Monday, July 13, 2009

courtney the critic.

Okay... I'm certainly not a movie critic, but I thought since my sweet husband and I have wore out the Red Box I'd share my humble opinion (plus I think this would be a fun scrapbook page). So here goes:

New in Town
(Top Critics 13%) - My review, well it was horrible. This was one of those movies I rented while Chase was out of town. There was one, yes one funny moment. The only redeeming quality... Harry Connick. Don't waste your time. I completely agree with the critics, but I think they were to nice. I'll give it a 10%.

The Secret Life of Bees (Top Critics rating 68%) - Usually when movies make me cry I don't like them, but this is certainly the exception. First of all I just love Queen Latifah. I do, I just can't help it. Dakota Fanning continues to be my favorite teen actress. Be warned it is sad, but terrific. 75%

Benji (Top Critics rating 33%) - We rented this while my almost four year old nephew stayed the night. Now, I will say we haven't seen a good kids movie in awhile, and this one followed suit. Chase and I were out, and while that may be normal for some people I NEVER fall asleep during movies. However, I will give this movie some props because Brayden stayed awake the entire movie. 20%

Taken (Top Critics rating 42%) - I loved Taken. Normally this won't be a movie I wouldn't rent, but after hearing so many good things, Chase and I got it. I was on the edge of my seat the ENTIRE movie. I wouldn't say that the acting is great, but the action is. 55%

He's Just Not That Into You (Top Critics Rating 31%) - Don't tell my husband, but I have a crush on Justin Long. I've heard from some of my friends that didn't like this movie, but I liked it. It reminded me a lot of an American Love Actually (except I didn't like Love Actually). It just had some of my favorite actors in it, but I do have to share one of my favorite quotes from one of the critics:

"Then there's the matter of casting. Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Connelly, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck. Right. You start lining up people like that you and you might want to think about changing the title to, "Just About Everyone's Into You." - Richard Roeper

So true. As realistic as some of these relationships are, I'm pretty sure none of these women had trouble getting a guy, just saying. 40%

Grand Torino (Top Critics rating 71%)- Again, another movie I never would have rented without some prompting. The language is pretty rough, but the acting and story line are fantistic. And Clint Eastwood's character has some of the best one-liners. He's character is completely cynical, but there is something extremely loveable about him. And the racial issues involved with this movie are extremely eye opening! 80%

Second Chance Harvey (Top Critics rating 71%) - Chase and I hated this movie. I don't know what's wrong with us, but we completely disagree with the critics. The only movies I disliked as much were New In Town and Benji. Oh and maybe Benjamin Button.

Bride Wars (Top Critics 7%)- Wow, these two girls, they just really don't make good friends. I can't imagine doing some of the things they did to one another in his movie. It was cute, but there just wasn't much to. You can judge this one by the cover. What you see is what you get. 30%

Marley and Me (Top Critics 50%)- I'm never getting a dog. It's official. I cried as much in this movie as I did when my childhood dog died. It was so sad. Plus, Chase always knows when I'm going to cry, so he always keeps himself from crying by laughing at my quivering chin. I will never watch this movie again, but it was worth it to watch once. 45%

Transformers II (Top Critics 18%)- This is the only movie we went to see in the theathers. Parts of it were pretty excied, but over all it was pretty crude. Chase and I always agreed that we could never tell who was winning the fights. It just looked like a bunch of jumble. I don't think I would see it again. 10%

So, I can't believe anyone would still be reading, but if you are, I hope you were able to add some movies to your must-see list. I'd love to hear what you have seen, so leave a comment. Has anyone seen The Proposal?

Hopefully the movie of the summer will come in two weeks with Harry Potter on IMAX. I can't wait!


Stephanie said...

I agree with you on Grand Torino...took a recommendation and now I'm the one recommending!

Kelley Eubanks said...

Well... I read it all! I haven't seen any of those movies and probably won't... just not a big movie person (as far as sitting down that long to watch a whole movie at once) but I read it all! :)

Winter said...

Wow! You did burn up the RedBox didn't you?! :) I want to see the Spelling Bee, I heard that was a good one!

Christina Smith said...

It's hilarious because I was going to talk about New In Town on my blog. I might still...haha!

Lynnette said...

I read through your entire email. I totally agree about New In Town. I found it difficult to look at Renee Zellweger, she looked terrible. There is absolutely no way that I'd see Marley and Me. I made the mistake of renting 8 Below which was a good movie but I cried for 2 hours straight (and then some). Thanks for taking the time to do this, I love movies and reading your insights :)

Christina Smith said...

Ok, I'll have to post about the movie on my blog soon. The historical fiction book I have been reading is called A Bride in the Bargain by Deeanne Gist. She's one of my favorite Christian authors. What do you like to read? I'll have to collect a list of books I have liked and send you an email.

~kelly marie~ said...

Your reviews are so great! I totally hated New in Town too. Blegh! I am glad to see there is another person that doesn't like Love Actually either. I thought I was the only one!

I will never see Marley and Me. I couldn't take it. I would probably cry the whole movie and then cry for 5 more days after.

Thanks for all the reviews! You should do it again! :)