I saw two Christmas movies this weekend. And IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be giving both reviews today, as IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be out tomorrow getting more tests done at the hospital. So here are two out of four of my entries for the 2006 G.I.F.T. Challenge.
The Holiday stars Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as two women who have made bad choices in men and find themselves single right before Christmas. They decide to switch homes for the holiday (in L.A. and England), just to get away and be alone. Both women realize they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t necessarily want to be alone, but just want a change. This movie was incredibly heart-warming and funny. The double leading men, Jude Law and Jack Black, were wonderfully sweet in their roles as well. I found myself tearing up quite a few times throughout the movie. Though, that had a lot to do with an old man that Kate WinsletÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s character befriends.
This was a perfect, romantic, feel-good movie for the holidays.
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TNT’s original movie The Librarian – Return to King SolomonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Mines airs Sunday, December 3rd. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the sequel to The Librarian – Quest for the Spear that aired back in 2004. I enjoyed it so much, that I had to buy the DVD when I saw it available at Blockbuster.
In Quest for the Spear, Flynn Carsen (played by Noah Wyle) is hired to be the new librarian at the New York Public Library, specifically for a mysterious room full of fantastic artifacts. His qualifications? He holds 12 bachelors, 6 masters, and 4 PhDs in various subjects. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a career student in his mid-thirties. Full of humor, action, adventure, and mystery, The Librarian is a swashbuckling comedy and somewhat a spoof of Indiana Jones.
Bob Newhart has a great role as the museum curator and FlynnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s boss. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m glad to see that heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be in the sequel as well. Nicole Noone (played by Sonya Walger) was FlynnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s bodyguard and love interest in the first movie, but it looks like sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be replaced by Gabrielle Anwar as his new lady friend. Olympia Dukakis will also be returning as FlynnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mother, who nags him about settling down.
The Quest for the Spear will air again on Sunday at 1 am on TNT, for those wanting to catch the first tv movie. And Return to King SolomonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Mines will air several times on Sunday night starting at 8/7 Central.
And check out the Librarian website for info on the movie, a fun look at the LibraryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s museum artifacts, and a preview of the Librarian comic.
I was extremely impressed with Daniel Craig as the new James Bond. He may not be the prettiest face. But heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s definitely the most believable as a spy, since heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s by far the most fit of all the Bonds.
Casino Royale takes us back to when James Bond first becomes 007, even though set in present day. And this may be the closest to the original Ian Fleming novels that the movies have come. Bond is brash, gritty, and ruthlessÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ everything that makes a good spy.
I am so glad for the reboot of the franchise as the last couple Bond films had gotten stale and corny. This latest installment was neither of those, thankfully. I thought that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d miss the Q character, but I found that I had completely forgotten about him. This Bond doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need fancy gadgets. He uses his brains, as well as his brawn.
Not only did Craig look the part, but he acted it as well. He was hard and brutal when fighting, and relaxed and suave when dealing with the ladies. The supporting cast was great in their roles as well. Eva Green as Vesper Lynd played wonderfully opposite Craig. Their interaction was fun to watch. And the many villains were perfectly cast as well.
The story seemed to take a backseat to the action, but it was cleverly written as well. There plenty of surprises and deceit, as all Bond films have. But the action was definitely the highlight of the movieÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ non-stop, heart-pounding action with plenty of thrills.
For once, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m glad to be proven wrong. Daniel Craig was a wise choice as 007.
Bryan Singer has done it again. At first I cringed at the thought of someone besides Christopher Reeves playing Superman. But Brenden Routh surprised this superhero fan! He not only mastered the iconic Superman and ClarkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mannerisms, but even his voice! The first scene he spoke in, I got chills. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m convinced no one else could have filled the Man of SteelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s boots like Routh.
Kevin Spacey did a spectacular job as Lex Luthor as well. Of course, Singer had the part with Spacey in mind. But Spacey embodied the villain with a much darker, vengeful way than Gene Hackman. He masters everything he does.
While I was impressed with Kate BosworthÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s acting as the spunky, fearless Lois Lane, she still didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t look anything like Lois. I was already disappointed with that aspect going in though. Her fiancÃƒÂ©, Richard White, played by James Marsden (of X-Men fame) had a much larger role in the movie than I expected. He and the rest of the supporting cast were exceptional in their parts.
The story rivals the two original Superman films. There is plenty of action, drama, clever humor, and romance. The movie lasted two and a half hours, and I can safely say that no part of the movie dragged. I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t imagine any part of it being cut or shortened. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not going to give anything away for those who have yet to see it, but a couple twists and surprises are entwined in the story as well!
