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March 08, 2004

UNDERWORLD
Posted by Michael at 10:52 PM | Comments (1) | Entry Link
OUR RATING: (O.K.) 3 out of 5 score.
Underworld

This was a fun movie. Lot of action, quite a bit of violence. Lead actress, Kate Beckinsale, was quite nice. I think the amazon.com review said it best by describing the film as a "cuisinart movie (blend a lot of familiar ideas and hope something interesting happens)" -- who could argue with the accuracy of that review.

This film was basically Blade 3, but with a female. Blade 4 is actually set to be released in the next year or so. How original. I'll go ahead and get all prophetic by saying I believe the film will involve Wes Snipes killing vampires with a big sword and some guns. We'll see.


CABIN FEVER
Posted by Michael at 10:23 PM | Comments (0) | Entry Link
OUR RATING: (O.K.) 3 out of 5 score.
Cabin Fever

This movie was O.K. just because it was basically bad. Imagine Boy Meets World kid meets flesh-eating virus. Unique. Catch it on digital cable, might be worth a few laughs.

Feel free to add your own review via comments.


JEEPERS CREEPERS 2
Posted by Michael at 10:18 PM | Comments (1) | Entry Link
OUR RATING: (O.K.) 3 out of 5 score.
Jeepers Creepers 2

Not exceptionally scary. Fun, though.

Feel free to add your own review via comments.


September 05, 2003

THE ORDER
Posted by Michael at 05:17 PM | Comments (3) | Entry Link
OUR RATING: (O.K.) 3 out of 5 score.
The Order

This movie would have been great if it had thrown in a bit more action. Perhaps even just a few more guns ... anything action-orientated. I think it was great to catch this film in a theater, as it helped make it feel more action packed, since it lacked in that department. I'll update this with an amazon.com link as soon as it is released on DVD as I will add it to my personal collection.

The premise of the film was great, the plot was deep enough to keep interest, and delving into a bit of philosophical candy was a tasty treat. I am left pondering if the dialog script writers even knew what they were having the cast say when it came to things regarding the origin of truth and the role of love and beauty in exsistance itself. The secret of the universe is a difficult, but paradoxically simple, understanding to grasp.


August 27, 2003

AGE OF GRIEF
Posted by Michael at 04:58 PM | Comments (0) | Entry Link
OUR RATING: (O.K.) 3 out of 5 score.
The Secret Lives of Dentists

The actual title of the film is "The Secret Lives of Dentists"

This film utilized a few of the ideas and concepts that made Fight Club such an excellent film. Another film based on a novel, no less. Pick this movie up as a rental or maybe on digital broadband. It is worth the time, but probably not worthy of purchase as a DVD. I heard the actual novel, called "Age of Grief," was quite a good read.


August 23, 2003

KNOCKAROUND GUYS
Posted by Michael at 06:37 PM | Comments (0) | Entry Link
OUR RATING: (O.K.) 3 out of 5 score.
Knockaround Guys

The first time I saw this film was in a theater setting. Now, writing this review after seeing it on digital cable ... I still think it is a decent flick. John Malkovich plays a believeable mob mini-boss and his deception is entertaining.

I think the film lacks when it finally ties things together, almost in an instant, like the main character is so smart -- when, really, his character is dumb as a friggin' rock. Good ol' Vin benefits this movie by pouring his trademark can of whoop-ass into the mix, for good measure.


August 22, 2003

OPEN RANGE
Posted by Michael at 04:42 PM | Comments (2) | Entry Link
OUR RATING: (O.K.) 3 out of 5 score.
Open Range

Alike most of Kevin Costner's recent flicks, this movie lacked in more ways than I can count. Plot was too basic and the whole film felt like it was done on a stage in some studio backlot. Characters felt fake.

Although, it wasn't the worst film I've seen as of late, so it was worth seeing. I won't go so as far to say it was worth the money spent to see it. And, hey, at least Costner didn't drink his own piss this time.

UPDATE: 09/15/03 This movie gained a point and is now scored as 3 out of 5. View comments for this review to find out why.


