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06 September 2005 @ 04:35 pm
Director: Terry Gilliam

Starring: Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Lena Headey, Monica Bellucci, Jonathan Pryce, Peter Stormare

Rated: PG-13 for violence, frightening sequences and brief suggestive material.

Get ready for a twist on your classic fairy tale. Coming forth are the brothers Grimm, Ghost Busters of the olden-golden days, to slay all of your pesky ghosts, witches, trolls, and etc. From my perspective, Damon and Ledger did one wonderful job performing it.

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16 August 2005 @ 03:56 pm

Dir: George A. Romero

Starring: Simon Baker, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper, Asia Argento, Robert Joy, and an awful lot of dead people.

Rated: R for pervasive strong violence and gore, language, brief sexuality and some drug use.
In Australia, it's MA (suitable for those aged 15+)

Tagline: The Legendary Filmmaker Brings You His Ultimate Zombie Masterpiece

Night of the Living Dead showed us that the recently deceased just didn't have the good sense to stay down, the stakes were upped in the next two installments of Romero's Dead saga, and now forty years after Night was released, the fourth is now here.  The dead have taken over the world at large, while the remnants of humanity survive in heavily barricaded cities.  The wealthy live in a well-protected skyscraper, while the poor are left to fend for themselves on the streets, though a good living can be made raiding the countryside for supplies so the rich can remain in the lifestyle to which they are accustomed.  The problem is that is that the country is infested with zombies.

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Romero completely blows the Dawn remake out of the water, showing us just how a zombie movie should be made.  He should know, he's the guy that created the genre.

I am one very happy zombie fan.


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07 August 2005 @ 09:00 pm
Stealth ***1/2 out of ****

Starring: Josh Lucas, Jessica Biel, Jamie Foxx
Directed by: Rob Cohen
Rating: PG-13

You know what I learned by watching Stealth? I learned that Thailand is the pretty and I want to go there! Also, Josh Lucas has gorgeous blue eyes, Jessica Biel needs to learn to close her mouth fully, and Jamie Foxx's Oscar...

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07 August 2005 @ 01:08 am
Director: Michael Bay
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johannson, Djimon Hounsou, Sean Bean, Steve Buscemi, Michael Clarke Duncan, Ethan Phillips, Brian Stepanek, Noa Tishby
Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sexuality and language.

I must begin by saying that when I first heard of this movie, the very thought of two Ewan McGregors walking around made me squee like a fat kid with candy. However, when I actually went to see the movie, what I found was much more than just sexy.

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04 August 2005 @ 07:35 am
Sky High

Rated PG for action violence and some mild language
Directed by Mike Mitchell
Starring Michael Angarano, Kurt Russell, Kelly Preston, Danielle Panabaker.

My rating: 3 out of 4

The first thing I did upon coming out of the movie theatre was get into a disagreement with my husband over the merit of this movie. He was not all that amused, while I got exactly what I wanted.

I anticipate the primary question is: was it cheesy?

The answer: Why yes, yes it was! Delightfully so! If this movie is made into a sitcom, I will be quite happy to add to its rating; provided Steven Strait resumes his role as Warren Peace to add a spicy hotness to the cheese. (And those who have already seen this movie will know that I made a pun!)

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10 May 2005 @ 12:19 pm
Review for Kingdom of Heaven

Directed by Ridley Scott

Rated R for strong violence and warfare

Starring Orlando Bloom, Liam Neeson, Jeremy Irons, Eva Green, Marton Csokas, Brendan Gleeson, Ghassan Massoud

My rating: 3.5 out of 4 stars

At what price comes peace? At what price comes war? What is Jerusalem, this Kingdom of Heaven, worth?

Nothing. Everything.

Director Ridley Scott tackles a controversial subject and presents a perspective of the Crusades that is not going to sit well with everyone. Because there is not a “good” or “bad” side – only good or bad people. The choices they make determine what side of the line they fall on. And under the cloak of religious beliefs the reality of politics and ambition are at the heart of the matter. There are fanatics from all denominations, and there are good men who would live in peace with their fellow man. Men of honor and conscience, the disillusioned who once believed in something and now live with the reality of a flawed system, and men corrupt and power hungry.
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27 March 2005 @ 03:35 pm

Be Cool

Directed By: F. Gary Gray
(Director of The Italian Job)

Starring: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Danny DeVito, Vince Vaughn, Robert Pastorelli... and more people than I have room to mention

Rating: **** 1/2* out of 5

This movie just made playing Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon a lot less of a challenge...

