10th & Wolf (2006): Giovanni Ribisi is a pacifist in a bubble. James Marsden stretches the mob mentality. Piper Perabo, a “looker,” as stated, is OK. Brian Dennehy, the DEA Official, is outstanding. The one-legged man was the best. Amazing conclusion.
4 Brothers (2005): Tyrese makes a particular face in his act to make him stand out. Mark Wahlberg is worth the money paid. I don’t see potential at first but it grows to be much more than I imagine. Garrett Hedlund is great. Even the cops are fascinating.
40 Days & 40 Nights (2002): Josh Hartnett does well thanks to supporting cast: Shannyn Sossamon, fine-ass blonde (Monet Mazur) & Nicole the “bitch” (Vinessa Shaw). Paulo Costanzo, Josh’s best friend, is fun & cool. Unique gamble; unique end. The climax is different, occurring in the middle.
40 Year Old Virgin (2005): I think the moral is men can go their life-time without sex. To challenge the female race. Each character strives to be the best, heightening our standard. Romany Malco is the best; each one is hilarious. Intrinsic pleasure.
AEon Flux (2005): Charlize Theron exploits her beautiful thighs. I can see why she chose acting to make a living. The naivete & the lack of noise is tiring. OK story. Invigorating villain. 4/10.
A Good Woman (2004): Only one twist which makes it seem short! This is one of those movies where I can guess what’ll happen by just looking at the poster-board. My attention is on Helen Hunt’s range as an actress. How sexy is Scarlet Johansson? She has her moments. All original actors.
A History of Violence (2005): Viggo Mortensen preserves his independence like a reality show but I can never know unless I know him personally. His wife, Maria Bello, has a striking body; as skinny as she is. A striking actress. The son (Ashton Holmes) is incredible. Ed Harris’s role is stunted. Bad end.
A Lot Like Love (2005): Ashton Kutcher as “Oliver” is smooth & silk. He does well at playing how it’d be to meet your first successful crush. Amanda as “Emily” does well as girlfriend & photographer. She reveals her flaw: her teeth. They advocate laziness & the enjoyment of being indoors, for days on end. Oliver’s sister (Taryn Manning) is great.
A Walk To Remember (2002): The cover of the case reads, “Mandy Moore is awesome.” One downfall is when the lead characters bully Shane West, undervaluing the idea. Cool high-school plays! The scrapbook scene is dumb or when she screams, “I have leukemia!”
After the Sunset (2004): Woody Harrelson is smart & creative. Pierce Brosnan has his shirt off too often. He realizes being a womanizer is sobering. Salma Hayek is all cleavage. Smart & funny script. Great choreography as is Naomie Harris & Don Cheadle.
Alex & Emma (2003): Luke Wilson acts well as writer. He pores over every word but fails to piece words together. Kate Hudson is an excellent stenographer. They make the ideal modern couple. Rich dialogue; cinematography even better.
Alexander (2004): An epic with spot-on casting: Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie as his mother & Val Kilmer as his father. Jared Leto, loyal best friend. Anthony Hopkins is an intuitive narrator. ($155 million budget.)
Along Came A Spider (2001): Monica Potter acts as good as Morgan Freeman. Her best scene: “Open the door, Meghan – don’t be scared.” Her acting is deep so her appeal goes unnoticed. Macabre misé-en-scene. Morgan is self-conscious (sticky eye contact). Interesting villain (Michael Wincott). Predictable twist.
America’s Sweethearts (2001): Usually a character is one-dimensional but Julia Roberts has an arc. John Cusack instigates. The story never feels flat though the title is flat! Billy Crystal has a classic masturbation scene. Wonderful dialogue. Props to Catherine Zeta Jones for being cliché! Interesting conclusion.
American Dreamz (2006): Hugh Grant is comfortable. Mandy Moore is fat & beautiful. The singing is nice (personally, the Jewish contestant is the best of the 3). Sad end. Chris Klein dazzles. Omer (Sam Golzari) is a great touch. His cousin’s are my favorite!
Amityville Horror (2005): Ryan Reynolds, “George Luiz,” is ripped as the hero. Similar antagonist, with a special hat. Melissa George, “Kathy Luiz,” is more defined maybe because she is co-star? Judge James adds finishing touches. Cheesy. Not terrifying.
Angel Eyes (2001): I love lead actor, Catch (James Caviezel). Jennifer Lopez is a fidgety police officer; a natural. She has “Sharon Pogue” so well read. Symbolic cemetery scene & when Jen breaks the walls of ignorance between her father, mother & brother. Amazing misé-en-scene. Terrance Howard is the perfect piece of the puzzle.
Aquamarine (2006): Ugly mermaid although her acting is border-line outstanding. I idolize her acuity for being awkward. I’m sure every girl wants to be her friend! Jojo is also ugly but devoted which goes a long way. Her friend (Emma Roberts) is the prettiest. The “bitches” are wretched, as is Raymond. Hairy dialogue yet original. 6/10.
Basic (2003): John Travolta is hang-dog; only wears one outfit which calls attention to his method. This is more bad than good because he has a few chances to deliver but flaked out. Limited locations set-up the Aristotelian conflict. Incredible story-line as is Diane Lane.
Basic Instinct (1992): Sharon Stone is grim, preoccupied with the expressions of a compulsive liar. She plays a perfect writer; the seduction comes easy. Michael Douglas is cool. His voice is key like the line, “F*ck like minx, raise rug-rats.” Professional investigations. The dancing on coke scene is my favorite. Unresolved end.
Basic Instinct 2 (2006): There is no denying Sharon Stone is jam-packed with personality. The question in the script is if she is worth a million dollars? She is worth the fame (she works for it). Her boobs look fake. Her co-star, David Morissey, is a +. Poor end.
The Big Bounce (2004): Nancy (Ashley Scott) is a blonde bomb-shell. Much personality in her hips somehow. Morgan Freeman expertly executes a conniving judge in Hawaii. Owen Wilson is a hippie. Great supporting acts; poor story-line.
