Thursday, December 31, 2009

"The Accidental Husband"

... romantic comedy with Uma Thurman, Colin Firth, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.  Includes a cameo of Isabella Rossellini. Rented the movie on a whim.  Glad we did.  Plot and ending are pretty much standard fare for a romantic comedy.  Still liked the funny moments enough to rate this one a first date movie.  More on the plot, see IMDB's link

"Perfect Getaway"

... drama/mystery with Steve Zahn and Mila Jovovich as newlyweds vacationing in Hawaii for their honeymoon.  Things go well enough until they must deal with crazed murderers bent on killing tourists.
Plot with a twist, so pay close attention at the cues.  That said, consider the movie as first date movie because its ending includes a "romantic" marriage proposal.


... Mike Judge comedy with Justin Bateman, Mila Kunis, Ben Affleck, and Kristin Wiig.  Justin is the owner of a manufacturing company that makes food extracts.  Mila Kunis is a con woman that works at the plant as a temp.  Ben is Justin's friend and Kristin is Justin's wife.
Comedy has its moments but not as good as "Office Space".  Safe first date movie but would wait for a rainy day to rent this DVD. 

Sunday, December 27, 2009

"Sherlock Holmes"

... movie with Robert Downey, Jr and Jude Law as Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, respectively.  Hard core Sir Arthur Conan Doyle fans may get picky about the details but for us movie fans, don't worry... entertaining movie with a plot that made you pay attention.  Especially liked the scenes where Sherlock thinks about his next actions in slow motion, and then viewers see them played out in normal speed.
Safe first date movie, just be careful about wandering eyes as Rachel McAdams is looking quite pleasant to the eyes....!  For more details on the movie, checkout IMDB's link.

"District 9"

... movie that starts out like a documentary.  A star ship is forced to land on Earth in 1982.  The aliens are stranded and unable to return to their planet.  Subsequently, they are rounded up into a refugee camp called District 9.  In 2010, a corporation is contracted to evict the population.  The project lead is Wikus van der Merwe, who is later exposed to an alien chemical that causes "changes" him physically....
Good story, may play it by ear when it comes to a first date movie due to blood, violence, etc....  Get ready for a sequel.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

"Inglourious Basterds"

... blood and more blood in a violent movie by Quentin Tarantino.  Would you have expected less from him?  Brad Pitt plays Lt. Aldo, leader of a band of soldiers tasked to wreak havoc and terror against the Nazis!  If you are a Quentin fan, you should be good with the movie.  If not, remember it is meant to be violent and bloody.  If you are a historical "buff", don't watch else you will be disappointed in the historical inaccuracies!
Not a safe first date movie, still enjoyed it.... but I am a Quentin fan.  See IMDB link for more on the movie.

Sunday, December 20, 2009


... movie epic with a storyline that reminds viewers of "Dances With Wolves" but in outer space on another planet.  Replace the Indians with the Na'vi, a humanoid race, and then add a paraplegic Marine for Kevin Costner's role.
With that, enjoyed the movie with its special effects and action scenes.  Throw in two "people" growing in love and it becomes a safe first date movie.... only if your companion enjoys sci-fi movies.  Why... because the movie runs for 2 hours and 42 minutes which may be much too long for a budding relationship to weather.-JM
For more on the plot - here is a link to IMDB's posting on Avatar.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

"Old Dogs"

... comedy with Robin Williams and John Travolta as two marketing executives and long-time friends.  While working on a high-profile account, Robin remembers an old flame and decides to contact her.  After writing a 12-page, single-spaced letter explaining why Robin loves her, they make plans to meet, and soon after Robin discovers he is a father of twins!

Funny movie, safe for a first date.  Check it out when you get a chance, and enjoy a chuckle or two!

