July 14th, 2008
FlawlessMr. Hobbs: May I give you some advice, Miss Quinn?
Laura Quinn: Well, you are the one holding the gun.
Mr. Hobbs: Life is for living. It's there for the taking. Grant yourself no regrets.

Ratatouille

July 11th, 2008

Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0382932/

RatatouilleFrom the creators of Cars and The Incredibles comes a breakthrough comedy with something for everyone. With delightful new characters, experience Paris from an all-new perspective. It's "terrific moviemaking!" raves Leonard Maltin of Entertainment Tonight.

In one of Paris' finest restaurants, Remy, a determined young rat, dreams of becoming a renowned French chef. Torn between his family's wishes and his true calling, Remy and his pal Linguini set in motion a hilarious chain of events that turns the City of Lights upside down.

Ratatouille is a treat you'll want to enjoy again and again.

A young rat named Remy is shunned by his family and other rats for his mature palate. While they, like all rats, eat garbage, he tries to blend flavors to enhance his food. When he, then, becomes unfortunately separated from the other rats he must learn to fend for himself for the first time and winds up in the most unlikely of situations. He teams up with Linguini, an awkward young man who is an aspiring chef. Together they are able to bring Remy's culinary visions to the (human) public. The unconventional duo must fight through adversity that is more than just what would happen if people found out that not only is there a rat in the kitchen, but that rat just prepared their dinner.

I liked this movie. It wasn't my favorite Pixar movie, but I certainly enjoyed the creativity. And it looked great, as the Pixar movies all do. The story was a little weak on its own, and I feel that I enjoyed it a little more on a personal level than others might. If you don't enjoy being in the kitchen, you might miss some of the charm, I feel, was present in this movie.

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July 9th, 2008
The King of KongWalter Day: I wanted to be a hero. I wanted to be the center of attention. I wanted the glory, I wanted the fame. I wanted the pretty girls to come up and say, "Hi, I see that you're good at Centipede."

Flawless

July 2nd, 2008

Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0780516/

Flawless1960s London: Demi Moore is Laura Quinn, a bright and driven executive at the London Diamond Corporation who finds herself discouraged as male colleagues are repeatedly promoted ahead of her despite her greater experience. Michael Caine is Hobbs, the equally overlooked nighttime janitor with an intimate knowledge of the security -- and a score to settle with the Corporation. Sensing Laura's frustration, he convinces her to help pull off an ingenius heist.

Laura Quinn (Demi Moore) is a hard-working, ambitious employee of the London Diamond Corporation and Mr. Hobbs (Michael Caine) is the night janitor who, with access to every discarded piece of paper, knows everything that happens at the company. While she is constantly passed over for promotions she has earned, he passes through the building like a ghost, ignored as he goes about his work. He knows her frustration and tells her that he has a plan to steal a few diamonds - enough to set both of their minds at ease and yet not be missed from the vault - but he needs her help.

When I say that I liked this movie I may be overly kind for the fact that it combined two of my favorite things - Michael Caine and a heist plot - considering that the ending did not do the rest of the movie justice. It was nice to see Caine in less of the "sweet older man" roles that he has played for the last few years. And Demi did a pretty good job with what she was given. The movie had decent suspense and a good whodunnit investigation. It was a fine movie; more of a rent than an own.

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June 26th, 2008
HellboyAbe Sapien: If there's trouble, all us freaks have is each other.

Movie of the Month - July, 2008

June 20th, 2008

Unknown White Male

Unknown White MaleSometime between 8pm on July 1st and 7am on July 3rd, 2003, Doug Bruce lost himself. That morning, riding alone on a New York subway headed towards Coney Island, he could not remember his name, where he worked, who his friends were, even his mother and father. He was without his identity. UNKNOWN WHITE MALE is the true story of how Doug struggles to learn who he was and who he will become.

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June 19th, 2008
Undercover BrotherUndercover Brother: You know what they say, behind every great black man...
Conspiracy Brother: is the police.
Undercover Brother: No.
Smart Brother: A bunch of slow white athletes?
Undercover Brother: No!
White She-Devil: A cute butt.
Undercover Brother: NO!
Lance: Probable cause.

Talk To Me

June 10th, 2008

Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0796368/

Talk To MeAcademy Award nominee Don Cheadle portrays the one and only Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene Jr. in this funny, feel-good and inspiring true story. Ex-convict Greene talks his way into an on-air radio gig with program director Dewey Hughes (Chiwetel Ejiofor), and his unprecedented "tell it like it is" style breaks all the rules while electrifying a city and bringing a nation together when it needs it the most. Also starring Cedric The Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson, Mike Epps and Martin Sheen, Talk To Me tells the extraordinary story of an outrageous and beloved voice ready to shake up the world in the movie critics are hailing as "fresh and revelatory" (Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times).

As much as I normally shy away from biopics, this movie sounded so good I couldn't resist. A story that gives much-deserved credit to a man who just wants to shake things up and ends up (at least in part) changing the world is one I wanted to see. It sounds dramatic, and I may be exaggerating to a degree, but Petey Greene was a progressive leader and instrumental in many things, including the Civil Rights Movement.

Petey Greene was a radio personality who got his start as a DJ while in prison - on a ten-year sentence for armed robbery. Creative thinking and good behavior earned him a reduced sentence and passion and persistence got him a job in non-prison radio. Some of the rules bent slightly to keep Greene, a shock-jock who said whatever was on his mind, on the air.

Don Cheadle played Petey Greene. I never knew/saw/heard Petey Greene, but I think I am ok to make the blanket statement that if a movie were being made about my life, and Don Cheadle had the starring role, my story would be in capable hands. Petey Greene seemed to be a very passionate man, and the movie did a great job of showing his passion while still emphasizing the sense of responsibility he felt towards other people. I believe that he knew the power of his voice and he wanted to help people, which he was able to do.

Much like his life, the movie was a roller coaster of emotion. The humor was well-timed and the drama was never stale. While heart-breaking and tragic at times, Petey Greene's life is one that should be celebrated and Talk To Me pays homage to a man worthy of the recognition. I really liked this movie.

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June 6th, 2008
The King of KongMr. Awesome: Everything would've fell right into place, but he forgot about one thing: About me convincing Steve Wiebe not to be a chump, talking him out of chumpatizing himself.

Hitman

June 5th, 2008

Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0465494/

HitmanThe best-selling videogame, Hitman, roars to life with both barrels blazing in this hardrcore unrated action-thriller starring Timothy Olyphant (Live Free or Die Hard). A genetically engineered assassin with killer style and deadly aim, known only as "Agent 47," eliminates strategic targets for a top-secret organization. But when he's double-crossed on a mission the hunter becomes the prey as 47 finds himself ensnared in a life-or-death game of international intrigue and violent retribution.

I've played a few video games in my time, but never this one. I knew nothing about it going in, so I cannot speak to whether or not the movie is true to the storyline of the game. What I can tell you is that the movie was light on dialogue and heavy on the action. And I really liked it.

Timothy Olyphant seemed relatively awkward cast as the lead, but the more I think about it, the more intentional that must have been. The movie's protagonist, Agent 47, was bred only to kill. Had he been more charismatic, it would have been less...for lack of a better term...believable. But that does not mean the movie lacks good action-movie one liners.

I will freely admit that this movie carried little appeal beyond "mindless shoot 'em up," but I like that type of movie, and Hitman was one of the better movies like that to come along recently.

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