Superman Returns…DVD

January 3, 2007 at 11:45 am (Movie/Media Reviews)

superman.jpgPerhaps I won’t be completely fair to this movie because I so loved the old ones and adored Christopher Reeves, but I just didn’t like this movie very much, which is depressing because I really wanted to see it. The first thing that bothered me was the new Lois Lane. Sorry, but her name eludes me – probably because she’s a pretty forgettable actress. I didn’t so much have issues with the guy who played Superman (can’t remember his name either), but something about him bothered me. It was my DH who pointed out what I think might be the reason I didn’t like this guy in the role. He made a decent Superman, and occasionally looked so much like Christopher Reeves that I almost liked him. But it was his alter-ego, Clark Kent, that fell short. The new actor just couldn’t look awkward and geeky enough to pull that off. Same with Kevin Spacey. I know his name because I adore him, but he just wasn’t a great Lex Luther for me. Again, not sure why. Maybe because he played it too much like the guy he played in Seven, like my brother suggested.

Anyway, the story is boring – couldn’t Lex Luther have wanted something more brilliant than a new land mass? Really. That’s the whole conflict. I had a hard time staying awake to see the ending. I almost wish I’d gone to sleep.

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The Da Vinci Code – DVD

December 10, 2006 at 8:16 pm (Movie/Media Reviews)

dvcode.jpgStarring: Tom Hanks

My normal opinion on novel-based movies has not been altered by The Da Vinci Code. The book far surpassed the flick. Now, I don’t necessary blame the movie-makers for this blunder. TDVC is a book full of details that move the story forward. Those details were what kept me reading page after page, not the story itself. Because of time restraints, the movie obviously could not include all of the historic details that made TDVC a page turner. A pity, because I love Tom Hanks. But the movie fell short. I believe it also made the mistake of assuming all watchers would have read the book and therefore understand the plot movement. But, having read the book at the height of its popularity, I tried to pretend I was watching as someone who didn’t know the story. Had that been true, I think I would have been a bit confused by all of the “findings” and “clues” along the way. If you didn’t read the book and you watched the movie, let me know whether you followed along easily or were left with questions not answered. I’m really curious!

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Finding Neverland – DVD

December 3, 2006 at 11:25 pm (Movie/Media Reviews)

fn.jpgStarring: Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet

The story about the author of Peter Pan. Wonderful and endearing. I fell in love with the little boy who played Peter, and of course, how could you not fall in love with Johnny Depp? As much as I love Kate Winslet, however, she was barely noticeable in this movie. Overpowered, perhaps, by the grand “adventures” the other characters took part in.

It was nice to find a movie that I didn’t mind watching with my kids. A grown up movie, that is. My 8 year old son enjoyed it, so that’s saying something. Especially since there were no explosions!

DH fell asleep though. Also saying something.

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The Break-Up DVD

November 26, 2006 at 10:25 pm (Movie/Media Reviews)

bu.jpgStarring : Jennifer Aniston, Vince Vaughn

I loved, loved, loved this movie! Of course, I adore Jennifer Aniston anyway, but I think this is her best movie yet, with the possible exception of Bruce Almighty.

The Break-Up centers around a couple who live together and go through a messy break up, where neither truly want to be free but their pride forces them to go to great lengths to irritate the other into leaving the condo they both own and love. A not-so-happily-ever-after movie, but still worth a watch or two. I laughed out loud throughout the whole thing, and have to admit, Vince Vaughn steals the movies. He’s hilarious.

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An Unfinished Life – DVD

November 16, 2006 at 8:40 am (Movie/Media Reviews)

aufl.jpgDVD – Starring Jennifer Lopez, Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman, Josh Lucas

Man, this feels like a Morgan Freeman month for me. Every movie I’ve watched seems to include him. No woes here. I think he’s marvelous. But the trend was unintentional.

An Unfinished Life was a movie I’d never heard of, but it sounded kind of Horse Whisperer-ish, so I rented it and am so glad I did. Redford is still wonderfully sexy, and I’m pretty sure he could be my grandfather.

The movie is about a battered woman (Lopez) who takes her daughter and runs from the boyfriend to the only place she knows – her father-in-law’s ranch in Wyoming. He blames her for his son’s death, but the need to know his granddaughter brings them closer. The movie is full of beautiful cinematics, a setting that makes you want to pack up and move ASAP. It was a lovely movie, centered around characters – no big bang plot. One of the nicest, warmest movies I’ve seen in a while.