Saturday, November 28, 2009


End of the world as you know it movie with John Cusack, Amanda Peet, and others.  Mayan prophets mark the end of the world as the year 2012.  Scientist (in the movie) confirm the event when geologist observe a change in the Earth's core. Conspiracy theorist will enjoy this story with the "government cover-up" of giant arks built to withstand the apocalypse.
Safe first date movie that does a good job portraying one man's struggle to save his family that viewers can relate to.  Check it out some time!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

"My One and Only"

Comedy with Renee Zellweger and Kevin Bacon as a married couple with marital problems in the 50's.  Kevin is a "one-hit wonder" big band leader who is always on the road.  Renee is his socialite wife.  After one too many affairs, Renee decides to leave Kevin, taking her two sons with her on a quest to find a new husband.  Renee's character is much too good for a job, she is instead the marrying type. After many mishaps and terrible relationships, Renee and her son find their calling and giving truth to her answer for all problems, "Everything will workout".
Good movie, safe first-date movie despite the broken marriage.  Certain that any strong relationship can withstand this movie's take on marriage.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

"My Life in Ruins"

Romantic comedy with Nia Vardalos and Richard Dreyfuss.  Nia is Georgia, a laid-off history professor working as a tour guide in Greece.  Richard is Irv, a widower on one of Nia's tours.
Not happy with her life, Nia plans to quit her job as a tour guide.  On her final tour, Nia and Richard become friends.  During the tour, Nia learns to change her outlook in life and starts live life, meets a handsome guy, and make a decision on what she wants to do going forward.
Good movie, safe for a first date.  Check it out some time.  Enough laughs and moments to make it worthwhile to rent.

Friday, October 30, 2009


Movie with Don Cheadle as an undercover CIA operative acting as an explosive expert.  Captured while overseas making an arms deal with Al Queda, Don becomes tangled in a web of deciept that drives him closer and closer to becoming a traitor.

Slow beginning but has a great turn-of-event ending.  Bottom-line:  Good guys always win!  Check it out some time; safe for a first date movie.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

"Ten Minutes"

A short story by Zeke Rutledge recently published on Associated Content:
Ten Minutes: Short Story About a Decorated Veteran's Return Home.

Not bad, may be a good start for a movie!

Monday, October 12, 2009

"Couples Retreat"

Comedy about four couples who agree to go on a tropical-island vacation for marriages needed "help".  One couple is there to work on their marriage; the others are there to enjoy a fun vacation.  However, once there, they realize the resort's therapy sessions are not optional.
Funny movie, first-date all the way.  So what if it is about relationships in trouble, you are fine.  Great cast with Vince Vaughn, Jon Favereau, Jason Bateman, and others....  Also, gotta like Jean Reno in his role as marriage guru!  And, Vince's son in the movie will have you going!
PS:  Look for the line "Honey,... I will be the biggest ass you have ever seen!"

Sunday, October 11, 2009


Terror-Comedy about a loner who teams up with three other "zombie-virus" survivors in a post-apocalyptic world. Actors include Amber Heard, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, Ruben Fleischer, Emma Stone, and a brief cameo by Bill Murray.
Once you get past the blood and terror, the movie will have you laughing in the aisle.  Safe first date movie only if your blossoming relationship can stand a blood and gore comedy!  Check it out some time.

Friday, October 02, 2009

"Ghosts of Girlfriends Past"

Romantic comedy based on the theme from "A Christmas Carol" with Matthew McConaughey as Connor Mead, womanizer who swears off marriage and commitment.  Invited to his brother's wedding, he meets an old flame Jenny Perotti, played by Jennifer Garner.  He still has feelings but remains steadfast in maintaining his playboy reputation until he is visited by the ghost of his Uncle Wayne (Michael Douglas), who taught Conner about the ways of women.  Uncle Wayne's ghost warns Connor that he'll be visited by three ghosts - past, present, and future girlfriends.
Safe first-date movie, ending was expected.  Mainly watched to see how the storyline played out.  Glad to have waited till it came out on DVD versus paying a premium at the theater.  Check it out when you get a chance. 

Saturday, September 26, 2009

"Soul Men"

Singing trio Marcus Hooks, Floyd Henderson, and Louis Hinds break apart in the 60's.  Marcus moves on to be an R&B Legend; Floyd and Louis team up as a duo, "The Real Deal," and become one hit wonders.  Over 40 years later, Marcus suddenly dies and a high-profile tribute at the Apollo Theater is planned in his memory. Floyd, who is bored in retirement, convinces Louis, an ex-con, to team up again as the "Real Deal" for Marcus.  What follows is a cross-country road-trip to get to the Apollo in five days.
Slow going, slightly picks up in the middle, and then it kinda stays there.  Save it for a rainy day.  Wait for a much later date!

