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(spoilers) This Potter film is not worth seeing. Fans will be sorely
disappointed. While the other films had an element of humour,
and yes, magic about them, this film is sorely lacking. It's
incredibly boring and the plot has been so twisted around it looks
more like a Harry Potter Magazine. HE DOESN'T GET THE BROOM
AT THE END OF THE MOVIE, YOU FOOLS!!!!! And where was Cho
Chang and Sir Cadogan? COME ON! Fudge's hat was lime green,
not dark.......? I am sure this travesty is due to the changing of
directors as the other two Potter movies were excellent. I certainly
hope Mike Newell does a better job than this Alfonso quack.
And I'm pretty sure werewolves have hair, too.
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
A Sub Par Excellent Film
The Butterfly Effect doesn't have great writing or great acting. The
plot is confusing and actually gets so in-depth you forget what
actually happened in the first place. But an important thing in this
film is the raw emotion, the terrifying effects that are caused by the
smallest action and the different outcomes that can happen. The raw emotion and the different outcomes are what save the
movie from being a mess. Ashton Kutcher is good, not great, and with some more experience
outside Sitcom World he could perhaps achieve that greatness.
Even though she appears as the same character in about six
different universes, Amy Smart is defenitely not given enough
screen time and she is not the actress I would have envisioned for
the part (we see the child version of her character in the first
scenes). Evan's mother, is underused here. Her jaded, though
optimistic and determined character never changes, only the
experiences. The plot is so twisting and has so many different twists that the
audience forgets the original reason in the first place. The movie
fails to put emphasis on the most important scene, the scene
where Kayleigh the Waitress and Evan part in the night, so halfway
through the movie you forget why you're watching, plot-wise.
Well, except for the raw, terrifying emotional depth. I give it 6/10.
Cheaper by the Dozen (2003)
A fantastic movie.
Originally I did not want to see this movie, but my friends either
wanted to see Chasing Liberty or Cheaper By The Dozen. I can't
stand Mandy Moore movies so I agreed to this. I was expecting a movie with lots of gags, little plot, lots of brats
running around and toilet humour. Well I was pleasently surprised.
The movie is actually story-driven, not joke driven, as a lot are.
There are some bathroom humour jokes but they are quick and
well done. The "brats" are actually good actors and use
expression and style to portray their characters. Although this
many charactars can be hard to track, the movie solves this by
making some kids more important charactars, but giving equal
screen time to all. The screenplay is good and the writing is solid. The jokes are
tasteful and the charactars are likeable. The gags are hilarious and don't take up the whole movie. Again,
the movie is story driven so you won't see alien poo come out of
nowhere and be expected to laugh. Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt are excellent in their roles. I am not
really fond of Bonnie Hunt's TV show, but she is much better here.
Both the parents come across as supportive and loving, even if
they have too much to deal with. Hilary Duff, Piper Perabo, and Tom Welling, who are stars in their
own right, seem a little out of place here but yet still fit. They are not
the whole movie. Perhaps if Hilary's appearance wasn't so
manicured? Ashton Kutcher is not given much screen time, and
his charactar is what he does best -- Kelso. The movie has great songs at every other turn, but holes in the plot
aren't filled with song and dance scenes (What A Girl Wants). It
would make a great soundtrack. The movie features bloopers at the end, which are funny, but not
so hysterical as to be funnier than the movie (A View From The
Top) . Cheaper By The Dozen is by far one of the best family movies ever,
and maybe even one of the best movies of 2003 (though that could
be considered a bit of a stretch) It's interesting, creative, and very
well done. It was well worth my nine dollars.
Weirdsister College (2001)
This is a spin-off of the popular "Worst Witch" series on YTV, and it was a poor show. All the good characters were gone, and the writing had taken a sharp turn for the worse. Mildred was no longer clumsy, kind, or endearing--she was scheming and sophisticated.
Best Talk Show On TV!
Ellen DeGeneres is finally back! See, for those of you who don't
know, Ellen DeGeneres is a comedienne who had her own sitcom
"Ellen" that ran on ABC from 1998-1994. But the ratings started to
decline after she came out of the closet in the last season (I think it
was the last one). And it wasn't because people were homophobic--it's just that that's all she started talking about! Anyways after another failed sitcom and a public breakup Ellen
stayed out of the limelight for awhile. Then she appeared as "Dory"
in the hugely successful "Finding Nemo", and now she has her
own talk show! Unlike other talk shows (Oprah or Rosie), Ellen doesn't really suck
up to the guests. She makes jokes with them and acts like they're
her friends, instead of huge special people. And unlike Oprah or
Rosie, Ellen is not always shrieking or screaming, "Oh My
Gaaaaaaaaaad! We're going to have Sting! Oh my Gaaaaad! You
just have to buy his book....girl!" And the studio audience isn't
annoying either.....they actually let the guests and host TALK! I only get to see this show when I stay home sick from work. I wish
they'd show it in prime-time too!
Polka Dot Door (1971)
Good, quiet, peaceful.
I loved this show when I was little. It was on Ontario TV, and I think it had a spin-off or two in the '90s. The hosts changed sometimes, but it was really fun to watch, and talked a lot about stories and toytime. The hosts always did a little dance to the tune of "Frere Jacques" that they would sing in both English and French, and there was a big dinosaur thing named Polkaru that one host never got to see! It was a good, quiet, peaceful show for kids.
The In Crowd (2000)
Not very scary.
This movie isn't scary. The charactars aren't very well developed,
and some parts of the story are boring. But it is interesting to see
how far some people will go in life to keep their status. Maybe with
some extra money, better writing and replaced actors it could have
been a little bit better.
Family Guy (1999)
One of the best shows ever made.
Family Guy was a cartoon that delayed in the late '90s on FOX, and
was instantly one of the most talked-about TV shows around.
Some people called it too controversial and it was boycotted by
some religious groups, and FOX canceled it two or three years
later. What puzzles me is that there was the same controversy
surrounding The Simpsons when it first aired, and FOX stuck with
it and didn't let it go, and it became a major phenomonon. Perhaps
Family Guy could have become the same kind of thing. Family Guy is a hilarious show that appeals to intelligent people
and average people alike. It's got some gross out humour, some
wickedly funny one-liners and the best flashback scenes. The
animation is sharp and better than other cartoons, as the people
look real. Family Guy is still majorly popular, and you can catch it around
9pm on Teletoon.
The King of Queens (1998)
This show is good, and it's funny. But for some reason, it's not the kind of show you'd talk about with your co-workers or decide who your favourite charactar is. The best jokes on this show are completely inane when compared to say Friends, Cheers, or Still Standing, and it's sometimes hard to remember what the plots are, too. And Carrie is such a witch, it's hard to believe anyone would marry her!
Spice World (1997)
This movie has absolutely no substance, but it's a fun, campy
movie which parodies the Spice Girls, their fans, and their rise to
fame. It's not intelligent, and it's not a work of art but it's a perfect
clean-cut affair for little kids and teens. There are even
appearances by George Wendt and Elvis Costello!