Movies with Cat, Frog & Koala

with regular guest appearances from P and Zeitgeist (and the occasional guest reviewer)

Here are our pithy thoughts ... Koala still can't decide if she wants to go with the star rating, the A+ rating system or the x out of 10 rating. Margaret and David we're not, but we certainly love our movies .....You won't find plot summaries here - just thoughts which are supposed to be pithy except for Koala who goes verbose sometimes .....

Last updated 22 December 2004

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About a boy
Cat's rating and comment: It’s really nice to see Hugh Grant playing a bastard again .. even if he manages to redeem himself by the end of the film. However, it’s absolutely frightening that his theory about splitting the day into units bears so much relevance to my own life .. maybe I’ll go get my hair cut today (that’s about four units) … 7 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: I really liked it - Hugh Grant film, based on the book by um the guy who wrote Fever Pitch and (ahh Nick Hornby is his name. I cannot remember the name of the other film) Hugh Grant was good, Jati found it hard to get into at the beginning but I have read the book and thought the pace was good and just like reading. 7 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: I normally don't like Hugh Grant but I really enjoyed this movie. I thought the development of Hugh Grant's character was very touching and the relationship between Will and Marcus was just gorgeous. The scene with the bread and the duck was hilarious! My favourite moments were the two respective Christmases, the montage of Marcus visiting Will's house and also the "Killing me Softly" scene. "The worst part was when they started singing with their eyes closed". Hee hee. 8 out of 10.
P's rating & comment: Huge Grant is kinda different in this film. I like his character-no need to do anything. The boy looked weird but lovable. I like Rachel Weisz but she didn't have much use in this movie. Overall, it's an enjoyable movie 7.5 out of 10.
Zeitgeist's rating & comment: Loved Hugh's hair and the eponymous "boy" was quite natural. None of that awful, too-large-eyed, cutesy US style kid in this film. Problem is, even the terrifically tonsured Hugh is still more of the same. Substitute "clueless about love till it smacks him in the face" (Four Weddings... Notting Hill et al) with "clueless about empathy for the others until it smacks him in the face" and you have this film. But I like a bewildered Hugh Grant, so 7 out of 10. Babe factor 7 out of 10 (for the hair). Did I mention Hugh's great hair?

A beautiful mind
Cat's rating and comment: I’d been avoiding seeing this because mental illness is never a pleasant subject matter bit I’m glad I got around to it. Excellent performances from the entire cast. Nice to see Paul Bettany pop up (last seen by me doing a Chaucer impersonation in Knight’s Tale), and Josh Lucas in the background as well. I guess true mathematics doesn’t make interesting films and they had to glam it up a bit so I’m sure this was inaccurate. The effects used to show reality and Nash’s reality were excellent. 8 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: to come?
Koala's rating and comment: probably won't see it ...
P's rating and comment: When watching these true story movies, you have to accept the fact that they would glorify that person. If you can get around that, then you can enjoy the movie much more. Russell Crowe is great. The direction is good. I like movies happening in schools and universities. 8 out of 10.

Almost Famous
Cat's rating and comment:Loved the music. The characters were interesting but a little self-indulgent. The narrator was lovely and I quite liked Penny Lane but they all seemed to be a little lost. Maybe that was the point. 7 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Very fun, very silly, very enjoyable. So long since I watched it but it was interesting. I loved the mother "Don't do drugs" letting her children have that freedom but still being embarrassing to them. Aren't all mothers like that! 7 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: We saw this movie because the movie we wanted to see was sold out. I wasn't looking forward to it, but I ended up quite liking it. Favourite moments were Penny Lane demanding piteously: "Why doesn't he love me, why doesn't he love me?" (haven't we all been there?) and of course the beautiful bus scene when they sing Tiny Dancer. Make sure you check out the hilarious Dave Grohl version too. 6 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: Saw this movie because it was well received by critics and i always like films with lots of character development. This one however I thought wanted to be a lot deeper than it really was. Didn't find any of the characters particularly likable and I found it all dragged on and the audience was supposed to be moved but.. nyer. 5 out of 10.
Zeitgeist's rating & comment: I loved this film, even if it was a bit over-long. Kate Hudson is a luminous beauty and Billy Cruddup has enough "woohoo" sex appeal to make him watchable. Our hero/narrator was also good and Frances McDormand is, as always, excellent. Many great scenes: Billy at the suburban kids' party... gay confessions on the crashing plane... But the best scene (and one of my favourites in all film actually) is the tour bus scene where they all sing "Tiny Dancer". Lyrical and emotional. A fantastically simple but effective way to emphasise the power of music to move us. Elton never did it so good. Score 8 out of 10. Babe factor 6 out of 10 (I don't go for the long-haired rock star look).

Amelie
Cat's rating and comment: Jean-Pierre Jeunet has such a lovely sense of humour and his films all have
a sense of wonder and the ridiculous. This film brought a smile to my face.
9 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Finally saw this on video.. very weird and strange and interesting and intriguing. Loved the gnome bit. Very enjoyable, and lovely to watch someone try and change the world. 7 out of 10.
Koala's rating & comment: I shouldn't rate so many films so highly this early in the year but there have been some fantastic ones. Audrey Tatou is absolutely adorable as the wide-eyed Amelie who discovers a toy box hidden in her bathroom and decides to do good deeds and change the world. The movie has some hysterical comments / jokes, beautiful images, a wonderful soundtrack and an overwhelming optimism that makes you totally believe in soulmates all over again. I found this movie incredibly delightful. 9.5 / 10 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: I did actually enjoy this; a bit of a film about nothing but still very well done and rather humorous all round. Characters all were quite likable and it also did have a very strong French feel to it (other than the language) the general shots were very well done. 8.5/10
P's rating and comment: The main plot is not special at all. But all the bits and pieces are very good. I particularly like the guy who takes instant photo everywhere. The twist is surprising and you would smile when you think back.9 out of 10.

America's Sweethearts
Cat's rating and comment: Disappointing. I like the actors and the set-up was kinda fun … I guess I was just expecting more. It wasn't terrible. 6 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: I was looking forward to seeing this film and I was sorely disappointed. A great cast which just did not deliver. The jokes were forced and overdone and there was just no chemistry between any of the characters and I usually love John Cusack films. 3 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: Catherine Zeta Jones is getting really good at playing a bitch. This movie was cute but not as good as it should have been considering how great John Cusack can be. 6 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: Haven't seen it.