"Secret Life of Bees"

Set in the mid 60's, Dakota Fanning pays Lily Owens, a 14 year-old girl who has trouble dealing with the loss of her mother.  She runs away with her only friend Rosaleen, played by Jennifer Hudson, to a South Carolina town that holds secrets to the past. Taken in by the the Boatwright sisters (played by Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys and Sophie Okenedo), Lily finds peace in their world of beekeeping.
Good movie, safe for a first date. Check it out some time.

Saturday, September 05, 2009


Independent Film Channel style movie with Paul Dano (brother in "Little Miss Sunshine") and Zooey Deschanel.  Paul sells mattresses.  Zooey's Dad buys one.  Zooey stops by the store to coordinate delivery.  Zooey falls asleep on the mattress.  While asleep we learn that Paul, who is not married, wants to adopt a Chinese baby.  Not certain why but he has wanted to all is life.  Zooey wakes up 2+ hours later, provides a shipping address and leaves for work.
Storyline comes and goes with some interesting scenes but was disappointed given the 3.5 star rating.  Still like Zooey and her acting, just the movie is missing something.  Save it for a later day.

Sunday, August 23, 2009


"Beowulf meets the Predator" like the movie cover says.... Jim Caviezel plays a space age soldier who is stranded in the Iron Age when his spaceship crashes to Earth. On a quest to kill a "dragon", he becomes a Viking tribe's prisoner, then its savior.

A lot of action with blood and gore scenes fitting a man versus dragon battle. Entertaining movie but suggest a different movie for at least the first-date.

"Post Grad"

Young college graduate, played by Alexis Bledel, has planned her life....  Good grades gets her a scholarship, which leads to a degree and then a dream job at a publisher.  Except, she does not get hired.
Good story and safe first-date movie.  Supporting cast and the storyline make it entertaining.  Check it out some time.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

"Paul Blart - Mall Cop"

Comedy with Kevin James playing a mall Security Guard.  Down on his luck at work and in love, Paul comes into the limelight when he pits his wits against a group of thieves.  The thieves secure the mall and take hostages in a plan to steal security codes from the stores.  However, they did not plan on Paul Blart!
Funny movie that takes on a "Bruce Willis Die Hard" feel, just add a few pounds to Bruce.  Safe first-date movie, check it out when you get a chance.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

"The Time Traveler's Wife"

Movie with Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams.  Eric travels through time without warning. Somehow in his travels, he meets Rachel as a young girl. As they meet again and again over time, they relationship grows into love.
A definite "chick-flick" as wells as a first-date movie.  Entertaining storyline, safe for the budding relationship!

Saturday, August 08, 2009

"Julie & Julia"

Movie with Amy Adams and Meryl Streep as Julie Powell and Julia Childs, respectively.  Julie is an aspiring writer working a day job.  Inspired by Julia Childs, she decides to cook Julia Childs' 524 recipes (in 365 days) and blog about her experience.
Entertaining movie based on true events.  Nice job running parallel storylines of Julie and Julia.  Safe first-date movie. Ending good have been better, else it was a good movie.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

"500 Days of Summer" (Spoiler Alert)

Movie with Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt that can easily fit the IFC and/or Sundance Channel programming format.  Great story about a guy unlucky in love, Joseph, meeting the woman of his dreams, Zooey.
A lot of flash backs that take you to different points in their relationship.  But don't worry, it does not detract from the movie.  Great supporting actors, a solid story, and two leads that mesh well together.  Don't miss this one; it is a first-date movie even if the two do not get together (spoiler sorry).  That said, liked the surprise ending. Check it out.

Friday, July 31, 2009

"Nothing But the Truth"

Drama with Kate Beckinsale as a news reporter jailed for not revealing her source despite the threat to national security.
Good movie with a surprise revelation about her source.  Even better that it is based on true events.  Safe first-date movie.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

"The Ugly Truth"

Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler play opposites in a movie about the ugly truth about love and relationships.  Made number 1 this weekend, knocking out Harry Potter, so decided to test the waters and checked it out.  Funny movie but would wait after the first-date before seeing this one.  References about sex and descriptions about "what men are really want" may cut short a budding relationship.

