Welcome to the first installment of "At
the Movies with tkt". Each month, I will review one
current theatrical release and one video release.
Normally the video one will be my "Retro Pick O' the
Month" but in honor of the upcoming Oscars, this
month I'll be reviewing a newer video that's up for some
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Rated: PG 13
CAST: Tom Hanks, Helen
Hunt, Chris Noth, Nick Searcy
DIRECTOR: Robert Zemeckis
What's it All About, Alfie?
Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) is a FedEx exec who is in a
plane crash and gets marooned on an island for 4 years.
After managing to survive alone on the island for 4
years, he constructs a raft and is rescued by a passing
ship. When he returns home, he must face the way his
former life has changed, and his friends and loved ones
must also cope with the return of the man they had long
since presumed dead.
My Two Cents
I didn't get to see this film until it had been out for
about 3 weeks. All I heard from people who DID see it was
"oh the part when he's on the island is SO BORING!
There is NO dialogue for a whole HOUR!" DO NOT
listen to people that tell you this! Not once in this
film was I the least bit bored, and when he's on the
island, there is actually quite a bit of dialogue. Tom Hanks gives an
excellent performance that will more than likely earn him
a third Best Actor Oscar. The BEST part of the whole
movie is "Wilson", the volleyball that becomes
Chuck's only companion on the island. The one part of the
island experience I found unbelieveable was how Chuck so
instinctively knew how to do so many things. It wasn't
like he was a forest ranger in his old life, but somehow
he makes a fire and kills fish with a spear and makes his
own rope. The part after he gets back from the island is
my least favorite part of the film.
*WARNING- possible spoiler here,
read on if you dare* When Chuck gets back, he
discovers that his girlfriend Kelly (Helen Hunt), has
married and had a child in his absence. While no one can
blame her for this, she of course believed Chuck to be
dead, the sentimental one in me wanted Chuck and Kelly to
be together like they were before. At the very end of the
film, Chuck comes to the realization that he and Kelly
will never be together, and starts his life over (with
Wilson by his side, of course).
Would I Buy This film on DVD?
Yes, this is definitely a film that can and should be
watched more than one time. The performances by Tom Hanks
and Helen Hunt are both excellent, and for me to say
anything involving Helen Hunt is excellent is really
saying something. Overall, I give this film 4 out of 5
CAST: Julia Roberts, Albert
Finney, Aaron Eckhart, Marg Helgenberger, Cherry Jones,
DIRECTOR: Steven Soderbergh
What's It All About, Alfie?
Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts), is a headstrong single
mother of three who gets a job as a research assistant at
a law firm. She uncovers evidence that a utility company
is responsible for outbreaks of cancer and other terminal
diseases in a small California town, and persuades the
victims to file a lawsuit against the company. Based on a
My Two Cents
Julia Roberts, precious kids. Right there, the movie
started out with two strikes against it in my book. Julia
is NOT one of my favorites, although most of America will
disagree with me. Though it pains me to say it, her
performance in this film is excellent. She will probably
win the Oscar and probably deserves it, although to be
fair, I haven't seen the other nominated performances
this year. Oscar nominee Albert Finney was also
excellent, he was probably my favorite thing about the
film. The film itself was not as good. It was boring and
preachy. Erin thought that everyone should feel sorry for
her because she was poor with 3 kids and two deadbeat ex-husbands. Then she gets obsessed
with the lawsuit and pretty much ignored her kids but
then says that "she's doing it for them". The
subplot involving her biker boyfriend that she uses for a
babysitter until he gets fed up and leaves her is just
sort of forgotten about after a while too. The one thing
I DID like about Erin was how she knew EVERYTHING about
her clients, as opposed to the real lawyers who just saw
them as names on paper that could maybe make them some
money. At the end, everything turns out wonderfully for
Erin, of course. The real Erin Brockovich has a cameo in
the film as a waitress.
Would I Buy This Film on DVD?
No. Although every other woman in the USA already has it
on DVD or VHS, so the loss of my one sale probably won't
hurt. Despite excellent performances by Julia Roberts and
Albert Finney, I give this film 2 out of 5 fireballs.
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