Anger Management
Cat's rating and comment: Big belly laughs. I guess I’ve seen way too many movies in my life because I always find myself saying ‘I knew where this was going’. But I guess that’s part of the charm of it … to know where it’s going but still enjoy the getting there. Adam Sandler plays the drippy, sweet character he plays so well. Jack Nicholson plays the maniac HE plays so well. It’s a nice combination. Some cringey moments but lots of laughs. 8 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Haven't seen it.
Koala's rating & comment: Haven't seen it.

Antwone Fisher
Cat's rating and comment: This is a nice gentle film about a Navy Seaman who is sent to a psychiatrist (Denzel Washington) after he attacks a NCO on board ship. At first he refuses to speak but gradually he reveals his story and starts coming to terms with it. The film starts with a dream and ends with the dream becoming reality. Fantastic performances from Derek Luke & Denzel Washington. Derek Luke’s first film role. 9 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Loved this film, so sweet so lovely and except for the horrible old north shore stuck up (*& it would have been great. The movie reminded me of a book I had been reading recently about a child being abused. So sad that this goes on in the world, all hidden away. A beautiful film about redemption and finding yourself. Made me think about my mum too. Denzel almost gorgeous as always - I don't like him in moustaches but such a lovely actor and a great directorial debut! 8.5 out of 10
Koala's rating and comment: haven't seen it.

Bad Boys 2
Cat's rating and comment: More mindless thuggery & semi-automatic weapons fire!! All done in a highly entertaining way of course. I love Will Smith & Martin Lawrence in these roles. And the raid in Cuba and the escape to Guantanamo Bay were ridiculously over the top. Good, rollicking, stupid fun. 8 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment:to come.
Koala's rating & comment: Haven't seen it

Bandits
Cat's rating and comment: Liked the look of it. Liked the story. Liked the conclusion. Had some great elements. There's something about it that didn't quite hold together though .. can't put my finger on it. Enjoyed it. 6.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: A quite amusing film, with many bits that have you laughing and other bits you stare at the screen with disbelief and in other bits you remember you are watching a film. I was not totally engrossed in this film as I did remember it was always a film and the characters did not totally grab me. Defiantly a funny film and a good film to watch but.... there was something lacking. 6 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: Haven't seen it

Behind enemy lines
Cat's rating and comment: If it's a comedy I give it 9 out of 10. If it's an action film I give it 2 out of 10. Bloody hysterical .. watch out for the evil tracksuit, it's giving the tracker all his strength and genius. And why did the cute guy have to get shot so early on?
Frog's rating and comment: To come
Koala's rating & comment: My goodness - this movie was so hilariously bad. Keep an eye out for the Track Suit of Evil. Over the top acting, American propaganda and melodrama. Very enjoyable though. =) 6 out of 10.

Bend it like Beckham
Cat's rating and comment: I really enjoyed this film but I’m not sure what to say about it. Just proves that you should write your reviews regularly so you don’t forget your initial reactions. Laughed a lot through this film. Loved the cultural clash, the costuming, the relationships and the soccer. Definitely a feel-good film. 9 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: About an Indian girl in England wanting to play soccer and having to deal with her families prejudices and societies pressures and assumptions about girls who play sport. It also looks at her friend and the pressure she copes with in her family. Very funny! Everyone I know who has seen it has enjoyed it and laughed all the way through it. Don't leave until the credits have finished! Second film I have enjoyed by this director and here's to many more to make me laugh and even enjoy watching soccer (now that's a feat!) 9 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: Loved it - it was hilarious. I saw it in a theatre in HK full of Chinese who couldn't stop laughing. I loved all the characters, the parents were hilarious and the coach had the most heavenly eyes .... :) Looking at Pocket's review, I feel like repeating that I really loved it. :) I also found the relationship between the father and daughter really touching - and got all choked up and teary-eyed! 9 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: I thought this was a nice movie, it was cute, the characters were likable but on the whole... I found it a bit overrated. Why was this such a hit? What made everyone thing this movie was so great? I mean it's true it addressed certain issues in a comical way... and I did smile abit...Probably the victim of overhype again for me. It was a good flick and ok I am always a sucker for girls in knee pads with abs... not enough for me to NOT bring the overall average down with a 6.5 out of 10. 10/5/03 - I watched this again and found it actually more entertaining the second time round- not really sure what made it different but i'm going to be a little more generous and amend my rating to 7.5/10

Big Wednesday
Cat's rating and comment: haven't seen it yet.
Frog's rating and comment: haven't seen it yet.
Koala's rating & comment: haven't seen it yet.
Ripple's rating and comment: This was one of the first surf culture films and others like the Keanu/Patrick Swayze vehicle Point Break owe a lot to it (especially as Gary Busey was in both). Also starred Billy Katt - later of Greatest American Hero fame and Jan-Michael Vincent (prolific B-grade actor). Follows the lives of 3 close friends from the early 60's into the 70's as we slowly watch their lives change and they drift apart - reunited for what is probably the last time they'll all be together - to surf the biggest waves seen on their break in 100 years (hence the title - it was Wednesday and the waves were really... big ;). My only criticism is that the film spends a little too long establishing the friend's teenage relationships when a little more depth at the other end of the film would have rounded things off. The surfing cameo by Gerry Lopez, and surfing footage generally, was awesome. 7 out of 10.

Birthday Girl
Cat's rating and comment: This was kind of bizarre and unusual. Nicole Kidman is really choosing some interesting roles at the moment. Ben Chaplin was lovely. 8.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Nicole Kidman, Ben Chaplin, interesting, gripping, weird, definitely interesting and intriguing. I can only use adjectives to describe this film because well if I said too much I would give away too much but let me just say that for half the film Nicole either does not speak or speaks in Russian. She is very good in doing both and getting the point across. um 7 and a half out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: Haven't seen it - but own the dvd ...

