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Scary Movie 4 (2006) – His Review October 21, 2006

Posted by Jinx in Comedy, Movies.
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Dir. David Zucker

Starring Anna Faris, Anthony Anderson, Bill Pullman, Molly Shannon

Scary Movie was a fairly bland experience. Scary Movie 2 I liked a lot. Scary Movie 3 had some good ideas, but lacked in execution.

So.. how does number 4 square up against it’s predecessors? Well, if you’re a fan of the series and their style, and you have seen the movies that it spoofs this time around (Saw, War of the Worlds, The Village, The Grudge, etc), you may laugh.. oh maybe a dozen times. If you’re not really a fan I suggest you skip it.

I like spoofs in general, and stupid jokes can be really liberating, but in this case it’s like watching a clown punching himself in the nuts for an hour and a half. It’s painful to watch in the same way that Robin Hood: Men in Tights was – like you’re attending the funeral of a few careers. Well, the folks in that one survived fairly well after all, so I do hope Zucker and company can come back with some new, fresh ideas. Like an actual stand-alone movie perhaps?

This is His review, you can read Her review here.

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Scary Movie 4 (2006) – Her Review October 18, 2006

Posted by Eury in Comedy, Movies.
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Hit me baby, one more time

Dir. David Zucker

Starring Anna Faris, Anthony Anderson, Bill Pullman, Molly Shannon

This is going to be a very short review because I just have so little to say. I found the movie to be stupid and really cliché. I know when I’m watching a parody movie about horror films that I shouldn’t be expecting Oscar material, but this was a regurgitated mess of old jokes and slap stick.. let’s see how many times we can hit someone over the head before people find it boring … Apparently not as long as they thought it would take. There were a few good lines and visual jokes, but they were few and far between.

This is Her review, you can read His review here.

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Over the Hedge (2006) – His Review October 11, 2006

Posted by Jinx in Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Movies.
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Overt hedge joke
Dir. Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick

Starring Bruce Willis, Gary Shandling, Steve Carell, Wanda Sykes, William Shatner, Nick Nolte, Avril Lavigne

Over the Hedge is part of a slew of “animated funny animal movies” that started (as much as a slew can start) with Madagascar. I’d call it a slew, not quite a whole bunch, but still it’s been difficult telling them apart unwatched. Most of the trailers seem.. well, a little dull. Watching this was a pleasant surprise though, since it’s actually very good. Here’s the plot:

A forest animal with a bandit mask accidentally destroys the food supply belonging to a bigger forest animal that is big and also fat. Zorro then has to return the exact same amount of food supplies to Biggie within a week, or he is as dead as a doorbell. He tricks a bunch of small forest animals (too many to vaguely describe) into helping him gather food, under the pretence that he’s helping them gather food for next frozen-cold brrr-type season.

Oh and there’s also a hedge.

Man, this review isn’t turning out very good is it? I wish there was some way I could magically erase digital text.

Anyway, the movie’s got some extremely funny scenes in it, things that made me cry with laughter. It’s also got some less good aspects, but luckily there’s not room for many errors, with it being so short. It’s not entirely original, but a mix-and-match of things that work is fine with me.

This is His review, you can read Her review here.

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Over the Hedge (2006) – Her Review October 10, 2006

Posted by Eury in Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Movies.
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Put a cork in it, will ya?

Dir. TIm Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick

Starring Bruce Willis, Gary Shandling, Steve Carell, Wanda Sykes, William Shatner, Nick Nolte, Avril Lavigne

When RJ (Bruce Willis), an overachieving raccoon, gets caught raiding a bear’s cavern, the bear wakes up, is both very hungry and very angry. The lot of food rolls down a hill to utimately be run over by a huge semi-van leaving only crumbs in the wake. RJ makes a one-sided deal with the bear… he’ll bring him everything that was lost within one week or the bear gets to do whatever he wishes to him… which cannot be anything pleasant.

When the food ends up under the van, I was a little worried… and thought to myself, “oh.. geez, I could see that coming from a mile away and now the whole movie is probably just going to be unoriginal and boring”. Well. thankfully, it was not!

