Sunday, April 24, 2005

The Notebook
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(2004) Yes, I cried. A very sweet, but too long, chick flick. Gene was a good sport and suffered through it, though.

Ghost Story
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(1981) Not a great plot but has old-time actors Fred Astaire, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr, and John Houseman starring. Also, Gene claims getting to see Alice Krige’s boobs is a good reason to watch this old movie. haha

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

The Final Cut
(2004) Gene says I only like Robin Williams when he's not being over the top. Guess that's why I like him in this one.

The story is about William's character and his efforts to create (cut/edit) for his clients an oh-so-pleasant vignette from their deceased loved one's memory chip and his angst when he discovers why he can't be a "cutter" anymore.

At first I was disappointed by the abrupt ending. But abrupt endings are about making you think. And there's plenty here to go back and think about. There is an important message in the movie but it's too subtle and lots of people won't even recognize it. Slippery slope, folks. Slippery slope.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

The Day the Earth Stood Still
(1951) Klaatu barada nikto! Well, now I understand -- not what it means, but what it's from at least. I can see why this is a classic of the sci-fi genre. It has great effects for back then, the music is simple and eerie and spares us from the overbearing music of many contemporary movies, the light/shadow and other patterns are hypnotic, plus there are a couple of closeups that are hyper-clear. Thinking back about the story, I'm not getting too much. But rest assured this movie is a visual treat in a myriad of ways. A must see in your movie history if you're a sci-fi fan.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

The Flight of the Phoenix
(1965) Gene brought home a copy the original, and he remembered correctly, it is a better movie than last year's remake. Why do they keep remaking movies that are just fine already? James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, and Hardy Kr├╝ger own the characters, with George Kennedy and Ernest Borgnine in lesser roles. I liked the 2004 remake when I saw it last month (and the original was a faint memory.) But now that the 1965 version is fresh in my mind, I'd have to say that I like it better. The original is a grittier telling of the same story. The Dennis Quaid version has DQ and the guys looking buff, is updated to contemporary times, plus lots of Hollywood gloss added. But, hey, the original has a monkey!

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Earthsea
(2004) Mystical islands, wizards, dragons, etc. Very enjoyable if you like this sort of thing (which we do). The hero is played by Shawn Ashmore (Iceman in the second X-Men). Also has Danny Glover and Isabella Rossellini
After the Sunset
(2004) A movie about one last diamond heist. I enjoyed it. I like to watch Pierce Brosnan, though. Lots of pretty tropical scenery and architecture, too. Salma Hayek, Woody Harrelson, and Don Cheadle also starred.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

The Incredibles
(2004) Cute movie. Lots to like! Good cast of super heroes, but I enjoyed supporting character Kari, the babysitter, and loved Edna 'E' Mode, but then I've always been partial to Edith Head and like most any character modeled after her.