Birth (2004): Every scene my eyes are glued to Cameron Bright: watching his every move in anticipation. I indulge until the end when the element farts away. Nicole Kidman’s buzz-cut is an enigma! Spectacular performance including her brother (Peter Stormare).
The Black Dahlia (2006): No motive. Josh Hartnett is constipated. Scarlet Johansson is as talented as Hilary Swank (except more gorgeous). Best act is detective, Aaron Eckhart. Best actress is the Black Dahlia (Mia Kirshner). Fantastic lighting & cinematography by Brian De Palma.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992): Dracula feasts on rats, bats, wolves & even green gas. Keanu Reeves, although garbed in 1920’s attire, dimensionally does not sway. Winona Ryder is passionate & on cue. Anthony Hopkins also does great. I see how it is a classic, due to sniveling, terse Dracula’s, but far-fetched. Cheap graphics.
The Break-Up (2006): Jon Favreau supplements the chemical bond between Jennifer Aniston & Vince Vaughan. It is pathetic Vince is infatuated with video-games at age 30. Great voice. Jen is stubborn & territorial. 9.9/10.
Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001): Renee Zellweger is quite the Brit. Colin Firth is underrated (but it is only one film). Renee & Colin are an unrealistic couple. Canned friends. Hugh Grant is on cue as a daring flirt.
Bottoms Up (2006): Paris Hilton is stellar. Every scene she reveals prime talent proving her acting skills. I scrutinize her because she is my age. Same for Jason Mewes, who is climbing the ladder of fame. Gay Earl is an excellent supporting act; shame-less. Not many jokes; pecan plot.
Broken Flowers (2005): Bill Murray, “Don Johnston,” is nothing short of fascinating from the start on his couch! On the flip side, I dislike Ethiopian neighbor, Jeffrey Wright. Sharon Stone & daughter (Alexis Dziena) have a breath-taking cameo. The end is above & beyond, as is the supporting cast. Slow progress.
Capote (2005): With full creative control, Phillip Seymour Hoffman animates Truman Capote, grows non-existent. Admirable, yet how respectable is an alcoholic? Harper Lee is an advent of a character. Extraordinary jail-mates yet it is unclear who murders who?
Cars (2006): Genius idea to add eyes to the windshield & a mouth to the front bumper. Vibrant landscape & scenery supplying the town of Radiator Springs; even the race-track! (Owen Wilson) Lightning McQueen, the junk-yard truck (Larry the Cable Guy) and the sexy Porsche have extravagant personality.
The Cave (2005): Great cinematography & cast yet immature plot due to winged “air” demons & flaky technology used to explore. Cole Hauser is weak. I love Piper Perabo, climbing mountains which is the peak. Weak end.
Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005): The suspense of the robbery & the vandalism is effective, considering you do this at a young age you are let off scot-free. I enjoy tom-boy (Alyson Stoner) the most. Interesting plot! I never figure mom, Bonnie Hunt, to have a nice rack. Self-oriented; great actress. Eugene Levy acts better than Steve Martin. Unexpected end. Will there be a trilogy?
Choker (2005): Somehow every single female explodes with beauty. Ironically, the apocalypse begins with alien species infesting people’s digestive tracts. Yes it is as cheesy as it sounds! The lead act is placid & breeding inside; so they implode. The corpulent father is the best. He gives it an edge. 1/10.
The Chronicles of Narnia (2005): Turkish delight, petrification, Thomas the Fawn, I recall the fantasy & characters. Spectacular C.G.I. The White Witch, Peter, Edmond & his older sister are also fantastic.
City of Angels (1998): Nic Cage has a sad way of being idle during emotions allowing viewers to absorb emotion more efficiently. Insecure. Meg Ryan plays an enthusiastic doctor – stoic – shining during close-ups. I like the black angel (Andre Braugher), sitting atop street signs. Dennis Franz is strange. Naïve romance.
Click (2006): The poster-board is a give-away. Adam Sandler, “Michael Neuman,” is resurrected by an opportunity to transform his life-style with a remote control from Bed, Bath & Beyond of all places. Chris Walken is tight. Kate Beckinsale is gorgeous. Simple choreography, simple moral: family first.
The Covenant (2006): Stereotypical for a pants-dropping Indian actress to suffer a “spider spell” who lay eggs in her body through her ear. She should have lead role, to say the least. Laura Ramsay is more talented but has big thighs. Who knows how big her ass is? She only wears dresses. The antagonist (Tyler Simms) is a secret which I enjoy, as well as lead act (Taylor Kitsch) but stupid & senseless relationship with father. Great choreography for final battle.
Creep (2004): Well-portrayed party in the beginning. Franka Potente is a pothead. Great actress. The rape & abortion are buzz-kills. Craig, the antagonist, resembles Tom Cruise. The way he is killed serves him right.
The Da Vinci Code (2006): Priosy of Scion sex addicts? Audrey Tatou, the grand-daughter, is an earthly goddess. Ian McKellan dispels the myths one after another about Knights of the Templar. Devil’s advocate. All pieced together by a single mind: Dan Brown.
Date Movie (2006): The slit eyes of Sophie Monk is a pleasure. Alyson Hannigan, likewise, when doing dances that mimic occupations. Great at acting in a fat suit. Eddie Griffin is an accolade. The best is when Owen Wilson intrudes.
Derailed (2005): Jennifer Anniston has a minor role. I admire her raw talent; how she organizes & prioritizes judgment in lieu of the number of her fans. Ironic, she is raped. No boob-shot; I’d have less respect for her as an actress. Purple lingerie. Clive Owen, the main act, is a feeble family man with money. The villains are Vincent Cassel, Xzibit & his partner. Lengthy. Bad end.
The Devil Wears Prada (2006): Educational. Anne Hathaway is chubby. She has it all. I fall in love with her midway once she knows how to dress. Astounding talent but doesn’t know how to tease, lure men. (I say “astoundingly” because I don’t understand how she can be so talented.) Meryl Streep is equally talented. 7/10.
