Archive for January, 2006

Hoodwinked

Red Riding Hood told in a whole new way. It’s a who-dunnit movie, told in three parts, from three points of view : Red Riding Hood, the Wolf, and the Woodsman. Each part of the story was directed by a different person to help give each story it’s own feel. Required viewing.

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Rumor Has It…

The premise of this movie is that Jennifer Aniston’s character finds out that her mother and grandmother are the real-life inspirations behind The Graduate. It’s been a long-time since a romantic comedy had an original spin. Mark Ruffalo seems to be creating a niche for himself – all he seems to play lately is the […]

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American Pie Presents Band Camp

This movie went straight to DVD. Enough said. One more thing: the female lead is a Mandy Moore look-a-like.

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Requiem for a Dream

Drugs are bad. Stay in school.

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Serenity

Amazing movie from Joss Whedon (Buffy, Angel). This is the film based on the characters from Joss Whedon’s cancelled sci-fi tv series Firefly. The series never took off with the mainstream audience but it had a huge cult following. I’d never seen the series but I had heard really good things about it. The movie […]

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Land of the Dead

This is the fourth movie in George A. Romero’s series. He virtually created the zombie movie genre so I was interested to see what he would do with it 20 years later. Eennnhh. I learned that zombies are enthralled by fireworks. But then so am I. Hmmm. Rent, just because it’s a Romero movie.

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Pride & Prejudice

I’ve seen this story told about a half dozen times, the most recently being last year’s Bollywood movie, Bride & Prejudice. This iteration is very well done. A lot of attention was given to the details. The costumes are impeccable, the sets are believable, and even the language was very well done. Elizabeth Bennet is […]

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Four Brothers

Four adopted brothers return home for their mother’s funeral and become vigilantes looking for her killers. Decent movie.

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Into the Blue

This movie never came to the theatre in Pembroke, mainly because nobody in any other city wanted to see it. When I put the disc in the machine I didn’t think I wanted to see it either. The first 20 minutes or so is like watching a Sports Illustrated swimsuit special. Lots of shots of […]

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Poor White Trash

I can’t believe I missed this movie when it came out in 2000. “A white trash family must resort to crime to send their teenaged son to college.” You have to rent this.

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Dark Water

More of a thriller than a horror. This movie can be best described as: The Ring in an apartment building. Worth the rental.

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Cheaper by the Dozen 2

The obligatory sequel to a family movie. If you liked the original, you’ll like the sequel.

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Fun with Dick and Jane

Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni play a couple who had it all and then got screwed by the system. They turn to a life of crime to make ends meet and to get even with the crooked corporate executives that put them in that position. This is a light movie, lots of fun, and Jim […]

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The Chronciles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

I read the Narnia books many times when I was a kid, so I was very excited to learn that there was a movie being made. The movie holds true to the book and is well worth watching.

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King Kong

Peter Jackson follows up The Lord of the Rings epic with another epic. Everything about this movie is big. The Ape is big, the running time is big (over 3 hours), and the characters are larger than life. I haven’t seen the original or the 70’s remake but I’ve read many times that this version […]

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Jarhead

A war movie with no original feel. While watching this movie I was continually reminded of Full Metal Jacket and Three Kings. Don’t bother.

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House II: The Second Story

I don’t think I ever tried to watch this as a kid. I was so shaken from the first one I didn’t dare try the second. The story isn’t related to the first one at all. It’s not even scary. In fact it’s downright goofy.

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House

“Ding dong you’re dead” This movie terrified me when I was a kid. I convinced my parents to rent it for my birthday party, I watched it, had nightmares for about 11 months, and then I convinced them to let me rent it for my next birthday. And then I had nightmares for another 11 […]

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