From MySpace blog: Monday, May 01, 2006
I’ve had a movie-filled couple of days, capped by a really fun movie called “Stick It”, the tale of a ridiculously rebellious but very talented gymnast who is forced to re-enter the sport after she bails on championships and repeatedly gets in trouble with the law. The story isn’t particularly original, but the movie is really quite funny, the characters are likeable (after the main character calms down a bit) and the stylized editing is entertaining. I’m sure critics won’t appreciate it, but if you’re looking for some non-cerebral entertainment, go see “Stick It”. The flick kept us and the audience cracking up. It’s also a great motivator to work out – trust me.
And yes, Manderooni, I can suspend disbelief sometimes.
Also really watched “Bring It On” for the first time (same writer/director as Stick It). It’s a fun movie, too, but I don’t think it’s nearly as strong or well developed. The last 15 minutes had no tension. Nothing really seemed at stake, so the climax kinda fizzled. Still, “Bring It On” is a good time, and Elizha Dushku and Gabrielle Union work the hotness.
Speaking of endings that don’t quite go the distance, we saw “American Dreamz” on Friday. It’s well constructed, funny and a little weird. All the performances are well executed, and there’s a good number of “hey I know that guy!” moments, including small roles and cameos from John Cho, Trey Parker and the guy who played Warren on Buffy. Mandy Moore and Hugh Grant are both excellent, and the Omar character is supremely likeable. Chris Klein starts out strong (and strange) and fades into mediocrity – but he is re-teamed with Stifler’s Mom from American Pie, so it’s not all bad. The film’s finale is rushed and forced, but it doesn’t kill the whole experience. Strong turn outs from Willam DeFoe and Dennis Quaid help carry it.
And, after a long search for it on DVD, Big T, Manderooni, the WendyBug and I sat down with the classic bizarro vampire film “From Dusk ‘Til Dawn”. The film is completely ridiculous – in a good way, I think. The entire feel of the film U-turns halfway through into video game violence and ludicrous gore, but the killer cool of George Clooney and the understated but intense work from Harvey Keitel lend the proceedings a little weight. The scene with Selma Hayek and the snake doesn’t hit the same way it did when I saw it in the theatres but, then again, now I’m an almost-30-something married guy, not the virginal kid I was when I first caught it.
// Watching “Bring It On”