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Year to Date [Aug. 28th, 2006|12:46 pm]
Watch it, Review it, Get to 100.



Film Title:
Fun With Dick and Jane
Starring: Jim Carrey, Tea Leoni
Director: Dean Parisot
Genre: comedy
Approx Length: 90 mins
Rating of the film, F- [worst] to A [best].: D-
Short description/summary of the film: (from IMDB.com) An update of the 1977 comedy, Dick and Jane are living the good life. That is until Dick (Jim Carrey) loses his job shortly after getting a promotion that convinced his wife Jane (Téa Leoni) to quit her job. The money is gone, and the house ends up in foreclosure. Dick decides to turn to a hilarious life of crime to pay the bills with his lovely wife by his side. Then together they decide it's time to steal back what Former CEO Jack McCallister (Alec Baldwin) had stolen from them.

My thoughts: Horrid little film, very unfunny with a big liberal political message tacked on at the end.

Next to View: The Family Stone

Film Title:The Family Stone
Starring: Claire Danes, Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Dermot Mulroney, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Jessica Parker
Director:Thomas Bezucha
Genre: comedy
Approx Length: 103 mins
Rating of the film, F- [worst] to A [best].: D
Short description/summary of the film: (from imdb.com) An uptight, conservative, businesswoman accompanies her boyfriend to his eccentric and outgoing family's annual Christmas celebration and finds that she's a fish out of water in their free-spirited way of life.

My thoughts: A horrid film about an intolerant hypocritical holier-than-thou family. Walking, talking stereotypes. The film tries to make Meredith look like a monster but you end up wishing Meredith would set fire to their house just so you can watch them all die. Couldn't the deaf gay brother with the interracial lover also have been a vegan? That would have made his character so much more realistic.

Next to View: The Wingless Bird

Film Title: The Wingless Bird
Starring: Claire Skinner, Dale Meeks, Edward Atterton
Director: David Wheatley
Genre: Drama
Approx Length: 120 mins
Rating of the film, F- [worst] to A [best].: C
Short description/summary of the film: (from imdb.com) On the eve of World War I, Agnes Conway manages both the business and the problems of her troubled family. She finds the strength to break class barriers and help her sister Jessie marry a good boy from a family of dockside toughs. Is she strong enough to break them again when Charles Farrier, a gentleman, courts her over his parents' opposition? Agnes faces an added dilemma when she finds her heart divided between Charles and his soldier brother Reginald.

My thoughts: I like Catherine Cookson novel adaptations but this one was just missing a spark. The main character was sweet enough but some scenes were re-used from part 2 to part 3 and I had to question a relationship in the film between a man and woman who had never shown anything for each other beyond friendship. A real "HUH?" moment. Otherwise nice for a rainy day.

Next to View: She's the Man

Film Title: She's the Man
Starring: Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum
Director: Andy Fickman
Genre: Comedy
Approx Length: 105 mins
Rating of the film, F- [worst] to A [best].: A
Short description/summary of the film: (from imdb.com) When her big brother decides to ditch for a couple weeks in London, Viola (Bynes) heads over to his elite boarding school, disguises herself as him, and proceeds to fall for one of her soccer teammates. Little does she realize she's not the only one with romantic troubles, as she, as he, gets in the middle of a series of intermingled love affairs.

My thoughts: Laugh out loud funny, Amanda Bynes has great comedic timing and hilarious inflections and facial expressions. The story is basically that of Twelfth Night by Shakespeare and it's fun to find all of the references to the play within this film i.e. the school being called Illyria, the pizza joint being Cesario's, the pet tarantula being named Malvolio etc. Some bits of the soccer weren't all that interesting and the film has a very out of place opening credits sequence, but all is forgiven due to Ms. Bynes's ability to be both adorable as a boy and likable as a girl.

Next to View: Damien: Omen 2

Film Title: Damien: Omen 2
Starring: Jonathan Scott-Taylor, Lucas Donat, Lance Henrikson, William Holden, Lee Grant
Director: Don Taylor
Genre: Horror
Approx Length: 107 mins
Rating of the film, F- [worst] to A [best].: B+
Short description/summary of the film: Damien the Antichrist, now age 13, finally learns of his destiny under the guidance of an unholy disciple of Satan, while dark mystical forces begin to eliminate all those who suspect the child's true identity.