Wow, where to start? This was possibly the funniest thing I've seen since Blue Colar Comedy Tour and Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again, and one of the most intelligent stupid movies ever. Sequel to Get Shorty, this movie probably has hidden jokes that would make sense had I seen the first one, but stands on its own rather well. The first line? "I hate sequels." I generally don't try to think of these movies in terms of just how good they are, they're not meant to be films or cinema, but this one truly deserved the four and a half out of five stars I've given it. THe plot can get a little convoluted, hard to coherently explain that is, but the acting was absolutely amazing.

John Travolta reprises his role as Chili Palmer, an ex-gangster turned movie producer, on the streets of California looking for his "next big hit", but in the music business instead of movies. He's sick of the movies-- "You know that in order to keep a PG-13 rating, you can only use the word 'fuck' once?" and is looking to get out and in to movies. His friend Tommy Athens (briefly and wonderfully portrayed by James Woods) asks him for coffee and to produce a movie about his (Tommy's) life. In the midst of a discussion about the pointlessness of such a task, Chili gets up to go to the men's, leaving Tommy to death by Russian mafia.

Christina Milian (singer of "Dip It Low") makes a stunning screen appearance (granted I haven't seen Man Of The House, but just about her debut to me) as Linda Moon, a struggling singer with soul and jazz roots discovered by Tommy and rescued by Chili from a skeezy club where her manager Raji (Vince Vaughn) and his bodyguard Eliot (The Rock) watch to make sure she doesn't get stolen away.

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Granted that's not my most coherent movie review ever, but I'll leave it that I'm still just laughing so hard I can't even begin to explain what made this so funny. The only problem with the movie was that the end wrapped up a little too quickly to be as neat as it was. 118 minutes left it just short of two hours, so I appreciate that they wrapped it up, but it was a little too easy. It keeps the extra half star, though, because it wasn't sloppy and they threw in a few more awesome cameos.

Good times and great laughs, a fabulous Saturday night movie that kept me laughing so hard I almost peed a little.
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27 November 2004 @ 01:10 am
Directed by Oliver Stone
Starring Colin Farrell, Rosario Dawson, Johnathan Rhys-Davies, Jared Leto, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, and Anthony Hopkins
My Rating: Two Stars (**), one for the lions

Alexander, the greatly awaited epic written, directed, and produced by Oliver Stone (writer, director, producer: Any Given Sunday) fell flatter than a flan on the floor. An A-list cast and big name producer promises much more than the film delivers, showing us only that these actors can do great things with horrible scripts...

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Final Verdict:
If you like your irony and you like your fake dusty battles, then this is the movie for you. As for me, once was enough. I considered digging through my purse for a clock more than three times and that's way too many. (To give you a clock reference, I looked during the 3rd LOTR when Frodo and Sam started floating down the lava river) No matter how funny the Scottish actor talking about the barbarians as a Greek is, no matter how much the sexually ambiguous Persian freaked us out, and no matter how much wine was imbibed or young men's asses pinched... I wouldn't pay more than $5 to see this movie the first time around and I did. I think I may have to shoot myself now. *tick* Oh, and look, I have a facial tick now!

(btw, sorry if the format's not correct, haven't posted in a while, so I'm kinda playing by ear!)
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03 September 2004 @ 06:54 pm

Starring: Anne Hathaway, Julie Andrews, Chris Pine, John Rhys Davies

Six years have passed since The Princess Diaries introduced us to the reluctant, unlikely princess, Mia Thermopoulis(Anne Hathaway.) Mia is all grown up now and has gone from a reluctant princess, to a princess determined to keep her throne at all costs. If you're expecting another sweet tale about how every girl has a princess in her, this isn't your movie. Princess Mia has grown up selfish and shallow and she has a movie to match. Even Anne Hathaway's considerable charm can't save this stinker.

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24 August 2004 @ 12:06 am

Starring: Zach Braff, Natalie Portman & Peter Sarsgaard

Rated R for language, drug use and a scene of sexuality

A guy comes home and finds that it is not really home. That sounds quite a bit like my state of mind coming into this flick. After nine months of independence at Gustavus, I came home in May and found that I really don't fit here, a postulate that rings even more true now on the edge of going back to my "real home" on campus. But enough about my life--that's what my journal is about. Let's talk about Garden State.
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