Saturday, September 09, 2006

10-Second Film Reviews #4

More powerful than Ryan Howard's swing, less accurate than Michelle Wie's tee shot and as nasty as Roger Federer's backhand: it's my 10-second film reviews!

Movies I've seen this past week, along with my Netflix ratings:

Starsky & Hutch: There are a few laugh out loud moments in this buddy cop movie starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. Will Ferrell has a funny cameo. But overall, the comedy was lacking. Story and character aren't strong suits either. There's a nice scene that homages (or parodies?) Easy Rider. Poor ending. (**)

Body Heat: A hot and sexy thriller. Kathleen Turner sizzles, William Hurt is good. Despite having only a few action-packed scenes, the film's pacing is great for all but a few scenes. One or two story points were too convenient for story's sake. The movie really comes together in the final scenes. (****)

Sweet Smell of Success: Drama about the seedy world of gossip columnists. The constant close-ups and shadows gives '50s New York City a real gritty, unglamorous facade. Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster are a dynamite duo on-screen. Lightning-quick, clever dialogue makes this movie a delightful experience. (****)

The King of Comedy: A very dark comedy about a wannabe stand-up. Jerry Lewis is phenomenal. Robert De Niro is also great as usual. The film's not heavy on laughs, but it's more about quality comedy than quantity. The movie's commentary on celebrity and the media is more relevant today than it was 20 years ago. (****)

Deep Impact: Good disaster flick. There's some outstanding emotional moments happening while the world is ending. Alas, some of it did become overly melodramatic. Too many branching story lines as well. Téa Leoni was wonderful, as was Morgan Freeman. The special effects were very good. The plot had significant holes and lacked logic. (***)

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