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The Matador
The Matador(2006)
½

Haven't reviewed anything on here since last June.

The only movie I have seen thus far in 2006 is The Matador. The only other movie I have seen was a rental of Enemy at the Gates.

The Matador:

Quality movie, fun, inventive. Best random scene in a movie in a long time. Pierce, after a drunken night walks through the hotel only in a bathing suit and boots. Walks out to the pool, takes boots off, and drops into the water. Very funny, very random.

Enemy at the Gates:

I wanted to see this movie when it came out a few years ago. The trailer caught my eye, with the stop motion war action a kin to the Matrix. Watching the movie, however, shows no such scenes. Those kinds of shots would have been good to have.
The movie itself is decent. Good war movie, with great action. It may not have made the list of movies I'd see again, but it made me wantto learn more about the russian involvement in WWII. I was fascinated (if actually true) with Krushev's involvement. I compare every war movie I see to Patton. While impossible to have every actor learn Russian and subtitle the entire thing, I liked that the Germans in Patton were all speaking German. The movie loses a slight bit of reality to me when Jude Law plays a russian with a english-russian accent.

Enemy at the Gates
½

Haven't reviewed anything on here since last June.

The only movie I have seen thus far in 2006 is The Matador. The only other movie I have seen was a rental of Enemy at the Gates.

The Matador:

Quality movie, fun, inventive. Best random scene in a movie in a long time. Pierce, after a drunken night walks through the hotel only in a bathing suit and boots. Walks out to the pool, takes boots off, and drops into the water. Very funny, very random.

Enemy at the Gates:

I wanted to see this movie when it came out a few years ago. The trailer caught my eye, with the stop motion war action a kin to the Matrix. Watching the movie, however, shows no such scenes. Those kinds of shots would have been good to have.
The movie itself is decent. Good war movie, with great action. It may not have made the list of movies I'd see again, but it made me wantto learn more about the russian involvement in WWII. I was fascinated (if actually true) with Krushev's involvement. I compare every war movie I see to Patton. While impossible to have every actor learn Russian and subtitle the entire thing, I liked that the Germans in Patton were all speaking German. The movie loses a slight bit of reality to me when Jude Law plays a russian with a english-russian accent.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith
½

:)

I liked this movie because it is silly. It is fun, with good action. Many critics seem to think its formulaic. Well, yes, but so many movie are these days since there have been so many movies made to begin with. Similarities must exist somewhere. A film like Major League is formulaic, but its also highly entertaining, which Mr. and Mrs. Smith is definately. I'm sure the DVD extras will be great for this film.

The minivan chase is great not only for action, but also for making fun of them. Minivan jokes always work for me. Vince V. adds good humor, but he is overshadowed by Pitt and Jolie in the humor category. The movie has a heavy Ocean's 11 type feel, partly because of Pitt, but mostly because of the one line jokes that pepper both movies. Although straight out of movie making formula, its always fun to see the hot woman working with high-tech equipment and other professional hot women, while the man goes on instinct, and has a band of rag-tag helpers and informants.

Batman Begins
½

:fresh:

Batman Begins was really loud. I saw it in a THX certified theater, first time I have been in one. I didn't realize it until I left the theater. THose were some loud bats.

First, it is good that they went back to resurrect Batman from the absolutely abhorrent Schumaker (spelling?) films. There is a reason he is the Dark Knight. He needs to be dark, and so do the movies.

Soundtrack is excellent, especially the constant pulsing beat that they play. I thought it was a bit choppy, with many cuts matching nolan's style. However, some cuts seemed weird, such as one that divides katie holmes reacting to a cop and a bridge raising up. Random scenes such as Wayne driving two girls around town seemed out of place. Bale's fakey deep voice while batman was odd, as well.

Scarecrow was good, morgan freeman was good, caine was good. I thought Holmes was a bit weak. I still son't like the "batmobile", if you can call it a batmobile, but the chase was excellent.

Keaton Nicholson Batman is still my top Batman flick, but I'd watch this one again.

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
½

:rolleyes:

Sith finishes off the three digitally dominated creations from George Lucas. It is the best of the three, easily, but cannot touch the originals with a 1138 foot lightsaber. The lines are still bad, the love story still boring. I mean, how many times do you chuckle during the original movies, when you are just bored during the new ones.

Action, however, is great. Best to just sit back and watch, and not get involved with the dialogue at all. R2 kicks ass. Anakin turns to evil. The Jedi fall.

The trouble with each of these first three movies is centers on the fallacy of explanation. We really don't need to see how Anakin is discovered, grows, and turns. We just need to understand that Darth is evil, Luke is good, and lets make a movie. The same fallacy creeps into The Matrix trilogy, trying to explain something, or ground in reality, a history we just don't need explained. The upcoming movie, Batman Begins, gets into the origins of Batman. Do we need that? It may work given that its the history of one human, and not a history of a saga set a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. I'd rather know that there's a Batman, and he's going to kick Jack Nicholson's ass.

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
½

:fresh:

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room is the best Documentary that I have seen in years. I have to go back to Roger and Me to compare it. Scathing look at the insiders of Enron. Despite its news reel feel, it is very educational and entertaining. Would have liked to see more focus on the absolute downfall of the common Enron worker, but much can be said whenever you use a classic Simpsons reference. A must see film, if you can find it. It will win the Oscar in 2006.