Mac and Me (1988)

Jenny - RATING: 2.5/5
This movie is just a wanna-be E.T. with some many similarities... an addition to a human consumption item, destroying things to make other things, an injured or sick boy who needs to be healed by the alien. and a chase to get the alien back to it's family. It was not original at all and none of the characters were that likable.

Bambi (1942)

Jenny - RATING: 3/5
I have not seen this movie since I was young and watching now I realized that truly there is no story to this movie, no plot, no real sense of story except that of the circle of life. I am glad that they made the characters true animals instead of having them more like people; it kept it real. We watched the commentaries with it, which always is fun with Disney because you learn so much of the creation of it as well as touching on other movies at the same time. The Blu-Ray on this is fabulous, the transfer is excellent. If you get a chance, listen to it with commentary.

Elisabeth - RATING: 3.5/5
Watched this with the storyboard and sweatroom commentary from the blu-ray. It really made the difference hearing the running ideas from Walt and the director and animators. The quality in the transfer was really clean and the new 7.1 surround was wow. They really made a great blu-ray edition with this and I can't wait to see the cool features on the next sets.

Almost Famous (2000)

Jenny - RATING: 5/5
This is one of my top 10 favorite movies, probably my top 5. I have reviewed this movie before but again to say that it is probably the movie the hit most home with me as I was "William Miller" in the late 80's and early 90's with the latin american pop music scene. I wanted to be a music writer and I made friends with the artists like he did. It was a part of my life that I hold dear and can totally relate. It is fabulous movie that never gets old.

Elisabeth - RATING: 4/5
I really like this movie. It shows a side of touring that most of us would have never seen. I like that it is sort of brutally honest about the goings on. I have only seen this movie once before and I liked it then. Fast forward to 5-6 years later, and it is still a great movie.

Monsters (2010)

Jenny - RATING: 2/5
Nothing impressed me or moved me in this movie and the whole kiss at the end seemed like they just need a forced closure for the film. It was long and drawn out for no true fear of these "monsters" and once in the US it almost seemed like the E.T.'s we not to be feared cos they didn't try to really hurt the two main characters. They never seemed to be in danger so I felt nothing for them.

Elisabeth - RATING: 2/5
I hadn't seen an alien movie move this slow since Close Encounters of the Third Kind. I don't even have much to say about this movie, other than it could have been so much better.

Never Let Me Go (2010)

Jenny - RATING: 4/5
How would I feel if I knew my life could end at any moment? They could take away a vital organ and I would be done... That is what this movie did; it made me think about loving someone or something especially with a glimmer of hope that you could stop it, and living your short life like that. Every moment is precious even if you are born to donate. This was an all around good movie that evokes thoughts on your own life.

Elisabeth - RATING: 5/5
Such a heart-wrenching movie on all levels. Everything about this movie was just perfect in my opinion. The cinemaphotography, the acting, the direction...everything. I hadn't felt quite so heartbroken for all of the characters in a movie in a very long time. Just the looks they gave spelled so much grief and knowing that it wouldn't last long. That is sad...I think even if you don't get the movie, you can't help feeling something by the end of it.

Network (1976) - AFI Top 100 #64

Jenny -RATING 4/5
Drama, humor and a bit of truth to it all, Network was an awesome two hours of entertainment about the world of television, reality tv and news. Faye Dunaway plays an awesomely strong woman in a man's world of television 70's. Acting was superb, story was great. I can see why this is one of the Top 100 AFI films. Excellent. I saw this when I was younger, way younger, but don't remember lots of it. Can appreciate it more now as an adult.

Elisabeth - RATING: 4/5
Great movie. It is always interesting to see how things were done back in the day of TV Networks. It really gives you an understanding of how it all meshes together, where ideas come from and what it takes to get the ever-elusive top rating. Everything about this movie was spot on and I honestly don't think I would change anything other than the "love" story between the two people...that just wasn't necessary, but it gave us insight into a modern vs old-school way of thinking about things. What was funny, was when they were playing the Life commercial at the end, Jenny and I could quote the entire thing as they played it...and well...the whole movie just made its point.