Black Hawk Down
Cat's rating and comment: If you can ignore the reality of the situation this is a well put together war film. Good performances, lots of gritty reality, and confusing camera shots that make you feel that you know what war is all about (even if you've never seen an actual gun in your entire life). It's up there with Full Metal Jacket & Platoon. 7.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Very moving, just the sheer numbers of people against one or two men. Of course these one or two men were in the wrong place at the wrong time but as Koala says, ignore the propaganda and just enjoy it for what it is - a war film. I found it was interesting that even though the characters were not highly developed, you still cared for them. 8 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: Gritty, intense and very compelling. The soundtrack to this film is amazingly evocative and all of the acting is wonderful. I have problems taking Eric Bana seriously but all of the actors do a great job in this movie. Put aside the American propaganda and take in a very well made war movie. 8.5 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: No plot really to this movie but just tried to tell it as it was. I liked this movie, good performances all round, cinematography was great and soundreack was also well done. Agreed Eric Bana will always be one of the inferior 'Fast Forward' actors or the kickboxing nut in 'The Castle'. Nice how it didn't really give any crap "America the land of the free" and basically showed the film's content matter as "one big #$%up". Liked it. 8.5 out of 10
P's rating and comment: This movie has no plot and message. Just keep on shooting. I think this is a good example of anything that has shooting and is about war sells. The slow motion way of filming has been used in Gladiator and Hannibal already, can Ridley Scott think of something new? 5 out of 10.

Blade 2
Frog's comment: Wow Pocket did a long review on Blade 2
Koala's comment:
He certainly did. I won't be seeing it though - Pocket's already vetted it for me and it failed the Koala Gore / Impaling Horror Test.
Pocket's rating and comment:
X-Men was considered Marvel Comic's film saviour, but it is interesting to note the character of Blade was based around a 1973 comic book character from the popular comic book house. And now there's a sequel. I actually had read a spoiler to this movie and really was not expecting it to be very good at all. The plot sounded rather laughable and everything sounded all a bit gratuitous. Watching it, my opinion was justified- the plot was ridiculous and the acting was even worse. However I don't think anyone really goes to see these kind of films for good plot and acting, and thus what the movie lacks in storytelling it does make up in very very sweet looking costume and props design and some very fast paced action sequences that do leave your neck muscles tense at the end of each scene. Click here to read the rest of Pocket's review.
7/10
Zeitgeist's rating & comment: Look, you either like these sorts of films or you don't. I confess at the outset that I dig action films and vampire films, so action/vampire films go straight to my hind brain. Having said that it is gross and really violent, and suffers from logic (yes, yes not counting the vampires) and continuity issues. 6 out of 10. Babe factor 5 out of 10 (I don't dig Wesley and it was missing the pouty Stephen Dorff and the great Udo Kier).

Blue Crush
Cat's rating and comment: Again I have to say there was too much story before we got to the surfing. Standard storyline .. girl suffers set-back while following her dream of becoming a pro-surfer and has to overcome her fears while falling in love and fighting with all her friends. Hang on .. this sounds like and HSC English story .. anyway, it looked good, I liked the actors and the ending was realistic. 6.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: To come.
Koala's rating & comment: I had fairly low (ie extremely low!) expectations of this movie and was pleasantly surprised. A "triumph of the human spirit" surfing movie with girls, it has the advantage of having good music (notwithstanding the appallingly mysogonistic remix of Bananarama's "Cruel Summer"), great scenery and beautiful looking people. Kate Bosworth plays a wholesomely beautiful surfer chick competing in the Pipe Masters. Surfing footage was absorbing, support performances from her friends were believable although the younger sister was a very bad actress. Matthew Davis whom I loved in "Tigerland" and loathed in "Legally Blonde" puts in an attractive performance as a visiting quarterback with a huge wallet, questionable motives and a rather gorgeous smile. Drawbacks for me were the fact that Anne Marie is never really convincing as a female athlete who is committed to her sport and what could have been a rather sweet romance between the leads is tainted by (possibly intended) shadows of payment for favours. 6 out of 10.
Pocket's rating and comment: I wasn't that impressed with this movie, and really it's saving grace was Kate Bosworth (Who I think looks like a girl-next door-hot-chick-in-highschool version of Natalie Portman) who just looked.. well hot all the time in her bikini. Plot was sort of lame, she really wasn't very convincing as a surfer dedicated to her sport- Michelle Rodriguez didn't really fit in this role, she's made a name for herself as a scowling grrr kinda chick so it's kinda unbelievable they'd be friends. The scary thing is that other than Kate Bosworth, the only thing I really recall from this movie is one of the football player's display of his "la de da's" brrr. disturbing. 6.5/10

Bootmen
Cat's rating and comment: The dancing made up for the terrible script and clunky acting.Adam Garcia’s hair should have been given a separate credit.Good rollicking fun. 7.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Sophie Lee sux! She can't act for toffee but everything else was fun, love the boot stomping, could not stop stomping when I came out of the film in my
own boots. Makes you want to learn taps. Andy Garcia very cute and very fun watching the film. 7 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: I found it entertaining. The acting was a bit hit and miss but the dancing was a lot of fun. 7 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: I'm a sucker for movies with high energy dance sequences. forget the laughable acting and plot, and you don't really relate to any of the characters, but the tap dancing is VERY cool. entertaining braindead stuff. 7 out of 10.

Bourne Identity
Cat's rating and comment: Hee hee hee .. I probably should have written my review just after I saw this film. From what I understand it's a major departure from the book and was quite ridiculous in places. Good chewing gum for the mind, however, with lots of action and cool explosions. 6.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Big perve factor, lots of fast action, interesting and exciting and
exotic locations.... what more could a girl ask for? Bit silly in parts but very exciting, hanging edge of your seat stuff and who knew a mini could drive like that?? 7 out of 10.
Koala's rating & comment: I've finally seen this movie! I enjoyed it - I loved the eyecandy factor in terms of the European scenes. Matt Damon looked more attractive in this movie than he has ever looked and the fight sequences were great. I could not stand Marie the girl - she was panicky, pukey and wailey - definitely not Action Chick material. Nonetheless, I thought it was sufficiently suspenseful and well-acted. 7.5 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: Wasn't sure about this movie, I think it didn't quite know WHAT it wanted to be. I'd beg to differ on the "lots of action" bit with Cat. Not enough action really, but then not enough "oh now i get it" plot thickener to really be an intellectual thriller either. Matt Damon was good in his role, and the film was gripping enough to keep you to the end, but there wasn't enough to really make u feel satisfied. Worth seeing though Just for the few fight sequences that there were. 7 out of 10.
Zeitgeist's rating & comment: Bias at the outset: I will watch anything with Matt Damon in it. (even School Ties, hey I have it on DVD). He is (along with Ed Norton) the actor of his generation. This was a big change of pace for him and he handled it very credibly. Tight action sequences (loved the fight in his Paris flat) solid acting, great multilingual skills from Damon (hey I look for that stuff!). Could've been called "Drive Lola Drive"... Score: a solid 7 out of 10. Babe factor 9 out of 10 (go Matt go).

