Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Movies Lately Again


This is how we used our Blockbuster-by-mail membership lately:

BELLA is a movie that takes place in the restaurant and Latino community of the Big Apple. It is about an ex-pro-soccer player, who works for his adopted brother in an upscale restaurant. He is the head chef. One day he observed his step brother fire a pregnant employee and he felt sorry for her. He walked off the job to give her comfort and their romance budded. You stay busy reading the subtitles. It was pretty good.

ELIZABETHTOWN with Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst. It was directed by Cameron Crowe. A young man who just made a terrible boo boo in the shoe industry goes to Elizabethtown, Kentucky, to claim his father’s body on behalf of his mother. The hometown folk were, well, hometown. Some very funny and eccentric people were portrayed. And as an added bonus Food Channel star Paula Dean was a character. She spent most of her time in the kitchen, of course. The last part Orlando drives from Elizabeth town towards the west coast with his father’s ashes, scattering at different places for different reasons…. The trip alone is worth the price of the movie. He makes some of the eateries in Memphis look very eccentric and good…. Which they are. I thought it was very good.

MARGOT AT THE WEDDING with Nicole Kidman. I tell you what would make a good move – a dysfunctional family preparing for a wedding. That is almost as good as a dysfunctional family on a road trip. It was good, but I have seen Nichole Kidman in many movies I thought was better.

SUPERHERO MOVIE with Leslie Nielsen. If SUPERHERO MOVIE was the first movie I saw with Leslie Nielsen where anything for a laugh, I would claim it was great. It essentially lampoons the SPIDERMAN movie series, with a lot of laughs. But how many movie has Leslie Nielsen slapped somebody in a wheelchair on the back which gets the wheelchair moving, then coasting down a deep hill or down a flight of stairs? Sadly, there were no surprises – and that is what tickles the funny bone – is the surprise.

TUDORS 1-3 is one DVD with three segments of King Henry the V - actually, I am not sure which King Henry it is. But it was very educational and not only that but entertaining but also plenty of sex and nudity. Looks like a great movie to make a report on, right students?

VANTAGE POINT with Dennis Quaid, Forest Whitaker, Sigourney Weaver, and William Hurt. It was a very high energy action packed movie. The movie tries a new concept. It takes a single incident of someone making an assignation attempt on the President and looks at the about 5 minutes before and after the 0 time from several different view points. I thought it was much like playing chess using diversion tactics and just plain dumb luck fumbles. I thought it was a good movie.

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