Saturday, September 23, 2006

10-Second Film Reviews #6

Deadlier than Joey Porter's pit bull and sexier than Tiger Woods' wife: it's my 10-second film reviews!

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

Bruce Almighty: A comedy with ample one-liners, but few big laughs. It's a great concept that's decently executed. Jim Carrey's character is too mean-spiritred and selfish to care about for most of the movie. The physical antics feels forced and the special FXs are subpar. Morgan Freeman plays a cool and caring God. The last third of the movie is solid. (***)

Pillow Talk: Rock Hudson and Doris Day are splendid, whether they're falling in love or at each other's throats. Tony Randall also gives a strong performance. Strong story, stronger dialogue, ripe with double-meanings and sexual innuendos. A few subplots feel forced and mediocre compared to the rest of the movie. (****)

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy: Not very funny, or enjoyable for that matter. Plot was minimal and nonsensical. The movie is 90 minutes, but it feels longer due to the plodding story stumbling around, grasping for desperate laughs. Steve Carrell was the only enjoyable sidekick. There is little chemistry between Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate. (**)

Soylent Green: A bleak detective story set in the future. New York City in 2020 looks a lot like New York City in the 1970s... Production design is weak, as is the majority of the acting. But the story has enough twists and turns for a satisfying journey. If the ending comes as a surprise, then either pay more attention to the movie or shore up on pop culture... (***)

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