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Five Quick Movie Reviews

July 11, 2007

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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

The Life Aquatic is a hilarious film, but it’s comedy comes in a very dry manor, so it’s not your typical comedy. The film stars Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe and Jeff Goldblum. Murray is excellent in his role as Steve Zissou, a former hot-shot underwater documentary filmmaker coming to terms with that the fact that he is no longer a success. He meets his long lost son (Wilson), and together they go on an adventure to kill a shark that ate an old friend of Steve’s.

It’s a pretty odd film, and I loved it, but I could understand how other people would not like it. If you appreciate dry humor, and quirky characters, then I think you would enjoy this film.

My Rating: 7.5/10

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Zoom: Academy For Superheroes

I’m going to be honest and admit I never even finished this movie (I made it to the one hour point). I tried. I tried hard. I just couldn’t. It’s sooo horrible. It’s obvious it was made to appeal entirely to boys (and some girls) between the ages of 7-12. I can’t imagine anyone outside that age group being able to tolerate it. Within the first few minutes there are multiple fart jokes. That right there should tell you the quality of the film. What’s with Tim Allen making shitty superhero films? Skip on renting this crap.

My Rating: 2/10

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Idiocracy

Incredibly, this film from the creator of Office Space and King of the Hill went straight-to-DVD. It stars Luke Wilson and Dax Shepard. It’s about a man of average intelligence that gets frozen as part of a military experiment, and ends up waking up 500 years in the future. The world has become incredibly stupid, and Joe (Wilson) is now the world’s smartest man. It’s an interesting plot idea, and I wouldn’t say they failed at it, but the movie didn’t impress me. It could have been much better.

It came off as very low budget and “cheap”, and I think that hurt my opinion of the film. It was a little too goofy, and I guess that was the intent, but I think they had a good idea and didn’t pull it off as well as they could have. Still, it was an enjoyable movie and helped pass the time.

My Rating: 6/10

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Broken Flowers

Broken Flowers is very similar, yet completely different from The Life Aquatic. Bill Murray stars in this one as well, and he plays a rich, yet lonely man in his 50’s who gets an anonymous letter from an old girlfriend. In the letter, it says he got her pregnant 20 years ago, and her son has gone off on a road trip to try and find him. Don (Murray), in turn, goes on to visit each of the four girlfriends he had during that time to try and find clues to see if that was the one who gave birth to his son.

The movie is a dramatic comedy, and puts Murray’s character into several hilarious situations. It also stars Sharon Stone, Julie Delpy, Jeffrey Wright, Chloe Sevigny and Frances Conroy.

I enjoyed the movie quite a bit, but went into the film with high expectations, and didn’t necessarily live up to them. It’s a good film, yet the ending disappointed me, which I’m sure it did to several other viewers. Still, a good film worth checking out.

My Rating: 7/10

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National Lampoon’s Pucked

This direct-to-DVD film stars Jon Bon Jovi as an unemployed man in his 30’s that’s always coming up with get rich quick ideas. His latest idea is for a women’s hockey league, where the women are all hot and wear little equipment. Not many of them are hot, and they wear a lot of equipment, and the main female character is a huge nasty woman that resembles a man. Not really sure how they hoped to please the potential renters with this one, as it’s clearly a movie teenage boys rent in hopes of seeing some breasts.

I rented it, as it’s a film about hockey, which is something you don’t see very often. I figured, how bad could it be? Well, it was so, so, so much worse than I could have imagined. It looks like the budget was somewhere between $45-65 dollars, and I just cannot fathom how any studio would decide on making this film. Absolutely horrible movie, and possibly one of the worst I have ever seen.

My Rating: 1/10

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2 comments

  1. i actually just picked up this film and have yet to watch it…good info, thanks! Now i know what i’m in for! btw great blog


  2. i can see a lot of movie reviews on the internet and i usually buy dvd movies with great reviews ~::



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