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Friday, March 26th, 2004
2:38 am
[sparhawk2k]
The Singing Detective (2003) ... 8.5/10
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As I get ready to go pay fanboy tribute to Kevin Smith tomorrow, this was in many ways a very fitting film to watch tonight. Both are sitting with a dismal collection of reviews (www.rottentomatoes.com) and while Jersey Girl has a chance to climb quite a bit on its official release tomorrow, I'm not too confident that is actually going to happen. But in the end that isn't going to change Kevin Smith. And I see a lot of that same internal motivation in The Singing Detective. I probably could find hundreds of things that, if they have been in ...continued.Collapse )
Sunday, November 2nd, 2003
2:00 am
[sparhawk2k]
Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) ... 9.0/10
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While I realize how bad it probably is to write a review and start it out with a quote from another reviewer, I really just can’t help it. "Under the Tuscan Sun" is an alluring example of yuppie porn, seducing audiences with a shapely little villa in Italy.” This is from Ebert and while he goes on with lots of other wonderful lines I’m going to show some restraint and keep it at that. But it certainly does sum it up in a remarkable way.
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Sunday, September 14th, 2003
3:32 am
[sparhawk2k]
Camp (2003) ... 9.0/10
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This was certainly one of the more interesting musicals I've seen in ages. If anything, the most interesting parts were some of the random external details like the fact that this is the first movie of the top twelve credited cast members. And the only movie listed on IMDB for all but one of them... And while Todd Graff had acted in, wrote, and produced many films before this was his first try at directing. In many ways the relative inexperience of a lot of the people involved did show through. Much of the film seemed rather unpolished, especially some ...continued.Collapse )
3:31 am
[sparhawk2k]
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) ... 7.0/10
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In many ways this may be one of the most dated movies (not dealing with war in any way) that I've seen in a lot time. It's fun to watch at times thanks to the great cast but it's also rather hard to sit through other parts. I guess growing up with a contractor had part to do with it but I can't imagine anybody handling things as badly as Mr. Blanding did. It rather hurt to see Cary Grant being that stupid sometimes. And on top of that it seemed like practically every other line was mentioning some sort ...continued.Collapse )
3:30 am
[sparhawk2k]
Ball of Fire (1941) ... 8.5/10
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Eight professors have spent years working diligently on a great encyclopedia and are slowly working their way to the end. And they aren't having any problems until their local garbage man comes in to ask them a few trivia questions. Prof. Bertram Potts, the one in charge of English, quickly discovers that the article he has been writing on slang is horribly out of date. So he goes of on a mission to discover the way language has changed and quickly finds that he is far behind. He starts recruiting people to help him and in the process recruits more ...continued.Collapse )
3:29 am
[sparhawk2k]
Bootmen (2000) ... 8.0/10
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I went into this film because my friend is truly obsessed with Adam Garcia. I was supposed to get her him on her doorstep for her birthday but failing at that she ended up having to settle for a screening of Bootmen. I couldn't believe this came out the same year as Coyote Ugly. For so many reasons I had just assumed it had come out years earlier and given it the benefit of the doubt while watching it. I thought it was one of ...continued.Collapse )
3:29 am
[sparhawk2k]
28 Days Later... (2002) ... 8.5/10
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I went into this film without much of an idea of what to expect. I had been told we were going to see your average corny zombie flick. And that's what I was gearing up for. A couple hours of silent Mystery Science Theater 3000 in my head� But it quickly became apparent that I was going to get something different. I wasn't even sure we were past the previews when I got my first glimpse of the film. It certainly didn't seem quite like something where I'd find a lot of zombies trying to eat everybody. It got even ...continued.Collapse )
Saturday, August 16th, 2003
12:53 am
[sparhawk2k]
Another Thin Man (1939) ... 9.0/10
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As the Thin Man series continues, Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell and Myrna Loy) now have a young child, Nickie Jr. After their previous adventures they are looking for a little peace and quiet, but of course that just won't do. They are enticed by Col. MacFay to help figure out yet another mystery. This time it could even endanger Nora or the fortune which Nick holds so dear, as the subject of the mystery is being threatened for a supposed horrible past injustice which nobody can prove. Nick works his way through the suspects with plenty of fun ...continued.Collapse )
Wednesday, August 6th, 2003
10:36 pm
[sparhawk2k]
Wife vs. Secretary (1936) ... 7.5/10
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This is your standard situational comedy dealing with a husband, his jealous wide, and yes, you guessed it, his secretary. It's not a very original story or even a very original title for that matter, but in this case it's mostly the cast which strives to set it apart from the rest. It seems very obvious that this was created as a vehicle for Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, and Myrna Loy and often feels like a vehicle and not much more throughout the movie. There is also a fun part for a very young James Stewart. It was also Gloria Holden's ...continued.Collapse )
10:33 pm
[sparhawk2k]
Seabiscuit (2003) ... 10/10
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This is quite possibly the best film I've seen all year. The story is nothing short of amazing, and that much more impressive because so much of it (if not pretty much all of it) holds true to real life. I actually saw people crying so intensely that they had to leave their seats. But the deeply emotional reactions weren't for depressing events such as death or illness so much as for the more uplifting emotional aspects. It was for the amazing courage and the inner strength shown in so many people (and horses) as well as the many touching ...continued.Collapse )
Tuesday, August 5th, 2003
10:04 pm
[sparhawk2k]
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) ... 9.0/10
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*Cough* Die, long pretentious name, die! Seriously, this is one of the better summer fluff movies I've seen in a long time. The movie had a lot of fun things going for it which kept it entertaining, but it also seemed to cut some corners to make the producer's life easier. But, in general,that's what I expect out of movies like this and that's part of what makes them enjoyable. The dialogue is simple and stupidly amusing (though not nearly as low as the level of some crap teen comedies or anything as bad as that) and things are spiced ...continued.Collapse )
Sunday, August 3rd, 2003
1:52 am
[sparhawk2k]
The Buddy Holly Story (1978) ... 8.0/10
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There are a great number of stories out there dealing with wonderful performers lost in the plane crash which took the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "Big Bopper" Richardson. It wasn't too long ago that I saw La Bamba which got me thinking about the other two, especially Holly. Which set me up wonderfully for the Buddy Holly Story... Anybody who can't figure out what this story is about needs to have their head looked at. Buddy Holly of course, one of the most influential performers in all of Rock & Roll, especially considering his tragically short ...continued.Collapse )
Friday, August 1st, 2003
2:19 pm
[sparhawk2k]
Arsenic And Old Lace (1944) ... 9.5/10
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A wonderful film with the one and only Archibald Leach� Er, I mean Cary Grant. And now that I've made fun of his name I can move on.

