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Movie Reviews

For an idea of what my star/number ratings mean in words, here’s an idea:

  • 10 – Phenomenal Movie! Couldn’t be recommended high enough!
  • 9 – Very good movie – I liked it a lot and there’s a good chance that you will too
  • 8 – Quite good movie – I was generally pleased with the movie
  • 7 – Barely a recommendation – On the threshold but still recommended
  • 6 – Not really recommended – I wouldn’t suggest you seek out this film
  • 5 or less – Varying degrees of bad – all not recommendable

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  • January, 2007

  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe Illusionist (2006) 7/10

    2007-01-13 12:34
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    A good thriller-ish movie with a decent twist at the end but why would he have cared to take it so far at the end? He had everything that he wanted about 1/2 way through the move, no?

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewLittle Miss Sunshine (2006) 8/10

    2007-01-12 12:34
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    I didn't fall for this movie quite as hard as others but I did quite enjoy it. Great performance by Arkin and believable and enjoyable characters throughout the film. I could identify with the lot of them...

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewOver the Hedge (2006) 7/10

    2007-01-07 12:34
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    Animation fare at its most predictable. I don't know that there's a single surprise in this movie but the hyper squirrel and good animation make this a pretty decent flick

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe Last Kiss (2006) 8/10

    2007-01-07 12:34
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    I love ZB in GS and I think that he delivers here again. I like the complexity of the movie and how it deals with difficult relationships in a way that makes sense to people today. A pretty big recommend.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewJackass Number Two (2006) 7/10

    2007-01-06 12:34
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    I liked the first one so it reasons to follow that I like this one. Some of the stunts had more rolling with laughter while others I would probably have preferred to ff through. Lots of snake bits on this one...

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewAkeelah and the Bee (2006) 7/10

    2007-01-02 12:34
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    A nice family film that shouldn't offend too many. Pretty standard motivational fare but for those who like those types, this is a good one.

    0.3
  • December, 2006

  • Show the reviewHide the reviewTalladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) 7/10

    2006-12-14 12:34
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    The dinner prayer and conversation is enough to recommend the movie alone, I liked the concept of the ever-loving friend and the life lessons from his father gone horribly wrong, so a soft recommend.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe Player (1992) 7/10

    2006-12-11 12:34
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    This is the most cameo filmed movie maybe ever made - so many famous people; lots of whom are just in the background! I mild recommend for those who like RA or are interested in how movie ideas get turned into movies.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewAn Inconvenient Truth (2006) 8/10

    2006-12-11 12:34
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    A great documentary from the effervescent AG! Who knew he could carry a movie? The doc didn't have a ton of new information that I didn't know already before but it did make a strong case for the non-believers that global warming is real.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe Family Stone (2005) 7/10

    2006-12-09 12:34
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    A nice Christmas movie but not as awesome as I hoped. I thought the wrapping up of the movie was wholly unrealistic and I started to dislike the whole movie for it. However, good performances and nice Christmas story of acceptance.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewRedemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004) (TV) 6/10

    2006-12-09 12:34
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    I thought that this was well acted but the TV feel came through. Decent marks also because of the interesting discussion that it raised on the boards - can a person be redeemed? Even one as awful as Tookie?

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewSophie's Choice (1982) 8/10

    2006-12-06 12:34
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    This is one heavy handed movie but the high marks are for MS performance - she was outstanding! The accent was great, but the story is really heavy, so be ready for it.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewAwakenings (1990) 8/10

    2006-12-05 12:34
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    An interesting true story of some medication that woke comatose patients up. The acting performances were really strong, the script was good and pacing and all other details fell into place nicely.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe Third Man (1949) 8/10

    2006-12-04 12:34
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    A classic of film and a pretty good movie. OW was playing against type in this movie as the villain and it was a decent thriller in all, nicely done.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewUnknown White Male (2005) 8/10

    2006-12-02 12:34
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    The concept of amnesia is one of the most interesting things to me and many of my favorite movies play on this theme. I felt that from a documentary's point of view this was fairly slow at the beginning but picked up pace and turned out to be a decent movie. I felt like there were other themes that were being hammered at me that I didn't pick up on though.

