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The Lake House (2006) – His Review August 30, 2006

Posted by Jinx in Drama, Movies, Romance.
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Crappy Movie Posters 101

Dir. Alejandro Agresti

Starring Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Christopher Plummer

Not exactly Ghost, not quite Bridges of Madison County, but somewhere in between.

Or so the PR people for this movie would have you believe. From the media image it looks like a dreary tale of a war veteran who finds love as he is fighting cancer, only to wake up realizing it was a dream he had in the hospital – after which he dies in cancer.

Luckily The Lake House is a whole lot more interesting – and funny – than that. It’s got some weird time-travel going on, which is a lot better than cancer. Alex & Kate (Reeves & Bullock) live in a house by the lake, but not at the same time. With the help of a seemingly magic mailbox they become penpals, friends and more. It’s not a wacky race for laughs but the story creates funny moments all the time, which is what I hoped for when I learned of the premise.

The acting is subdued, but there is some great work done here. Bullock shows her character’s change over the years very naturally, and Reeves.. well he does fine. He looks like he just woke up, both literally and metaphorically, but it works. Ebon Moss-Bachrach is great as Alex’s younger brother, tormented by some inner demons that we’re never really introduced to, they just show in his mannerisms.

I haven’t seen the Korean original, can’t say I’m all that interested to compare them, but I may watch it later. As for this one though, it’s a definite must-see if you like the tinglies associated with feel-good movies. It’s a chick flick in the same way that Reservoir Dogs is a guy flick – it’s just a good movie in it’s genre.

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The Lake House (2006) – Her Review August 30, 2006

Posted by Eury in Drama, Movies, Romance.
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You've got Mail!

Dir. Alejandro Agresti

Starring Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Christopher Plummer

Kate Forster (Sandra Bullock) moving on with her life and moving to the big city, leaves a note in the mailbox of her house on the lake for the next tenant so they can forward her mail. Alex Wyler (Keanu Reeves) writes her back and says she must be mistaken since the lake house he just has moved into hasn’t been inhabited for years. They soon come to realize that the confusion is simply because she’s living in 2006 and he’s living in 2004. They exchange notes via the magical mailbox. I loved this part of the movie, it was fun and exciting and I was spellbound.

They continue to write notes to each other and soon fall in love. Is there a way for them to be together? Can they somehow arrange to meet in his future.. and her tomorrow? Two years is a long time, but can they do it? Is it possible? We follow their journey and wish wholeheartedly that they get together, as destiny seems to want them to be… otherwise why would this wonderfully impossible relationship be happening?

Some people may look at this movie and be too analytical and try to figure out the science of time travel etc., and I think this is exactly what you shouldn’t do. You must really just suspend your disbelief and let yourself be absorbed into these extraordinary events. Many couples have hindrances in their relationships… so if these two can get together through the distance of time, other obstacles such as geography suddenly seem small and leave us all with hope.

I’ve often looked at Sandra Bullock as the girl next door, very likeable but usually have not been able to feel her having much chemistry with her leading men in other movies. She’s usually strong, comical and much louder. In ‘the Lake House‘ she is very soft and I could feel her having chemistry with the (perhaps a little wooden) Reeves. Yes, he is a bit stoic but there are guys like that and that doesn’t mean they aren’t feeling anything beneath the skin, so I liked him also.

I genuinely liked this movie quite a bit. I laughed, I smiled and yeah, maybe I cried a little too… throw away your logical side and let yourself flow with the magic that exists in this universe.

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If Only (2004) – Her Review August 21, 2006

Posted by Eury in Drama, Movies, Romance.

Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you got til it's gone

Dir. Gil Junger
Starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Paul Nicholls, Tom Wilkinson etc.,

If Only starts off with Samantha and Ian (Jennifer Love Hewitt and Paul Nicholls) teasing and romping around in their London flat. The colors were bright, the mood was light, I thought I was off to a sweet, romantic, feel-good comedy. Very soon though, we see that not everything is alright within this cute couple’s relationship. Sam is so head-over-heels in love with Ian, that she does everything in her power to make him happy even forgetting about what’s important to her. Ian, on the other hand, professes his adoration for her, but has little time for who she really is, what she cares for, or what is truly important to her. It’s pretty much all about him. Let’s be honest here, he’s a bit of a jerk. After a quarrel, Ian comes to realize what he actually had and gets a chance to relive that day over and perhaps change fate.