My thoughts: Much creepier if you watch it when you're a kid, this film falls flat when viewed as an adult. One starts to wonder why the story leaves out the development of Damien's character when he is the main focus of the plot. We never really learn much about him as a person save for one moment of self-discovery and teen angst which shows he actually HAS feelings. This moment is all too brief and we go right back to standard 70's horror movie fare. Jonathan Scott-Taylor is just too dang cute to be the Antichrist while some of the people around him are so annoying you can't help but cheer him on. I gave it a B+ because it does have a few good scenes (one being where Damien shows off in class) and decent actors. The story could have been stronger. There are death scenes but I didn't watch the film for those so I didn't care about how they were executed. The Omen stories just have plot holes and one major one here was that Damien seemed to have very little recollection of his childhood as presented in the first Omen film. Other things don't make sense, like why Yigael's Wall was still intact etc. There's a "twist" at the end but I didn't find it very shocking.

Next to View: The Mill on the Floss


Film Title: The Mill on the Floss
Starring: Christopher Blake, Judy Cornwell, Mona Durbridge, Pippa Guard, Jonathan Scott-Taylor
Director: Ronald Wilson
Genre: Drama
Approx Length: 240 mins
Rating of the film, F- [worst] to A [best].: C
Short description/summary of the film:

My thoughts: Very slow, fun to watch Jonathan Scott-Taylor as a blond. Lots of "I hate you Maggie Tulliver!" in this -- when they insult people they ALWAYS use the full names. After part 4 or 5 Jon's character grows up and things get really boring because all they do is bicker endlessly about the deed to the mill.

Next to View: Date Movie


Film Title: Date Movie
Starring: Alyson Hannigan
Director: Aaron Seltzer
Genre: Spoof comedy
Approx Length: 83 mins
Rating of the film, F- [worst] to A [best].: F----
Short description/summary of the film: Spoof of romantic comedies which focuses on a man (Campbell), his crush (Hannigan), his parents (Coolidge, Willard), and her father (Griffin).

My thoughts: Absolute crap. The money to make this should have gone to starving kids in Africa.

Next to View: Superman Returns

Film Title: Superman Returns
Starring: Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, James Marsden, Parker Posey
Director: Bryan Singer
Genre: Action/adventure
Approx Length: 154 mins
Rating of the film, F- [worst] to A [best].: A
Short description/summary of the film:  After a long visit to the lost remains of the planet Krypton, the Man of Steel returns to earth to become the peoples savior once again and reclaim the love of Lois Lane.

My thoughts: Quite fun to watch though I am not sold on Kevin Spacey as Luther. Bosworth as Lane was utterly wrong and useless. Brandon Routh is a real find!

Next to View: Final Destination 3

Film Title: Final Destination 3
Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ryan Merriman
Director: James Wong
Genre: Horror
Approx Length: 93 mins
Rating of the film, F- [worst] to A [best].: C+
Short description/summary of the film: In this third installment of the Final Destination series, a student's premonition of a deadly rollercoaster ride saves her life and a lucky few, but not from death itself which seeks out those who escaped their fate.

My thoughts: Same old, same old. Not as good as the first 2 but I'd still watch 4 if they made one.

