5.27.2006

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

I think I could only watch this movie about once every five years. It's a musical, although more operatic, because everything is sung. And it's all in French. So it's not like Broadway musical that you think of when someone says musical. The music itself feels like what you would expect to hear in a French cafe on the streets of Paris. It felt slightly inappropriate at times, but for the most part it was ok. The acting was second-had to the singing and the story line in this. But I was impressed with it nonetheless. The story is good too. It starts out with a girl and a boy hopelessly in love. She's 17, he's 20, and hasn't served his military term yet. So when he gets drafted he goes away for two years. Just before he leaves, she and her mother get 'rescued' by a jewel dealer who is involved in other ways later in the story, which I won't say, but is rather obvious.

It's a sad story, and a little depressing, but still enjoyable, on a once every 5 years basis.

Brokeback Yoga

I was just updating my Random Movie Review Blog and I had just seen Brokeback Mountain. Of course, I keep an Index of the movies I've reviewed, and alphabetically, Brokeback Mountain comes right before Bubble Boy which somehow amuses me to no end. Jake Gyllenhaal sure has come a long way in his acting career...



I went to Yoga this morning and the girl who normally teaches the class is out, I guess for Memorial Day weekend, and there was another girl teaching. And I think she probably normally teaches an upper level course, because there was no way that was a beginner's class. I have very little balance. I'm weak, not toned, and lack musculature. Hence, why I started doing Yoga. However, I cannot do the upper level stuff. It's hard!! I used to think that yoga was easy and for sissies, and it's so completely not. Yoga is extremely difficult. Today was the 3rd class I've done at this place and I'm going to continue going because I completely love it. I'm extremely sore afterward, but I love it. I'm more flexible than I should be for the amount of muscles I have, so some of the moves are very difficult due to that because I can't support myself in odd positions. I can get into them, but I can't hold them, and that's the challenge....



Question of the Day: What kind of exercise do you do? (Guilt trip time!)

Brokeback Mountain

I'm kinda blah over this movie. I have to say first off that it's beautiful and wondefully written and all that other jazz, but I think it's trying to be a little too poetic. Ang Lee is a really fabulous director and his stuff is poetic and beautiful, but I think for this particular story, he may not have been the best choice. I think this story needed to be a little more accessible and reachable. The main character, Ennis, was essentially blocked from audiences by the way it was wound. Something about the movie put me on edge. The story made me cry and the acting was incredible, but in all honesty, I'm glad Crash won for Best Picture because I enjoyed it much more.

Great story, fabulous acting, but still somehow inaccessible to us mortals.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

I love this movie. I think I've decided it's my second favorite. Usual Suspects is still my favorite, but Eternal Sunshine is freaking amazing. The imagery, the emotion, the despair, the whole thing is just sooo good. Kate Winslet is completely unexpectedly amazing in this. She seems somewhat straight-laced in some of her other work (I still haven't seen Heavenly Creatures), so this was somewhat of a surprise to me, but she's completely believeable as a quirky, impulsive, messed-up chick. Jim Carey played opposite of normal too. He's normally completely outlandish and big character actor, but in this he's really subdued in a really wonderful way. I loved it.

Easily one of my all-time favorite movies...

5.21.2006

The Da Vinci Code

We saw this tonight, and it was good. I was a little disappointed though because it followed the book almost exactly. Tom Hanks never fully won me over as Robert Langdon. The character is rather Vanilla (as Jess calls him), so he didn't really have a chance to shine. The only real challenge in the role was to pull off being really smart, and claustrophobic, and those aren't challenges for Tom Hanks. The problem is, I can't think of anyone better in the role. The rest of the cast however was fantastic. Audrey Tatou was amazing, as usual, and Alfred Molina was solid, though his role was rather small. Paul Bettany's role was grusome but wonderful as a psychotic, fanatic albino. And Jean Reno was perfect for the hard French Cop. They changed very little, but wht they did chaged didn't need to, and they should have changed different things. They took out the love theme at the end which I really don't understand. It was in the book, it makes sense for the characters, and yet they take it out. It's not logical when so much of the time Hollywood adds illogical love to storylines. Some of the edits were choppy as well, I felt like we were waiting for lines a few times, and it could have been remedied easily with a slightly quicker edit.

Overall I liked it. It was watchable. It wasn't amazing, and it wasn't worth a repeat, but watchable. Definitely good if you're too lazy to read the book.

