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


 
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


 
 

Starring Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford. Brad Pitt, an Irish criminal, goes to America to deal weapons. He stays with a cop, Harrison Ford, and lives in the family's basement. While getting close to the family, he also brings danger to Ford's home. Pitt must decide to give in to his new friend or make a run for it. The acting is well done and the plot is interesting.

3/5 STARS

Reviewed by Lindsey

 
 

I always thought that Bruce Willis was an okay actor. He always seemed the same in all of his movies. Until M. Night Shyamalan cast him in The Sixth Sense, that is. I considered him decent. Since Night used him for Unbreakable, I think he is brilliant. His role is powerful, and his character is strong. The movie alone is very slow, but it's what makes room for the characters to be so strong. This film is about a realistic superhero. Samuel L. Jackson gave a great performance as well. This movie is a must-see.

4.5/5 STARS

Reviewed by Lindsey