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Movie Ratings and Reviews

Hear My Song
Hear My Song(1991)
½

Quirky little British film starring Ned Beatty as a legendary Irish tenor contemplating returning to England after fleeing tax evasion charges decades earlier. Droll and amiable comedy for the most part, despite a jarring and completely gratuitous sex scene early on that seemed to belong to a different movie.

Pennies From Heaven

Bizarre movie...can't believe that I have not seen it until now. Steve Martin doesn't really work in his role...maybe because it is so close to The Jerk and seeing him opposite Bernadette Peters as a darker version of that movie's man-child is just too jarring. I did like the basic theme of sunny depression era songs contrasted with the squalor and vice of reality. Dancing was outstanding...especially Christopher Walken's perverse tap dance strip tease. Well worth watching, but definitely not "warm-hearted", as the Netflix sleeve described it (or "black and white" either).

Young Adult
Young Adult(2011)
½

Held off on seeing this because of the terrible trailer, but was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. Clever and insightful satire with a lot going on underneath the surface. Well worth seeing.

We Need to Talk About Kevin

Extremely unsettling story of a mother struggling to cope with her sociopathic son. It was more stylized and mannered than I had expected, but once I had adjusted my expectations appropriately it started to work on me. John C Reilly seemed miscast but Tilda Swinton was excellent, and Ezra Miller has to be the creepiest actor I've seen in quite awhile.

Brighton Rock

Interesting take on Graham Greene's classic novel noir. This version moves the story from the 1940s to the mid 1960s, placing all the murder, betrayal, suspense, and Catholic guilt in the midst of the Mod/Rocker violence that was depicted so well in the Who's album and film "Quadrophenia". Disconcerting at times (with all those army surplus coats and scooters I kept expecting to hear "Love, Reign O'er Me" in the background), but in the end it works, largely due to good performances all around. Engrossing story and beautiful to look at.

Secret Sunshine

Powerful movie about a South Korean woman's struggles with loss and faith. Starts slow, but draws you in. Do-yeon Jeon gives a shattering performance as a woman faced with a tragedy who accepts the condolence of faith, then rebels against the easy answers that she is expected to accept. Sort of like the "Anti-Shack", if you are familiar with that book.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Intelligent, well acted, believable, atmospheric (I would have sworn this movie was actually made in the 70s if i didn't know better). Wow. A little hard to follow at first, but if you pay attention it all starts to fit together after a half hour or so. So nice to see a movie that doesn't pander to the lowest common denominator, that actually asks the audience to put down their cell phones and use their brains. I suppose my enjoying this makes me "way to pretentious for your own good", in the words of one of the reviewers below. It is truly sad to see that intelligence has come to be a liability in our culture.

Higher Ground

Honest look at one women's spiritual journey. Nice to see a movie that deals with faith issues without reverting to cynicism or romanticism. A few times I was worried about where the movie might go...I was afraid we might end up in "Eat, Pray, Vomit" territory...but the story didn't settle into any of the obvious Hollywood clichťs. Great performances all around, and a very nice old timey Gospel soundtrack (thank God the church in the movie wasn't into "contemporary worship music")

Burn After Reading

"So what have we learned here?"

A very funny black comedy, in its own way just as bleak and unblinking as "No Country for Old Men"; just funnier.

In the Shadow of the Moon
½

Outstanding documentary on the Apollo era. Many gorgeous shots of the landings themselves (especially in blu-ray) plus clips from news broadcasts of the time the give a hint of how earth shaking the moon landings were. Elegant time capsule from a glorious period.

Agora
Agora(2010)
½

Engrossing movie about religious intolerance in late antiquity. Don't understand the mediocre reviews; this was an intelligent drama, well acted and beautifully shot. Worth watching just to see ancient Alexandria convincingly recreated on-screen.

Black Narcissus

A group of British nuns in a remote but picturesque Tibetan mission struggle with repression and temptation, and all in glorious technicolor. Some of the acting may seem a little overwrought by contemporary standards, but the portrayal of ascetics fighting to batten down the hatches of their desires in a sensuous and exotic environment ring true, even if the object of those desires, bare-chested and shorty shorts wearing David Farrar as Our Man in Tibet, provokes occasional inappropriate laughter.

Exporting Raymond
½

Interesting documentary about Everybody Loves Raymond producer Pil Rosenthal's efforts to export his sitcom to Russia. Occasionally amusing, but Rosenthal spends way too much time obviously mugging for the camera. I would have liked to see much more footage of the Russian Raymond, instead of the multitude of clips from the American version, and a more serious discussion of how cultural products survive border crossings.