It is springtime, the animals have come out of hibernation to find suburbia has built a residential area all around them and they are separated by a huge hedge. Worried that they will not be able to gather enough food to last for their next winter snooze, RJ comes to their rescue by promising to show them how to stock up in no time at all, by raiding the human’s pantries. Of course, this is RJ’s way of tricking them for his own agenda.

What ensues is truly hilarious and great fun for the whole family. The few bad guys are merely an overstuffy lady that hates all critters, apparently even humans, the pest control guy and of course the bear. It’s really not very violent, (well, a bit, but only of the Bug Bunny type kind) and they all get theirs when the time comes.

This movie was laugh out loud funny, especially in the second half where many movies start losing steam, this ones picks up the beat and doesn’t let go!

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This is Her review, you can read His review here

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Gegen die Wand (2004) – Her Review October 10, 2006

Posted by Eury in Drama, Movies.
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I've had much tragedy during my life, at least half of it actually happened: Mark Twain

Dir. Fatih Akin

Starring Birol Ünel and Sibel Kekilli

Cahit (Ünel), devastated, overloaded on drugs and booze, attempts killing himself by ramming his car headfirst into a brick wall. All he really achieves though, is some nasty bruises, a neck brace and having to visit a psychiatrist. While at the doctor’s office, he meets up with a young girl, Sibel (Kekilli). who is there for the same reason. Finding out that he is Turkish, she asks if he’ll marry her. When he refuses, she slits her wrists … so, heh… of course, he agrees! (I’m rolling my eyes here, so you can visualize my reaction to this).

Cahit is devastated because he has lost his wife who he apparently loved dearly. Sibel, on the otherhand, feels opressed and not allowed any freedom at home, and decides that if her parents think she’s happily married, they will leave her alone. She makes an arrangement with Cahit. She’ll clean his house and make his food then do whatever she wants on the side… which is pretty much f*cking guys. They both overconsume drugs and alcohol and to say that they are really messed up is an understatement.

Warning: Spoilers ahead

Sibel, even after tragedy strikes, gets several chances at shaping up but just keeps getting herself into more trouble. Why? Because she’s a drama queen, because she selfishly only thinks about herself. She may just look like she’s had a sad life, but when you really look at her, all through the movie, she wants what she wants, when she wants it. When she wants to leave home, she childishly cuts her wrists to get her way, She screws around with a bunch of guys, and is only too happy to let Cahit know where she’s off to. When Cahit finally falls in love with her, she won’t have relations with him… She doesn’t want them to become attached (like husband and wife) because that means her personal fun outside the house is over… Of course, this is only until she finds out that he’s screwing around with someone else… oh, well.. now of course, she’s jealous, decides she loves him and wants him. As if that is not tragic enough, Cahit ends up in jail and she promises to wait for him. Here is the perfect moment for her to prove herself, to clean up, to get on track… does she? No.. she moves in with her cousin in Istanbul, is snarky with her, because she doesn’t find her the type of job she wants, still goes out and takes drugs and the moment something appears to be a better opportunity is flashed in front of her eyes, she’s off again, without being in the least appreciative of her cousin’s efforts. Is it over now?… no!! It just goes on and on, and gets worse and worse.

Cahit is not much better until he goes to prison, where he does finally shape up only because he believes she’ll be out there when he gets out, which keeps him hanging on.

Is this a good movie?, yeah.. it has merit and the director did a good job but it’s an extremely hard movie to watch. It’s simply bleak, tragic and as heavy as lead.

Believe me, I know people live through many sad and tragic events in their lives.. it’s hurtful, it’s very hard and you want to rip yourself apart.. but eventually, you have to stop being a martyr…you need to swim, or sink. You have to stop smashing yourself up to prove (even if it’s to yourself) that you loved someone. There comes a point when you have to take back your life.

The song at the end of the movie says “Life is what you make it”… Is this a love story? Sadly, I don’t believe these two people know what love is and they make their lives über-difficult. Sometimes it’s easier to just be unhappy forever, cause that’s what you are used to; It feels comfortable , gets you lots of attention and requires no effort, than to instead, make a sincere and brave attempt at trying to be happy.

