Posted on 8/08/04 11:33 PM
The Notebook- The combination of Nicolas Sparks and Hollywood is usually enough to give me a nice deep shutter. On top of that I have never been a big proponent of the whole cheesy romance genre, and yet I enjoyed this film. Maybe not in the same way a 40 something woman in a loveless marriage looking for an emotional escape does, but I still found myself charmed by this simple love story. It never strays too far from the usual conventions, and yet it does just enough to stand apart from its inferior counterparts.
Overall Score- 6.7 out of 10
King Arthur- An interesting, but heavily flawed attempt to tell a more realist King Arthur myth. The first third of the film or so does a decent enough job of letting us know the characters and the socio-political structure they inhabit, but the final two-thirds qualify as some of the most bland, unoriginal, and forgettable epic filmmaking seen in recent years.
Overall Score- 5.2 out of 10
Harold and Kumar go to White Castle- As I said in my Dodgeball review, I genuinely loathe low-brow humor, that said I don't mind "drug" humor, as long it is done properly (See Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas). The film's premise is funny enough, two stoners go on a late night quest to find a White Castle and of course they encounter many obstacles on their journey. I wanted to find this film funny, but aside from a few of its more inspired moments, I was annoyed. Yet another film to put into the section of comedies for the intellectually inept.
Overall score- 3.1 out of 10