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Sunday, July 17, 2005

The Movies


Wedding Crashers, Cinderella Man and Fantastic Four. I've seen them all on this movie weekend and I will now ramble about my impressions. Vince and Owen do their thing in Crashers and the movie amused me so much that I gave a little whoop of excitement at the end, embarrassing Husbandman and teen daughter. I had been avoiding Cinderella Man because I overdosed on boxing movies with Million Dollar Baby. But Cinderella Man is so terrific. Please go see it on the big screen. Paul Giamatti gets an A, for his burning voice and soulful face. The fight scenes didn't freak me out as much as those in Million Dollar. They're shot quickly and when contrasted with the the degradation of the Depression, they seem less harsh. Crowe looks good with the dark hair. While I watched, I kept wondering where I had heard the name of Max Baer, a champ fighter in the film. At last it came to me. His real life son was Jethro in the Beverly Hillbillies. So that's an interesting tidbit. Fantastic Four was good too, though #1 son didn't like the romantic bits. I liked Mr. Elastic's rubbery arms and face. He was my favorite super hero.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the report - especially for those of us who pretty much always have to wait for them to come out on dvd. I am glad that 'Crashers' is actually good - the ad looks funny but they can be so misleading. I might have to see that on the upcoming vacation.

LH said...

Hey anon, Please remember about my strict adherence to low expectations when/if you see W.Crashers, okay? Not sure Pedro would describe it as "good," but I was surprised that even after overexposure previewing (seeing "Making Wedding Crashers" on HBO and Vince Vaughn on that Couric show, and Owen on Charlie Rose), that there were still many scenes that made me laugh.

Anonymous said...

How about War of the Worlds? Seen that one?

LH said...

Yes, I loved it. Very tense. Great aliens. Got into a head butting with SQ about it. He thought it was ridiculous. But...again, when the expectations are low enough, movies can really surprise you.

Julie said...

Consensus in our house was that War of the Worlds completely sucked eggs. And we even saw it under the exciting conditions of the drive-in theater, under a cool, star-studded sky. The acting sucked. The plot...wait, what plot? We all found the little girl so annoying that we begged for her to be eaten by the aliens. The aliens were ok. Granted, I have extremely high movie standards--a point which my son will go on about at great length in a disgusted voice. But son has extremely low standards and he didn't like it either.

LH said...

Julie, I wanted to see it at the drive in. I've yet to go to a drive in here. Let's team up for one later this summer. Even though we probably won't agree on film quality, we'll sit under the stars and eat snacks. I saw Close Encounters at a Drive In a million years ago. 7/28...American Grafitti at B. Park? You game?