other words, he's making up for all the horrible stuff he did when he was known as Angelus. He fights against demons (from vampires to giant insects) rather than fighting with them.
This is a prodigiously good, well-acted show, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves a good fantasy/drama.
A Walk to Remember (2002)
Nicholas Sparks, best-selling author, wrote the novel A Walk to Remember a few years ago, but was only adapted into a film this year (2002).
Although the movie is based on the book, there are few similarities between the two. It seems they've just kept the names, the plot (which involves a severe illness, but I won't spoil it), and the poem, read near the end of the film, about love, and the many ways it works.
A Walk to Remember surrounds the characters Landon Carter (Shane West), a troubled teen who drinks, talks back, and breaks school rules; and then there's Jamie Sullivan (Mandy Moore), a priest's daughter; she's very religious, a bit of a loner, and her ambition is to witness a miracle.
Of course, we all know what's going to happen--some of us will know directly from the first scene, but I'll just summarize the rest of the story as best I can without spoiling anything.
Landon falls for Jamie, after spending time with her to practice lines for a school play, due out in Spring. He realizes (eventually) that he doesn't care if his friends, the 'cool crowd' if you may, tease him for being with a girl of Jamie's stature.
It is definitely a sweet love story, filled with tear-filled moments that make you want to cry, too. Overall, out of 10, I give this a 6.5.
An inordinately well-acted film!
Gee, and I thought I liked the last movie...
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second installment of both the books by J.K. Rowling, and the movies directed by the very talented Chris Columbus.
I warn you, the following may be thought of as spoilers; if you do not wish to hear such things, leave now.
Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), along with friends Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) are to begin their second year at Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Much like the beginning of the last film, the Dursleys are mistreating Harry, complaining about the noise caused by Hedwig (his snowy owl) amongst others.
Dobby, a house-elf, comes into Harry's room one evening and says that he cannot return to Hogwarts, for there is a great evil amongst the grounds.
The Weasley brothers (Fred, George, and Ron) come to rescue Harry from the Dursleys, and bring them home to their house, The Burrow.
As always, Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) is Harry's arch-nemesis (aside from Lord Voldemort, of course). Felton is probably one of the better actors out of the students at Hogwarts, in my opinion, and Jason Isaacs, who is Luscious Malfoy, his Father, gives an Oscar-worthy performance. You can definitely tell that they're Father and Son in the film.
Harry is accused of killing Filch's cat, Mrs. Norris, when he is found at the scene of the crime, along with other victims.
This means the Chamber of Secrets has been opened, unveiling a great new evil.
Cristian Coulson plays the new evil in this film.
As the plot unravels, the audience will become more and more intrigued and engrossed by what is happening.
If I had a choice out of five stars (the Canadian rating of films; may not be in other countries), I would definitely give it that. I highly recommend this to those who may, and even who may not have, seen Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorceror's) Stone.
The Sum of All Fears (2002)
Compelling and dramatic.
I, personally, loved this film, though my Mother found it a tad confusing by the end.
Based on a book by Tom Clancy (and executively produced by him, too), The Sum of All Fears is a dramatic, compelling story about CIA agents, and about terrorism.
Jack Ryan (Ben Affleck) is new to the CIA force. He has a loving girlfriend, Cathy (Bridget Moynahan, who is a doctor, and whom Jack hopes to marry, he loves his job, and is fairly close to William Cabot (Morgan Freeman). But how, oh, how, is Jack going to tell his lovely girlfriend that he's with the CIA?
One particular funny part is where Freeman and Affleck are on a plane to a mission in Russia, and Affleck tries to tell Moynahan that their plans are spoiled because he's in the CIA, going on a secret mission; obviously, she doesn't believe him, and Freeman gets a kick out of that.
Anyway, there is a bomb, and President Fowler, and the majority of the CIA force, seem to think it's the Russians who are the guilty ones. I shan't spoil the film, so you'll have to see for yourself.
The modus operandi of this film is to intrigue you to the plot, as well as make you think ahead to see 'whodunit'.
*May be considered as a spoiler to some* Abandon starts off strongly enough within the first half hour, when you figure out Katie Holmes' ex-boyfriend is missing. That is the main plot, thickened by a cop (Benjamin Bratt) who's fallen for Holmes. The side-story is that every boy seems to fall in love with her, which never really gets thoroughly explained at all.
Holmes and Bratt portrayed familiar characters; Bratt is a cop with an alcoholic past. Holmes, once again, is the young, vulnerable teen who is easy on the eyes for any boy.
Charlie Hunnam plays Embry, her ex, and is probably the better actor of the bunch. Some of you may recognize him from Queer as Folk.
The script fails almost right from the off, though there are just a few appealing moments delivered by Holmes, who has these weird dreams when she drifts off in slumber.
The movie is quite predictable, but the ending is cut off kind of abruptly. Over all, I don't recommend this movie to anyone.