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61, 62 [Aug. 28th, 2006|12:46 pm]
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Film Title: The Omen
Starring: Gregory Peck, David Warner, Billie Whitelaw, Harvey Stephens
Director: Richard Donner
Genre: Horror
Approx Length:111 mins
Rating of the film, F- [worst] to A [best].: B
Short description/summary of the film: A couple finds out their kid is the Antichrist.

My thoughts: A lot less scary than I thought it would be, it seems to put a lot of focus on the deaths that take place. It's almost like they're just milking them for all they're worth and ignoring a lot of the rest of the story. This story could get REALLY involved, but it stays on the surface. A man and woman are having a baby but the baby is stillborn. The kid is replaced with another little boy whose mother has died in childbirth. Creepy things start happening when said kid turns 5. People die mysteriously and an ugly Rottweiler starts stalking the house (and probably pooping in the yard.) Damien, the son of the devil, seems really oblivious to everything going on around him. He's largely well, missing from the film. The focus is on the parents and the priest and the journalist who are all trying to figure out what is going on. We don't actually see Damien all that much. It could have been better, but I still don't think the remake gave us an improvement. They simply copied what had already been done (what is the use of that?). I would prefer this original version because ain't NO kid gonna capture the essence of evil like Harvey Stephens does.

Film Title: Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning
Starring: Katharine Isabelle, Emily Perkins, Nathaniel Arcand
Director: Grant Harvey
Genre: Horror
Approx Length: 94 mins
Rating of the film, F- [worst] to A [best].: B-
Short description/summary of the film: Set in 19th Century Canada, Brigette and her sister Ginger take refuge in a Traders' Fort which later becomes under siege by some savage werewolves.

My thoughts: Hmm. I didn't like the first Ginger Snaps and I DID like the second one. This one's sort of odd because it gives you a different origin of the whole werewolf mythology established in the first two. So it's not really a prequel because the two "after" it don't follow it. It also takes place in the 1800's, so Ginger and Brigette would be very old women in the first Ginger Snaps if that were the case. The film is very bleak and cold looking, suspenseful and creepy. The Hunter is a hottie which of course makes the film worth watching;) There's this unbreakable bond between Ginger and Brigette that kind of defies logic. Emily Perkins gets on my nerves because she has a strange mouth and always looks like someone's got their fist up her butt. Some of the effects were cheap looking (like Ginger's hair later in the film.) Overall a fun film to watch late at night for a kick.

Next to View: El Viaje de Carol (Carol's Journey)
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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

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#8 for me [Jul. 16th, 2006|10:43 pm]
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Film Title:  Forrest Gump
Starring:  Tom Hanks, Robin Wright Penn, Gary Senise
Director:  Robert Zemeckis
Genre:  Drama
Approx Length:  142 minutes
Rating of the film, F- [worst] to A [best].:  A++++++++++
Short description/summary of the film:  The story follows the life of low I.Q. Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) and his meeting with the love of his life Jenny. The film chronicles his accidental experiences with some of the most important people and events in America from the late 1950's through the 1970's including a meeting with Elvis Presley, JFK, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, fighting in Vietnam, etc. The problem is, he's too stupid to realize the significance of his actions. Forrest becomes representative of the baby boomer generation having walked through life blindly.
(from IMDb.com)

My thoughts:  This has got to be one of my all time favorite movies in the history of movies.  It's amazing and it never ceases to make me cry even though I've seen it a million times.  Tom Hanks does an AMAZING job playing Forrest, Gary Senise is amazing as Lt. Dan, and I always start out not really liking Jenny much, but in the end ... amazing movie !

Next to View:  not a clue right now, but it'll be when something good is on cable or we get a new DVD player =/

Movie #3 [Jul. 10th, 2006|10:04 am]
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Film Title: The Lake House
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock
Director: Alejandro Agresti
Genre: Drama / Fantasy / Romance
Approx Length: 105 minutes
Rating of the film, F- [worst] to A [best].: B
Short description/summary of the film: (taken from imdb) A lonely doctor (Bullock) who once occupied an unusual lakeside home begins exchanging love letters with its newest resident, a frustrated architect (Reeves). They must try to unravel the mystery behind their extraordinary romance before it's too late.
My thoughts: This is one of those movies that really makes you think. You should definitely walk into it with an open mind, because it can be pretty confusing if youd don't pay close attention. I liked it though. It was different from other movies I have seen. Plus, Keanu Reeves was pretty cute, LOL :-P

ARRRRRR!!! [Jul. 7th, 2006|09:20 pm]
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MOVIE #21:
Film Title: PotC: Dead Man's Chest
Starring: Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom, Stellan Skarsgaard, Bill Nighy, Jack Davenport, Mackenzie Crook
Director: Gore Verbinski
Genre: Action
Approx Length: 150 minutes
Rating of the film, F- [worst] to A [best].: A
Short description/summary of the film: (taken from imdb) Once again thrown into the world of the supernatural, Captain Jack Sparrow finds out that he owes a blood debt to the legendary Davey Jones, Captain of the ghostly Flying Dutchman. With time running out, Jack must find a way out of his debt or else be doomed to eternal damnation and servitude in the afterlife. And as if this weren't enough, the Captain's problems manage to wreck the wedding plans of a certain Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann, who are forced to join Jack on yet another misadventure.