5.20.2006

Memoirs of a Geisha

I enjoyed this movie. I know a lot of people didn't because they had read the book, and the book is amazing and all of that. But I haven't read it. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. I feel the end was a little too wrapped up neatly in a bow, but that's the way the story goes, it's not been altered for audiences or changed to suit marketing or whatever. I think the acting in it was simply amazing. I was fully absorbed in the characters. They are not simply 2-dimensional pieces of paper, they are real women and men trying to make it through their lives. The main character has a rival who is bitter, petty and tries to basically destroy her, but she's not completely unfounded. There are reasons for her hatred and malcontent. The movie is based in a small area, mostly inside a particular house, or in a few other buildings, but it's so rich, and when they do go outside, it's very beautiful. The detail is all there. I can see why it won oscars for art and costumes and cinematography. It was wonderfully done.

A wonderful movie if you haven't read the book, but apparently doesn't even live up to the book.

5.16.2006

O

Yep, just "O." It's the movie based on Shakespeare's Othello, with Julia Stiles and Josh Hartnett and Mekhi Phifer. It's actually very very good, and rather true to Shakespeare. Well, as true as it can be for being set in a modern day high school. Julia Stiles is a very talented young actress, but from what I'm seeing of her work, she's geting a bit typecast. She's playing a lot of the same part over and over again, which a pity, because she's got quite a bit of talent. I love Josh Hartnett. He's brilliant in this as Hugo, the scheming son of the basketball coach who sets everything in motion. Mekhi Phifer is really wonderful as well. You believe in him, and feel bad for him. I completely cried for him and for Desi at the end.

Once again the old Bard proves his relevance and canny in all periods. He's completely brilliant, and the story shines through. I can see why this version was so controversial though (drugs, steroids, guns, death, sex, rape, basketball, high school, etc.).

Monsoon Wedding

I really enjoyed this movie once I got past the language thing. They keep switching back and forth between Hindi and English, which I found very confusing (probably because I had to switch betweeen eyes & ears when I was somewhat tired). So I turned on the subtitles, and it made a lot more sense. I could just read all the words and not have to think about it as much. The movie itself is set in India just as monsoon season is beginning and a family is getting ready for a wedding. Different people have different worries. Some people are falling in love, some people are keeping secrets, others tell secrets.

It's all very well told, and nicely done. I really enjoyed it. Of course, being set in India, it's very colorful, which doesn't hurt either.

5.13.2006

Socially Retarded

I think I've come to the conclusion that I'm socially retarded. I cannot relate to people my own age. It's completely freaking me out. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I'm an only child, and then my dad is 73. I've always been closest to my mother, rather than anyone my own age. I keep thinking that once I get to high school it'll change. Once I get into College, I'll be able to socialize more. Once I get out on my own, I'll be able to relate to people. Oops, there went all of those ideas. I don't keep up with music the way people my age do. The music I do listen to, is mostly enjoyed by people who smoke pot or sleep around. Most of the chicks are kinda slutty and/or skanky. And I don't say this to be derogatory, I just don't understand. I've never really been able to fully relate to anyone. I think that's where my love of travel comes in. Because I like discovering new people and looking for people who are so different from myself maybe I'll be able to relate to them on that level. I don't know.



Last night there was a going away party for Paul. I'll post the pictures as soon as I find the cable for my camera. It was a ton of fun except I kept feeling like people were watching & judging me. And then some huge guy came up to me, twice. The first time was while we were on the dance floor and he tried to dance with me but I just kind of pushed him away. The second time, we had migrated into the back room of the club/place we were in, and I was dancing, and he came up behind me said, "Now that's what I'm talking about," and grabbed my butt. I told him to back off, and he said, "Do you mind?" And I said "Yes, I mind." He finally backed off after one of the guys I was with came to my rescue at that point. Of course, I was so rattled at being groped that I couldn't dance for another 10 minutes...



Question of the Day: Have you ever been groped on the dance floor?

The Ringer

Very funny, very cute movie. You can really tell though that they toned some of the jokes in it down to suit the guys over at the Special Olympics though. I think it's hysterical that this movie was sponsored or suported by the Special Olymics, it's fantastic. But the jokes could have been way more out there, a lot more tasteless, and all of that. I still found the movie to be very funny. The whole reason they try to fix the Special Olymics is because Steve (Johnny Knoxville) is sent to fire the janitor, Stavi, but he can't actuallly do it. So instead he offer Stavi a better job mowing his lawn. Stavi manages to have an accident and Steve must dish out a massive amount of money for surgery.

