June 17, 2004

Movie Reviews: The Second Attempt

As you may recall, my recent attempt to post a few reviews was cut short by evil popups, combined with my cat-like reflexes and eagerness to kill them. Let's try this again, shall we?

To be completely honest, I should be posting a review of The Terminal, the new Tom Hanks film. We had passes to an advanced screening that I managed to score. I'm sure it would have been fun...had we not completely forgotten about it. In all the chaos thrown at us this week, it slipped our minds. But over the past week or so we have seen a few things worth noting.

Shrek 2
I am, perhaps, the only person on the face of this good earth who thought the first Shrek was just okay. It was moderately amusing and I was forced to use the dreaded c-word to describe it - cute. Now, if you all haven't grabbed your pitchforks and torches and started beating a path to my front door, I'll have you know that the second one was only a slightly more amusing experience. I can't fault the movie entirely. It might have had something to do with the fact that Beth and I were the only adults without children in tow.

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An aside: If you're a parent and you know that your child can't sit still for more than, oh, 2.5 milliseconds and keep their mouths shut, why would it then seem like a brilliant idea to take said child to a movie where keeping one's mouth shut and sitting is really the entire goal? I'm not a parent. Admittedly, I don't know the ins and outs of parenthood. I do know enough, however, that I would not follow the logic of "hey, little Timmy can't sit still for more than, oh, 2.5 milliseconds, he screams and he has a tendency to get up, wander around and talk to people...so lets go to a movie!"
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The bottom line is that the movie was decent. There was a vast amount of humor clearly targeting the adults in the crowd (all five of us) and for that, I was grateful. Its probably worth checking out if you haven't already.

Tears of the Sun
This movie has all the suspense of, well, Die Hard. I mean, would Bruce Willis really fail you? Would Bruce die? Heck no. Rent this one if you have a couple hours to kill because its an absolutely beautifully filmed movie.

Six Degrees of Separation
We'd seen it before but Beth wanted to watch it again. Aside from the occasional overacting, this is a fantastic movie. Just for the record, Six Degrees stars Donald Sutherland, father of Keifer Sutherland, who was in Flatliners with Kevin Bacon.

I have no idea what book it was, but I read something a few months back that made constant reference to Fail-Safe. This 1964 flick starring Henry Fonda took a look at the concepts of nuclear warfare, mutual assured destruction and the emerging role of technology in the nation's defense. I realize that doesn't really sound all that thrilling but its abundantly clear why it became the The Day After of its time.

Posted by Chris at June 17, 2004 7:15 AM

i agree with you about the kids in movies and other places that can't sit still. and i am a parent. it seems that nowadays people let their kids do what ever the hell they want!

Posted by: maia at June 17, 2004 8:53 AM

I'm a parent and I did take my very young child to the movies (back when he was a VYC) without difficulty, because I'd taken the time to teach him from the beginning that talking and playing do not go on in the movies. If he became noisy we went out into the hall (I think we only had to do that three times ever). He was made to understand that if it continued we would leave without finishing the movie and he would not go again until he was 40.

I'm sick of parents who let their kids do anything they want -from wandering busy restaurants to talking out loud in church. And if you glare at them they look at you like you're anti-child -even if you have a well behaved child with you (as I do).

Posted by: HR Lady at June 17, 2004 10:33 AM

I *loved* Tears of the Sun. I cried my ass off when I was watching it. I'm a war movie kind of girl though so I'm biased.

Posted by: carla at June 17, 2004 12:18 PM

As annoying as it is, I figure if it's a "kids movie" (which I doubt if Shrek really is.. but I digress) then it's fair game. I avoid it by going to a night showing during the week.

Posted by: Laura at June 17, 2004 1:35 PM

I don't mind kids going to movies, but I agree that they should be well behaved. My parents NEVER would have let me scream in a restaurant or talk through a movie. I understand that people with kids should get to go out, but I'm so tired of having them justify their kids bad behavior by saying "Well, they're kids." Yes, poorly behaved annoying kids!

Man it sounds like I hate kids doesn't it? I don't...I promise!

Posted by: Kerry at June 17, 2004 2:56 PM

I'm a parent of a toddler (basically, as young as a VYC can be without being an infant), and I agree that a lot of parents are pretty inconsiderate when it comes to their kids' behavior in public. It's not just at "kid movie" matinees and family restaurants, either. A few years ago, we attended a Nutcracker performance that was rather difficult to see/hear because of the three little boys sitting (read: standing on their seats) in front of us. The youngest was about 15 months old. Now, why did the parents bring him?! That's kinda cruel to stick a kid that age in a chair for two hours.

Posted by: Amanda at June 17, 2004 5:08 PM

Never saw Shrek. Don't know why. That particular movie just didn't catch my attention. Everyone raves about it. But I have no interest to see it. I'll probably watch it "by accident" one day. When it's on TV or someone rents it or something. I don't know if I'll make any effort to see it myself.

I think I'm the only one.

Just like Harry Potter. Never read the books, never saw the movies. The idea of the main characters being kids just irks the hell outta me. I have yet to meet anyone else who thinks the same as me. Infact, the ony other person I know who hasn't seen the movies or read the books is my boyfriend. And yo know, so far, I have no intention to either.

Screaming brats at movies? BLEH. At restaurants? BLEH. On buses? in subways? in stores? BLEH BLEH BLEH. I know my parents always told me to stop screaming or to be quieter and not let me run around like that. People today seem to let their kids run rampage, like they have no control over them. The worst is when they let them come over to you and bother you (and put their germy little hands on you!!!), especially when you're clearly too busy to deal with them and you don't even know them. Like they think that everyone is just dying to be near kids and gush all over them.

Wow. I gotta stop right now. This is way too long a comment, and is turning into my usual anit-kid rant.

Posted by: Tjej at June 17, 2004 6:16 PM

oh jeez, don't let nicole hear that you FORGOT to see a tom hanks movie. hehe.

Posted by: tj at June 18, 2004 11:09 PM

I saw *The Terminal* this weekend... I was pleasantly surprised at how damn GOOD it was... and emotional... I cried, I laughed... I spilled popcorn and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. ;-) Don't forget to see this while it's still on the big screen. :-)

Posted by: Dee at June 21, 2004 9:23 AM