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Jamie Lee Curtis: Hoolywood Chutes and Ladders A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
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Scent of a Woman (1992)
A well-meaning film that doesn't quite come to life
The concept of this film is appealing enough: A prep school kid is given a "simple" job: babysitting a blind man, who turns out to be a colonel. And the kid has no idea what's in store for him. While all the prep school scenes are great, the rest of the film leaves something to be desired. The problem here, I think, is that this kid is way too calm and laid-back for a character like this to work. And the colonel doesn't fare much better. Sure, he's cold, but not nearly enough. Give them some bite, for crying out loud. I also didn't feel the chemistry either, something crucial to making a movie work. It's an admirable and interesting film, but not a moving one.
**1/2 out of ****
Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)
About one or two good moments in an otherwise unnecessary sequel
I enjoyed the first Horrible Bosses. While it had its flaws, and was a bit inconsistent with the bosses (the Kevin Spacey character getting the biggest storyline), it was nevertheless enjoyable. But this sequel has far, far fewer laughs, and just feels forced. These 3 guys that got their revenge last time don't seem so innocent anymore. They just come off as sketchy here. I give the filmmakers credit for trying something different here: making the 3 guys their own bosses. It is a sequel after all, right? But on the other hand, most sequels repeat the first movie's formula, which this movie does after a while, but not as funny as the first time around. Fortunately, there's one good moment: Dave, the boss from last time around. Kevin Spacey is the only one here that manages to give a decent performance. Too bad it's only a small part. Jennifer Aniston, on the other hand, seems to playing a different character (Did she quit being a dentist?). Chris Pine is the newest horrible boss, but his character just comes off as weird. Jamie Foxx also returns, and I still don't know why his character is really necessary. Do yourself a favor and rewatch the first movie instead.
** out of ****
The Meteor Man (1993)
A Lot Better Than It Ought To Be
For a movie that's a Superman-wannabe in the ghetto, I wasn't expecting to enjoy it very much. This film is surprisingly entertaining. While the characters don't seem worth caring about, the story certainly is. This guy being a (substitute)teacher, it would have been nice to see how his students reacted to him as a superhero. My only quibble about the movie is that the final sequence goes on a bit too long. Halfway through this fight sequence, I felt the movie made its point. Bill Cosby appears in a non- speaking cameo role, which isn't anything special, because the character isn't even explained. This role certainly won't be one of his career highlights.
*** out of ****
Amityville: A New Generation (1993)
This okay entry in the Amityville series doesn't do much with the mirror
This is an okay movie, but it doesn't generate much excitement or suspense because there's not much done with the mirror and the characters are not especially interesting. This picture is less about the mirror than it is about this kid's history concerning his deceased, murderous father. The only truly interesting characters are the detective, played by The Stepfather's Terry O'Quinn, and Llanie. And just like in the previous film, "It's About Time", there's no Amityville house either (except in flashbacks). If this really is a new generation, then I would have preferred the old one.
**1/2 out of ****
Bad Teacher: Pilot (2014)
Loose film adaptation is marginally unwatchable
Supposedly based on the 2011 comedy, you might be better off renting the movie instead. I didn't watch the entire episode, because it just plain sucks. I didn't hate it, it just isn't very funny. Nobody is even trying here, because even the supporting characters are just as one-dimensional as the teacher. Ari Graynor is no Cameron Diaz, and while the film also strays from reality a bit, I'll tell you it is 20 times funnier than this sorry excuse. It's also a testimony as to why we rarely see TV shows based on movies. One thing filmmakers don't seem to understand: Turning a film into a TV series is like turning an SNL skit into a movie: What works in small doses does not necessarily work in bigger ones.
It delivers the requisite action, but the story and characters are rather flat
As a remake or a stand-alone film, RoboCop has the potential to be a great movie, but unfortunately, it just didn't quite take off for me. Where's all the fun and excitement? The action scenes are pleasant enough, but the story, or the characters, are not quite on the same level. The characters, are two-dimensional at best, and the story is just filler. There's not much reason to care about anything that's going on, or anyone, because these people don't exhibit any personality. Just think what this movie could have been had it gone into "Terminator", or even "Death Wish" territory. Or maybe if the film had pushed the envelope, at least. Strange to see Jackie Earle Haley here, cause he doesn't look like an actor who is suited for action roles.
** out of ****
This so-so horror movie is more along the lines of "The Amityville Horror"
While the film has the requisite suspense, it's not a whole lot of fun. Aside from the fact that this guy is way too old to be afraid of scary, childhood things, he just mopes through most of the movie. He doesn't really face his fears, at least not emotionally. It's nice to see a different type of bogeyman (as opposed to Jason or Freddy), but the filmmakers didn't put a lot of imagination into it. This girl that is hiding out, which our protagonist meets, is never really explained, and is pointless. Or if she at least talked more. Unless you count the brief appearances, there aren't a whole lot of characters in the movie either. A character going solo for most of the movie doesn't really cut it for me.
** out of ****
Sorority Row (2009)
There's almost nothing here to recommend it
While this movie might sound interesting on paper, the execution is, well, not especially interesting. If the killers look familiar to you, that's because it borrows from the Scream series. And there's a little "I Know What You Did Last Summer" thrown in as well. Only differences are that the metal hook here is a cross, instead of a pirate hook. And nobody gets run over. But this movie doesn't do those films any justice. In fact, it doesn't do itself any justice. These sorority sisters are one-dimensional, and there's no reason to care about them, individually, or as a group. Sure, you have a bitchy sorority sister, but is there a point to it? The film doesn't even try to be interesting, at least not until the final sequence, which did engage me. If only the rest of the film were just as good. Carrie Fisher appears in what seems like a throwaway role.
** out of ****
Some clever moments here and there, but it doesn't quite take off
The film starts off pleasant enough, and for a while it shows Walter having his daydreams, which are genuinely enjoyable, I might add. The problem with this film is that it's only engaging up until Mitty begins his journey through Iceland and Greenland. And the scenes after the end of the journey. I thought his journey was a little tedious and unnecessary. Apparently the filmmakers no longer thought the daydreams were cutting it. If some of this journey was supposed to be one as well, then I must have not been paying attention. Two scenes that don't work: One in a bar, and another where Walter attempts to jump into a boat. As for the film's characters, including Walter Mitty, there's nothing special about them. Walter's female coworker (played by Kristen Wiig) doesn't serve any purpose other than to give him someone to confide in. Is she supposed to be a love interest? The only real interesting one is Ted, Walter's boss, even though he doesn't do a lot in the entire movie. While I did enjoy the chemistry between Penn and Stiller, and the way the scene plays out, the journey is just not worth the payoff. Also unnecessary: meeting the eharmony guy in person, which, I think, only exists to show us it was Patton Oswalt on the phone.
**1/2 out of ****
Some funny moments and one-liners here and there, but basically this movie is not very funny
I've only seen the first Anchorman once, which was when that was in theaters, and I barely remember it. But I must have enjoyed it enough to want to see this sorry sequel. So, unfortunately, I can't compare it with this sequel. However, on it's own terms, I can't say this was a legend worth continuing. Aside from some one-liners, there are two scenes that made me laugh. One takes place in an RV, and the other is the finale, (with a bunch of celebrity cameos). Aside from that, this movie is really pointless. And it's also a testimony that Will Ferrell is not a funny guy. As for his dramatic roles, that might be a different story. If you're in search of a movie that soars to hilarity, you better find another movie.
** out of ****