Weekly Movie Round-up – November 30, 2006

by Andy Nordvall

BORAT – Aw heck, you’ve already seen this film.  Most of you, twice.

A GOOD YEAR – But what of the shallow Yuppies who don’t inherit a vineyard in Provence?  What of them?, I ask you.

SANTA CLAUSE 3 – A terrific premise has Tim Allen going back in time to prevent the first two films from happening.  Weirdly, the filmmakers seem to believe this would be a bad thing.

FLUSHED AWAY – A spoiled, pampered pet learns the same lesson spoiled, pampered pets always learn in kids’ movies.  Namely, don’t be so spoiled and pampered.  Oh, and be true to yourself.

STRANGER THAN FICTION – Has Charlie Kaufman trademarked “Charlie Kaufman-esque”?  If not, he should.

BABEL – A film that shows us how interconnected and coincidental life is.  Wait, did I say “life”?  I meant “pretentious independent movies”.

DÉJÀ VU -  I can’t shake the feeling I’ve seen this Jerry Bruckheimer/Tony Scott testosterone-fueled thriller before.  Several times, in fact.

THE FOUNTAIN – A scientist’s wife writes a book about a conquistador who dreams of taking a tree into space.  Or the space guy hallucinates that he’s a scientist researching a conquistador.  Or something like that.

BOBBY – Robert Altman, we will miss you.

CASINO ROYALE – Who exactly wants more realism and less cheesy acting in a James Bond movie?

HAPPY FEET – It’s amazing how much mugging Robin Williams can do using just his voice.

Weekly Movie Round-up – November 16, 2006

by Andy Nordvall

BORAT – Aw heck, you’ve already seen this film.  Most of you, twice.

A GOOD YEAR – But what of the shallow Yuppies who don’t inherit a vineyard in Provence?  What of them, I ask you.

SANTA CLAUSE 3 – A terrific premise has Tim Allen going back in time to prevent the first two films from happening.  Weirdly, however, the filmmakers seem to believe this would be a bad thing.

FLUSHED AWAY – A spoiled, pampered pet learns the same lesson spoiled, pampered pets always learn in kids’ movies.  Namely, don’t be so spoiled and pampered.  Oh, and be true to yourself.

STRANGER THAN FICTION – Act, you comedian, act!!!

BABEL – A story that shows us how interconnected and coincidental life is.  Wait, did I say “life”?  I meant “pretentious independent movies”.

Project Pedophile

This should be on right before To Catch A Predator.
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Weekly Movie Round-Up – November 2, 2006

by Andy Nordvall

by Andy Nordvall

The Departed – This could be Scorsese’s year at the Oscars, provided no one’s made a film about the handicapped, retarded, or terminally ill.

The Prestige - Well, there’s a twist ending.  I’m guessing it’s either: a) Christian Bale is a Ghost, b) Hugh Jackman is a figment of Edward Norton’s imagination, or c) Scarlett Johanssen’s really a dude.

Saw III – Another film that asks the burning question: How much more money can we squeeze out of a film franchise?

Flags of Our Fathers – It’s Clint Eastwood, so it’s patriotic, but it’s also praised by critics, so it’s not, you know, super-patriotic.

Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing – A fascinating documentary that left me wishing a band I liked would get in trouble for bad-mouthing the president.

Death of a President – Surprisingly, he’s not shot by Dick Cheney.

Flicka – What is it about young girls and horses, other than the obvious repressed sexuality?  And we learn Maria Bello has bills to pay just like the rest of us.

Infamous – Toby Jones nails Philip Seymour Hoffman in this behind-the-scenes look at last year’s Oscar winner.

Man of the Year – For everyone who thinks Jon Stewart would be much better if he replaced all those opinions and insights with vague, non-offensive wisecracks about all politicians being crooks, this is the movie for you!