The Devil’s Own (1997): Brad Pitt (“Rory Devaney”) is a suspicious Irish-man. Harrison Ford (“Tom O’Meara”) is a fool who is violated. Fitting cast. Nice urban family. Brittle ending & antagonist.
Dirty (2005): Clifton Collins Jr., “Officer Armando,” is strong & influential. He suffers to its utmost degree; it cost him his life. Cuba Gooding Jr., “Salim Adel,” is all sacrifice. Well-chosen cast.
Domino (2005): A grim ensemble shows the boundary between being practical & acting. Unique misé-en-scene, tint & heavy metal music. Edgar Ramirez, Kiera Knightley & Mickey Rourke push limits! Cool to have Christopher Walken & Mena Suvari represent WB TV. Dirt end.
The Door in the Floor (2004): Perfect casting to have Kim Basinger as a deceitful mom f*cking a young boy. Jeff Bridges is a pro. I like it is about writer’s. I think everyone in the audience can say this. Logical script. Babysitter (Bijou Phillips) is a goddamn fox. Unexpected twists. Elle Fanning, the daughter, is a +.
Down In the Valley (2005): Edward Norton serves the audience in every way imaginable, making us feel in control. Expect the unexpected. Incredible script. The “Charlie” scene is the only stupid scene. Perfect end. Realistic, surprising me constantly. Rory Culkin & his family are well-cast.
The Dukes of Hazzard (2005): Sean William Scott leads. Burt Reynolds is his rival who would be better with more screen-time. Johnny Knoxville is too cordial. Gorgeous actresses; led by Jessica Simpson. Ornamental breasts.
Dumb & Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003): Blonde babe (Rachel Nichols). Frankly, I cannot keep my pants on. In a high school setting, hormones will rise like yeast. Lloyd & Harry are funny as shit, & equally, amazing. They reflect Jim Carrey & Jeff Daniels. Eugene Levy is confusing. Poorly written. Surprising end.
Edison (2005): Justin Timberlake advanced in his acting career (beginning as a famous singer), calm & ostentatious. Kevin Spacey & Morgan Freeman supply reassurance & support. Cool villain. Morgan is arrogant; Kevin cocky. LL Cool J is cool. Dumb end (barely finish).
Elizabethtown (2005): Kirsten Dunst’s red wool hat is a turn off. She bestows a rebellious impression. Orlando Bloom is born to be Drew Baylor, although he has to prove himself which he does beyond expectation! His sister (Judy Greer) & Susan Sarandon are cool. OK end.
Empire of the Wolves (2005): Jean Reno is a delightful actor. Arly Jover is OK. She moves the audience with karate skills & her vendetta is provocative. Amazing rookie cop, Jocelyn Quivrin.
Employee of the Month (2004): Matt Dillon sucks except when he pisses on his boss’s painting (I.E. How he loses his marbles in the bathroom amid friendly convo). He really lets loose in the end. Stripper (Jamie Fox) at the strip-club is my favorite Despicable end. The blonde (Andrea Bendewald), the coroner & Christina Applegate are a +.
Employee of the Month (2006): Grueling like the average film. Dax Shepard & the foreigner (Efren Ramirez) are strange. I admire the industrial supermarket set. The manager & his boss are well-cast. Jessica Simpson is a gem. Poor dialogue; bad end.
Failure to Launch (2006): Sarah Jessica Parker upstages Matthew McConaughey. Her friend (Zooey Deschanel) is the best. Tantamount humor. Not as intimate as I expect. The parents (Terry Bradshaw & Kathy Bates) are perfect.
The Family Stone (2005): Witty ensemble for any age, religion, sex & ethnicity. Great title. My favorite actors are Claire Danes, Rachel MacAdams, Everett Stone & “Meredith Morton” (Sarah Jessica Parker). Ethereal.
Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006): Han is a superb, regal antagonist. The lead (Lucas Black), Bow Wow & the one who is murdered perform perfect. Logical. I obsessively question how the race-cars are able to do what they do. Add the beauty of leading lady (Nathalie Kelley) & it is just unfair. Dynamite.
Fever Pitch (2005): Slow. Drew Barrymore is a single lyricist eventually impregnated. Jimmy Fallon is great in supporting his girlfriend. They make a good couple. Who’s better at acting? I don’t know. (The best is when Drew runs across the Red Sox Field.)
Final Destination 3 (2006): Another way to look at the murder & heroics. An extreme concept. Do I condone extremism? Evil ignites an intention to have sex & this gives a layer of suspense that it supports well. Is it the fact that the plot consists of high school graduates that scares the piss out of me? Unending tragedy. Great cast.
Find Me Guilty (2006): Vin Diesel is bad-ass. The fact it’s a true story makes me envy him. However, would the judge act as generous in real life? How about the jury? That part seems stupid. Captivating intro. Him representing himself is one of the greatest characters of all time. He tells killer jokes; the way he tells them. The chair he loves & can’t live without. The defense attorney is the ultimate villain (Linus Roache); loquacious.
The Firm (1993): Best line is by Tom Cruise, “Our conversation is not in sequential order. How can I remember?” His best scene is at the end, in the house, with wife (Jeanne Tripplehorn). He is perfectly dramatic throughout. Gene Hackman is sensible. And yet maybe it is better as a novel?
The Flight Plan (2005): The setting is a billion dollar airplane that is two stories with seven galleys; an eloquent & extravagant effect. $50 million budget. I think the idea is derelict; used up. Jodie Foster is a forgotten actress until you see her; the underdog. Law Marshall, Peter Sarsgaard, & stewardess, Kate Beehar, are nothing short of brilliant.
The Fog (2005): Selma Blair is ugly. Her acting skills however meet my expectations. The noise of the heavy dense fog appears is great; the best is the fog chasing & hovering over the running bay. The radio station set & the ancestry amalgamation are good ideas.
Following (1998): Metro-sexual Jeremy Theobald engages the audience. Emotional intro. Jeremy is well-rounded (to a fault) as his flaws coalesce with the flaws of his crush, Lucy Russell.
