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Review: Something New (2006)

My GRADE: C-99m_1

Well, I’ll be honest.  This wasn’t a movie I was exactly dying to see in the first place.  But when a friend called and asked if I wanted to go see a movie, something new, her treat, I assumed she meant anything that had just come out and said, “sure!”.  Then, I went to look up new movies and there it was, and it all came flashing back to me a cheesy looking black film complete with weddings and the token white guy.  A film that isn’t quite brave enough to really be about race, so it decides to be about romance and comedy instead and throw a few racial philosophies in for good measure.  I wasn’t mistaken.  The film was not well written and had NO ORIGINALITY.  Almost every line and every scene I felt like I was making a list, oh that’s from that film , and that might as well be this film and so on even down to the main character running out of a cotillion, clock chiming midnight to find her fairytale prince.  PLEASE!!!  There were a couple of pleasant things about the movie, Donald Faison (scrubs, clueless) always gives a funny performance, though admittedly he had very little to work with here.  And Simon Baker was gorgeous and charming just to watch for two hours, and really in the end, you want him to send the spoiled princess back to mommy because she doesn’t deserve a man like that (ya know, if prince charming really did exist, he would be in the form of Simon Baker or at least the nearly perfect Brian he plays in the film) Overall, maybe a rental to fall asleep by, but not worth the theater prices and could have been cut down by about oh an hour, and maybe been something good.  Better yet, just rent, Cinderella, Bridget Jones, The Wedding Planner, Bed of Roses, and Jungle Fever and you’ll see all the best parts of the movie actually well done.

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February 11, 2006 at 5:02 pm Leave a comment

Review: Imagine Me & You (2006)

‘Everyone promises you happily ever after…but life turns into a different kind of fairy tale.’

                                              – Rachel, Imagine Me and You

My GRADE:  B+

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I just came out of this Fox Searchlight british romantic comedy starring Piper Perabo (Coyote Ugly) and Matthew Goode (Match Point) loving it. Of course I love anything british, so perhaps I’m a bit prejudiced. My movie going companion however hated the film. Without giving too much away, the argument came down to a matter of ethical preference. Which is preferable, making sacrifices to avoid hurting the people you care about, or letting the truth set things free, trusting time to settle things and life to be a painful experience anyway, but as one character in the movie says so poignantly: The heart heals. Watch it and decide for yourself which side of the fence you come down on.

February 11, 2006 at 4:58 pm Leave a comment

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_butterfly Movie Reviews Will Now Be Main Posts

In an effort to streamline the posting process and make this site more user friendly my running movie reviews will now be posted as regular posts.  To look up a previous post on any movie, simply click reviews under the category field in the right column and it will bring up any relevant posts.  I’ll be moving older reviews over within the next few days, so the site may look a bit movie heavy for a while, bear with me, I think it will make things easier in the long run.

February 3, 2006 at 4:22 pm Leave a comment

Review: Underworld, Evolution

My Grade:  C+

Tanis: You don’t scare me, Selene.
Selene: Well, we’ll have to work on that, won’t we? ‘

79m_1 This fast moving sequel to Underworld, starring Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman (of ‘Felicity’ fame) won’t likely dissapoint most fans of the original movie.  The vampires, the lycans, the creative decapitations and gore and of course Kate in that leather corset are all there.  Expect a third in the trilogy as half of the film felt like little more than a set up for the franchise.  I was also disappointed with the lack of dialogue, the gory action got tiring at times and every word spoken gave just a bit too much away about what was to come.  But as we decided after seeing the movie, it’s not a thinker.  You can either have gore and girls in tight leather or you can have an intelligent film, you’ll never see both.  Still, it kept us on at least the middle of our seats for most the movie, with a few gasps but no screams (lost my bet there) and few laughs.  Definitely recommended for Vampire fans, but keep the kids away as the violence and gore is extensive.  Overall, not a bad way to spend an evening, but could have waited for the rental.

February 3, 2006 at 4:18 pm Leave a comment


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