Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Pride and Prejudice: A Latter-Day Comedy (2003)

Scale 0-10 0=none 10=Ultimate
Immodesty = 2
Violence = 1
Language = 1
Sex = 0
Plot = 8
Action = 4
Suspense = 2
Character Development = 5
Plot Development = 5

It was a good movie. Not great, but good.

I'm not sure if they were trying to translate the book into LDS culture like Bride and Prejudice with Indian culture or if they just wanted to do a modern story with LDS characters.

If they wanted to compare and contrast LDS culture with Victorian culture I think they shouldn't have cut out the parts of the book dealing with the pressures family was putting on them to get married.

If they wanted to just show LDS characters in a modern version of the book they could've done more justice to the LDS characters. The only characters to stand by their LDS values were portrayed as geeks. Again, as I said above, they could've done more with the original story.

I'm glad to see more movies being made showing LDS culture. I applaud those who are putting the effort into making LDS culture movies. Hopefully more interest, better distribution option, and more inexpensive production technology will make more of these movies possible and also make it possible to make them better.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Fire Birds

Scale 0-10 0=none 10=Ultimate
Immodesty = 6
Violence = 5
Language = 6
Sex = 5
Plot = 6
Action = 5
Suspense = 5
Character Development = 5
Plot Development = 5

Nicolas Cage, Tommy Lee Jones

This was a good plot and had potential, but was underdeveloped and slow. At under 90 minutes there isn't much you can develop. The acting was good, but the characters didn't gain enough depth.

There was some decent action at the end, but didn't make up.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006


Scale 0-10 0=none 10=Ultimate
Immodesty = 1
Violence = 0
Language = 5
Sex = 0
Plot = 6

The sister reminded me of Hilary Clinton, so that was disturbing.

The movie had potential with the idea of making you think a little and maybe even learning a little about math, but it never completely got there. The ending left a lot of things unanswered. There seems to be quite a few movies lately that leave it to you to make your own ending. So far I haven't really liked movie like that.

The movie was directed by John Madden. He is into everything. Monday night Football, video games, and now directing movies. ;-)

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Dark Water

Scale 0-10 0=none 10=Ultimate
Immodesty = 0
Violence = 2
Language = 5
Sex = 0
Plot =5

The movie was very slow and we had trouble finding what the point is. I know some will say that it is a movie and it doesn't have a point. I just couldn't figure out if they were going for a mystery or what.

It was very much the same angry little girl ghost that we have seen elsewhere.

There were many loose ends that felt like they were not tied up.

My wife found it very suspenseful, but she also found it slow.