July 2002 Archives

Save the Last Dance

We watched Save the Last Dance off cable. I thought it was surprisingly good. It was pleasant to see an inter-racial movie that addressed, but was not overly antagonistic about race issues.

The story is of a girl who moves to a predominately minority community (how's that for an oxymoron) to live with her father, after her mother is killed in a car accident. She had been an aspiring ballerina before the accident, but gives it up because her mother was on her way to her try out when she was killed.

While not the deepest movie of all time, the acting was good and the setting and interactions of the characters was less formulaic than the average teen movie.

On my scale of 1-100, I rate it a 70.

Road to Perdition

We saw Road to Perdition in the theater this weekend. Great Movie!!!

I must admit I am a sucker for Tom Hanks movies. I am not sure any actor has had a stronger run of movies over the last 10 years. I am not even sure that one has had as good a 10-year stretch ever.

This movie is definitely one of the best. I love the father son relationship. I love the self-sacrifice. I love that actions, no matter how well intentioned have consequences. I love this movie.

It is violent. If you dislike violence, it may not be the movie for you.

The rest of the acting was superb as well, but my favorite aspect of this film was the cinematography. The look of this film was amazing. Clearly one of the best movies of the year.

On my scale of 1-100, I rate it a 96.

The Van

We watched a cable showing of The Van. As the final part of the Barrytown trilogy, it follows The Commitments and The Snapper. I haven't seen The Snapper, but I thoroughly enjoyed The Commitments.


While Then Van has just as many quirky characters, I found the plot a lot less substantial than its more enjoyable counterpart. There wasn't much that I disliked about this movie, but without a deep interest in Irish culture, I didn't just love it.

On my scale from 1-100, I rate it a 67.

Things You Can Tell By Looking At Her

We watched Things You Can Tell By Looking At Her off cable. The movie is made up of a series of scenes with a variety of characters. The links between the scenes only become apparent as the movie progresses. Really, it was mostly a bunch of character studies.

I enjoyed the acting and trying to put together the plot. Unfortunately, there wasn't really much of one. So on my scale from 1-100, I rate it a 66.

Chuck & Buck

I watched Chuck&Buck (2000) off of cable late this afternoon.

Wow, what a creepy movie. I am sure that someone might find it an insightful look into a disturbed man, but I just found it disturbing.

The title characters were friends in their youth. They are reunited when Buck's mother dies and Chuck returns for the funeral. Chuck now Charles is a successful record executive, while Buck appears to have stopped developing at age 11. That is the age when they were friends and had done some sexual experimentation with each other.

Buck is fixated on that time and is soon stalking Chuck. Like I said, disturbing. The plot I have described doesn't guarantee a bad movie, but this one offers so little insight into why Buck is the way he is, that it only succeeded in being a waste of my time.

On my scale of 1-100, I rate it a 20.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

We went to see My Big Fat Greek Wedding this afternoon.

It was a funny, silly little movie. Some might say that it had too many strereotypes, but I have always thought that stereotypes often reflect an aspect of people, though usually only the outward surface aspect. As a result, I thought it was appropriate in this movie, which centers on a woman who has grown up in a large greek family and her struggle when she falls in love with a non greek man.

Ultimately, this comedy with a love story does make an interesting and fun little outing. On my scale of 1-100, I rate it a 70.

Osmosis Jones

We watched Osmosis Jones off of cable this afternoon. I remember thinking that it looked funny back when it was in theaters. There were just enough other movies, to ensure that we never saw it.

I am glad we didn't spend the money to see it there. The preview made it look funny, especially the animated parts voiced by Chris Rock. Unfortunately, I think almost all of the funny parts were in the preview.

The movie had a few chuckles, but ultimately probably wasn't worth my time. As a result, on my scale of 1-100, I rate it a 34.

MR. DEEDS

We went to see MR. DEEDS in the theater today. I had read quite a few negative reviews. For this reason, I had really low expectations. I thought it was funny. I liked Adam Sandler's nice guy.

It certainly doesn't deserve any consideration come Oscar time, but I thought that it was worth seeing. This is especially true for anyone that gets a chuckle from Adam Sandler movies. On my scale of 1-100, I rate it a 75.

American Buffalo

I watched American Buffalo tonight. Based on a David Mamet play this movie was all dialogue driven.

I probably wasn't really in the mood for this sort of a movie, but I wasn't as enthralled as the makers intended. It also starred Dennis Franz who has never been one of my favorites.

As a result, on my scale of 1-100, I rate it a 65.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

We watched Lara Croft: Tomb Raider off of cable last night. I can certainly say as a result, that I am glad I didn't pay to see it in the theater.

As an action movie it wasn't horrible, but the plot was laughable. The action sequences were mediocre at best.

On a scale of 1-100, I rate it a 40.

MEN IN BLACK II

Over the 4th of July holiday weekend, we saw MEN IN BLACK II in San Antonio. I enjoyed it. I didn't have very high expectations so that was easy to do.

If you enjoyed the first one and enjoy revisiting characters you found funny, then you will probably be glad you saw this.

The plot was not terribly interesting, but it was really almost irrelevant to what the movie was trying to do. As a result, on my scale of 1-100, I rate it 84.

the Cell

Soon after seeing Insomnia, I saw t h e C e l l off of cable. All in all, it was obviously an ambitious movie. I think it fell a little short of its ambition.

It was interesting though to see all of the visuals that were created to represent the imaginary worlds of the characters.

The plot was ultimately very predictable and solely created to enable the special effects driven dream sequences. As a result on my scale of 1-100, I rate it at 68.

Insomnia

The day after seeing But I'm a Cheerleader, we went to see Insomnia at the theater.

I thought this movie was great for a variety of reasons. I loved Al Pacino's portrayal and I thought Robin Williams was great cast against his type. I thought the plot was good and the scenery was fantastic. I thought the scene with the logs was very scary and cool. My favorite aspect of the film was the way the film portrayed the effects of Al Pacino's character's Insomnia.

On my scale from 1-100, I rate the film at 85.

But I'm a Cheerleader

About a week ago I saw But I'm a Cheerleader off cable. Ultimately I thought this was a very forgettable movie. I hoped it would be a funny satire of certain attitudes about gays and lesbians.

Unfortunately, it wasn't really worth my time. On my scale of 1-100, I rate this movie a 35.

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