Auto Focus
Auto Focus(2002)
½

Disturbing biopic on Bob Crane. I don't think I'll ever be ever to watch Hogan's Heroes again. Greg Kinnear in incredible here, maintaining Crane's utter cluelessness during his descent into madness. Willem Dafoe is his usual creepy self. Haunting. The dark twisted underside of the Playboy dream.

American Psycho
½

Have to think awhile about this one. Christian Bale gives a fantastic performance. Not sure about the screenplay; having lived through the eighties this seems more like someone's dream of the eighties rather than the real thing. The Reagan analogy in the last portion of the film rings false...Reagan was a clueless but not a psychopath. In the end a well made horror satire. Bale's blank faced odes to the worst of 80s pop are brilliant....the fact that they are surrounded by horrific violence either makes them more brilliant or makes them a useless distraction. Haven't decided which. Whether it works or not, a wickedly ambitious movie.

Captain America: The First Avenger
½

Good, but not quite great Marvel superhero film. Chris Evans is very good as the lead, the digital effects that make him the classic 90 pound weakling are convincing, Tommy Lee Jones has many great lines and knows how to deliver them, Hugo Weaving does a great Werner Herzog impression, and I loved how they worked in Iron Man's father into the plot. My only major complaint is in making Hydra the villains rather than Nazis. The Hydra uniforms looked a little silly and they behaved too much like generic minions; it was possible to forget the movie was set in WW2 at times. It would have been nice to have more of an Indiana Jones feel to it. The Red Skull's Asgaardian cube was also a little too much...with a weapon this powerful I'm a little confused as to how Cap and his Howlin' Commandos ended up winning. How does a "super-soldier" and a bunch of GIs (anachronistically diverse...I know, it's a superhero fantasy, but I would have liked to have seen more made of this) with machine guns wipe out an army of goons armed with Martian death rays? On the whole an enjoyable action movie, though, and worth seeing. Now the question is, will The Avengers be able to live up to all the hype it's created?

Another Year
Another Year(2010)
½

Mike Leigh's films aren't like most movies; there is no screenplay. He works with the actors to create the characters and then develops a story through improvisation. That's probably why his characters feel so real...you never feel like they are doing or saying things just to move the plot along. You're also not told how to feel about the characters, as you are in most movies. I started out feeling one way about the couple in the film, but by the end I was seeing them differently. Someone else might feel completely different about them...you are not hammered over the head with black and white judgements about the people in the movie. This is the kind of movie that you can think and talk about for days after.

The Tree of Life

People will argue over this one endlessly; there were people who booed when it was over in the theater i saw it in. The only thing that I will add is that I did not like The New World or Days of Heaven. Both seemed like a series of striking visual compositions in search of some sort of story (And Days of Heaven wasn't helped by the fact that Richard Gere looked like he walked into the depression straight from a 70s GQ shoot). In this movie Malick has a theme and a story that matches his oblique style. I've never seen the sensations of childhood better captured in any movie; and setting the story of one person's life within the context of the life of the universe is brilliant. At one point the father lectures the boys on the difference between subjective and objective...which the film demonstrates by this clever juxtaposition of the personal and the universal. Not for everybody, but I think the film's reputation will grow over the years.

Blue Valentine
½

Powerful study of a marriage doomed from the start (didn't help that their first date involved the song "You Always Hurt the One You Love"). Two likeable people who couldn't be worse for each other, played by top notch actors Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. One of those movies that stays with you.

Antigone
Antigone(1974)

Badly dated TV production from the early 70s. Not the original tragedy by Sophocles but a mid century rewrite by Jean Anouilh that positions the original struggle between Antigone and Creon in terms of French existentialism. Well worth watching, if you can disregard the low rent 70s vibe.

The Fighter
The Fighter(2010)
½

Pretty good. Melissa Leo earned her Oscar. Not so sure about Christian Bale...felt like he was "acting" a lot of the time, and Amy Adams made me think of a good girl actress trying on her first bad girl role; but overall not bad at all.

Morning Glory
½

Yechh...what a horrible movie. Rachel McAdams plays a silly "chick flick" heroine (she runs around with her hair flying every which way and stumbles because she's always is carrying too many bags but the wealthy dreamboat guy likes her because she's not like the other girls...) Harrsion Ford is kind of ok as the "Jane you ignorant slut" serious newscaster assigned to partner with Diane Keaton's trashy morning news clown. Immoral in that it accepts the trashy nature of morning news as a given.