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Lucky Number Slevin – DVD

November 13, 2006 at 8:35 am (Movie/Media Reviews)

71.jpgDVD Starring: Josh Hartnett, Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley, Lucy Liu, Bruce Willis (Action)

I only sat down to watch this movie to spend time with the DH. For the first half hour, I wasn’t sure spending time with him was worth it. But I have to admit, after that, I kept watching to see how everything was going to come together. Lucky # Slevin is full of twists and turns, blood and romance — all centered around a bet gone wrong 20 years ago. It’s about revenge and justice and things coming full circle. It’s worth a watch. Not sure it’s worth a buy.

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The Lake House – DVD

November 9, 2006 at 8:09 am (Movie/Media Reviews)

lh1.jpgDVD starring: Sandra Bullock & Keanu Reeves

Kate is a doctor in 2006. Alex is a construction worker/architect in 2004. They live in the same house and fall in love through letters despite the minor obstacle of time standing in their way.

The Lake House is full of twists and turns – a nice play on the butterfly effect and parellel worlds. Well done. Well executed. The only time I went “huh?” was during the two scenes where the couple are speaking to one another. Not sure how that was possible. Still, I prefer this older, more mature Keanu to the younger dopier version (he’s much more believable as a romantic lead now). This movie holds a bit of the charm that disappeared with movies like Somewhere in Time. I really enjoyed it.

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AMERICA’S SWEETHEARTS

November 8, 2006 at 7:07 am (Movie/Media Reviews)

as.jpgDVD – starring Catherine Zeta Jones, Julia Roberts, Billy Crystal, John Cusack

Romantic Comedy about Hollywood sweethearts whose careers start to bomb after their split. Billy Crystal plays a publicist fighting to make their last movie together a success, even though the two actors can’t stand to be in the same room with one another.

This is a cute romantic comedy full of popular stereotypes and lively characters. Julia Roberts’ character Kiki is the glue that holds the cast together, but as always, John Cusack is loveable and adorable. Catherine Zeta Jones plays a self-involved starlet quite well (much of a stretch I wonder?) And Billy Crystal is priceless. Overall, worth a watch.

Heather

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ALONG CAME POLLY – DVD

November 7, 2006 at 10:02 am (Movie/Media Reviews)

polly1.jpgDVD- Starring Ben Stiller & Jennifer Aniston

Anyone who knows me knows I love Jennifer Aniston, so of course, this isn’t the first time I’ve seen Along Came Polly. I rewatched it this weekend, though, and it had been a while since my last viewing, which meant I was still able to laugh at the funny parts etc.

Synopsis: Rueben is a risk managment analyst who does nothing without first judging the danger factor. He is marrying Lisa at the movie’s opening, and they embark on their honeymoon in St. Bart’s where Lisa falls in bed with the scuba instructor. Rueben must return to NY alone and try to move on. In doing so, he meets Polly (Aniston), who is a take-life-by-the-balls type woman who lives life on the edge. They become the odd couple and end up teaching one another about living balanced lives.

But, by far, my favorite character in this movie is Ridolpho, the ferret. He’s old, blind and cute as hell. The movie contains enough laughs for men (standard bathroom humor) as well as the subtler, more romantic type comedy that most women enjoy. I certainly did.

Heather

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Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring

November 2, 2006 at 11:11 am (Movie/Media Reviews)

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DVD
Starring: Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen, Liv Tyler

The first of the RING trilogy, I waiver back and forth between Fellowship being my favorite episode, and my least favorite episode. Favorite because of the beautiful, colorful Hobbitown opening. Because of the yummy, dark introduction to Stryder (Mortensen). Because of the enchanting forest of the Lady of the Wood. But like any “prologue” Fellowship is the intro, the build up, the backstory, and while I love each of the movies, it tends to drag a bit more than the other, lacking the ongoing action that the other two contain.

Fellowship tells the tale of the Ring’s power – the Ring to Rule Them All. It’s given to Frodo, the only being who seems unphased by its power, to transport to Mount Doom so it can be destroyed in the fires in which it was created. Along the way, Frodo gains companions in Stryder, Gimli, Legolas and more, who become the fellowship.  It’s the first leg of the journey, and you definitely have to see it before watching the others or risk being lost forever.

Lord of the Rings will always be one of my favorite movie series ever. If you’re one of the two people on Earth who hasn’t yet seen it, what are you waiting for?

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