Bridget Jones's Diary
Cat's rating and comment: Really loved this film. Characters that were so real it became painful .. but in a good way. First film I think I have seen where the heroine looks like someone you might know. 9 out of 10
Frog's rating and comment: (wow I am behind in my reviewing) Hugh Grant a gorgeous bastard
Renee Z good representation of BJ though bit sad how they went on and on in the media how she had to put on weight for it. Like there is something wrong with being curveceous Colin Firth- stammering British cannot get to the point man - gorgeous and fun! Loved it, lots of fun! 7 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment:
I didn't think I'd like this one but was pleasantly surprised. I loved it. From her fear of being "destined to die alone and be[ing] found three weeks later, half-eaten by Alsatians" to her dislike of "smug married couples" - I thought Bridget was adorably hilarious. Colin Firth (with or without weird jumpers) was beautiful and the "It's raining men" sequence is just wonderful. I haven't laughed aloud in a movie so much in a very long time! I went in expecting to hate it - expecting a self-conscious, fatuous, Sex in the City wannabe, but discovered a wonderfully warm movie about a really appealing character who's delightfully honest. Hugh Grant's 'bastard' Mr Emotional F*ckwit character was so true to life that it was positively scary!!!! 9 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: I really expected to hate this, it was British and it was I thought going to be about a whining woman. It was always likened to Sex in the City, which Ithink is a really dumb show, so I went in with no real expectations. Instead I found it all very entertaining, it was very funny and you really find the character development and interaction both belivable and likable. There are no gratuitous Brit comedy screwball parts, alot of it is very refreshing and you really find yourself liking Bridget and wanting her to get her happy ending. Her friends are great, and the sequence where Colin Firth and Hugh Grant confront each other is glorious. 8 out of 10.

Bright Young Things
Rt. Hon. Darth Gervais Peregrine Simious, 3rd Lord Vader of Deathstar comment: This movie was wonderful to look at and listen to and faithfully recreated the Twenties/Thirties It People mileu of Evelyn Waugh's book, but it had a problem. Everything was just too spiffing and fun, the hoooray Henrys and Henriettas all had a wonderful series of larks and japes (with cameo after cameo of Great British Thespisans) and then ... well, then our hero, Adam Syme, thinks it all perfectly vile having blandly enjoyed it up until then. Up until that point there is not much to communicate a growing sense of unease with the artifice and unpleasantness of the bright world of the pre-WWII celebrocracy. For all Syme's artfully expressed revulsion in the Hon. Agatha Runcible's psychiatric ward there's not a lot of discomfiture apart from one thing, when Lord Balcairn, failed aristocrat and gossip columnist, gasses himself in his slummy basement flat (to no great consequence) for having been disinvited from all of the best parties. It's a perfectly spiffing film, with a major flaw, just like Adam Syme, who somnambulantly enjoys the antics of the Bright Young Things for far too long.

Bringing down the house
Cat's rating and comment: to come.
Koala's rating & comment: haven't seen it.
Frog's rating & comment: Steve Martin and Queen Latifah in a comedy about mistaken identity and two different lifestyles coming together. Quite amusing, laughed out loud, some stuff weird, but I must say my favourite bit was at the end when Steve Martin dressed up in some "homies" clothes and managed to get himself entrance to a very cool black night club and he has women wanting to dance with him. 7 out of 10
Pocket's rating & comment: haven't seen it.

Bring it on
Cat's rating and comment: I was waiting for Eliza Dushku to do more tumbles and beat a couple of people up (oh hang on, that’s that tv show I like to watch).. Fun is quite right, loved the Clover routines and the school spirit. 7 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: I assumed it was going to be another stupid teen movie but this was hilarious! Really enjoyed it - lots of fun 7 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: This movie was a lot of fun. I expected a lot worse so was pleasantly surprised. Don't forget I detest cheerleaders! This movie was energetic and sufficiently tongue-in-cheek that it never takes itself too seriously. Eliza Dushku's character was great. 8 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: I actually liked this movie a whole lot more the second time around - I am a cheerleading fan, I love all the stunts and the way the Americans can take it so seriously as a real competitive sport so i did expect alot from this film. However I am not a Kirsten Dunst Fan - I did find Jesse Bradford's character was a direct ripoff of Xander from Buffy, and having Eliza Dushku in it made it seem very Buffy-esque for a while, however there the similarities would end. On the whole I would have liked to see a lot more routines and dancing, but there are plenty of babes galore and all and all Igave it an enthusiastic 2 thumbs up;) 8 out of 10.

Bruce Almighty
Cat's rating and comment: Hee hee hee. I am not a big Jim Carey fan (big confession time) but this was very amusing. Even now if I think about the dog being ‘toilet trained’ I start giggling. Rather predictable but still highly entertaining. 6 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: to come.
Koala's rating & comment: haven't seen it.
Pocket's rating & comment: haven't seen it.

Bulletproof Monk
Cat's rating and comment: I’m not sure exactly why but this reminded me a lot of ‘The Golden Child’ (the one with Eddie Murphy having to rescue the little boy who is part of a Buddhist prophecy). Yun-Fat Chow is a Tibetan monk who has protected a sacred scroll for 60 years and now it’s almost time for him to find a successor. And of course because this is 21st century USA the successor is extraordinarily unlikely (Seann William Scott) and the interpretation of the prophecy is hysterical. Some lovely fight-scenes (would have been disappointing without them) and a generally cool-looking production. 7.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: to come.
Koala's rating & comment: to come.
Pocket's rating & comment: to come.

I capture the castle
Cat's rating and comment: A film with a heartbeat. Lovely eccentric English family growing up in an old castle. In walk two quite attractive American boys & turn their odd little existence upside-down. And yes, it IS Riley Finn (Marc Blucas) as Neil Cotton!! Rose Burns is great as the older, flighty sister. Tara Fitzgerald is wonderful as the artistic step-mother who dyes all their clothing green and stands naked in the rain. Just a fabulously warm & friendly sort of a film. 9 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Quite a sweet film and very faithful to the book. Very sad and gentle and the clothes very period costuming. Go you British costume dramas. I enjoyed that but didn't recognise it was Riley from Buffy til Cat told me at the end. Very sad ending but that is how it is in the book and glad they didn't change it to a happy ending. Bloody men cannot make up their minds who they like and expect a girl to let them bounce around and be waiting for them. 8/10
Koala's rating & comment: Finally saw this! I read the book ages ago and found it bittersweet then - found it bittersweet this time too...... Rose Byrne is so lovely but such a brat. I liked Riley, was a bit disappointed that he would go for the shallow sister, but there you have it. I can't take the guy who plays Elliot from ET seriously. :) I enjoyed this. 8 out of 10 for me.
Pocket's rating & comment: Haven't seen it.

