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Bring tissue

Posted : 10 years, 5 months ago on 23 November 2007 06:24 (A review of August Rush)

When I first saw the trailers for this movie I thought that it had the potential to be a magical movie. Some of the critical reviews I have read wouldn't agree with me, but I thought it was pretty magical. The music is an important character in the movie and it comes at you all the time from different directions.

Each main character in the movie has their own personality that is brought out by the music presented in their scenes. The father is a little bit rock and roll while the mother is a little bit classical. Freddie is a little bit of both of them and a blend nature. He hears music in everything around him.

In the movie, Freddie is in a home for boys and believes that he gets his musical inspiration from his parents and sets out to find them. This is where his musical adventure begins. Along the way he gets help from many different people and builds up his musical talents.

This movie is a must see for anyone who loves the power and beauty of music. It has some very touching moments that may need tissue. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


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Cute Movie

Posted : 10 years, 5 months ago on 17 November 2007 08:44 (A review of Martian Child)

When I saw the trailer and title of this movie it made me think of K-Pax with Kevin Spacey. Although there is a pretty strong cast in this movie, they can't quite pull off the suspense and magic that Spacey did in K-Pax. There are some scenes that get you teased into thinking, "OK, maybe there is something to this martian claim."

The bottom line is that this is a warm fuzzy movie. It has some wonderful scenes that really grab you and a few that kind of plod along. It provided quite a few laughs and some tender moments. It was the kind of movie that you could spend an afternoon with.


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All You Need is Love

Posted : 10 years, 5 months ago on 4 November 2007 01:49 (A review of Across the Universe)

OK the first guy that reviewed this movie seems to be a little on the young side for a Beatles based film. I have to admit I did live through the sixties and survive. I do remember the Vietnam War, flower children, and the saying, "Make love not war." With that said I have to admit I really loved this movie.

If you haven't heard about it, it is a love story that revolves around Beatles songs. And yes, the characters are such because there are Beatles songs with their names in them. Jude is a young man that comes to the U.S. from England and along the way falls for a young lady named Lucy. If you know the Beatles, those names will sound familiar. Prudence also has a part in the film and needs to come out and play.

The film is based on the sixties when pot was smoked freely and the Vietnam War wasn't thought of very kindly. These images are brought out in the film along with some trippy looking scenes that would probably look better if you had smoked a joint yourself.

The movie was a lot of fun to watch and to sing along with also if you remember the tunes. The movie is one that any Beatle fan would love. I wouldn't recommend this one as a family film. It will probably appeal to those that like musicals and are familiar with the Beatles music.


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Death Wish part ?

Posted : 10 years, 6 months ago on 24 October 2007 06:18 (A review of The Brave One)

OK this movie probably doesn't really deserve a 7, but I love Jodie Foster and she always puts her heart into every role she does. Terrence Howard is also excellent and is starting to get pretty high on my list of actors that really know how to craft a character.

This movie is really just another Death Wish told in a slightly different way. No, wait a minute, I guess if you go and kill the bad guys and you aren't 007, you are breaking the law. Jodie is beat senseless and her fiance is killed in the opening scene. She survives and decides not to be a victum any more. Boy doesn't she. She turns into a kick ass, gun toting, black leather jacket wearing, killing machine. (I don't think I'm giving too much away unless you haven't looked at the poster for the movie.)

Kevin Bacon's Death Sentence came out earlier this year and beat Jodie's film to the theaters. This movie is a lot better than Bacon's. The acting is better and the characters are ones that you can connect to easier. If you like action movies that focus on revenge and don't mind a high body count along the way, you will like this movie. No one will win an Academy Award in this one, but it is pretty fun to watch.


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Ultimate road trip

Posted : 10 years, 6 months ago on 24 October 2007 06:02 (A review of Into the Wild)

This was a very well made movie by Sean Penn. It blended the location in Alaska well with the road trip that led McCandless to his bus. Hirsch really captures the spirit of the character and the idea behind a true road trip.

I went on a 10,000 mile road trip through the western states, Canada, and Alaska this year so I was really looking forward to seeing this movie. I love the intimacy you get when you travel on the road. You meet a lot of interesting people and get to see sights that you will never forget.

