was about the perfect bank robbery. The back-story seemed fairly complicated, which I liked. I can't say I'm surprised with the outcome, but the movie was very good nonetheless. I especially liked the end. I'd recommend the movie to anyone.
After watching Marie Antoinette
, I was left with only 1 question: What the heck was that!? This wasn't at all what I expected. I'm not sure why I thought so, but I had the impression that the movie would be based in the 1800s with a 1980's twist to it. The only semblance of 1980 was a little music here and there. The whole time I kept asking myself what the point was. The movie wasn't necessarily horrible, but it wasn't good, if you ask me. I wouldn't recommend it, but if you insist, wait for it on DVD.
Impostor took place in the future during a time when aliens have been attacking Earth for quite some time. Of course, we're losing the battle. Don't go into this one expecting an alien shoot 'em up, tho. That's simply the cover story. The real plot lies in the fact that one man has been accused of being planted by the aliens with a bomb in his heart. The whole time I kept saying to myself that there had to be some way to prove one way or another. Of course, the man in question gets away and strives to prove he's human. My question is, why didn't his captors give him the test anyway? I'm sorry, but I'd like to think the government would want proof before possibly killing an innocent. Maybe that's only in my idealistic world, tho. All-in-all, I enjoyed the movie. I was curious what would happen when the truth ultimately came out. Of course, I can speculate as to why things happened as they did, but I'll leave that up to you. The ending was a surprise; not really impossible to guess, but unlikely.
was a cute movie. There was one part that really stuck out to me, tho. I know things like this happen all the time, but this one seemed pretty risque. Then again, I thought it was funny. When a receptionist was talking on the phone, she said something like, "You should try a Brazilian wax. Every day is like a fiesta." Well, it was something like that. I just thought it was funny having something like that in a children's movie. Then again, there were a few other hidden jokes I thought were pretty funny, too.
A friend recommended Dead Birds
a week or two ago. I wasn't too sure what to expect, but figured I'd give it a shot. I'm glad I did. The movie turned out to be pretty good. The only problem I really had with it was that it started out slow. The story was interesting, tho. For any fans of horror movies, I'd definitely recommend giving this one a shot.
Just 3 more seasons of Stargate SG-1 left! Season 7 was good -- except for the part of killing one of the major characters. (How's that for a teaser?) There was a big fuss about it in Hereos , the second of a 2-parter, where NID was breathing down SGC's back once again. Ya know, if there's one thing I hope happens, it's the abolishment of the NID or at least the clear act of SGC beating them out in the interplanetary travel arena. Just when I start to worry about the presidency, I get to episode 20, Inauguration . The name alone should strike fear in the hearts of SG-1 fans everywhere -- at least, those who've made it past a few seasons. There is hope for the future, tho, and it's very exciting. The last 3 episodes of the season are full of surprises that I didn't see coming. I love it when that happens. The best surprise of all came in the last 5 minutes of the season. I'm not going to ruin the surprise, but anyone who's a fan of SG-1 should recognize it. I can't say enough about the season finale. I was going to say that it turned out to be pretty pivotal, but that's an understatement. Once again, I am eagerly awaiting the next episode. I can honestly say, this time more than any, tho. Never have I watched a series that had me so intwined. Admittedly, there were parts that seemed mediocre during the season, but the wrap-up at the end of the season is top-notch, if not better. For anyone who even partially likes sci-fi, I whole-heartedly suggest the Stargate SG-1 series. I haven't been disappointed, yet.
I got Breakfast on Pluto
for my girlfriend, but that's still no excuse. She liked it, but I hated it. Well, maybe that's a bit harsh, but I can definitely say I won't be suggesting this to anyone I know... and like. The story just seemed stupid. That's really my only complaint. At least I was able to sit thru it all, but I think that might have had something to do with the fact that I was working at the same time.
