Saturday, May 05, 2007

Movie Watch! - Friends With Money, She's the Man, Spiderman 3, and Dear Frankie

Ahh! I can't believe I watched four movies yesterday!

Friends With Money (2006) - The cast is simply marvelous: Catherine Keener, Joan Cusack and Frances McDormand have eight Oscar nominations among the three of them (including McDormand's win for Fargo). And Jennifer Aniston is in there too. She's had her luck with the Emmys and the Golden Globes, but she simply can't compare to the rest of the cast. I won't even get into their male counterparts. But it's all good. It's a fairly forgettable but still quite pleasant tour through the lives of affluent Southern California 40-somethings. At 88 minutes, I'm completely okay with that. 6.5/10

She's the Man (2006) - Amanda Bynes is the embodiment of effervescent, spunky charm. Channing Tatum looks like sex. Plot is often irrelevant in this type of drivel, so just enjoy the ride. 5/10 (for eye candy's sake)

Spiderman 3 (2007) - Umm...well...I'll sure with absolute certainty that Bryce Dallas Howard is a splendid revelation and should have been in the movie more, even if they had to bleach her lovely auburn hair peroxide blonde so that she wouldn't compete with Kirsten Drunkst. It started fair enough, got a little effed up, then sort of went to ineffectual waste. I've never checked my watch during a Spiderman movie before, but this one felt long. And I've seen Grindhouse. So yea. Still, if you've seen the other two, you'll still want to watch this one. 5.5/10

Dear Frankie (2004) - Consistently one or two steps of an outright saccharine weepfest, but never quite reaches that low. Gerard Butler (of 300 and Phantom of the Opera fame) looks ungodly, ruggedly handsome and possesses an impossible sensitivity, while Emily Mortimer (the "ugly" girl in Match Point) charms as a desperate mother trying to protect her son from the truth. It very easily could've sucked, but it didn't. 7/10

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