Saturday, July 11, 2009


Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, and Jamie Bell play brothers in a movie set in World War 2 just after the Nazi invasion of Poland in September 1939.  The Bielski brothers escape the slaughter and begin organizing a partisan group.  Disagreement between Daniel and Liev over what to do with the group leads to a fallout between them.  Subsequently, they part company - one stays to organize the group and the other joins the local Russian partisans to fight the Nazis.
Good movie, just would wait for this one when it comes to a first date movie.


Father Flynn, played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman, is trying to implement a progressive school environment in the 1960's.  Sister Aloysius Beauvier, played by Meryl Streep, is the school's Principal who is a strict disciplinarian. The winds of change are marked by the school's first black student, Donald Miller. However, doubt arises when Sisters James and Aloysius observe Father Flynn paying too much attention to Donald. Sister Aloysius begins to investigate the truth and seek Father Flynn's removal from the school. Without proof save her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius matches wits with Father Flynn.
Save this one for a rainy day.  A good movie but not one to bring to a first date.

"The International"

Clive Owen and Naomi Watts play Interpol Agent Louis Salinger and Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman, respectively.  They are set on bringing to justice one of the world's most powerful banks suspected of illegal activities including money laundering, arms trading, and the terrorism. Finding themselves in a live or die situation, they put their lives at risk as the bank will do anything to protect its interests.
Slow movie to kick-off, did pickup midstream but the ending could have been better. Save for a rainy day.


Movie with Tom Cruise as Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, an Army officer set on saving Germany from Hitler.  He does this by changing a pre-planned Operation named Valkyrie that will launch in the event Hitler is killed.
Good movie based on true events.  Unfortunately, as history reminds us, the Operation is unsuccessful.  Not a first-choice for a first date movie but still a good one.

Friday, July 03, 2009

"Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen"

Transformers sequel with Shia LeBouf and Megan Fox.  Action and a lot of "Michael Bay" destruction scenes.  Not a big fan of sci-fi but was entertained.  Some corny scenes but Megan's "too hot to handle" looks more than made up for them.  Okay first-date movie; just be careful guys and don't pay too much attention to Megan.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

"The Proposal"

Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds star in this upbeat comedy.  Sandra is about to be deported.  Ryan, who works for her, is manipulated into marrying Sandra.  Problem:  Their business deal turns into love!
Great storyline for a comedy.  Throw in a great supporting cast with Betty White, Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson, and others, and you will be entertained.
A definite first-date movie.  PS: Stick around for the funny scenes at the movie's end. Also, "Ramone" may be the hidden star in this movie. 

Friday, June 12, 2009

"Gran Torino"

Clint Eastwood movie about Walter, an old Korean War Veteran and recent widower,  having to deal with change.  After his wife's death, Walter unwillingly becomes involved in a "good versus evil" relationship with his Laotian neighbors and a local gang. Defending his neighbor and befriending the family, help is on its way.
Not the normal "Dirty Harry" style movie but a good one.  Hated the ending but understood why it was so.  Check it out some time, should be safe for a first-date movie but would pick one that was more lighthearted than this one for that first-date.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

"Land of the Lost"

Will Ferrel plays Dr. Rick Marshall in the movie version of Sid and Marty Krofft's TV series "Land of the Lost".

Good movie with a lot laughs. Safe for a first-date. Check it out when you get a chance.-JM

Sunday, May 24, 2009

"Terminator - Salvation"

Another movie in the Terminator franchise.  This one has Christian Bale as John Connor fighting it out with the "Machines".  In this case, a new kind of cyborg that is both man and machine. A lot of action and shoot'em up scenes. A sequel that ends with the likelihood of another episode in the franchise. Enjoyed the action but could have waited for the DVD to rent. Given the choice between "Night at the Museum - Battle of the Smithsonian" and "Terminator - Salvation", would choose Ben Stiller over Christian Bale this round.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

"Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian"

Sequel to the "Night at the Museum" movie with Ben Stiller. Entertaining movie that does a great job at bringing the original cast and the new characters together. A definite first date movie. Just be careful as the red-headed Amelia Earhart is a hottie!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

"Benjamin Button"

Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett play lovers in this sad tale. Brad is Benjamin Button. Cate is his one true love Daisy. The two were meant to be save for one problem - Brad grows younger with age and Cate is like us who get older as we grow.

