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OcelotScratch 49M
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6/19/2006 12:07 am

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More Movies!

Okay, I started to watch Once Upon a Time in the West, and stopped it. Not because it isn't good; I don't know that yet. But it has a lot of silent spaces, and I haven't had the time to just watch a movie, so it's still on hold. I replaced it with a couple of others.

Dodgeball: I have got to stop letting friends talk me into believing that this sort of juvenile comedy is any good. The only good part of this movie was the cameo appearance by Lance Armstrong. Beyond that, it sucked. Ben Stiller just becomes more irritating every time I see him.

Miller's Crossing: This is the rarest of movies: a Coen Brothers film I liked. It's fabulous. There are some over the top moments that are kind of silly, but the whole is great. As always, Gabriel Byrne is outstanding. You can figure out how it's going to end, but the journey is still a joy. Well, maybe that's the wrong adjective given that it's a gangster movie and people are dying everywhere, but watch it.

Hotel Rwanda: Given all the adjectives I used in the last paragraph, I'm not sure what I have left. Just fill them in yourself, so long as they are good. Don Cheadle is very good as Paul Rusesabagina, a man who saved 1200 refugees in 1994. The other actors are up to the task. The plot very deliberately draws parallels to Schindler's List, beyond what the subject implies. It does so in service to a theme that is subtly, but importantly, different. Very grim, and very gruesome, but I can't recommend it highly enough.

Cold Mountain: This isn't a great movie, but it's better than what the critics I read said it was. Very good. The parallel plotlines work well together, and the acting is quite good, as one would expect from Nicole Kidman, Renee Zelwegger and Jude Law. Contrary to what you might think, it is not my thing for Nicole Kidman that made me want to see this movie; it was Anthony Minghella. Minghella directed and wrote The English Patient, which is one of my 2-3 favorite movies of all time. I haven't seen a dud from him yet, and I'll keep watching.

Batman Begins: Easily the best live action Batman movie ever. Of course, I didn't like any of the last series. From Jack Nicholson playing Jack Nicholson instead of the Joker, to the ludicrously bad portrayal of Mr. freeze, it just stank up the joint. This one is much better, with an actual understanding of the mythos. It's very much in the vein of Batman: Year One. Liam Neeson makes a much better villian than anyone who has tried to be one in a Batman movie before.

The Blue Max: The aerial sequences are not overrated; they stand at the top of the genre, particularly since they don't feel forced, as so many of them do. George Peppard was really handsome in his youth, and if your into guys, watch this, not The A-Team. It's a tale of heroism, cynicism and class differences, and it's very well done.

loadeddice05 45M

6/20/2006 10:55 pm

Once Upon a Time is a superb movie!!!! Totally a cool and the only good by the way, Charles Bronson movie!!!

What's wrong with juvenile humor??? I'm the king of this type of tom foolery!! LOL!!

Have a good one!!!

OcelotScratch replies on 6/20/2006 11:59 pm:
Totally a cool and the only good by the way, Charles Bronson movie!!!

Not true. Both The Magnificent Seven and The Great Escape are fabulous movies.

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