September 2002 Archives


We watched Deterrence last night. I had heard good things about this movie where the President of the United States, isolated by bad weather is confronted by a situation where he may need to use nuclear weapons.

The reviews I heard implied that it was a very good, tense psychological drama. I was sadly disappointed. The movie had a decent premise and a decent cast. The failure of this film was the ridiculous dialogue and a clear lack of understanding of some of the political issues the movie is trying to deal with.

As a result, I will have to say that this movie was only mildly diverting. On my scale of 1-100, I rate it a 64.

The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle

I write this while watching The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle off cable. I then finished this entry after it was over. Such a waste of time and acting talent. There is no way this movie should have ever been shown to the public. I can’t imagine any reason anyone should watch this movie.

On my scale of 1-100, I rate it a 35.

One Hour Photo

We also went to see One Hour Photo over Labor Day Weekend. This movie with Robin Williams as a photo-developing clerk at a large chain store like Wal-Mart was great. Because he has nothing in his own life, he becomes obsessed with a family whose photographs he has been developing for years. Williams plays the part completely straight and with the short haircut he sports comes across as an intensely creepy.

Most of the movie is a flashback. As a result we knew from the beginning that something had happened. As we learn of his obsession of with this family the result is a great deal of tension.

All in all, a great movie. On my scale of 1-100, I rate it an 88.

The Good Girl

We went to see The Good Girl this weekend. I find it very interesting that Jennifer Aniston’s acting ability is so radically different from what she is actually capable of. I thought she was wonderful in this role that goes so against her normal type.

This is movie about a woman trying to decide what to do about her life. A life that is much different from what she had imagined for herself. All the acting was great all around. I think most people who enjoy movies even those without an uplifting happy ending would enjoy this movie. I know I did.

On my scale of 1-100, rate this movie an 85.

Lost Souls

A few weekends ago we also watched Lost Souls off of cable. In the history of apocalyptic the characters must deal with end of the world or the personification of the devil, this is one of the worst. I had heard bad reviews and was thus surprised by what a waste of time this was. I can’t imagine anyone not having something better to do than to watch this movie.

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

Under Suspicion

We watched Under Suspicion off cable a couple of weekends ago. I wrote the last sentence on the date of this post, but didn't get around to writing these comments until 10/6.

This was a great movie. I thought the interplay between a police captain interrogating an attorney that he suspects of some horrific murders, was very well done. I will warn you that the crimes that are the heart of the story are the rapes and murders of two young girls. The film isn't graphic about it, but this might disturb some.

I thought that the way the plot played out was surprising and authentic at the same time. Morgan Freeman plays the police captain and Gene Hackman is the lawyer. Both are great.

On my scale of 1-100, I rate this movie an 86.

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