Long movie that some may find too slow. Safe first date movie but be prepared for almost 3 hours for the story to be told.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

"Star Trek"

Prequel to the Star Trek franchise that is a "must see" for movie goers. Lots of action. Does a great job at introducing the main characters into the story. A first date movie that non-Trekkies will enjoy.

Monday, May 11, 2009

"Bedtime Stories"

Disney movie that adults will enjoy. Easily rated a first-date movie. Checkout Adam Sandler as a hotel maintenance man named Skeeter.

When he agrees to watch his sister's kids for a week, Skeeter relives his childhood memories of telling bedtime stories like his father did when he was a child.

Except there is a twist. When Skeeter tells a story, it is just a story. When his nephew and niece make changes to them, the stories become real!

Nice work Disney and Happy Madison Productions.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Prequel to the X-Men franchise that brings viewers up to speed on Logan's beginnings. Lots of action with a little love mixed in. Not a bad first date movie for the action-fan. Check it out when you get a chance!

Saturday, May 02, 2009

"Rescue Dawn"

Christian Bale plays Dieter Dengler, a pilot shot down in Laos and taken prisoner in Vietnam. He fights to stay alive and evetually escapes. A "B" grade movie that manages to keep you watching to see its ending. Why? It is based on a true story that really happened. Not a first date movie but one to rent on a rainy day. -JM

Friday, April 17, 2009


Vampire movie with Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. Based on the Stephenie Meyer's novel of the same name, it is a romance with a twist.

Okay first date movie. Definitely geared to be a franchise linked closely to the series of novels already written. Not a big fan but was entertained.-JM

Friday, April 10, 2009

"The Jane Austen Book Club"

Five women and a man form a book club to discuss Jane Austen's novels. Unwittingly their lives seem to parallel the characters in the novels. A definite "chick-flick" movie, so it goes without mention that it is a safe first-date movie. Check it out some time. Used a free rental coupon and was pleasantly surprised.-JM

Saturday, April 04, 2009

"Slumdog Millionaire"

Poor kid from India's slums gets a chance to make it big on the game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire". He answers questions, gets them right, and is on the verge of winning a million dollars! But, before he can get his chance, he is accused of cheating and an intense interrogation session with police begins.

Good movie, a first date choice as long as your partner appreciate foreign films with the IFC-flair. Enjoyed its storytelling; reminds viewers to keep the faith in life, love and success.-JM


Coming of age movie about a recent college graduate's summer job at an amusement park.

Not a bad movie but can wait till it comes out on DVD.-JM

Friday, March 27, 2009


Movie with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. Nicole comes to Australia to meet with her husband Lord Ashley to sell their cattle station. Hugh Jackman is a cattle drover hired on by Lord Ashley. Set at the onset of World War II, the movie quickly sets the storyline in the first half-hour.

That is, Nicole's husband is murdered, Nicole inherits the cattle station and decides not to sell it, and then Nicole working with Hugh and others make an effort to turn the business around. Also, viewers quickly learn that assimilation of aborigines is not condoned by Australian law.

Safe first date movie. Not a block-buster movie but not a bad one either. Save it for a cold and rainy day when everything is already checked out.-JM

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

"Vicki Christina Barcelona"

Movie about two American women on vacation in Barcelona. They meet a Spanish artist who pulls them into his carefree lifestyle. One things leads to another, and "yada, yada, yada", each has sex with him, one french kisses his ex-wife, and the other gets married to someone else.

Not a big hit at the box office. Mainly rented it to confirm that Scarlett Johannsen and Penelope Cruz share a "tender kiss". Not a first date movie because it tended to drag along despite being only 96 minutes long. Choose another rental over this one.-JM

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Nicholas Cage plays an MIT professor struggling with life as a widower and a single parent. Questioning his purpose in life, he has a tendency to lose focus. In one case, he nearly misses his son singing at an elementary school activity.

The school is celebrating the opening of a time capsule sealed 50 years ago and contains letters from students about the future. One letter appears written without rhyme nor reason; it has numbers scrawled across the page.

Somehow Nicholas comes across the letter and accidentally stumbles across its meaning. The numbers represent dates of disasters that have occured over the past 50 years with the exception of three dates. Dates that have not occured but are fast approaching.

