Sunday, February 3, 2008

Movie Review Sunday #2

My sweet 13 yo daughter is having a lot of fun learning to use Photoshop. She made me this cute little graphic for Movie Review Sunday. I think she did a great job since this is her first one. Oh, and did I mention that she just started using Photoshop about an hour ago? Smarty britches! Anyway, here's what we've seen this week and my two cents about them! Enjoy!

Live Free or Die Hard

Synopsis:

Hacker Matt Farrell (Justin Long), not knowing who he is working for, finishes work on a computer program and sends it to Mai Linh (Maggie Q), who advises her boss and lover, Thomas Gabriel (Timothy Olyphant), that they can now proceed with their evil plan. The criminal mastermind begins killing the hackers he hired by exploding their computers by means of a virus he has implanted, and commencing the initial stages of a computer attack on US government networks.

We liked this one pretty well. I know I've seen some of the earlier Die Hard movies but it's been a long time. I really wasn't in the mood to watch this but half way through the movie, I was glad hubby suggested it. This one has lots of action and a pretty good plot. If you've seen the other movies and liked them, you're sure to like this one. I like Bruce Willis in these types of films. Overall, good action movie.

Ocean's 13

Synopsis:

When senior Ocean member Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould) gets double crossed by the scheming Willie Bank (Al Panico), the Ocean team decide it is time to get even, but this time, with the help of an old enemy.

Together, they decide that the goal here is not to take Bank's money, but make him loose it and his Five Diamond awards. Through a series of scams, they rig every game in the casino, making everything pay out to any player there. Underground, they create an earthquake, causing everyone in the casino to evacuate, removing Bank's chance of winning it back.

Through out the movie, the Five Diamond reviewers time at the casino is sabotaged through various means (chicken pox-like infection on his towels, laxatives in his food, terrible smelling insence being burned in his room, and overall bad service) and he reviews it very poorly, taking Bank's chance at winning another Five Diamond with him.

At the end, after successfully pulling off the heist, Rusty (Brat Pitt) rigs one last machine in the Airport, letting the reviewer who they un-willingly put through all the problems hit the jackpot before boarding his plane.

I was a little disappointed in this movie. Hubby liked it but I didn't feel that it was as good as the first two. I love all the characters but I found this one lacking. I think I even slept through parts of it. I missed Julia Roberts nagging Clooney in this one. Overall, I was not thrilled.

Evan Almighty

Synopsis:

In director Tom Shadyac's raucous follow-up to the 2003 comedy Bruce Almighty (also helmed by Shadyac), God (Morgan Freeman) summons narcissistic newscaster turned congressman Evan Baxter (Steve Carell) to build an enormous ark in preparation for a devastating flood. Unfortunately, Evan's perplexed family interprets his latest hobby as a midlife crisis gone wrong rather than as a divine assignment from the man upstairs.

Pretty cute movie. Great family movie. I don't remember any questionable material in this one. Steve Carell is not my favorite actor because he has a dry sense of humor that I just don't get. He did a pretty good job in this one though. So overall, I was pleasantly surprised.

Masterpiece Theatre: Mansfield Park

I love Jane Austen. I really do. I'm just not thrilled with these versions of her work. Many of these versions are only 90 minutes and you just can't cover her work in that length of time. One of the things I love about Austen is her sense of humor and her sarcasm. I feel the movies are lacking in this, which makes them only mediocre for me. Because I love her work, I will watch all of these versions but I don't expect my opinion of them to change. (If you miss these movies on Masterpiece Theatre, they are available for purchase). The movie coming on tonight, "Miss Austen Regrets, " looks very promising.

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5 comments:

Jenny said...

ok...you need to Mr. Linky this and spread the word and encourage people to take the button...I'm gonna take it even though you didn't offer it...and what's this about Photoshop?? I didn't know you had photoshop you dirtbag...and here I've been trying to get you to use GIMP to scrapbook and you have PS..Dirt.Bag!

Carrie! :o) said...

I liked Bruce Almighty so much better than Evan Almighty. :o)

gail@more than a song said...

We liked Live Free, good action movie....like Evan Almighty too! I did enjoy the Ocean's movie, the first was probably the best but for eye candy they can't be beat!

I don't do a good job trying to review...but we just sent back to netflix a good one we watched a few days ago, Luther. Based on Martin Luther, interesting and if you like historical type stuff you might enjoy it.

Shawna said...

We haven't watched Ocean's 13 yet. Beef wants to see it. I didn't really care that much about the other two either. I do like that a bunch of stars are in one movie though.

jenn said...

I love steve carell. I don't know what that says about MY sense of humor, but I think he's great!