Stop-Loss – The direction of this movie is what interested me the most. The war in Iraq was simply a backdrop to the real drama that existed in this movie. What the turmoil this movie addresses is a soldier’s condition coming back from war and this idea of a Stop-Loss. I know this is an MTV film but I think they marketed it all wrong. The preview showcased it as another fun movie about the war with a bunch of hot guys in it. I think the premise and subject matter is actually much more raw and relevant than that. I think this was actually a really good movie. There’s alot of good movies being released right now that would make it hard to catch back up with this one if you’ve missed it but I would definitely recommend checking it out or adding it to your BlockBuster que when it comes time.
Over the Hedge – NO, NO, NO. I can’t come around this movie. Yes, it can be funny at times but I cannot bring myself to indulge this movie, ESPECIALLY for my kids! I can’t believe the storyline of this movie made it’s way past editors, other writers, head honchos, intelligent people. A down and out protagonist steals and swindles others to feed his belly. Let’s make those who he’s stolen from the bad guys! Yeah! We can make the audience then hate them, allow him to stick it to them in the end and have a turn around character moment and everyone’s left with a warm fuzzy in their belly. AND they almost had me. I’m sorry, this one doesn’t cut it for me or for my kiddos.
No Country for Old Men – Probably the most mesmerizing movie I’ve been able to watch with my new son 🙂 I literally got hypnotized by the incredible old country vast landscapes, the drawl of the cast, the peculiar banter (was I supposed to laugh at that? this is a serious movie but that was funny), the insane acting chops found here! One of the more impressive and truly remarkable things about this movie was the score. THERE WASN’T ONE! I didn’t figure it out until quite a ways into it but the score is basically, footsteps…car engines…the wind…the click of a rifle…the rushing water…it was intoxicating. I want to watch the movie again because I’m sure I missed some things. The ending’s not going to please everyone, in fact I thought I was at the climax at least twice earlier in the film! But that’s not this film’s intent.
Sunshine – I’m a huge Cillian Murphy and I’ve loved what Danny Boyle’s done previously, add to that Entertainment Weekly giving Sunshine it’s Pick of the Week back when it was released on DVD, I WAS PRETTY STOKED to finally grab this one. Then I watched it and let out a lil sigh. Don’t get me wrong, the movie is solid! I think the most incredible thing is the way the shooting of this film changes with the mood of the movie. I think that’s what I love so much about Danny. In the end, I felt like I hadn’t seen anything terribly new with the sci-fi genre though and instead of getting an incredibly fresh take on a sci-fi movie, I got a little tweak. The tweak was a good one, don’t get me wrong, but not enough for me. Maybe my expectations were too high.
Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams – It should also have a subtitle: White Lies Don’t Hurt Anyone Especially if You Have Good Intentions Kids. Sorry, maybe I’m becoming one of “those” parents but again, I have a problem with messages sent to my kiddos that are directly opposed to the messages I want to give my kiddos. Jasmine’s story here hits a foul ball out of the park.