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The Dukes of Hazzard

Aug. 12th, 2005 | 12:56 pm
posted by: movie_freak2010 in oohnavyseals

Funny movie... No real plot to speak of, but funny movie. It was directed by Jay Chandrasekhar... you know, the guy who directed and starred in Super Troopers? Anyways, since it was the Super Troopers director, there were many appearences by the cast of that movie. One of my favorites is when Bo and Luke, (Sean William Scott and Johnny Knoxville respectively) are pulled over by two campus cops. The cops walk up to the General Lee and ask the Dukes, Cop 1:"Do you know how fast you were going?" Luke:"What?" Cop2:"Do you know how fast you were going?" Bo:"10?" Cop1:"8." Luke:"But sir, isn't the speed limit 10?" Cop1:"Yeah... it is."

Anyways, you get the picture. Same scene right outta Super Troopers, which I thought was hilarious, but some people are gonna say it was stupid to include that. Back to the movie itself though...Sean William Scott and Johnny Knoxville are great together, a very funny pair. You could tell they had a lot of chemisrty there... not like romantic, they just complemented each other well.

Lots of car chases, and well executed ones. Not a moment in the General Lee is boring. And they did address the issue of the Confederate Flag. At the begining of the movie, the General didn't have the flag, but once Cooter, (snickers at his name), soups it up, it's got a Hemi engine, new gloss finish, and the flag. At one point in the movie, the Duke boys end up in Atlanta, where they keep getting the finger by black and white people, but cheers from local hillbillies. When they realize they have the flag on their car, they hate it. I think they handled it very well, staying ture to the series by having the Confederate Flag on the General Lee, but making the boys feel remorse once they know what's going on. Burt Reynolds does a great Boss Hogg and Willie Nelson gives a good performance as well. In one scene he actually makes fun of his history with pot. He is found in a barn filled with smoke, but tells everyone that he was just steaming some meat.

The movie did have a kind of plot, it was ok, but the car chases, the fights, and Jessica Simpson as Daisy Duke was great. Lots of skin that Daisy had to show. And while we're on the topic of Jessica Simpson, since you brought it up, I was surprised by her acting. Since this was her first movie, she was a little awkward on screen, but she faired well against the other seasoned actors in the movie. Good movie, PG-13, lots of swearing, no nudity, but plenty of skin from Jessica. All in all, I'd have to reccomend it. Nice light comedy.


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Wedding Crashers (2005)

Aug. 8th, 2005 | 08:03 pm
posted by: avorio_torretta in oohnavyseals

My first post here -- hope it does the journal justice.

I'll be honest; the prime reason I went to see Wedding Crashers was Owen Wilson. I think it's safe to say that I'll see anything with Owen or Luke Wilson in it - at least anything they've been in thus far. I suppose I most happily associate him with Zoolander, which for reasons unbeknownst to me on my top 5 comedies list.

I tend to love the way he plays off the other actors he's with, and this film's no exception. We all know that an otherwise great movie can be made or broken by the cast, and this cast definitely made the movie. The comedic portions were great, especially the ones with Isla Fisher's "Level 5 Clingy" Gloria and Bradley Cooper's (who will always be Alias' Will Tippin to me) football scene. I'm not entirely sold on Vince Vaughn, as he seemed to play just about the same character from Mr. and Mrs. Smith. As always, Rachel McAdams pleasantly surprised me.

My gripe about this film has nothing to do with the "content" which is clearly adult, if you haven't seen any previews at all. It's about the plot, which was the same old romantic comedy plot we've seen year after year after year. Main Character pretends to be something he's not, Romantic Lead is duped because Main Character is so charming, and when Romantic Lead finds out the truth, the relationship is seriously jeopardized. Main Character and Romantic Lead are both miserable without one another, and when Main Character bucks up and professes how he's changed, Romantic Lead hesitates (as if this leads to any kind of dramatic suspense, which it doesn't), and the two get back together.

The only thing that differs in most of these movies is the scenario in which it happens.

And the basic formula isn't always executed badly. If you want good romantic comedies of this plotline that actually pull at your heartstrings, where the characters and plot don't at some point annoy you to the point of considering walking away, try Shrek, Chasing Amy, or Hitch.

It was a fun movie. Not groundbreaking, but I didn't come out wanting to demand my money and time back. And again, Isla Fisher and Bradley Cooper are worth watching from here on out.

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Aug. 8th, 2005 | 04:04 pm
mood: blahblah
music: quiet
posted by: darksidebitca in oohnavyseals


OMG, please post a review. This hasn't been updated since FEBRUARY. I cringe at the list of movies I've seen since then. Help me out! I'll code them into memories! Just post reviews! AMUSE ME!