Night Watch is another movie I have no idea why I added to my list. The movie is a Russian vampire movie, but there seemed to be a lot more than just that. The begining introduced a grand story, but the rest of the movie didn't seem to live up to the promises of that story. I feel like there were huge holes in the story that just weren't filled in like I would've hoped. I will say that the special effects were top notch, tho. Actually, I can't say that the story was bad; it's more the implementation I didn't like. With a few tweaks here and there, this could be really good. As the movie went on, tho, I eventually found myself begging for an end to it all. I just have to say that it wasn't the story at all, simply the implementation. I would really like to see this remade. The real question is whether or not I'll track down the other 2 movies in the trilogy -- I don't even know what they are right now, I just saw some mention about them in the movie description.
Take the Lead
was a really good movie. I know a lot of the comments I've seen are about how surprised people were that it was good, but I can honestly say that I expected it to be good. I'm not saying I expected it to be the best movie in the world, but I expected it to be worthwhile. Then again, sometimes it's better to be surprised. The one thing I didn't realize was that it was based on a true story. Perhaps I should've let you find that out for yourself at the end of the movie, but I think you're live with that one spoiler.
When I got The Shipping News , I wasn't really sure why. My Netflix queue is pretty long and it's been that way since I started it years ago. Sometimes movies bubble up to the top without me realizing it and I end up with some real winners... ok, that was intended to be sarcasm. Luckily, this one was pretty good. If my powers of deduction are working today, I got this movie because of Jason Behr , which is perhaps the unlikeliest of actors after taking into consideration the fact that Kevin Spacey and Julianne Moore are the major headliners. Behr played in Roswell , which I really liked, so I had to find out if he was in anything else. He's made a fairly sizeable list of appearances, but most of those have been in minor roles -- as was his role in The Shipping News.
Anyway, the movie was good. One thing I thought was interesting is that Quoyle and Bunny both seemed to have visions, which were never explained. Perhaps the "bloodlines" concept set in during the move was the intended to be explanation enough. All-in-all, I was suprisingly pleased. Spacey proved his acting skills once again in his quirky character. I did notice his character's quirkiness being chipped away over time. I'm assuming this was due to the positive reinforcement he was getting, which was a first. He wasn't the brightest of folks, but ended up proving he had more strength than he himself thought.
My girlfriend continues to get odd movies. When they get here, she never remembers what they are or why she added them to her list. Sometimes they're good; sometimes they're bad; most of the time, they're so-so with a few quirks here and there. Ripley's Game was one of those. As with most of the quirky movies I see, this one was slow. Part of that was probably John Malkovich's character -- a near life-less hit man. Well, I think he was a hit man. I'm still not sure if that's how he started out, but apparently he was fine with it. There's really not much I know to say about the movie, honestly. It was decent, but nothing to get excited over. Perhaps one of the few things I really liked about the movie was the ending, which is odd -- usually, the ending is the part I don't like. The symbolism in that smirk was probably what made the whole movie, in my opinion.
I just saw Departed
. Someone mentioned that it was really good, but I don't know if I agree. Don't get me wrong, I do think it was a good movie, but I was left with one big question in the end... Who was that guy? I mean, I know
who he was, but I feel like I'm missing something beyond the obvious. Beyond that, I think it was an all-star cast and a very good story. I probably would've liked the story to go a different way, but overall, I'm happy with it.
was a very slow movie, but it was decent. I'm not going to say it was the greatest movie, but it was decent. The problem is that I don't really feel like there was a good ending. Outside of that, I really don't know what to say.
When Profiler season 3 started, I was excited to see what was going to happen after last season's cliffhanger . Unfortunately, what ensued was a very big disappointment. The first few episodes seemed to bring about a lot of change... unwanted change. The first 2 seasons were somewhat dark, while the 3rd must've had a new producer or something, because there was a completely different spin on everything. The one constant with each season has been a change in characters, so it only makes sense that this change might affect the show behind the scenes, as well. A gleam of hope burst back into the show about 2/3 of the way thru the season, tho. I was once again excited to see what was going to happen; despite my disappointments in the season. Unfortunately, this hint of things to come didn't come to fruition until the finale, Las Brisas in the last moments of the double-feature episode, which seemed to drag out a little too much, if you ask me. I should've just skipped to the last 5 minutes of the episode, honestly. I am excited to see the next season , but my hopes for something good aren't that high. Ultimately, I was disappointed in this season because of the major change they made.
