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Ok, here's some new reviews:

We Have

The Descent

Monkey Business

The Thief Lord

The Ringer

Super Mario Brothers


The Cheetah Girls 2

Lets see lets see...

The Descent:
A horror movie. Was it scary? Yes. Well, Scary enough. The creatures were good and creepy and the blood and gore were just enough to keep my stomach barely in check. My only problem with this flick is that I really couldn't care less about all the backstory. I was ready for the blood gore and creepy creatures about 15 minutes in, but I had to wait almost an hour. I was ready to MOVE ON ALREADY! GET TO THE HORROR!
my advice, wait till it's available on dvd/video, and then fastforward through all the boring character developement.

Monkey Business:
Why is Marilyn Monroe billed as the star of this movie? She had a relatively small part. This bothers me. Other than that, I did love this movie. It's just so much fun. The acting is great, in a way that acting just never manages these days. Cary Grant and Ginger Roberts play 20 year olds and 10 year olds so well, you almost believe that that cute little monkey really did mix up some age-defying formula. Its so much fun, and so wholesome it makes your teeth ache... in a good way.

The Thief Lord:
Was it as good as Harry Potter? No. Was it as horrible as some kids movies out there? Hell No. This was a really fun movie. The little kids starring in it are great little actors. It wasn't extremely memorable, but good enough to be worth the watch.

The Ringer:
This is one of my favorite movies of the past year. it sounds so offensive when you hear the premise: Johnny Knoxville pretends to be retarded to rig the special olympics... But it is so much fun. The guys in the S.O. with him are awesome, and just reinforce the idea that special needs people are amazing. They deserve respect and adoration and that's what this movie gives them, all the bad shit happens to Knoxville, no small part of which can be attributed to the horrible, offensive uncle Gary (played fabulously by Brian Cox). This movie is funny and fun.

Super Mario Brothers:
This movie is so bad is fabulous. John Leguizamo as the love-struck Luigi Mario, and Bob Hoskins in a slightly less-dignified than usual role as Mario Mario. Dennis Hopper plays King Koopa, one evil, egg sucking son of a snake. Some cute blonde chick plays princess Daisy. My favorites are Yoshi and the Goombas. My favorite scene is in the elevator, when Luigi makes the Goombas dance. This movie is just a classic, and no matter how bad it is sometimes, it's just not right for anyone to have not seen it.

A very cute kids movie. I was waiting for the main character to admit to being gay, but other than that it was serious-issue free. The moral, that all creatures great and small deserve to be protected, yay environment, boo selfish pancake builders. It was cute, and it's great to watch with the kids. Parents won't be bored out of their brains, and the kids will enjoy it.

The Cheetah Girls 2:
Great music. Decent actresses. Fun Story. It's a disney channel original movie. I shouldn't even be admitting to watching it.

Ok, that's it for now. I plan to watch V for Vendetta in the next few days, and I really want to make it to theaters to see Tallidega Nights, Accepted, Little Miss Sunshine, Invincible, and maybe (just maybe) snakes on a plane

That's all for now


Tonight I watched Loverboy, (loverboy loverboy) a great overlooked 80's flick starring Patrick Dempsey (can't buy me love, anyone?)
I love this movie. With Dempsey as a more or less clueless college kid who suddenly gets to become a man-ho (but way better than rob schneider ever was) all in order to get back the love of his life... gettin hot and heavy with the likes of kirstie alley and carrie fischer...
His dad thinks he's gay, and his mom ends up calling him for a pizza with 'extra anchovies'

Its just plain fun, little brain use. It made me laugh a couple times, and reminded me why I love 80s movies.

Check it out, if you've never seen it. And if you have seen it, give it another watch, it's worth it!
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ok, ok. I know. A month ago I promised to try to update. I didn't.

Starting now, I am going to keep this up-to-date again.

I've watched several movies of late, that I probably won't get around to reviewing. But as far as a list of Great, OK, and DIDN'T REALLY CARE FOR goes...

Hoodwinked, creep, man with two brains, Finding Nemo, the Ringer, Tristan and Isolde, Just Friends, Nanny McFee, Rent, ...

Herbie fully loaded, Tremors 4, If Only, Family Stone, Last Holiday, Grandma's boy, in the mix, hostel, Cassanova, Fun with Dick and Jane, Just like heaven, Rumor has it, prime, proof, saw 2, Zombie Honeymoon (bordering on great)...

Didn't really care for:
Munich, the Dark, Aeon Flux, Stay (ok, HATED this one), time bandits, bleed ...

ok, that's what I can think of. Like I said, starting :now: I'm going to try to keep this updated regularly. with actual reviews

oh, and great tv = monk, house, Dead like me (finally finished it. boo), Dinosaurs...
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Hey! It's been awhile. I've been a bit busy.
In the past couple weeks I've rented tons of new releases, and haven't watched any of them.

