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At the Movies, Concluded. June 2, 2006

Posted by Mitchell in Home.

Okay, we're into the third half of the stack, so let's finish these off!

Shrek – The funniest movie that I'd seen in a long, long time.  Superb casting.

Planet of the Apes – The Tim Burton remake, of course.  It didn't do as well as expected at the box office as I recall.  It was totally set up for a sequel, but since we don't have one as yet, I guess we're not likely to get one.  I enjoyed it, but haven't seen it since.

Final Fantasy – AH!  This was the first pure CGI animated action/sci-fi movie to hit the bigtime in terms of nationwide release (at least as far as I can recall).  I really liked it as it was gorgeous to look at and interesting.  Bought the DVD.  I haven't seen it in a while – I wonder how well it holds up to current CGI standards?

Tomb Raider – The first one of course.  I enjoyed it of course.  I've never played any of the Tomb Raider games though.

Evolution – This was just a fun, fun movie.  David Duchovny(sp?) makes fun of his Mulder character.

Mummy Returns – I liked this one pretty well too, although I can't remember too much of it.  Too much mummy dust I guess.

Hannibal – It was good followup to Silence of the Lambs.

Dracula 2000 – Hmm, it seems that I saw this one on 1/1/01.  Good grief, that's over five years ago now!  I probably enjoyed it, since it's a vampire movie.  I almost always enjoy vampire movies.

Unbreakable – Yes! I do remember this one.  M. Night's followup to 6th Sense – not quite as good perhaps but I still really enjoyed it.  Bruce Willis is one of my favorite actors.

Blair Witch 2 – Lightning could not be coaxed to strike twice on this one.  It was a logical continuation of the first in terms of direction and I enjoyed it okay.  I even rented it, later.

The Cell – A visually surreal film starring Jennifer Lopez in a psycho's dreamscape.  I really liked this movie when it came out.  It should be in my DVD collection, but isn't.

Space Cowboys – A real fun movie, but a very real reminder that Time Marches On for all of us.

Scary Movie – The original title was "Scream If You Know What I Did Last Summer" or something like that.  It was a good lampoon of the then-recent slasher movie trends.  I haven't seen the sequels.

X-Men – The first one that I remember almost nothing about but I've been assured that the most recent one completely sucks in comparison.  Definitely time for a rental.

Shanghai Noon – An old western version of Jackie Chan's "fish out of water" routine.  Don't get me wrong, I love this stuff because he does it very, very well.  I really enjoyed this movie, but not enough to go see "Shanghai Nights".

Battlefield Earth – Well, where to start?  I read the 2500+ page book when it came out in the (mid?) 80's.  It was a good book and hard to set down.  In fact, everyone in my family read it.  The cover of the book had a gold medallion that promised "Soon to be a Major Motion Picture!"  Some books are hard to do as movies, particularly long ones.  This particular story needs a LOT of backstory stuff that drives the main narrative.  Travolta should have done a miniseries with the Sci-Fi channel.

Pitch Black – A fairly modest-budget vehicle that launched a mighty Diesel!  It was a good movie that formed the base of an even better one.

Scream 3 – The only "Scream" movie I saw in the theater, the other two were rentals.  It was good, but not as good as the first one.

Galaxy Quest – This was a fabulous movie, and it was the casting that made it so.  Tim Allen, Sigourny Weaver, and Tony Shalhoub.  This should be in my DVD collection but isn't.

End of Days – Schwarzenegger meets Satan.  Somehow Satan comes out the worst of the deal.

Sleepy Hollow – The old Halloween favorite with a new costume, and you could still enjoy Johnny Depp – pre-asshole.

Sixth Sense – The movie of the year.  It also set a standard that Shyamalan has had a hard time living up to.

Blair Witch Project – Wow, a real blast from the past.  It was the ultra-low budget indie film that got picked up for nationwide distribution and did crazy business.  It showcased the power of internet promotion.  As a movie attender you either loved it or hated it.  You have exactly one guess as to which camp I'm in.

Star Wars Episode I – The most anticipated movie in the world.  I really enjoy it and I saw it again in quick order.  I've never understood the naked, venomous hatred for the Jar-Jar Binks character, myself.  The whole Star-Wars prequel trilogy was apparently a complete and total disaster from the perspective "True" Star Wars fans, but each movie did big & better traffic than the previous.

The Matrix – This film started my movie ticket collection.  Before this one came out I usually waited for VHS rentals and almost never went to the theaters.  I did a quick search and this movie came out in spring 1999.  It's seven years old now.

Wow.  Time moves so fast while being so slow.



1. geoff - June 3, 2006

If Final Fantasy had had a decent plot, instead of the warmed-over Gaia crap that Hironobu Sakaguchi is addicted to (I say this as a player of almost all of the Final Fantasy game series), it could have been huge. As it was, the $123 million loss crippled Square, forcing them to merge with Enix and pursue cash-generating strategies (like the release of Final Fantasy X-2). The animation has been criticized for a few flaws, but I thought it was incredible.

2. Enas Yorl - June 3, 2006

So it flopped eh? I guess that explains why we didn’t get a sequel. I never played any of the games, though I was aware of them. I didn’t mind the Gaia stuff – it was something different, but I think it did throw a lot of people. “I didn’t understand it” was a comment I heard a lot.

3. Muslihoon - June 3, 2006

Thanks, Enas!

I liked Final Fantasy, although I could not see how it has anything to do with the games of the same name. I guess space travel might have been the link or something. I was confused, yes. But it was awesome for its time nonetheless.

I’ll have to watch End of Days. I liked supernatural movies. I need to find someone to watch movies with. Darn.

4. Sobek - June 4, 2006

Evolution was fun. Galaxy Quest should be required viewing for all American citizens. Anyone who has been to a Star Trek convention knows it’s not really a parody.

5. kevlarchick - June 5, 2006

I saw the Matrix recently, like in the past few months, and I’m still freaking about it. It might be true. Right?

6. Muslihoon - June 5, 2006

Shhhhh, KC. You don’t want Agent Smith to come after you.

7. Enas Yorl - June 5, 2006

Muslihoon, maybe you could rent it and live-blog it at a day/time when one or more of us are available to rent & watch at the same time? I dunno, a thought.

Sobek, Galaxy Quest  – even my Mom enjoyed it and she really doesn't like Tim Allen.

Kevlarchick, yes you just may be a fig newton of a machine's imagination. I wouldn't lose sleep over it, though.

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