Reviews


Fever Pitch

A Movie ReelFever Pitch: 5 out of 10.

It might shock you to know I'm not a Drew Barrymore fan. Something about her has always rubbed me the wrong way and I quietly root for her failure. "Fever Pitch" earns a passing grade not because I bought into her and Jimmy Fallon but because I bought into Jimmy Fallon's love affair with the Boston Red Sox.

I totally envied his life. He had season's tickets at Fenway Park where he worshipped his team. He attends the exhibition games in Florida, has every piece of memorabilia imaginable in his apartment and gets to see a lifetime of disappointent evaporate in front of his eyes when his team breaks the curse and wins it all.

I wanna be Jimmy Fallon. I want my team to end a lifetime of disappointment and deliver to me Lord Stanley's Cup. I want what he got.

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The Longest Yard

A Movie ReelThe Longest Yard: 2.5 out of 10.

This remake was so horribly boring and uninspired I could not finish it. What a waste of time.

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Murderball

A Movie ReelMurderball: 8.5 out of 10.

When A&E aired "Murderball" the other night, I taped it and watched it this afternoon. It's nominated for best documentary feature and I wanted to check it out before tomorrow night's Academy Awards.

It's great. I love documentaries like this that inspire and entertain all at once. I've seen "March of the Penguins" and I believe "Murderball" should roll all over 'em tomorrow night. Checking out everyone's picks in my little Oscar pool, I see the following break down for that award:

  1. March of the Penguins - 76
  2. Murderball - 13
  3. Darwin's Nightmare - 2
  4. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room - 4
  5. Street Fight - 1

Had people actually seen "Murderball", I suspect it would have a far larger chunk of the penguins' pie. I know who I'm rooting for.

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Overnight

A Movie ReelOvernight: 7 out of 10.

This is a documentary about Troy Duffy, the man who wrote and directed "Boondock Saints". It's absolutely compelling as we watch the rise and fall of Duffy, a man who suffers from extreme delusions of grandeur. His massive ego is a byproduct of insecurity as he alienates himself from all who supported him, even Miramax's Harvey Weinstein.

I saw "Boondock Saints" and I quite liked it. With a different attitidude Duffy could have been a household name today. Instead, we root for his failure.

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Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

A Movie ReelDodgeball: A True Underdog Story: 5.5 out of 10.

5.5 out of 10 suggests I didn't particularly like this flick. Sometimes my patented rating system can be deceiving. I expected so little from this movie that I actually enjoyed all 92 minutes.

The key to happiness is low expectations.

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P.S.

A Movie ReelP.S.: 4.5 out of 10.

I totally forgot I watched this last night. That tells you how memorable it was. It's not a bad premise but it doesn't go anywhere and you keep waiting for something to happen.

Following this flick, we watched "Stevie", a documentary by Steve James. It blew me away. No wonder I forgot all about "P.S.".

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Imaginary Heroes

A Movie ReelImaginary Heroes: 7 out of 10.

Movies about dysfunctional families have always appealed to me. This one is pretty good. We kick things off with a suicide and immerse ourselves in the characters, well portrayed by Sigourney Weaver, Emile Hirsch, Jeff Daniels and others.

It's better than you think.

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Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

A Movie ReelStar Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith: 8 out of 10.

The saga is indeed complete, and it concludes on a high note. I was really disappointed with "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" and although "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" was better, it wasn't where it should have been. "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith", however, was great. There was non-stop action, a good story and a tonne of answers for us old school Star Wars guys.

It all matches up perfectly. "Star Wars IV: A New Hope" is an ideal follow-up. George Lucas has redeemed himself. I'm going to watch it again!

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Ocean's Twelve

A Movie ReelOcean's Twelve: 4.5 out of 10.

My favourite part of this movie came near the end when I heard the voice of Ed Bloom. That tells you something.

I hated the premise of this movie. Andy Garcia's character demands Ocean's gang return the money they stole from his casino plus interest. Ocean's gang, like a bunch of spineless sucks, immediately cave and agree to hand over almost 200 million buckeroos. C'mon, if Ocean's gang was as cool and skilled as we were led to believe, they'd find a way to avoid bending over for Garcia on demand.

If you like looking at pretty people and prefer style over substance, "Ocean's Twelve" is for you.

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Love In the Time of Money

A Movie ReelLove In the Time of Money: 6 out of 10.

I was attracted to this movie because of its cast. Steve Buscemi, Jill Hennessy, Michael Imperioli and Rosario Dawson star in this simple little movie about a series of entanglements in New York that connect.

It wasn't bad, relying on dialogue to tell sexy tales without the sex, but it wasn't great. Still, it's worth it for Hennessy and Dawson, if ya know what I mean.

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