My thoughts: This was a REALLY good movie! It of course, in my opinion, wasn't as good as the first one, but it was sure close! Ragetti warmed my heart (LOL!) with his philosophical babbling. Jack was just as funny as in the first movie. And Norrington...WOW, he was rough, gruff, and tough!
The ending itself *winkwink* made me change the grade from an A- to a solid A! I would say that if you liked the first one, don't expect to like this one more, but do not dismiss this swashbuckling tale! It is DEFINITELY worth the watch!

Next to View: Probably PotC: Dead Man's Chest again soon...LOL!

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It's a bird....it's a plane.... [Jul. 6th, 2006|08:47 pm]
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MOVIE #20:
Film Title: Superman Returns
Starring: Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, James Marsden, Kevin Spacey, Parker Posey
Director: Bryan Singer
Genre: Action
Approx Length: 154 minutes
Rating of the film, F- [worst] to A [best].: A+
Short description/summary of the film: (taken from imdb) Following a mysterious absence of several years, the Man of Steel comes back to Earth in the epic Superman Returns. While an old enemy plots to render him powerless once and for all, Superman faces the heartbreaking realization that the woman he loves, Lois Lane, has moved on with her life. Or has she? Superman's bittersweet return challenges him to bridge the distance between them while finding a place in a society that has learned to survive without him. In an attempt to protect the world he loves from cataclysmic destruction, Superman embarks on an epic journey of redemption that takes him from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space.

My thoughts: Wow...just WOW! This was probably the best movie that I have seen this summer...if not this entire year!!! The effects were AMAZING and the acting is SUPERB!!! Even if you don't like the Superman lore (I HATED the original movies), I still HIGHLY suggest you RUN, don't walk, to see this film!!!

Next to View: PotC: Dead Man's Chest tomorrow!!! *squees*

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#2-#5 [Jul. 6th, 2006|09:19 am]
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#2 Film Title: American Wedding (unrated)

Starring: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Seann William Scott, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Fred Willard and Eugene Levy

Director: Jesse Dylan

Genre: Comedy

Approx Length: 1 hr. 44 mins.

Rating of the film, F- [worst] to A [best].: D-

Short description/summary of the film: (from the cover) You’re on the guest list-for this UNRATED American Wedding, the version you couldn’t see in theaters! The American Pie gang returns to wreak havoc with a new rite of passage when Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) decide to get married! Of course Stifler (Seann William Scott) will be there (bridesmaids!) and , more importantly will throw the ultimate bachelor party (strippers!). So RSVP for the outrageously UNRATED American Wedding experience, in this hilariously hot, frantically funny final chapter of the unforgettable American Pie saga!

My thoughts: This movie. Was. Horrible. Funny, yet absolutely tasteless and horrible…the only reason it merits above an F is because there was actually some funny parts…however….there was one scene in this movie that ACTUALLY MADE ME THROW UP ALL OVER MY COFFEE TABLE!!! (if you’ve seen it, you know exactly what I’m talking about…) Anyway, the only reason I’ve seen it more than once, is because my fiance has THAT sort of sense of humor (lol) and he puts it in….lol

Next to View: I don’t know….


#3 Film Title: Summer Catch

Starring: Freddie Prinze, Jr., Jessica Biel

Director: Mike Tollin

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Approx Length: 104 mins.

Rating of the film, F- [worst] to A [best].: B

Short description/summary of the film: (from cover) “America’s two national pastimes – baseball and romance – are in play in this Bull Durham-styled comedy romance. Freddie Prinze Jr. (She’s All That) plays Ryan Dunne, a lawnboy hoping for greener pastures after he joins an elite Cape Cod summer league that’s been a career stepping-stone for many big-league players. Jessica Biel (7th Heaven) portrays Tenley Parrish, a wealthy Vasaar grad vacationing on the Cape. He loves her. She loves him. But there’s a catch. Tenley’s family thinks romance with a blue-collar guy is strictly minor-league. With plenty of diamond heroics, hot soundtrack tunes and a likable array of talents portraying fun-loving Jocks, Jills and townies, this summer is quite an entertainment catch.

My thoughts: It’s a cute movie, and I enjoyed it throroughly! It was so great to hear my hometown of Batavia, NY mentioned at the end! They even mentioned the local minor-league baseball team of Batavia called the Muckdogs! I was so shocked that a movie with a big-name cast actually chose such a small-town team to name in their movie! Anyway, it’s a good, fun movie, with a great cast…

Next to View: Haven’t decided yet!