Animal Kingdom

Gut wrenching crime drama from Australia that earned a best supporting actress nomination for Jacki Weaver. Well written, well acted movie with a cohesive thematic structure and a dark view of crime and punishment. Reminded me a lot of Sean Penn's "At Close Range", but even grittier in some ways. One of those movies that you think about for days.

Electric Shadows
½

Nostalgic, sweet, yet tragic story about how a woman, her daughter, and the boys and men in their lives are comforted by movies and buffeted by fate. Not exactly a Chinese "Cinema Paradisio", but similar in its love for film and its yearning for a lost innocence. Many reviewers have pointed out that the story rests upon a number of incredible coincidences; I think that this is intentional and is meant to echo the contrivances of the old movies the characters embrace. Well acted (especially the kids) well directed, and beautifully photographed.

La passione (The Passion)
½

Genial, entertaining movie. An Italian film director who has passed his prime gets trapped into producing a small town's traditional Passion play. He gets a lot of help from a reformed burglar who took drama classes in prison and a lot of frustration from his "Jesus", a scene chewing weatherman who fancies himself a method actor. It's not "Waiting for Guffman", but it is funny and even works in a few simple spiritual messages along the way.

Never Let Me Go

Can't say too much without creating a "spolier", although its not really that kind of film: it plays it hand early on. Basically a group of young people at an exclusive school learn that they are being raised for an unpleasant purpose. Not ...a suspense film like you might think, though...its not about trying to escape or outrage but rather the way in which people can be conditioned to accept anything, the way that society wants the benefits of technology but closes its eyes to the costs, the way that we all are in a pretty desperate situation but go on about our lives like we have all the time in the world. Beautifully shot, too. I know reviews on it have been mixed, but I loved it.

East of Eden
East of Eden(1955)
½

Nice vehicle for James Dean (kept thinking how much James Franco looks like him) but weak adaptation of the Steinbeck novel. I never believed I was watching a story set in turn of the century California; rather I felt like I was watching a early run through of "Rebel Without a Cause". Less about family history and generational sins, more about moody adolescents and domineering parents, along with an unnecessary love story between Cal and Abra. Some amazing hair on Aron, though. He looked like he walked in from an 1980s music video.

Baraka
Baraka(1993)

Tremendous movie, no dialogue, no narration, just gorgeous evocative images from around the world, demonstrating the fragility and beauty of our planet and the highs and lows of human existence. The title translates to "Blessing", and that's what it is. See it in blu-ray on the best system you have access to. Just an unforgettable spiritual experience.

Flipped
Flipped(2010)

I really wanted to like this movie: it had some good actors that I haven't seen in a while, a clever storytelling device (alternating between the boy and girls' perspective), and it seemed to be a family friendly movies that I could watch with the kids. Well, it was pretty innocuous and "family friendly", but everything else about it was just bad. The movie is set in the early sixties, but it is filled with anachronisms (did anybody use phrases like "visually challenged" then?). The melodrama seems predictable and forced (when a mentally disabled person is taken out for a fun trip to the ice cream parlor is it any surprise what happens? Could the sudden emotional outbursts in either family be any more cliched?) Anthony Edwards comes off especially bad, but there probably wasn't much he could do with such a one dimensional part. Even the "he said she said" device ends up being just a gimmick; a lot could have been done with this, showing how differently two people can perceive the same incident, but it is wasted. All in all this felt like a mediocre television program: the laughs are predictable, the emotions fake. Bad movies usually leave me angry, but this one just made me sad; a lot of talent and a clever premise squandered.

Blade Runner
Blade Runner(1982)

A movie that gets better every time you see it, maybe because it isn't about the admittedly weak plot; rather it's about the ethereal music by Vangelis (now in immersive lossless surround sound!), the gorgeous optical work by Douglas Trumball, the rain and the shadows. It looks less futuristic than it did in 1982 and more like a dismal alternative reality; less a sci fi noir and more a moody tone poem meditating on questions of identity and mortality. After almost thirty years, it still looks like it could have been made yesterday. A timeless classic.

Inception
Inception(2010)

Didn't like this as much on the second viewing. I still enjoyed the intricacies of the plot, the stylishness of the direction, and the planning of the heist, but the chasing about and the gunfire became tiresome this time around. It was more like an action movie within an action movie than a dream within a dream. It was all too commonplace, with none of the eerie strangeness that accompanies dreams. Even "limbo" was less than dreamlike...I was hoping for more of a Salvador Dali landscape in this timeless reservoir of the collective unconscious, but had to settle for a crumbling cityscape.

