L’Auberge Espagnole (The Spanish Apartment)**

What can I say about this movie. Lets start with the positive, the movie has a good story line, it also have a couple of very LOL moments and the overall humor is good. Now my beef with it is the poor subtitling. I can understand some of the issues it has, but not in the DVD release. I think by that time all of those should be worked out.

If you ran out of movies to rent on your netflix que check it out, or if you speak either French or Spanish the movie is actually good. For an English speaker that is not fond of foreing coming of age films, stay away.

—–

buy at Amazon.com

The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown

Books have been an important part of history, well some facets of history itself begin with books or written records. Literature is very important to me and I have a teacher to thank for that… but that is a whole other post.

The DaVinci Code is a book that was recomended by a coworker, besides I had been hearing a lot about the book in the news and such so it was a book I really wanted to read.

At first I was somewhat taken back by the subject, should I be offended as a Catholic or a Christian? but then I thought, my whole life I have liked things that are thought provoking. Also I needed to remember that even thought there are tons of factual things on the book it is still just fiction.

I do have to say that by the end I loved the book, It is not only a very good read but it also has a lot of message within it. I say pick it up, read it and let me know what your take on it is.


buy at Amazon.com

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (**)

Starring Sean Connery, Naseeruddin Shah, Peta Wilson, Tony Curran, Stuart Townsend, Shane West, Jason Flemyng, and Richard Roxburgh
Incredible technology wielded by a mind of infinite evil is threatening the safety of the entire world. To fight the unthinkable, the British government will have to mobilize the extraordinary. This team — The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen — is the only thing standing between the future and total destruction. (20th Century Fox).

Well, this movie is defenetly a rental. The movie starts with the promise of being excellent. With good characters that could have been a lot better if they all had their own movie. I think the concept of a league works if the characters have already been developed and you can get right into the action. Like Blade teaming up with Spiderman and Daredevil. But in a single movie introducing 6 or 7 main characters just does not do justice to any of them. Granted most of them are notorious figures in literature, but what is interesting to me in this type of movies is the portrail of such known characters.

The movie has some decent scenes with good special effects, martial arts and gun fights. But there is really not a good story to hold it all together. The DVD has soome good behind the scene features but a rental will suffice.

—–
Logtar 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
—–

buy at Amazon.com

The Butterfly Effect (***)

The critics say this movie sucked… I think it was actually pretty good.

In brieft…
Starring Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Kevin Schmidt, Melora Walters, Elden Henson, Eric Stoltz, John Patrick Amedori, and William Lee Scott

Evan Treborn (Kutcher) has lost track of time. From an early age, crucial moments of his life have disappeared into a black hole of forgetting, his boyhood marred by a series of terrifying events he can’t remember. Determined to do something now that he was incapable of doing then, Evan purposely travels back in time, his present-day mind occupying his childhood body, in an attempt to re-write history and spare his friends and loved ones these traumatic experiences. By altering the events of the past, Evan hopes to transform the present. (New Line Cinema)
—–
Logtar 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
—–

I would like to start with my movie review disclaimer. I go to the movies to be entertained and hopefully be told a cool story, I do not overanalize things or try to find holes or mistakes neither in the plot or the production just to be entertained.

Ok this movie was great. I think the story really hits home with everyone that might have tought at one point or another, what would it be like if I could change the past. The think I like the most about the movie is that in the end it shows you that regreting the past is pointless, because what can assure you that if another path was chosen of a different decision was made, it would all be better. I do not want to spoil it but just say that my only complaint is that the ending was somewhat weak. I say it is not a go to the theater movie but definetly a rental.


buy at Amazon.com

Wow, one of my fav books made it to Oprah’s book club


buy at Amazon.com

One Hundred Years of Solitude is not only the book that won Gabriel Garcia Marquez world wide recognition, it also introduced Magical Realism, a new way of writting. This book is sometimes misunderstood by people when they read it due to its complexity and array of characters sharing names. This is a most read. It has not only been translated all mayor languages now it has made it to Oprah’s book club… here is what amazon said.

Oprah continues to share her love of the classics with her latest Book Club pick, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s epic novel of love and loss. Translated into more than two dozen languages, One Hundred Years of Solitude introduced Latin American literature and magical realism to a worldwide readership.

Go to top