Reviews


Knocked Up

A Movie ReelKnocked Up: 8.5 out of 10.

Charming, sweet and very funny, Knocked Up is fantastic. I found it far funnier than The 40 Year Old Virgin. There was a great deal I could relate to and there were an awful lot of maple leafs to give it some nice CanCon appeal.

And yes, Izzy is great. All of the characters are great. Even the tunes are great. See the damn flick already!

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Crank

A Movie ReelCrank: 6.5 out of 10.

It's only 87 minutes long and time is of the essence. A slick vehicle for the very cool Jason Statham, "Crank" was made for the MTV crowd with frenetic editing and manic pacing.

It's no Pulp Fiction, but it ain't boring. Watch it for Statham and because it'll eat up less than an hour and a half of your precious life.

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The Da Vinci Code

A Movie ReelThe Da Vinci Code: 7 out of 10.

I hear this was based on some book I've never read. There was a little buzz about it last year.

Before watching this film over the past couple of nights, everything I knew about The Da Vinci code was through osmosis. I may have read something in an article here or caught something on A&E there or overheard people discussing Dan Brown's book and these theories in a crowded room. I knew a little, but I didn't know everything.

Perhaps coming in so cold explains why I liked it. Sure, it was a little long, but overall I found it very interesting. I dug it.

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Stranger Than Fiction

A Movie ReelStranger Than Fiction: 5.5 out of 10.

It's quite possible this movie went right over my head. It wouldn't be the first time I didn't get a movie others have raved about. Throughout this film, I kept thinking about the similar but far superior "Adaptation," and wished I was watching that again instead of this.

Dustin Hoffman is pretty good, but everything else just sort of annoyed or frustrated me. Feel free to tell me how off base I am in the comments.

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United 93

A Movie ReelUnited 93: 8 out of 10.

Wow. For 111 minutes you don't feel like you're watching a movie, but a documentary. The acting by unrecognizable actors is so natural you feel you're there on September 11 as United 93 prepares to take off.

Even though we all know how this movie ends, it's so effectively pieced together you can't help but feel the affect of this tragedy we all know too well. Even though I remember that day like it was yesterday, we're all fairly desensitized from seeing that plane crash into the WTC over and over again. "United 93" humanizes the loss without being preachy, overtly patriotic or overly dramatic.

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Notes on a Scandal

A Movie ReelNotes on a Scandal: 7 out of 10.

Judi Dench is kinda creepy in this one, but it's an intriguing creep. You see, Cate Blanchett is part of a scandal, and Dench is taking notes. The fact it's 7/10 tells you both Dench and Blanchett are really good and the writing is great.

Dench delivers some good lines, like this one: "People like Sheba think they know what it is to be lonely. But of the drip, drip of the long-haul, no-end-in-sight solitude, they know nothing. What it's like to construct an entire weekend around a visit to the launderette. Or to be so chronically untouched that the accidental brush of a bus conductor's hand sends a jolt of longing straight to your groin. Of this, Sheba and her like have no clue. "

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Click

A Movie ReelClick: 5 out of 10.

When the best thing about a movie is the soundtrack, you're in trouble. There was some Cars and Kinks, a number of old school guilty pleasures, a Cranberries gem and a fantastic cut from The Strokes. The movie itself was formulaic and boring. You could spot the ending from a mile away and the gigantic leaps of logic you're asked to take are just too extreme.

I remember when Adam Sandler was one funny mofo. Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore and The Wedding Singer were all fun, but now his comedies are anything but funny. I think the guy should give up trying to recapture that genie in a bottle and abandon comedy altogether. He's now a better serious actor, believe it or not.

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TMNT

A Movie ReelTMNT: 3.5 out of 10.

In sports, you're often asked to take one for the team. Lean in to that inside pitch to get the base, dive in front of that cannonading slap shot from the point, sacrifice yourself for the benefit of the team.

Parenthood isn't much different. Today, I took one for the team. I fulfilled a promise I made to my five year old son and took him to see TMNT.

It was only 87 minutes, which is good, but it still managed to drag in parts and although it looked cool, the funny bits weren't funny enough and the action bits weren't exciting enough. My TMNT was definitely funnier and had better action sequences but I don't want to become one of those "things were better in my day" dads.

If you enjoyed the 1990 movie, I'll save you some coin and spell out the differences.

  • It's all CGI now
  • Splinter's accent is different and he looks like the Cheetos dude
  • April is a totally different character, no longer working as a reporter but looking and acting like Lara Croft
  • Michaelangelo's been dumbed down, Rafael's been angered up, Donatello is smarter than he was and Leonardo has morphed into the definite leader of the pack

Oh yeah, before I forget, you hear some Billy Talent early on when Michaelangelo performs at a birthday party. James, when you're old enough to read this, you owe your old man... big time.

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Inside Man

A Movie ReelInside Man: 6.5 out of 10.

My Clive Owen movie marathon continued with "Inside Man", a Spike Lee joint that also stars Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, Willem Dafoe and Torontonian Christopher Plummer.

It's not your typical Spike Lee film, but it's not a bad little heist film. If you ignore the gaping plot holes and convenient revelations and sloppy police work, it's not a bad two hours.

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Children of Men

A Movie ReelChildren of Men: 7 out of 10.

It's 2027 and no child has been born in 18 years. It's a very cool premise, a neat vision of our future and a great looking film.

It started strong but started to lag a little which is why I'm only giving this a 7. Still, Michael Caine and Clive Owen are very strong and it's so compelling because it's so plausible. 2027 is closer than you think.

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