Spanglish (****)

It was very refreshing to see that Adam Sandler was playing a different character than his usual goofball type. He was sporting goofy hair but besides that I think the character was original and down to earth in a very caring kind of way. This movie was done beautifully and it truly succeeded in showing the struggle of two cultures trying to come together. Spanglish explored many aspects of the inner workings of the social melting that a growing Latino population in the US is going through. While the culture focused as its title suggest the fusing of Spanish and English, it does a lot more. Most importantly and where the movie really shined was in showing that while two cultures can be worlds a part, the basic core values of love and respect are beyond language barriers.

The movie was written by James L. Brooks who did an spectacular job at entertaining while opening a little window to the character’s life and idiosyncrasies. He is a well known producer of both TV and movies, from the Simpsons, which btw are going to step into the big screen on 2008, to movies like As Good as It Gets and Jerry Maguire. I say the guy has a good sense of comedy.

The cast did an excellent job all around. I cannot think of any of the characters that lacked in any way, if anything they all did a job that helped each other’s performances. Paz Vega played the struggling immigrant and overprotective Hispanic mother convincible. Tea Leoni and her neurotic flare was hilarious, she made you almost want to yell at the screen “would you shut up already.” Shelbie Bruce who played Christina, not dominated both languages but in a very difficult scene where she had to be the interpreter of no only words but emotions in a serious exchange between Sandler and Vega. It was awesome to see such a young child do a very difficult scene seem not just credible but natural… what is more important the scene cracked me up.

This movie is for everyone, and it is a very good family movie with messages in tolerance, love and unity. Go rent it and laugh in both Spanish and English.


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War of The Worlds 2005 (***)

Sure, I am overoptimistic at times, but this movie was the definition of jaw dropping when it came to special effects. My expectations were not that high, which always helps when watching a movie. The beginning of the movie was somewhat slow, but it kept me interested enough to fill the lame character buildup. At times I was too aware that I was a movie theater, which I dislike when I am watching a movie. As I started to wander if it was just that I think Cruise is a bad actor at time, the first tripod burst out of the ground and for the rest of the movie every single action sequence had my full attention. *Spoilers*
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Batman Begins (***)

I want to give Batman Begins the full 4 stars because overall I enjoyed the movie, but the action scenes really did not meet my expectations. I say wait for a Saturday night rental instead of watching it at the theater.
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Madagascar (****)

Why is it getting the full Logtar endorsement? Well because it is hilarious and it has booty shaking. Watching a bunch of furry animals jam to “I like to move it, move it” is one of the coolest and funniest things I have seen in a movie in quite some time. This scene really fit the music, kind of like the opening scene in Blade with its bass pumping in the background or the opening scene in any StarWars movie with the credits rolling.

The movie has a great story, the main characters are hilarious and on queue with the action. David Schwimmer is hilarious as the hypochondriac giraffe, Ben Stiller makes an excellent Alex the Lion and the confused Zebra by Chris Rock is pure laughter. This movie really competes with Shreck in the comedy animation movie department, I would even venture saying that in some levels it tops it. The hippo voiced by Jada Pinkett Smith was funny but not innovative, I found it at times lacking but it did not disrupt the flow of the movie.

If you have kids, take them to the movies; you will not be disappointed. If you don’t have kids, then I will forgive you if you wait to just rent it.

Logtar’s Rating System
* Don’t bother
**If there is nothing else in the video store
***Rent it for sure
****Go watch it in the theater today, or buy the DVD
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Star Wars – ROTS (***)

I really liked this movie. I am sure that a lot of people are overanalyzing the movie to pieces, but I honestly believe this was the best movie in the prequel trilogy. The special effects were pretty good, the story picked up a bit in terms of acting, and it also stayed true to the story line. I like the fact that Lucas did not try to make things more complex but showed the progression of the characters towards what they become in the next movie.

What better way to end the prequels than to set it up for the next chapter without some strange attempt at an evil twist? Some say that he had to fit everything into the story, but in reality he could have done something different or centered the movies on other characters. The StarWars universe is that, a universe, and he had endless possibilities.

My only disappointment was the killing of the Jedi. I know that they were betrayed, but Jedi’s rock, I would have liked to see them fall after tearing half of the clones that were attacking them apart. The movie was already long but I would have put aside the awkward love scenes for more Jedi butt kicking.

My all time favorite moments in the movie came thanks to R2D2. He rocked the movie not just providing comic relief but seriously kicking butt. I cracked up when he comes into the room as in we are saved, but then you find out that he was just being chased. That was hilarious.

The saddest moments in the movie were thanks to Darth Vader. It was sad for me to see that he chose that path; it was a nice build up to what he becomes. I do not fault the actors for the script, and even though this was a lot better than the past 2 prequels, it was still not awesome.

I say go see it if you have not already. You might know exactly what is going to happen, but hey everyone also knew the Titanic was going to sink. So go see Yoda kick some butt.

Logtar’s Rating System
* Don’t bother
**If there is nothing else in the video store
***Rent it for sure
****Go watch it in the theater today, or buy the DVD
—–

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