Safe first date movie. Good storyline with some corniness at the end. Not sure why it beat out "I Love You Man" this past weekend. Given a choice, would go to "I Love You Man" over "Knowing".-JM

Sunday, March 22, 2009

"Electric Mist"

Mystery with Tommy Lee Jones as a Louisiana Detective investigating a series of murders in the bayou. John Goodman plays mobster "Baby Feet" Balboni, a crime boss that rubs Tommy Lee the wrong way.

Decent storyline, just the movie action seems slow and drags along at times. Stayed till the end to see how the mystery unfolds, else could have "changed channels" if it were TV.

Skip this one as a first date movie. Murder, corruption, and slow action do not make a good impression for a relationship that has yet to begin.-JM

Friday, March 20, 2009

"Cadillac Records"

Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, and Beyonce Knowles come together in a movie based on true events. Adrien plays Leonard Chess of Chess Records in Chicago. Jeffrey Wright is famed blues musician Muddy Waters. Beyonce Knowles is the great Etta James.

The storyline starts with Leonard Chess' decision to open a blues club and Muddy Waters leaving sharecropping in Mississippi to become a musician in Chicago. While in Chicago, Muddy hears Little Walter wailing on his harmonica and persuades Walker to form a band with him. Their band makes a lasting impression on Leonard that he decides to market Muddy's music.

Good rental and a safe first date movie. Enjoyed how the movie pulled in the recording artists into the story. Was not expecting much but was pleasantly surprised, even more since the movie was based on true events!-JM

"Goal II"

Santiago Munez continues living his dream of playing professional soccer. Fame and fortune shine down on Santiago but the road to success is not that easy. Personal and professional challenges threaten his new life. If he continues on the wrong path, all will be lost.

Good movie that picks up the story where "Goal" left off. Some corny moments but overall an entertaining movie. Cameos from real soccer players like David Beckham make for some realism. Safe first date movie. Check it out some time.-JM

"I Love You, Man"

... comedy with Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, and a strong cast of characters. Funny movie with a lot of "laugh out loud" moments.

Paul plays real estate agent Peter Klaven. He is the perfect girls' friend who is more at ease with women than men. As a result, he has no guy friends.

After proposing to his girl friend, Peter realizes that he has no one to tell or celebrate his upcoming marriage. So, he sets out to find a buddy!

After a string of "man dates", Peter meets Sydney, played by Jason Segel, at an open house that Peter is hosting for Lou "The Hulk" Ferigno.

Somehow it all comes together. Safe first date movie because it shows marriage and friendship are important in a relationship and does it using humor. Check this one out.-JM

Monday, March 16, 2009

"Role Models"

Two energy drink spokesman, played by Sean William Scott - the "Stifler" and Paul Rudd, get in trouble with the law and are forced to join a community service "Big Brother" program. One is assigned to a troublesome "tween"; the other is assigned a "fantasy role playing" teenager played by Superbad's Christopher "McLuvin" Mintz-Plasse.

If you enjoyed Superbad, American Pie, and Sean William Scott humor, this move is a safe bet. If you did not, skip it. As a first date movie, suggest skipping this one. Language and sexual references will not paint a good first impression.-JM

Sunday, March 15, 2009

"Pineapple Express"

Seth Rogen and James Franco star in a stoner movie. Seth is a 25 year old dating a high school girl and serving subpoenas while getting high on marijuana supplied by his dealer played by James Franco.

Slow start with a lot of cussing and drug humor. Movie picks up but builds upon the "drugs are harmless" mentality. Save this one for later as it is not a first date movie.-JM

Saturday, March 14, 2009


Comic superheros band together to prevent a nuclear war. Set in the 1980's where Nixon is President and Russia is the enemy, the movie takes you to the brink of war.

For an "almost 3 hour long" movie, it wasn't that bad given the storyline and the fight scenes. If you are into graphic novels and comic book heros, you should be entertained. If not, pass this one up.

Would not recommend as a first date movie unless your date is into graphic novels and comic books.-JM

FYI: Blueman aka Dr. Manhattan stays naked for most of his scenes.