The Social Network (2010)

Jenny - RATING: 3/5
Hmmm... I am still trying to decide what I think of this movie. It wasn't all bad but to me it was not Best Picture worthy. Jesse Eisenberg did a good job as a asshole but for some reason I think that it might not been much of a stretch but who knows... it seems to come easy for him. I think Brenda Song did a better job at being a pyscho girlfriend... YAAY BRENDA! The movie lacked something but I don't exactly know what; just felt unmoved by it all.

Elisabeth - RATING: 3.5/5
I wanted to love this movie. I didn't hate it, but I am probably the only person in the world that doesn't really like Aaron Sorkin's style of writing...oh well. I thought it was well directed and acted and liked it well enough because of that. But...this is officially my least favorite David Fincher movie.

Eastern Promises (2007)

Jenny - RATING: 3/5
As much as I wanted to like this movie all the way through, I was seriously disappointed on how they ended this movie. I feel left with no closure what so ever. Too many questions are unanswered and I really wanted to see a big show down at the end. Story was excellent but just failed at the end... Almost a 4 star for me...

Elisabeth - RATING: 3/5
If it weren't for the ambiguous ending...I would have given this movie a better rating. I am all for not having closure, but to leave it hanging like it did made no sense at all. Viggo kicked some serious ass in this movie and I do think this movie was really good, just not great.

Bonnie and Clyde (1967) #42 of AFI Top 100

Elisabeth - RATING: 4/5

I have always liked this movie. Even after not seeing this after 15-20 years after the first time I have seen it, I still really like this movie. The acting was excellent and Faye Dunaway was so hot. Movies just aren't made like this anymore, and I kind of miss that sometimes after seeing a movie like this.

Jenny - RATING: 4/5
I agree with Elisabeth on this one, the acting was spot on. There was humor, drama, and history in this movie and these two actors really brought it to life. I do have to say Estelle Parsons still annoyed me outside of Roseanne (TV Show). I don't have anything bad to say about it except for Ms. Parsons. :p

Friday the 13th: Part 6: Jason Lives (1986)

This movie was far more entertaining than the first five. With a big budget, a believable story, and better acting, Jason 6 was quite enjoyable. I was glad that the nudity and sex scenes were cut way down because I don't think you really need it anymore. Yeah, the 70's and early 80's were a little bit more free on that and made Friday The 13th what it was, but the series grew and I think it was wise to stay semi-free of that. Jason seemed almost zombie like in this chapter and it came full circle with him trapped underwater at Camp Crystal Lake again. Much better...

Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)

RATING: 2.5/5
My most recent worktime movie was part 5 in the series of Friday The 13th's. Slowy I am finishing them up since I had only seen 1 and 4 previously. This time, Tommy (Corey Feldman from chapter 4) is all grown up and is sent to a half-way house in the woods where you can have knives and sex with the co-eds... wow, all the things Jason hates. One by one, Jason, or so they say the sheriff who is avenging his sons death, picks off each and everyone in the woods until the final showdown where Tommy faces Jason to the death so to speak... And since we all know there is a 6th... Tommy becomes Jason. Bad acting all over the place... I wish that this series would actually have a plot more than just new location, new kids, let's kill them.

Santa sangre (1989)

Jenny - RATING: 3/5
I don't know how to feel about this movie. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love; more like I was confused mostly until the end when it all seemed to come into light. I laughed, I cringed and I said "Huh?" a lot. I was really hoping to like it a lot based on the twitter recommendations, but it really didn't happen for me.

Elisabeth - RATING: 3/5
Norman Bates' mother had nothing on this guy's mom. Psycho mom at its best...oh my god was this movie crazy. None of it made any kind of sense until the last 30 minutes, then it all fell into place and you were like oh dayum...that is messed up. So my take...messed up movie and I am very glad we didn't turn it off when it just wasn't making any sense at all.

AFI Top 100 #92 - Goodfellas (1990)

Jenny - RATING: 3/5
While this movie was good, it wasn't my favorite mob movie. Thinking about Pesci and DeNiro, I felt Casino was a lot more enjoyable. My thoughts on this movie are very minimal, its wasn't that good or that bad... and again, like all movies with Joe Pesci, he annoys the hell out of me.

Elisabeth - RATING 3/5
This was a decent movie. Not my favorite Scorsese movie, but good. I am just not a fan of mob movies. I can see why a lot of people love this movie. I personally know 3 people who consider this movie to be one of their favorite movies of all time. Not me...but that doesn't mean it was bad. Just not my thing.