The Forgotten (2004): Stupid sci-fi rip-off. It is not appealing to see Julianne dotted with a million orange freckles (not even regular freckles). Supporting act, Donnie West, measures up. Gary Sinise cameo. The mother/son relationship is portrayed perfect as is the alcoholism.
Freedomland (2006): Unforgettable end when, instead of laughing, Samuel L. Jackson breaks down & cries. Julianne Moore & Sam are spot on. Skepticism & racism is well-portrayed. The relationship between imprisoned father & son; or a daughter who is the black-sheep of the family.
Fun with Dick & Jane (2005): Fun (hence the title). Jim Carrey is bitter. He wears himself thin. Tea Leoni is quirky as Jane. I don’t know, or cannot say, who is better at acting or who is more funny? Alec Baldwin is good. Great script.
Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ (2005): Young Ceasar’s life-style (50 Cent) was omnipotent. He shows a prodigious power upon birth. This is proven after two decades, eight bullets, one jail sentence, dealing drugs & having a baby!
Girl, Interrupted (1999): Emaciated Angelina Jolie plays tormented Lisa. She gives it all she has. Winona Ryder is Susanna; able to separate the degrees of feeling. It’s like she wrote the script. Her boyfriend (Jared Leto) is an Army draftee. Whoopi Goldberg is prepared as nurse; she has fun while acting. The burn victim & Elisabeth Moss are compliments; Brittany Murphy is not.
Good Night, & Good Luck (2005): Robert Downey Jr. & George Clooney team up to take out an invincible power monger, a communist senator. David Strathaim is top-notch. True story. It is not easy when you have a major (more complex) role. The black-and-white lens is a nice touch. I hate politics but I desired to understand.
Grad Night (2006): Low budget yet professional, perfect cinematography & casting. Using hand-held to show the P.O.V. of one on THC is perfect. At the end, Coolio raps before the high school. 2 questions: Who invites strippers inside a high school during graduation? Why rape Ana Melendez?
The Guardian (2006): Ashton Kutcher is intimidated by Kevin Costner who is the competition. Kevin has more talent, yet Ashton has excellent timing & a smile that can cut glass. I fall apart during the dramatic office scene about the car accident. Unnecessary jail scene. The relationship between Kevin & his wife is a nice compliment. Nice end yet long.
Half Light (2006): “Rachel”, Demi Moore, embodies the psychological spectrum & constituents of arrogance. In the beginning she’s drinking beer from a mug, nearly drunk, by her lonesome (we’ve all been there). Angus (Hans Matheson) is pretentious. The scandal Rachel’s friends pull is plausible. Stupid film.
Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire (2005): There is no denying that Harry Potter’s movies suit him. High regard. Fleur Delacour is pretty. Fleur, Nagini (the python) & the teachers are great. Harry’s friends, the wand & the broom idea are out of this world.
Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone (2001): Daniel Radcliffe excels expectations even at the age of 7. Insurmountable range. Innocent relationship with Hermione whereas relationships with Ron, Draco Malfoy & the faculty are mysterious. I’m lost why Harry burns Quirinus Quirrell?
High School Musical (2006): Vanessa Hudgens as Gabriella is an undeniable phenomenal. As are her eyes & smile. Blonde Ashley Tisdale likes to wag her tail. Her brother is a great dancer. The supporting cast give 110%. Spectacular lighting. Fantastic choreography.
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005): Martin Freeman keeps true to the BBC character on, “The Office,” save an emotional elasticity or barometer. I.E. hate, curiosity. Bill Nighy, Mos Def & Sam Rockwell are the risk-takers. John Malkovich hooks the audience, officially.
Hoodwinked! (2005): I prefer the vindictive rabbit (Andy Dick) over Little Red Riding Hood; her personality & Anne Hathaway’s voice is mechanical!Axe-man, Jim Belusci, is intuitive. The best is the squirrel. Dull fox. Nice animation. Surprising & appealing.
Hostage (2005): Bruce Willis is hip but wears it thin. The dimensions of the 2 brothers are yin & yang. Pure antagonist. Kevin Pollak is great. His daughter, Michelle Horn, is contrived.
Hostel (2005): The women are hotter when dressed. Immature boys. Pants-dropping sauna scene. Survivor, Jay Hernandez, is a great lead hero. The murderers are fragmented & deranged yet still personable, which is highly terrifying. Torturous choreography.
The Hot Chick (2002): My eyes refuse to shut; I cannot miss a minute of Rob Schneider & Rachel MacAdams. They knock my socks off. Supporting actresses LuLu (Alexandra Holden) & the bartender (Melora Hardin) are compliments as is Adam Sandler’s cameo. Crafty finish. $34 million budget seems low.
House of Wax (2005): Elisa Cuthbert blows me out of the water; gives all to her acting game. Chad Michael Murray absorbs our interest. Fearless minor acts. I await the sequel.
The Human Stain (2003): Nicole Kidman is hysterical. Anthony Hopkins method acts. Gary Sinise, as a writer, gives a nice edge. Cheesy poster-board; amazing script.
Hustle & Flow (2005): Authentic pimp DJ (Terrence Matthews) gambles on drug-induced Taraji Henson, Taryn Manning & businessman, Anthony Anderson. DJ Qualls proves his salt.
If Only (2004): Jennifer Love Hewitt indulges in folly with radiant eyes. The role starts meek, begs for attention, until the tables turn & she refers to the camera for dramatic effect. Boyfriend (Paul Nicholls) is astute.
In Memoriam (2002): Rudolph Guiliani narrates with the aid of 100 survivors, setting it apart from other doc’s. Gut-wrenching interview w/ the Fire, & Police, Commissioner. Stills from police helicopters; clip-by-clip editing of actual footage.
In Her Shoes (2005): Toni Colette (sister) & Shirley MacLaine (mom) coast their star power with Cameron Diaz who is rag-tag but can’t hide her body. A+ story yet long.
Inside Man (2006) by Spike Lee: Study Denzel Washington since we share the same generation. He ranks beside Sidney Poitier as they both have confidence that knows no humility. Jodie Foster is feisty in dress & manner. Millionaire (Chris Plummer) is bad. Unique story-line.
