Sunday, August 13, 2006

The Critic's Corner

I haven't had much to blog about lately. It seems like sometimes you just have an uneventful week with not much going on. We had one of those weeks! So whenever we don't have anything to do, we usually end up watching a movie. We have a Blockbuster Online membership and we love it! We pay $10/month for them to mail us one movie at a time, unlimited for the month. It usually ends up being 4 movies/month considering that you have to mail the movies back and forth. And then we get two coupons for in-store rentals. So, we usually watch about 6 movies a month so that we will get our moneys worth! (We would really only have to watch about 3 movies to get our money's worth - good deal!)
Anyways, I'm not much of a critic, but I thought I would rate the past 5 movies we have seen. Maybe it will help you decide if you want to see them or not. But don't get mad at me if I like the movie and then you hate it! Sometimes I tend to like a lot of movies even if they aren't very high quality films. :) If you want to read more about the movies, go to ! And I want to hear about the last movie you have seen and if you liked it or not!

#1 THE CAVE (Bloodthirsty creatures await a pack of divers who become trapped in an underwater cave network.)

I give this movie 2.5 out of 5 stars. It was an OK movie. It left me thinking about monsters while I was trying to fall asleep!

#2 THE BENCHWARMERS (A trio of guys try and make up for missed opportunities in childhood by forming a three-player baseball team to compete against standard little league squads.)

I give this movie 1 out of 5 stars. It was a pretty dumb movie. I give it one star because there was one funny character (a guy who is afraid of the sun - you'll have to see it to understand, but since I only gave it one star I don't know if you'll watch it now!) .

#3 AIRPLANE! (An airplane crew takes ill. Surely the only person capable of landing the plane is an ex-pilot afraid to fly. But don't call him Shirley.)

I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars. We watched this movie in Liberty Lake, WA at the outdoor theater in the park. It's a movie from 1980, one of those comedies that is so strange and crazy that it's really funny.

#4 GLORY ROAD (In 1966, Texas Western coach Don Haskins led the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the NCAA national championship)

I give this movie 3.5 out of 5 stars. Pretty good flick!

#5 FAILURE TO LAUNCH (A thirtysomething slacker suspects his parents of setting him up with his dream girl so he'll finally vacate their home.)

I give this movie 3.5 out of 5 stars. I am a total sucker for romantic comedies! And of course, like almost every husband, Tom hates them. But, I thought this was a cute movie.

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Jenny said...

I just saw Failure to Launch while Chris was out of town. I would also give it 3.5 stars. It was cute but not great! I need to see the movie Airplane.

Anonymous said...

Last movie I saw was "Captain Newman, M.D.," (1963) starring Gregory Peck, Tony Curtis, Angie Dickinson. Saw it on Turner Classic Movies. It was a good movie, rated 6.9 on IMDB. Even more interesting, after that movie they played a documentary on his life, "A Conversation with Gregory Peck," produced by his daughter. That was very interesting. We stayed up until after midnight watching it and that is unusual for these two old people!

Anonymous said...

I have been trying to get everyone to watch "Snow Walker", but no one will. It is about a bush pilot in the Yukon Territory who has to give an Eskimo girl a ride to the nearest hospital. It is a 5 out of 5 and should be on the top 100 movie list!

Topher said...

Momma K, I can't tell you how many times I've picked up Snow Walker when we're looking for a movie to rent and Jenny says "no that looks dumb". She will for sure say "nuh uh, you've never said you want to see that." But I have.

I can't believe Pop hasn't seen a movie since 1963. He needs to get out more.

Anonymous said...

We watched "The Magnificent Seven" with Dave and Mel last night. I had never seen it. It was a good old movie, which I think, Topher, was even older than 1963. Was interesting to see some of the "greats" in their younger days; Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, James Coburn, etc.

Tom said...

The Mag.7 is a great flic, one of my Dad's favorites, if you would have grown up in my home Pop you would have seen that movie many many times as well as any other old westrens, my dad is not like you (watch a movie only one time) I think he's seen Lonesome Dove (his favorite show) about 15 times which adds up to about 15 whole days since it's such a long series.

Anonymous said...

Sorry I'm just now reading this, but Frank, speaking of old westerns Clay's all time favorite show is Cowboys a classic John Wayne and he's only three(the best of critics!!) And he has way past up "Pa's" record of 15 times I think he's watched day after day for about 2-3 months!!!!