Movie of the Week – Chicken Little

Well, I had very high hopes for this movie – though once I started seeing all the hype and it being called “The Best Comedy of the Year” I made sure to downgrade my expectations.

It is a very cute film, some way cool effects, even a message! But it wasn’t as funny as it could be. Worth seeing, but did not beat Madagascar, Ice Age, or The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. ***

Movie of the Week – DOOM

Based on the popular first person shooter game, I wasn’t too sure what to expect. But, having seen the previews and the fact they stuck in there scenes that put you in the same first person mode you get in the game, I had to check it out.

I was very glad I did! The movie was actually pretty good! Had likeable characters, good fx, wasn’t a scare fest, and best of all, had a plausible plot! Whoohoo!

The camera also did some incredible work on facial closeups. Plus the 5 minutes or so the movie goes into first person shooter mode was done at the perfect spot for it. Even better, it was funny! Hilarious scenes at a couple of spots as the shooter guns down the baddies.

A very nice homeage film! ***1/2!!

Movie of the Week – Just Like Heaven

This is an incredibly cute movie. The chemistry between the principals worked pretty well. A lot of cute funny bits. Some real nice situations, and the strings that attach them are like a revelation. ***1/2

Movie of the Week – Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were -Rabbit

This film has a short based on the characters of Madagascar — mainly those crazy adorable penguins! It is not to be missed. I thought my hubby was going to die he was laughing so hard. It is a Christmas piece and it is adorable and quite funny. Those penguins are a total hoot! lol!

Wallace and Gromit were also a lot of fun. There are more rabbit and vegetable jokes than you can possibly want and then some! Subtle subtext for the adults as well as a lot of cute things for the kids. Awesome claywork. A very fun movie! ***3/4!!

Movie of the Week – Lord of War

I was going into heavy movie withdrawal! With all the conventions and then the Cellulitis, it’s been a bit since I’ve been able to get myself to the theater! And what a movie to come back to! Whoop!

Lord of War with Nicolas Cage — This movie is totally fascinating and sometimes outright disturbing. It is a journey into the life of Yuri, narrated by him, and shows the audience how he got into the convoluted world of arms dealing and how it affected him, his family, his life. And boy is he good at it! In some ways that is the whole crux of the problem. He finds his calling.

This film is ripe with funny moments and disturbing images. Definitely not for children! Nicolas Cage does an outstanding job. As well as the rest of the cast.

In the early beginning of the film, they do this wonderful sequence where the audience is placed on the point of view of the birth of a bullet and then follows it through the factory, out being shipped, and then its final use.

I would definitely rate this one a must see! ****!!!

Movie of the Week – Wedding Crashers

First thing I’d like to say about this one is — it is NOT for children! They cover/show many very adult topics on this film and would not be appropriate for minors. That being said, it was quite disturbingly funny. The situations they get into in the wedding that will be their ultimate undoing are amazing! Totally hard to explain without giving things away. ***

Movie of the Week – Sky High

A fun, light film. And it has Bruce Campbell!!! Love Bruce!!! Deep high school issues taken in a light format. Decent effects, good acting, and many, many funny moments. If you’re looking for something fun, this is the movie to see. ***1/2!!!!!

Movie of the Week – The Island

A Sci-Fi thriller with lots of action. Loved the set up for the instinution and the people there. The whole set up was great and the story progressed nicely. Once they got free, I was forced to suspend my disbelief a couple of times with some of the over the top stunts, but others were just awesome. Some of the Sci-fi didn’t quite make it toward the end of the film, but overall not a bad flick. ***

Movie of the Week – War of the Worlds

There’s been a lot of controversy and a lot of polar opinions on this one. For my take, I was utterly thrilled. Yes, there are a couple of questionable items with the science part of it (gravity not affecting the aliens, why they would have buried ships deep into the earth millions of years before), but as for the content, action, special effects, suspense, they were top notch! The train scene is one of the most chilling things I have ever seen. Still gives my husband chills when we talk about it. 🙂

The film is a great mix of a modernized version of the original tale as well as sprinklings of the original movie version and the musical radio version (not to be confused with the Orson Wells Radio Broadcast — this one is the one with Mr Burton).

A lot of people have complained about the ending, but I think it is because they don’t get it. The whole point of the book/movie is to emphasize to all humanities insignificance in the cosmos. How we are not so important there is nothing out there we can’t deal with. It’s probably not the happiest of realizations, but it is the point. In the book, it pushed even more the concept of humanities insignificance and God’s wisdom, especially in his creation of something as common as the cold.

I thought the film rocked! ****

Movie of the Week – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

(Hmmm, somehow I have fallen behind….)

I think for those who have seen the original film and those who have not, they will have a lot of fun with this movie. That is, as long as you are not expecting Johnny Depp to recreate Gene Wilder’s protrayal. As people should know by now, Mr Depp always does a character his very own way. The film covers books 1 and 2 and look to be incorporated very well as a whole. The Umpaloopas, in my opinion, were a blast! They still sing a little ditty as each of the children gets removed from the factory. Loved johnny Depp’s portrayal of the out of touch, slightly bitter, yet child at heart, Willia Wonka. Make sure to notice the gloves. hee. With Tim Burton’s vision and Danny Elfman’s music, it was a total treat. ***1/2!!