The whole scheme was a little hare-braned, but the outcome all for the better. The jokes are silly but amusing, and I do love Johnny Knoxville. So it all works out in the end. A solidly silly & fun movie.

The Squid & The Whale

I saw this movie the other night (I was too tired afterward to write about it), and all I can really say is that it is very odd. It's all about this family and how the parents get seperated and what happens to them. It starts out very normal looking, but the father is a writer and constantly spouting what most people know to be bullshit about books and life and other people. The only person who believes what he says is his older son who takes everything that comes out of his father's mouth as God's Gospel Truth, and then proceeds to repeat it whenever possible. Since his father is a writer he takes the older man's opinions on book reports and whatnot rather than actually reading the books, and when someone actually wants to discuss a book with him the results are somewhat uncomfortable. There are other things going on as well with the younger brother and the tennis pro and the mom, but I wouldn't want to spoil the whole thing for you, would I?

The whole movie is very odd because the acting is incredible and entirely believable, but the script is somewhat twisted. You keep thinking can they actually be like that? Does that happen?

5.10.2006

Bride & Prejudice

No I did not mispell that. It is with a 'B.' It's the Bollywood version. It's actually really cute. Aishwarya Rai plays the lead and she is so completely gorgeous, and such a wonderful actress, that you can't help but love her. I can completely see why she is India's most popular/highest paid actress. This was a very cute movie. There singing and dancing which was probably unnecessary, but it was really fun.

Generally a good movie, not amazing, but pretty fun.

5.07.2006

Fight Club

Great movie. Brad Pitt and Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter. Meatloaf! Bob has bitch tits. This movie is such a cult hit and it came out when I was at school in Massachusetts. I saw it on DVD in a friend's dorm, and loved it then. It's one of the few DVDs that I actually own. There are twists in it that you just don't expect. The music is great. The few special effects are really, really good. I've actually got the book as well and I really like it. There are some differences, of course ("I haven't been f*cked like that since grade school." Versus "I want to have your abortion."), but it's still fabulous.

You are not your f*cking kahkis.

Bubble Boy

So, I laughed really hard watching this movie. Fabio? Bright and Shiny? Dr. Phreak? Pappy & Pippy? Wildfire? The pledge of Allegiance? Ice Cream & Curry? Come on the jokes are fantastic! It was an incredibly stupid, silly movie, but it was fun.

Everyone Loves Ice Cream.

Chicago

Another really fun movie. I think the best two songs are Queen Latifah's song about being good to mama, and then the Cell Block Tango. Those two songs are so much fun, you almost can't help singing along to them. Same with the opening song, All That Jazz. I put this movie in the other day just because I was making chili, wanted noise in the background, and kinda wanted to sing along. I don't have the soundtrack, so I threw in the movie. It's a lot of fun...

Very easy to sing along to. Give 'em the old razzle dazzle....

Moulin Rouge

Ok, what can I say? I've been on a Ewan McGregor kick lately....

This is a fun movie. They take songs from the 80s & early 90s and turn them into songs in a dance hall in 1899. It's really funny to see guys in penguin suits singing a song by Nirvana as part of a can-can thing. It does end sad, but it tells you that at the begnning of the movie, so I feel no guilt in telling you that. I've actually cried watching that movie 3 of the 4 times I've watched it. (2 of the 3?) I own the DVD, someone bought it for me.

Very romantic, a lot of fun, sad ending. If you're prone to tears in movies, make sure you've got tissues nearby.

5.06.2006

The Island

Ok, since I just did a Ewan McGregor film, I'll do another one. I liked this movie. I didn't say I loved it, but I did like it. They needed a little more dialoge variation, and a few less witticisms. Toward the end of the movie they were yelling "Run!" a lot and it seemed to be the go-to line. Then there were some lines that I really could have done without, you can't be that witty when people are trying to kill you. I'm sorry, it just doesn't happen.

All of that aside, the concept was fun and the action great, and of course I love Ewan McGregor (it really is a pity he's married).

Pillow Talk

Rock Hudson & Doris Day.

This movie is one of the best. Similar to Down with Love in that there's some assuming of another identity, this movie was one of the prime sources for material for that movie. The fact that I love this movie so much probably explains why I love that one.