Although the premise of this story is somewhat the same as Groundhog Day, it is not at all in the same genre… it is much slower, pessimistic and extremely emotional to the point, actually, that I would be not understating to say that it was heart-wrenching.

I thought Jennifer Love Hewitt was really good in this movie and I found it easy to identify with her simply because I’ve been and often still am that girl. I thought she was amazing in this film and was surprised to learn that it’s actually her that is singing in this movie (no, it’s not a musical 😉 ) and that she’s got a very pleasant voice.

I’m not sure if I should thank the director, Gil Junger , or throttle him for the experience because it had me bawling my eyes out. Did I like this movie? Yes.. I just was perhaps unprepared for it to pull so wickedly at my heartstrings as it left me emotionally-drained.

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If Only (2004) – His Review August 21, 2006

Posted by Jinx in Drama, Movies, Romance.
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If only briefly

Dir. Gil junger
Starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Paul Nicholls etc.

If Only is an emotional drama-based spin on the “another chance” scenario of Groundhog Day, slightly similar to Sliding Doors if you know that one. It tells the tale of London-dwelling couple Samantha and Ian, and their angst and trials that come to a head with Samantha’s sudden demise. The clock turns back, and Ian awakes the day before – remembering everything.

It’s not a very cheerful story, let me make that perfectly clear. It’s also quite predictable and slow with only a few moments where it picks up in pace. There is a feeling of impending doom, captured quite well, running through the movie. It’s not so much in the storyline as in the faces of the actors, to their credit. The use of sound and lack of sound is also excellent in the dramatic scenes, adding much to the results.

I really see no point in watching this alone unless you’re a glutton for punishment (or maybe a woman), it’s a well put together effort to grind water out of stones.

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Lady in the Water (2006) August 5, 2006

Posted by Eury in Drama, Movies, Mystery, Thriller.
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Insert gratuitous water joke here

Dir. M. Night Shyamalan

Starring Paul Giamatti, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeffrey Wright, Cindy Cheung etc.

When Cleveland (Paul Giamatti) finds, Story ( Bryce Dallas Howard ) a sea-nymph right out of a bedtime tale, in the pool of the apartment building he is a concierge of, he tries to help her accomplish the mission she has here on land.

Warning: Spoilers in the following paragraph

To help her, he must gather a writer, a guardian, a healer, a translator and a guild to help and protect her from a monster that will try to stop her from being freed. To do so, he asks for help from several tenants of the apartment building that he believes they could be and they gladly all come to his aid.

What is wonderful about this movie, is it’s the kind of thing we would all like to be in the position of doing. Being involved in something magical, mystical and much bigger than ourselves and knowing it’s for the good of all mankind. Here, we are rooting for Cleveland, a man who has lost his wife and children and who sees himself as a nobody. We are not sure how things will turn out but we learn that for the most part people are good and want to help and that even though we don’t always believe it, every one of us may have an important role to play here on earth.

I also appreciated that the movie (in one small scene) turns towards us, the audience, and laughs at itself and movies of this genre. It made me smile.

I enjoyed this movie; it made me root for the little guy and made me feel like, yes… everybody can be a hero. 🙂

This is Her review, you can read His review here

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Lady in the Water (2006) August 5, 2006

Posted by Jinx in Drama, Movies, Mystery, Thriller.

Insert gratuitous water joke here

Dir. M. Night Shyamalan

Starring Paul Giamatti, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeffrey Wright, Cindy Cheung etc.

What is it with Shyamalan that brings out the Siegel in every reviewer in the world? “Muddy Water“, “A Narf is a Narf, already!“, “Shyamalan’s Lady doesn’t hold water“, “Is Lady in the Water a floater?“, and enough similar passes on drowning to make you cough up seaweed. I bet people sat around thinking up “ironically applicable” titles for their reviews the minute this movie started production.

Well, I’m just gonna review this movie, ok? No agenda, no golden shower jokes.

Lady in the Water is the story of a superintendent (Giamatti) who has pretty much given up on himself. The apartment building where he works has a host of interesting characters, much like any place would, and it feels very familiar. It’s a well-defined slice of everyday life. One night he gets a visitor, the mysterious midnight pool intruder Story (Howard), who rekindles something inside him. He regains some of his lost sense of wonder, as he investigates who she could be and what the heck she’s doing in his apartment wearing nothing but one of his shirts.

