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Archive for October, 2005
“Just Like Heaven” is a pleasant fantasy/romantic-comedy about
a man who sub-let’s an apartment in San Francisco and finds
that the spirit of the young woman who previously occupied the
apartment is there. Fairly predictable and nothing new, but
good performances, special effects, and direction make this
a fine date movie.
GRADE = “B”
“The 40 Year Old Virgin” is a sex farce about an action
figure collector who is the stock manager at an electronics
store. He leads a solitary life until co-workers discover
his virginal secret. Not much in the way of plot; instead,
a string of opportunities to joke about sex, drugs, and
urination. Plenty of crude humor and language.
GRADE = “B-“
Just saw this movie and I thought it was a hoot!
Meryl Streep as the typical Jewish mother was a riot!
The reviews haven’t been spectacular, but I enjoyed it!
“The Fog” just barely opened in the #1 slot with both
W&G and Elizabethtown just $500K and $1,200K behind.
Since this was not screened for critics, expect it to sink
like a rock once the reviews and word-of-mouth are out.
“Dreamer” is a pleasant ‘PG’ family film about a young girl and a horse. This superficial movie is a starring vehicle for Dakota Fanning with the other actors as mostly window-dressing. Good photography.
GRADE = “B-“
There is an article on Costco’s site(www.costco.com) in their Connection magazine about hidden stuff on DVD’s. Two that I’m going to try and find are:
The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Extended Edition)
Choose “Select a Scene”, now select the last option (Chapters 29-30). Once inside, press the down arrow on the DVD remote twice & a gold ring will appear out of thin air. Now press Enter & director Peter Jackson will congratulate you for finding his “secret goodie.” followed by a hilarious “2003 MTV Movie Awards” clip starring a foul-mouthed Gollum (not for kids!).
Select “Bonus Materials” from the main menu. Once inside, highlight the Back arrow at the bottom of the screen, but don’t press Enter just yet. Instead, press the Down arrow on the DVD remote. A Small green fish will appear. Now press Enter on the DVD remote for a humorous “AquaScum 2003” commerical. For another cute clip, enter the section entitle “Mr. Ray’s Encyclopedia” and, once again, highlight the Back arrow at the bottom of the screen. Press Down on the remote and a green fish will appear. Press Enter to see Dory in awe of you, before Marlin tugs her away.
There’s one for Memento too which will make the movie play in chronological order. Haven’t seen it (the movie) but heard it was good, might have to rent and watch it both ways.
“Shopgirl” is based on a novella by Steve Martin and maybe the resulting film should have been a “moviella” (new term for a short film). There’s not much here so be ready for a lot of useless and repetitive padding. Acting ranges from Steve Martin (who did the screenplay and was one of the producers) trying (very unsuccessfully) to be the new Cary Grant and Claire Danes in a trance most of the time to funny Jason Schwartzman and the best performance turned in by the cat. If they toned down the music, this could easily be marketed as remedy for insomnia. However, if you want to see a lot of Miss Danes’ skin and her numerous bathing scenes, this one’s for you.
GRADE = “C-“
When PBS runs part one of
“Nine Lives” tells stories about nine women with some conncections and some are vacuous. Lots of familiar faces but at times seems like acting exercises. Probably not for most tastes.
GRADE = “B-“