"You are my inspiration, Doris...."

Down With Love

Don't ask me why I love this movie so much, I just do. It's all wanting to be in the 60s and it's got Ewan McGregor in it and Renee Zelweger and Tony Randall. Plus they sing at the end, and tell women to eat lots of chocolate. And there's a scene with the split screen that's hysterical....

I love this movie for some reason. I'm female, beyond that, don't ask....

Tristan & Isolde

I was thoroughly surprised at this movie. We've had it for over a week, and it's just one of those movies that we had to be in the right frme of mind for. It's a 2 hour sad-ending love story set in the middle ages. It's quite a lot to prepare yourself for. But once we finally sat down and watched it, I was pleasantly surprised. The fight scenes were really good, and the casting was surprisingly good as well. James Franco is a much better actor than I gave him credit for (though I still haven't seen the James Dean Biopic that he did). And the people were completely credible as end of the roman empire beginning of the Dark ages people. No one had obviosly had plastic surgery. I think the girl who played Isolde had too obviously plucked her eyebrows, but all that hair made up for it. But the plot wasn't boring at all either. The characters do things a little stupidly, but that opinion is all based on today's standards. Back then he would have had to make the choice between her and his duties to his lord/king/father-person. The best shot though is when he's leaving Ireland and they're putting the boat out to sea and she turns to go back to shore and obviously thinks something like, "Oh, that's cold!" as she gets hit by a wave.

All-in-all a very good movie and very beautifully shot. Great fights, tasteful sex, I loved it.

The Usual Suspects

Ok, I have to admit, this is my all-time favorite movie. Every time I watch it I see something new. And it does have a twist, much in the way of the Sixth Sense, so I can't tell you too much about it, but like the Sixth Sense, it's perfect. There's no mistakes. It's told in a completely different way, so it kinda has to be.

This is the first DVD I ever bought (well, I bought this, Casablanca and the DVD player in one trip). I can't say enough good things about this movie.

Wagons East

This is one of the few DVDs I own. I think I got it out of the $5 bin at WalMart and it was worth every dime. It was John Candy's last movie and you can almost tell because he doesn't look so good in several scenes, but I'm not sure if that was just really good make-up and costumes, etc. This movie was completely hysterical. I love the fact that there are so many modern references in it with the Old West (a cappuccino machine, the arguing with the kids, the 'Don't make me turn this wagon around!') It's so funny. I know a lot of people don't like it, but you have to really enjoy the punny jokes and the little things that people just don't like as much anymore.

A really funny movie in a silly way. You have to be open to the little things.

You've Got Mail

This is another movie I love. It's Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks re-united, and they're so completely cute together. And this time she's not stalking him. This one is actually a re-telling of an old movie called The Shop Around the Corner and there was another one that had the same plat that I can't remember the title of (because I haven't seen it). But that one is really cute too. I love that they're rivals and pen pals and it's just so completely cute and wonderful.

Something human and romantic in the AOL era.

Sleepless In Seattle

Do I really have to review this one for you? I mean come on! It's one of the classic/modern romances. It's wonderful. It's kinda silly, but it's totally cute and wonderful. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are totally wonderful together. When they're in their 60, I want to see them so something else together where they've lost spouses or something and find each other, and it will still be wonderful, and everyone who watched Sleepless and You've Got Mail will flock to it and love it.

A complete classic, you can't help but love it.

Misery

So, I came across "Misery" randomly on TV. I had heard of it because it's the movie that apparently made Kathy Bates' career, so I figured I'd watch it, "What the heck?" (I should tell you I really don't do well with horror movies.) At any rate, this movie has burned certain images into my brain for all time. If you've seen it, you probably know exactly which ones I'm talking about: the ones they should have edited on daytime TV. It's unbelievably freaky, because Annie (Bates) seems so normal until it gets into the movie. It's completely well acted on all sides.

The casting is amazing, and I was horrified enough to never want to sit through it again. (I know that sounds funny: "It was fabulous, but I never want to see it again!" But I don't do gruesome well....)

Just Like Heaven

OK, so the plot was a cute concept, but this totally lacked something in execution. There were some completely cheesy bits and the whole concept was entirely improbable. It's like a dedication to Teri Schiavo or something in hopes that she would wake up and fall in love. It was cute, but not good. Definitely a fluffy movie. I love Reese Witherspoon, she is perpetually cute. And she's one of those really determined cute's so she's completely believable as a doctor with no social life.

