August 2002 Archives

Scary Movie 2

We watched Scary Movie 2 off cable tonight. I wrote that last sentence back soon after seeing it, but did not write these comments until 10/6.

Let me preface my comments by saying that I enjoyed the first Scary Movie. I thought this was a waste of time. I am sorry I took time to watch it.

On my scale of 1-100, I rate it a 22.

Little Nicky

We watched Little Nicky off cable. The last sentence sets in time when I actually saw the movie, but I am writing this mini summary on 10/6.

I had seen many reviews of this movie and so had extremely low expectations of it. In fact I expected it to be a waste of time. The only reason I was going to watch it was because it was on cable and thus effectively free. I can definitely say I was pleasantly surprised.

Adam Sandler movies have not, to date, been great intellectual or moral statements, but when taken in context are amusing diversions. I thought this one was typical of his movie career. I laughed. I thought his appearance was a little bit disturbing, but ultimately it was another example of the nice guy following his heart and succeeding in the end. This of course was surrounded by many ridiculously juvenile jokes, but some made me laugh.

On my scale of 1-100, I rate it a 69.

Austin Powers in Goldmember

We went to see Austin Powers in Goldmember last weekend.

I wrote that last sentence a week after seeing the movie, but didn't get around to writing about it until 10/6. I thought this was a funny movie that had some really entertaining moments. I laughed often and was glad I went to see it. I especially enjoyed the cameos part of the movie at the beginning.

I can't recommend this movie to anyone who hasn't seen and enjoyed the first two Austin Powers movies because it definitely follows in the style of those movies. With a longer distance perspective I can say that it is a movie that can be missed unless you are a big Austin Powers fan. On my scale of 1-100, I rate it an 82.

Down to Earth

We wasted time watching Down to Earth tonight. Chris Rock is funny as a standup comedian, but his choice of movie roles has left a little to be desired.

As a remake of Heaven Can Wait, a movie that I really liked, this movie simply tries to shoehorn a small piece of Rock's standup into the plot making the movie altogether awful.

On my scale of 1-100, I rate it a 21.

Duets

We watched Duets off cable. As a movie it was very good, but as a karaoke movie, it was amazing. I wouldn't have thought that I could enjoy a movie with karaoke as a central unifying force.

The plot has 3 pairs of people crossing the country to a meeting at a karaoke contest in the Midwest. Each of the couples is kind of brought together by circumstances and has a chance to teach each other something.

The acting is great across the board, and the cast includes, Gwyneth Paltrow, one of my favorite actresses, and Huey Lewis, one of my all time favorite singers.

I also love the character that flips out and spends almost the length of the movie "out getting a pack of cigarettes."

On my scale of 1-100, I rate it an 80.

American Outlaws

We watched American Outlaws off cable today. This was a very forgettable movie. Given the way it mangles history, I think this is a good thing.

It is a mangling of the story of Jesse James, starring a bunch of folks obviously cast because they were handsome sitting on a horse.

Save your time by missing this one. On my scale of 1-100, I rate it a 33. I might have rated it lower, but I had low expectations going in.

SIGNS

We saw SIGNS in the theater yesterday. I don't want to spoil the fun of anyone who hasn't seen the film, so I won't discuss many details of the plot.

This was a wonderful example of the power available to a skilled filmmaker. As both writer and director, M. Night Shyamalan does a phenomenal job of controlling the emotions of the audience. From a shot that lingers in one direction, when you are concerned with what is happening just off-screen to slightly funny moments that elicit plenty of nervous laughter, I felt totally under his control throughout. To elicit this level of tension with almost no visible violence, gore or special effects, is something few directors would even try to do these days.

The acting was great, especially that of the son played by yet another Culkin kid.

I highly recommend SIGNS. On my scale of 1-100, I rate it a 90.

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