Thursday, July 27, 2006

McBride, Siskel, and Ebert

I can't recall if I have ever done a movie review blog before, but tonight I will. I have seen several movies in the last few weeks. The searing temperatures in my apartment force me to run off to the nearest movie theater and watch whatever is showing. As a result, I have seen the following and given them these reviews-

A Scanner Darkly starring Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Woody Harrellson, and Robert Downey Jr. A lot of people claim they haven't heard of this movie, but once they have seen that it is the odd almost cartoonish real action movie, they realize they have. As for the cartoonish real action thing, it took some getting used to, but by the end I liked it. However, the movie left me with a sour taste in my mouth. If you can handle a movie about drugs and the seedy world surrounding it, I would recommend this movie. But if the slightest foul behavior turns you off, don't see it. It isn't for everyone to say the least.
3 stars out of 5

Cars What can I say about the most popular movie in America? It was good. I liked it. I generally hate cartoons except for Shrek. But this was cute and tolerable. The last 10 minutes and the credits are worth the slow and dull parts during the rest of the movie.
3 stars out of 5

You, Me and Dupree This movie was so overly stupid I couldn't take it. It has some bonafide funny parts. But most of the movie was Owen Wilson over playing the dumb guy role. He's funny in that role when it isn't the focus of the movie. But this movie is all about how dumb he can be. Save it for video, trust me! And save the video for late at night when anything is funny. There is one classic line in it though, "You set Dupree up with a Mormon Librarian?"
1.5 stars out of 5

Lady in the Water I fully expected to hate this movie. I really did. But it turns out every review I read was right on- I hated it right up till the point where it changed and I LOVED it. The trailers to this movie are very confusing and misleading. And when I heard that M. Night Shyamalan had put himself in his movie I only thought he was ripping off Hitchcock (and anyone who has been in my apartment knows I love Hitchcock). However, when I left the theater all I thought was I hope more people will cast him in movies. He's fantastic. And the movie is classic Shyamalan. It is tense, original, and has a twist. Oh, and it has one of the best laughs in it I have had in a long time. And you don't have to worry about nightmares at the end.
5 stars out of 5- you really should go see this one!!

And as a sidenote to all those wondering about the kidney stone. I've passed and everything is working fine again!

1 comment:

  1. Shyamalan has put himself in every movie he's ever made, actually, and it's a direct homage to both the master himself, and I think to Stephen King, who did the same thing. He's the gatekeeper in The Village, and I can't remember what part he played in his other movies--but he is in them, usually in non-speaking roles.


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