Next to View: The Omen

1. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (twice) -- <I>Brilliant, inspiring.</I>
2. El Espinazo del diablo (The Devil's Backbone) -- <I>Somewhat creepy, much better story than I expected.</I>
3. Les Choristes (The Choir) (twice) -- <I>Sweet, great music.</I>
4. The Interpreter -- <I>Kind of boring.</I>
5. Monsieur Ibrahim -- <I>Average foreign fare.</I>
6. Must Love Dogs -- <I>I like Diane Lane but this wasn't her greatest.</I>
7. Ladies in Lavender -- <I>Placid.</I>
8. Sur Mes Lèvres (Read My Lips) -- <I>A rainy day film.</I>
9. Criminal -- <I>Eh.</I>
10. Mysterious Skin -- <I>Dark and gritty, disturbing.</I>
11. Batman Begins -- <I>Commercial stuff.</I>
12. Final Destination -- <I>Just plain fun.</I>
13. Lila Dit ca (Lila Says) -- <I>You kind of see the ending coming. Just ok.</I>
14. Skipped Parts (rewatch) -- <I>Bizarre film, but funny.</I>
15. The Chumscrubber -- <I>Extremely bizarre film but Jamie Bell is awesome in it.</I>
16. Edge of Madness -- <I>A bit of a time waster.</I>
17. Without a Paddle -- <I>Silly fun.</I>
18. Little Black Book -- <I>It's Brittany Murphy.</I>
19. The Final Cut -- <I>Boredom on a stick.</I>
20. Dark Water -- <I>Intriguing but falls a bit flat. Spooky and nice use of water.</I>
21. Lawrence of Arabia -- <I>A classic, beautiful cinematography, Omar Shariff when he was young, and Peter O'Toole's big blue eyes. A winner.</I>
22. The Accused (rewatch) -- <I>Same as it was the first time around.</I>
23. The Dust Factory -- <I>A kids movie, a bit strange but ok.</I>
24. Jeux d'enfants (Love Me If You Dare) -- <I>Wild ride!</I>
25. Come te nessuno mai&nbsp; (But Forever in My Mind ) -- <I>I actually rented this one twice. Story partly written by the lead actor, good performances, cute story about young love, one of the best teenagers-have-sex scenes I've seen in a film and I don't mean it's arousing I mean it is honest and sweet.)</I>
26. La Buena Vida (The Good Life) -- Most definitely NOT "The Good MOVIE"
27. Nico and Dani -- <I>Same lead actor from La Buena Vida only older, uglier and more boring.</I>
28. The Fog (hated it, didn't finish it) -- <I>Crap</I>
29. The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl (didn't see ending, got bored) -- <I>Watch Spy Kids instead.</I>
30. The Island -- <I>Kinda cool, sort of like Logan's Run and Gattica mixed together.</I>
31. Undertow -- <I>Jamie Bell again, awesome as always. Very weird use of stop-motion camera trickery. Seems a little bit overdone at times.</I>
32. My Big Fat Independant Movie -- <I>Rainy day fare.</I>
33. Dandelion -- <I>Interesting and quiet story about a teen boy.</I>
34. Good Burger (rewatch) -- <I>I love ED!</I>
35. Dodgeball (rewatch) -- <I>Funny, especially Pepper.</I>
36. The Cave (hated it, didn't finish) -- <I>Waste of time.</I>
37. The Upside of Anger -- <I>Better than I expected.</I>
38. The Unknown (silent) -- <I>Creepy!</I>
39. The 40-Year Old Virgin -- <I>Vulgar with a couple of funny moments.</I>
40. The Skeleton Key -- <I>Engrossing, spooky, really cool twist ending!!!</I>
41. The United States of Leland -- <I>I'd rather have a root canal than ever see this piece of turd again.</I>
42. Walk the Line -- <I>Everyone loved it -- except me.</I>
43. The Unsaid -- <I>Suspense thriller about teen boy.</I>
44. King Kong -- <I>A big ball of CGI, and Naomi Watts. Not enough Adrien Brody.</I>
45. When a Stranger Calls -- <I>I expected more.</I>
46. Poirot: After the Funeral (TV Movie) <I>Typical Poirot mystery, fun.</I>
47. The Rag Nymph -- (TV Movie) <EM>Really nice story based on Catherine Cookson novel about a little orphaned girl and growing up in England)
48. The Fifteen Streets -- (TV Movie) <EM>Sean Bean is in this, therefore it is good ;) Another interesting Cookson movie.
49. Just Like Heaven -- ;Reese Witherspoon is pretty ok. Kinda lame plot.
50. Caterina va in citta (Caterina in the Big City) -- Very nice film about a little girl living in Rome, Italy.
51. Fantastic Four -- ;Not as cool as it looked in previews.
52. Fun With Dick and Jane
53. The Family Stone
54. The Wingless Bird
55. She's the Man
56. Damien: The Omen 2
57. The Mill on the Floss
58. Date Movie (didn't finish)
59. Superman Returns
60. Final Destination 3
61. The Omen
62. Ginger Snaps 3: The Beginning
63. El Viaje de Carol (Carol's Journey)


[User Picture]From: thepixieinside
2006-08-29 02:51 am (UTC)
The Mill on the Floss is a WONDERFUL read...have you read it yet? I need to see the movie.

I need to see She's the Man...I keep hearing good things about it.

Keep up the AWESOME reviews!!!
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