Sunday, March 20, 2005

(2004) Queen Latifah and Jimmy Fallon star in a buddy movie. Not to be taken seriously, please, and if you do you'll miss some fun. After his years driving, Gene automatically likes any movie about taxis and what's not to like about a taxi so tricked-out it would be at home on any Nascar track. Fast paced and silly, Queen Latifah balances out Fallon's over-the-topness. And I really enjoyed Ann Margaret's performance as the mother. Yep, it was entertaining! Silly but fun.
Flight of the Phoenix
(2004) Okay, let's overlook some logistical flaws here and there and just enjoy this "disparate group band together and overcome all odds" adventure movie. Looks like the $250,000 model was worth it for an amazing plane crash to get the story started! And by the way, Dennis Quaid is lookin' buff here.

(2004) Zooey Deschanel plays Kate who is to give the Eulogy at her grandfather's funeral. Not knowing what to say, she finds no assistance from the wacky and feckless adults in her life. Hank Azaria, Glenne Headly, Famke Janssen, Piper Laurie, Kelly Preston, Ray Romano, and Rip Torn all do a fantastic job.

By the way, everyone does not love Ray this time around. Ray Ramano is at his most believable as smarmy Uncle Skip. His twin boys are real potty mouths and generally offensive. At first, their mere existence seems only a vehicle for lewd one-liners. But they serve to make Uncle Skip even more smarmy. Not only does he allow their wanton behavior, Skipper even joins them in the closet to spy on his sister and her lesbian lover.

One smarmy sibling is plenty and the rest are just wacky. Even with great portrayals by seasoned actors, I found myself wanting a more developed story. Still worth a watch just to be entertained, though.

The Big Fix
(1978) Richard Dreyfuss is private investigator Moses Wine. I guess I saw this at the cinema when it came out in 1978, but I always remembered it as being a great movie. And I was right! The advice he gives his sons about remaining inconspicuous when tailing someone always stuck with me. Actually, I remembered enough of this movie to fill in all the missing subtleties while watching it on fuzzy tv tonight.

And if I can remember that much of a movie, it must have made an impression on me! Just ask Gene. haha. That's one of the reasons I started recording what I watch in a movie blog. I just can't remember which movies I've seen!

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Finally Saw a Couple Movies

Into the Sun
(2005) A typical Steven Seagal vehicle. There were some things to like even though the plot wasn't one of them. Beautiful gardens, furniture, interesting Japanese actors. And when Seagal opens that can of whup-ass, it's always fun to watch him in action. I probably wouldn't watch it again, but it helped pass the time.

I Heart Huckabees
(2004) A movie that begs to answer the question, "How am I not myself?" Billed as an existential comedy, it stars Lily Tomlin, Dustin Hoffman, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Mark Wahlberg and Naomi Watts. (Gene spotted a young Jake Hoffman as a parking valet.) Existential detectives, absurdist humor, meaningful or meaningless, you'd have to agree it was a well done movie whether you like it or not.