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Feb. 28th, 2005 | 12:14 am
mood: geekyi love movies!!!
posted by: darksidebitca in oohnavyseals

Best Motion Picture of the Year
Winner: Million Dollar Baby - Clint Eastwood, Albert S. Ruddy, Tom Rosenberg

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Winner: Jamie Foxx for Ray

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Winner: Hilary Swank for Million Dollar Baby

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Winner: Morgan Freeman for Million Dollar Baby

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Winner: Cate Blanchett for The Aviator

Best Achievement in Directing
Winner: Clint Eastwood for Million Dollar Baby

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Winner: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry, Pierre Bismuth

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Winner: Sideways - Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor

Best Achievement in Cinematography
Winner: The Aviator - Robert Richardson

Best Achievement in Editing
Winner: The Aviator - Thelma Schoonmaker

Best Achievement in Art Direction
Winner: The Aviator - Dante Ferretti, Francesca LoSchiavo

Best Achievement in Costume Design
Winner: The Aviator - Sandy Powell

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Winner: Finding Neverland - Jan A.P. Kaczmarek

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
Winner: Diarios de motocicleta - Jorge Drexler("Al Otro Lado Del Río")

Best Achievement in Makeup
Winner: Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events - Valli O'Reilly, Bill Corso

Best Achievement in Sound
Winner: Ray - Greg Orloff, Bob Beemer, Steve Cantamessa, Scott Millan

Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Winner: The Incredibles - Michael Silvers, Randy Thom

Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Winner: Spider-Man 2 - John Dykstra, Scott Stokdyk, Anthony LaMolinara, John Frazier

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Winner: The Incredibles - Brad Bird

Individual reviews should be updated with a new little graphic and their Oscars won. My review of Aviator will be up tomorrow, as I'm wiiiiiped.

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Feb. 27th, 2005 | 05:46 pm
mood: excitedexcited
posted by: darksidebitca in oohnavyseals

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Feb. 21st, 2005 | 10:24 pm
mood: crazycrazy
posted by: darksidebitca in oohnavyseals


So... memories are nifty things... the "Past Reviews" option to the left should prove to be a good resource if you're looking for a review and you know the director, or if you're looking for a specific genre of movie. I've even added a couple. I'm trying to keep it general though, otherwise it'll scroll forever and it'll just be a pain in the ass, y'know?

I'm working on it. Please, others, REVIEW SHIT. I know you've seen movies. Just, say so! I'll memory 'em for you! Write about movies! It's fun! Share your opinion with the class!!

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I ♥ Huckabees

Feb. 21st, 2005 | 10:16 pm
mood: pleasedpleased
posted by: darksidebitca in oohnavyseals

I Huckabees
Directed by David O. Russell
Review by darksidebitca

Dude. Duuuuuude.

Who could have thought an existential comedy would be so damned funny? Actually, it seemed cool from the cast, cooler from the previews, and then a good five minutes in? Yep. Cooler still.

It made such awesome points about the universe and our relationship to it and each other... loved it. Just what I needed.

"You rock, rock."


That's humor.

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Before Sunset

Feb. 17th, 2005 | 04:34 pm
mood: indescribableindescribable
posted by: darksidebitca in oohnavyseals

Before Sunset
Directed by Richard Linklater
Review by darksidebitca

I'm so pissed at myself for not having seen Before Sunrise. Especially after seeing this, its sequel.

I definitely got the impression that this was the second part to something, and while you don't feel completely lost on what's going on superficially, if you're in my position of having missed the original, you feel left out. I didn't get to experience their courtship, the rosy twenty-something experience that they refer to so fondly.

I'm totally going to track it down to watch sometime (curse work for not having it!), Sunrise, I mean.

But this was very good. Just see Before Sunrise first.

77th Annual Academy Awards
Best Adapted Screenplay

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Maria Full of Grace

Feb. 17th, 2005 | 04:30 pm
mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
posted by: darksidebitca in oohnavyseals

Maria Full of Grace
Directed by Joshua Marston
Review by darksidebitca

I'll admit to only having watched this movie because of its Academy Award nomination. And I'm glad I did.

It was exceptional. Brutal and very very difficult to watch at times. But very good.

I don't know, I'm not too eloquent, or even understandable, today, so I won't babble for long. But this is definitely worth watching, just be prepared.

77th Annual Academy Awards
Best Actress

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Feb. 17th, 2005 | 04:24 pm
mood: blahblah
posted by: darksidebitca in oohnavyseals

Directed by Tim Story
Review by darksidebitca

Blah and blah and blah.

I don't mind Jimmy Fallon. I enjoyed him on Weekend Update...

I like Queen Latifah. She's usally quite funny.

However. Taxi's sole funny line was something shown in an earlier trailer, that I chuckled at, and expressed concern that it would remain the only/funniest line in the movie.

And it was.

(likely not quoted exactly)
Belle: Yo, open the door for me. I don't wanna get Daewoo on my hands.

*shrug* Otherwise. Boring. Not funny enough. Although the outtakes over the credits were funny.

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