Catch me if you can
Cat's rating and comment: What a fascinating story!! I'll have to read the book now. I liked the period look and the casting. It didn't take long to get an understanding of how differently banks operated in the sixties. 9 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: I am not a big Leonardo di Caprio fan but this role perfectly suited him, a youth caught up in things of his own devising but not sure how to get out of them. He is reliant on the tricks his father taught him and is obsessed with trying to get his parents back together, thinking if he gets their money back they can return to the lifestyle they were accomplished to having then his home life will return to being the happy homelife it was. Tom Hanks is great as the obsessive FBI agent pursuing him around the country, trying to arrest Leonardo's character. Based on a true story it is amazing at his audacity in getting away with being a pilot, doctor & lawyer. Some was good luck, some was sheer bull shitting and the rest was amusing at his study procedures. I would have enjoyed this film more except for the people sitting behind me having a loud discussion which kept distracting me. 8 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: I didn't really want to see this movie but ended up enjoying it. Leonardo di Caprio was surprisingly good and convincing in the role. I found Tom Hanks kind of annoying but that's because I don't like Tom Hanks. I thought the movie was a little bit long and slightly repetitive - in the sense that I found myself going: "Ok, yes I get it, he's doing another scam etc etc". Was that Jennifer Garner I saw? Anyway, 7 out of 10 for me.
Pocket's rating & comment: I liked this, although I couldn't help thinking that Leonardo di Caprio went to the "Tom Cruise School of acting" for this part. His little snickers and head nods and voice projection were all very Few Good Men-esque - I'm not saying that's a bad thing. The story was based on a real life thing and it's important to remember it is set in the 60's before you all go off thinking "wow is it that easy? cool!" Tom Hanks seems to still play himself regardless of whether he's wearing hornrim glasses or not. Same as Christoper Walken, and it makes you wonder if it's really that hard to be an actor? ;) 8 out of 10.

Changing Lanes
Cat's rating and comment:
Food for thought. I found this film a little disturbing. It's not hard to get so caught up in what you do that you lose sight of common decency so I found it easy to identify with these characters. The ending was not what I was expecting but still satisfactory. 8.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Probably won't see this.
Koala's rating & comment: Eww, I hated this. It was dark, depressing, bleak. One of those movies that tries to say - reality and being realistic means believing the worst about everyone and settling for being rotten because that's just the way it is. I prefer to stick to the unrealistic world of Middle Earth where there is always still hope. 5 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment:I actually liked this. I had NO idea what this film was going to be about so I found it compelling enough to get me in till the end (except that my DVD stuffed up and I had to watch bits of it to piece it together). I was expecting a much more grimmer ending - but it turned out ok. I thought Samuel L Jackson's portrayal was great. It's nice to see his versatility as a black actor - a far cry from 'Shaft' but then I'd like to see him do a Sidney Poitier for REAL scope;) Ben Affleck has yet to prove to me he can be anything other than.. the same role he always plays - likeable at times but otherwise annoying as hell and somewhat whiney with a goofy side. You'd probably expect Samuel L Jackson's character to do more to persuade Affleck's character to help him more with his case rather than just be immature and go "nyer nyer I got something you want". 7 out of 10.

Charlies Angels
Cat's rating and comment: Fabulous. Love seeing the girls doing all the good stunts.And great references to the series. 9 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: So much fun and even better to see them poking fun at themselves. A bit too much showing off cleavage and naked bodies for me but still all in all very funny 7 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: I really loved this movie. Found it entertaining, funny and I'm such a sucker for martial arts. 8.5 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: When they cast this I thought it sounded abit iffy, but the movie was great. Very entertaining stuff, had alot of pace, humour, likable characters, good soundtrack and mad stunts and wirework. 8.5 out of 10.

Charles' Angels 2
Cat's rating and comment: Again I was expecting a moderately weak sequel but was looking forward to some cool fight scenes and costumes. The beginning looked a lot like the Bananarama video for Venus and the helicopter thing was (*giggle*) just like a recent Bond. All in all I liked it!! In a lot of ways it had more substance than the first film (relatively speaking). So my overall rating is a good fun romp, more of the same girl-power thang, worth a look. 7.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: to come.
Koala's rating & comment: This was definitely not as fun as the first one. It took me a couple of goes to finish it. Forced, not so cute ..... 6 out of 10 .... Sorry gals.

Chicago
Cat's rating and comment: Highlights include ‘Cell Block Tango’, ‘Mr Cellophane’ and ‘When You’re Good to Mama’. I didn’t realise I knew this much music from Chicago but I guess that’s what comes from having friends in the amateur musical society circle. The performances were energetic, the staging was gorgeous, I loved the costuming. I’m confused by the categories used by the Oscar committee .. because I would say that Richard Gere is support to the two gals … 8 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Very enjoyable, I must admit I preferred it on Broadway where they
just interrupt into song as if it was normal like a typical musical while in the movie it is more dream sequences that it all takes place the songs and the dancing. Richard Gere was better than I expected. Very toe tapping and enjoyable 8 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: I liked "All that jazz", "Cell Block Tango (he had it comin'!!! ;)" and "Nowadays". Other than that, I hated all of the characters who were thoroughly unlovable!!! It looked great though. Pocket fell asleep about 1/4 of the way through. Very over-rated movie which did not deserve that many Oscars. The Two Towers was robbed, man. 5 out of 10.
Pocket's rating and comment: I never liked this play, the characters all are very unlikable and the music I find it to be somewhat..nothing spesh. And I am one who loves musicals; I couldn't see how the acting was anything to write home about either and...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz 3 out of 10

Chocolat
Cat's rating and comment:It was beautifully shot and a nice gentle story. I love the idea of chocolate with chillie and that people's personalities can be determined by the food they eat. 9.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Oh I was just craving chocolate throughout this movie, very sweet and lovely about how two people (and lots of chocolate) can change the people around them. Judi Dench wonderful 8 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: I loved Rachel Portman's score for this movie and it was a beautiful looking film with a great performance from all of the actors. Even though I'm not a fan of dark chocolate, I was sorely tempted by the delicious masterpieces on the big screen. 8 out of 10.
Zeitgeist's rating & comment: Not a big Johnny Depp fan, he's just too pretty. It gets in the way. But this was a gorgeous movie. Juliette Binoche had the perfect blend of sass, sincerity and self-doubt. Love the little bits of mysticism. The French countryside has never looked so good and it also features one of the greatest actors on the planet: Dame Judi Dench. 7 out of 10. Babe factor 5 out of 10 (sorry Deppsters!).