The special effects and cinematography were brilliant also. Singer did an amazing job! I give Superman Returns an A.
Underworld: Evolution was a bit different from the first movie. This film was able to delve deeper into a more complex story. Whereas, the first Underworld had to introduce all the characters so the story couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be as deep.
I had my doubts as to how the second movie would hold up against something as new and fresh as the first one. But I wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t disappointed. The action was even more intense, the scenes a little a more gory. The special effects were great (especially, on such a small budget), with bigger, badder monsters this time around. We get more of a back-story on the original vampire and werewolf. And we get to see Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and MichaelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s (Scott Speedman) relationship develop further. Though there wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t a lot of talking in the movie other than SeleneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s narration, the acting was exceptional as well. Specifically, Marcus, played by Tony Curran, was a wonderfully, complex tortured-soul. I love when you can somewhat sympathize with the villains. It makes them much more believable than just soulless monsters.
This movie was quite a bit darker, but just as fun as the original.
I was able to see an advanced screening of Zathura last night. And I was surprised to say the least. Zathura was much better than I thought itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d be. I was assuming itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d be just a remake of Jumanji but for children. And while, of course, the game-coming-to-life aspect resembled Jumanji, there the similarities stopped. ZathuraÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s story revolves more around two constantly-bickering brothers and their relationship with each other. The youngest, Danny, finds a game down in their creepy basement. And after his first turn, they find themselves in an outer space adventure. The boys must survive a meteor shower, a defective robot, evil aliens, and their own strained relationship, aided only by a stranded astronaut.
The story is very touching, with a couple fun twists thrown in. The movie was very action-packed and suspenseful, but even the Gorgons (the lizard-like aliens that attack them) are toned-down and almost muppet-like as to not scare younger children. This is definitely a movie for all ages. The only complaint I had were the few swear words that parents might need to talk to younger children about later. I saw a mother in front of me lean over to talk to her 6 year old girl after the youngest brother, Danny, swore at his older brother.
The two boys Jonah Bobo/Ã¢â‚¬ÂDannyÃ¢â‚¬Â and John Hutcherson/Ã¢â‚¬ÂWalterÃ¢â‚¬Â were amazing young actors and very convincing as brothers. And the supporting cast of Dax Shepard, Tim Robbins, and Kristin Stewart were great as well. Since the entire movie remained solely in and around the house, no other actors were even seen.
Zathura is a fun, science fiction, action, suspense, drama, comedy, family-friendly movie.
Well, this week is the week for sneak previews! I got to see The Greatest Game Ever Played last night, Oliver Twist tonight, and tomorrow night is Into the Blue. Then of course, Friday is Serenity. 4 movies in 4 days! If I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t love movies so much, I might be burned out on them.
The Greatest Game Ever Played definitely surprised me. The movie was funny and heartwarming, a pure feel-good movie. I love leaving the theatre with that feeling. This movie is based on a true story about Francis Ouimet, a poor American boy who had a passion and talent for golf. His father didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t approve of FrancisÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ dreams; and being working class family was an obstacle as well. But still, Ouimet gets the chance to play as an amateur in the 1913 US Open along side his childhood idol.
Francis Ouimet is played by the Disney ChannelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s own Shia LaBeouf who does a wonderful job of making his character lovable and relatable. His ten-year-old caddie, Eddie, was played by Joshua Flitter, who stole the show in many scenes!
One of my favorite things about this film though, was the unique, artsy film effects of the golf games. Even for people like me who donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t care for golf, the way this movie flowed and the great camera shots, made it much more interesting and fun to watch. Many times I found myself holding my breath when someone was making a putt.
This was a wonderful, wholesome family movie that seems to be so rare nowadays.
Well, the Brothers Grimm wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. And I don’t know why the director, Gilliam, was complaining about the PG13 rating that they received. This movie is definitely not for young children. Stories in books aren’t as scary, but when you see something on screen it brings a different reality to it. Some of the gore could have been cut out, and it could have been still pretty creepy.
Matt Damon and Heath Ledger were perfect in their roles, and made a great team. Damon played the level-headed older brother who is always ready for action, and Ledger played the scholarly brother that loves fairy tales. There was a great blend of action and comedy. It reminded me a lot of The Princess Bride. Except in this movie, the suspense was pretty much non-stop.
And yet, for some reason, I still felt like something was missing. I was a tad disappointed with how the fairy tales were mentioned. I expected a little more, I guess. It’s hard to say anything more without giving away any spoilers. But overall, The Brothers Grimm was a very fun, entertaining movie. And it made me want to reread some of the Grimm fairy tales.