    0.3
  • November, 2006

  • Show the reviewHide the reviewRebel Without a Cause (1955) 7/10

    2006-11-22 12:34
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    It's hard to see in hindsight why this movie is so iconic but it is pretty solid. Something that was fascinating to me was the frequency of knifefights (even more fascinating if it's an accurate depiction of the times). Possibly an introduction to the discussion of what family is to people.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) 7/10

    2006-11-21 12:34
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    It's got a really zany sense of humor that I'm not used to at all but I was chuckling at the 'slow to make things happen' creatures and a few other concepts that were pretty funny.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewTrzy kolory: Bialy (1994) 7/10

    2006-11-19 12:34
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    This was the most tangible and probably my favorite of the Colors Trilogy. Not a bad story, good acting but the ending was either a little harsh or unbelievable, I'm not sure which.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewUnited 93 (2006) 9/10

    2006-11-18 12:34
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    It really brings you back to the uncertainty of the day due to the misinformation and disbelief. The acting by all unknowns is great and it was quite informational without being too political. It doesn't let up very much which left us uptight throughout, saying, "This is so intense!"

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewGlengarry Glen Ross (1992) 8/10

    2006-11-11 12:34
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    Great movie! The dialog is top notch (although lots of expletives) and the story grips throughout. Well fleshed out characters that you feel you know as people by the end of the film. Based on a stage play which means it doesn't move around a lot and lots of scenes drag on in the same location, but overall - great movie and great acting!

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe Land Before Time (1988) 6/10

    2006-11-10 12:34
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    A re-watch from when I was a kid - watched exclusively because there's a character in there named Petrie. Not a bad movie, and if it was, it's still not too long...

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewSuperman Returns (2006) 5/10

    2006-11-04 12:34
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    A real tragedy! I don't really like superman but this movie was just not very good. The plot is weak, the villain sucks and I didn't find anything redeeming about this film except for maybe the special effects which were excellent.

    0.3
  • October, 2006

  • Show the reviewHide the reviewLost in La Mancha (2002) 6/10

    2006-10-22 12:34
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    This movie could have been a lot shorter than it was. It is interesting if you'd like to know what goes into making a movie and all the things that could go wrong. A movie making tragedy of sorts.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewMona Lisa Smile (2003) 7/10

    2006-10-20 12:34
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    Heidi liked because it wasn't trying to completely present its perspective.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewBoksuneun naui geot (2002) 7/10

    2006-10-19 12:34
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    Not as good as the later Oldboy but it certainly does have a different feel than most movies. Gives the perspective of both a child killer and the person who's trying to kill said child killer. Very slow and quiet movie actually and many strange scenes make sure you know it's a foreign flick.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the review"Entourage" (2004) 8/10

    2006-10-18 12:34
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    Season 3 - That's it! All caught up. A nice little diversion for when you want to waste some time, Lloyd the secretary is another favorite in this season.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThank You for Smoking (2005) 8/10

    2006-10-16 12:34
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    A well written and acted movie about a guy who is convinced he can talk his way out of any argument and is quite effective at it; until his kid emulates him a little too much. This guy really reminds me of Paul from Engineering in all the best ways of course.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe Departed (2006) 9/10

    2006-10-13 12:34
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    Tons of language and graphic violence but if you're a fan of MS you'll love it. Lots of cell phone use in it but I didn't actually find it excessive - I liked the cat and mouse game to see when it was all going to end. The stellar list of actors in this one make it a real pleasure.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewMaurice Richard (2005) 9/10

    2006-10-07 12:34
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    This was a great movie! I was expecting lots and it delivered. I enjoyed how it showed the difference between the french and english and how he empowered the French to bring it down. A passionate person and worthy of the film. Oh, kudos for not focusing on how his life was tough on his marriage - that's been done SO many times already!

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the review"The Office" (2001) 7/10

    2006-10-06 12:34
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    Season 2 - This is a pretty dirty show when compared to the US version, not that great actually, you could probably skip to the Christmas special and enjoy yourself more.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the review"Entourage" (2004) 8/10

    2006-10-06 12:34
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    Season 2 - More of the same, I'm getting to like Drama a lot.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewNouvelle-France (2004) 5/10

    2006-10-06 12:34
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    Wow, this felt like a bad Saturday afternoon hour long show - it was not able to decide on a theme for the movie so it took them all and mixed them in. Really bad directing.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewOldboy (2003) 8/10

    2006-10-03 12:34
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    A slightly different take on a revenge movie, the plot is strange and the ending a bit twisted and the very ending seems very foreign movieish to me but it will probably stick in your mind for a bit, so that's good (I think?) One of the greatest one take fight scenes in modern film too!

