movies i saw this month (september)

September 30, 2008

the bucket list

jack nicholson, morgan freeman and directed by rob reiner

named one of the top ten movies of 2007 by the national board of review alongside michael clayton and the assassination of jesse james by the coward robert ford, the bucket list warmed my heart and tickled my imagination… ok, ok, so i’m exaggerating. still, the bucket list is one of those movies that made me feel good afterwards. this is plain, good ‘ol entertainment. it also made me come up with my own bucket list. i just can’t resist the idea of having my own bucket list. hehehe.

this is the story of carter (morgan freeman) and cole (jack nicholson) who were both checked in a hospital for cancer. carter was an auto mechanic who once dreamed of being a history professor and cole was a hospital chain tycoon who did not believe in having suites in his hospitals and, thus, was forced to share a room with carter. from there, the story evolve until they both passed away.

in a scale of 1 to 5, i give this movie 3 and a half stars.

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21

kevin spacey, jim sturgess, kate bosworth, laurence fishburne and directed by robert luketic

this movie is based on jeff ma, an mit math wizard who, with his other mit math wiz asian friends, came to vegas and went home with bags and bags of money. jeff ma loved to tell the story about a time when he and the rest of his crew decided to take a dip in a vegas hotel swimming pool and they have nowhere to stash this old duffel bag full with $900K worth of money. in the end, they decided to stash it under a pool chair.

the story is about ben campbell (jim sturgess), an mit student, who passed the harvard medical school but has no wherewithal to enter it. he was eventually recruited by one of his professors (kevin spacey) to join a group of card-counters who would once in a while go to vegas and make some money for their efforts. until, of course, a house investigator (laurence fishburne) stumbled upon their game.

i love the story. i love blackjack. and i love kate bosworth. what more do i need to say?

in a scale of 1 to 5, i give this movie 3 stars.

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apocalypto

directed by that jew-hating, alcohol-loving, car-thrashing free spirit – mel gibson.

i like apocalypto. it is a rare movie that will keep me glued to my seat and not pause and run to the kitchen for more food and drink replenishment. and seeing this movie made me stick to the movie until the end without any food break.

this movie is tokyo drift mayan version with some rambo-esque inspired scenes in the beginning of the movie and latter part of it. and if you’re looking for some rare historical fact or insight about the mayan civilization, then you’re watching the wrong movie. this is a watch-and-be-entertained kind of movie rather than the watch-and-learn-history type of movie. if you want historical facts, then go see the history channel.

in a scale of 1 to 5, i give this movie 3 and a half stars.

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the contract

john cusack, morgan freeman and directed by bruce beresford

this is a movie that i would not recommend for others to see. there is nothing to say really except that it’s a waste of time and money. a weak storyline. a tired john cusack. an uninspired morgan freeman. this movie is supposed to be a thriller and i ain’t thrilled! a rene requiestas movie is a better thriller. hell! michael jackson is a better thriller than this! from the director of driving miss daisy, this sure is sucks.

no star for this one. this movie is pathetic.

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p.s.

laura linney, topher grace and directed by dylan kidd

saw the dvd copy in my brother’s room. i think the plot is passable enough to see the movie. it may be one of those movies where the popcorn is worth it. but still, i hesitated seeing it. laura linney was not a favorite. and i think of this as one of those girlie movies. but the hope that this may turn out well clung to me. so when i had nothing to do one sunday night and the choice was this movie or that edward burns movie, sidewalks of new york, i opted for this one. i braced myself for an uneventful and boring two hours and, oh well… the first ten minutes of this movie caught my attention somewhat. what with laura linney in that cleavage-revealing blouse. it was actually an eye-opener of sorts, the movie i mean, since i never strayed (meaning, pushing the video button on the remote to check on the local cable channels) from it. for the first 10 minutes or so, that is. and it all went downhill from there. surprisingly enough, i found laura linney in this movie hot! always saw her on a different light in her past movies– matronly (remember that clint eastwood movie where laura linney appeared as old squinty eyes’ daughter) and not as a diane lane/heather graham/angelina jolie type. the only thing that kept me from changing the cd was the very notion that laura linney will take her clothes off! unfortunately, she didn’t…

in a scale of 1 to 5, i give this movie one and a half stars.

favorite line:
an upset louise (laura linney) to ex-hubby played by gabriel byrne on his sex addiction recovery: you’re on step nine, aren’t you? huh! you’re making amends? (shouting this time) i fucking hate step nine with a passion!

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big stan

robert schneider, david carradine, jennifer morrison, emmett walsh and directed by rob schneider

the problem with an adam sandler/robert schneider comedy movie or a steve carell/will ferrell movie is that they lack cohesion and continuity. it’s no different from watching a tito, vic and joey movie of decades past. sure, they do give you some good laughs but that’s all. it’s better watching reruns of movies from mel brooks, woody allen, gene wilder/richard pryor, steve martin, robin williams, chevy chase and so on. or tv reruns like seinfeld or ally mcbeal or boston legal where you get hysterical laughing and somehow enjoy the stories, too.

but seeing this this robert schneider movie is something of an improvement. i had good laughs from beginning to end and the story is not that bad either.

word to learn from this movie:
schadenfreude defined as enjoyment taken from the misery/misfortune/suffering of others.

in a scale of 1 to 5, i’m giving this movie two and a half stars.

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