I will say that one episode did have me really intrigued. In Grand Master , there was essentially a cross-breeding of shows -- Profiler and Pretender . Jarod, played by Michael T Weiss , only played a small part, but I love Pretender, so I was excited by it. With that spark of interest, I'll probably start that show next, after I finish with Profiler.
Stargate SG-1 season 6
was good. I have to admit that I liked season 5
better, but that isn't saying that this season was bad. As a matter of fact, Disclosure
is probably the best episode so far. I hate Senator Kinsey, played by Ronny Cox
, for obvious reasons, and the reason I loved this episode so much is kind of two-fold. First, the fact that the US would share the knowledge of the stargate with other countries was quite unexpected; but, the best part about the episode was the slap in the senator's face at the end. I get so excited at these moments... I'm such a loser
is an Australian movie about 3 people driving across the country who end up stranded after some car troubles. I didn't know anything about it when I watched it, so I wasn't sure what the twist was. When it finally did come to fruition, tho, it was a good one. I admit, the movie started out very slow, but I enjoyed it. While not the same concept, the movie reminded me of Saw
-- don't go into it expecting the same movie, tho, because it's not; Wolf Creek is only similar in its twisted nature.
I've admitted to myself that I have a problem, but nothing seems to change. What's that problem? Sequels. Despite the fact that the first movie may pass as a semi-decent movie, as was the case with Mimic , I'm a sucker, so I go watch the second , which might as well be a B movie. As if that wasn't crazy enough, a few years later, another sequel comes out. What do I do? Well, I just have to see it, don't I? Of course I do. Once again, I'm not surprised. Mimic 3 wasn't even close to the level of the first -- not that it was outstanding, but it was decent -- but, since I'm a sucker for sequels, I fell for it again. Actually, it's not that I expect these movies to be any better. I'm typically just attracted to the storyline and like to see where it's taken. Every once in a while, you'll find a diamond in the rough -- well, perhaps relatively, but a diamond nonetheless. Maybe it's that or the fact that I don't like leaving something half done. Either way, Mimic 3 was slightly below decent. You could tell they were low on funding because the whole movie is based on two apartment buildings next to each other and there are very few special affects, which is one of the things I liked about the first movie. Honestly, I don't remember much (read: any) of the second movie, so I can't even speak to that.
If you liked the first two, I'd suggest sticking it out, tho. The movie's not horrible, but I wouldn't pay $10 to see it in the theater. Then again, I don't think this one made it that far.
Season 5 of Stargate SG-1 was great, as I've come to expect. This season was all about wrapping up old stories, tho. I want to say there were 7 or so episodes that simply ended or at least tried to wrap up previous open-ended episodes. That almost made this season seem like it was on the verge of being the last. Luckily, there are 5 more. I can't wait to see them all, but I better slow down if I want to see them all without waiting for season 10 to be released on DVD. One thing I do have to say, tho, is that the season finale wasn't quite the nail-biter some of the previous seasons. There was a very big surprise at the end, tho -- something I never would've guessed. All I can say is that I have always been a great fan of Michael Shank's character, Daniel Jackson. Despite his nerdy ways, he has definitely proven himself as a strong member of the team. This season finale simply echoed that. In spite of the fact that this finale wasn't as action-packed, I'm actually more intent on starting the next season than I ever was before. Man, these writers really know how to throw some punches!
UPDATE: It turns out I missed an episode. What I earlier thought was teh finale was the second-to-last episode of the season, Meridian . The finale, Revelations , was exactly what I was expecting -- an action-packed episode with a very big surprise. While I was admittedly surprised when I saw Meridian, Revelations was even more surprising. And, some of my primary fears from Meridian were left with a glimpse of hope for the future. Season 6 will definitely bring some interesting times.