I'm kinda tired right now, but I think if i post this update, I'll feel compelled to come back and write reviews later. In a general order of seen most recently to longer ago:

History of Violence
Chicken Little
16 blocks
She's All That
Ice Age
the Inside Man
She's the Man
the Shaggy Dog
Two for the Money

comment so I remember anyone's still around?

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ok. some titles.


at work:
Honey, I shrunk the kids, valiant, empire records, corpse bride

in theaters:
Brokeback Mountain, Fun with Dick and Jane, Nanny McPhee, Firewall

at lizzy's:
A time to kill, frailty, lots of house, unconstitutional,
waiting at lizzys:
jarhead, foxfire, fallen,

at home:
elvis has left the building, mirrormask, just friends, rent, prince and me 2

cuz they rule
shrek, mirrormask, just like heaven, million dollar baby, rent, constantine, wedding crashers, 40 year old virgin, bewitched, lady and the tramp, cast away, corpse bride, sisterhood of the traveling pants,
without seeing them
american psycho (yes, I've finally given up and bought it), walk the line, north country (saw it in theaters), domino, pride and prejudice, flight of the phoenix, weather man, happy accidents
for me
bambi 2

waiting to watch here at home:
get shorty, they, philadelphia, breaking dawn, prime, prince and me

Saturday Night life

Ah, Orlando Bloom. He is just so goddamn cute. He was cute as the stupid pussy little son of a bitch that gets his brother killed in Troy, so when he plays a character that you actually like, he's just damned loveable. In Elizabethtown, the British heartthrob makes a mistake bigger than getting his arse kicked and letting Eric Bana die : he plays an american. He ditches the British you-know-you-want-to-shag-me Accent and I missed it very much. Once you get past the seperation anxiety about the accent - best seen in Pirates of the Carribean (in which the character rules, too), This movie is enjoyable. Kirsten Dunst plays an obnoxious, adorable, interesting character and you actually care about what happens to the characters. All of the acting is really good, the story is relatable, the script is at times funny, at times dramatic. I will admit, I was confused, all the way through the end, about just what the relationship between our two main characters was, but it was fun. Obscure, Choppy 'falling in love' stuff is almost too difficult to follow, but that's just what makes it more like life and less like a contrived movie experience. Susan Sarandon tap dances, and that makes absolutely no sense to me. The portrayal of Kentucky was deliciously spot on, and all of the family interactions were cute. What did i think of the soundtrack? I'll let you know when, oh excuse me, IF i ever get freebird out of my head.

I'm not sure what I should label the link for the next movie I watched last night. I rented Apartment 12, but it was released and listed on IMDb as Life/Drawing. Mark Ruffalo stars in some movie that was actually released back in 2001. Why, then is it newly released on DVD this past week? Something tells me that the arrival of Just Like Heaven, and that makes sense. He really is a good actor, if not extremely well known, and it's good to get this movie out while his name is on people's minds. It's a small, super low budget independent movie and most folks wouldnt give it a second glance. This is, mostly, a mistake. The movie is original, for the most part. Mark Ruffalo's tortured artist who isn't in the groove isn't quite a new role. But other than that there's some interesting ideas that I havent seen explored before. You meet someone who lives in your building, something happens. Great, you live right there. It ends. Uh Oh. This is more or less what the back jacket of the dvd promised me and, though it is a large part of the movie, it's not really what the focus is. The characters are all so much fun, especially the annoying landlord and the creepy spam-cooking neighbor. The main girl is also well played, though I've never seen or heard of her before. Then again, the only person involved in this project that I knew of was Ruffalo. That was enough for me.

It's weird, the sheer amount of movies out there that you never hear about. Take Cake, for example. It's not an extremely unknown cast; Heather Graham, of Austin Powers and Say It Isnt So (who manages to not play a bimbo, convincingly); David Sutcliffe, who I know best from Gilmore Girls (and is so cute); Taye Diggs - a very sexy brother with some great arms and abs; and Sandra Oh, who is very funny in the movies I've seen her in - Princess Diaries being my favorite as well as Sideways. The plot wasn't completely original or surprising, but it was executed nicely. Heather Graham's anti-marriage sprouting party child is cute, if lacking much depth. The romances are sweet though not shocking. I personally liked the girlfriend-friendships, expecially between the two chicks mentioned. It's worth a watch, but I'm pretty glad I didn't know that this movie existed in theaters, cuz it might not be quite worth the cinema-going ordeal, but I did enjoy watching it.


