April 2003 Archives

The Glass House

We watched the suspense drama The Glass House. I usually enjoy Leelee Sobieski movies, but this little drama was a little overwrought.

With a movie filled with some pretty good actors, I think that their agents didn't do their jobs by allowing them to star in this movie.

I guess it wasn't horrible but on my scale of 1-100, I rate it a 66.

Holes

We went to see Holes with my parents. This film based on a celebrated children's book was fun and entertaining.

The story revolves around a boy who is wrongly convicted of a crime and sent to a work camp in the Texas desert. All of the boys are required to dig a hole in an old lakebed each day. All of the characters are unique and well acted.

The plot taken from the book is ingenious and manages to tie up all of the loose ends by the end of the film.

I think most people would enjoy this film. I know I did. On my scale of 1-100, I rate it an 85.

The Pompatus of Love

We watched a cable recording of The Pompatus of Love. The title taken from a lyric a Steve Miller song is the only thing that had my interest at all. The story of a group of guys and their relationships with women wasn't very interesting, and didn't break any new ground.

Feel free to watch it if you want to see a workmanlike interchangeable movie. On my scale of 1-100, I rate it a 66.

Showtime

We recently watched the buddy cop movie Showtime. This Robert Deniro-Eddie Murphy vehicle was loudly denigrated by most movie critics. As a result, I went into it with very low expectations.

It will never stand up in comparison to the Beverly Hills Cop movies or 48 hours, but I was surprised to discover a movie that was mildly entertaining. I found the characters a nice contrast. Both are cops, one wants to be an actor and is thrilled when a television show tracks their actions while the other likes being a cop and is annoyed by the publicity.

I wouldn't suggest paying money to see it, but on my scale of 1-100, I rate it a diverting 70.

Sexy Beast

We watched a recording of the much referenced Sexy Beast. This is a film of a retired bank robber who is confronted by people from his past who want him to return for another job.

Ben Kingsley's performance as the title character is certainly powerful, but ultimately I was disappointed by the movie's structure. I thought not enough time was devoted to the bank heist to make it unique or novel, yet enough time is devoted to it to detract from the character study that makes up much of the rest of the film.

In total I thought it was interesting, but not great. On my scale of 1-100, I rate it a 74.

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