    0.3
  • September, 2006

  • Show the reviewHide the review"Entourage" (2004) 8/10

    2006-09-27 12:34
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    Season 1 - A fluffy series about a movie star and his lackeys as they try to make it in Hollywood. I like all the cameos and interesting inside jokes but mostly, I love Ali Gold, he's got lightning fast witty lines and is acted really well.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewRaiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 6/10

    2006-09-24 12:34
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    The characters, plot and movie as a whole - what's up? I didn't care for this one at all - maybe I watched it way too late after the hype has died down but I don't think I'll catch the rest of the series after this one.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewBrick (2005) 7/10

    2006-09-14 12:34
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    This one reminded me very much of Payback but set at a high school with high school aged characters. The mixing of genres made it really interesting as I didn't know what to expect for the first 30 minutes then got into it. Good story, nice dialogue, pretty decent movie.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewBanlieue 13 (2004) 7/10

    2006-09-14 12:34
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    If you're in the mood for wild action a la Jackie Chan but in French, this is not a bad choice. Lots of neat acrobatic stuff and a story that, well, is forgettable. Nice stunts though!

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewFever Pitch (2005) 7/10

    2006-09-11 12:34
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    This is a decent romantic comedy that Heidi really likes and I didn't mind so much. JF is good for many laughs and the story follows the script - the dialogue is better than most. Not bad if the two of you are in the mood for one of these.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewBullitt (1968) 8/10

    2006-09-09 12:34
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    Classic cop story with a surprisingly good story. I was held to it for awhile and actually didn't quite see the modest surprise coming. Famous for the great Mustang car chase and possibly for S McQ's broodiness; a movie that may be worth checking out.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe Birds (1963) 7/10

    2006-09-05 12:34
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    A classic horror with a really strange ending. I imagine that it could be a lot more effective today with better effects because I don't think we got a serious feel of anxiousness due to the low quality effects. All in all a good film though - it will keep you entertained.

    0.3
  • August, 2006

  • Show the reviewHide the reviewGame 6 (2005) 3/10

    2006-08-26 12:34
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    Oh boy, this felt like a theater production and I'm not a huge fan of those in movies. I couldn't handle this one too much.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewInside Man (2006) 8/10

    2006-08-25 12:34
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    An interesting heist movie that had me thinking throughout and when I thought I knew the direction they were heading there is a few more slight twists. Not outrageously twisty for the sake of it but something interesting to think about at least.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewBon Cop, Bad Cop (2006) 7/10

    2006-08-19 12:34
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    I was expecting more from this film. I did enjoy the banter between the French and English but found the non-comedy scenes a little too horrific for a comedy movie.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewYou, Me and Dupree (2006) 8/10

    2006-08-15 12:34
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    An applicable house date with our roomie, Luc. I liked this one more because it was so fitting that Luc was staying with us at the time - we all learned a few things that we should avoid and were better roomies for it.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewMission: Impossible III (2006) 9/10

    2006-08-11 12:34
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    LAX -> YUL - Wow, an airplane movie that was awesome. Now, my expectations for this film were about a 2, I dislike most of TC's movies and the last MI was pretty bad. This one was great though - I loved the purposeful skipping of cliche scenes, the minimal mask reveals and the bad guy - what a great film!

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewAli G Indahouse (2002) 6/10

    2006-08-11 12:34
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    I didn't like how the character translated from his interview format to his fictional real life, I much prefer the interviews and the Ali G that doesn't have a history and friends.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the review"Da Ali G Show" (2003) 7/10

    2006-08-10 12:34
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    Rezpekt! I'm still trying to do the finger slap thing - I've got the know how, now I just need to execute, it'll come.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewFootloose (1984) 7/10

    2006-08-10 12:34
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    Heidi liked??

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewIn Her Shoes (2005) 4/10

    2006-08-10 12:34
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    Heidi did not like - didn't even finish - terrible.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe Family Stone (2005) 9/10

    2006-08-09 12:34
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    Heidi liked! Entusiastic two thumbs! Really good

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewLast Holiday (2006) 9/10

    2006-08-08 12:34
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    Heidi liked! Another winner!

