3 out of 5
Back in December the kids watched Balto (1995,G) for movie night. From Reel.com:
When Nome, Alaska runs out of the antitoxin needed to fight off a diphtheria epidemic, dog teams are the only way to obtain the crucial medicine. Balto the wolf-dog proves his loyalty by leading a dangerous mission through the Alaskan wilderness.
It's interesting that this was based "loosely" on a true story...but it must have been quite a disappointment in its day that this was turned out by Spielberg. It was OK but unremarkable.
I give it 3 out of 5.
To free his imprisoned fiancée, a former blacksmith turned swashbuckler tries to find a former pirate acquaintance who's trying to free himself from owing his soul to none other than Davy Jones.
Jam-packed with action and quirkiness. I didn't like it as much as the first one, but it was still enjoyable.
I give it 3 out of 5.
A NASCAR racer must contend with his fall from the top of the sport at the hands of a foreign driver.
I was surprised when I realized that I had been watching for quite a while before noticing tat the "foreign driver" was Sacha Baron Cohen. The film was quirky enough to be kinda funny despite a tame storyline. I give it 3 out of 5.
After a five-year absence, the Man of Steel returns to Metropolis and must contend with Lois now being an engaged mother, all while having to deal with Lex Luthor and his latest diabolical plan.
It was OK. It seemed like well-trodden ground. You know what to expect from the superhero genre and you get what you expect. It's not that exciting. I give it 3 out of 5.
The entire movie is told, presumably from the present, as a flashback to events that happened in 1997. It is also, as flashed on the screen at the beginning of the movie, "Based on a true rumor". In the backstory to this movie, Sarah's grandmother, Katharine Richelieu (played by Shirley MacLaine), had an affair with the much younger Beau Burroughs (played by Kevin Costner), forming the inspiration for the affair in The Graduate between Benjamin Braddock and Mrs. Robinson (whose first name, incidentally, was never mentioned in that movie).
I didn't think there was much to it, but it was passable. I give it 3 out of 5.
Man of the Year is a political comedy movie directed by Barry Levinson and featuring Robin Williams in the lead role. In addition to Williams, the film features Christopher Walken, Laura Linney, Lewis Black and Jeff Goldblum.
In the film, Williams portrays Tom Dobbs, the host of a comedy/political talk show, based loosely on the real-life personas of Jon Stewart and Bill Maher. With an offhand remark, he prompts 4 million people to e-mail their support, then he decides to campaign for President. To nearly everyone's surprise, he is declared winner of the election.
I really liked the scene where the film explores what would happen if a presidential candidate refused to behave during a debate. Robin Williams, of course, had a bunch of funny one-liners. Otherwise, I thought it fell pretty flat. It should have skipped the suspenseful plot and played further with Dobbs' presidency.
I give it 3 out of 5.
The film revolves around newlyweds Carl and Molly Peterson (Matt Dillon and Kate Hudson), inviting the best man of their wedding, Randolph Dupree (Wilson), to move in with them, after he has lost his job and apartment. But Dupree inevitably overstays his welcome.
The film had some laughs, but I couldn't figure out why Matt Dillon kept doing a Johnny Drama impression. I give it 3 out of 5.
Tonight we finished Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, an HBO Films adaptation of the classic book recounting (from WIkipedia):
...the history of Native Americans in the American West in the late nineteenth century, and their displacement and slaughter by the United States federal government.
The film stars Aidan Quinn. I give it 3 out of 5.
On Tuesday I finished watching The Blues Brothers (1980,R). It's one of those films that I don't enjoy so much as appreciate as a classic. It also gives me an idea for Halloween costumes for the boys. From the Wikipedia entry:
The story is a tale of redemption for paroled convict Jake and his brother Elwood, who take on "a mission from God" to save the Roman Catholic orphanage in which they grew up from closure. To do so they must re-form their rhythm and blues band, the Blues Brothers, and organize a performance to earn $5,000 to pay the tax assessor. Along the way they are targeted by a destructive "mystery woman," Neo-Nazis, and a country and western band â€“ all while being relentlessly pursued by the police, and eventually the military and a SWAT team.
I give it 3 out of 5 stars.