spartan

rating:  **1/2 of 5 quick shot: val kilmer does his bit for country and mamet.  a good thriller even though the ending is a bit deux machina. what i liked about the film mamet’s writing.  snappy dialog and interesting plot. what i didn’t like part of the ending (you’ll know what i mean)

mean girls

rating: ***1/2 out of 5 quick shot: smartly written tina fey comedy.  a cut above your average teenager movie. what i liked about the movie: the way it treated most kids with some intelligence.  i also liked that the adults weren’t totally oblivious either.  smart script all around. what i didn’t like: the movie boggedContinue reading “mean girls”

master and commander: the far side of the world

Master and Commander
rating: *** out of 5

quick shot: men at sea battling a faceless (for most of the movie) enemy, and amongst themselves. you can feel the isolation at sea, and the camaraderie the crew feels. russell crowe leads by example and charisma.

what i liked about the movie: the chemistry between crowe, bettany (who plays the ship’s doctor) and crew was very good. the chase and battle scenes were excellent.

what i didn’t like: the movie felt a little lengthy. i think it could have lost about 15 to 20 minutes and still been effective.

lost in translation

lost_in_translation

rating: **** out of five

quick shot: a man lost. a woman ignored. friendship [and more?] follows.

what i liked about the movie: the acting, direction and pacing of the movie was very well done.

what i didn’t like: the movie seemed short.