Thursday, August 24, 2006

Movie Review - "Lake House"

… a drama with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock.  Keanu is a construction contractor and architect.  Sandra is career-minded business woman.  Somehow they meet at a lake house and start a relationship.  That is, a relationship separated by time.  He is in the past; she is in the future.  Through a mailbox at the lake house they communicate with each other across time.

Interesting story-line that keeps the audience wondering.  Consider it a first-date movie for DVD.

JM

Movie Review - "Scoop"

… a mystery-comedy with Woody Allen, Scarlett Johannsen, and Hugh Jackman.  Woody is a magician.  Scarlett is an aspiring news reporter.  Together they team up as pretend Father-Daughter to catch suspected murderer Hugh Jackman. 

Although Woody Allen directed the movie, it is not the typical Woody Allen type movie.  Funny remarks from Woody make it humorous.  Scarlett still looks curvaceous and sexy.  For the women, Hugh is the hunk.

Consider it another Independent Film Channel movie to watch on DVD and a first-date movie.

JM

Monday, August 21, 2006

Movie Review - "Nacho Libre"

… a comedy with Jack Black playing a Catholic Brother at a Church-Orphanage.  To help the orphanage, Jack signs up for a wrestling contest.  If he wins, the orphans eat better.

Funny moving for Jack Black fans.  If you are not a fan, then give it a try. You may find yourself laughing by the movie's end.

Another first-date movie.

JM

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Movie Review - "A Good Woman"

… a drama with some twist and turns.  Helen Hunt plays a spinster.  Scarlett Johanssen is a newly wed whose husband appears to have a wavering eye.

A slow beginning that ends on a good note.  Consider it an Independent Film Channel movie to watch on DVD.

Another first-date movie.

JM

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Movie Review - "Talladegha Nights - The Legend of Ricky Bobby"

... a comedy with Will Farrell and a great supporting cast.

Will Farrell is NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby.  Born to be first, always fast, he is the best in NASCAR.
 
I could not stop laughing at this one - a first-date, first-rate movie to make you laugh!

Monday, May 08, 2006

Movie Review - "RV"

… a comedy with Robin Williams.  Robin is the loving husband and father who must deal with balancing family and work.  Unable to postpone a planned vacation, he finds a way to accomplish both.  He rents a RV and takes his family on a road trip vacation to Colorado where his company is meeting with clients.

Funny moments that keep you interested.  Another harmless first-date movie.



Movie Review - "Casanova"

… comedy about the Italian legend - Casanova.  Heath Ledger plays Casanova, lover of women and life.  Nothing new or exciting about this one.  Save for a rainy day.  Harmless first-date movie.

Movie Review - "Fun with Dick and Jane"

… comedy about a couple dealing with corporate lay-offs.  Jim Carey and Tea Leoni are husband and wife.  Alec Baldwin is the CEO of Globaldyne, the company where Jim works.  Jim gets a promotion as VP of Corporate Communications; the next day the company goes under with Jim and others holding the bag.  Alec Baldwin slips away with over $400M.

Jim and Tea deal with unemployment by breaking the law and stealing.  However, eventually set things straight in a slight of hand move that proves beneficial to the Globaldyne's former employees.  Check it out sometime.  Another first-date movie.

Product Review - "Prime"

… situational comedy with Uma Thurman and Meryl Streep.  Uma is a divorcee in her late thirties dating her therapist's twenty-three year old son.  Meryl Streep is Uma's therapist and the mother of her boyfriend.  The movie revolves around a mother's jealousy, client-patient ethics, and a relationship with an older woman.

Save for a rainy day…

Movie Review - "Pride and Prejudice"

… remake of an old classic with Kiera Knightley.  Follows along the lines of the Jane Austen style novel.  Save for a rainy day that fits the first-date category.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Movie Review - "Rumor Has It"


… a comedy with Jennifer Aniston, Mark Rafalo, Shirley McClaine, and Kevin Costner.  Jennifer and Mark are engaged and must deal with pre-wedding jitters.  Shirley is Jennifer's grandmother; Kevin is an old boyfriend of Jennifer's mother.  Somehow Grandmother, Mother, and Daughter all have something in common!

Harmless first-date movie.  Save this one for a rainy weekend.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Movie Review - "Benchwarmers"

... a comedy that empowers non-atheletes.  Three adult nerds and a wealthy billionaire pit their baseball prowess against child jocks.  The challenge is a single elimination baseball tournament.  The winner gets a baseball stadium.
 