I'm not sure why I got District 13
, but as soon as I saw the menu screen on the disc, I knew it was one I'd probably regret. Luckily, that was disproven fairly quickly. The dubbed version wasn't very good, which was probably the second thing I noticed -- after the menu screen, of course; but I got over that, as I tend to do when I take a chance on a foreign movie. Overall, the movie was your typical action movie. The story was lacking, but passable. What really made up for everything else was the opening chase scene. This is the first time I've seen David Belle
, but I will have to check out some of his other movies, as few as they may be. This is also the first time I've seen Cyril Raffaelli
, but his scenes weren't quite as exciting as Belle's initial scene. They were both great action actors, tho. If you have a chance to see either of these guys, I suggest you take it. Either way, give District 13 a shot. I guarrantee you it'll be worth it within the first 10 minutes.
Leo was a good movie, but seemingly hard to follow. Well, I was working at the time, so that might have had something to do with it. It was good, tho. There's not too much you can say without giving away the story, but there's a small twist at the end. Honestly, you can probably guess it as time goes on, it's not that hidden. I will say that the movie's better than I expected. When it started, I had pretty low hopes.
I saw a trailer for Havoc
a while back and decided to give it a shot. The movie wasn't as good as I hoped, but that's what taking a chance is all about. Basically, upper class teens are looking to get a taste of the ghetto. Of course, they bite off more than they can chew and it comes back to haunt them. The only part I really didn't like was the end, which didn't really seem to sum things up. Well, it did, I guess, but not quite in a way that I would've preferred. All-in-all, it was decent.
I saw The Perfect Man
a few weeks back. Not really something I'd pick out, but it was decent. I kept asking myself how stupid this Hillary Duff
character could really be. I do like Chris Noth
, tho. I've seen him in a few movies and TV shows and I think he does pretty good work. I might have to see what else he's in.
When I first saw the trailer for Final Destination 3
, I knew I had to see it. I saw the first one
when if came out. I didn't know anything about it -- I hadn't even seen the trailer. I just got lucky, which was nice. I always hate it when a trailer ruins the movie by raising your expectations above the level of the movie. I guess those creating the trailer probably think they did a good job, but in the end, I feel like it hurts the movie more than helps it. At any rate, Final Destination 2
was decent, but didn't live up to the first one. The third movie was a lot better, tho. I still think the FD2 death scene was the best. The great thing about these movies is that it reminds me of the game Mouse Trap
. The complicated death scenes keep you guessing the whole time. I love that.
I just saw The Guardian
and am very pleased. I know a lot of people don't think too much of Ashton Kutcher
, but I think he's pretty good. Sure, Punk'd
and That 70's Show
aren't a box office masterpiece, but The Guardian is another good one he can add to his "A" list. For those of you wondering what else he's been in, I highly suggest you check out The Butterfly Effect
, one of my all-tim movie favorites. And, while I'm on the subject, if you liked Butterfly Effect, you have to check out Donnie Darko
, too. Some people didn't like it, but I thought it was a great movie. Donnie Darko is one that totally surprised me. Anyway, I'm getting off topic... Check out The Guardian. Great movie.
brings it home again in its 4th season
. This is quickly becoming my favorite series of all time. The SG-1 team is perfectly configured with an outstanding group of actors
. One of my favorite episodes (from a previous season) was one where Teal'c, played by Christopher Judge
, and Col O'neill, played by Richard Dean Anderson
, switched bodies. Normally, Teal'c is a very mild mannered soldier. Is that an oxymoron? In this episode, tho, Judge does a fantastic job of playing O'neill's exuberant sarcasm, which is one thing that seems to have been a large focus in season 4 -- O'neill's sarcasm, that is. Another thing I noticed about this season is that several groups of episodes seemed to be fairly themed. Maybe it's just me, tho -- I am watching them back-to-back, for the most part. Either way, the season was great; and, once again, has left us with a cliff-hanger finale that begs the question, "What will happen next!?" Luckily, I don't have to wait an entire summer to find out. Although, there does seem to be a relative form of dejavu... I've got a guess. I'm just wondering if that will finally eliminate their persuer. I think it might, but at the cost of a dear friend... and not the obvious one. I guess there's only one way to find out for sure, tho...
Yet again, another great season of Stargate SG-1
. Season 3
brought some definite surprises, which will be interesting to see pan out in the next few seasons. One thing that I really liked about this season was the wide range of topics each episode covered. There was definitely a lot of creativity behind the scenes.