Tuesday, May 31, 2005

I'm back
I had a totally relaxed day, yesterday. Short yet enough to clear away the cobwebs in my mind. I will definitely post about it in the coming days. Pictures too but I need to attend to certains matters first. Till then, here's the review of the films I watched this month.

Normal - A HBO original movie with a strong cast dealing with a very sensitive subject. A man (Tom Wilkinson) after being married for 25 years to his wife (Jessica Lange) decides to go for a sex change. The ridicule, the anxiety and stress he endures is overwhelming yet with the support of his loving wife he prevails. Story line was a bit weak but the acting was believable to pull it through.

Wimbledon - A washed up tennis player is given another chance to shine in the tennis tournament he has never won. An underdog making it good plot, good tennis action shots, Paul Bettany is a delight to watch with his accent so the movie was enjoyable. Too bad Kirsten Dunst was it in. I don't like her. Blah.

Into the Sun - Yeah go figure I watched a Steven Seagal flop film. I actually borrowed it for my father but saw it lying around and decided how bad can it be? Yakuza, sword yielding ninja types, criminal elements all set in Japan. It was believable enough and something to occupy my boring Saturday night.

Godsend - Now this seriously scared me a lot and I guess it didn't help that I watched it at 2 in the morning. A couple who lost their son in an accident decides to have him cloned. The child comes back looking exactly as the original up to a certain point in his young life when he turns evil. Greg Kinnear and Robert de Niro contribute acting wise but it was the actor portraying the child who gave me goosebumps with his piercing demeanor. Good fright!

Kingdom of Heaven - I'm drawn towards historical epics which give us a sense of how life really was in the past. And this movie did not fail me in that aspect. I was lucky enough to visit Jerusalem as well the Kerak castle in Jordan, so it was fascinating to watch the Crusades portrayed so realistically. Never mind that Orlando Bloom still comes across as a weakling (due in part to his sissy portrayal in "Troy") the other actors like Jeremy Irons, Liam Nesson and Ghassan Massoud (Salahadin) ably sustained the movie.

Laws of Attraction - I caught this on Star Movies. I liked the chemistry between Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore. Funny, witty delight to watch them spar against each other in this courtroom comedy. Yes sure plot could use some direction but it was still amusing.

Cold Creek Manor - Sharon Stone, Dennis Quaid, Stephen Dorf couldn't save this lousy plot. I thought it was another ghost haunting new tenants movie but it wasn't. The thing with movies like these is I end up talking to the screen and tell them to move back to wherever they came from. If something weird happens when you live in a new house then certainly you wont stay around much longer, would you? But sure I know it's not that easy!

Twisted - Ashley Judd in another of her dysfunctional victim roles. She gets good support from the other actors in this film like as Samuel L. Jackson. And surely it is always riveting to watch Andy Garcia essay any role. With a wide variety of characters, it was fun trying to predict which one was the killer. And yes I got it right yet again.

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate events - I never read the book and only heard of it when it was shown on the big screen. Certainly a role that fits Jim Carrey perfectly well. The 3 children are good, you get to really emphatize with their misery. Their great (mis)adventures, meeting quirky characters along their journey and the set design is befitting the era it was supposed to convey. I loved it.

Little Black Book - You have Brittany Murphy snooping into her boyfriend's Palm Pilot (the modern equivalent of the little black book) to discover he still keeps all his ex-gfs pictures and contact numbers in it. She was urged on by her friend/colleague and it unveils a whole lot of details which the poor girl never knew before. Hmmm first of all I would NEVER snoop into my partner's possessions like cellphone & PDAs. It would be a violation of his privacy. I would trust him enough to tell me only what I need to know. Having said done, how else would the poor girl discover the secrets he kept from her? Oh well it turned out to be a ploy to make a TV show score up ratings. Gosh I was horrified how it all unveiled towards the ending. But ok it wasn't such a good plot but good acting from Holly Hunter, Brittany Murphy & Kathy Bates.

Star Wars 3: Revenge of the Sith - Ok so I didn't fall asleep, simply because the whole movie house reverberated whenever a spaceship flew away. Or the buzzing sound of the sabers of the Jedis felt like a fly was buzzing in my ear. The encounters made my heart pound or maybe it was too much caffeine. But sure I enjoyed the movie if only for the fact that we finally know why Anakin turned to the dark side of the force. The gullible fool did it for love. And what did it get him? He lost Padme and all he had to show for it - A long black cape, black knee length boots and a mask that amplifies the fact that he is a heavy breather! Was it worth it? I don't think so!

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