Confidence
Cat's rating and comment: I love a good triple-twist at the end of a film. Just when you think you have all the pieces in place they throw a spanner in the works. Reminiscent of ‘The Sting’ (one of my all time favourite films and the film that made me realise that Robert Redford is a spunk) and ‘The Grifters’. Walk into this film remembering you have to sort through the visual clues. Very likeable cast & a nice slick look. Dustin Hoffman is extraordinarily unlikeable in this role; slimy, horrible, irritating with the whole chewing thing. 9 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Andy Garcia was almost unrecognisable. Twists and turns so you had to keep guess and re-evaluating what you thought was happening, what was the grift? Who was being conned? Dustin convincingly repugnant, I had no sympathy for him at all. Glad that he didn't chew gum the whole way through the film or I would have wanted him killed. Fred Burns very clever and good acting. 8/10
Koala's rating & comment: Haven't seen it.
Pocket's rating & comment: Haven't seen it.

The Count of Monte Cristo
Cat's rating and comment: I quite enjoyed it. The costumes were nice. The sets were nice. There were some excellent sword fights. Guy Pearce was sufficiently evil. It's a great story. The last couple of minutes were horrid. 7 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: This film was pretty bad, not sure which is worse Josie and The Pussycats or this! Guy Pearce and the guy who played Villefort (James Frain) ponced around the film, acting more gay (ok that is sterotypical) than anything. I know Guy was supposed to be a sneering nobleman and looking down his nose at everyone and everything but he just looked like everything was a bad smell and terribly campy. The swashing and buckling was good and Mondego's wife's (Mercédès Iguanada)revenge was pretty cool but otherwise pretty boring and lacklustre. The best bit excitement I got was at the Count of Monte Cristo's party, not because he landed in a balloon but I thought I recognised the palace he was at. 4 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: To be frank, I was disappointed by The Count. It could have been so much more than it was. I like James Frain but he was badly used in this, Guy Pearce had some major Nostril Power going which I found extremely distracting. Furthermore, the sequence with Dumbledore in the prison was done so much better in Zorro with Anthony Hopkins. Where was the suspense? I never liked the lead - Jim Cavaziel or however you spell his name spends his whole time looking like a stunned mullet, staring vaguely into space and I know I'm being harsh but I was disappointed. Mercedes despite having the Padme Amidala "Haven't aged a day in a decade" syndrome was all right and the boy who played the son was cute. 5 out of 10.

Coyote Ugly
Cat's rating and comment: There was far too much story before they got to the dancing on the bar bit.Adam Garcia got to act a little and everyone got to live out their dreams. 7.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment:
This film was fun and silly, I saw something the other day that Andy Garcia's character was supposed to be a yankee but they changed it for him (was it his great dancing skills - which you don't see or his great acting skills - ditto) No it was fun, pouty lips and all from the lead character, gratuitous bar top dancing scenes and all in all fun songs to sing along to 7 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: Not a great movie, terrible storyline and acting but a guilty pleasure. The bar-top dancing was entertaining and the soundtrack was fun. Adam Garcia's character was also very lovable. 6.5 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: Gratuitous was the key word for this movie. Violet annoyed the hell out of me and her head and mouth were so big they looked like she was going to eat Adam Garcia's head. The bar dancing sequences made this film and they really just needed more of those. Good soundtrack though. Bridget Moynihan rocked;)7 out of 10.
Zeitgeist's rating & comment: Stupid film. Silly premise and painful acting (though Adam Garcia is cute in a wooden way). But I have just four words to say: Garcia on the bar, Garcia on the bar, Garcia on the bar (well, four words said 3 times...) 4 out of 10. Babe factor 9 out of 10.

Crossroads
Cat's rating and comment: It was a public holiday with very little on at the cinema. My friends refused to see the horror film I had suggested. So we decided to go have a giggle at Britney. So we snuck in after the lights went down and … Turned out we needn't have worried. Britney didn't keep breaking into song, the other characters got their share of the limelight, and it was generally quite entertaining. 7 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment:A very sugar sweet teen film with an incredible hottie male actor (lets just not talk about him being called Anson Mount) Britneyy Spears was not as bad as I feared it would be, full of gratuitous singing scenes and Brittany's midriff and what's with those sleeves? Very singable songs, very sweet film and not as bad as I feared. 6 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: Definitely one of those "not as bad as it could have been" gigs. True, the word "gratuitous" seems to sum up a lot of the film and you might emerge warbling schmaltzy songs like - "I'm not a girl - not yet a woman" while flopping around bizarre floppy sleeves but that's a small price to pay for the entertainment value. Britney's mid-riff should have received a separate credit in view of the extensive screen-time it received. Poor Cat had to endure my sarcastic sotto voce comments throughout the entire movie. I still can't believe that Cat & Frog were willing to see this but won't see 40 Days and 40 Nights with me. *pout* Hey Pocket - I bought the DVD :D. 6 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: No, this movie was crap. Even the 8 under 12 year old girls in the audience thought so. Redeeming points are seeing Britney dance around in her underwear at the beginning, and maybe see Britney dance around in.. well her underwear also near the beginning. Even the gratuitous karaoke bar singing sequence left me cold. Britney herself didn't do a bad job, just the movie's story was crap and really didn't do a whole lot for the entertainment side. Could have been a whole lot more fun. 3/10

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Cat's rating and comment: Beautiful cinematography. The action sequences were breath-taking and there was enough ambiguity in the ending for everyone to keep talking about it for months. Again, the girls got to do lots of fighting (there seems to be a theme in our films . . ) 9.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Beautiful, exotic, exciting, loved the mystical fantastical fighting
sequences 7 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: I love martial arts, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun Fat. I found it tragic and compelling and think it's just a sensational movie. Plus, I've always had a romantic soft spot for Xin Jiang province in China. Silk Road here I come!! 9.5 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: Love it. Great use of wirework, cinematography, the acting was superb and chicks who kick butt are awesome;) The story line was also quite compelling. 9.5 out of 10.

