May 31, 2006
@ 02:30 PM

2006 looks like another good year for superhero movies. I just saw X-Men: The Last Stand and I'm looking forward to Superman Returns and My Super Ex-Girlfriend. I love the annual summer movie season and this year has been pretty decent so far for movies.  Below is a brief list of movies I've seen this year with a mini-review and a rating.

  • Thank You For Smoking (***** out of *****): Excellent satire. Hilarious because you know it is true. The only dark spot was Katie Holmes who just seems unbelievable in any role outside of Dawson's Creek. She ruined Batman Begins for me as well.

  • Mission: Impossible 3 (**** out of *****): An action packed adrenaline rush. Definitely the best movie in the series.

  • Ice Age: The Meltdown (**** out of *****): As funny as the original. I like how the movie was about global warning but they managed to not include any lectures on the topic in the movie.

  • RV (**** out of *****): Funny, if you liked Chevy Chase's vacation movies from years past. I did.

  •  X-Men: The Last Stand (*** out of *****): Not as action packed as the second movie in the series. Having two main plotlines(Jean Grey's Phoenix Saga and a cure for mutants) instead of a single theme didn't help. They definitely tried to go out with a bang but in the final seconds of the movie you could tell that they left the door open for more sequels even if this is the "Last Stand". Lame.
  • The Brothers Grimm (** out of *****): This movie was ridiculously bad, I'm stunned Matt Damon agreed to be in this crap. I didn't bother to finish it.

  • Elizabethtown (** out of *****): Besides the fact that there seemed to be little on-screen chemistry between Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom, this movie was trying too hard to tug at our heart strings. Go watch The Family Stone instead.

  • Date Movie (* out of *****): Rule #1 of parody moies, don't make a parody that is less funny than the original.

What movies have you seen this year that are worth seeing and what would you advise that I avoid given my ratings above?


Wednesday, May 31, 2006 6:21:10 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Hmm, you didn't like Brother's Grimm? Not saying it was fantastic, but I enjoyed the dark humor.
Wednesday, May 31, 2006 9:37:20 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
I was just telling my housemate this morning about the three movies that I think I have most enjoyed so far this year: Inside Man, Over the Hedge, and Nochnoi Dozor (Night Watch). (Wow, how is that for an assortment?)

I don't know if any of them would align with your tastes, but I can rarely resist an opportunity to answer a request for movie recommendations.
Wednesday, May 31, 2006 9:50:37 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
I completely agree with you on Katie Holmes. In Batman Begins where Christian Bale and her are in the car, Bruce reveals that he intended to shoot his father's killer, Rachel slaps him and Katie tries to convey disgust. Instead it looks like a smile is on her face. Then in a cringe-worthy moment, the camera is left on her for a couple seconds too long while she shakes her head. That scene is so laughably bad it almost ruins the whole movie!
Sunday, June 18, 2006 5:34:45 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Mission Imp. 1 was way better than the third one. The third is weak but better than the second
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