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The Hornet's Nest

Thank you, Mr. Boettcher, for you contributions to ensure that the memories of our brothers and sisters service and sacrifices are preserved.

Guys and Dolls

It is easy to see why this was the highest grossing movie of 1955. If only more movies had the kind of dialogue that was exchanged in the Mission, when Skye and The Seargent first meet. I would have preferred if the story wasn't interrupted by the two obligatory musical numbers at The Hot Box.


Obscene. Crude. Hilarious. But it isn't Cohen's Bruno that is funny as much as the people that he encounters in this altered reality plot. Parents in a portrait audition for their children who will say yes to anything. A pair of charity PR consultants who recommend "DURFAR" and think there is a "DARFIVE", or that making bracelets out of endangered species could be a charity PR idea. A National Guard, OCS Captain and Major who are obviously restraining their desire to beat Bruno senselss for his blatent disrespect and disregard for authority. Funnier than Borat, but if you are easily offended it won't be on your want to watch list.

The Rebel Set

This film has some high points but is ultimately a B movie, robbery gone bad, adventure. Check out the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version for an enhanced viewing experience.

Flash Gordon
Flash Gordon(1980)

So ridiculously bad you can't help enjoying it. It's dated, it's campy and it's fun to watch, and that is exactly how it was meant to be. Try it for the cast and, Queen, and the cinematic experience if for no other reason.

Donnie Darko
Donnie Darko(2001)

The intricate details of this story are so carefully placed and connected from point to point that watching this film repeated times will draw a clearer and clearer picture of this films perspective on the nature of choice, God, life and death, youth, and sacrifice. It seems to be the inspirations behind many films to follow (e.g. The Butterfly Effect, Final Destination).


It isn't hard to see why Phillip Seymour Hoffman won the Oscar for this role. He duplicates Truman's voice and mannerism exactly. The movie's pace is almost too slow, but watching how Capote uses a voice and nature that, on first impressions, seems odd; to ease people into sharing personal thought is intriguing. His four year journey to write "In Cold Blood" deeply affected him and it showed vividly in this film.

Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn

This almost seems as much a remake as a sequal. The technical aspects were improved and the humor factor increased. This movie definately fits in my "cheese" category, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. "Cheese" can be a lot of fun to watch.

The Evil Dead

Cheese: n. a low budget horror film that uses over the top story, makeup, and gore to entertain.
Evil Dead is one of the defining films of "cheese". It is entertaining to watch and can be as much of a comedy in the right atmosphere and with the right audience as it is a horror film. The low budget traits give the movie a rough look but are overcome by creative special effects and camera angles that showed the creativity and imagination of Sam Raimi and his crew.

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3)

The 3D looks greats. The story is as much fun and the previous two and has the emotional connection with the audience that the first film in the series had. Scrat is still the show stealer.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

A huge drop in quality and entertainment value from the first one. The pace is untempered the animation on some of the new robots is on par with the Scorpion King in The Mummy 2, The story jumps around in an incoherent mess and is stuffed with useless side bits that don't move the story forward. Instead they become distractions in a movie that is already over complicated by multiple story lines. I found myself checking my watch and in the end I didn't care what happened.

As You Like It

An excellent Shakespeare comedy. As usual no one does Shakespeare like Kenneth Branagh. Bryce Dallas Howards disguise as a man is extremely unconvincing but I got some good laughs out of this story.

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

The film moves fast without being an action movie. I could easily take the ride with the story to see where it went but in the end the relationship that was attempted between the characters did not build to the climax that was hoped for. The story leaves you mostly satisfied with the conclusion but nothing memorable beyond, "Is this what you thought would happen when you put your socks on this morning?"


Simple story with powerfull music. Shot to look like a student documentary, it creates an almost fairy tale story that most viewers can relate to.