Daredevil
Cat's rating and comment:
Yay … more of my childhood on the big-screen. It’s nice that they’re working through them now that they have the technology to make them look good. I guess it had that weird unreal look to some of the leaping around sort of scenes that Spider-Man had but all in all it looked lush. The sensory deprivation tank was a nice touch. 9 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Knew nothing about this comic hero and did enjoy it (even with annoying giggly talking people - not us!) Sad though and so open for the sequal, cute sequence during closing credits. Bit silly, he tells us he is dying at the end and manages to go on and fight two other people and defeat them and swing around the city, so obviously when he was stabbed she did not get any vital organs but still he said he was dying so a bit silly. But I enjoyed it. 7 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: haven't seen it.
Pocket's rating & comment: Daredevil is a Marvel comic book character that has a small but loyal following - almost a poor man's Spiderman really. Hearing of him being translated to the big screen, given the success of X-Men & Spiderman - I had high expectations and found myself VERY disapointed. Ben Affleck was fine as a Matt Murdock - but the costume they stuck him in was bloody awful - his red leather bondage outfit was just wrong, looked incredibly uncomfortable and the worst part was the stupid mask - it's supposed to be a cowl, not a beanie pulled over the eyes! Reminded me more of Dumb Donald from Fat Albert than a super hero. The fight sequences went with the somewhat run of the mill wire style, with too much on the slo mo stylised camera angles. Casting Michael Clarke Duncan as Kingpin was fine, other than.. Kingpin isn't supposed to be some super duper fighter. Best thing about this was Colin Farrell's Bullseye other than giving him an ugly silly tattoo on his forehead rather than a mask. Jennifer Garner's Electra had potential to be a cool character but fell trap to the Hollywood curse of "I am a tough female character who by the end of the film becomes a wussy" 6 out of 10

Dirty Deeds
Cat's rating and comment: Definitely a fun film. I don’t know how historically accurate it was but I remember Weet-Bix packets like that from when I was a kid, I loved the old Qantas footage and the accents and expressions were great. The performances were great and the storyline interesting. 9 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: very Australian, very good, bit violent but very much enjoyed it. Bryan Brown and John Goodman, set in 1969, and the pokies and who ripped them off, seedy underworld oh and Sam Neil is in it as a bent cop. 8 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: haven't seen it yet.

Down with love
Cat's rating and comment: Lovely little retro hit. I adore those Rock Hudson, Doris Day romantic comedies. And that’s probably my only complaint; this was a little bit too knowing & hard edged to be a real tribute film. Although the telephone scene with the split scene was funny I sat up and thought ‘this is a bit out of place’ at that point. Renee Zellweger & Ewan McGregor are fabulous & had nice chemistry. I know it was a bit of a spoof but the explanation was a little long winded & ridiculous. On the plus side; Ewan has a lovely voice & the soundtrack was fabulous. The wardrobe was adorable. The side-kicks were a nice match (always important in these films). And it all ended happily despite any last minute hitches. Not quite as fabulous as I hoped but still highly entertaining. 7.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: I was not too enamoured with this (ha ha pun intended). It was alright, cute, a bit talky talk and not top of the line stuff from what we have seen. A bit over the top with all the innuendos. Cute ending but nyah, I could leave it or take it. 6/10
Koala's rating & comment: I had big hopes for this, but it was quite forced and the song sung by Renee and Ewan is almost painful to watch .... In fact, I just looked at Darth Husbandious' comment and despite a fierce loyalty for EM - feel that I have to say this was a little bit of a flop ... 6 out of 10. Sorry...
Pocket's rating & comment: Haven't seen it.
Darth Husbandious comment: Forced to watch this. My wife began to realise I wasn't enjoying it much when I unconsciously began to beat my head on the back of the seat about half and hour in. Contrived clap-trap.

Dreamcatcher
Cat's rating and comment: I was just thinking I haven’t seen an atrocious film for a long time and then I remembered ‘DreamCatcher’. Hmmm what shall I say. Stephen King is great at character details and that’s what’s good in this film. I like the four buddies and some of their moments together. The aliens and the violence were … well, completely gratuitous and gross. And the military were pretty two-dimensional (and I love Tom Sizemore & Morgan Freeman usually). A bit like ‘Signs’ … nice wrap up but overall pretty silly. 4.5 out of 10. Funny that such a terrible film has a longer review than some of my favourites …
Frog's rating and comment: Haven't seen it.
Koala's rating & comment: Haven't seen it.

8 Mile
Cat's rating and comment: I haven’t been a big fan of Eminem’s music but the film looked quite interesting so I was keen to see it. It was quite a good film. Eminem spent two hours wandering around looked stunned and confused but it was believable. The rapping duels were quite interesting even though these old ears had trouble picking up all of the words. I remember reading about ‘dozens’ when I was in university and this seemed to be the updated version of it. A lot more civilised than beating the crap out of each other but I guess there was a bit of that as well. The story was told in a well-known framework so it wasn’t hard to predict or to follow. I will say that, having grown up in the eighties when Kim Basinger was pinned to guys walls as the ultimate woman, it was slightly disturbing to see her playing a mother figure. 7 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Well I was not sure if I wanted to see this or not, thought it
might be interesting but not sure if I wanted to see it at the movies and I did enjoy it. Don't like rap music except occasional cross overs which are more songs than rap and occasionally eminem's songs do get stuck in my head and I get very annoyed. His acting skills aren't the greatest, he seems always slightly slow and the sex scene was a laugh, he looked very surprised as if not sure what was happeneing. But good flick. 7 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: Saw this on the plane and enjoyed it. Eminem was surprisingly good although I gather that the character he portrayed was quite different to the real mysoginistic guy he is in real life. The final "battle" was great, and I really do like the song "Lose yourself" even though I'm not a huge rap fan. 7.5 out of 10.
Pocket's rating and comment: Thought this film was good stuff. Eminem's film debut was definitely better than various other crossover movie stars - and the film was obviously trying to be "gritty" although after all that he goes through, Ifound the end result a little..anti-climactic? Kim Basinger plays trailer trash mom with convincing gusto - as does Britney Murphy as a do-anything-to-get-ahead tramp. Obviously the rap battles are the drawcard to this film and they definitely live up to the hype although it seems a shame the theme song "Lose yourself" didn't really make it INTO the film. 7.5 out of 10

