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Movie Ratings and Reviews

L'année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad)
½

Be prepared. Not the usual film structure. The movie is hypnotic in a really cool way. I don't think that this movie is as hard to pin down as other reviewers have indicated. Great fodder for talking over pie and coffee at a diner afterward. Kubrick was heavily influenced by this film. Just watch The Shining after seeing this to understand that!

The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet)
½

A film that is comfortable in raising doubts. Goes where other movies are afraid to venture.

Star Trek
Star Trek(2009)

A blockbuster that delivers.

500 Days of Summer

A movie that dips its toe into some fantastical elements to depict a genuine relationship. Well done.

Julie & Julia
½

Two great actresses at work.

The Hurt Locker
½

Great character driven movie. Nice and tense. Very believable.

The Rocker
The Rocker(2008)

Dumb and funny. Just what I wanted.

Taken
Taken(2009)
½

This movie doesn't bother with subtleties. Good action. Brutal (but in a good way).

Watchmen
Watchmen(2009)

At times really good. At other times, the movie felt...dated. I know that it's supposed to be set in the past - but it isn't necessarily a good past to set the movie. Loved the opening sequence. Jackie Earle Haley was my favorite character by far.

I Love You, Man

Good - could have been a little better though. Please let there be more Paul Rudd movies.

Adventureland

Having grown up in the 80's - I can say that this movies was a lot of fun. I went to high school with a ton of "Lisa P.s". The movie made me laugh out loud at least a few times (and I was smiling for the rest of it). Good casting.

The Day the Earth Stood Still

More like two and a half stars. I still find it greatly amusing to think of Keanu playing an alien. Is this typecasting? The effects are really good. Don't think about the movie too hard.

Quantum of Solace
½

I want to rate this movie higher, but it is just a little too frantic for its own good. Having said that, the action is amazing in some instances. Holy cow - Olga Kurylenko is fine!

Australia
Australia(2008)
½

Go in and remove your cynicism. If you can watch movies from the 40's or 50's without criticizing the tone, you'll like this movie even more. More like three stars, but I'll give another half star to Baz. His effort and love for the movies is apparent. The movie could use a bit of editing. Production quality is very good. As a former history major, I appreciated the story.

Doubt
Doubt(2008)

Good movie that lets you appreciate it on the superficial or deeper level.

Milk
Milk(2008)

Sean Penn is great. This man doesn't just act on different ends of a spectrum. He has multiple universes of acting range.

Valkyrie
Valkyrie(2008)
½

Solid. Tom Cruise does nothing flashy, but he reminds us why he's been a star for so long. Big acting here wouldn't have been right anyway. Supporting cast is excellent. Interesting to see howclose it came.

Gran Torino
Gran Torino(2009)

Grumpy Clint = movie gold.

Slumdog Millionaire
½

I loved it. Exciting and compelling.

The Duchess
The Duchess(2008)

Could have been a little stronger.

Smart People
Smart People(2008)

Good comedy. Actually satisifes your brain at the same time!

The Dark Knight
½

Very satisfying. The Joker is in his most lucid state while behind bars. A good foil for his foe.

Shoot 'Em Up
Shoot 'Em Up(2007)

Funny, interesting and preposterous.

Captain from Castile
½

Almost 2 1/2 hours - but it's a fun, swashbuckler film that moves along at a nice pace.

Iron Man
Iron Man(2008)

Fun! I liked the chemistry between Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Three stars only out of respect for Harrison Ford. More The Mummy Returns than an Indiana Jones movie...

The Happening
½

Forgettable movie that should have been better.

Marie Antoinette

Yes - I know that Marie Antoinette did not wear Converse sneakers (and the movie is loose and fast with actual historical facts) - but this movie shows that history books don't always tell the story properly - she wasn't as heartless as people think.

Check out the PBS special (or the book) on her for other interesting details... You'd actually be surprised at how faithfully this movie follows events laid out in Antonia Fraser's book (i.e. Marie's original entrance into France). This movie is not just bubblegum. Check out the visual style. I was particularly impressed with the lighting in this movie.

As for the new wave 80's music - I loved it. (I was concerned about it - but the movie is more about mood/feeling rather than historical appropriateness.) You can tell that Sofia Coppola worshipped this music as she was growing up.