Into The Blue (2005): Sam (Jessica Alba) is a treat. Supporting actor Scott Caan is sly; delivers his cues. Paul Walker is astounding as hero & boyfriend. Villain (Josh Brolin) likewise. Breath-taking setting. Plot holes.
The Island (2005): Technologically-advanced. Budget $122 million. Climax: Scarlet Johansson watching herself in a perfume commercial. The climax of Ewan McGregor is killing his clone or running across an open road.
Jackass II (2006): Scars your brain – stamps your memory. I mean, who gets a dildo shot up their butt? Or swims with sharks with a fish hook through their cheek? Who runs around with their tits exploited? Or nutsack for that matter? The 1st scene is a snakebite on the penis! Brilliant cast gives 110% effort. I laugh a Helluvalot!
Jersey Girl (2004): Ben Affleck is an egotistical father: wherein his distinction lies I don’t know. Liv Tyler keeps my interest as she confesses she masturbates 2x a day. Infant girl (Raquel Castro) astonishes; stunned at the audacity of her friend, Paulie Litt. I dislike George Carlin.
John Tucker Must Die (2006): Three completely sexy babes, Jesus Christ! Even the way they communicate, arrogant. I see Jesse Metcalfe, the lead actor, to be this way in any high school, let alone this one. I can relate a lot to John Tucker. His need for estrogen supersedes anyone else’s! His charm attracts naïve women who fight over him.
Just Friends (2005): Amy Smart is a bartender; a melting pot of affection. The girl in your dreams places the spoon in your hand. It’s harrowing for the Prom Queen to somehow make the time to deliver love equally. Ryan Reynolds is famous. Anna Faris & Chris Klein add a slap-stick effect.
Just Like Heaven (2005): Mark Ruffalo (David) is spectacular. On cue every step of his scenes. Reese Witherspoon (Lizzie) & supporting cast are also spectacular! Repetitive story-line. I tear but I laugh much much more.
Just My Luck (2006): Lindsay Lohan innately turns men on! Her catch-phrases give her depth. If she was the main character somehow it would be a classic. Chris Pine does well; I’m impressed. Cool twist.
Keeping Mum (2005): Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) is primed to play a priest; “vicar” they say in England. Great conference. The cues of mum (Maggie Smith) are well-executed. If I watch again it’d be because of her acting. The mom (Kristin Scott Thomas) is excellent. Her daughter, Tamsin Egerton, is a fox. Kurt Russell is great.
Kids in America (2005): I enjoy the controversial role of redhead Charlotte (Stephanie Sherrin); better than the male lead (Gregory Smith) who uses rich & persuasive dialogue. Noble script. The women can be sexier. Black English teacher, Charlotte’s mother (Rosanna Arquette) & principal are admirable. Why flash someone if you have no boobs?
King Kong (2005): Dynamite sub woofer & speakers radiate King Kong’s foot-steps, breath & special fX. Naomi Watts is perfect; Adrian Brody, Jack Black & the supporting actors also. Empire State building is splendid, & wrestling with T-Rex’s!
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005): The alacrity of Robert Downey Jr.’s narration & foxy spouse Harmony (Michelle Monaghan) sets the mood. Val Kilmer is infectious. A dry hype, if you will? Mysterious villains I genuinely enjoy; educational portrayal of L.A.
Lady in the Water (2006): Sea nymph (Bryce Dallas Howard) is best in the tub, surrounded by her believers. She plays off their words mute. I did not know one facial expression can translate to so many meanings. I love M. Night Shyamalan’s role & Paul Giamatti’s cruel stutter. The tree monkeys & the man murdered in the hallway are dumb.
The Lady-Killers (2004): J.K. Simmons has I.B.S. The Wayans’ brothers definitely bring it up a notch then ends horribly. I like the soundtrack & Irma P. Hall as a lead role but it doesn’t measure up to the title!
Lake House (2006): Time-traveling or Keanu Reeves as fat & ugly holds no detraction. A method actor who sets his own standard. Doctor Sandra Bullock great! The connection between the lake house’s establishment & his father is puzzling!
Legends of the Fall (1994): A masterpiece. Every scene Brad Pitt is poignant & viable. Man what an actor. “Samuel” & Aidan Quinn do outstanding as well as the ranch inhabitants! The marriage to “Lizzie” is a nice surprise, as are the role of Congress. Suzanna is gorgeous. Score flourishes.
The Libertine (2004): The best is the curbed sentiment when Johnny Depp “Earl of Rochester” mutters “3—4—5” after asked how many years he has drank wine. The play he writes, “On Pricks & C**,” passing around dildos is sick. John Malkovitch is king. Johnny’s wife (Samantha Morton) is resilient as is his mistress (Rosamund Pike) whom I favor.
Little Black Book (2004): Brittany Murphy & Holly Hunter have similar talent. Kippie Kann (Kathy Bates) is amusing. Ron Livingston adds testosterone. Grievous story.
Little Man (2006): Marlon Wayans is better than Damon Wayans. His wife (Kerry Washington) is as good as other supporting actresses. Brittany Daniel is unique. Cameo by SNL Molly Shannon. The conclusion is silly; impossible
Lolita (1997): Juvenile. The girl (15) is aloof. The cause may be her parent’s individual death? Or boning a 50 year old man. She is ugly yet men call her “gorgeous.” Melanie Griffith, & the antagonist, are better actors though the couple are devoted. Sad end!
Lord of War (2005): My favorite part is the limousine rides with Nic Cage & Jared Leto; the meetings & negotiations with the President of Siberia; the intro. & conclusion with the ammo-ridden concrete floor. His wife (Bridget Moynahan) is a collector of paintings. Nic gains intense weight for the role, affirming his proclivity. 5.2/10.
Lords of Dogtown (2005): Tense. I grow to love the disposition of each actor & actress once Johnny Knoxville appears. Emile Hirsch is the key strength. Heath Ledger is classic. Incredible & so are the skateboards.
