Wednesday, May 23, 2007

"We're goin' to France! Parlez-vous Olympics?"

The Cutting Edge
DB Sweeney, Moira Kelly, Roy Dotrice, Terry O'Quinn (1992)

102 minutes
Rated PG

I love this movie. Shut up. I fell in love with this movie when I was eight years old and I have loved it dearly ever since. Especially DB Sweeney.

This is the story of a young Olympic hockey player, Doug Dorsey (Sweeney), who on a particularly vicious hit in a game against West Germany, loses some of the sight in one of his eyes, preventing him from ever returning to hockey. At the same Olympics, a pairs skater, Kate Moseley (Kelly), has broken with her coach and partner after a particularly humiliating mistake. A few years later, her new coach, Anton Pamchenko (Dotrice) comes looking for Doug, remembering his incredible skating ability, wanting him to become Kate's newest partner, in a long line of temporary partners since that Olympics. They pick on each other, belittle each other, but gradually their relationship improves as their partnership grows. They have problems along the way but all ends well.

"Jack, next time you get a bright idea just put it in a memo!"

The Hunt for Red October
Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Sam Neill, James Earl Jones (1990)
134 minutes
Rated PG

Jack Ryan (Baldwin) writes books for the CIA about naval tactics. When they discover that the Russians have created a submarine that can move silently and cannot be picked up by their sonar while moving silently, they call in Ryan to advise them. He, knowing more background on the submarine's captain, Marko Ramius (Connery), than they do, realizes that Ramius and his other officers intend to defect. Now, Ramius has the Russians after him and the Americans, until Ryan is able to convince the Americans of Ramius's intent. The only problem? Someone on the Red October does not want to defect.

Best part of the movie? Alec Baldwin's Sean Connery imitation. Also, Stellan SkarsgÄrd is in it.
Worst part of the movie? One of my favorite characters dies.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

"You could ruin that poor girl's life by letting her marry someone like you."

Chicken Tikka Masala
Chris Bisson, Saeed Jaffrey, Sally Bankes, Peter Ash (2005)
90 minutes
Not rated

When Jimi (Bisson), a gay med student, comes home for a visit, he finds that his parents have arranged for him to marry the daughter of their old friends from India, within the next five days. Understandably, Jimi's boyfriend Jack (Ash) is upset by this. This movie is confusing at first but becomes a lot clearer as the movie progresses. Jimi can be a rather irritating character because he could clear up every misunderstanding by actually talking to people, but I still found myself hoping that everything would resolve itself favorably. Jimi's grandmother (Zohra Sehgal) is entertaining, Jimi's "daughter" Heather (Katy Clayton) is adorable, Jimi's father (Jaffrey) is charming and Jack is just plain sweet. I liked the movie, especially the character of Jack.

"This is a world for humanity."

Underworld: Evolution
Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Tony Curran (2006)
106 minutes
Rated R (violence, sex and language)

This film starts with a flashback to 1206 AD and fills in a little bit more of the backstory of the Corvinus family. When it comes back to the present day, it follows Selene (Beckinsale) and Michael Corvin (Speedman) as they run, fearing retribution for their actions in the first movie. I thought the plot was interesting, overall I enjoyed the movie. I objected to the necessity of Speedman losing his shirt every thirty seconds; there might have been ten minutes all together in the movie in which he was fully clothed.

"There's no retirement home for assassins is there?"

The Matador
Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Hope Davis (2005)
97 minutes
Rated R (violence, sex and language)

Everywhere I looked I seemed to find positive reviews of this film. Because of that I went in to my viewing of it with high expectations and was very disappointed. I found Julian Noble (Brosnan) irritating. Danny Wright (Kinnear) was charming, but I had trouble believing anything that happened in the movie. I didn't feel any real connection to any of the characters until the last ten minutes of the film, when I finally felt like I was getting more background on the characters.