Archive for July, 2008

Drillbit Taylor

Posted in Comedy with tags on July 30, 2008 by Mark Hobin

The next time I see 2 people wearing the same thing, I’m gonna remark, “Let me guess: Two-for-one sale at Hot Topic?” Other than that quote, there is little to glean from this uninspired movie about high school bullies.

Married Life

Posted in Crime, Drama, Romance with tags on July 30, 2008 by Mark Hobin

Stagy, low key, ensemble piece about a man who has an extramarital-affair. Set in America during the late 40s, the story vacillates between sophisticated comedy then heavy drama, but ultimately winds up being neither, just boring.

Kiss Me Kate

Posted in Comedy, Musical, Romance with tags on July 26, 2008 by Mark Hobin

Bright, colorful, lively Cole Porter musical inspired by Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Originally filmed in 3D.

Step Brothers

Posted in Comedy with tags on July 25, 2008 by Mark Hobin

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are amusing as step brothers, but so is the supporting cast who add significantly to this hilarious movie.  Much of the movie feels adlibbed, but that’s OK when the results are this inspired: “Sweet Child O’ Mine” in four-part harmony? Yes, please!

Tell No One

Posted in Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller on July 24, 2008 by Mark Hobin

Confusing, convoluted, but also intriguing murder mystery will have you guessing until the very end when all is explained. It’s got plot twists, romance and action. Actor Gilles Lellouche as Bruno, is the kind of hoodlum you want on YOUR side.  In French with subtitles.

21

Posted in Drama on July 22, 2008 by Mark Hobin

Based on a true story, this slick dramatic film about beating Las Vegas at blackjack is an entertaining thriller. Actor Jim Sturges is a likeable protagonist.

The Dark Knight

Posted in Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller with tags on July 22, 2008 by Mark Hobin

Not since Superman in 1978 has a movie presented the myth of the superhero so effectively. Suspenseful, riveting action is matched by a grim, morally complex story. Heath Ledger is unforgettable as the Joker, but so is Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent. Finally! A recent mainstream superhero movie that qualifies as high art.

A Soldier’s Story

Posted in Drama, Mystery, War with tags on July 22, 2008 by Mark Hobin

Courtroom drama, written by Charles Fuller from his Pulitzer Prize-winning, “A Soldier’s Play”, was nominated for Best Picture. Great ensemble cast features early supporting performances from Denzel Washington, David Alan Grier, and Robert Townsend.

Yellow Submarine

Posted in Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Fantasy, Music with tags on July 22, 2008 by Mark Hobin

Cinematically dazzling tale of the Beatles who save Pepperland from the Blue Meanies with their music. Joyous!

Pocketful of Miracles

Posted in Comedy, Drama with tags on July 21, 2008 by Mark Hobin

Frank Capra’s last movie is a affectionate comedy drama about an aging apple-seller who passes herself off as a woman of wealth in order to impress her daughter. Wonderful performances (Peter Falk was nominated for an Oscar) are somewhat undone by film’s extreme 136min length.

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