Lucky Number Slevin (2006): Josh Hartnett is only off cue at the end. The Boss (Morgan Freeman), the Rabi (Ben Kingsley) & Lucy Liu are on cue. Actor, Bruce Willis, garners my attention. Long. At times, cheesy, like when Lucy resurrects.
Matador (2005): Pierce Brosnan is 100% skill. Greg Kinnear would be too if he had lead. His wife, Hope Davis, measures up. I indulge in the soft Pierce, a professional assassin. I enjoy the rub + the font introducing each city.
Melinda & Melinda (2004): Woody Allen remake of Louis Malle’s My Dinner with André (1981). Pretentious. I fall for Radha Mitchell (Melinda). Amanda Peet has innate talent. Will Ferrell is a cool cat. Chiwetel Ejiofor is off-the-chart.
Memoirs of a Geisha (2005): Epic arc of Pumpkin (Suzuka Ohgo) with only 6 scenes. It is her growth as a character. Classic growth of Ziyi Zhang. Expressing every line to Nth degree. Memorable scenery, antagonist + misé-en-scene.
The Mexican (2001): Brad Pitt is an average Joe in an unstable relationship with Julia Roberts. Hip. Bravo Julia compliments him. James Gandolfini is gay. A+ choreography.
Miami Vice (2006): Perplexing plot – exploitative of black model (Naomie Harris). Colin Ferrell & Jamie Foxx master physiognomy. Li Gong is on par.
Mission Impossible 3 (2006): Tom Cruise, “Ethan Hunt,” is a natural disaster. Unlike other agents, he grants redemption. He acts cliché. Wonderful cast. Villain, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, is inspirational! These weapons can be found in any video-game!
Modigliani (2004): Andy Garcia’s accent adds definition to this Italian period. Affluent acting & ideas such as Picasso. The wound is Andy’s choreography; I see right through it. He paints his wife (Elsa Zylberstein) with obese arms. I love her & the disputes (mostly).
Monster-In-Law (2005): Jennifer Lopez defies acting; flexible as a gymnast. Her husband (Michael Vaston) & Wanda Sykes are naturelle. Courageous. Jane Fonda’s rare role as mom may take the cake. We all have someone whom we prefer to take care of us.
Munich (2005): Spielberg directs the real events that rise between these murders. Phenomenal lighting. Over-achiever Eric Bana hits his mark. Very deep. Extreme murder scenes. Props to friend, Maher Tadros, the villainous flannel cowboy.
Must Love Dogs (2005): Diane Lane “Puts the sunshine to shame,” according to dad (Chris Plummer). His many girlfriends are superfluous. Diane is a tom-boy. John Cusack is best, with burning passion. His friend, Ben Shenkman, is a comedian.
My Summer of Love (2004): Redhead & brunette (Natalie Press & Emily Blunt) are young & yet ripe which may explain their need to be intimate with each other. Born-again Christian (Paddy Considine) is evil. Sad parenting. Surprising end.
My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006): Uma Thurman, a deformed mutant, with aging “assets.” Her jolly instinct adds fame to her name. Luke Wilson & his colleagues (one male & one female) are OK. Alluring villain, Eddie Izzard! Average; witty.
Nacho Libre (2006): Jack Black brings fervor to Nacho Libre. All he does is fart. Fat yet brilliant. His sidekick (Hecter Jimenez) is serene. Little fat kid is a +. Ramses fight against Libre is a surprise. Best is, “Big Kiss. Big Hug. Big Hug. Little Kiss.”
New York Minute (2004): Ashley & Mary Kate Olsen play sisters; instrumental. Risk-takers which is their trademark. Not as adorable as I expected, yet tempestuous. Eugene Levy & Italy backdrop.
Noel (2004): Delusional Susan Sarandon among undeniable Penelope Cruz & Paul Walker. Scene, “I forgive you for everything,” tugged my heart-string. Cameo by Alan Arkin & Robin Williams. 9/10.
North Country (2005): Josie (Charlize Theron) is versatile; showing a character arc from her youth, before the rape & the oppression of growing up in a family unaware. As Woody Harrelson leads a courtroom, everyone heeds Josie’s account of the iron-mine to detach the boulder on her shoulder. The dilemma unfurls in vain.
Oliver Twist (2005): Exciting Ben Kingsley exceeds expectation. Oliver Twist (Barney Clark) is enchanting. Nancy, Bill & his dog are charming. The misé-en-scene makes me want to read the book. Electric. Yet not a single black person.
The Omen (2006): 5 year old Damien is idyllic: adds an edge to every scene. Mom, Julia Stiles, is surreal. Liev Schrieber exudes a brute demeanor. The way people die has me bite my nails to the bone.
Over The Hedge (2006): Bruce Willis, Wanda Sykes, Avril Lavigne & Gary Busey incorporate voice-overs. A spectacle of digital reality. The mannerisms make it a gem. Wisely chosen fauna.
Picture Perfect (1997): Jen Anniston & smiley ex Jay Mohr at their prime. The range, affection & boundaries mirror reality, beat by beat; even when she’s drunk. Boss Mercer (Kevin Dunn) & sperm donor (Kevin Bacon) is the missing link.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006): Kiera Knightley is as flat as a minus sign. Orlando Bloom adds composure keeping a durable bond with dad, “Bootstrap Bill” (Stellan Skarsgard). Johnny Depp (Jack Sparrow) isn’t as cool as Davy Jones.
Poseidon (2006): Josh Lucas is nosy. Graphics are through the roof. Emmy Rossum is lascivious. Kurt Russell, the father, is on the money. Well-plotted relationships; a cordial ensemble distinguishing it from the Titanic.
Pride & Prejudice (2005): I press play thinking it will do little to alleviate my remorse. I am guilty. Mr. Bingley (Simon Wood) & Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen) are proud contrary to Lizzie’s (Keira Knightley) prejudice toward their jocularity. A caged bird, freed. Father (Donald Sutherland) & choreography are astounding.
Prime (2005): Lead actress, Uma Thurman, shines although her friends are prettier. Meryl Streep is the maternal ingredient in their obsession. Motivating friendship between Bryan Greenberg & his Jon Abrahams. Everyone executes; lovely end.
