Some of my Favorites . . .
Since meeting my wife, Linda, we've probably gone
to more movies than ever before. I'll bet we've been to 100 or more in the last
couple of years !!! Some were REALLY poor, while others have been fairly good.
A choice few were definitely worth the price of admission..... and then some
!!! - Certainly some of you have seen many of the same movies and probably have
your own type of rating system. I have my own variation of the "Five
method of movie critique-ing. Some better known movie critics get paid
Mega-bucks for their opinions on the big screen. - Me? . . Well, you're about
to see why I'm still waiting for my first check !!!
Joe's 5-Star Rating
. . . . . . . . A real loser !!! A waste of good time and money !!!
. . . . . . . Better, but a rented video from
Blockbuster would do.
. . . . . O.K. - I came - I paid - I stayed
awake - Good enough.
. . . . I laughed - I cried - I
might even want to see it again.
. . . Is there such a movie? - I've seen "Titanic" 12 times
|Joe's Top Ten
||Joe's Worst Ten
| #1 Titanic ( without
a doubt )
|| #1 Sphere
| #2 Bridges of Madison
|| #2 Storm
| #3 Pillow
|| #3 Austin
| #4 Saving Private
| #5 Good Will
|| #5 Speed
| #6 English
|| #6 Event
| #7 Forrest
|| #7 Attack of the 50ft
| #8 Caddy
|| #8 Batman and
| #9 Apollo
| #10 Lights &
Sirens ( I & II )
What's the Latest
Starring Matthew McConaughey - Jon Bon Jovi - Bill
I don't know if there's ever been a submarine
movie I haven't liked - - Until now! - Well, let me qualify that statement -
I've seen better !! U-571 follows a group of submarine navymen as they
search the depths for the elusive German "Enigma" - the chief message
encryption device of the Germans which could turn the war if they succeed. The
group sets out to overtake the German U-Boat by force without allowing them to
radio in for help. Once the Enigma is secured, you'd think it'd be smooth
sailing, but an American vessel shows up and destroys their ride home. Now left
on a damaged German submarine with unrecognizable buttons, knobs, and levers,
they must find a way to stay alive and keep the Enigma safe. To do so, the
movie takes many twists and turns all resulting in the same old endings.
Combine the usual story lines with the standard war
movie music and it just seems to drag along at an all-too-slow-pace. - I've
never seen so many "depth charge" scenes! - Despite the predictable plot, the
movie does provide some bang for the buck and is very intense - It's probably
the first true popcorn-flick of the year where the only reason you really need
to go for the movie is to sit back and enjoy the action. There's basic acting,
no complex plot, no redeeming film qualities, just good ol' fashioned
edge-of-your-seat action, suspense, and thrills. I'm sure the average
movie-goer will enjoy this film, but unfortunately, the movie didn't offer what
I had hoped it would be and it will not be remembered in the same league as The
Hunt for Red October or Crimson Tide.
Starring David Duchovny and
After the tragic accidental death of his wife,
Chicago engineer Bob Rueland (David Duchovny) rejoins the human race by falling
in love with waitress Grace Briggs (Minnie Driver), a transplant patient who
was the unknowing recipient of his beloved wife's heart. Through a
'made-for-movie' twist of fate, the two meet and the inevitable romance is
born! This is the kind of love story that makes most people gag, but
writer-director (and co-star) Bonnie Hunt keeps things light and frothy.
Duchovny's delivery and charm works perfectly for his emotionally guarded
character, but the film's real spark is provided by Driver and her 'first love'
innocence, aided by a terrific supporting cast that includes Hunt, Robert
Loggia, David Alan Grier, Jim Belushi and Carroll O'Connor.
This is an old-fashioned and very straight romantic
comedy like Hollywood used to make in the "good old days." - I'd have to say
that Return to Me was a pleasant surprise, one that I haven't
encountered in a while. Is it a 'sugary' movie? . . . Sure it is, but in a way
that works perfectly!
Ashley Judd and Tommy Lee Jones star in this
unusual crime story. Judd is Libb Parsons who wakes up on a sailboat with
bloody stains and her husband nowhere to be found. Soon afterwards, she is
accused and convicted of murdering her husband, forcing her to leave her son
with a friend. While in prison she loses track of them and begins to suspect
something is wrong. Locating them by phone in San Francisco, she learns a
startling fact about the crime she was wrongly convicted of. But finding the
truth and retrieving her son means breaking parole and staying one step ahead
of her irritating parole officer played by Jones.
The plot is fairly predictable but the suspense and
stars performances will draw the audiences into the theaters. The title
is taken from criminal law that says a person cannot be convicted of the same
crime twice . . . which leads to a controversial struggle between the legal and
the moral justification of murder. Violence is somewhat limited but a graphic
shooting occurs. One gross scene has Libb nearly buried alive in a casket with
a decaying body. The foul language, gratuitous sexual content and graphic
violence earn DOUBLE JEOPARDY a very questionable rating.
Roberts and Albert Finney
Roberts plays the real-life crusading legal
assistant Erin Brockovich, a gal as feisty as she is curvaceous! ( Miracle Bra
should get the nomination for 'Best Supporting' role ) - A blue-collar mom with
three children to support, Erin can't get a break until she finally lands a job
in the law office of Ed Masry ( Finney ). She then uncovers a case where a
public utility has tried to cover up their intentional disposal of toxic waste
into the water supply of a neighboring community. As the result of her unending
pursuit of the truth, justice does prevail!
Erin Brockovich is an excellent showcase of
Roberts' talent - For all working, single moms with little or no education,
this movie is an inspiration. She performs with subtlety and tremendous
restraint, projecting a sense of well-being and her confidence never falters.
Beginning to end . . . this is a real winner !
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