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Great movies March 19, 2007

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First off, 300 is incredible. The music, the visual story-telling will blow your ass wide open (Dont be surprised if Zack Snyder ends of being one of the premiere directors of his time). Seen it twice in the theater, and more than likely, there will be a 3rd time. It was a fun, kick-ass action rockfest that at the core, reminds us just how doughy and lame modern men are. Felt like a big ol’ biotch when I left, but I did feel like I wanted to change also.

Stranger than Fiction was probably one of the most underrated movies of last fall. Will Ferrel is just great, along with the rest of the cast. It was an original story, with great characters, and Marc Forster (director) did a fantastic job of bringing it to the screen. Harold Crick is a loveable lead who you just want the best for, and who is such a good guy, and you (the viewer) were going to feel pained if/when he dies. Great movie, feel-good movie of the past five years.

Dont want to talk to much about this one, because it just wouldnt be fair to the people who havent seen it yet, but The Prestige is one of the greatest who-dunnits in a long time. Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale (awesome, awesome actor) bring to life a story of two rival magicians with a very raw past. And they will stop at nothing to know each other’s secrets and to be the best showman out there, no matter who gets hurt. A great story that leave you wondering until the very end and then you go, “Holy shit…”. Christopher Nolan does it again, and dont imagine he will be stopping anytime soon.

I feel very fortunate to be in a time that seems to be ushering in all sorts of great filmmakers. You got the ones who can do awesome action movies (Sam Raimi, Bryan Singer, Zack Snyder), dramas (Wes Anderson, Marc Forster, Cameron Crowe) and the ones that can do it all (Christopher Nolan, David Fincher). And lets not forget the comedies, of course (Todd Phillips).

I support Kevin Costner February 14, 2007

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Why is this man hated so much? He is the butt of many, many jokes, and I don’t totally see why. True, he has made a couple stinkers (The Postman is a glaring boo-boo on his resume, and it probably would have helped if he didn’t direct it) but overall, I enjoy his collection. I recently watched “The Guardian” and I really enjoyed it. It brought to light what the un-heralded Coast Guard does for our country, has intense movie moments, and an overall good storyline. True, he isn’t the most emotional actor, but he is careful in choosing movies that don’t ask that of him. He knows his limits. And I don’t care what anybody says, “Waterworld” was an enjoyable movie. And lets not forget he directed and starred in one of the most important movies about the United State’s past, “Dances with Wolves.” If you didn’t like that movie, then something is just wrong with you.

Pan’s Labyrinth January 28, 2007

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Checked out Pan’s Labyrinth with Karen yesterday, and I thought it was pretty good. Not sure if it lived up to the hype, but to tell the truth, don’t think many movies do.  The story was original, and the acting was great all around. Visually stunning, and it has a no-holds barred violent portrayal of Spain after World War II which never really feels over the t0p and almost seems necessary. Guillermo del Toro is a very good director and is great at telling stories through film, as he does in this movie.  With all the popcorn, fantasy movies that have been coming out lately, it was nice to see something that had a nice blend of make-believe, and the hardcore truth of our world. I would definitely recommend people to see it, subtitles and all (you wouldn’t believe how many people wont see subtitled movies, no matter how good they are, although the Spanish-speaking faun kept throwing me off a bit. Dont know what I expected, but just seemed weird to me).

A Great Horror Movie January 6, 2007

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I think nowadays, horror movies are trying to be too edgy, mainly in the vein of “Se7en”, with over-the-top gore, and attempting to be more nauseous than anything. But when you do catch a good scary movie, there are very few feelings like it.

Which brings me to “The Descent.” This movie does it all with its intensity, backdrop, story, and a hint of gore (ok, maybe a smidge more than a hint.) I couldnt imagine being trapped in a cave system that very few, hmm, humans have been through, while being chased by “crawlers” that cant see, but use their sense of hearing to find its prey. Did I mention that they are incredibly fast. Its fast-paced, with plenty of moments that make you wish you had a fresh pair. I havent enjoyed a good horror like this since the remake of “Dawn of the Dead.”