Very cute movie, but need editing to make it somewhat less cheesy & more believable.

ps I LOVE the alternate ending.

5.04.2006

Cars

So I officially have to start looking into buying a car. Which totally sucks because I really don't know the first thing about car shopping. Max gave me this thing that he wrote about car shopping and buying and it's very informative, but it doesn't help me make any decisions. I have to decide what I want, how much I can spend, how much insurance will be and all of that. I'm hoping that my dad will help me out with the money thing, but it's doubtful, they totally have to pay for windows after the last hurricane still. I'm looking at the Scion xA, as my first choice I think. I'd totally love to get a Mini Cooper, but that's way out of my price range. I can't wait until they come out with a hybrid Mini. Those things will sell insanely, but BMW has yet to do any hybrids. Only Toyota and Honda have them I think, and Lexus has one, but that's owned by Toyota....



At any rate, I'm looking at the xA or the new Honda Fit. There's a few others, but I really like the Toyota name. They require far less maintenance than other cars. The only problem is that the xA's that I've found used are only like $2k less than the new ones. And at that price, I may as well get a new one and be able to get financing through my bank, have cheaper insurance and have a better warranty. I'll also have fewer repairs right away. So my life will be far easier for only like $2 grand more. I think that might be worth it in the long run. The car is only like $13.5 grand, plus any extras I might want. It's like another $800 or something if I want the automatic, but I think I want to learn how to drive a stick, that'll be fun (plus it's cheaper).



The thing with my current vehicle is that it's huge. It's a 1995 Oldsmobile Ciera or something like that, and it's like 3 feet longer than the VW I learned to drive on. So parallel parking is always an adventure (although I'm definitely getting better at it). But I just had to have the brakes fixed because they were groaning every time I came to a stop. What was apparently happening is that the brake fluid was leaking onto the brake shoes and causing the noise. it was only happening on one wheel really badly and just starting to happen on another wheel so the mechanic cleaned it all out and replaced the part that was causing the leak. I thought it would cost me upwards of $300 to fix, but it was $130. I was very pleased. He also said however that the motor mount was starting to sag and that is a very expensive repair (like $500 or more). So I'll trade it in while I can still get decent money on it, and get something new. The other advantage to buying new is that I can get more for my trade on new vs. used. (Or is it the other way around? I can't remember...)



Well, I'm getting tired, and I think this should be the end of my tirade about cars....



Question of the Day: What color are your socks?

Sliding Doors

I officially really love this movie. I was totally crying a little at the end, but that's ok, I'm a chick. The girlfriend was a totaly bitch, but you still gotta love her for having the balls to go after the man she wants (although for the life of me, I can't see why she wants him). I really like the idea that this is based on. That something really small can alther the path your life takes, but the final result is still the same. It's really well done too. It only got hard to follow in a few places and the hair change made it really easy, and it was totally believable.

I really enjoyed it, and I'm officially a Gwynneth Paltrow fan. She rocks, even doing the British accent...

5.03.2006

Questions

So, I've been noticing that no one posts comments or answers my questions at the end of my blog... It's really annoying because I want to know who is reading my blog and what you guys think of it and thatyou guys have input! I don't want to just monologue here! I want a damn conversation!! Or something like that anyway....



So, we finally got internet access at home last weekend, which is completly amazing. I can finally go back to being my ultimate dorkiness and posting to my blog daily. (Insert laughs here.) I also started another blog: Random Movie Reviews. We don't get cable, but we do subscribe to the 4-at-a-time Netflix. So I decided to start reviewing them all. I've seen sooooo many movies, and I'll eventually do them all, but it'll take time. And who knows, maybe you'll see something that you might enjoy!



Jessica is looking at my various blogs and it's highly amusing because she's looking at the time when I was just meeting her and was so excited to have a female friend, and she was saying that it sounds so dorky but she was the same way. I think we're going to be good roommates for the next year, if either one of us can get up the motivation to do the dishes...



So there was an earthquake in the South Pacific today/tomorrow, depending on where you are and how you look at it. It was pretty big too. It was like an 8.0 on the Richter scale which is like one of the biggest ever recorded or something. They're saying that except I know that the one that I went through in San Francisco in 1989 was an 8.6. I was much further south of it and we still had a tsunami in the swimming pool (we're lucky that it didn't crack). We also lost a TV, a bottle or two of alcohol, and a bowl of homemade chicken broth that sloshed out of it's bowl...



