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The Princess Bride

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I have watched The Princess Bride way more times than I care to admit. It came out when I was 10 and my parents, who didn’t understand watching a movie more than one time, completely indulged my love of it. I remember that I stopped counting how many times I saw it around the 11th time. In my senior year of high school, we were given an assignment to write an original short story in AP English. This was our reward for a year of writing expository essays once a week. At least three people in class wrote new chapters to The Princess Bride. I had no idea that such a thing as fan fiction even existed. I immediately realized how close to being a huge dork I had unwittingly been. I have since hid my knowledge of The Princess Bride (and Monty Python for that matter). Of course I ended up as a software developer, but that is another story. Anyway, I am watching it again right now. Seriously though, how come Princess Buttercup can’t recognize Westley with the pirate mask on?

(image Princess Bride characters originally uploaded by krakitt)

Rotten tomatoes rating: 95%

Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End

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I stayed up late last night to watch Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End. After hours of confusion, I turned it off, went to sleep and finished watching it today. Not only was the movie long, but there sure was a lot of it.

I am still confused about what happened. At any point, I wasn’t sure who hated who and who was doing the double crossing. Also, how come some dead people can be brought back from death (Captain Barbossa), some dead people aren’t dead (Captain Jack Sparrow) and other dead people just can’t be saved (Governor Swann)? Davy Jones can certainly fraternize with Elizabeth, but Will can’t? I can’t take much more of these trilogies.

Image Pirates of the Carribean Black Pearl Ghost Ship originally uploaded by davyjonesfx)

Rotten tomatoes rating: 45%

Brazil

Comedy, Drama, Fantasy 1 Comment »

With the boring holidays, I have been going through all the movies on demand. I was surprised to see Brazil on demand. I forgot, but Brazil is actually a Christmas movie. The whole thing takes place during Christmas. One thing I noticed this time around is that all the characters have different accents and it doesn’t matter. Sam Lowry has an english accent and his mother played by Katherine Helmond is 100% american. It is such a good movie it doesn’t even matter. From now on, I am watching Brazil every Christmas… tradition is important.

(Image Only in Brazil is this possible originally uploaded by joaobambu)

Rotten tomatoes rating: 97%

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

Action, Fantasy, Sci Fi 1 Comment »

phantommenace.jpgDo you remember how exciting it was when Star Wars Episode 1 came out? Even if it wasn’t as good as the original three, it couldn’t be too bad, right? Mesa no think so. Episode 1 is even the worst of the three newest Star Wars. There were a lot of awful things that I hadn’t remembered. In case you forget, here’s my short list:

1. Why does fake Queen Amidala talk in that weird deep robot voice? Is it so we can’t tell that it isn’t Natalie Portman even though we can see her standing to the side of the fake queen in every scene?

2. Why is Anakin so freaking creepy? He seems more evil as an 8 year old then as Darth Vader. It is almost a relief when he grows up ito the other creepy guy.

3. The not so subtle focus on the Senator Palpatine while Mace Windu says, ” But which one was destroyed, the
master or the apprentice?”

3.

ANAKIN

Master, sir... I've been wondering...

what are midi-chlorians?QUI-GON

Midi-chlorians are a microcopic

lifeform that reside within all living

cells and communicates with the Force.

ANAKIN

They live inside of me?
QUI-GON

In your cells. We are symbionts with

the midi-chlorians.

ANAKIN

Symbionts?

QUI-GON

Life forms living together for mutual

advantage. Without the midi-chlorians,

life could not exist, and we would

have no knowledge of the Force. They

continually speak to you, telling

you the will of the Force.

ANAKIN

They do??

QUI-GON

When you learn to quiet your mind,

you will hear them speaking to you.

ANAKIN

I don't understand

QUI-GON

With time and training, Annie...you

will.

(Image from http://flickr.com/photos/fototherapist/476785165/)

Rotten tomatoes rating: 63%

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%