Film #11 - Inspector Gadget (should really be #10, as I watched this before Abandon, but oh well)
Disappointing. It wasn't a bad movie, but it could have been better. It had a pretty good cast (Matthew Broderick and Rupert Everett), but the jokes just weren't that funny, the acting was a bit too far over the top (even for a spoofy movie like this), and, well, it just wasn't all that interesting. C liked it, though.
#12 - Life is Beautiful
I remember when Benigni won the Oscar for this and was highly amused; now I see that the award was very much deserved. This is a really fabulous film (recommended to me by webbapettigrew); I'm going to avoid spoilers, but I'll say I laughed more in this film than I've laughed in quite a while. Parts of it were just so sweet and funny; and I cried bunches at the end. Wow. Really intense, and lovely. It's stayed with me, too . . . over the past few days, I find myself thinking about the film, and about Guido and Joshua while I'm driving in the car, or whatever. If you haven't seen this, I highly recommend it. Be warned, however, that it will most likely break your heart.
#13 - Freaky Friday
This is a really good film, much better than I'd expected it to be. I vaguely remember the original (and would like to see it again, just for the heck of it, actually). I thought the performances were great, particularly Jamie Leigh-Curtis and Lindsay Lohan . . . it's cute and sweet and funny, and the "climactic" scene at the end was wonderful - I cried my eyes out, in a good way. C's in love with this, too - in fact, it's what we're watching right now. Great movie. And the music is really good, too.
#14 - "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days"
This is a cute movie, but not quite as cute as I thought it would be, based on the rave reviews I heard of it. It's good - worth watching. Maybe I'm too tough a critic . . . especially when a movie gets good reviews, I tend to be a bit disappointed; maybe I expect too much. (I think Titanic is just okay, for example). But this film is funny, and has one absolutely *hysterical* moment (and that's a particularly apt word, considering the reason the scene is so funny). But, considering that the end of these sorts of movies are usually entirely predictable, I found this ending to be anti-climactic, and actually a bit boring. When you're going for the happy ending, there needs to be *something* to make it a little more memorable. Part of the trouble might be that I just don't find Matthew McCaugnahey (sorry, no idea how to spell that) very attractive . . . nor likeable. Then again, that actually works with the premise of this film. Would I recommend? Yes, I suppose so, but a bit reservedly.
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