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Movie Ratings and Reviews

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
½

Good, but not great. The plot's much like the previous in the sequel: somewhat steeped in the fantastic, and as such, to be expected. Its biggest downfall is that some sequences require just a little too much upon viewers' flexible imaginations.

The Bucket List

Well acted, well produced, and very predictable. If you've seen the previews, you've essentially seen the whole movie.

Fool's Gold
Fool's Gold(2008)
½

I for some reason get a kick out of a lot of Matthew Broderick's movies, and this was no exception. Goofy and a little ridiculous, I enjoyed this more than I'd expected.

National Treasure: Book of Secrets
½

Good, cheesy fun and not much more.

Hot Fuzz
Hot Fuzz(2007)
½

Clever and altogether pretty decent, although you really have to wait until the end for the payoff. Overall not as much fun as 'Shaun of the Dead'.

300
300(2007)
½

Total, wicked, extreme pulp fiction.

Transformers
Transformers(2007)
½

Larger-than-life villains, simple plot lines, corny jokes, and a heck of a lot of action are all well in abundance here. There aren't any subtle Pixar-esque attempts to amuse the parents in the audience, but that's hardly a fault. As a loud, flashy, action-packed comic book adaptation, Transformers succeeds exceptionally well.

The Simpsons Movie
½

Supremely satisfying. Feels like a superbly-written, extended-length TV episode with fresh jokes, snappy pace (for a cartoon), and a classic Simpsons storyline. No grand revelations or developments that might merit the big-screen treatment, but altogether well produced and put together. Lots of fun!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Wow. This is a wonderful movie. The casting, acting, and sets are all stupendous; the special effects -- especially for the big fight scene -- are spectacular, and perhaps most impressive of all, the dark opressive mood of the book is conveyed flawlessly throughout the entire film. Wonderful.

Pan's Labyrinth
½

Absolutely beautiful fantasy seamlessly entwined in a dark wartime family tragedy. This is definitely not a children's movie.

Sicko
Sicko(2007)
½

If you don't like Michael Moore, you probably won't enjoy this movie - it's his usual blend of documentary-style storytelling chock full of slightly exaggerated, considerably edited examples to drive his point home (case in point - claims, through interviews, that Canadians hardly ever wait more than an hour in ERs - most Canadians know this to be sharply exaggerated). That said, this is at the same time the least offensive, least in-your-face of his 'documentaries' -- which, not coincidentally, makes it the most effective. And furthermore, by focusing not on the poor and uninsured, but rather the average, middle-class, insured family, Moore's message will most likely resonate with a much wider, and hopefully more receptive, audience than he has in the past.

Maxed Out
Maxed Out(2006)
½

Well edited and cleanly put together, if not for a moderate lack of substance. Shocking not only for the stories of personal bankruptcies and some unsettling examples of credit companies' predatory practices, but for the staggering extent of the (US) federal debt. Unfortunately, there is almost no focus at all on solutions, at either the personal or federal level -- something which, if present, would have made this documentary really stand out.

Stranger Than Fiction
½

Pretty clever and enjoyable, with interesting, engaging, and well-acted characters. Somewhat slow-paced, but more a result of the genre than a flaw in its direction. Overall recommended, so long as you're not in a hurry.

Blood Diamond

I was a little distracted by Leo's accent at first, but after incidentally hearing a 'real' South African on the radio the next week, realized how well he'd actually done. Otherwise, simultaneously intense and disturbing, and very well put-together. Wraps up quite nicely. Definitely worthwhile.

Notes on a Scandal
½

Once getting over the initial shock of realizing what the movie was all about (I hadn't read the synopsis beforehand), I had to admit that this was a very well-written and well-acted movie. But I'd call it nothing more than a one-timer for me -- I wouldn't be interested in seeing it again.

Bon Cop, Bad Cop
½

Extremely (and almost surprisingly) well-produced, with wickedly funny stereotypical jokes that are without a doubt funny only to those who live in areas close enough to have actually seen this in theatres.

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
½

Horribly awkward, and at times completely disgusting, altogether pretty enjoyable, assuming you're in a partially brain-dead state of mind.

Inside Man
Inside Man(2006)

Clever and well-scripted bank heist story with some interesting time-shifting thrown in near the end. Perhaps a little too much left to the imagination at the end, but definitely worth the time to sit down and enjoy!

Over the Hedge
½

Cute fun. Not nearly as enjoyable as Shrek, but worth seeing nevertheless.

The Matador
The Matador(2006)

Meh. I didn't really know how it was going to end until, well, it ended. But that said, I wasn't really trying hard to figure it out. Feel free to read the paper or a magazine while you're watching this...

