Matador – seemed like a good idea, but just couldn’t hold my attention. Brosnan and Kinnear had good chemistry, and I thought it was a good role for Brosnan but the plot just flopped on me. 3/10
Benchwarmers – meh… how many times can we do the same movie? 2/10
V for Vendetta – The Wachowski brothers redeem themselves. Never read the book, so can’t say how well it does there. The action was great, story was solid, and can you really go wrong with Natalie Portman? 8/10
Yes Men www.theyesmen.org – Got a kick out of it. Can’t believe the stuff these guys got away with. 6/10
Watched Winter Soldier just because I had heard a decent amount about it. Disturbing really. My father was in the VietNam war, and I know the trouble he had readjusting to life back here. He never really talked much about it either. A frightening look at war and what it does to people. Also makes you think twice about backing the US whenever we accuse people of war crimes – if we can’t confess to our own, we have no right to accuse others.
October Sky – Somehow I missed this one years ago. Great, feel-good, based-on-a-true-story about The Rocket Boys getting out of a small mining town by using their brains. 7/10
… man I’ve watched a lot of movies lately….
Cellular – Lame. I’m not sure who told me to watch this, but I want to punch them in the face. 2/10
Inside Man – How did anyone give this a good review?! Great cast directed by Spike Lee, it just tried to do too much. It was a great bank heist movie – I may have even put it up close to Heat – but it tried to throw some political thriller BS in there and lost me. I still give it a 5/10 for the good parts though.
Scary Movie 4 – Not my idea. Pretty much what you should expect from this franchise by now – good for a few laughs, but if you haven’t seen what it’s spoofing you’ll stare blankly at the screen. I’ll give it a 4/10 just for the digs at Cruise.
Brick – Really enjoyed this. I actually had to turn the subtitles on a few times – the fast dialogue, made up lingo, and bad sound made it tough to watch at parts. Watching some of the deleted scenes, you see what the poor sound engineers had to work with though. A noir-murder mystery that’s light on the mystery. Fairly original I thought – they set it in a high-school. The high-school aspect isn’t really meant to be high-school. Don’t think of this as a Dead Teenager Movie. I think the director even said something about “… this is to high-school as Gotham City is to New York City” Good story and solid acting by a bunch of unknowns. 8/10