Monday, August 23, 2004

Movie Review - "Kill Bill Volume 2"

... is an action movie and sequel to "Kill Bill Volume 1" with Uma Thurman and David Carradine. Lots of action and fighting but with a slight twist in the plot. The ending is anticipated but is not as important as the way the plot gets you there.

Check it out sometime; just wait till later in your relationship. The blood and violence may be too much for a budding relationship.

Movie Review - "Johnson Family Vacation"

... is a comedy about a family's road trip adventures to a reunion. Cedric the Entertainer and Vanessa Williams are a married couple struggling with their relationship. The friction between them serves as a catalyst to their misadventures during the trip.

The movie won't win an Oscar but is a harmless first-date movie.

Monday, August 16, 2004

Movie Review - "Lost in Translation"

... is a movie with Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. Bill is a movie star hired by Suntory Whiskey, a Japanese company, to serve as their spokesman. Scarlett is the wife of a photographer on assignment in Japan.

Initially I was not going to watch the movie. I changed my mind when my boss mentioned the movie captured the American experience in Japan; we were both stationed in Japan while in the military service.

Not a first date movie but recommend watching it if you have been to Japan. My boss was correct. It captured the American experience in Japan.

Movie Review - "Hellboy"

... is a movie with Ron Perlman as a creature born from the paranormal. Captured at "birth" by a young scientist, Hellboy grows into a fighter against evil.

A lot of action but not enough to pull me into the theater. Had no problems waiting for the DVD.

Movie Review - "13 Going On 30"

... comedy starring Jennifer Garner as a thirteen year old girl transformed into a thirty year old woman by "wishing dust".

It is a harmless first date movie. Take your soon to be "significant other" on a date.

Movie Review - "Tiptoes"

... is a movie about short people starring Matthew McConaughey and Gary Oldman. They are twin brothers whose parents are short people. Matthew is of normal stature; Gary is a short person.

Matthew has kept his family a secret from his girlfriend. Gary comes into their lives due to domestic circumstances from his personal life.

A slow movie that seems to drag on.

Movie Review - "Spartan"

... is an action movie starring Val Kilmer as a member of a Secret Service team charged with protecting a politician's college-age daughter.

The daughter is kidnapped by a 'white slavery" ring that prefers young American blondes. The Secret Service must get her back but are called of when she is found dead.

At least the impression given by the media is that she is dead

Movie Review - "The Ring"

... is a horror movie that was used to form the basis of "Scary Movie 3". That is, someone watches a video and exactly seven days later they are dead.

Not a bad movie. If you see "Scary Movie 3" and then watch "The Ring", you can see how closely the two story lines match.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Movie Review - "Girl with a Pearl Earring"

... is a first date movie. "Griet", the girl, is what makes this movie memorable. Check it out when you get a chance.

Movie Review - "My Baby's Daddy"

... is a comedy about three guys who become fathers. It has its moments but would wait till later to rent this one.

Better skip this one as a first date movie.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Movie Review - "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights"

... is a sequel to "Dirty Dancing" but with different main characters. Set in early 60's Cuba, the movie takes on a Latin beat - ballroom dancing and salsa blended together along a weak story line.

No surprises. It is a sequel that cannot capture the "feel" of the first movie.

Wait for a rainy day to rent this one.

Movie Review not yet available on DVD - "Manchurian Candidate"

... is a remake of the 60's thriller of the same name, starring Denzel Washington.

Updated version of the movie set in present day America.

Good movie.

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