January's DVD Reviews 
Yeah, didn't watch much this go round on account of traveling and other projects.

Part I
Suspira, 1977 - Possibly one of the most over-rated films in the history of cinema.  You will literally be bored with the soundtrack ten minutes into the movie, then have to deal with endless repetitions of the same clichéd musical phrase for the remainder of the movie.  Oh, and the experimental lighting?  Same thing.  Gets tiresome in short order with its overuse.  And the plot?  When the "mystery" is finally resolved, you'll find yourself going, "That's it?  Seriously?"

Charlie Wilson's War, 2007 - Surprisingly really, really good.  Tom Hanks is awesome (as always, though I am generally loathe to acknowledge this fact), the dialog is great, and the story is too good to be true, only it is good and it is true!

Night at the Museum, 2007 - Not bad for a Ben Stiller movie.  But it took ancient Roman, cowboys, dinosaurs, and Carla Gugino to distract me from his presence.  Ricky Gervais' time and talent is wasted here, however.  I would have rathered watch him on a talkshow than saddled with this part.

Sleeping with the Enemy, 1991 - No.  Just skip it.

The Lost Boys, 1987 - I hadn't seen this in years and wondered if it had held up.  I wouldn't have thought "The Goonies meet vampires" formula would still work.  It does!

First Knight, 1995 - People seem to hate this movie.  But if you can overlook the desecration of the Camelot legend and the miscasting of at least two of the three principles, then you have a decent if not especially spectacular little adventure picture.

PICKS OF THE LITTER: The Lost Boys is definitely a classic if you (somehow) haven't seen it yet (or just in a few years).  But Charlie Wilson's War is the opposite of bubblegum and yet constantly entertaining.

Part II
Ocean's Thirteen, 2007 - More of the same, only a little more far-fetched, and that's saying a lot in this series whose other failing (aside from being neither suspenseful like an actual heist flick nor funny like a buddy picture) is distributing a good cast so thin you almost never see any particular character besides the latter-day Rat Pack minus Sammy (read: Don Cheadle) who is literally underground 90% of this installment.

Fracture, 2007 - Really, really good.  Anyone other than Anthony Hopkins or Ryan Gosling trying this, probably not so much, but those kids kick ass with a script that is absolutely worthy of them.

Live Free or Die Hard, 2007 - Not bad in a series that's been pretty good so far.  Bruce Willis' charm wears, but this time they wisely teamed him with a Robin to his Batman (think Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns version of an aging, wheezing Batman coming out of retirement to bust heads), only I actually found Robin the more interesting character in this case.

Margot at the Wedding, 2007 - It's by that guy who made The Squid and the Whale, so it's another well-acted, low-budget story about dysfunctional people that ends with nothing resolved but over which the critics swoon.  Has its moments though because Jack Black is even funnier with an intelligent script and Nicole Kidman is hot.  Period.

Invasion, 2007 - Yes, I'll watch anything with Nicole Kidman in it, even this weak remake of Body Snatchers.  Like every other version of this story, it can coast on generalized paranoia that it doesn't have to sell us on, but this time around they've added nothing to the mix other than a slightly different ending which would take me under two minutes to tell you and save you two hours.  Fair deal if you're interested.

No Country for Old Men, 2007 - A bit too much of the same thing after a while, but the dialog (when there is any) is more killer than Javier Bardem's character.  Good, but not as good as everyone else will tell you.

Juno, 2007 - You know why it works?  Lots of reasons.  Perhaps most importantly, the story is about characters.  It never tries to be a movie that preaches about the "right thing to do" when a(ny) teenage girl gets knocked up.  Secondarily, Ellen Page would be my dream girl if she didn't have an affect as flat as her ass, but she still manages to act convincingly as funny and charming as the rest of the cast and script.

PICKS OF THE LITTER: Fracture has Anthony Hopkins in it.  That ought to be enough to sell you on it without me accidentally giving anything away.  And Juno?  Rawks.

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