Cheaper by the Dozen – (***)

Starring Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Piper Perabo, Tom Welling, Hilary Duff, Kevin Schmidt, Alyson Stoner, and Ashton Kutcher…A comedy about family, loyalty and priorities. (20th Century Fox)

Great cast, the best family movie I have seen this year so far. At first I thought this movie would suck just because of the fact that Ashton Kutcher was on it, I really did not want to see him as the centerpiece of the movie… but he was not. Nothing against Ashton, I actually respect him as an actor a little more after The Butterfly Effect the first movie I reviewed in my blog. I had seen way too much of the Ashton gags in the trailer which for a lot of comedies seems to be where they waste the best gags. Now Steve Martin is someone that I am not too fond off, but he was actually really funny in this movie.

The movie centers on a family that has to relocate from the country to Evanston, IL a suburb north of Chicago. The film really illustrates the struggle that families go trying to balance careers and child upbringing, but on this one raised to the 12th degree by having 12 kids. It is an excellent family film that I would recommend. I think it is a definite rent it.

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Hellboy – (****)

Starring Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Jeffrey Tambor, Karel Roden, Rupert Evans, John Hurt, Corey Johnson, and Doug Jones
A supernatural action-adventure based on Mike Mignola’s acclaimed Dark Horse Comic series of the same name.

Hellboy is a close one as far is rating. It almost did not make the watch it in theathers four stars but it did. The story is pretty good and does make you want to read the comic, also the characters have the depth they need for the movie. My only complain about the movie is that they could have edited it to be a little shorter. It was getting long, never really boring but somewhat dragging in a couple of places.

The movie made my go watch it at theaters rating, because the special effects are solid. It is really visually impressive by keeping a comic book style of shooting as well as making everything realistic looking. Go check it out.

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The Prince and Me (****)

Starring Julia Stiles, Luke Mably, Ben Miller, James Fox, Miranda Richardson, Eliza Bennett, Alberta Watson, and John Bourgeois
Paige, a pre-med student from Wisconsin, is on the fast track toward her lifelong goals. Edward, the Crown Prince of Denmark, is trying to escape a life he never chose. Needing an escape from his royal life, Edward treks to Wisconsin and poses as “Eddie,” a college student. Now they’ve fallen in love and Edward is in line to become King. Paige has to choose between two dreams — becoming a princess or the doctor she’s always wanted to be.

I admit that I do like romantic comedies, not a total sucker for it, but if the story is good I will gladly watch it. The story moves along fairly quickly for all the information they try to fit into the story. The movie did not seem too long and it is a perfect date movie, hence my high rating. Now when this eventually comes out on video I would not rate it as a must buy but rather a rental for a cozy movie watching night.

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My beef with this movie came at the end. It is not that I was foolish enough not to expect a happy ending, but that the character of paige who was portrayed during the movie as a person that wanted to be ultimate humanitarian, I expected the movie to end with him going to look for her at some remote location on a rustic town where she would be providing free healthcare to children in need. But that does not totally ruin the movie or anythign, it just dissapointed me.

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The Boondock Saints (****)

Starring: Willem Dafoe(Paul Smecker), Sean Patrick Flanery(Connor MacManus), Norman Reedus(Murphy MacManus), David Della Rocco(David Della ‘Roc/Funny Man’ Rocco), Billy Connolly(Il Duce).

Most of you know how much I love movies… but it is actually rare that I can watch a movie over and over. Most movies to me lose some of their appeal after the first time you watch them. But Boodock Saints is going to make me not only chance my top five list, but also might just make the number one spot.

I watched this movie for the first time on Friday night and I have now watched it 4 times since then. If you have not watched the movie do so now… I do not want to ruin the plot too much because it is very simple. I am not sure why it did not make in into theaters; maybe it is the strong subject or that inability for people to deal with some facets of life, who knows.

I first heard about this movie from Jen one of my martial arts friends… but put it in the back of my head and did not rent it… this week Bogi made it a point to get it and we watched it… and since then I have been hooked. AEQUITAS – VERITAS. Dam I want a new tattoo now. It was actually funny cuz my friend Jen just got one this weekend… and on top of that she knows 12 other people that have gotten tattoos from the movie. Crazy, maybe a little but the movie is just that cool.

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**** UPDATE ****

Since there have been so many hits to the site in search for information about the movie I have decided to extend this post a little more and provide some links that will probably in the form of an FAQ Page and just a Little Tribute page. If you have a question go there first!

Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom

It is very rare that a book actually can move you to tears. I love reading because unlike movies you can actually use your own imagination to create the pictures that tell the story. Tuesdays with Morrie, makes you think about life and how you are living it. It poses a lot of questions that you should be asking yourself constantly. The book is a very easy read and very short, but in that limited space you enter a world where you get to see a very close relationship between a teacher and a student.

The student-teacher interaction was the first thing that made me want to read the book, but then the facing death part of it really captivated my attention. I am afraid of getting old, death is not really my biggest fear but more like not being able to take care of myself later in life. This books really helps you deal with those thoughts in very blunt way.

Morrie is a sociology teacher who is a wealth of applied knowledge. He has a way of being able to show you with his words the simple things that are in front of you but you do not quite see. I think you will be way better off reading the book than me trying to say how wonderful it is, or trying to explain the lessons inside it. There is also a movie about the book which I have at home but have not watched. I will be doing that really soon. The movie is supposed to be very close to the book and I would like to see if that is really true.

Another cool thing about the Author is that he has his own radio show in Detroit as well as a column in the Detroit Free Press, who would have thought that a sports writer that did not set to be writer in the first place could compile a book that has jumped into my top 5 list.



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