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewJust Friends (2005) 3/10

    2006-08-07 12:34
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    Heidi did not like this one - even more terrible, didn't finish.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe Sentinel (2006) 5/10

    2006-08-07 12:34
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    YUL -> LAX - This was a really bad movie, not only because I watched it on an airplane which can ruin lots of films. Nothing really interesting to see here.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe Apartment (1960) 8/10

    2006-08-06 12:34
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    A classic that really brings you back to the time period really well. While the movie and the romance was kind of strange to me I thought that it is a great indication of where we came from as a culture and the changes that have been made - interesting.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewShopgirl (2005) 8/10

    2006-08-04 12:34
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    Heidi went for this one - she liked the honesty and realism of the movie. It put her in a cuddly mood so I guess its a winner, no?

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewMunich (2005) 5/10

    2006-08-03 12:34
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    This one went on a bit too long and didn't have the feel that I was expecting of it. Too much drama plugged in to a movie that couldn't contain it.

    0.3
  • July, 2006

  • Show the reviewHide the reviewTransamerica (2005) 7/10

    2006-07-29 12:34
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    A movie that is about acceptance has to have a character trying to love her gay adult picture making son, anyways... Really well acted and the story moves pretty nicely, I didn't love the extremes of most characters but I thought it was a decent movie.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewHoneymoon in Vegas (1992) 3/10

    2006-07-27 12:34
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    For some reason I distinctly despise these types of movies where everything goes wrong for the title character, where someone is plotting to bring him down, etc. Therefore, I found little to no pleasure in this one.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewRear Window (1954) 7/10

    2006-07-22 12:34
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    A simple movie (I think it's all shot in one location) with a simple story that manages to carry you on the razor thin plot the whole time, see-sawing you back and forth between what you think really went on.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe Deer Hunter (1978) 8/10

    2006-07-20 12:34
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    The movie that started the Russian Roulette craze. I thought that it was a bit drawn out and that the beginning was too long but once we got to the middle it moved nicely and showed a very strange picture of what the horrors of war can do to ones mind.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewWallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit... 7/10

    2006-07-17 12:34
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    I did enjoy this movie, it resorts to silly visual gimmicks more than snappy dialogue but hey, I'm still saying, "Cheese Gromit, Cheese!" so I guess that means it can hold its own.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewÆon Flux (2005) 6/10

    2006-07-13 12:34
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    I think I liked finding that weird Æ thing for this blog that the movie itself. The story was quite weak, the emotion contrived and the action - not frequent enough.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005) 7/10

    2006-07-04 12:34
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    A gritty movie about a crazy guy who probably takes his vengeance a step too far (maybe not?) but an interesting character study for everyone in the film.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewThe Matador (2005) 7/10

    2006-07-04 12:34
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    This movie had fresh dialog and characters and kept me entertained - the short running time also made sure it didn't overstay its welcome. A pretty straight forward plot that is written, and played out very naturally.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewUltraviolet (2006) 6/10

    2006-07-03 12:34
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    This movie isn't really that bad, sure the acting isn't great, the story is a rehash but the direction and effects are crisp and enjoyable if you want that sort of movie.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewBlock Party (2005) 6/10

    2006-07-01 12:34
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    I was more proud of myself for watching a variety of movies in seeing this one and I didn't really care for it a lot. I really like the house dwellers, they were a kooky pair!! The rap was good and if you follow it, you will be quite entertained.

    0.3
  • June, 2006

  • Show the reviewHide the reviewNacho Libre (2006) 7/10

    2006-06-28 12:34
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    I was taken by Nacho where I could easily see that some would not be. I loved the thin accent and the silly sayings but the movie itself was pretty forgettable.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewMirrorMask (2005) 6/10

    2006-06-20 12:34
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    This was a Lyf recommend but we like different kinds of movies. I don't get lost in fantasy movies so much and as such wasn't a huge fan. The effects were good however but I found the directing and acting not top notch.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewElizabethtown (2005) 4/10

    2006-06-11 12:34
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    I made it 45 mins into this one and Heidi and I were squirmy and eyeing each other to see who would say they wanted to turn it off. So boring, unsympathetic characters and a mood that just doesn't work. Maybe this movie gets better after 45 mins but I couldn't bear to wait for it. A huge disappointment.

    0.3
  • Show the reviewHide the reviewCaddyshack (1980) 7/10

    2006-06-09 12:34
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    I enjoyed the movie and this quote made it totally worthwhile, "So we finish the eighteenth and he's gonna stiff me. And I say, "Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know." And he says, "Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness." So I got that goin' for me, which is nice."

    0.3

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