Repo! The Genetic Opera

Beautifully complex twisted and engaging. With ingredients from Rocky Horror, Bladerunner, Fifth Element, and Phantom of the Opera it creates an otherworldly drama while keeping a feeling of realism and familiarity.

Bottle Rocket

Whiile mildly entertaining I bet it looked better on paper. These three un-friends come across more as clueless and spontaneous losers tnan dreamers.

The Darjeeling Limited

The conclusion feels a bit unsatisfying but the artistry in the film making is exceptional, and visually amazing.

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

Spectacular animation. The story does not give an effectively strong follow-up to the game it is sequalling.

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie

Easily funnier than most of thier episodes and a great way to get anyone hooked if they do not already know what this series is.

The Hangover
The Hangover(2009)

Hilarious and raunchy. The fun of watching this misfit trio trying to figure out what happened the night before and locate the missing bachelor is full of wild turns. I could also be retitled "Dude Where's My_________" [pants, tooth, baby mama, ring, friend, mind, car...]

My Cousin Vinny

Vinny has to be the smartest idiot I have ever seen Joe Pesci play. This movie was impressive in the writing nuances that lay out this serious of improbable events to actually be possible and believable. It's too bad we don't see as many intelligent comedies like this one any more.


The kids will love it. I liked it more when I thought Monty Python quotes through the whole movie.

Perfect Creature

A different take on vampire lore. Intuitive but not ground breaking.

Duck Soup
Duck Soup(1933)

The original Wayan's Brothers.


It's been a while since Disney produced a PG rated animated film. UP is a movie with heart and Pixar didn't pull any punches to soften the rating. The 3D adds an edge to the film and the story will draw you in from the start. Bring your cleanex if crying comes easy.

Dance Flick
Dance Flick(2009)

It is stupid, but for the first time in a long time there is a parody film that is actually funny.

Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian

Not as good as the first, but much faster paced. The writer did not take as much care to verify historical accuracies this time around either.


Wild, imaginative and fun to watch. Yes, it's subtitled...get over your literary phobias.

Pink Floyd - The Wall

Artistically ahead of its time. The complexity of the use of the multitude of art forms that go into this film add to its appeal. The fact that the story is told primarily by song and abstract images leaves the audience to think and reflect. Unnumberable interpretations could be made but of those I've heard expressed, appear to be a reflection of the viewers own inner struggles against the world around them.

Battle For Terra

The story isn't anything great but the animation and the use of 3D is spectacular. It's worth seeing for that alone.

X-Men Origins - Wolverine

Below expectations but a good set up for the X-Men movies to come. Despite the changes that differ from the Origins Comics they maintained continuity with the original trilogy.

Angels & Demons

If you like The DaVinci Code...this one is better.

Yes Man
Yes Man(2008)

It's a good laugh and a fun movie but not a repeat watcher that will endure much past the DVD release.

The Unborn
The Unborn(2009)

Better story than most of PG13 horror films but still relies entirely on eerie music, sudden sound affects and boo! tactics to create the scare factor.

The Last Dragon

Don't go into this movie with high expectations. It is a B rate martial arts film from the 80's. It is packed with 80's style cliche music, hair and costumes. With judgement reserved, regarding its very dated stylistic production, this movie is a lot of fun to watch. Each of the characters have simple motivations but are strengthened by minute nuances in the performances that make this movie a cult classic. Aside from William H. Macy, who has a brief role, none of the cast stayed in Hollywood after the 80's.

The Spirit
The Spirit(2008)

The Spirit is a good movie but not one that gives you the desire for repeat viewing. Although it was a well made film some of the characteristic that are rooted in its origin are also not well received. The film Noir style is thick as tar and not a style that is common today. The campy humor was overdone and not particularly funny. Both of these elements should be expected, since it is based on an early 20th century comic strip, but they still make for uncomfortable viewing. I think the problem may lie in that the movie doesn't seem to pull the audience into it's world. There is a lack of connection between The Spirit's fantastical city and today's audience.

