Saturday, December 30, 2006

10-Second Film Reviews #20

As exciting as conference play in college basketball and as boring as mediocre bowl games in college football: it's my 10-second film reviews!

Movies I've seen this past week, along with my Netflix ratings (out of five stars):

Patton: George C. Scott portrays the arrogant, compassionate, brave and flawed WWII general. The battles in the war are secondary to the fighting between Patton and the American government. Newsreels convey the progress on the Allies in a swift and interesting matter. The film's story is secondary to the main character, which makes the three-plus hours somewhat of a laborious experience. (***)

The Manchurian Candidate: John Frankenheimer's politically-charged thriller holds up just as well as did during the Red Scare. Laurence Harvey and Frank Sinatra are something to behold as disillusioned soldiers who take different paths toward salvation. Yet it's Angela Lansbury as the cold-blooded matriarch who ends up stealing the show. The few blemishes in the plot did little to disrupt this classic. (*****)

The Girl Next Door: This movie nails most of the mediocre comedy-flick requirements. Ridiculous plot? Check. Gorgeous love interest? Big check. Lame-brained, undercooked characters? Check. A loud, overbearing soundtrack? Check. Excessive use of montage, slow-motion and close-ups? Huge check. Occasional laughs? Check. Mediocre experience? Checkmate. (**)

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