Reviews


Million Dollar Baby

A Movie ReelMillion Dollar Baby: 8 out of 10.

Clint Eastwood is getting better with age. Great direction, great acting and great casting. Hilary Swank is a great Maggie and nobody handles the narrator-type role like the great Morgan Freeman.

Needless to say I had very high expectations for this film. It won four Oscars, including Best Picture. I wasn't disappointed, it's a great flick.

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Hitch

A Movie ReelHitch: 5 out of 10.

"Are We There Yet?" left such a bad taste in my mouth, I hadn't seen a feature film since. "Hitch" was a great deal better, but anything would seem better by comparison. It's a pretty safe romantic comedy that doesn't suck but doesn't deliver many big laughs either. It's exactly the kind of film that will gross $177,575,142 at American box offices.

What ultra-safe comedy starring a former rapper will I see next?

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Are We There Yet?

A Movie ReelAre We There Yet?: 2 out of 10.

Following a frustrating Leafs loss we decided to watch "Are We There Yet?". I was a big Ice Cube fan from his days with NWA and as a solo artist and I've never forgotten his role in "Boyz n the Hood". How bad could "Are We There Yet?" be?

Don't see this film. We weren't even able to survive the 95 minutes. It's nauseatingly sanitized crud that is far too dumb for anyone over the age of.... hmmmm... I'll say five, that it's probably safer to say four. There are no redeeming qualities. Even the kids are obnoxious and hateful. On Ice Cube's excellent "The Wrong Nigga To Fuck With" from his 1991 album Death Certificate he makes the following statement: "I'm platinum bitch and I didn't have to sell out. Fuck you Ice Cube, that's what the people say". Cube, ya sold out big time and the people are indeed saying "fuck you Ice Cube".

We can handle the crossover to family-friendly Bill Cosby style, it's the total crap we can't stand.

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Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids

A Movie ReelBorn Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids: 6 out of 10.

I'm a big doc fan, so it was with great anticipation that I sat down to watch the 2005 Oscar winner for best documentary. It's a fine piece of work, but far from the best doc I've seen over the past 12 months.

The children are endearing and and clever and you're rooting for them, but it quickly becomes all about Zana Briski. "Capturing the Friedmans" was better.

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Kinsey

A Movie ReelKinsey: 7.5 out of 10.

The story of Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey is a very interesting one, and this Bill Condon flick about the man's work surmises it nicely. At the time, the only acceptable sex was that of husband and wife and acknowledging the existence of another form was strictly taboo. Even today there are nine states where oral sex is against the law, even within a heterosexual marriage. Kinsey certainly had his work cut out for him.

Everybody's sin is nobody's sin. And everybody's crime is no crime at all.

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Sideways

A Movie ReelSideways: 7.5 out of 10.

Yes, I'm about a year behind on my movies and I'm only getting to "Sideways" today. It was very good, but not as good as I had heard it was. The way they heaped praise and awards on "Sideways" I was expecting something truly extraordinary. Instead I merely got a really good movie.

Paul Giamatti was once again fantastic. I love this actor. From "American Splendor" through "Man on the Moon", "Saving Private Ryan" and "Private Parts", he's top notch.

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Crash

A Movie ReelCrash: 8.5 out of 10.

I'm a big fan of Paul Thomas Anderson's "Magnolia". I've seen it several times and I love the style. It's a big ensemble cast with several interwoven plotlines that create a greater thought-provoking sense. "Magnolia" came out six years ago and I hadn't watched a flick since that came close to this all-encompassing spirit. Canadian Paul Haggis' "Crash" is filmed in a similar style with a similar positive effect.

It's a well-written, well acted two hours that makes a number of bold statements about our racist world. It was exceptional and now it's made me want to watch "Magnolia" again.

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Eulogy

A Movie ReelEulogy: 4 out of 10.

Promise unfulfilled. That's the best synopsis I can provide for this flick. A cast of Hank Azaria, Zooey Deschanel, Rip Torn, Piper Laurie, Glenne Headly and Famke Janssen are completely wasted. Even Ray Romano and Kelly Preston have significant roles in this mediocre movie.

It's entirely disinteresting and rather boring. It's certainly not funny. Parts of it reminded me of much better movies, providing moments I actually enjoyed. Unfortunately, those moments were playing in my head and not on the screen. If you want to blow away a 90 minute chunk of your life, watch "Eulogy".

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Saw

A Movie ReelSaw: 8 out of 10.

Perhaps it was because I watched this late at night in the dark or perhaps it's because deep down inside I'm just another sick bastard, but I really enjoyed this movie. It was dark, creepy, disturbing and a whole lotta fun.

It's not "Se7en", but it's good.

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A Love Song for Bobby Long

A Movie ReelA Love Song for Bobby Long: 6.5 out of 10.

Often I'll skip a movie simply because it stars John Travolta. Sure, Travolta was in my favourite movie of all time, but I consider that the genius of Quentin Tarantino and not a credit to Travolta. I was going to skip "A Love Song for Bobby Long" but decided to give it a whirl because it also stars Scarlett Johansson. I'm glad I gave it a shot.

It nicely captures the grungy soul of New Orleans which is even more interesting in light of everything that has happened. It's a tale of redemption and penance and a search for belonging. It's not a bad little flick..

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