Suspiria (1977)

Jenny - RATING: 3/5

For our first 70's night in March, we started with Suspiria cos so many people on twitter have talked about this movie and it has been in our queue for a while. Not that I didn't like the movie, but the plot really weak... What I loved about the movie was the colors, the way it was shot, the use of the music; all of which made the movie creepy in my opinion. I, personally, loved the fact that Miguel Bose was in the movie and me being a lover of Latin music and having Miguel Bose's music in my iPod, it was cool to see him in a movie like this. Overall, not bad...

Elisabeth - RATING: 4/5
70's night's first pick...awe.some. The colors were outstanding. The cinemaphotography was spectacular. The use of color and angles and everything was perfect. The movie was creepy without giving too much away, which is what good horror movies are all about. I loved this movie. Yeah, the acting was pretty horrible, but everything else made up for it. And the soundtrack...oh my god, the soundtrack. Without the soundtrack this movie would have sucked. I will never own this soundtrack because I will be forever creeped out by the lalalalalalala....yikes.

The Heavenly Kid (1985)

Not bad of a movie... Kid from the 60's dies in a drag race and before he can go to heaven, he has to prove him self capable of loving someone other than himself. A standard story that has been done over and over but was decent characters and my love for the 80's made this movie fairly decent but doesn't win my heart as there was lack of feeling when he gets to go to heaven. Come on, all 80's movies end happily ever after 99% of the time. And the lead character (dead angel) reminds me sooooo much of James Franco.

Crawlspace (1986)

This movie lacked intensity or anything interesting... It gives you a child of the Hitler generation who grew up to be a wacko who likes to spy on young girls in the air ducks of his apartment complex and killed anyone who was having sex with HIS girls and when one girl is on to him and learned too much, he goes postal and kills everyone in his complex. It wasn't gory or anything like a slasher film cos you don't even really see the kills.

Red Sonja (1985)


I honestly thought I was watching an episode of Xena and I will probably get slammed for that. There not much point to all the excess and I honest thought at one point Arnold was gonna take Red Sonja done and show her why she needs a man. There was not really connection to the characters, but there were few so it was easy to follow. Not much to the movie but held my interest enough to warrant a 3.

Friday the 13th Part III (1982)

On the third installment of the Friday The 13th series, Jason was a lot my visible then I remember him being first two. In the non-3D version, you can definitely tell where 3D was supposed to be, but it was barely relevant, but isn't all 3D that way. Of course there is no real plot to the Jason series, but we get to see where Jason gets his mask. It wasn't boring, but it wasn't excellent either.

Thrashin' (1986)


This movie had all the elements of a West Side Story for skaters. Good clean kid falls for the sister of a member of a hoodlum gang of skaters. Fighting breaks out and the love birds are separated and all it comes down to the final skateboarding match to find out who is better of the two... good vs evil... And of course everything turns out right in the end and the rivals shake hands and become friends in the end. Typical movie, but it wasn't bad. I kinda enjoyed it.

AFI Top 100 #34 - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Elisabeth RATING: 4/5

I have probably seen this movie a hundred times over the years. I know all the songs, I know all the words, and yet I can continue to watch it and like it. The blu-ray made everything so clear and the commentary is very enlightening with Walt's own words. A master of what animation could be, Disney was a genius in giving us a new form of feature film with this one, and I can see why it continues to be a classic. a feat in and of itself.

Jenny - RATING: 3/5
For our first AFI Top 100, we watched Snow White, which might have been brilliant in its time but really its not Disney's best. There was a lot of movie that was a break through in animated film making and watching the blu-ray with Walt's commentary makes you realize how much truly went into making this film. For me, I thought the movie itself was very slow moving doesn't hold me or capture me but does have an awesome villain.

Jerry Maguire (1996)

Jenny - RATING: 3/5
Not that I would want to watch this again, but it wasn't all hideous. I definitely do no think Cuba Gooding Jr. should have won the best supporting actor award for this because I didn't see this as that much of a stretch for him as an actor. Tom Cruise still lacked personality, but the story was pretty good which is why it gets bumped to 3 stars... But I probably could have waited another 10 years to see this movie and not have felt like I was missing anything. It's a very over-rated movie.

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