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Man on Fire

Action, Denzel 4 Comments »

Man on FireI’m doing some software work and watching Man on Fire. For some reason I am watching the edited version on tv even though I have the dvd unopened in my credenza.

Almost any Denzel movie is great Sunday entertainment with the exception of Training Day. Denzel won an Oscar for Training Day even though it is far inferior to his body of work.   It was most likely a make up Oscar for The Hurricane. Anytime someone receives a make up award for their body of work the award givers are “pulling a Denzel”.

Anyway, back to the movie. One of the things that I love about Denzel is there is always a part of every movie he is in where he repeats something someone says and elaborates in a very menacing way. In Man on Fire, he says “You’re from Jersey. I’m from Jersey,” and the guy nearly faints. This is a skill I would love to have. I’m not sure what to call it since “pulling a Denzel” is already taken, but watch any of his movies… they all have it. Tom Cruise has a variation (let’s call it “the Tom Cruise variation”), but he will have to wait until I watch a Tom Cruise movie.

At the end of the movie, I could have sworn that the death music from Gladiator was playing. J and I put in the Gladiator dvd and switched back and forth. The best we could figure is that Man on Fire has some sort of remix of a portion of M’s death music.

Rotten tomatoes rating: 39% (that’s too low, the movie is good)

The Librarian: Quest for the Spear

Action, Comedy No Comments »

The LibrarianOkay, so I have to admit that I have seen The Librarian: Quest for the Spear twice. The Librarian is a made for TV spoof/imitation of Indiana Jones starring Noah Wyle. It is a copy enough to give it a plot and it is a spoof enough to make viewers forgive that it is a copy. All of the music in the movie sounds like music from other movies with a few notes changed. It plays on TNT all the time and is generally enjoyable with a lot of actors who have earned the right to take it easy at this point in their career: Olympia Dukakis, Jane Curtin, Bob Newhart. The only real surprise is the appearance of Kyle MacLachlan as the bad guy. Every few minutes, I asked J if he preferred Kyle in The Librarian or in Twin Peaks.

The rotten tomatoes rating for this movie is the same as the odds that The Librarian is currently playing on TNT.

Rotten tomatoes rating: 100% (out of 2 ratings)

Live Free or Die Hard

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Bruce WillisI work in technology in an office so I can usually count on holidays off just as sure as bland leftover catering in the kitchen. This year I was asked to work on the 4th of July. At the end of the day, I called J and told him that if he didn’t take me to see Die Hard I would kill myself. I was looking forward to Die Hard especially after enduring Transformers the night before.

Die Hard really didn’t let me down. All technologists love movie hackers and their awesome GUIs for hacking. This movie was supposed to scare people because of how technology makes us vulnerable to hackers, but the technology was a little more sophisticated than in real life. At one point, Thomas Gabriel accesses and controls someone’s home USB camera and microphone to chat with John McClane. The best technology trick in the movie was when Matt Farrell sends an “e-bomb” to the terrorists. I spent the next few days telling people, “Check your mail tomorrow, I am going to send you an e-bomb.”

Rotten tomatoes rating: 79%

Transformers

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TransformersI saw Transformers the week of July 4th. There is not much to do in the city in the summer other than go to the movies. At some point during the movie I just started counting how many characters in the movie said, “No no no no no…” I suppose if you leave parts of the script loose so the actors can improvise, a few might end up improvising “No no no no no” as dialog. By the way, I counted three characters.

Michael Bay is the director that most often employs one of my favorite devices in movies. It is the, “we need the best [insert profession here] in the world.” In Armageddon, they need the best drillers in the world. I’m pretty sure somewhere in The Rock, they say they need the best Alcatraz escapee in the world. In Transformers, he really perfects this formula. In the movie, the government needs the best signal analysts in the world. One of those signal analysts goes and gets the best hacker in the world, played by Anthony Anderson and conveniently living nearby. I’m glad to see Michael Bay perfecting the “best x in the world” formula.

Anyway, is Josh Duhamel a poor man’s Timothy Olyphant? Is Timothy Olyphant now big enough to have a poor man’s version?

Rotten tomatoes rating: 56%

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Fantasy 4 Comments »

VoldemortLast night I saw Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It was my least favorite book, but actually a pretty good movie. Apparently it is the shortest movie, which I think fairly directly relates to how enjoyable it is. As the movie ended and Harry, Hermoine and Ron all walked to the train home from Hogwarts, I thought about Voldemort. Why doesn’t he attack Harry right now? He must know that every year at this exact time Harry is walking to the Hogwarts Express. He could take out Ron and Hermoine too. Maybe he doesn’t work in the off-season. I guess he needs the summer for training and mini camps. By the way, do you think that when Voldermort regains his full power he will have a nose again?

Rotten tomatoes rating: 74%

In Her Shoes

Girl Movies 2 Comments »

In Her ShoesLast night I stayed up late to watch In Her Shoes. I had seen it before, but I watched it anyway. Maybe it is the sister story line or the fact that it takes place in Philadelphia, but I do secretly enjoy the movie.

There is not too much to say about it, but it does make me think of my sister. Of course, my sister doesn’t resemble Maggie’s character at all, but she does live in Philly.

Update:  I got a request to add more about In Her Shoes.  I don’t have more to say about the movie, but… one time I read one of the author’s other books Good In Bed.  I heard her talking on NPR and thought she sounded interesting so I bought the book.  I was embarrassed to read it on the subway because it was bright pink.  I can’t say I recommend it.  It is one of those stories that you are supposed to relate to because the main character is overweight and she learns to empower herself through a brush with celebrity and pain… minor pain in the grand scheme of things.

Rotten tomatoes rating: 75%