A Few Reviews

Monday, February 19, 2007
Night at the Museum
- as a general rule, I'm not too fond of Ben Stiller. He has his moments but I find he tends to go very "Jim Carrey" whom I dislike immensely. Stupid silly is not funny to me. However, I enjoyed Night at the Museum. I'd recommend it but as a rental. Steve Coogan as Octavius was hilarious although he's only a minor character. Even Owen Wilson didn't make me want to rip my eyes out of their sockets as he usually does. If for no other reason, you should see it for the hilarious performances by Dick van Dyke, Bill Cobbs and Mickey Rooney as the old guard (literally). Mickey Rooney especially is fantastic. There are some pretty good special effects and a story line that rival a history buff's wet dream (ok, maybe not quite...). My only complaint? A Capuchin monkey in the "Hall of Africa"? Um....no, I think not.

The Omen (2006)
Surpringsly, a remake that I actually enjoyed! Miracles do happen. Next thing you know, I'll be seeing the Easter Bunny hopping along outside my window. I didn't buy Julia Stiles as the wife/mother but Liev Schrieber did a fantastic job and Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick who played Damien certainly rivals Harvey Stephens who played the part in the original. I think it must have something to do with the haircut. I wasn't going to watch The Omen as I find remakes typically can't live up to the originals. I'd say this one is the exception. While Gregory Peck is a fantastic actor and Stephens embodied evil, I didn't enjoy the first version. However, this isn't a masterpiece so don't get your hopes up too high. The real reason to see The Omen? Mia Farrow. Yep, Rosemary herself plays Mrs. Baylock, the new nanny who arrives to help Damien fulfil his destiny. Deliciously wicked. There are also two of the best death scenes I've seen in a long time - I'm not going to give away the details but certainly pay attention to how the priest and the reporter meet their ends. Combined with the rest of an amazing cast including Pete Postlethwaite, David Thewlis and Michael Gambon, I'd definately recommend this one folks.

The Good German
One word - disappointing. This movie had great potential. A fantastic cast, an interesting storyline. It just didn't deliver. There were some positive aspects to The Good German - Cate Blanchett, as always, was amazing and the dark hair and lipstick made her look even more beautiful than she normally is. And she managed to pull off yet another great accent. George Clooney, who's often a hit or miss for me, was made for black and white movies. He has classic movie star features and the 1940's cinematography techniques set them off perfectly. There's no over acting that you get from a lot of actors these days from either Cate or George. They didn't appear to be "acting" at all. However, this movie also re-enforced why I dislike Toby Maguire so much, he was awful. And the story? Good idea, but sooooo slow. Visually a great movie but not worth the cost of a rental.

History of Britain
I had this on both my DVD and Book wishlist for quite a while. I believe that Heather had also recommended it (along with the BBC's boxed set on WWII). I've downloaded and watched the first 7 episodes so far (I believe there are 15 all together) and I'm loving it! And, I'll admit it, I have a new sexy-smart crush on Simon Schama. He's geeky-chic. Definately get your hands on a copy if you can, it's well worth it.


* (asterisk) said...

That's disappointing about The Good German, but it's in keeping with what I read in Sight & Sound magazine, so you're in good company!

Reel Fanatic said...

I have the same Stillerphobia as you, so I was shocked at just how much I liked Night at the Museum .. It's almost as smart as it is funny, and Robin Williams hasn't been that funny in many years

Wandering Coyote said...

I have The History of Britain on my Amazon wish list, too. I never thought of downloading it! Duh!

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