Hurricanes are more fun to go through because it's longer and you can actually see it, but there's so much tension and lead-up and stress. Earthquakes are just wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am! and it's over. And for both, you really have the same amount of damamge, the same amount of aftermath, just more stress with hurricanes. Although hurricanes are more frequent now with global warming....



Question of the Day: Which would you rather go through, an earthquake or a hurricane?

The Jackal

So I completely love that Bruce Willis plays the bad guy in this. He and I have the same birthday, so i think it's fabulous when he does something different. This movie is great though. It's got action and a couple explosions and Richard Gere with an Irish accent. I love that you root for the bad guy (after all it IS Bruce Willis) until he meets up with the good guys. Because the bad guy can't just get killed off by other bad guys early in the movie. Then the good guys would spend the next hour looking for him and have no idea what happened.

Ok, so I'm totally fishing here, it's not really a good movie, but again, if you suspend disbelief, and just completely love all of the disguises that Bruce Willis uses, it's a great movie...

D.E.B.S.

Ok, So this movie was really bad. But if you go into it knowing that it was horrible, and embrace the cheese, it's really a great movie. There's a spy test hidden in the SAT and some girl got a perfect score and she's really a lesbian but she's lying to herself, and it's really cute, and cheesy.

It's an awful movie, but if you embrace the awfulness, it's really fantastic.

5.02.2006

Proof

I enjoyed this movie. Jessica said she didn't like it because she had seen the play and that was so much beter, but plays and books are always different from a movie, they always change things because they have different resources different abilities. Anyway, I'm not sure Ms. Paltrow was believable as a math geek. I was totally into Jake Gyllenhal, but Gwynneth it too sexy for that role I think. Anthony Hopkins was fantastic as ever, and the woman who played the sister was perfectly cast: I hated her. She was so perfect for that role, she was superficial and vain and trying to get her sister to use special shampoo and go shopping when their father has just died, it's completely awful and I know people who would be like that.

Very good, but you have to at least have liked math in high school.

Waking Life

Very Odd movie. Richard Linklater, so that partially explains it, but it's done much the same way that the upcoming A Scanner Darkly is with the filmed in Live Action and then animated. But this one is all about a boy/teenager who is constantly dreaimng about having these philosophical conversations with people. THere are conversations about life and dreams and all sorts of stuff. A lot of it went over my head, and then a lot of it that I understood (or thought I did at the time) made me feel waaay smarter than I am. It's a movie to watch if you're into philosophy and existentialism, or if you want to learn in a more creative format. It doens't explain things to you, just tells you about them.

It's a movie you can walk away from either feeling a whole lot smarter, or a whole lot stupider.

Boys Don't Cry

This was an incredibly hard movie to watch. However since it won so many awards and had so many great reviews, I had to watch it. It was painful. Hillary Swank is an incredible actress, she's very one-note, but she can play that one note better than most people can play whole songs. The movie was incredible though, it's fairly long and very hard to watch, but it's definitely something that's worth seeing at some point. There are a few scenes toward the end that are disturbing to say the least, and I don't want to say more than that. If you know anything about the story of the real Teena Brandon, then you know how horrible it was. I knew it was coming and still didn't want to watch, but my eyes were glued to the screen.

Verdict: A must see one time, but would be hard to sit through more than that.

American Splendor

This is another one I love. Something about how the intersperse the standard narrative with actual interviews and voiceovers with the real Harvey Pekar made it so good. It completely made me want to pick up his comics. I love the way they got married ("I think we should just skip the whole courtship thing and just get married."). I love the way they got their kid (too weird). I think it's so odd, and slightly off-kilter that it's completely wonderful. It's another one of those voyuer movies that let you peek into someone else's life and see what they do and how they live; especially since this person is actually narrating and still alive, not some famous dead musician....

Final Verdict: off-kilter and completely enjoyable. I love that he was a file clerk forever!

