Thursday, August 31, 2006

Your reviews

Tired of those snooty critics always getting the last word? Here's your chance to be a critic. Just click under comments here and write a review (feel free to make it just a couple of lines or go as long as you want) about any of the movies in theaters:
Black Dahlia
Everyone's Hero
Jesus Camp
Gridiron Gang
The Last Kiss
The Covenant
The Protector
The Illusionist
The Quiet
Who Killed the Electric Car
The Wicker Man
The Any Bully
The Devil Wears Prada
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties
How to Eat Fried Worms
Lady in the Water
The Lake House
Little Miss Sunshine (everybody's loving this movie!!!)
Material Girls
Miami Vice
Monster House
Nacho Libre
Over the Hedge
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Roving Mars
Snakes on a Plane
Step Up
Superman Returns
Talladega Nights
World Trade Center
You, Me and Dupree


At 1:54 PM, Blogger Brandon Fibbs said...

It just so happens I can do that! I'll link them here so as not to write a book!


The Devil Wears Prada

Lady in the Water

Little Miss Sunshine

Miami Vice

Nacho Libre

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Superman Returns

World Trade Center

At 2:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Illusionist was very good. Worth seeing again to catch all the details to solve the mystery. Definitely will be on my list to rent over and over again.

At 4:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Illusionist was one of the best movies, other than Pirates of Caribbean:Dead Man's Chest. The Illusionist held your attention from beginning to end. The theatre was expecially quiet throughout the movie.

At 5:25 PM, Blogger Brandon Fibbs said...

I can't help but resubmit a small plug for "Little Miss Sunshine." I have spoken to a dozen people who saw the film from theaters in NYC to Kimballs in downtown C/S and they all had the EXACT same experience--at the end of the film everyone got up and cheered. So will you. See it!

At 2:15 PM, Blogger Warren Epstein said...

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At 2:20 PM, Blogger Warren Epstein said...

Given the reviews and comments, I've been dying to see "Little Miss Sunshine."

I wanted to take my sons, ages 10 and 14, to see it. I know it's rated R, but several people had told me that aside from a few F bombs, it was fine.

One friend told me that aside from the "drugs and porn" it was OK. Good values.


My wife, the more sensible side of our marriage, suggested we see it first.

I would usually see a movie like this at Kimball's. I like the theater. I like the owner. I like the wine. And it's our only independent theater and our only art house.

But going to Cinemark offered us the option of the family split. You know how this works -- the kids go to "Talladega Nights," we go to "Little Miss Sunshine."

First of all, it's fine for kids, as long as you're cool with your kids seeing the grandpa snort heroine and get his son to buy him porn.

My wife wasn't so hot on that idea.
Maybe when it comes out on DVD, I'll create my own PG version by skipping past the bad parts.

But I gotta tell you, the movie was great.

It's probably the only feel-good movie I know that has a suicide attempt and an OD (different incidents involving different characters.)

We've been fed such mindless cheap-gag garbage masqueraded as comedy that this tightly written little film reminds us of what it's like to laugh at material without punchlines.

It didn't feel quite as much as a communal movie experience that Brandon had described, but this is Cinemark, afterall, and lots of people here didn't quite know what to make of it.

When I got out, I snuck into the end of "Talladega" (Hey, had to check on the kids!) and loved the rollover crash at the end of the race. The crash went on so long, it was interrupted by a commercial for Applebee's. I guess there is a place for dumb-gag comedy.

At 4:15 PM, Blogger Warren Epstein said...

I've seen a bunch of movies in the past week:

The Illusionist: Loved it. I don't quite get why we need two turn-of-the-century-magician stories (The Prestige opens in a couple of weeks.) But Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti are terrific, and the story is tight and well-conceived.

Jesus Camp: Liked it. I'd be fascinated to see the crowd at Kimball's gathered for this frank documentary about the indoctrination of young right-wing Christian soldiers.

Running Scared: Loved it, except for the ending, which seems to be missing a scene. It's a bloodfest mobster movie told as a kind of gritty updated Grimm fairy tale.

Flyboys: Hated it. Saw a screening of this World War I (yes I) top guy ripoff at Tinseltown Tuesday, and I'll run a review on the 22nd, when it opens.

At 8:11 PM, Anonymous Lucas Diercouff said...

Isn't it funny how a film you saw in recent past influences how you see certain films today?

I really enjoyed The Black Dahlia. No... not because of Scarlett Johansson, the most over-rated beauty in recent years, but because I loved LA Confidential so much. If I hadn't of loved LA Confidential so much then I probably wouldn't have given it another thought.

That, and the fact that my sister and I couldn't get over how much we liked Match Point. These two movies made me want to see The Black Dahlia. I am glad they did. Or I would have missed a wonderfully gothic pulp detective story.

At 8:22 PM, Anonymous Lucas Diercouff said...

P.S.- God I loved 'Running Scared'. The Family sticking together while beating The Mafia, crooked cops, a sick couple of snuffers, and rescue a kid from an abusive family. I can't remember a film where a whole family each got a chance to do something viscerally heroic to save the family. I loved it.

At 8:41 AM, Blogger Warren Epstein said...

OK, Lucas, explain to me the ending of "Running Scared."
How does he get out of the diner alive? Why doesn't the killer pimp off them both?
Is he really shot in the stomach or is he faking it... he apparently fakes his death? But it seemed the only people who saw him "die" were his wife and son and the neighbor kid...

And, if he was an undercover cop, why such a scramble to get the missing gun?

I loved that movie while I was watching it, but it left me with a lot of head scratching.

I want to have it as one of my back-shelf picks, but I'm not sure.
I watched the director's commentary hoping for some clairity.. nope.

At 8:43 AM, Blogger Warren Epstein said...

Also, Lucas, two things. One, I hosted the pub quiz a couple of weeks ago. (I should have put the date in there.)
And two, I'd be happy to come give some comments about your paper. 11 a.m. Fridays? Where?


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