Hancock (2008) 07/09/2008
 

This movie was not quite what I expected. I thought it was going to be an action-comedy. Don't get me wrong, there is action, and there is comedy. It's Will Smith, folks, you almost can't have him in a movie without action and comedy. However, there wasn't nearly as much as I thought there would be, and there was more than just a touch of drama.

The way Hancock was marketed made it seem to me that it would be just the story of a heavily flawed superhero who doesn't want to live up to the "hero" part, and the story as he slowly becomes more of a boon to society than a bane. I thought this was a great, and fairly original, idea. Sure, every superhero has his flaws, but in the case of Hancock it's like a superflaw who has some hero.

Well, that's only part of it. It's also the story of said hero learning who he is. Literally. Not just an identity crisis and "coming of age" and all that wishy-washy shit. He actually has no idea who he is. Not wish-washy, but still a little cliche.

All in all it was a good movie, well written and well directed. Just make sure you don't go into it expecting what the ads and previews made it out to be. I suppose the marketing did it's job, I don't know that I would have gone to see it knowing what it really is, but I'm glad I did.

3/5
Reviewed by: Cap'n Commie


Will Smith gives a dramatic performance in this comedy-marketed film. Jason Bateman and Charlize Theron are a happily married family. Will Hancock, a one-of-a-kind superhero, bring them closer together or tear them apart?
The historical background was rough which eventually ruined the plot. With some cheap laughs, I was thoroughly disappointed with the movie.

2/5 STARS

Reviewed by Lindsey

 
Tommy Boy (1995) 07/06/2008
 

Chris Farley and David Spade take you on an adventure to save the Callahan Family business after Thomas 'Big Tom' Callahan dies of a heart attack. Farley and Spade are unaware of evil doers attempting to sell the company, Big Tom's new wife, Bo Derek, and her so called son. Dan Akroyd gives his performance as Ray Zalinksky, the competition in the brake business.
It's a Chris Farley Favorite and a personal Favorite.

3.25/5 STARS

Reviewed by Lindsey


 
Breach (2007) 07/06/2008
 

Eric O'niell, Ryan Phillipe, is working for the FBI and looking for a big break to be an agent. He is set to work under Robert Hanssen, Chris Cooper, as a clerk but really is investigating Hanssen for inappropriate sexual behavior. Little did he know he was in the middle of the biggest security breach in FBI history. O'Niell questions whether or not this is what he wants.
Although the Film is predictable, the characters are interesting and very enjoyable to watch. Also, this film is based on a true story.

3.75/5 STARS

Reviewed by Lindsey


 
WALL-E (2008) 07/05/2008
 

WALL-E is the last robot on Earth and he lives an isolated existence cleaning up the trash. Then one day a mysterious robot named EVE comes down from space and gives him a reason to live.
The first hour or so is wonderfully paced with a message that comes through instantly. However, the last third of the movie becomes a little contrived  and strange for the intended audience.
Many of the images are astounding and WALL-E is adorable. The homage to Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is a treat for film buffs.

4/5 STARS

Reviewed by Tristan


 
Wanted (2008) 07/05/2008
 

Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy Pair up for this sexy action pic. The movie has sex appeal and violence from beginning to end. For Morgan Freeman fans, he appears as the wise one. I was somewhat disappointed with the development of the story. The plot has good twists and poor historical coverage. But, overall, it was a very entertaining film and action lovers will be satisfied.

3/5 STARS

Reviewed by Lindsey


Wanted is a geek's wild dream. James McAvoy is a lonely account manager when Angelina Jolie shows up and introduces him to a world of excitement and purpose.
The action is eye-popping, though unrealstic. The storyline is interesting, though confusing at points. The message is strongly argued, though cliched.
Wanted goes on the shelf next to Fight Club, Office Space and The Matrix.

3.5/5 STARS

Reviewed by Tristan


 
Go (1999) 07/04/2008
 

A group of hedonistic youth spend 24 hours pursuing drugs, sex and freedom; and  they have a good time doing so.
The direction is fast-paced, furious, hysterical and true to the feel of the 90's rave scene. Jay Mohr and Sarah Polley give stand-out performances.
It owes alot to Pulp Fiction and Run Lola Run, but Go still feels fresh from beginning to end.

3.5/5 STARS

Reviewed by Tristan

 
 

While investigating a murder, a detective is lead to a sexy novelist who may be the culprit. Or is she?
This is the movie that made Sharon Stone a star; and I would be too if I showed my junk on the big screen. All coochie shots aside, Basic Instinct is a fast-paced, steamy film noir that never ceases to entertain. The script is a bit hokey at times, but luckily the director never takes the film too seriously. Stone is terrific as the femme fatale and Douglas stands up just as well.

This would make a good double-feature with Wild Things, another humorous erotic-thriller.  

4/5 STARS

Reviewed by Tristan


 
 

A family of apartment-nomads in the 70's moves into Tinseltown and rediscovers the meaning of the "good life". 
The quirky coming-of-age story unfolds like a well written play and features fine performance by Alan Arkin, Natasha Lyone and Marisa Tomei. 
Essentially, the film is a sincere comedy and director Tamara Jenkins (The Savages) keeps it going at a brisk pace.
If you liked American Beauty, American Pie or Little Miss Sunshine, this is a terrific gem to check out.  

3.5/5 STARS

Reviewed by Tristan


 
 

Chuck, Adam Sandler, is a ladies man and Larry, Kevin James, is a single dad  raising two kids. When Larry saves Chuck's life, He asks him to return a huge favor...the two pretend to be a gay couple to gain governmental benefits for Larry's kids in case Larry were to die. The word gets out and the work begins. A very good comedy with many small cameo performances by some well-known faces. This comedy will keep you laughing, but also, the film withholds a theme for gay rights.

3/5 STARS

Reviewed by Lindsey

 
Lolita (1997) 07/02/2008
 

When Humbert Humbert first sees 12 year old Lolita, he can't control himself and soon he's caught in her manipulative grasp.
Director Adrian Lyne's adaptation of Nabokov's novel includes the erotic elements that had to be snipped from Kubrick's version. The result is a mixture of comedy, perverse romance and provocative fascination. 
Many audiences objected to its depiction of pedophilia and some critics were annoyed by the lack of subtelty, but I can't help but fight for this gem.
Dominique Swain gives a captivating performance as the title character, and Jeremy Irons portrays a lovable Humbert. The score is hypnotic and the entire movie is beautifully shot.
If only Shelley Winters could've replaced Melanie Griffith, then it would've been nearly perfect.  

Fun fact: Natalie Portman was originally offered the title role but turned it down for "moral reasons".

4.5/5 STARS

Reviewed by Tristan