This movie is Shyamalan spoofing himself in various ways, and it’s fun. If you enjoy movies, the way stories unfold in patterns and turns, you’ll probably enjoy this one. It’s a lot more mundane than his previous films, it’s as if there’s a big budget movie played out within a low budget one. I won’t mention anything about the ending. Is there a twist? Watch it and see. If you can watch a rom-com knowing exactly what’s gonna happen and like it, you can certainly watch a movie where you have no clue, and not feel too cheated.

This is His review, you can read Her review here

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Just My Luck (2006) July 27, 2006

Posted by Eury in Comedy, Movies, Romance.
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Just My Luck(2006)

Dir. Donald Petrie

Lindsay Lohan, Chris Pine etc.,

Take a girl that’s been born under a lucky star and a guy that is so unlucky he should come with a warning sign that says “Disaster Zone” and you’ve got the foundation for a fun and silly movie.

The movie starts with Ashley Albright (Lindsay Lohan) who is so incredibly lucky that everyday is like winning the lottery; it’s almost as if the world revolves around making her happy. We then get a peek into the world of Jake Hardin (Chris Pine) whose luck is so bad that he walks around with a backpack filled with emergency supplies such as bandaids, antiseptic and even a poncho because not only can disaster strike at any moment, it actually will.

They meet at a masquerade ball and exchange a kiss on the dance floor and this is where the fun begins…they swap both saliva and luck. Jake goes from a guy who has never, ever had anything go right for him, to acquiring a recording contract for a new band (McFly) and even a new apartment, all in the space of a couple days. Ashley on the other hand has several mishaps including losing her job, her clothes and having to move in with her workmates. Maybe I’m just mean, but when she receives a double dose of being splashed by cars, I couldn’t help but be pleased… YEAH!! She really didn’t deserve it but I guess she just had it too good even, for me… money, clothes, job and pretty to boot!

The rest of the movie is pretty much watching Ashley, with the help of her two friends (Samaire Armstrong and Bree Turner) trying to find the guy who kissed her that fateful night so she can get back her lucky streak.

Although I enjoyed this movie because it made me laugh, I wouldn’t actually say it was very romantic. I didn’t find she had much chemistry with her co-star but this may have to do with a script that had her searching for him not because he swept her away but to get rid of her unlucky blues.

If you are looking for an evening of relaxation and fun, then get this movie… if on the otherhand you are also looking for romance too, albeit cliché , then I suggest that you get another movie by the same director:How to lose a Guy in 10 days

Keywords: Sex and the City, Role-reversal, Paranormal

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Just My Luck (2006) July 26, 2006

Posted by Jinx in Comedy, Movies, Romance.
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Ouch, my contact lense stings!

Dir. Donald Petrie

Starring Lindsay Lohan, Chris Pine

Is the world ready for Chris Pine? Come on, this guy is gonna be huge – the next Freddie Prinze Jr even.


Sorry, that would be the teenage girl in me talking, and this is supposed to be a guys review. Just My Luck is nothing new under the cinema roof, taking cues and plot from a slew of (not to shabby) romantic comedies from yester-year. The biggest problem that this movie has is that it’s not very romantic.

The plot involves up-n-coming business brat Lohan, who just can’t get a break from being lucky, and Pine who lives on the complete opposite side of the spectrum, knee-deep in misfortune. We follow them in their daily routine for a bit, until they inevitably swap luck due to.. umm.. the “turning of the wheel”, in the form of a kiss at a party. After the “fate-rape”, we follow them in their new shoes, and the storyline unfolds as expected.

It doesn’t really click though. Hard to say why really, it’s definitely not bad casting, both leads do well, but for a romantic comedy it just lacks some heat.

Now, the comedy side on the other hand, measures up. This is a funny movie. Some predictable jokes fall short of the punchline, but it got some laughs out of me. The funniest bits are obviously when they get splashed with water. That’s just hilarious. They get all wet and stuff. OK, sarcasm aside, it is good for a fun date night or a pizza dinner at the TV.

Keywords: Sex and the City, Role-reversal, Paranormal