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Sabrina (1995)

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Sabrina (1995)

Director:

Sydney Pollack

Starring:

Harrison Ford

Julia Ormond

Greg Kinnear

Plot:

An ugly duckling having undergone a remarkable change, still harbors feelings for her crush: a carefree playboy, but not before his business-focused brother has something to say about it.

Review:

Harrison Ford plays Humphrey Bogarts character perfectly. Neither man is any good at romance and it’s actually kind of funny to watch them try.

I like this version more, I think, than the original. Mainly because she doesn’t try and kill herself over a boy. She does mope and generally act like a love sick cow, but she matures and seems to recognize that she’s being ridiculous.

I do not agree with the plot synopsis that she was an ugly duckling, cause she wasn’t. It was the 90s, that’s how teenagers dressed.

Good movie, I like the story, and I like that the side characters have a little bit more going on in this one.

4/5

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Starring:

Harrison Ford

Cate Blanchett

Shia LaBeouf

Plot:

Famed archaeologist/adventurer Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones is called back into action when he becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls.

Review:

I do not hate this movie like most everyone else does. There are lots of over the top moments, but Indiana Jones has those. Personally there was about one too many, but oh well. I liked that it was about Communists since that works better with the time line, I liked that Indiana Jones had a son, though, I could have done without Marion.

My husband likes to randomly put this movie in, mainly because he doesn’t hate it like everyone else either and he likes to point out all the reasons why it’s not bad.

This didn’t ruin my childhood, it didn’t make me angry, it was just there, and it was nice to be back in the world.

3.5/5

The Expendables 3 (2014)

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The Expendables 3 (2014)

Director:

Patrick Hughes

Starring:

Sylvester Stallone

Jason Statham

Jet Li

Harrison Ford

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Mel Gibson

Wesley Snipes

Dolph Lundgren

Randy Couture

Terry Crews

Kelsey Grammer

Antonio Banderas

Plot:

Barney augments his team with new blood for a personal battle: to take down Conrad Stonebanks, the Expendables co-founder and notorious arms trader who is hell bent on wiping out Barney and every single one of his associates.

Review:

It sucks that this movie got leaked, but then it sucks that they screwed over their fans and made the movie PG-13. I don’t expect much of a story from an Expendables movie but I do expect lots of blood, action, and violence. When the best part of the movie is the dialog you know that something is wrong.

The best parts were Kelsey Grammer, Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford, and Antonio Banderas. The kids might not have even been in the movie, though if they weren’t we wouldn’t have the awesome scenes with Grammer. I wasn’t expecting much from Banderas but he was crazy and not what I had anticipated. I expected more from Snipes, but apart from the beginning, he was barely in the movie.

Evidently the original cut was four hours long but obviously it couldn’t be that long so they cut a bunch. At least I hope that’s what it was, because there were a lot of parts where it was just what the hell? They had a dude for half an hour just jumping up an elevator shaft. They’d just cut to him randomly.

There are a lot of people in the Expendables movies but unlike the Avengers movies they have a hard time finding a good balance with characters. That’s actually something I wish they had done with these, have build up. One movie shows off how much of a badass this character is and then another movies does the same with another and then they team up to kick even more ass. But that hasn’t been done so I should just get over it.

I really liked the first two Expendables movies, they were on the cusp of being awesome and with each one they just fell a little short. They suffered from too many quick cuts, poor editing, and bad CG. This one had that times a hundred. My hope is that they cut a lot to get a PG-13 rating and that when the extended cut comes out on Blu-ray I get a better movie.

3/5

Ender’s Game (2013)

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Director:

Gavin Hood

Starring:

Harrison Ford

Asa Butterfield

Hailee Steinfeld

Plot:

Young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formics, a genocidal alien race which nearly annihilated the human race in a previous invasion.

Review:

So I read Ender’s Game before I knew anything about Orson Scott Card’s politics. The book was amazing and I told anyone who would listen to read it. Now I look for it in used bookstores because I would love to own it but I don’t want to give money to Card. Oh well.

I was wary of the movie because as every reader knows Hollywood almost always crushes our preciouses with their CG and incomprehension of what really makes the book amazing.

Maybe it’s because I haven’t read the book in a couple years but I thought the movie was pretty good. It wasn’t amazing but it wasn’t the horrible piece of crap I thought it was going to be. I guess all I really need to do is go into a movie with super low expectations and I will more often be pleasantly surprised.

I did think they should have cast someone even smaller in the roll of Bean. And I don’t remember there being a romantic relationship between Ender and Petra. Maybe I was reading too much into it.

3/5