Four Christmases

It has it's funny moments and some that just make you uncomfortable to watch. It is a typical love story with for less than typical families. This is a one time viewing experience for a few chuckles when you have nothing better to do.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas)

This movie draws you into some seldom experienced perspectives on WWII. The influence of propaganda on an ordinary German family and the innocents of an 8 year old boy being stripped away by the complexities of war. This movie is well made and the story telling is superb but it sets the audience back on their heels. A story like this has to have a tragic ending but the sense of it is escalated in an unexpected way and it has a significant impact on the audience. Some people may find the thematic material of this movie disturbing and heart wrenching. The story is sureal and holds your attention. When it was over I found myself conflicted by how much a loved the way the story was told and how dirty I felt after being so closely drawn into the experience.


A simple story about waring nations and a Romeo and Juliet romance. There are complex turns that may be beyond the understanding of young children. The animation is phenominal. The long cast list includes a few heavy hitters that you recognized the moment you hear their voice and a whole lot of has beens are are just as unimpressive as voices as they are as actors. Could have used a lot more Eric Idle and a lot less Chris Kattan. Sorry Chris, loved ya on SNL, don't care for you voice over inabilities.

The Day the Earth Stood Still

Miles from the original. Now instead of the "keep your conflicts in your own back yard" message we get The Inconvenient Truth. Keanu Reeves is an excellent choice for Klaatu, no matter what opinion you have of him as an actor. The cast as a whole was impressive. The design work for GORT was great. The problem is that the story tends to wane after the first 20 minutes. There never seems to be a direct conflict to perpetuate the story or excite the audience. Personally I liked the original much better and I felt that there was more of a connection to the characters and the message in the way it was written than in this updated rewrite.

The Day the Earth Stood Still

Considering what was available for visual affects at the time, what was created for this film was amazing. The desing for the space ships door and ramp was particularly impressive. This movie in intriguing and given that it was produced at the beginning of the Cold War probably had an influence on the whole of the theme. A must see for any serious movie watcher.

Punisher: War Zone

Over the top gore, lots of exploding heads and out of sync folley mixing. There are still enough amusing moments to keep a viewer entertained.


One of the best films of 2008.


A simple story woven with elaborate detail. The old fasioned style that feels like a blending of an old wester, a classic romance and a Zane Grey novel makes this 3 hour tale entertaining and exciting. The set designs carry an "Oklahoma!"-esque quality with an updated style that is spactacular to see. Hugh Jackman demonstrates why he is an Emmy Winning actor while Nicole Kidman showed once again that she should continue to work more with Baz Luhrmann. The supporting cast is no less impressive and in no way over-shadowed by the stars around them. Although this is not a "Red Curtain" film, it does carry some similar qualities. One is the perpetual theme that helps tell the story. In this case it was a blending of culture and style. It is characteristic of the story as both a romance and a war film. It is in the music mixing the classical melodies from The Wizard of Oz with Aboriginal songs. The cinematography blends the principle photography, green screen images and digital animation almost seamlessly into a feast for the eyes. The characters are all have an individual mix of double cultrures while being brought together through extraordinary circumstances.

Transporter 3

Action packed and fun to watch. This one is all about enjoying the action.


With Executive Producer John Lasseter at the helm Disney has been able to respark a defunk animation department. After 10 years of poorly received animated features, pulling from Pixars creative story telling pool has given us Meet the Robinsons and now Bolt. Despite the skilled animation and John Lasseters influence the movie itself comes short of classic statis and even loses the interest of the children before its over. The clever dialogue isn't quite clever enough, the emotional moments don't quite grip the crowd, and the characters never reach a personal connection with the audience. It's enjoyable enough but not for repeat viewings...and being in 3D doesn't make up the difference.

