October 2002 Archives

Ghosts of Mars

We recently watched a recording of Ghosts of Mars. I am not normally a fan of John Carpenter movies, but this little sci-fi action was fun. It wasn't a deep movie, and unlike good science fiction, it didn't really make you think about future possibilities. The Mars setting made it more interesting than it would have been otherwise.

A good disposable action movie, but don't expect amazing special effects. On my scale of 1-100, I rate it a 69.

Big Momma's House

We just watched the Martin Lawrence movie called, Big Momma's House. In this movie, he is a police officer who goes under cover, disguised as an overweight and older african american woman. Hilarity should ensue. It didn't.

There are some funny parts, but I have seen enough of his movies as well as others like Mrs. Doubtfire, that I didn't laugh very often or very hard. On my scale of 1-100, I rate it a 63.

Dear God

We watched a recording of Dear God. This was an obvious, small, unimportant little film. The story features Greg Kinnear as con man who becomes a better person after getting a job at the post office and beginning to help people who have sent letters to God.

As movies go, it wasn't a complete waste, but I doubt I would ever consider watching it again. On my scale of 1-100, I rate it a 50.

Congo

We watched a recording of Congo. This was a ridiculous movie that never should have been made. The story is of 3 different people who are going to the Congo for 3 different reasons.

To tell you how silly the movie is, one of those reasons is to return a talking gorilla to the wild. I am sorry I wasted my time with this one and hope that you don't.

On my scale of 1-100, I rate it a 23.

Bongwater

We watched Bongwater today. This slacker comedy was slow and boring and not very funny. All in all, there was no reason this movie should have been made.

I like the work of many of the actors in the cast, but not even they could save this turkey. I can't remember when I last saw a movie that took so long to accomplish so little. I noticed that in my TV schedule that this movie was unrated. From the title you might think that this was because they were afraid with such an obvious drug reference in the title, it might get an NC-17 rating. I think the reason it was unrated was because the filmmakers didn't want to go to the expense of having it rated.

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

Gone in Sixty Seconds

We watched a recording of Gone in Sixty Seconds tonight. While it wasn't a horrible movie, it was a very obvious one. Nothing that happens in the movie will come as a surprise. With that said, there were lots of nice cars in it and the movie was slightly entertaining while we were watching it. I won't, however, be seeing it again.

On my scale of 1-100, I rate it a 41.

The Last Castle

We watched a recording of The Last Castle tonight. If you saw previews of this movie about an uprising in a US military prison, you might have been attracted by the star power of James Gandolfini and Robert Redford.

They are both excellent in their roles, but the most interesting part of the film is the way it examines leadership ability. Redford's character, the convicted three-star general displays a natural leadership that Gandolfini's character can't hope to match. The final confrontation is very well staged.

As a result, on my scale of 1-100, I rate it a 78.

State and Main

We watched a recorded version of State and Main recently. While Kathy wasn't all that impressed with the movie, I enjoyed it thoroughly. The plot was funny, the dialog was good and the acting was good as well. When a troubled film production moves to a small town, it is fun to watch the interactions of the colorful locals and ridiculously self-important Hollywood types.

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

Evolution

We watched a recording of Evolution tonight. I like the star David Duchovny and I was amused by the previews for this movie. For this reason I was disappointed by this movie. The preview definitely had the best jokes in it. Otherwise it was a diverting little movie.

On my scale of 1-100, I rate it a 65.

2 Days in the Valley

We watched a recorded version of 2 Days in the Valley last night. If I remember correctly this was one of the post-Pulp Fiction interlocking storyline movies. Most of these movies have tried too hard to imitate Pulp Fiction. As a result they aren't very good. This movie didn't make that mistake. Most of the characters are interesting and they are all very distinct. When you combine all of this with the d├ębut of Charlize Theron, including a nude scene makes this a movie few men wouldn't enjoy.

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

Heartbreakers

We watched a recording of Heartbreakers last weekend. Most other reviews say that this is a surprisingly good comedy. I agree with this assessment. Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Gene Hackman were all excellent. While not as funny as the classic Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, this was a fine con artist comedy.

On my scale of 1-100, I rate it a 75.

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