Letters to Juliet

Went into this with low expectations and they were met. Vanessa Redgrave was good but she was much better than the material. Amanda Seyfreid was ok but her eyes are so big its kind of creepy...she's like an anime girl come to life. Everything about the movie was unbelievable, but even as a fantasy its kind of strange: the thrust of the movie seems to be that the person you have kids with, build a life with, and grow old with is nothing special...your One True Love is someone you knew briefly as a teenager. I had the same problem with Titanic. Other than that there is nothing offensive about the movie, just silly fluff. Nice scenery.

Kinamand (Chinaman)
½

Funny yet tragic story about a plumber who loses his way after his wife leaves him, and how his relationship with the owner of the local Chinese restaurant changes everything. All around great movie.

Man Push Cart
½

Gritty little New York movie. Pakistani immigrant struggles to build a better life for himself by operating a breakfast cart. Intimate drama that feels like a documentary. Some of the performers are perhaps too amateurish, but overall gives a very authentic NYC vibe.

The Miracle Maker
½

My favorite "Jesus movie". Sticks closely to the Gospel stories, voice acting in excellent, claymation is well done, 2d animation of the parables is brilliant. The slick toga wearing Satan is a much more effective foil for Christ than the horror movie monster in Mel Gibson's "The Passion".

A Single Man
A Single Man(2009)

Well made, well written, and well acted. Collin Firth and Julianne Moore were outstanding (as usual). The only serious flaw was Nicholas Hoult's performance...didn't find him believable at all as the student Firth's character is attracted too.

This Sporting Life
½

Watched this after "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning". Both are gritty "kitchen sink" dramas set in bleak post-war northern Britain, and both feature Rachel Roberts as a troubled "love interest". This tiem around, the angry young man in Richard Harris and instead of a factory worker he plays a miner who uses his skill and ruthless determination to escape the pits and become a professional rugby player. Unfortunately he discovers that there is really no escape and the things he desires the most will always be denied him. Powerful film, and interesting role for Harris (who even sings, although not "MacArthur Park")

Saturday Night And Sunday Morning

Classic example of the British New Wave of the early '60s, complete with an angry young man and" kitchen sink" realism. In this case the angry young man is Albert Finney, whoup until now I had only seen as an angry old man. He plays a Nottingham factory worker frustrated over the bleak future he seems destined to surrender to. Well acted and directed, with a real sense of time and place.

Return of the Secaucus Seven

I think very highly of John Sayles and really wanted to like this, but I couldn't get past the the bad acting. The script was well written but most of the actors were painful to watch. Yes, it is much more authentic and heartfelt than the Big Chill, but I still can't recommend it.

The American
The American(2010)

I really liked this movie and don't understand why it got such mixed reviews. I guess it might seem slow to people used to Jason Bourne movies, but I thought it was an old fashioned nuanced thriller that understood how to create atmosphere and tension. Good performances, gorgeous cinematography, beautiful understated score. The screenplay is literate and reminiscent of Graham Greene's thrillers with their emphasis on sin and redemption. More than a few clichés along the way, but that's just part of the genre.

Solitary Man
Solitary Man(2010)

Good performance by Michael Douglas in a predictable comedy/drama. Douglas is great at playing a sleazy creep, but the movie refuses to do anything interesting with the character. He chases women, rips off customers, suffers for his sins, maybe finds redemption. Danny DeVito shows up as a virtuous "little guy" to reassure the audience that us working stiffs really are better off than the rich and the glamorous. Silly explanation for Douglas' behavior that undercuts whatever value the film might have had as a character study in order to buy some sympathy from the audience. A waste of time and talent.

Bound for Glory
½

Beautifully photographed and acted biography of the legendary Woody Gutherie. Some of the orchestral background music is cheesy, and some of the characters seem to be more types than real people (especially Randy Quaid's farmworker and the wealthy woman Gutherie dallies with), but overall a leisurely, textured motion picture that reminds you just how great the 70s were when it comes to film. David Carradine is outstanding, it is sad that he seems to have lost his way after this and Kung Fu.