While Grant actually liked this movie least of all out of everything he did, I feel it's going to turn out to be one of my favorites. I can understand where he is coming from in that much of the acting was over the top and exaggerated, especially his. But I'm sure that came from the director, Frank Capra, not himself. And in the end I think the film turned out better ...continued.Collapse )
2:40 am
[sparhawk2k]
Destry Rides Again (1939) ... 8.5/10
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Of all the kinds of movies out there, I'd have to say my least favorite is the Western. With two or three exceptions. Mel Brooks is a genius if there's ever been one and Blazing Sadles stands as one of his best� The Unforgiven gets on the list because I don't have the heart to dislike an Audrey Hepburn movie. And now there's Destry Rides Again.

Thanks to Jimmy Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, a great supporting cast, and most important of all, some wonderful comedy, I ended up enjoying this movie more than most westerns I've ever seen. It's the story ...continued.Collapse )
12:22 am
[sparhawk2k]
The Rutles (1978) (TV) ... 8.5/10
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A random comedy from the Monty Python great, Eric Idle, this film takes us on a trip through the lives of the magnificent Rutles. Dirk, Barry, Stig and Nasty make up this Beatles-esque fab four as we follow them from their humble beginnings to their worldwide success on top of it all. As successful as they were and as similar to the Beatles, it's quite impressive that I haven't head of them before. Despite the constant wondering, it's still a very interesting story, and one which Beatles fans will surely be at least a bit familiar with. But the individual ...continued.Collapse )
Tuesday, July 29th, 2003
2:21 am
[sparhawk2k]
Cats (1998) (TV) ... 8.0/10
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Most of my complaints again fall with the production of this VHS as opposed to the Broadway show itself. I just don't like seeing things like this on TV. I can't wait for the Producers to come out on DVD but that's just 'cause I'm obsessed. I do have to admit though, they did a much better job with this one than Sunday in the Park With George. They very rarely just sit there staring at the stage. They jump around to close ups and pan around and everything else they can think of to make it more exciting. But ...continued.Collapse )
Sunday, July 27th, 2003
10:16 pm
[sparhawk2k]
Vertigo (1958) ... 9.5/10
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I think part of my mind must not like remembering the movie well when I try to review it because I somehow manage to get distracted every single time I sit down to write. Anyway, to finally write this thing, as much as I respect Hitchcock I've actually seen very few of his movies. And things like the birds, while amusing and fun, aren't quite the same. And I've also seen very few movies classified as thrillers which I truly loved like this. I enjoyed some of them and could even give a few some good ratings ...continued.Collapse )
Friday, July 25th, 2003
12:04 am
[sparhawk2k]
Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938) ... 8.0/10
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While a fun movie, I think this has been the low point of the Seattle Art Museum's series this year. Despite some wonderful elements I just don't quite thing everything quite came together like it should have with this film. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch, written by Billy Wilder (among others) and starring Claudette Colbert and Gary Cooper, this had the makings of something really great. But I think these elements really are all that really kept it afloat at times. Originally a play, it was large portions of the story and how they dealt with them that really kept me ...continued.Collapse )
Thursday, July 24th, 2003
3:29 am
[sparhawk2k]
100 Girls (2000) ... 7.0/10
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Well, considering how insanely low my expectations were going into this movie it really wasn't that bad. It's really hard to review though. I probably could give it a really horrible review for a few of the completely awful and useless scenes alone. But then I'd have to take it that seriously and I'm not prepared to do that. Looking at it from the completely mindless side of things it doesn't do too badly. I'm never quite sure if it's taking itself seriously and if anybody believes what is coming out of some of these mouths but in the end ...continued.Collapse )
3:29 am
[sparhawk2k]
An American in Paris (1951) ... 8.0/10
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I'm once again trying to review a movie after a substantial break from the viewing (which I find exceedingly difficult) but there's no getting around it. Heh. I have way too many movies at the moment to try watching it again. Obviously one of my favorite things about this movie is the singing and dancing. In many ways that's what I'm sitting down to see. It's certainly what pulls me to a particular title or at least introduces me to it often enough. Obviously, if you're obsessed with Gene Kelly then you should see this movie. There are some wonderful ...continued.Collapse )
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