#4 Film Title: The Sandlot

Starring: Tom Guiry, James Earl Jones

Director: David Mickey Evans

Genre: Family Comedy

Approx Length: 101 mins.

Rating of the film, F- [worst] to A [best].: A+

Short description/summary of the film: (from the cover) It’s the early 1960’s and fifth-grader Scotty Smalls (Tom Guiry) has just moved into town with his folks (Karen Allen and Denis Leary). Kids call him a dork-he can’t even throw a baseball! But that changes when the leader of the neighborhood gang recruits him to play on the nearby sandlot field. It’s the beginning of a magical summer of baseball, wild adventures, first kisses, and fearsome confrontations with the dreaded beast and its owner (James Earl Jones) who live behind the left field fence. Soon nine boys have become best friends, Scotty is part of a team, and their leader has become a local legend in this hilarious and warmhearted comedy.

My thoughts: This movie never gets old. I’ve seen it a hundred times and I will see it a million more before I die. It’s absolutely fantastic, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves those cute past time movies that just warm your heart!

Next to View: The Sandlot 2


#5 Film Title: The Sandlot 2

Starring: Max Lloyd Jones, James Willson, Samantha Burton, Brett Kelly, Greg German and James Earl Jones

Director: David Mickey Evans

Genre: Family Comedy (but I use the term “comedy” loosely)

Approx Length: 97 minutes

Rating of the film, F- [worst] to A [best].: F

Short description/summary of the film: (from the cover) From the director of The Sandlot comes this fun-filled sequel that proves the power of teamwork and celebrates the magic of friendship. Ten years after the original story, the local dirt field is now “home” to a new group of neighborhood kids who get together to share laughs, show off…and play ball! But the gang faces their toughest challenge as they try to retrieve an irreplaceable model rocket that lands in Mr. Mertle’s (James Earl Jones) backyard behind left field – A forbidden territory guarded by a legendary growling slobbering beast known as “The Great Fear”.

My thoughts: The Biggest waste of 15 bucks, 97 minutes, and the worst sequel ever! It’s almost a carbon-copy of the first one…ALMOST…with cheesy characters, lousy dialogue, and the same friggin plot. If I wanted to see the movie again, I would put in my DVD and watch it again…not shell out 15 more bucks to buy a cheesy version of one of the greatest movies I’ve ever seen…The Sandlot 2 is a complete waste of time and money….I can’t believe the SAME guy that had the creativity to write such a great movie as the Sandlot has the AUDACITY to “write” the same movie as a sequel, and cast lame characters the 2nd time around…Really. Don’t. Watch. It!!!

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#1 [Jul. 6th, 2006|09:17 am]
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Film Title: Batman Forever

Starring: Val Kilmer, Jim Carrey, Tommy Lee Jones, Nicole Kidman, etc.

Director: Joel Schumaker

Genre: Comic Fiction

Approx Length: 122 mins.

Rating of the film, F- [worst] to A [best].: C

Short description/summary of the film: (off the cover) “Riddle me this, riddle me that, you’ll find adventure on the wings of a bat! Brace for excitement as Val Kilmer (Batman), Tommy Lee Jones (Two-Face), Jim Carrey (the Riddler), Nicole Kidman (Dr. Chase Meridian) and Chris O’Donnell (Robin) star in the third spectacular film in Warner Bros.’ Batman Series. Joel Schumacker (The Client) direects and Tim Burton co-produces this thrill-ride of a movie that thunders along on Batmobile, Batwing, Batboat, Batsub and bold heroics. Hang on!

My thoughts: I think that Val Kilmer was a terrible Batman…Chris O’donnell made up for it with his role as Robin, though :) Michael Keaton was and always will be the BEST Batman in my opinion!

Next to View: I dunno, whatever I pick at the movie rental place!

Movie #19 [Jul. 5th, 2006|11:12 pm]
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MOVIE #19:
Film Title: Parenthood
Starring: Steve Martin, Keanu Reeves, Diane Wiest, Joaquin Phoenix
Director: Ron Howard
Genre: Comedy
Approx Length: 124 minutes
Rating of the film, F- [worst] to A [best].: C+
Short description/summary of the film: (taken from imdb) The story of the Buckman family and friends, attempting to bring up their children. They suffer/enjoy all the events that occur: estranged relatives, the "black sheep" of the family, the eccentrics, the skeletons in the closet, and the rebellious teenagers.

My thoughts: This was a cute film. I found it funny, but a bit on the long side. Seeing Joaquin Phoenix young was so great! And Keanu....whew! What a HOTTIE!!!

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Movies....GALORE!!! [Jul. 5th, 2006|09:00 pm]
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