Okay first-date movie.  Funny moments that keep you interested but not a gut-buster.

Movie Review - "Memoirs of a Geisha"

... a movie about one geisha's experience.  Sold as a child, she was schooled in the art of the geisha.
 
Okay first-date movie.  You are safe in renting this one.  Just be prepared for a long movie.

Movie Review - "Into the Blue"

... a movie with Jessica Alba.  She and her boyfriend eek out a living on an island resort in the Bahamas.  She works as a tour guide; he is a dive master and amateur treasure seeker.
 
Somehow they find treasure as well as a load of cocaine and must deal with its owner's attempts to recover.
 
Save for a rainy day.  Guys make sure you use the peripherals when Jessica swims, else you may receive an elbow nudge from your significant other.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Movie Review - "Ice Age 2 - The Melt Down"


… sequel to Ice Age with the original characters (voices).  Ray Romano plays the lead as the mammoth.  John Leguizamo is the sloth.  And, Queen Latifah is the female mammoth.  Other voices you should readily recognize; just listen carefully.

This one is still in theaters.  So, if you are looking for a first-date movie, this one should work.  Give it a "look-see"!

Movie Review - "The Great Raid"


… a war movie about the rescue of WWII POWs.  Benjamin Bratt is the motivated Colonel.  James Franco is his right-hand man.  Joseph Feinnes is the senior POW at the prison camp.

The newly formed Army Rangers are directed to save 500 POWs at Cabatuan Prison in the Philippines.  They must save them before they are executed by their Japanese captors.

An uplifting movie with enough action to keep everyone's attention.  Recommended rental, should not negatively impact a first-date.

Movie Review - "King Kong"

… remake of the classic movie "King Kong".  A modernized version of the movie.  This includes the classic as well as the one made in the 70's.

Naomi Watts plays the heroine; Adrian Brodie plays the hero.  Jack Black contributes as the driven movie-producer.

Overall, not a bad movie despite being over 3 hours.  Recommended rental that you and your significant other can enjoy.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Movie Review - "Cinderella Man"

... drama with Rodney Crowe and Renee Zellweger and directed by Ron Howard. Rodney plays boxer James J. Braddock. Renee is his wife. After hitting rock bottom during the Great Depression, Braddock gets a second chance at the Heavyweight Championship.

Great first-date movie; highly recommended. The men get to see some great boxing action. The women get to see a married couple struggle and overcome hardships.

Check it out!

Monday, March 27, 2006

Movie Review - "Zanthura"

… a "Jumangi-like" movie with a space-theme.  Kids are playing a board game that forces them into wild adventures and life-threatening situations in outer space instead of the jungle.  Somehow everything works out for the better.  Harmless first-date movie.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Movie Review - "Two For One"

… a drama with Matthew MaConaughey and Al Pacino.  Matt is a former college football star who knows the game and can pick winners.  Al is a businessman who manages a sports betting service.

Al Pacino finds Matt working in Las Vegas as a "1-900" customer service representative.  He offers Matt a chance to join his company.  Matt accepts.

Mixed thoughts on this one but still a safe first-date movie.  Give it a chance on the next rainy day weekend.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Movie Review - "Failure to Launch"

... a comedy with Matthew MaConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker. Matthew is a 35 year old bachelor who chooses to live at home with his parents played by Terry Bradshaw and Jessica Bates.

Matthew's parents hire Sarah, a professional self-esteem expert, to "urge" Matthew to move out and live on his own. Unfortunately, love is in the air.

Funny movie that is a safe-haven for a budding relationship. A new release that premiered this weekend, so check it out on your next first-date!

Movie Review - "Walk the Line"

... a bio-drama about singer Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter. Joaquin Pheonix plays Johnny. Reese Witherspoon is June.

The film takes viewers through the troubled singer's early struggles in life, his rise to fame and fortune, and the personal issues that lead to his downward fall with drugs.

A good movie to watch. Like the singer and like Joaquin's portrayal of the "Man in Black". Check it out some time.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Movie Review - "Weatherman"

... pseudo-comedy / situational film with Nicholas Cage and Michael Caine. Nicholas is the weatherman for a Chicago news channel dealing with issues.

People hate him, his family is falling apart, and his career is taking-off.

Wait for a rainy daay to see this one. Don't try it as a first-date move.