The Prince & The Show Girl

Ok this is Marilyn Monroe & Lawrence Olivier: Can't miss, right? Eh. That's right, I said 'eh.' It's not a bad movie, it's just not a great wonderful Marilyn Monroe movie, like we all know and love. Some of my favorite movies have Marilyn Monroe, but this one, not so much. Her character spend very nearly the entire movie in the same dress and for apparently no good reason. Plus she isn't consistent. She's not smart, in fact in some ways she's downright dumb, playing up certain things, but in other ways, she is surprisingly intelligent (she speaks German?). And then Olivier's character is completely brash and almost mean and set in his ways, and somehow manages to fall for her at the last minute. It seems like a great movie, but the execution is slightly off somehow.

Final Verdict: Not quite up to normal par.

Everything is Illuminated

I loved this movie, and I'm not sure I could tell you why. It almost confronts some hard subjects in the Holocaust and all of that, without going all Schindler's List on you. It gets a little hard at one or two points, but overall it's got some beautiful moments to it. It doesn't really end happily, and yet you're left with this feeling that everything is as it should be. The poster for the movie has sunflowers and such all over it, and that image in the movie is associated with a character that is amazing.

I really can't describe it anymore than to say that it's a "feel-good post-Holocaust" movie. That sounds so odd, but it's true.

Roshomon

So for those of you who haven't heard of it, Roshomon is a Japanese flick that's from the 50s. It tells the story of a rape and a murder from several different points of view. It sounds like a really cool concept, except some of the characters were really annoying, which I think had a lot to do with the culture barrier. There was also the fact that it's in black and white (it probably would have been amazing in color), and of course in another language. So the movie had a lot of hurdles. It was still rather good. I don't want to say it was incredible or amazing or anything like that. it wasn't hard to watch because even though it was about Rape and what-not, it was made in more prudish times so it wasn't like the scene in Boys Don't Cry where you're cringing and thinking, "Just make it stop!"

In the end I think it's one of those movies where you're really glad you saw it, but you wouldn't necessarily sit through it a second or third time.

Inventory

This post is a listing of what I own. If you're interested, you can get an idea of what I buy. Otherwise, It's yet another way to link to the reviews. I have not reviewed them all. And of course they are sorted by format, in a vague alphabetical sense.

DVDs
300
Accepted
Amelie
The Aristocrats
Avenue Montaigne
Bad Education
The Baxter
A Beautiful Mind
Broken Flowers
Cache
Caddyshack
Casablanca
Casino Royale
Catch and Release
Chicago
Closer
Conversations with Other Women
Crank
D.E.B.S.
The Devil Wears Prada
Donnie Darko
Down with Love
Driven
Elizabeth
The Emperors New Groove
The Fifth Element
Fight Club
Firefly: The Complete Series --Since it's not a movie, I'm not going to review it, but since it's the only TV series that I own, that should tell you something.
Footloose
Four Weddings and A Funeral
French Kiss
Gosford Park
Happy Feet
His Girl Friday
The Holiday
Howl's Moving Castle
The Ice Harvest
In Her Shoes
An Inconvenient Truth
Indiana Jones Boxed Set:
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark,
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
The Italian Job
Jarhead
K-Pax
Kinky Boots
Kung Fu Hustle
Layer Cake
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
Little Miss Sunshine
The Lord of the the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Extended Edition
The Lord of the the Rings: The Two Towers, Extended Edition
The Lord of the the Rings: The Return of the King, Extended Edition
Lucky # Slevin
Match Point
Memento
Moulin Rouge
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Mrs. Henderson Presents
Murderball
My Fair Lady
My Man Godfrey
Nine Months
On A Clear Day
Peaceful Warrior
Pride & Prejudice
The Punisher
The Ring (it was a gift)
Rings
The Saint
Say Anything
Scarface
Seabiscuit
Secretary
Serenity --(that I have the movie shows how much I like the series)
Stranger than Fiction
Suicide Kings
Tsotsi
Untamed Heart
Usual Suspects
Volver
Wagons East!
The War of the Roses
Where the Truth Lies
Working Girl

VHS
The Big Sleep
The Big Tease
Charlotte Gray
Dead Poet's Society
Holiday Affair
Interview with the Vampire
The Jackal
Key Largo
The Matrix
Sleepless in Seattle
Sleeping Beauty
You've Got Mail

