Monday, February 23, 2004

Movie Review – “Runaway Jury” a drama starring Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, John Cusack, and Rachel Weisz. Gene Hackman is a ruthless jury consultant for the defense, and Dustin Hoffman is a strong-willed lawyer trying to beat them. John Cusack and Rachel Weisz – co-star of the “The Mummy”, put a wrinkle in the trial by establishing control of the jury and the final verdict.

The movie does not feel as if it lasted two hours. With a strong plot and great actors, it is one to watch. It still rates as a first date movie, but guys can still remain entertained without looking like a sex-crazed, violent psychopath to their “just a friend” dates.

Monday, February 16, 2004

Movie Review – “Under the Tuscan Sun”

... is a comedy starring Diane Lane. Diane is a writer and recent divorcee. After her divorce she seeks a way to mend her broken heart. Her friends convince her to take a vacation to Tuscany, Italy to get away. The vacation becomes long term when she decides to buy a villa in Tuscany. Diane deals with living in a new country, remodeling her villa, and building a better life.

The movie has its humor mixed in with the serious. It is a first date movie and “chick flick”. If you’re divorced, watch it for support. Else, check it out when you get the chance.

Sunday, February 15, 2004

Movie Review – “Intolerable Cruelty”.

... is a comedy starring George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones. George Clooney plays a divorce lawyer who never loses a case. Catherine Zeta-Jones is a wife who marries for money.

George and Catherine first meet as a result of her divorce. George represents Catherine’s rich husband; Catherine is the distraught wife. George ends up falling for her; she continues on her greedy ways. In the end, the key to everything revolves around an iron-clad prenuptial agreement.

A good comedy but not a gut-buster. Watch it when you get a chance.

Saturday, February 07, 2004

Movie Review - "The Fighting Temptations".

Movie starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Beyonce Knowles. A small-town boy ends up working in NYC for an advertising agency. He later returns home to attend his aunt's funeral. She leaves him an inheritance but on one condition - her church's choir must win a gospel competition.

A fun movie to watch with enough laughs to keep things moving. Enjoyed the actors and the singing, especially with guest stars such as the O'Jays, rapper T-Bone, and Beyonce.

Good for laughs but not a belt-busting comedy.

Take Care,
- Jerry

Movie Review - "Second Hand Lions".

A movie starring Robert Duvall and Michael Caine as two quirky but wealthy, old brothers. Having lived a full and adventurous life, they opted to settle down in their native state of Texas. Wanting to be left alone, they somehow end up taking in their nephew. And, over the course of a summer they get to know one another.

I enjoyed the movie. Robert Duvall does an outstanding job of playing an old but tough guy. Michael struggles with a Texan accent but nevertheless makes his mark as the likeable brother.

Check this one out. You will enjoy their antics, get wrapped-up in the mystery of their wealth, and question the credibility of their past adventures. But, it will come together by the movie's end.

Another safe first date movie.

Take Care,
- Jerry.

Friday, February 06, 2004

Movie Review - "Le Divorce".

Watched "Le Divorce", starring Kate Hudson. Movie included cameo appearances from Cheers' Bebe Neuwirth and Mathew Modine. I like Kate Hudson but was not impressed with the movie. It was not a fault of the acting. Just the story was slow.

Two American sisters live in Paris. One is married to a Frenchman. The other is single and visiting. The married sister is going through a divorce; her husband is having an affair. The single sister, Kate Hudson, is sympathetic but is also having an affair - with her brother-in-law's uncle.

With some twists and turns, the end comes and everything seems to work out for the better. Watch if you like Kate Hudson. Else, save this one for a rainy day.

Take Care,
- Jerry.

PS: Another weekend. Getting ready to checkout "Second Hand Lions". Will keep you posted.

Monday, February 02, 2004

Movie Review - "RADIO".

I checked out the movie "RADIO" from Blockbuster over the weekend. It is a good movie that makes you feel better after watching - a definite "First Date Movie".

The main actors are Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Ed Harris. Cuba plays a disabled person nicknamed Radio. Ed Harris plays a football coach.

The story revolves around the interaction between Radio and the Coach: how they meet, the support they give each other, and their eventual long-term friendship.

Note: Viewers should pay attention to the brief "snippet" at the movie's conclusion. It introduces the real Radio and Coach.

- Jerry

Sunday, February 01, 2004

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