Friday, March 06, 2009

"How To Lose Friends & Alienate People"

Comedy with Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, and Jeff Bridges.  Simon is a journalist hired by the owner of Sharp Magazine played by Jeff Bridges.  Simon comes to work and finds that his "different" personality alienates the staff.  Luckily Kirsten Dunst is on his side providing support as Simon works his way up in the company.
Safe first date movie with a lot of humor that Simon can only bring - recall his performances in "Hot Fuzz", "Shaun of the Dead", and "Ran, Fat Boy Run".  Check it out some time! -JM

Sunday, March 01, 2009

"Nights in Rodanthe"

Movie that brings Richard Gere and Diane Lane together again.  Last time they played husband and wife dealing with infidelity in the movie "Unfaithful'.  This time they are divorcees/soon to be divorced people who become lovers.  Four days together at a Bed and Breakfast Inn on the Outer Banks become a life changing moment for them.
Not a first date movie.  Why? The movie is based on the book written by Nicholas Sparks.  Same writer that brought you "The Notebook" and "Message In a Bottle"; expect a similar ending for "Nights in Rodanthe". -JM

Sunday, February 15, 2009


... action movie with Liam Neeson as a retired government agent and devoted father.  Liam gives up a career as a "preventer" of bad things in order to be close to his daughter.  Unfortunately, he must use his special skills and come out of retirement to rescue his daughter when she is kidnapped in Paris.
Slow beginning that picks up in action once the kidnapping happens.  Ending was expected with the bad guys losing and good guys winning.  Not a bad but would not rate it as a first date movie given the choice of movies currently showing in theaters.-JM

Friday, January 30, 2009

"Bangkok Dangerous"

Movie with Nicholas Cage as a hardened hitman ready to retire.  A lot of action but tends to fizzle out at the end.  Suggest holding off for a rainy day to watch.  Has a "B" movie feel, suggest skipping it as a first date movie.  Don't want to give the impression that "B" movies are your thing.-JM

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

"The Express - The Ernie Davis Story"

Movie about Syracuse University running back Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.  Rob Brown plays Ernie Davis and Dennis Quaid plays his coach.  Inspiring story!  Safe first date movie.  Check it out when you can.-JM

Saturday, January 24, 2009

"Charlie Bartlett"

Movie with Anton Yelchin, Hope Davis, and Robert Downey Jr.  Anton plays wealthy teenager Charlie Bartlett who has been expelled from private schools and, as a last resort, is sent to public school.  Robert Downey Jr plays Principal Gardner of the public school.  Hope Davis is Charlie's mother.
Somehow Charlie's honesty and well meaning intentions set him as the school "psychiatrist" providing advice to students.  Dark comedy of teenage angst but with a different angle.  Did not expect much but enjoyed the movie.  Safe first date movie.-JM

"Swing Vote"

Kevin Costner plays a simple working man named Bud Johnson. Bud leads a quiet life in Texico, New Mexico until he becomes the deciding vote in the Presidential Race.

Both candidates work to get Bud's vote, even to the point of changing party platforms.

Funny moments with a message that each vote matters. Kinda drags at times.

Don't make a special trip to rent it. But, still consider it a safe first date movie.-JM

"Max Payne"

Mark Wahlberg plays video game character Max Payne, a NYPD Detective, bent on solving the murder of his wife and child.

Promising story but could not get past the demons and dark fantasy theme. Slow to watch, would not recommend as a first date movie.-JM

Saturday, January 17, 2009

"My Best Friend's Girl"

Comedy with Dane Cook, Kate Hudson, and Jason Biggs. Dane and Jason are best friends. Jason and Kate are dating. Jason thinks its serious. Kate does not.

Jason asks Dane to go on a date with Kate, be a jerk, and maybe Kate will realize Jason is a suitable boyfriend.

Dane goes out with Kate but the plan backfires. Kate and Dane get physical!

Not a first date movie. Starts slow but picks up after the first 20 minutes. Save it for a later date or an already established relationship. -JM

"Righteous Kill"

Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are two NYPD Detectives who have been partners for 30 years. They team up with rival detectives, played by Donnie Wahlberg and John Leguizamo, to solve a string of murders.

A vigilante is on the loose. His modus operandi - single out criminals, kill them, and then leave a hand-written poem on the scene.

Action comes and goes but overall it is slow. Good rental but not enough to rate it as a first-date movie.-JM

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