Movie Reviews from MWC

One of my resolutions for 2003 is to watch a new film every Saturday night.  Of course, my definition of new might be different than yours - with small children, going out to an newly released film at a theater every week is out of the question.

For me 'new' means a film I haven't seen before, that was just released to DVD that week.  Okay, I'll break that rule occasionally here, since all rules were meant to be broken.  But those are the films you'll usually see reviewed here each week.

But why review movies?  Why not?  I've been reviewing toys for years, and another of my passions is film.  No, I'm not a wannabe actor, director or screenwriter.  I didn't minor in film in school or even take a film appreciation class at the local community college.

In other words, I'm pretty much like 90% of the people who watch the movies made by the film school graduates each week.  I know what I like, I know what I don't like, and I'll do my best to be literate when trying to explain my thoughts to you.  And I promise to never use the word 'sublime'.

My reviews are broken into four sections.  First, I'll give a very brief plot summary.  Then on to the fairly spoiler free review.  I'll do my best in this section to keep all the juicy stuff out of there.  Then, my overall rating.  My rating system is based on one of three recommendations - 

Buy It - go buy this DVD now.  I mean right now.  Before the first week discount price runs out.  It's an excellent flick, worthy of repeated watchings.

Rent It - a large percentage of the movies are going to end up in this category.  A movie that's worth your couple hours and four bucks will end up here, and there are plenty of those on the market.  Deciding for yourself whether it's up your alley or not will depend on other things like genre, actors, and perhaps my general comments.  I've also updated this recommendation to also included a possible 'qualified'.  That means I recommend renting it under certain qualifications around what types of films you usually enjoy, or who is in it.

Skip It - don't even waste your time in front of the tube.  Turn on Celebrity Mole if you have to, or maybe Joe Millionaire.  On second thought, don't do that - pop in an old favorite of yours instead.

The final section will be spoiler heavy.  I'll go into the actual plot points, devices and specifics about what made the film work, or not.  

If you liked this review and would like to read more like this (or even submit your own reviews) then check out Film Emporium. This is a discussion group started by a friend of mine dedicated to movie/DVD talk and reviews. They're always looking for new members to join so check it out:

Now on to the reviews!

Kill Bill - released October 10th, 2003
- reviewed September 28th, 2003
Bulletproof Monk
- released September 9th, 2003
- released September 2nd, 2003
- released 2002
- released August 19th, 2003
Soylent Green
- released August 5th, 2003
Final Destination 2
- released July 22, 2003
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
- released July 1, 2003
Gangs of New York
- released July 1, 2003
- released June 10, 2003
Die Another Day
- released June 3, 2003
Bruce Almighty
- in theaters May 23rd, 2003
The Matrix Reloaded
- in theaters May 15th, 2003
Catch Me If You Can
- released May 6th, 2003
X-men 2
- in theaters May 2nd, 2003
Darkness Falls
- released April 22nd, 2003
The Transporter
- released April 15th, 2003
- released in 1998
Phone Booth
- in theaters April 4th, 2003
Maid in Manhattan
- released March 25th, 2003
8 Mile
- released March 18th, 2003
Sasquatch (The Untold)
- released March 11th, 2003
The Ring
- released March 4th, 2003
Knock Around Guys
- released February 26th

Stargate Director's Cut - released February 18th
- in theaters February 14th
Sweet Home Alabama - released February 4th, 2003
Simone - released January 21st, 2003
The Bourne Identity
- released January 21st, 2003
About a Boy
- released January 14th, 2003
Signs - released January 7th, 2003

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