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Kurt's Brief Movie Reviews... [Mar. 24th, 2002|01:30 pm]
Kurt Onstad
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Saw a few movies recently, and I thought I'd put my two cents in on them, in case you were thinking about seeing them, but haven't yet.

Ice Age: I've seen this twice now. The first time I laughed hysterically. Had trouble breathing at points, I was laughing so hard. The second time I giggled at points. Definitely not as funny the second time around, but very highly recommended if you haven't seen it yet. technomonkey, dragonpookie and I want Scratch (the squirrel) to get regular animated shorts, or at the very least, become the new character for Fox Kids interstitials. Every scene with him is priceless.

Blade II: Pretty easy. If you liked the first one, you'll like this one too. A lot of high-tech action and gore, but not completely mindless like some action movies out there. Very true to the spirit of the comic book. My only problem with the movie is one I have with most enjoyable action movies these days. I got so into it, it started to set off my panic attacks. Fortunately, I'm pretty good at controlling them now, so I didn't have to leave the theatre like I used to, and that's probably not a concern for the average viewer...

40 Days and 40 Nights: Fairly typical romantic comedy plot (the guy's an unwitting jerk a couple of times, but realizes his mistake at the end), but with some new twists, and well-written enough to be funny and interesting. Some very unique visual choices were made by the director, especially during the dream sequences. All in all, probably the smartest of all the movies I saw this weekend. Probably not a good "date" movie (very few romantic comedies actually are...), but good to see with your friends.

Showtime: From the smartest, to the dumbest...Huge, gaping plot holes and inconsistencies. Paper thin characters. Every cliche in the book is pulled out. I even caught a continuity flaw on the first viewing (in the first scene with Eddie Murphy's character, watch his holster be on, off and back on again.) It's like they said, "Well, we have these two stars. That's all we need, right?" The funniest bits were the brief scenes with William Shatner, playing himself as a "consultant" of sorts. But, that wasn't nearly enough to rescue this dismal movie. Don't bother...