I'm more of a TV person than a movie person, probably because of the continuity that TV shows offer, but with summertime fast approaching and many shows in repeats I've recently found myself watching movies when I have downtime. In an attempt to update my journal and provide a change of pace from my normally chronicled computer woes, I thought that I might share a few of my movie viewings from the past few months along with my own fascinating insights.
In alphabetical order ...
Finding Neverland - Kleenex, aisle 12. I didn't know this was going to be a sad movie. I wasn't prepared for that. Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet are fantastic actors. I recommend this as must rent for anyone who hasn't seen it.
The Island - This was a good movie. I'm pretty sure that I'm in the minority when I say that (because everyone I've told laughs), but I'm going to say it again ... good movie. It didn't do very well at the box office, but I'm going to partially blame that on a bad title and poor marketing. I didn't decide to watch it until I read a synopsis on Netflix. If anyone wants to watch a good action/adventure film with big explosions and better than average actors, rent this. Heidi says so.
Last Holiday - I've always liked Queen Latifah ( living single, in a 90's kind of world, I'm glad I got my gurls ... ) so I thought I'd give this movie a chance. It wasn't bad per say, I mean, it was no Van Helsing, but saying it was good is kind of a stretch. In fact, my Dad recently watched this on a plane trip. When I say that he watched it, I mean it ... he didn't buy the headphones, so he just watched it. There's probably not a whole lot of difference between hearing the movie and not hearing the movie; so the next time you're flying and this is the in-flight show, save yourself $5.00 and guess the on dialogue. I'm sure you'll be spot on.
Mission: Impossible III - Meh. What's there to say? It wasn't bad, but it wasn't that good either.
Poseidon - Ocean. Rogue wave. A boat in its path. Boom! Boat upsidedown. Hot guy must save plucky survivors. Bad dialogue. No plot. Rejoicing once a handful of survivors are saved (and because the movie is over). Josh Lucas' career is nearing its last leg. It's not even like he's a bad actor. The movies he's in just ... suck.
The Station Agent - A great indie-esque film about friendship and life. Netflix it.
Stealth - It's a good thing that Ray was released before Stealth because this movie could have totally derailed Jamie Fox's career. Of all the movies in this journal, I think this had the worst dialogue. Beating Poseidon in a category for worst dialogue is a true accomplishment; congratulations. Again, poor Josh Lucas. Who is picking his movies? Hire me; I definitely can't do any worse. And it's a good thing that 7th Heaven was picked up at the last hour for its 11th season. Now Jessica Biel can ask for her job back. Clearly her movie career isn't going anywhere.
Tully - Another great indie-type film. Just watch it.
Two Weeks Notice - I saw this movie when it was originally in theatres, but last weekend it was on TV and I couldn't help myself. I didn't want to watch, especially with commericals, but I love Sandra Bullock. Yay for happy endings. Plus, Sandra and Hugh Grant have great comedic timing. If you want to watch a fun movie just for the heck of it, rent this. Not all movies have to be of Oscar quality and this is a good example of something that can keep your mind occupied for a couple hours.
Van Helsing - This was on TV just last night and is what prompted this journal. Holy wow ... what a terrible movie. It was so bad that I could not stop watching. You might be thinking, "If it was really that bad, you would have turned the channel." No. You're wrong. Truly horrendous movies have the power to suck you in and waste two hours of life. That's what makes them bad. They steal time that you'll never get back and force you to write journal entries so that others can feel your pain. I even took the time to look up the movie's budget; $160 million. I know that action/adventure movies are supposed to have awesome effects and whatnot, but they might have tried to save a sliver of that budget for plot and dialogue rewrites. Just a suggestion. I'm surprised that Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale still have careers. Good thing they had X-Men and Underworld to fall back on. The phrase 'Van Helsing' needs to be associated with all bad things. The next time Timmy falls down a well or the next time your girlfriend cheats on you, say, 'Van Helsing!'. It'll catch on and before you know it, instead of getting F's on tests, teachers will just write 'Van Helsing'.
X-Men: The Last Stand - I liked it a lot. Not once did I check my watch to see how much time was left (a true sign of a good movie). I know that people who are into the history of the X-Men comics weren't pleased with the movie, but from the standpoint of a non-comic person it was a fun summer flick. I do admit that Jean Grey (Phoenix) wasn't given enough to do and having her [supposedly] kill Scott Summers (Cyclops) in the first ten minutes of the movie seemed wasteful. At least now I know why Cyclops was missing from 99% of the X-Men billboards in Hollywood. I should have put two and two together.
This has to be, without a doubt, the longest journal that I've ever written. If anyone out there in Interweb-land has a few free moments, please take a minute and share your thoughts. Agree with me? Think I have rotten taste? Share some of your own picks. I'm interested to hear what everyone else has to say.
Thanks for reading and have a good day.