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Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
Hollywood of Dunces
Yet another moronic Hollywood film full of condescending stereotypes of Southern Whites, "Sweet Home Alabama" is one of the dullest movies of the new Millennium. Melanie (Reese Witherspoon) deserts a husband in Alabama for the Big Apple, where she becomes a successful fashion designer, but she waits until she's engaged to the Mayor of NYC's son, seven years later, before she gets serious about seeking a divorce. We are then subjected to a long, boring story about Melanie trying to get her husband to sign the divorce papers. Along the way, we meet characters with names like "Lurleen" and learn that banks in Alabama don't have ATMs. It seems that virtually all Southern Whites live in either antebellum mansions or run-down shacks. (I lived in the Deep South for three years and it ain't like this.) We get to hear sagacious bits like: "You can take the girl out of the honky tonk, but you can't take the honky tonk out of the girl." We are also subjected to lame attempts at humor, like when Melanie sits in her father's recliner and falls far back when the handle is pulled - HA! HA!. Hollywood likes to portray Southerners as a bunch of ignorant neanderthals, but what can you say about the intelligence and sophistication of anyone stupid enough to have been involved in the screenplay, direction and production of this bomb.
A Peter Pan Sequel
I thought this movie was VERY interesting, picking up where Peter Pan left off. At one point in the movie Wendy is reading from the actual Peter Pan book that J.M. Barrie wrote. I'm wondering if J.M. Barrie had anything to do with the writing of this movie as well. Even though this movie has a message that fathers should spend more time with their family, it doesn't really get in the way. The movie is still adventurous and actually gives you the feeling that Neverland is a real place. I really like the scene where they have the imaginary feast. When Peter actually sees the food in front of him, it really is wonderful. I think that scene pretty much sums up this whole movie. I swear, if J.M. Barrie didn't write this, I'd like to know who did. They must have been pretty darn talented, because this movie is great. I think it's as good or better than any of the Peter Pan films, including the animated Disney one, and classic animated Disney films are tough to beat. The lost boys in Hook are a lot more wild than the VERY tame lost boys in the animated film, and I think it gives Hook an added sense of realism. This film has a great musical score too. Obviously, since it's by John Williams. Although John Williams did do the score for Daddy-o also, which wasn't all that great. Robin Williams delivers another great performance that'll entertain adults and kids alike. The man has talent, even if in this movie he's old and overweight. I would call Hook a must-see family film.
Bringing Down the House (2003)
What happened to Steve Martin? He is a comic genius with more all-time classic movies on his resume than virtually anyone else could hope for. "All of Me," "The Jerk," "Roxanne"--the man has done a lot of great work across a wide range of comedic styles. And Queen Latifah is talented and likable. Witness the sadly-ignored "Set it Off," which is a much better movie than you might expect, and which really showed that Queen Latifah had great potential as an actress. Martin and Latifah deserved a chance to do a good movie together. They could have pulled off a decent movie from a mediocre script. But instead, this is the movie you get when you take Steve Martin's lawyer character from "All of Me," suck all of the character and life out of him, and plug him into "Housesitter" with Queen Latifah as Goldie Hawn. There's even a rich old client, like in "All of Me." You get the feeling you've seen better versions of this movie before, and you're right. We all know the gag from the commercials. Steve Martin thinks he's meeting some thin white lawyer for an internet date, but instead Queen Latifah shows up at his front door. Comedy theoretically ensues. But the movie takes its sweet time getting to this first surprise, even though we the audience know it's coming. And in that interval, man, do they lay on the exposition. Layer after layer of trite TV-movie exposition, written in such a way as to show you the path the movie is going to follow as to every single character. Even after Queen Latifah shows up, the exposition just keeps on coming, and coming, and coming. When it stops, you are hoping comedy might ensue, but it just doesn't. In the first 30 minutes of this movie, there are a few amusing moments, and two occasions where you might actually chuckle out loud. That is a pathetic laugh ratio for any comedy, and it is unforgivable given that a truly awful script has dragged two great performers to that level. You know the comedies where you see the preview on TV and there are 3 or 4 funny clips, and you get to the movie, and those are the only 3 or 4 funny things in it? This is one of those comedies.
The Bodyguard (1992)
An Outstanding Movie!
This was definitely a good movie.Everything a movie fan could ask for is in this movie. Excellent actors and actresses, a good plot, and outstanding music came from this movie. Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston made this movie. Kevin Costner plays the role of a bodyguard assigned to protect a rock singer well played by Whitney Houston. He of course saves her from several close calls. In the meantime a close relationship develops between the bodyguard and the singer. In the meantime an evil person is always lurking nearby to do the singer harm. This proved to be an excellent movie that was entertaining to watch. You will not be disappointed.
Wo hu cang long (2000)
It is impossible to know where to start my critique. Whether it is with the fact that this movie is on the top 100 foreign films of all time or whether to start with the large amount of crap that others have written. The editorial review is absolutely beyond me. A classic Greek tragedy? Where did you get that idea? I mean, the fact that they can fly is fine, in a fantasy fiction film, anything can happen. But this film had no storyline, the acting was minimal, and the martial arts that Ang Lee tried to present was ridiculous. In trying to make an artistic masterpiece, he sacrificed the entire beauty of martial arts. Its called martial arts because when someone has mastered it, the way they fight is a wonder and beautiful to watch. For instance, when you watch Jet Li's old movies done in Chinese, one can see the beauty of it all. The way his moves flow into one another and at the same time, he kicks another person's ass. This film was simply another foreign film that was brought to America and now people who think they know about movies say, "Do you know anything about Asian cinema? Well, there's this amazing film called 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.'" All of it is bs. The movie sucked and anyone who followed up this one with Ang Lee's other film "The Hulk" can see that this man needs some serious work on his editing and entire movie-making process. this was not a good film, the idea was stupid, the result was horrible. If you thought this was an amazing expression of Chinese cinema, think again. This is an insult to Chinese traditions and a step backward for Asian cinema.
Big Momma's House (2000)
Without a doubt the funniest movie of last year
Malcolm (Martin Lawrence) decides to investigate the case of a criminal who recently escaped from prison. The way Malcolm investigates the case is to dress up as a famous neighborhood icon, Big Momma, after the real Big Momma leaves for awhile. The woman he is going to investigate is Sherry (Nia Long). Sherry was the former lover of the man who escaped from prison. Little does Malcolm know that he will become attracted to Sherry once he meets her. I didn't really think that "Big Momma's House" was a ripoff of "The Nutty Professor." They have a lot of similarities, but I think it's a lot more like "Mrs. Doubtfire." I thought "Big Momma's House" was funnier than "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps." While both are great comedy movies with tons of laughs, this movie wins my vote for funniest movie of the year by far. Just about all the movie's pranks and lines are hilarious, especially when Malcolm slips up and says or does things that'll make you wonder if Malcolm has forgotten that he's dressed up as Big Momma. Anybody who likes comedy movies such as "Tootsie" or "Mrs. Doubtfire" should really like "Big Momma's House," it's the must see comedy of the year!