This is Her review, you can read His review here

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Gegen die Wand (2004) – His Review October 10, 2006

Posted by Jinx in Drama, Movies.
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Dir. Fatih Akin

Starring Birol Ünel and Sibel Kekilli

Gegen die Wand has an 8.1 rating at IMDb. Since I disagree with most of the voters I’m just gonna tell you some of the key things I didn’t like about the movie. Don’t be hatin’.

  • Mean drunks who are really mean and really drunk don’t interest me.
  • Woman-beating is something I’d rather not see up close and personal.
  • The red thread throughout the story is just knots of unresolved plot.
  • I didn’t like the movie Irreversible. This is the same movie, except less extreme.
  • I can see why people may enjoy it. It’s a very competent movie, and any movie with good enough craftsmanship finds an audience, if only with movie snobs. That doesn’t really win me over though, when all the characters are unlikeable for one reason or another, and the world they inhabit is harsh and opaque. There’s noone to connect to, and I was left feeling like I was watching Bumfights or something, and I’d rather not.

    This is His review, you can read Her review here.

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    Asterix and the Vikings (2006) – His Review October 10, 2006

    Posted by Jinx in Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Movies.
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    Much more fun than the Romans

    Dir. Stefan Fjelmark and Jesper Moller

    Starring Roger Carel, Lorànt Deutsch and Sara Forestier

    The comic book / graphic novel turned into film, as per usual.

    I don’t know if kids growing up today read much at all, let alone a 50 year old series of comic books, but Asterix was a part of everyone who grew up in the 70’s and 80’s in Sweden. Among other classic french and belgian serials like Lucky Luke, Tintin, Spirou, Blueberry, Finn och Fiffi (Suske en Wiske) etc, it was read by one and all, and readily available for loan at the local library.

    The “heritage” has yet to be ruined. Despite updating the music and a few minor jokes, the look and feel of Asterix is very much intact. The animation is top-notch, and the 3d-to-2d rendering looks consistently good. Storywise, it’s just cosily familiar and fun, mostly harmless entertainment. If you know how it goes, it’ll live up to your expectations. If you don’t, this is as good a chapter as any to get introduced.

    This is His review, you can read Her review here.

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    Asterix and the Vikings (2006) – Her Review October 10, 2006

    Posted by Eury in Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Movies.
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    it takes a viking to raze a village

    Dir. Stefan Fjelmark and Jesper Moller

    Starring Roger Carel, Lorànt Deutsch and Sara Forestier

    Asterix and Obelix are given the mission of taking Justforkix and turning him into a great warrior. Justforkix is like most young teens, not too keen on having to work, a bit of an underachiever and more into having fun.

    The Vikings have the mistaken idea where they believe that being afraid will make them be able to fly. Capturing the young and very frightened Justforkix, the Vikings treat him as a god and await for him to teach them how to soar through the skies.

    In pure Asterix tradition, this movie is full of visual jokes and puns. It also has interjected some modern references (such as the Viking version of Ikea.. Vikea, of course) and peppy music.

    Hey, this is pretty easy…it’s Asterix! Most people I know either love this type of movie or hate them… so depending which camp you sit your butt in, will tell you if you should watch this or not. If you have never seen an Asterix movie… and you like slapstick-type humor, you will most likely enjoy this.

    This is Her review, you can read His review here

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    Krrish (2006) – Her Review October 8, 2006

    Posted by Eury in Action, Adventure, Comedy, Movies, Musical, Romance.
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    The masked man, what masked man, the one with the mask on...oh...him?

    Dir. Rakesh Roshan

    Starring Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Rekha etc.

    Krishna (Roshan) is a young boy that has inherited super powers from his dad. Hoping to keep him by her side and away from any evil influences or dangers, his grandmother is extremely over-protective and by the age of 20, he still plays with very young children, has animals as his friends and is extremely naive…. until one day, a group of kids from a young adult’s camp practically come crashing down on the little Indian village.

    His grandmother looks like she’s about his age, but with a bit of makeup in the creases of her mouth and some grey added to her hair. I want to look like that when my grandson is supposedly 20…. and yeah, he’s supposed to be 20, looks like he’s thirty which makes sense, since IMDB’s stats say he’s 32.