The Pink Panther

Yes, it's silly; yes, it's ridiculous; and yes, it's totally, completely low-ball. But if that's all you're expecting -- and really, given that it's Steve Martin playing Inspector Clouseau, what more would you expect? -- then it's actually quite enjoyable!

Waiting
Waiting(2005)
½

Constant chuckles. Don't watch it if you're easily offended - obviously.

Superman Returns
½

The story itself was a little bit lacking; I barely remember what it was that Lex was up to and why it was really important to the movie even now. However, that said, everything else was brilliant and virtually flawless - casting, set design, direction, acting. Were it only a more intiguing story, this movie would be one of the best.

Oldboy
Oldboy(2005)

A sick, twisted and brutal story told with flair and brilliant intrigue. The acting was excellent, the scenes were beautifully set up, and the dialogue was sickly effective. Quite the trip.

Hero
Hero(2004)

A grim story, beautifully told. Setting, costumes, music, choreography - all directed with wonderfully evident passion.

Lord of War
Lord of War(2005)
½

An intelligent, well-executed look at the personalities involved in the global arms trade, with an ending that is at once vile, surprising and entirely believeable. Definitely worth watching.

Doogal
Doogal(2006)

Incredible animation; incredibly tired story and dialogue. Ironic clichés can be funny, but an endless barrage of dreadfully obvious, overused and ironic clichés aren't. Even the big name voice actors - half of which were terribly miscast - couldn't save the movie. It's too bad, because - as I mentioned - the animation was spectacular.

Munich
Munich(2005)
½

Beautifully shot; a fast-paced and highly intense 3 hours. Potential historical controversies aside, this is a spectacularily told story. Spielberg at his absolute best.

Hoodwinked
Hoodwinked(2005)

Supremely and enthusiastically bipolar - but yet, I couldn't stop from thinking that if I were to write anything that even closely resembled a movie, this is probably what it would look like - and as such, I quite enjoyed it.

Syriana
Syriana(2005)
½

Excellent cinematography that, unfortunately, has far too little pace to maintain intrigue.

Love Actually

I daresay that this is about as realistic and believeable as a Hollywood romance will ever be. And for that very reason, I love it.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Pure, ridiculous, comic genius.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Peter Jackson is a genius; this movie transcends the pages of the already-spectacular best of the three in the series. A beautifully-excecuted conclusion. Awesome in every sense of the word.

Amélie
Amélie(2001)

Cute, charming and wholly absorbing. Beautifully rich environment. Absolutely spectacular filmmaking.

Memento
Memento(2000)

Extremely novel concept flawlessly delivered. Snappy dialogue and clever as sin. The movie's non-linear storyline is more intriguing each time you watch it. Very high replay value; definitely one of my all-time favourites.

Crash
Crash(2004)

Brilliantly realistic and touching. Endlessly clever plot twists tied with profound yet simple messages. A -must- see.

Just Like Heaven
½

Fun & cute, and not overdone. Jon Heder pops up a only few times essentially as Napolean Dynamite with a different hair cut, but actually fits in quite well with the story. Worth watching on a rainy night!

The Matrix
The Matrix(1999)

Groundbreaking and brilliant. A total mind trip. One of my definite all-time favourites!

The Matrix Reloaded
½

Not a bad movie, but not nearly as great as the first - at least as far as I can remember. Maybe I should watch it again.

Meet the Fockers

I should probably try watching this again in different company. Something tells me I might find it funny next time around. I just felt too awkward (which I guess is the point) and cheesed out when I saw it the first time.

Mission: Impossible III

To my surprise, people in the theatre laughed in ridicule when Ethan's wife resucitated him after an electric shock to the head, thinking I guess that it was just too far-fetched. But I mean really -- it's mission: impossible! Sure, it's ridiculous... but that's what makes it so much fun! Definitely the best of the three.

The Day After Tomorrow
½

I think this movie gets bonus points in my head simply because the theatre I saw it in lost power halfway through the movie due to gale-forced winds and a tornado warning. I had to go back another day to see the end!

Home Alone
Home Alone(1990)
½

It's ridiculous, but I've seen this one more than most movies out there. I was, and still am, in love with this movie.

Sahara
Sahara(2005)
½

This was actually quite a bit of fun!

The Da Vinci Code

Much better than the negative reviews made me expect of it; it's quite understandable that for a book of such detail and length that elements would have to be cut for the film version. My only dislike was how very explicitly everything was shown and explained - there was virtually no mental detective work required to watch and understand this movie - compared to, say, The Bourne Identity.

Austin Powers in Goldmember
½

I loved the opening sequence (with all of the cameos)... but I thought Goldmember (the villain, that is) was pretty awful.

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
½

It was fun, but not as appealing as episodes 4-6.

A Charlie Brown Christmas
½

More than anything, I love the music!