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The Godfather

August 08, 05 by kenrich

Last night I finally got a chance to sit down and watch the Godfather for the first time. Not only was it the director’s cut, but it was on TV so instead of just being 3 hours long, it made the movie 4 hours long. It was okay though because I was working on a plan for a new business at the time and I needed all that time to think up new ideas.

I must say that it was a pretty remarkable movie. Especially considering the time when it was made (1972). Everybody always talks about how good Marlon Brando was in this film, but I really liked the performance of Al Pacino. I was nicely suprised to see that this film wasn’t loaded with violence like a lot of movies today. I’d heard about how gory and violent movies like Scarface were and I thought this was more in the same vein.

There’s a lot of interesting trivia about this film on the IMDB. For instance, the movie studio wanted to do a cheap production with the film set in the modern day (1972), but lucky for us Francis Ford Coppola stayed true to the Mario Puzo novel upon which the screenplay was based. I would give this film a perfect 5 stars – must see.

Movie Review: “Robots”

March 14, 05 by kenrich

I would definitely recommend the movie Robots to anyone who likes animated movies. This is a great movie for children to go see. While it is best suited to children between the ages 5 and 8, my two little ones thoroughly enjoyed it.

The quality of the computer animation is supurb, but I would expect nothing less from the people who brought us “Ice Age”. The story is excellent too. It follows the adventures of a young robot from a poor family as he follows his dreams to become an inventor and work with the most famous inventor of his time, “Big Weld”.

He becomes a hero to the masses first by helping repair his fellow robots and then freeing them from the tyranny of corporate greed. The evil robot Ratchet usurps control of the largest (and only) producer of replacement parts. He then forces poor robots to “upgrade” or become “out moded” and thus, scrap junk.

I waited for some additional animation after the end of the credits for the first time after missing it three or four times before. Despite the “to be continued…” message after the introductory animation short (that precedes the movie), there was NOTHING at the end of the credits. Bummer, guess I’ll have to wait for the DVD.

About Movies and Stuff

February 28, 05 by kenrich

Sorry, it’s been a while since I’ve made a blog entry. I’ve been relaxing more than often lately. This weekend I went out to eat with my parents again. I can finally say that everyone in my family has gotten over the flu bug or whatever it is. My girls spent the night at my parents night last night (which is the first time in a few weeks).

I watched the oscars last night and everything went pretty much as predicted. The one unknown was who was going to win best picture. My wife thougth “The Aviator” would win (but she hasn’t even seen the movie yet.) She had me convinced so I was a little surprised to see that “Million Dollar Baby” won.

After the flick I watched the movie “Collateral Damage” which was airing on TV. I would rate it a pretty good movie and worth seeing if you can see it for free. I’m really behind on the movies I have seen – I am going to try to start taping more shows off of TV and watching them when time affords. And by taping, I mean recording with my Replay TV – definitely worth the money to invest in a DVR and Replay TV skips commercials automatically so you don’t even have to hit a button on your remote.

House of the Flying Daggers

January 06, 05 by kenrich

I would recommend seeing “House of the Flying Daggers”, although it is not quite as good as “Hero”. The story centers around a small regional army patrol chasing after a renegate group called “House of the Flying Daggers”. The group is wanted by the government because they have been stealing from the rich and giving the money to the poor (a la “Robin Hood”). The story takes place during the decline of the Tang Dynasty in China circa 859 BC.

The story is very well written but you don’t have the sense that you are watching a grand epic (like in “Hero”). One of the reasons for this is that there is no huge battle scene in the movie. The biggest battle is about 30 people against 2. Despite this, there is some great cinematography and the sets and costumes are great.

Zhang Ziyi is excellent as a member of the “House of Flying Daggers” who infiltrates a dance troupe. The fight sequences evoke memories of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and focus almost exclusively on sword play. This is a very good movie which doesn’t give you too much gratuitous violence and sex. I give this movie 8 out of 10 stars.