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The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
I've seen worse
Needing to kill a couple of hours this afternoon, I decided to see this movie instead of Van Helsing. I had already seen Shrek 2 which I enjoyed and will be seeing Harry Potter. That makes my yearly quota. LOL. Anyway, since the trailers looked interesting I decided to give it a whirl. Although the movie was a bit technical at times early on, I enjoyed the visuals tremendously. The character development was very limited other than for the three main characters all belonging to the same family. I found that a tad disappointing. It's hard to get really enmeshed in people's lives when you don't know a thing about them. They missed some opportunities here.
I found the opening sequence almost nauseating due to the method it was filmed in. The speeding over ice, left me dizzy. Those would be my major gripes but I could recommend the film as a kind of fast food treat.
Shrek 2 (2004)
Almost as good as original
One of the few sequels I have been looking forward to and fortunately not a disappointment.
This is a clever movie that can stand alone without the original. Soundtrack is decent but not as good as the original but the story is well done and the additions to the cast is wonderful. I especially enjoyed Jennifer Saunders voicing of the godmother and John Cleese as the King. I probably would enjoy them reading the newspaper though. For those unfamiliar with Saunders, try finding Absolutely Fabulous on cable TV. If you are unfamiliar with Cleese, you must have been living in a cave. The movie is clearly stolen by Donkey and Puss in Boots. Love the sly humor. A sequel with the two of them would be fine with me.
The Pianist (2002)
Not a gem
Watching this back to back with another overly praised film was probably a bad idea. I was disappointed in both. The other film was the Jack Nicholson Oscar nominated role and although I watched it yesterday, I have already forgotten it's name. Unlike many reviewers, I have seen many films dealing with the Holocaust. I have not become immune to the subject and frankly, Polanski does start to touch on the horror and the random acts of inhumanity. However, the pianist character left me cold. A man who is almost completely devoid of any character. Neither a hero or a villain, but just a dull, cold fish. He barely shows fear and certainly aside from two moments when he looks upset (family taken off and little boy beaten to death) is robotic. I saw no Oscar performance here, found the constant leaping from subject to subject disorienting and had no time to really get to know anyone in the story but the robot. I am not sure what Polanski's goal was in making this movie but it came off as neither drama nor documentary. Too little of everything except perhaps, historical accuracy.
About Schmidt (2002)
I waited until the release of this movie on VHS because I had a feeling it would not be all the hype said it would. I was correct. Nothing exceptional about this movie at all other than the impressive U Haul.
A movie about nothing in particular, with nothing much happening and ending with a very nothing ending. Jack did a good enough job but the role was not demanding so pretty much anyone could have walked thru it. Generally a major disappointment.
It's about time!!
For fans of musicals, it's been a long drought. Chicago does an excellent job of capturing the golden age of musicals. Although the story line is not particularly overwhelming, the staging of the various numbers with an exception or two, is well worth the price of admission. The casting was fine and each actor held their own. I was very impressed with the Cell Block Tango although it reminded me of the Big Spender number from Sweet Charity. Highly recommended to fans of the genre.
The Last Castle (2001)
All the ingredients I hate but...
Kept moving this movie to the bottom of the pile of things to watch because it contained everything I dislike in a movie. Prison story, violence, war themes, lack of female role, etc. All this being said, I finally watched it today and was completely engrossed. Outstanding acting, excellent story and several outstanding sub plots led to a very interesting movie. Redford is not aging as well as could be expected but still he is a treat to watch. Gandolfini was a wonderful villain and Tony Soprano was nowhere in evidence. A very decent movie indeed.
Bobbie's Girl (2002)
Not bad at all
Tuned in although I had never heard of it before. The acting was fine but the little boy who plays Alan absolutely walks away with the movie. The scenes between him and David, brother of Bailey, were beautifully done. The ending of the movie was kind of a loser. Really very brusque. It's an interesting film and worth the time to tune in.
Ice Age (2002)
I saw the movie with two grown children. Although it was not as clever as Shrek, I thought it was rather good. In a movie theatre surrounded by children who were on spring break, there was not a sound so I know the children all liked it. There parents also seemed engaged. The death and apparent death of characters brought about the appropriate gasps and comments. Hopefully people realize this movie was made for kids. As such, it was successful although I liked it too. Personally I liked the Scrat!!
Although the plot was interesting, the bloodshed and gore was too much. Actually, the majority of the movie was blood and guts. If that's your thing, you will like this movie. I don't and I didn't. The acting by the leads, such as it was, was fair but this simply wasn't my type of movie. If it wasn't a free viewing, I would have been upset at wasting decent money.
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Boring, boring and boring. Nice costumes... but that's about it. I cannot believe people actually liked this hodge podge. I suppose the acting was alright but the music was nothing special. I did like the tango inspired dance number but the cutting back and forth between the various story lines and characters left my dizzy. In words of two syllables. P.U.
Piece of Cake (1988)
Watched on Masterpiece Theatre years ago. Outstanding show. If only I can remember the catchy tune that opened the show each week. A true adventure and tear jerker that everyone can enjoy. This is the kind of show that has made Masterpiece Theatre a staple of PBS.
Rules of Engagement (2000)
Being of the generation which lost many friends to the war in Vietnam, I am not particularly fond of war films. Actually I rarely see one. I was quite impressed with this film since it covered so many important points regarding conduct and honor. No surprise that the pols were evil. I was impressed with the fellow who played Biggs but the voice is very evocative of someone else from long ago and I spent much of the movie trying to place it.
La tregua (1997)
The movie which held great promise seemed to stop short of coherency. The dialog was hard to understand and the characters never really were fully developed. Some things should be left alone as books. This was one of them.
The broad scope of the book could not be shown and the internal thought processes simply did not make the transition.
Song of the Open Road (1944)
One of the first musicals I saw
This movie made such a wonderful impression. Unable to find it on tape or CD, I still recall the story and songs more than forty years later. Fell in love with Edgar Bergen, Jane Powell etc. for life. Sadly it is not on TV for unknown reasons. Wish everyone who loves music could see it.
American Beauty (1999)
What overblown hype! Crummy, boring movie. Just a yawn. No redeeming qualities. How this received such accolades is beyond me. Acting was okay but certainly not brilliant. The entire movie moved with the speed of a sleepy slug. Obviously I didn't care for it at all.
In Dreams (1999)
This film left an awful lot of loose ends. It was an adequate way to pass the evening but don't look for great horror or deep psychological meaning. There were several characters who could have been more purposefully used. The child, Ruby, seemed to be an after thought. The psychiatrist was barely seen and the housekeeper served no purpose at all. Frankly, I didn't quite "get" the movie or the motive of the serial killer.