Raisin in the Sun (1961): Sidney Poitier, Walter Lee, (like Muhammad Ali) refers to himself as a giant & the others as ants. I like how he claps when he talks, or dances; or stands up on the table to perform if intoxicated. Mom & his wife (Ruby Dee) are wonderful. I fall in love with the story on poverty; about the “tookers” & the “taken.”
Ray (2004): Low & behold, is that Jamie Foxx? Self-less with a huge heart. He’s devoted his life to acting finally reaching A-list. Hot wife, B (Kerry Washington). Brilliant childhood flashbacks & dialogue among Omar, his agent, & the Raylett’s.
Rebound (2005): Martin Lawrence ignites the unity of all supporting cast. A territorial team. The cheering mothers (Wendy Robinson & Megan Mullally) stand out. Best is coaching with pizza in hand. Funny cheerleaders.
Red Eye (2005): Cillian Murphy is suave, or maybe it is debonair? Rachel MadAdams portrays a home-sick country woman, with only one scene where she’s show her full potential. Set on an airplane in an airport … Dull.
Rent (2005): I do not enjoy the music as much as misé-en-scene, colors, lights, amount of props & outfits. Poor end: Angel never has to die. If so, put it in a sequel! Why does a straight guy kiss him? Also unnecessary Rosario Dawson abuses smack, losing the magic.
Risky Business (1983): Mediocre script; graphic. Lana (Rebecca De Mornay) delivers in dress & act. Elite supporting cast. Tom Cruise, at 17, & his mom are mesmeric.
Rumor Has It (2005): Jen Anniston eschews talent. Malleable look. The crying scene is touching. Kevin Costner is a warm author. A striking cast: Shirley MacLaine, Mena Suvari & Mark Ruffalo. Cool as Hell. 8/10.
RV (2006): Mildly funny. Robin Williams is as good as any of his other roles yet this one is paternal. Cheryl Hines reciprocates. Siblings (Josh Hutcherson) & “Jojo” are funny. Jeff Daniels’ family is crucial. Neat.
Saw II (2005): 8 contestants in an aged-home with 3 floors. My favorite is Glenn Plummer. Of the 8, the first death is most admirable. Franky G. & Emmanuelle Vaugier are sadists. The end is a kicker. The boy-holding-the-saw is traumatic.
Saw III (2006): I dislike the extent of decimation without allowing the viewers a chance to conform. Why mention the word “game” when it is nothing but? The role of the leader (Tobin Bell) is a snag. The gore makes me flinch & shriek in horror. Without the operation on the tumor it is slop. The plot unwinds at the end without clarity!
Scary Movie 4 (2006): Pervert Regina Hall? Carmen Electra poos in public? Chris Elliott cameo? Anna Faris drones on. Should portray H.G. Wells better. Oprah could be better. The intro., & the Chinese boy burning his hand, are the best.
See No Evil (2006): Bravo to any viewer able to complete the movie. If not for Kane throwing his mother into 12” nails, I would have left. Congruent relation. Breath-taking death. Graphic. Fake: the ease of pulling out an eyeball.
Serenity (2005): “They aim to misbehave.” Crafty action & euphemisms; probably improvised on the spur of the moment. Mal (Nathan Fillion), the leader of the ship “Serenity,” is better than I expect. More twists than I anticipate. Cheerful end. One flaw is how Nathan walks with a spear through his left calf?
The Shaggy Dog (2006): Droll plot. Best is when Tim Allen chases his tail in a bathrobe. I wonder if he put in all the effort or if it’s computer-animated? Charlotte York plays wife. Robert Downey Jr. turning into Shaggy Dog & stun rods are effective twists.
Shallow Hal (2001): Who knew Jack Black can play a hapless romantic?! Eyes glued on his delivery. His comrade (Jason Alexander) doesn’t detract nor add. Spiritual doctor (Joe Viteralli) performs well. I dig Gwyneth Paltrow’s fat suit. Burn victim’s are depressing.
She’s The Man (2006): Intriguing writing, choreography & soccer theme. Duke (Channing Tatum) is luring. Best is college/classroom setting & Amanda’s mock voice.
Shop-girl (2005): Slow plot. Claire Danes is on cue as is Jason Schwartzman. You can’t ask for more. Steve Martin stands alone & I think he wants to. His revealing eyes speak for his self. Violin master song is annoying. Fascinating end.
Silent Hill (2006): Lame. Dreary. Claustrophobic. Rose De Silva (Radha Mitchell) offers talent. Officer Bennett (Laurie Holden) has style. Good teamwork against the antagonist.
The Skeleton Key (2005): Kate Hudson’s breasts are bigger (rumor is she’s pregnant). She is multi-skilled. But what makes someone a good actor? Being hip? Lawyer (Peter Sarsgaard) & mom, Gena Rowlands, are appealing. Not scary. Bad end.
Sliver (1993): The apple of our eye, Alec Baldwin, wants to be alpha but lacks confidence against Sharon Stone. There is something about her that makes me want to be her. I like the $6,000,000 surveillance system. Cool cast. Weak, exhausting conflict.
Snakes on a Plane (2006): Best is after the 2nd attack, upstairs, when Samuel L. Jackson lectures the passengers. Seems like an arduous process for the cast. CGI keeps me from pressing eject. Cliché end.
Spy Game (2001): Brad Pitt is framed. An original role – he plays alongside his nemesis – Robert Redford, the better actor; commendable. Catherine McCormack is wonderful as is the editing. Dreary setting.
Stay (2005): Ewan McGregor plays a sophisticated doctor; his patient (Ryan Gosling) explains he is suicidal. Ryan has it all down. Via heart or talent? Naomi Watts is creative; adroit. I love the plot. Bad end. Lost $47 million at the box office.
Stay Alive (2006): Parallel video-game reality. Brother (Jimmi Simpson) has depth; how he challenges himself & the arc he goes through. Goth sister (Sophia Bush) deserves an Emmy when she says, “Go f* yourself.” Jon Foster & Samaire Armstrong are stellar (latter more dynamic). Frankie Muniz is sly. The ghost of Elizabeth is automated.