1,000 CORPSES
Posted by Michael at 12:57 AM | Comments (2) | Entry Link
OUR RATING: (O.K.) 3 out of 5 score.
House of 1,000 Corpses

Rob Zombie hoped this film would become an instant cult-classic. Sorry, Rob, I'm not sure it is going to achieve that status as quickly as you had thought. The film was disgusting and freaky enough to view more than once, every few Halloweens, perhaps. That's about it.

We never took the initiative to see this film in it's limited theater showing, which might have given me a better impression of the film overall. It is worth renting, though. I found Zombie's real life girlfriend to be a very nice addition to the movie, she is down-right evil and quite sexy while doing so. I felt the movie reached the point of being anti-climatic and it eventually became a corpse in it's own house.


August 21, 2003

JEEPERS CREEPERS 1
Posted by Michael at 06:46 PM | Comments (8) | Entry Link
OUR RATING: (O.K.) 3 out of 5 score.
Jeepers Creepers 1

I am actually writing this review a few hours before seeing the sequel. Honestly, this movie was not very good at all. But the main protaganist in this series is amusing, disgusting, and fun. Yay. I never saw this first one in the theater, but I caught it on digital cable. We also rented it a few weeks ago for everyone else to see. Give it a try.

And, you just can't beat that theme song, now can you? "Jeepers... creepers... where'd you get those..."


August 04, 2003

AMERICAN WEDDING
Posted by Michael at 05:41 PM | Comments (0) | Entry Link
OUR RATING: (O.K.) 3 out of 5 score.
American Wedding

Let's face it. Every American-Whatever movie that has been released after American Pie One and every one that will be released in the future ... is just about making more money. The first one was funny as hell, no doubt about that. The sequel and this one? Both are let downs.

Most people complained about how much Stifler used profanity in this film. I felt that was at least one saving grace about it. The only problem is, it wasn't actually funny because Stifler was written in to show how his character could change to become more caring and maybe be accepted by an actual 'nice' girl. Whatever. I won't link to this film, do yourself a favor and follow the Amazon link to the Unrated-Version of American Pie, the original.


August 01, 2003

S.W.A.T.
Posted by Michael at 05:05 PM | Comments (0) | Entry Link
OUR RATING: (O.K.) 3 out of 5 score.
S.W.A.T.

Unfortunately, I got major side-tracked and haven't been able to post this review about SWAT until now. Like three weeks later. Well, perhaps my perception of this film has diminished since I first viewed it in the theater. Perhaps not. Not really sure anymore. Amazon link is for the soundtrack.

The action was good. I ended up seeing this movie twice within two days. Not because it was a great movie, but because I went back to see it with Dan Shea. He missed out on the night we first saw it. The movie just didn't have that Counter-Strike feeling that was required, know what I mean?


July 29, 2003

SEXY BEAST
Posted by Michael at 06:03 PM | Comments (0) | Entry Link
OUR RATING: (O.K.) 3 out of 5 score.
Sexy Beast

For some odd reason, I have watched this film a few times on digital cable. I find it entertaining to watch every once and awhile. The plot is somewhat basic, the scenary in Spain is nice, and the premise is one of interest.

I would not recommend this movie for anyone's collection, but it is worth watching once or twice on television. If you have a bit of time to spare.


July 26, 2003

SEABISCUIT
Posted by Michael at 11:17 PM | Comments (3) | Entry Link
OUR RATING: (O.K.) 3 out of 5 score.
Seabiscuit

The movie version of Seabiscuit was definitely not what I was expecting. I had imagined a much more drab and somewhat slow storyline that would not hold my attention. I was wrong about that. The film did lag on a few aspects, mainly character development, in my opinion. Perhaps the problem was the time limitations posed by creating a movie out of a book, especially a true story. Taking that into account raises the score to 4/5.

The story of Seabiscuit is an amazing one and I am especially happy to have been introduced to it. Having never heard of Seabiscuit, the only time I had actually heard the name or anything about the existence of the story itself was from the fascination and appreciation of the book by Meg Hourihan (megnut.com) -- she even went so far as to ask visitors to hook her up with tickets to the film's premiere. A copy of the
Seabiscuit book
will appear in my bookshelf in short order.