Laser Discs (Yeah, that's right, those things that look like LP's)
8 1/2
The Adventure of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
An American in Paris
Apocalypse Now
Around the World in 80 Days
The Birdcage
Braveheart
Bram Stoker's Dracula
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Chasing Amy
Clueless
Dangerous Liasons
Die Hard
Die Hard 2
Die Hard with a Vengance
Fantasia
Fargo
The Full Monty
Get Shorty
The Goonies
How to Marry a Millionaire
The Hunt for Red October
A League of Their Own
Lethal Weapon 3
Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua Para Chocolate)
The Lion King
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
New York Stories
Ninotchka
North by Northwest
The Piano
The Princess Bride
The Professional
Pulp Fiction
Raging Bull
William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet
Schindler's List
The Shawshank Redemption
Some Like It Hot (x2) don't ask
South Pacific
A Streetcar Named Desire
Sunset Boulevard
Tin Cup
Top Gun
Victor/Victoria
West Side Story
When Harry Met Sally

Index

A complete Index of the movies reviewed. Click on any of the individual titles to go to that review, or click the letter at any heading to see all the reviews in that Letter.


#
2046
300
3:10 to Yuma
The Fifth Element
Four Weddings and A Funeral
8 Women

A
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
After the Wedding
All About My Mother
Amelie
American History X
American Splendor
L'Auberge Espagnole

B
Bad Taste
Bad Education
Batman Begins
Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
Bend it Like Beckham
Boys Don't Cry
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Bride & Prejudice
Brokeback Mountain
Bubble Boy
But I'm a Cheerleader

C
Caché
Casablanca
Casino Royale
Charade
Chicago
Closer
Clueless
Coffee and Cigarettes
Copying Beethoven
The Count of Monte Cristo
Crank

D
The Da Vinci Code
Danny Deckchair
Date Movie
Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round
D.E.B.S.
Delicatessen
The Devil Wears Prada
Die Hard
Die Hard 2: Die Harder
Die Hard: With a Vengance
Die Hard 4 (yeah, I know it goes elsewhere, but I wanted them all together)
Donnie Darko
Down With Love

E
The Emperor's New Groove
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Everything Is Illuminated

F
Fight Club
Footloose
The Full Monty

G
Garden State
Get Shorty
Ghost World
Gray Matters
Grindhouse

H
Happy Endings
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
Heavenly Creatures
Hero
High Spirits
The Holiday
Hostage
How I Met My Boyfriend's Dead Fiancee
How to Marry a Millionaire
Howl's Moving Castle
The Hunt for Red October

I
The I Inside
I Married a Witch
Idiocracy
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
In the Mood For Love
An Inconvenient Truth
Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones: Temple of Doom
Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade
The Island
The Italian Job
Italian for Beginners

J
The Jackal
Just Like Heaven

K
The Kid Stays in the Picture
King Kong
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Kung Fu Hustle

L
A League of Their Own
The Libertine
Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua Para Chocolate)
Live Free or Die Hard
Love Me If You Dare
Love's Labor's Lost

M
Man on Fire
Maybe Baby
Memoirs of a Geisha
The Minus Man
MirrorMask
Misery
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Monsoon Wedding
Mostly Martha
Moulin Rouge
Much Ado About Nothing
My Man Godfrey

N
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Noises Off!

O
O
On a Clear Day
Orlando

P
The Painted Veil
Pan's Labyrinth
Paris, Je t'Aime
The Passenger
Peaceful Warrior
The Pianist
The Pillow Book
Pillow Talk
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Plan 9 From Outer Space
Il Postino
A Prairie Home Companion
Pride & Prejudice
Primal Fear
Prime
The Prince & The Showgirl
The Princess Bride
Princess Mononoke
Proof
Puccini for Beginners

Q
The Queen

R
Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical
Reefer Madness: Tell Your Children!
The Ringer
Rory O'Shea Was Here
Roshomon
Run Lola Run

S
Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic
Saved!
Saving Grace
Scoop
Shopgirl
Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants
Sleeping Beauty
Sleepless in Seattle
Secretary
The Shawshank Redemption
Sliding Doors
Snatch
Snow Cake
Some Like it Hot
Spider-man 3
Spirited Away
The Squid & The Whale
Stander
Swimming with Sharks
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One

T
Talk to Her
They All Laughed
Tin Cup
Transformers
Tristan & Isolde
Twister

U
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
The Usual Suspects

V
Valley of the Dolls
Volver

W
Waitress
Wagons East
Waking Life
War of the Roses
Wet, Hot, American Summer
What's Up Doc?
When Harry Met Sally

X
X-Men
X2: X-Men United
X-Men 3: The Last Stand

Y
You've Got Mail

Z
Zodiac