Stealth (2005): Jessica Biel makes me want to rip out my hair by 2 handfuls! She excels at every angle & challenge. Josh Lucas loses focus. Jamie Foxx is well-structured. The special fX of EDI are out of this world. $100,000,000 budget. Lengthy.
Step Up (2006): Channing Tatum has an arsenal of dance moves. The signature move: when he whirls his arm from back to front. He drags his pants without shame. It is a joy to watch pro Jenna Dewan. The height difference plays over well & her relationship with mom. Unnecessary death! Best is on the roof, beside the ocean, is my favorite. Lengthy.
The Story of Us (1999): Michelle Pfeiffer & Bruce Willis show a side I don’t expect. What gives so much credit to the script is Bruce’s weak points are Michelle’s strong points & vice versa. You think this is how all husbands & wives are! Best is “High Low.”
Super-Cross (2005): The opening scene before the title flashes caution me this may be a bad movie. Rare story. Capitalist industry. However, the brothers unite; they embody strength & sacrifice. Mike Vogel, & his girlfriend (Cameron Richardson) & her father are dope including how redhead (Steve Howey) handles his large frame on the race-courses.
Superman Returns (2006): Beside the almighty Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth), Superman (Rob Patrick) & Lex Luthor, The Daily Planet is lax. Why produce a son if impossible?
Sweet November (2001): Keanu Reeves & Charlize Theron are not all there. It doesn’t seem realistic which eats at the sentiment. The way her cancer is carried out is premature. When the role of transvestites play out it is water-logged.
Swept Away (2002): Amber (Madonna) mesmerizes. C’mon, who would expect such a grand, theatrical performance with this kind of film cover, reviews & title? High-brow dialogue. Amorous chemistry. Notable twist. Lost $9 million at box office.
Talladega Nights (2006): Best is Peppy Lepiou mocks, “Ricky Booby,” with Adrianno Giannini. Will Ferrell covers every cue, bending backwards in elasticity. John C. Reilly is obsessed so the viewer feels obssessed (“Shake ‘n’ bake”)! Actresses add sex appeal. Interesting family dynamic; especially father (Gary Cole)!
Thank You For Smoking (2005): I enjoy smart-aleck Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart’s 1st lead), chief spokesman of Tobacco Studies. Smart & creative meetings + stats. Whet dialogue. That Katie Holmes has “glory b**bs” is downright ticklish. Smokers have no chance so they are at fault due to lack of morals. A+ supporting cast.
The Hills Have Eyes (2006): The blonde sister (Emilie de Ravin) is ideal – when she kills him & others, my mind is reset. Her parents’ murder sets this on a shelf of its own. Her brother (Doug Bukowski) is bold. Aaron Stanford is best as newly engaged. Grotesque carnage. I love the end!
Ultra-violet (2006): Milla Jovovich is leggy with indisputable power. The protagonist is so nice to look at. Her friend, scientist (William Flichtner), is good. Antagonist (Nick Chinlund) satisfies. Evil overflows. Insufficient plot.
Unfinished Life (2005): What Jennifer Lopez wears is sexy. The climax is punching abusive husband (Damian Lewis) in the mouth. Her daughter (Becca Gardner) is reckless. Robert Redford is brilliant (the stone above his buried son is a great prop). A+ cast for the bear; Cole Hauser & Morgan Freeman to supplement the illusion.
United 93 (2006): True story. Some of the actors cast are relatives of the deceased. All new actors. Terrorists are portrayed quite realistically. The cordiality is heart-wrenching. I almost stop watching.
V for Vendetta (2006): Evey Hammond (Natalie Portman) wows me how she breathes life in a character with an accent. V has an incredible mask. Totalitarian government, secret police & its’ leader are existential. Violent detective (Stephen Rea).
View From The Top (2003): Gwyneth Paltrow is God’s great design. Every scene she exhibits a new promiscuous outfit. Small, chunky butt. I marvel how it revolves around a stewardess. A+ cast: Rob Lowe, Christina Applegate, Mark Ruffalo & Mike Myers.
Walking Tall (2004): The Rock is innocent, bouncy & composed as he “cleans house.” Villain & Johnny Knoxville are perfect. Ashley Scott is necessary as there lacks estrogen.
When In Rome (2002): Ashley & Mary Kate Olsen are fashionistas in college when guys are on a high. One likes an Italian who tries his hardest to show he’s the best. Her twin is in love with the bosses’ squinty son. The latter has depth.
The Wild (2006): Voiceovers include Jim Belushi, Eddie Izzard, Janeane Garafalo, Kiefer Sutherland & William Shatner. Great relationships. Family-oriented – each is given a chance to shine. I almost cry. A delight.
Without A Paddle (2004): I need to buy this DVD. A tremendous soundtrack. Divine lead acts. The marijuana field scene is unforgettable. However, the two fat guys are flimsy, predictable & bucolic. The forest-girls (Rachel Blanchard & Christina Moore) aren’t as dumb as I thought. Non-stop laughs.
X-Men 3: The Last Stand (2006): Beast is introduced. Wolverine & Jean Grey have developed their characters. Mystique is influential. Magneto is crooked whereas Professor Xavier is naive. Cyclops’ demise is an adrenaline rush. Now that Rogue is human, I can only wonder what will happen in X-Men 4?
You, Me & Dupree (2006): Kate Hudson is sexy yet boyish. Her role is effortless. Matt Dillon goes through changes; holds my attention. Dupree (Owen Wilson) stuns every chance he has to express himself. A super-star I relate with. I hate Michael Douglas.
Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005): Brothers (Josh Hutcherson & Jonah Bobo) are perfect. And to think their work is all an act? Balanced script. Spectacular special fX. I watch this film with my aunt, noticing her joyful reactions, proves it is for any age. I love the tactics involved. IE The “lost astronaut” (Dax Shepard). Yet there are no girls. Maybe that’s what makes it G-rated?