Right Now, I'm watching The Green Mile on ABC. It's edited for tv, so the more horrific parts of the botched electrocution parts werent shown, but other than that and some language, it was a pretty tame R-rated movie. I'm pretty sure that it's also not going to show how Wild Bill killed those two little girls or how John Coffee found them. Again, some pretty brutally graphic images so I might not be so sorry to miss them. Oh, how I hate Percy, and oh, how I hate Wild Bill (love that actor, Sam Rockwell). Somehow, I didn't realize (I'm sure I knew at some point) this is based on a Steven King story. Seems pretty obvious to me, now. The characters, the morals, the weird things flying out of John Coffee's mouth when he heals and whatnot. It's very Steven King. This is an amazing Tom Hanks role. This is the kind of film that deserves to be nominated for (and win!) Oscars. The acting feels real and compelling, the story is unsettlingly profound, and the way it looks is absolutely beautiful. This film makes me cry every time, although lucky for me we haven't reached the part that makes me sob yet. This is one of those movies where, even when it's on TV and it's edited for time and content, and there's commercial breaks after every big thing... I can't stop watching it.
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ok, here we go with some actual reviews...

Just Tonight, I went and saw Fun With Dick and Jane. As happens with comedies (and dramas, to be honest), the funniest parts were in the trailers. I feel okay now that I didn't rush out to watch it right away, but I'm glad I got to see it. Jim Carrey can't quite pull off ::not:: funny, so all in all he was enjoyable to watch. Tea Leoni has bugged me in the past, but I liked her in this. The humour's funny and it isn't overabundantly physical comedy. The dialogue is, at times, very fun. "I think... we should have sex... Saturday." Oh, it was great. All in all, worth watching.

Earlier in the week i rented You Stupid Man. I really hate Denise Richards and she was sufficiently stupid and skanky for my tastes. Turns out I really like Milla Jovovich (who plays another awesomely wacky chick in Dummy. I haven't watched the Resident Evil films, so I'm not judging her based on those, but rather the heart that she gives to the characters I've seen. She's wacky and talkative and, as in Dummy, keeps the movie going at the slower parts. I didn't realize it when I glanced at the coverart while renting it, but the main male character is also an actor whose work i've enjoyed. David Krumholtz is a great actor, but usually he's in less 'main' roles. He usually has a smaller part, and at times I could see why. It almost felt like he didn't feel comfortable holding the whole movie together. But all in all, his character, Owen, was played sweetly and honestly, and I definately wanted to take him home. Even though he really is a Stupid Man. My favorite part was the 'subtitles' at the end of the date... "I'll call you" (Cold Hearted Bitch!) "I'd like that" (Asshole!)... I don't think I'm doing it justice. Just know that it was perfectly executed, and very relateable.

watched at work this past weekend:

finding nemo


shark tale

I can't say which one is my favorite. I can say that Shark Tale isn't. It's funny and all, the voices are all really well done and I like how they managed to incorporate the actors looks into the fishies. The mob-ness of the Shark clan is also quite funny. There are just too many pop-culture references. It get's old after a while. I watched Hercules tonight and theres a bit with 'Air-Herk' sandals... that's funny. Shark Tale takes the idea and runs with it, never quite looking back.
Shrek and Finding Nemo battle in my mind for favourite. I love finding nemo. Ellen Degeneres is so FUCKING awesome. I love Dory and know most every line she says. I love the Turtles. There are bits there that i can't help but talk along with the movie. The sharks are so cool. The fish tank characters are all so great, with the guy from Everybody Loves Raymond as a blowfish, the girl that thinks her reflection is her 'crazy' sister, the guy that tries valiantly to say Shit. the whole ... Mine. MineMineMine... Mine... thing... makes me smile just typing it. Honestly, I think my favorite part of the whole dvd is leaving it on the Menu screen; "I'm so excited, I've always wanted to see The Little Mermaid!"..."Being a movie star would be so glamourous. Where's my trailer? I need water! Fill my trailer with water!" ... It's not that I didn't like Toy Story or Monsters Inc or all those, but I was slightly sketchy about disney. They veered from their standard (Musicals. Really great music) and I was starting to think I would never again find something to rival Little Mermaid or Beauty and the Beast (or any of the many many other great disney musicals). Finding Nemo replaced my confidence in Disney.
Too bad Chicken Little could only try (though valiantly) to be as good as this, and failed.
But Shrek, man.
Ogres have layers, Onions have layers. This movie has layers, and each time i watch it, it feels like i peel off one more layer. There are so many little things that make this movie great. The whole thing, of course, rocks... The Ogre and the Talking Donkey, the Princess who thinks it should all be done by the book, John Lithgow doind Anything... But there are so many little moments in the film, moments when i would get just a second to look up or to listen and discover something else amazing about it. I can't say enough about how much I love Shrek.

Ok, that's it for now. See ya later!
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I didn't want to make another not-actually reviews post. But I'm doing it anyway.

watched today Karate Kid and Corpse Bride
rented in her shoes, elizabethtown, and phil the alien.
i returned everything i had except for American Psycho (i will watch this movie!), Rainmaker, the Aristocrats, and disc 1 of house.