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Con Air (1997)
The slow southern drawl
I really like this movie. No, no, no seriously. I really do. If Nick Cage talks any slower I would . . .fall . . .asleep. But it works perfectly. Okay, obviously this movie was not made with the intention for the movie makers to end up standing behind a microphone thanking their agents. It was simply made to entertain, and that it does. John Malcovich (spelling?) is not his usually stiff self and he really lights up the screen as Cyrus the Virus.
One of the things that makes this movie work is its vast cast of characters from Steve Buscemi as Garland Greene, or Dave Chappelle as Pinball, all the way to John Cusak (YES!) as U.S. Marshal Vince Larkin, not one of his regular roles. I am so glad that he decided to do this movie however, because he really breathes life into this film, er I mean, Movie.
And with all it's explosions, and cheesy action dialog, I still have a hard time not crying at the end. It's like after two hours of movie, they pack more emotion in the perfectly shot, perfectly acted final scene than in the entire movie.
Line that I thought defined the movie: Poe: You tell my wife, I love her. She's my hummingbird. But I couldn't leave a fallen man behind.
My personal favorite: Larkin: "Are you going to lower your gun?" Poe: Sorry, but there's only two men I trust. One of them's me, the other's not you."
Remember the Titans (2000)
Light, but effective
This movie received a lot of criticism for being a little too "light" in it's depiction of racism in that time period. However, the fact that Disney decided to take on the topic at all astounds me. I think that this movie is incredibly effective and an excellent football movie. It really sucks you into these characters and make you feel for them. I am emotionally affected by this film no matter how many times I've seen it, and I think that this movie will stand up over time as one of the most endearing sports classics of all time.
Quote that i believe defines the movie: "I don't care if you like each other, but you will respect each other. And maybe, I don't know, maybe we can learn to play this game like men."
My personal favorite: "I don't want them to gain another YARD, you blitz all night! They cross the line of scrimmage I swear to God I'm going to take every one of you out. You make sure they remember FOREVER, the night they played the Titans."
The Girl Next Door (2004)
A Totally Biased Opinion
Let me just start by saying before you read this that PRIOR to seeing this movie, I already believed Elisha Cuthbert to be the most beautiful woman that I've ever seen and that must be taken into account when reading this comment.
I had ZERO expectations when I put this movie on, heck, I even had my remote in hand ready to fast forward past all the parts of the movie that Elisha wasn't in, simply because she was all I was really there for. Now, that being said, I really enjoyed this movie. It was more heartfelt, charming, and witty then I EVER would have expected from what I had seen and heard about this film. It isn't gratuitous at all in nature, and the supporting cast is very strong. Actually a good basic love story that I would watch again. Now would I like it as much as I did if Elisha wasn't in it? No. I would have still enjoyed the movie, however. Elisha is SO very hot and maybe for that reason only you would disregard my statements and it may well be horrible because perhaps I am completed booty blinded. But I think you should give it a try, and you'll probably like it.
Line that defined the movie, "What's the craziest thing you've done lately?"
My personal favorite, "The juice is worth the squeeze."
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
Some funny bits, and mostly it delivers
I thought that one of the cleverest ways to attack this movie is just what Mike Myers did. He made fun of the fact that he was re-using the same jokes over from the last two Austin films. As in the part where he very randomly starts in on Scott for no reason, and Scott's reaction is "Oh wait this is very familiar, let me do what I do". Brilliant. However there are parts in the movie where this concept doesn't carry as well as it does there. The Fat Bastard bits seemed forced, although the wire gag was funny. The shadow puppet bit that was done much better and funnier in the second movie. What saves this movie really from being a re-run is the conflict with Austin's father, and the new villain Goldmember. Michael Caine is excellent and refreshing as Austin's father, although it was almost a little too much drama than I wanted when i pay to see an Austin Powers movie. But Goldmember is spot on. He is hilarious, and the best part about him is he's original! Loved every scene he was in and thought that he was VASTLY underused for having the movie named after him. It was like here's DR. EVIL! DR. EVIL! DR. EVIL! and oh yeah Goldmember, but look over here at DR. EVIL!! Also as a side note I thought that all the good Mini-Me stuff was in the second movie.
Quote that I though defined the movie: Ozzy Osbourne saying "These filmmakers are boobs, they are using the same jokes as they did in the last Austin Powers movie."
My Personal Favorite: "Dominoes, Mother&#%*!"
The Truman Show (1998)
The Triumph of Free Will
There is something very emotionally affecting when you watch someone slowly start to realize that they are caged. How Truman was totally controlled by a corporation. What they insisted to call real, yet controlled. It was controlled in that this young boy's (Truman) father was taken away from him, he was deprived the joys of growing up with a father, not because it was his father's time to go, but because a board of advisers thought it would be good drama, and would help to keep him where he was. In their prison. It doesn't matter that Seahaven Island might in fact be the greatest place on Earth, and that the real world is "this sick place". Truman should still be afforded the luxury of choice that we all have. And when you consider that he didn't even get to choose the girl that he married, it makes you feel that much more for him. And I think there is SOME truth to the statement that "We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented." At least, Christof wasn't so blind that he actually realized, "He could leave anytime, if this was more than just a vague ambition, if he really truly wanted to leave, there's no way we could stop him." He was right.
The line that I believe defines this movie, "We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented." My personal favorite, "I like your pin (How's it going to end?), I was wondering that myself."