Role Models
Role Models(2008)

Laughed through the whole movie. The "smalls" really stole the show. and Jane Lynch was shockingly hilarious. Haven't seen her role this level of crazy since the 40 Year Old Virgin.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Fun and entertaining. The kids are going to love it. This movie also has the voice of Bernie Mac. Having this and Soul Men open on the day is a somber reminder of one of the great losses in Hollywood this year.


This is a fun movie. Although it has already been dated because of the rapid advance of technology the film was well thought and executed. Since the story didn't rely on any particular technology the story is able to stay the focus of the film and entertain even a critical audience.

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

As crude as it is funny. Kevin Smith will once again provide you with a film that you will both enjoy and find offensive. I'll never understand how he escape an NC-17 rating but an uncut DVD will probably be restricted to the adult films section.

The Haunting of Molly Hartley

Not a horror movie. It tries to be with BOO! tactics and intense music, but there is never any real danger. The movie doesn't even finish a complete thought. Every aspect of the story is left unanswered and there aren't even any clues for you to figure out what it means for yourself. Its like being told half of a story, that isn't even interesting.


Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen give excellent performances, which is no less than to be expected. The movie is entertaining with some memorable and quotable lines. In the end there is a lack of satisfaction. The character of Bragg just does not seem like a formidable threat without his gang of thugs, who are not present for the last half of the movie and Jeremy Irons portrayal of the character seems to be a reenactment of Daniel Day Lewis' oil tycoon in There Will Be Blood.

Kiss of the Dragon

One of Jet Li's best films. Luc Besson's vision from a writing and producing standpoint, coupled with one of the best fight coordinators in international film and a Chris Nahon's energetic, get behind the camera directing take what could have been just another fish-out-of-water action story and make it something truly entertaining.

Saw V
Saw V(2008)

Flashbacks, flashbacks, flashback...booooring.

High Fidelity

This movie reminded me that life should have a soundtrack.

Max Payne
Max Payne(2008)

At times it seems dismembered, there was a loss of consistent style from scene to scene. The movie was still entertaining. The story maintained a satisfying continuity. The musical score is what really propels the movie.

The Secret Life of Bees

A well told story that will require some to bring a supply of tissue. As an adaptation it felt like some of the more emotional and meaningful elements of the story did not transfer to the screen.

Beverly Hills Chihuahua

Another quick money maker for Disney. Lots of poorly done CG affects. The story is jumpy and full of ridiculousness that is almost believable for the sake of entertainment...until the chihuahau pose led my Montazuma rides in on a giant dust cloud for one of the many close rescues. The band of believability was destroyed.


A good movie, but did not wow me. The story is interesting but the movie lacked the emotional connection with the audience.

Dear God
Dear God(1996)

Yea, it's a feel good film. It is a lot of fun to watch and Tim Conway is priceless.

As Good as It Gets

The fantastic performances by this unlikely cast are what truly make this an enjoyable and unforgettable movie.

Eagle Eye
Eagle Eye(2008)

The fast pace and action will keep you entertained and excited throughout the movie but try not to pay any attention to the story. As the hidden agenda of the mysterious voice is revealed it begins to take a series of lame turns. In the end you find yourself in a plot that makes you feel like Die Hard, War Games and Get Smart got thrown in a blender, pumped with added energy, and this was the result. If you pay careful attention you will become aware of a number of events that are written in to prevent exposition but don't seem practical (i.e. Nobody puts their bank card in an atm, selects withdraw and then begs the machine to 'come on' like they hope to get lucky at the slots. If you want to know if there is money in your account...check the balance.) Annoying moments like this are added just to emphasize a plot point. In this case, he has no money. A big waste since the following scene is his landlord trying to collect payment.

A History of Violence

Although brief this movie has the best performance I have ever seen William Hurt give.

The Producers

A refreshing piece of classic comedy, an art that has been lost in recent years. It is one of the best of Mel Brook's early films.


After enjoying the classic films and the book. This very loose adaptation, while entertaining, strays too far from the classic story.