    Krishna falls for a young girl, Priya (Chopra) that he saves from a crippling accident while dropping from a paraglider. Since this is a Bollywood type of movie, of course we get to see them dance, often… at times knee deep in snow! What? Yep.. don’t ask… it’s weird, it’s funny and that’s all that matters , I guess.

    Without going into the details of exactly why, but believing that Priya loves him and hoping to marry her, Krishna goes to see her in Singapore where trouble starts falling into his lap. Having promised his grandmother not to let anyone know he has super powers is a difficult promise to keep when tragedy strikes and he is the only person who can help. A mask and a black leather coat later, we witness the birth of Krrish… (yes, we are saved from having to see yet another superhero become a wizard at sewing their own costume 😉 )

    Of course, dancing moments mixed with romance are sprinkled throughout this movie. There is plenty of lipsynching going on… the lips really don’t match, the girl singer has a really, really high-pitched voice and yes, amazingly… everyone always knows the moves.

    I have to admit there are some really cool action scenes in this movie.. With leaps and bounds he takes out his opponents… all the while fans are blowing wind on Krrish.. which makes his black leather coat and long hair waver; he looks every bit the part of super hero.

    There are also some really huge holes in the plot and stuff that just doesn’t make sense. It’s as if two people wrote the story and didn’t have time to get together to compare notes. Still, as I said earlier, I laughed and often… sometimes because the movie was funny, like whenever this one guy says : “Just imagine”… there is a voice over that yells out “brrrooulllalaloooyylllall…” and then sometimes because the movie had such ludicrous moments that didn’t just make sense… I was like…what?… then almost spit out my coffee… (or was I having a beer?) but who cares… most important is it was crazy enjoyable.

    This is Her review, you can read His review here

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    Krrish (2006) – His Review October 8, 2006

    Posted by Jinx in Action, Adventure, Comedy, Movies, Musical, Romance.
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    Just Imagine! Blblblblblblblblblb!

    Dir. Rakesh Roshan
    Starring Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Rekha etc.

    An indian superhero. He runs fast, he jumps high, he fights like a whirlwind, and of course he sings and dances the pants off N’Sync.

    Krrish tells the story of Krishna (Roshan), who grows up in a small Indian village feeling out of touch with everyone because of his special abilities. He can’t play with the other kids because he’s too strong, so he has to cope on his own, frolicking through the forest. As an adult he’s not that bright, and gets tricked into going to Singapore, hoping to find love. He promises his grandmother to keep his powers hidden, which proves to be tricky.

    Everything including the kitchen sink has been put into this movie. I’m not overly familiar with Indian cinema, but I am fond of the style – mixing old and new into any genre. There’s of course plenty of butt-jiggling and shoulder-twitching to music – hard to pull off in a Spielberg or Bay production, but effortlessly interwoven with the rest of the movie here. The other ingredients don’t blend as easily though. There’s action and fighting (excellently shot and edited), which is pretty graphic if not necessarily bloody, which comes into stark contrast with the very kids-friendly plot and dialogue. It’s a pretty extreme gap between the two, which seems an odd way of trying to reach a wider audience.

    There’s also some awkward casting choices and subplots that make some sequences feel long, and others totally unnecessary. The grandmother is played by an actress in “old-people make-up” – glasses and greyhaired wig, which robs most of her scenes of any real connection. The sudden change from happy and frolicking Krishna to the dark-caped vigilante Krrish isn’t made to work. There’s plenty of non-intentionally funny scenes, where dialogue doesn’t quite reach Cap’n Kirk level, and just end up embarrassing.

    Oh, and it’s 2.48 hours loooooong.

    All in all, I can’t say I’m disappointed though. It’s a fun movie, with some good action sequences, good humoured characters who you end up liking, and an OK ending. I was also quite impressed with the production value of it, it certainly looks spiffy. If you like a bit of kung-fu mixed in with your singin’ and dancin’, then check this one out. A footnote: This movie is a sequel to Koi… Mil Gaya, but completely watchable on it’s own. It’s in hindi, with some english interspersed, so you’ll probably be watching subtitles (Gah! Reading! Scary!).

    This is His review, you can read Her review here.

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