Friday, September 30, 2005

Cape Fear (1962)

Wow, this was very graphic for a black-and-white movie. Very verbally graphic about the sexual violence. It wouldn't be at all shocking in a movie made in the 1990's, but it really caught me off-guard in a 1961 black-and-white film. And perhaps that made it just that much more sinister, because I really liked this movie a LOT. It's one of the best, most truly scary thriller classics. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes old movies in general and thrillers in particular. Good slow buildup of psychological tension. 3.5 stars.

Evelyn (2002)

I'm not really into the custody battle movies. They tend to bug the heck out of me. Didn't mind Kramer vs. Kramer, but that was mostly because I'm a Dustin Hoffman fan in general. Pierce Brosnan is much less interesting. However the little girl in this was quite good -- not at all annoying for a child star. And the accents were fun. So while I wouldn't ever watch this again, it was tolerable for one view. 2.5 stars.

Adventures in Baby-sitting (1987)

Plot: Chris has a big night out planned when her boyfriend cancels on her. She agrees to babysit for a pre-teen girl and a pubescent boy. She's settled in for a dull night when a girlfriend calls her to say she's marooned at a downtown bus station with very seedy characters around. The three plus one of the boy's friends get into the parents station wagon for a trip to the inner city. All is well till the flat tire.

Heh... good fluff is . . . well, good. (Hmm. There's something wrong with the simplicity of that statement.) This was an entirely fluffy movie but it was well done and had several moments that made me chuckle. The outright absurdity of it was rather delightful. I particularly liked the shot in the bus station at the beginning where the creepy guy keeps grinning at Brenda and showing her he's got a gun. I just started giggling at that point. It was a little over the top in places, but it didn't get too annoying at all. And besides . . . IT'S ANTHONY RAPP! That's him as that obnoxious Darryl kid. Yup, 'at's one of my Voices right there. Honestly, that was why I got this movie. Because I'm obsessed with seeing all my Voices in as many movies as I can. (See also A Beautiful Mind and School of Rock, two other movies I got for the express purpose of seeing a Voice in there.) 3.5 stars.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Hollywood Homicide (2003)

What was up with everyone panning this movie the way they did? I happened to think it was pretty good! I didn't think so at the beginning - it took me a bit to warm up to the characters. (Especially because Josh Hartnett looks like Ashton Kutcher and sounds like Keanu Reeves, two stars of whose acting talents I am not yet convinced. Kind of prejudiced me against his character from the start.) But once it got going I thoroughly enjoyed this goofy little film. A few moments even had me laughing out loud. Good solid fluffy entertainment. 3 stars.

Hitch (2005)

I've seen a plethora of pretty-darn-decent chick flicks in the past year. Either I'm going soft'n'mushy (please, not that!) or I just happen to be seeing all the good ones. This one actually managed to be good-natured and funny and I count absolutely NO obnoxious bits. I wouldn't classify this as the best chick flick of all time (hmm... what movie WOULD get that title? *thinks*), but would I recommend it to people? Sure! And since it's new, people are more likely to see it. Because people are kooky and only see movies made in the last ten years or so. I SCOFF at you people!! :-P Anyway. Enough of that. 2.5 stars.

Friday, September 2, 2005

Five Children and It (2004)

Gosh darn it. How can we mess up this book? Let me count the ways. The original book was charming, the story of five children who find a sand fairy and then get themselves in trouble by accidentally wishing for things they don't really want - like when one of them says in frustration about their baby brother, "Oh, I WISH he'd grow up!" and suddenly find themselves having to follow their 20-year-old "baby brother" around. Now that kind of stuff was fun. It is not nearly so fun when people are just stupid and wish for idiotic things. Or when those who grant the wishes deliberately skew them. Add in some random troubled-child-misses-his-father bits, a cast of mostly superfluous characters, and a sappy ending that also just doesn't make SENSE... and you've got something that rather deserves to die. 0.5 stars.

Donnie Darko (2001)

May I start off by saying that that rabbit is the SINGLE SCARIEST IMAGE I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE. I think I'm going to have nightmares forever from that thing. *shudder* Okay. On to the actual movie. Talk about confusing. I had sort of a vague idea of what was going on but then weird stuff happened and I was like, "Hmm, oh, okay, on second thought, I think this is happening," and then weirder stuff happened and I was like, "Um. Okay. Now I have no clue at all." At the end my dad told me what the official website says happened and, honestly, I have NO IDEA how I was supposed to get that from the movie. However... just because I didn't understand it doesn't mean at all that it wasn't a good movie. I really really liked it. It was entertaining all the way through and I did have fun trying to figure it out even though I didn't come anywhere near it. But let mejust state one more time.... that rabbit is HORRIFYING!!!!!!! Aaaahhhhhh! (My dad pointed out that actually this was the second movie we'd watched this week involving a scary rabbit. The other was Monty Python and the Holy Grail.) 4.5 stars.