Lakeview Terrace

Here's a stinker. This movie feels like it runs on way too long. The previews give away most of the plot and I kept hoping there would be more about S. Jackson's dislike for the new neihbors than just thier inter-racial relationship; but that was all it was. It seemed to be trying for Training Day intensity but ended up with The Burbs rediculousness minus the comedy.


Igor was a lot of fun to watch. The biggest concern would be that most of the humor was over any kids head. With the adult nature of some of the humor that is probably a good thing. My son liked the movie but didn't understand most of it.

My Best Friend's Girl

My Best Friend's Girl was better than I had expected and one of Dane Cooks funniest films.


The story idea is intriguing. The audience reaction for first time viewers is priceless. The continuity is horrible.
The glass door is intact on Thurs and the daughter has no cuts...jump to Mon...jump to Fri and now the daughters face is bandaged but no idea why...jump to Tue and the daughter runs through the glass window, breaking it and ending up in the hospital for stitches. This is just 1 of the big continuity problems.

Burn After Reading

The Coen Brothers do well in the art of film making and write some enjoyable witty dialogue. The performances are outstanding. The series of %$#@&% up scenarios culminating in a pointless story just does not satisfy me. The Coen Brothers always have interesting story ideas but a few minutes into the movie it starts to fill like they are killing time and when its over it feels like they didn't realy have an idea how to end the story without killing nearly all the characters so that it can't continue. This is how they end most of their movies and it seems more like a way to cover for a lack of follow through and an inability to come up with a conclusion as interesting as their initial concept. It makes the endings abrupt, the story pointless. I find myself conflicted trying to decide whether the comic and shock moments and the performances made up the difference. They usually don't.


Nothing amazing about this espionage film. Nothing realy disappointing either. My biggest nit-pick has to be that the makers of this film have no idea what the FBI, CIA or NSA do.

Lost Boys: The Tribe

Horribly good. This is a B horror movie with a budget a.k.a. Gourmet Cheese. It is the kind of movie you enjoy for its ridiculousness and the lines from Edgar Frog that you can quote for years to come. Don't expect a cinematic wonder, just a few good laughs.

Death Race
Death Race(2008)

This movie is all about the action, and the action is fabulous. There's is just enough plot to give them reason to race and to want to try to kill each other. The result is an exciting 2 hour drive.

Cirque du Soleil DELIRIUM

As always Cirque Du Soleil has an entertaining quaility that keeps your attention fixed on the show, even when what you are seeing makes no sense. The stage design allowed a fluid transistion from performance to performance while lending another dimesion of visual euphoria. The music is well performed and spans a variety of styles. As is expected from Cirque Du Soleil, the acrobatics are unbelievable, the humor confusing, the story unclear, and the characters memorable. It won't appeal to everyone but it is an art form that must be tried more than once before you know if you like it or not.

Fight Club
Fight Club(1999)

Elegantly twisted.


Getting horror movies that aren't holding back so they can get a PG13 rating as become rare, and the makers of this film definately didn't hold back. This was actually interesting and intertaining. The plot development was strangly similar to the ring and seemed to lack emotional momentum.

Tropic Thunder

Incredibly funny with jaw dropping humor from the first line to the last. Robert Downey Jr. is so good that by the end you just want to see him do more.

10,000 B.C.
10,000 B.C.(2008)

This is Roland Emerich's least impressive films. The story is simple and well thought but in the end it just doesn't leave the memerable impressions that his previous films have.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

I think one word sums up this movie..."amusing". It isn't an amazing film but it is entertaining and fun to watch.

Charlie's Angels

Crispin Glover's performance was unexpectedly amazing. Bill Murray brought his usual high calibur comedy to the party. This film was otherwise a wasted effort. Nothing ruins action like being able to see the cables holding the actors. If you are an anti gun activist don't produce a movie where the iconic symbols of the show for which it is based features GUNS. Don't try to use fantasy world Matrix-like fighting stunts in what is supposed to be a real world story.