Synecdoche, New York

Difficult to grasp, but absorbing and effective. I need to see this again to sort through it, but unlike the dreadful Benjamin Button, this really is about time, aging, and loss. A true original vision.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

A few good scenes here and there, but mostly a cliche ridden retread of Forrest Gump and Titanic. The screenplay throws out almost all of Fitzgerald's story, which in and of itself isn't always a crime, but it replaces F. Scott's meditation on fleeting youth in reverse with a syrupy mix of recycled Gumpisms. The movie acts like it has some important theme but in the end it isn't about anything. The low point is a brothel scene where the basic rules that the story has put in place (Benjamin doesn't just appear old, his body _is_ old) are cast aside in search of a cheap laugh. Depressing, but not because of the story; depressing because it shows how little respect Hollywood has for its audience.

Son of Rambow

Never as good as I wanted it to be, but not bad. Two boys, one a juvenile delinquent, the other a fundamentalist who is not allowed to watch movies, team up to make their own version of 'Rambo'. Interesting to see a movie featuring the Plymouth Brethern, the little known British sect that is responsible for giving the world the theology of premillenial dispensationalism.

A Face in the Crowd

Eerily reminiscent of recent history. Andy Griffith plays a power hungry guitar pickin‚?? man of the people. Worth seeing just to witness another side of ‚??Sheriff Taylor‚??. Made in the late 50s, but I found myself thinking of Joe the Plumber, Sarah Palin, and Rush Limbaugh, plus Jesse Jackson and Peggy Noonan‚??s open mike gaffes, Obama (quote from the movie: ‚??people always want to hear about ‚??change‚?? and ‚??cleaning up the mess in Washington‚??‚??.), even David Letterman‚??s strategy of mocking his sponsors to endear himself to his audience. It‚??s even creepy how Griffith is a good ol‚?? boy from Arkansas who can‚??t keep his eyes off the ladies. Directed by the great Elia Kazan, who did ‚??On the Waterfront‚??, ‚??Streetcar Named Desire‚??, and a lot of classic stage work. This was Griffith‚??s first role on the big screen, a year before ‚??No Time for Sergeants‚?? and three years before his stint in Mayberry. Also stars Patricia Neal and features Walter Matthau very early in his career as the requisite ‚??smart guy on the sidelines‚??.

Dracula Has Risen From the Grave

Watched this for Halloween...it used to be on "Shock Theater" all the time when I was a kid. Held up pretty well. Christopher Lee will always be Dracula to me.

Xanadu
Xanadu(1980)

Finally saw this after 28 years....so bad its good. You have to love a movie that pits the pop culture of the 40s against the pop culture of the 80s....in 1980! And that has the nerve to steal a comic bit from "Harvey". An entertaining train wreck of a movie; even better if you've seen the excellent Broadway spoof. Gene Kelly remains a class act though, even in the midst of all this pungent roller disco cheese.

Baby Mama
Baby Mama(2008)

A good ninety minute SNL skit.

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

Outstanding little film noir. Sydney Lumet has been around a long time, but shows that he can direct in a hyperkinetic, achronological style as well as any recent film school graduate.

The Mist
The Mist(2007)

One of the best adaptations of a Stephen King story that I've seen. I haven't read anything by him in many years, but I remember this story as one of his better ones, and Frank Darabont gets to the heart of it. The things in the mist are scary but in the end ordinary everyday people are scarier. Everybody talks about the ending, and rightfully so. Darabont makes up for the cheap feel good ending that he tacked on to "Shawshank Redemption" by giving "The Mist" a twist that is one of the most devastating final scenes that I've seen. The acting is pretty solid, the monsters are a mixed bag, some scary, some fake looking. Marcia Gay Harden turns in a showstopping performance as the crazy Mrs. Carmody who believes that the things in the mist are agents of divine retribution (and she's right that the bug things look like the demon locust out of the Book of Revelation). Everyone has always thought she was a nut, but now with the world falling apart people are starting to listen to her. She plays the role in such a way that you see this affirmation emboldening and energizing her. Toby Jones also stands out as the pudgy supermarket clerk who turns out to be an unlikely hero.

The Dark Knight

Didn't quite live up to the hype...how could it? Too long, the whole batman glowing eyes sonar thing sequence could have been dispensed with, and Batman's voice is silly, he sounds like a kid trying out for a hardcore band. Also, while Maggie Gyllenhaal is a big improvement over Katie Holmes, she's hard to take serious in a movie like this; her default expression is ironic amusement. I had trouble believing that she believed that any of this was real. Also the mob bosses were ridiculous stereotypes (yes, I know, this is a superhero movie, but this series has set a higher standard for itself than most, so it should be judged accordingly).