I think that Penn was able to capture the spirit of a true road with McCandless. He wanted to reach that ultimate goal of getting to Alaska. And believe me, it is a trip that is well worth taking. The cinemaphotography was beautifully done in the movie and is worth watching for this alone.

This is a movie to watch if you have ever done or had the dream of taking a road trip and leaving your box behind for awhile. I don't think this is a film you would want to take the family to. Most kids can't connect to this kind of story line. This movie is well worth the price of admission.


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Posted : 10 years, 6 months ago on 15 October 2007 01:49 (A review of Once)

This movie was an interesting take on a love story. It makes you think about a time when you met someone you really made a connection with, but you couldn't really do anything about it. In the story the main characters run into that situation. One character has a love that has moved away which he can't stop thinking about. The other character is in a relationship that isn't really going that well. They both connect, but can't decide whether they should move forward.

The movie moves through their plight with a backdrop of acoustic music that is pretty good. The music drives the story as much as the characters.

This is a very small budgeted movie. The movie was shot at local locations with hand held cameras. If that kind of filming bugs you, I wouldn't watch this movie. If you like acoustic music and love stories, you will probably like this one. It is probably a good movie to bring that special someone in your life.


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Great kids movie

Posted : 10 years, 6 months ago on 15 October 2007 01:37 (A review of The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising)

This is another of those well reviewed but not watched by the public movies. I read the series of books that the movie is based on and was looking forward to see what they would do with the story. Is it just like the book? No. Was it fun to watch? YES

In the movie Will Stanton turns 14 and finds out he has powers to save the Light side of Earth. The Dark powers are growing and want to take over. He has to find a series of signs to save Earth. He can travel through time and needs to do so to get all the signs.

I thought the characters were well acted out in the movie and that the special effects were well done. There is a lot of adventure and excitement along the way. Some of the scenes may to a little scary for preschool kids. The rest of the family should enjoy the movie without any problems. This is a movie that is worth the price of admission. Hope you get a chance to enjoy it.


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Watch this one

Posted : 10 years, 6 months ago on 5 October 2007 07:13 (A review of Everything Is Illuminated)

Wow, I really fell in love with this movie. I was trying to think of adjectives to describe this film and too many popped up: strange, trippy, wonderful, bizzare, funny, heart warming, sad. What an emotional roller coaster ride. This is one of those small independent films that come along that you must see. You may not like it but you have to give them credit for putting together a very entertaining story.

The story follows Wood's character as he goes back to Russia to find the woman that saved his grandfather from the Nazis. He meets up with some very interesting characters along the way. There is a dog in the movie that is very deranged that ends up befriending Wood. The dog is worth watching the movie by herself.

Even though Wood goes through so many bizarre adventures along the way, the movie has some very tender moments. The director has paced the movie to keep our emotions moving up and down and left us wondering what could possibly be around the next corner.

This one is on cable in my area right now and is well worth a night's entertainment. If you don't see it listed in your cable area, look for it at your friendly movie rental location.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


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Viva Las Vegas

Posted : 10 years, 6 months ago on 3 October 2007 06:22 (A review of Resident Evil: Extinction)

This latest sequel was entertaining, but I don't think it quite meets up with its previous siblings. I don't play the game so I don't know if they strayed away into a new storyline, but it seemed that way when I watched the movie.

In this one Milla has even more powers to kick Zombie butt. She lets loose on the zombies with a vengence that action junkies will love. Las Vegas was interesting to see in this future version. One of my pet peeves in this one is how all these zombies got to Vegas in the first place. It was like they were dieing, cloning, and coming back for more Milla.

If you liked the first to editions of this franchise, you will like this one also. It has a lot of action that is high octane. The zombie death count is quite high in this one. You may want to keep the little ones at home if they haven't watched the previous Resident Evil movies.


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Another classic by Pixar

Posted : 10 years, 6 months ago on 3 October 2007 06:08 (A review of Ratatouille)

Pixar has set the bar high again with this film. The graphics are excellent and the story was wonderful. Pixar movies have always been must see events and this one didn't disappoint.

I took the kids to this one and we all agreed that it was a great film. Like most of Pixar's films they have a story that grabs you and brings you along for a wonderful ride. This time we follow an entertaining rat that loves to cook food. He ends up in an upscale French restaurant where the fun begins.

If you watch this movie, you will get a lot of laughs and an enjoyable experience. This movie is one that all ages will love.


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