Ultimately - this is a film to love or hate. If you have no chance of getting past the fact that she was born into incredible luxury - skip this movie. If you are interested in watching an art movie (with a touch of bubblegum, granted) rather than historical non-fiction - then you might enjoy this.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Very (and consistently) funny!

Baby Mama
Baby Mama(2008)

I prefer my Tina Fey with a bit more sass (i.e. 30 Rock) - but there are some good moments in the movie.

Leatherheads
Leatherheads(2008)
½

A bit forced. Felt a bit as if George Clooney and John Krasinski would have been better love interests for each other!

The Bank Job
The Bank Job(2008)
½

1971 captured perfectly. A great vehicle for Jason Statham to showcase his charisma. Interesting movie - cat and mouse script with multiple cats!

The Other Boleyn Girl

If I didn't love period movies - I would have knocked my rating down by half a star. Could have been better. A movie about "the other Boleyn girl" should be about the other Boleyn girl (and I read the book)...

Vantage Point

B-Movie fun. Some time inconsistencies. Good actors making their bread & butter.

Becket
Becket(1964)

Two fantastic actor performances (Burton and O'Toole). Oh, that's right, John Gielgud isn't bad either! O'Toole humanizes the history books for us - and we're all the richer for it. Recommended!

El Cid
El Cid(1961)

A 60's look and feel (unfortunately) permeates this historical drama. But, c'mon - it's Charlton Heston in his earnest glory! Pretty impressive cinematography in regard to landscape shots. Amazing pre-CGI army shots... Worth a look for those who like a good period flic...

Run Lola Run
Run Lola Run(1999)

Frenetic, hypnotic, compelling. A convincing love story.

Michael Clayton

Good - but a bit over-hyped. George Clooney is fine here - but certainly not Best Actor material. Now that I've had a few weeks to reflect on this, I can say that the Tom Wilkinson character does not feel fully fleshed out. He is an "ideal" - and his arc feels a bit false to me.

Definitely, Maybe

Good actors. Fun to watch a 90's movie from a 2008 perspective. Dialogue didn't make me want to gag (which can be a frequent problem with romantic comedies). Ryan Reynolds excels in this type of role.

Cloverfield
Cloverfield(2008)

This movie was a blast. Yeah - character development revolves around the thinnest love triangle plot imagineable and a bon voyage party - but I didn't go see this movie for character development. I've heard some critics say that this movie is making a commentary about how many of today's generation feel the need to document/record every moment of their lives. I think that's a bit of a stretch. If anything, I think that is a side effect from the way that Matt Reeves/J.J.Abrams wanted to make this movie. Without giving too much away, you get more images of the "beast" than you might expect (so not very Blair Witch Project in that regard) and the military fight sequences are very immersive. You feel like you are in the fire fights. Put realism on hold and enjoy yourself!

There Will Be Blood

Totally immersive. Day-Lewis is great. Paul Dano is very good. This movie explores the depths of greed in the not-too-distant aftermath of the Wild West. Other themes include: Power & Religion (specifically - what rules the minds of men - and it does not have to be God) and Trust (mainly told in relation to Daniel and his family).

Out of the Past

Solid film noir- femme fatales and fedora-wearing tough guys. Dialogue is sharp and rapid - just the way that I like it. The plot will keep you on your toes.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
½

Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter are both excellent. Their singing gets the job done - not superb - but I didn't go for that. They make an excellent "undead" couple. Sacha Baron Cohen and his assistant were also good.

Juno
Juno(2007)

Terrific performance from Ellen Page. Could have been awful in hands of a lesser actress. Jason Bateman and Michael Cera do their understated humor thing (which is perfect). (Alas - I don't think that they had a scene together...) Juno is a nice little dramedy (80-90% comedy and 10-20% drama). Recommended!

Dangerous Liaisons

I'm not sure if John Malkovich could have been better than this!

Exotica
Exotica(1994)
½

This movie is not at all what you think it may be about. How's that for mysterious?

Raiders of the Lost Ark

I'm pretty sure that I wanted to be Indiana Jones when I grew up.

Boys and Girls

The script is horrifying!

The Prestige
The Prestige(2006)
½

Atmosphere is top notch.

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

THE inspiration for my love of movies. It seems cliche - but this is one of my favorites! And, yes, I can quote a LOT from this movie...

Memento
Memento(2000)

What price, happiness?