On the other hand, I respect what they did with the Rachel character; they had the guts to do what the Spiderman movie team wouldn't do. Heath Ledger was just as good as everyone has been saying; I don't know how they will ever replace him. This is a very different Joker than Jack Nicholson's; really a different character entirely. He's not just evil and crazy; there is a clear logic behind what he does The story was great, just too much of it at the end, the Harvey Dent character arc was intriguing, but I actually felt that there wasn't enough of it. All in all a great time at the movies, though.

Iron Man
Iron Man(2008)

One of the better Marvel superhero movies. Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow really bring this thing to life.

Juno
Juno(2007)

I was surprised how good this was. Every time I though that it was going to do the obvious "movie thing", or worse, the obvious "indie thing", it went a different direction. I wouldn't listen to the music on its own but it fit the film perfectly.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
½

I like it when a film maker like Tim Burton isn't afraid to stamp their personality all over a project; the Burtonish touches were my favorite part of this movie...I also liked the story and the performances. I didn't care for the music, however. Many people who really know music think Sondheim is a genius, so maybe the problem is with me. I was in a production of A Little Night Music years ago and I had the same feelings about that score. The music in this movie wasn't horrible, and I did enjoy watching it; I just think that the subject matter would have benefited from a score that was a little less tasteful and a little more brash...then again, maybe the contrast between all the gore and the sedate melodies was the point of the whole thing. Just didn't work for me.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Don‚??t know what to think. I was really looking forward to this and I might watch it again, just to see if I missed something. Also two and a half hours but felt longer. Confusing, maybe too artful for its own good. Casey Afflaeck gives a great performance and deserved his Osacr nomination; I kept thinking, is he acting, or is he like this in real life, and if so, how do people stand him?. Brad Pitt was ok, but he just seemd to be channelling things from his other roles: sad, seen it all face from Interview with a Vampire, crazy ranting from 12 Monkeys, etc. Last 45 minutes were really good though, and the cinematography is incredible. Maybe it just needed to be shorter and more focused.

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!

Not bad. Great visuals, really captures the Dr. Seuss world. Jim Carrey is not as bad as Horton as I feared, but he still slips in too much mugging, impersonations, and pop culture references. There‚??s some more of that slipped thoughout the movie, and even when its funny, as in the Anime bit, it just doesn‚??t belong in something I think of as a classic story. Carol Burnett was very good as the uptight Kangaroo; where has she been? I really, really, really hated the song at the end‚?¶who‚??s idea was that? All that aside, it was enjoyable, and my kids liked it a lot.

Into the Wild

Just saw ‚??Into the Wild‚?? and was pleasantly surprised. I knew the basic story of Christopher McCandless, at least the last part of it, so I thought this would be two hours and a half hours of man vs. wilderness. There was a lot more to the story than that. I also thought it might be a bit of a downer‚?¶not at all. It was moving, inspiring, and in the end very spiritual. If you were bummed out by No Country for Old Men this may cure some of that. Not much violence other than a brief scene of someone being beaten‚?¶well no human violence, but if you were a moose you might think of this as a slasher film. Anyway, I really loved this film.

Enchanted
Enchanted(2007)

Amy Adams really makes this, she has the Disney Princess demeanor down pat, yet when she starts to adjust to the real world and experience heartache you see it in her eyes. The dashing prince and his oafish underling are also great, although I don‚??t know who played them. And Susan Sarandon acts like she‚??s wanted to play a Disney villain her whole life. Great little movie. I loved the Central Park musical number.

Once Upon a Time in the West

Drags a little in the middle, but the first half hour and the last half hour contain some of the best western scenes of all time.

300
300(2007)

Once I caught on that this was not supposed to be a naturalistic account of the famed battle of Thermopylae I was able to enjoy the techno wolves giant metrosexual Xerses, the fat man/crab monster, etc. Entertaining, although I'd like to see a serious movie about the topic someday.

Beowulf
Beowulf(2007)

I would have liked to see a more faithful adaptation; I especially didn't like all the silly acrobatics in the Beowulf Grendel match-up. Also the Christian bashing was a little annoying - there is a Pagan-Christian tension underlying the orginal work, but here the screenwriter just seeemed to be scoring points. 3-D and graphics were terrfic, a great fun house ride.

The Fountain
The Fountain(2006)

I'm not sure if I understood this, but I liked it a lot. Several intertwining stories set in the past present and future. Great eye candy above all.