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Double Feature: Bugs (2003), Imposter (2000)

October 30, 2008

Hey, guys!  I’m starting NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) on Saturday, and since I’ve never done it before, I have no idea how much time it will actually suck up (possibly not much, especially if I bail after the first week).  Meanwhile, I’ve watched four movies I have yet to review, with plans for at least another two before the weekend.  Time to race through a couple of reviews before I forget what any of the movies were about!

So, to quickly cover the last of the bad movies from last weekend with Mom (one is good-bad, the other bad-bad — we’ll see if you can figure out which is which), I’m going to cram them into a single post and write them in haiku.  I have a feeling this will not be a problem for 99.99% of you, who would not be so foolish as to rent either of these two movies in the first place and therefore will not mind missing out on a lengthy description of their plots.

And Trip, before you ask, the answer is Bugs for the first one, and Alf for the second.

Bugs (2003)

Giant scorpions
Are why I do not go on
Underground trains. Chomp!

[Netflix me]
Genre: Science fiction
Cast: Antonio Sabato Jr., Angie Everhart, Duane Murphy, Karl Pruner

Impostor (2000)

Sinise may be fake.
D’Onofrio has red hair?
Yawn, I am sleepy.

[Netflix me]
Genre: Science fiction, Crap
Cast: Gary Sinise, Vincent D’Onofrio, Madeleine Stowe, Tony Shalhoub

MOVIE: Cars (2006)

December 31, 2007

I was just down in (sunny! warm!) San Diego for a week over Christmas, visiting my sister, her husband, and their nearly-two year-old son Luke. Luke is big into cars at the moment, and his favorite cars are the ones from the Pixar movie Cars — not because he’s a huge fan of the film itself, but because he’s read about a bazillion Cars-themed books. After a week there, I too had read about a bazillion Cars-themed books (some of them four-plus times in a row — the kid is a serious fan, I’m telling you!), and I was lovin’ them myself. But, even more fun, a couple of days after Christmas, Luke, Grandma, Grandpa, and I got to watch the actual movie together — them for the second time, me for the first.

This is a truly wonderful film for both kids and adults, as all Pixar flicks tend to be. It’s about an up-and-coming race car named Lightning McQueen (Wilson) whose priorities are all mixed up. All he cares about is winning races, and he doesn’t care who he’s got to drive over to get to the finish line. After a three-way tie for the Piston Cup, McQueen and the other two winners must drive cross-country to get to a tie-breaker race. On the way there, McQueen and his driver (a semi-truck named Mack) fall asleep and somehow McQueen ends up shooting out the back of the truck as Mack speeds off unaware anything has happened. Lost, McQueen is racing around looking for the interstate when he speeds into the small town of Radiator Springs, tearing up the blacktop behind him.

He’s promptly arrested by Sheriff and sent to court the next day for damaging city property. The judge, Doc Hudson (Paul Newman), sentences him to community service: McQueen can’t leave Radiator Springs until he’s fixed the entire road — and unless he works really fast, he’ll never make it to the big race in time.

At first, McQueen is furious; he can’t believe he’s stuck in this hick town with all these losers! But the more time he spends with the residents of Radiator Springs — including a rusty tow truck named Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), the town attorney Sally (Bonnie Hunt), and Doc Hudson, who turns out to be an old race car himself — the more he comes to realize there’s a lot more to life than just winning races.

In other words: you gotta have friends.

It’s a great story — a classic, of course — and the movie is loaded with cute and clever characters, as well as lots of “inside jokes” for the grown-ups. Of course, it helps to watch this movie with an absolutely crazy-adorable nearly-two year-old (Luke had all his Cars cars laid out on a tray in front of him while we watched, and each time a scene changed, he’d dig out the cars that matched the characters on the screen and hold them up until it was time to change cars again. Oh man, cutest thing ever!). But even if you are a grown-up alone, there’s truly a lot to love. This is another great addition to the Pixar filmography — truly the best in the kid biz, if you ask me. Highly recommended!

[Netflix me | Buy me]

Genre: Kids, Cartoon
Cast: (voices) Paul Newman, Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Larry the Cable Guy, Cheech Marin, John Ratzenberger, Tony Shalhoub

Pass me a wipe! Monk and Psych are back!

July 6, 2007

I was just sitting down to watch last Sunday’s episode of The Dead Zone (starring ex-Boyfriend Anthony Michael Hall) when I got the greatest news I’ve had all week. An ad! Telling me Monk and Psych are both back next week on the USA Network (Friday, July 13th)! Wahoo!

I’ve talked about my love of Monk already (see the Tony Shalhoub write-up), but I haven’t yet gotten the chance to yammer on for four pages about how awesome Psych is. The problem with doing that right here and now, though, is that I really want to make its star, James Roday, a Boyfriend of the Week. So, if I tell you all about the show HERE, what will I say in the write-up when I finally get around to doing it?

Therefore, instead of saying anything right now, I’m going to ask those of you who have never watched the series to do me a favor. Consider it prep work. Tune in next Friday for both Monk and Psych, and then when I do finally get James’s write-up posted (I swear I’ll try to get it done before the end of the new season!), you’ll be armed and ready with all the experience necessary to truly appreciate what I’ve got to say.

Hey, I know — I’m seriously asking you to do HOMEWORK? Who do I think I am? Your seventh grade algebra teacher? Trust me on this one, though. You’ll thank me later.

Incidentally, is it just me or is this season of The Dead Zone kind of sucking so far? And what’s with the new J.J.?! I hate it when they swap out a kid on a TV show and expect us not to notice. I thought last season was the best of the series so far myself, so I’m not too pleased that this one has started out so. . . meh. I’m not giving up on it, of course — I’ll put up with a lot for Anthony Michael Hall. But, man, I hope they get back into their groove soon. And my next web venture will be a “Bring Back the CUTE J.J.” petition site, so stay tuned for details.

Note: not really.