July 25, 2003

TOMB RAIDER 2
Posted by Michael at 11:33 PM | Comments (0) | Entry Link
OUR RATING: (O.K.) 3 out of 5 score.
Lara Croft - Tomb Raider 2

For a sequel to a game-based film series, Lara Croft pulled it off quite nicely. Never really got into the Tomb Raider video game series, each release felt very awkward in play design and puzzle layout. But, when you are talking film, it is an entirely different story. Angelina Jolie (Mmm.) plays a great, sexy, Lady Croft in both the first and second films.

Exciting? Yes. Plot? Kinda. All in all, it was a decent movie filled with a lot of action sequences and stunts all over the place. CGI graphics were used quite a bit near the end, which was alright. Scenes in which Lara would do something that felt completely moronic or not even being true to her character felt very unreal and even uncomfortable to watch. The amazon link leads to the first installment of the series: Tomb Raider.


July 13, 2003

ADAPTATION
Posted by Michael at 05:52 PM | Comments (1) | Entry Link
OUR RATING: (O.K.) 3 out of 5 score.
Adaptation

This movie lacked action and a few other things that we normally look for in a movie. What ever components are missing though, are made up for with a great story and a few things that give it an almost Fight-Club-Vibe. Which is an excellent thing to have going for a movie.

Not worth purchasing though, it is best to rent it, or rent it for a night via digital broadband cable; like I did. I'd rather watch Fight Club again, though.


July 09, 2003

POTC: CBP
Posted by Michael at 11:07 PM | Comments (1) | Entry Link
OUR RATING: (O.K.) 3 out of 5 score.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Does Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl strike you as a very long title for any movie? Let alone one from Disney. It should, if you are at least somewhat conscious of average movie titles. And, in addition, the length of this 2.5 hour film will leave you stunned as to why the creators of this story were allowed to create such a lame plot. The film could have been made much shorter by just changing a few little useless aspects to the story itself.

The only saving grace was the ever-eccentric acting skills of Johnny Depp. His horrible attitude as a pirate, swaggering style of movement (almost drunk-like), and good lines with some playful use of words, helped make the drawn-out film somewhat tolerable to watch in a theater.


June 28, 2003

28 DAYS LATER
Posted by Michael at 01:09 PM | Comments (0) | Entry Link
OUR RATING: (O.K.) 3 out of 5 score.
28 Days Later

This movie had great promise. And based on a premise that would definately keep my attention. But, in the end, it did not deliver what was expected. It felt like a re-make of Resident Evil. In fact, it could have passed as a sequel to that very series -- without much additional effort on the part of the movie creators.

The cinematics were top notch and the scenes had a nice, dark, overall feeling. Soldier and battle aspects brought back memories of a movie titled Dog Soldiers, which, in my opinion, was much more entertaining to watch. Possibly worth picking it up on DVD -- but only if was on discount. A big discount.


June 20, 2003

HULK (2003)
Posted by Michael at 10:47 PM | Comments (3) | Entry Link
OUR RATING: (O.K.) 3 out of 5 score.
The Incredible Hulk (1978)

This review is a fresh look from just seeing this flick in the theater. It definately failed to meet the initial excitement produced when a movie based on this franchise was announced. In fact, the film doesn't even live up to the promotional trailer. Let's just say that not one military helicopter (or any vehicle) was destroyed in an all-out-fashion. No exploding tanks. Not one person was killed -- except for maybe a guard that was attacked by the Hulk's eccentric father. The CGI for the actual Hulk was very good, although sometimes drawn to the point of unrealism when the Hulk would Sulk and be all upset. "Hulk so sad ... cry, cry, please hold me Jennifer Connelly!

Not recommended you waste your money on seeing this on the big screen. Not even worth adding to a DVD collection. Rent it. The link for Amazon will be for the DVD Release of the 1978 "The Incredible Hulk" -- which, from what it appears, might just be better than this film.


June 07, 2003

25TH HOUR
Posted by Michael at 09:27 PM | Comments (0) | Entry Link
OUR RATING: (O.K.) 3 out of 5 score.
25th Hour

Um, decent movie. Felt a bit long though.

Spike Lee kinda filled up the empty movie space with filler that wasn't needed. I think the eulogy-feeling for Septemeber 11th was a bit over-played as well.

That is not something a movie of our time should focus on, especially when the main character is a piece of trash in the movie's fiction.



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