Movie 23: Enchanted (2007)



This is the movie that we watched on the night of Thanksgiving’s Day.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first saw the trailer. I did grew up with the Disney’s princesses. I used to have two copies of the Sleeping Beauty storybook because I thought I’d lost my first copy when it was actually behind the sofa. I don’t think I liked the story as much as my family made me believe I did though. They were the ones who dressed me up as a little princess; I was just living up to their expectations.

I do know that I came out of the theater half-disappointed. The movie is rated PG, but there are some scenes that I feel shouldn’t have been there. I guess I was under the impression that it was going to be another nice, harmless princess story, but my grown-up eye and mind caught all the inappropriate references and little things – inappropriate by my standards anyway. For example, I didn’t like how Giselle shows cleavages. Good girls aren’t supposed to show cleavages, and it’s just wrong that a princess is not being portrayed as a good girl.

Another thing that didn’t feel satisfying is the pairing of Robert and Giselle. I guess it’s the whole point, but it’s kind of sad if you see it from Nancy’s point of view. Here is the man you’ve been dating for five years that you know so well, and suddenly he’s falling for a bizarre girl within a, what, one-week time frame? That’s worse than Romeo and Juliet! It doesn’t help that Nancy instantly falls for Prince Edward. Both Robert and Nancy are supposed to be rational; they should have known better. Or was their relationship never solid to begin with? The whole thing just makes no sense. Of course, the WHOLE movie doesn’t make sense if you want to be technical about it.

Patrick Dempsey is nice to look at. I grew tired of him when I was on a Grey’s Anatomy marathon (or did I grow tired of his character?), but in small doses he’s really fine.

Movie 22: Super Size Me (2004)



(Thoughts permanently on hold.)

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Movie 21: Bowling for Columbine (2002)



(Thoughts permanently on hold.)

Movie 20: Night at the Museum (2006)



I never think Ben Stiller is funny. I think he’s a little above Adam Sandler, but not that far off. The reason I saw this movie was because my former students all couldn’t wait to see it. I was curious. Come to think of it, it has been a while since I last enjoyed a PG-rated movie. Sometimes I wonder if I understand kids’ mind as well as I think I do. I still act like a kid . . . mostly, and I still remember a lot of things that happened when I was in fifth grade, but do I really?

Anyway. The movie was entertaining to some extent. It did get a few laughs out of me. Overall it was horrible though. I hated the special effects (they looked fake), the random idiocy, and I thought some of the references were inappropriate. I can see how kids would laugh at some of the jokes, but do kids really find those things entertaining? They’re kind of . . . lame, IMHO. Darn, I better shape up and learn how to be a kid again.

Movie 19: Holes (2003)



Ever since I saw Disturbia I’ve had a little crush on Shia LaBeouf (he’s only a tad bit younger than me, so it’s no biggie). So when I saw the trailer for this movie during the commercials I swore to see it. I’ve been meaning to read the book anyway. It used to be so popular in bookstores that it wouldn’t kill me to know the storyline.

As it turns out, Holes is a horrible movie. I’m sure the book would make more sense, but all the flashbacks are just annoying. My mother could attest to that. She complained about not understanding the plot because she didn’t join in until we were halfway through. And I mean, the scenes did jump around from boys in the desert to a dead cowgirl to a Jewish family. So choppy. Definitely a bad idea for future movie directors out there.

Shia here still looks like a teenage boy (since he is still one), and I still can’t get over how grown-up he is now. I guess I never thought he was cute when he was still known as Louis Stevens, but now he’s like the male version of a girl-next-door. Funny what a few years can do to your charm, eh? It helps that the boy who plays Zero also looks so sweet. His face doesn’t suit him now that he’s older, but as Zero he is so nice to look at. He sounds smart, too.

. . . believe me, I’m no pedophile.

Movie 18: The Devil Wears Prada (2006)



I remember the hype I heard when this movie first came out, and I thought it was going to be as good as Mean Girls. This movie is not quite there, though. There are so many loose ties that should never have been there. Like Andy’s splitting up with her ex-boyfriend, her relationship with her parents and other friends, Nigel’s canceled promotion, etc.

I did like Nigel’s remark about how job affects your personal life, though. I’m still trying to digest the truth in it.

Movie 17: Poltergeist (1982)



Not as scary as I thought it would be. Is this the movie where a girl is supposed to have her head turned 180 degrees? I’m probably confusing it with something else. I’m definitely getting the “don’t go into the light” reference now, though.

Got this before Halloween, and will watch more horror movies soon. Hopefully. I’ve been busy as a bee.