Movie Review - "Elizabeth Town"

...  a situational drama with Susan Sarandon, Orlando Bloom, and Kirsten Dunst. Susan's husband dies while visiting relatives in Elizabeth Town.  Orlando is the young son who has to keep the family together throughout the crisis.  Kirsten is a flight attendant who meets Orlando on his flight to Elizabeth Town.
 
The problem is Orlando's own life is falling apart; he loses almost $1B on a running shoe he designed.
 
Long film but should consider as a first-date movie because the ending will benefit a budding relationship.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Movie Review - "The Man"

... comedy with Samuel Jackson and Eugene Levy (Dad from American Pie). 
 
Samuel Jackson plays an ATF Agent; Eugene Levy is a dental supply salesman.  They meet when an undercover operation goes awry, and somehow become partners in an illegal gun running sting.
 
Funny scenes and banter between the two lead actors.  Fine for a first-date movie but would save it for a rainy weekend.

Movie Review - "Red Eye"

... action-drama with Rachel MacAdams and Cillian Murhpy.  Rachel is on the red eye from Dallas to Miami.  She has to deal with airline delays, pushy passengers, and a terrorist played by Cillian.
 
The ending is not a surprise but had enough scenes to keep me interested.  Overall a safe first-date movie.

Movie Review - "Mr. and Mrs. Smith"

... action-comedy with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.  They play a married couple who really don't know each other that well.
 
Brad is a hitman; Angelina is a hitwoman.  They don't know it but they have been hired to kill the other.
 
Great first-date movie because its message is marriage is not the end of the world.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Movie Review - "March of the Penguins"

… a must see first-date movie.  Viewers will enjoy this one.  So, if you missed it at the theater. You are in luck.  It is out on DVD.

First-Choice Movie Rental according to our guest movie critic!

Movie Review - "The Secretary"

… a movie with James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhall.  Maggie plays a Temp who likes pain.  James is her boss who "punishes" her when she makes typos.

Interesting, different, a must see for the discriminating gentleman.  But, don't recommend as a first-date movie.

Movie Review - "Munich"

… action-drama that follows the Israeli Mossad, their efforts to track-down and kill the Munich Olympics' terrorists, and the emotional drain the mission has on the assassination team.

Dark settings, explosions, and "James Bond" style killings run rampant throughout the film.  It is a lengthy movie that pulls the viewer into the situation. 

I enjoyed the movie but watched it without my significant other.

Movie Review - "The Exorcism of Emily Rose"


… scary movie that I would save for a first-date that prefers to be scared out of his/her wits.

See it but stay close to one another.

Movie Review - "Match Point"

... a Woody Allen movie that did not feel like a "Woody Allen" movie; Scarlett Johannsen plays the other woman in this drama set in England.

I would saĆ½ more about the film but prefer others to give it a look. It is not bad for the first date movie-goer.

Worth a look but I am biased as a die-hard Scarlett fan!

Movie Review - "In Good Company"

... a movie with Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid, and Scarlett Johanssen. Coming of age drama about a young businessman and an old corporate veteran.

Things start out rough with Dennis working for Topher. They get worse when Dennis' daughter,  Scarlett, has a fling with Topher.

Worth a look. Check it out when you get the opportunity.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Movie Review - "The Last Place On Earth"

... a movie with Tisha Campbell Martin.  A handsome man meets Tisha while on a quest to scatter his mother's ashes in the Sierra's.  They fall for each other and a relationship blossoms despite a terminal illness that they must face.
 
Watery eyes for some; stiff upper lip for others.  Nevertheless, safe ground for you first-date movie goers.

Movie Review - "Flight Plan"

... is a drama with Jodie Foster as an aeronautical engineer on her way home from Germany to bury her husband. Losing her daughter while the flight is airborne, she must battle passengers, flight crew, and a reluctant air marshall to locate her daughter. Lots of action with a decent plot.

Check it out when you get an opportunity! You and your significant other should have a great time philosophizing over the movie's situations over an espresso at Starbucks.

Movie Review - "The Pink Panther"

... is a remake of the classic 60's movie with Kevin Kline playing the Commissioner, Steve Martin as Inspector Cleauseau, and Jean Reno as his sidekick "Ju Ju".

Lots of laughs with a gut busting scene with Beyonce Knowles at a music recording session. Did not want to see it but was dragged to theater by the family. Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised.

Check it out sometime. Your relationship will not suffer.

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