Emperor's New Groove
Cat's rating and comment: Nice little morality play about an emperor learning not to be so self involved when he is turned into a llama by the evil witch. David Spade is hysterically funny, John Goodman is nice and gentle and I liked the animation style. 7 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: very cute and funny and sweet, who wouldn't want to be turned into a llama? 8 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: Thought it was cute - didn't love it, but maybe that was because Pocket talked it up too much. ;) I liked some of the music though - Run Llama Run is too cute. 7 out of 10.
Pocket's rating and comment: Thought this movie was great; reminded me alot of Lucasarts 'Day of the Tentacle' game. the humour is very in your face and off beat, lots of visual gags and sardonic wit. The simple plot is easily forgotten by all the fun in front of you. Animation is a lil loud, but it goes well with the storyline. Another hit from Disney. 8.5 out of 10.

Enigma
Cat's rating and comment: I heard the comment that this was terrible because it was like a BBC drama … I like BBC dramas!! The costuming was great .. I thought Jeremy Northam was excellent as the bad guy (lots of narrowing of eyes). And Dougray Scott & Kate Winslet were brilliant. Very enjoyable. 8 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Haven't seen this. [Comment from Koala: Frog are you sure you haven't seen this?]
Koala's rating & comment: I enjoyed this. A lot. A lot of people have criticised it, bagged it for not doing Alan Turing justice. People should just deal with the fact that it's a movie, it's a fictional piece - it's not pretending to be fact. Dougray Scott was wonderful as was Kate Winslet. Saffron Barrows does what she always does - looks beautiful, aloof and alluring and she was fine at that. All in all very suspenseful and well-told. 8.5 out of 10.

Equilibrium
Cat's rating and comment: haven't seen it.
Koala's rating & comment: I really enjoyed this film. Longer review to come. 9 out of 10. Click here for the transcript of the MSN discussion with Pocket on the movie. Warning: massive spoilers.
Frog's rating & comment: haven't seen it.
Pocket's rating & comment: Bloody awesome really, it had comparisons to Minority Report but I really enjoyed it a whole lot more. Kinda wannabe Brave New World at times, but didn't get too caught up in trying to be something it wasn't - it was just a well put together movie with what I thought was solid acting and awesome action sequences. Good use of wire along with stylised special effects to keep pace with the fighting, with a healthy sense of both "as if" cries from the audience, along with "actually yeah that's probably the case". Costumes were fantastic and I found myself walking around in black scowling a lot wishing I too was a Cleric. Watch out for the swordfight sequence at the end between Diggs and Bale - perhaps one of the most original displays of "f**k off i'm the best there is" one on one combat displays ever! Coolness. 8.5 out of 10
Zeitgeist's rating & comment: Koala has kooky tastes so I wasn't sure about this film (sorry Koala). Having watched it, I thought it was excellent. Christian Bale is hunky and full of pathos. Some great acting from the Gordon Setter pup (seriously). Plus an interesting premise that was not overworked. Borrowed a bit from the "Gattaca school of costume and visual design" but that is not a bad thing. Score 7 out of 10. Babe factor 8 out of 10 (Sean Bean is also there in a small role).
P's rating and comment: Although i normally don't agree with koala on anything, especially when she is strongly recommending it (j/k). I have to say this is an exception. Although it's like a combination of 1984,fahrenheit 451 and Brave New World, but it's nicely done. The fighting scenes were really cool. I have not much feelings towards Christian Bale, He sometimes over-act abit,but this time he eas great.Oh, and i like Bale's son. He did't have a big part though. 8 out of 10.

Ever After
Cat's rating and comment: My favourite scene in Ever After is when the gypsy tells her she can take anything she can carry. And I'm planning on having a pair of wings made up to wear around the house. This film makes me smile. 9 out of 10
Frog's rating and comment:A beautiful sweet lovely film. I love this take on the Cinderella
story, a feisty middle class girl fighting back for what is hers and falling in love with a prince. A prince who does not want to be a prince and is taught about ruling. A nice ugly sister and a ugly beautiful sister. Lovely! Very funny! I loved the bit at the ball where the servitor and one of the sister's neigh at each other. 8 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: I know this is an oldie but Cat, Frog and I watched it together again recently and it was so sweet. I love Drew Barrymore in this movie. The settings are wonderful, the costumes are fantastic and the music lovely. Dougray Scott, he of the bizarre name and the Codpiece From Hell, is surprisingly appealing as the Prince. Scott assumes an accent very different from his real accent which is always impressive when it works. 8.5 out of 10 - mostly because I'm such a sucker for fairytales.
Pocket's rating & comment: Really entertaining stuff, you really like Drew barrymore's character and it was a nice twist on the Cinderella story. costumes were gorgeous, although I wasn't a fan of Dougray myself.. but he didn't do TOO bad a job. 8/10.

The Exorcist (2001)
Cat's rating and comment: This was the first time I had seen the Exorcist. The surrounding storyline was very interesting and eerie particularly the scenes in Persia .. BUT .. Most of the possession scenes were graphic and disgusting, not scary, just revolting. It would have been a much better film without them. 7 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Well I was dragged to see this too cause nothing else was on and I don't like scary films but this was more gross and disgusting than scary. Glad I saw because now I know how the film goes but won't be seeing it again in a hurry 6 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: We saw this because everything else was sold out and I don't think we could bear to see "Say it isn't so". Normally I'm such a chicken and don't like horror but I found this quite plot-driven and suspenseful. It was also a lot sadder than I expected. Funny to see/hear Tubular Bells. 8 out of 10.

The Family Man
Cat's rating and comment: haven't seen it
Frog's rating and comment: Typical film of man seeing what would have happend. I prefer Rachel
Griffith's Me Myself and I to this one but cute, quite cute. 6 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: Sentimental, well-acted although a little cliched. Not much else to say. I enjoyed it but didn't love it. 6.5 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: It was a nice film, kinda a sappier version of Groundhog day I guess. I liked it, thought it had a lot going for it but then it also didn't seem to stay in my head. I am a Nicholas Cage fan but it wasn't enough I guess. 6.5 out 10.

Final Fantasy: The Spirits within
Cat's rating and comment: Wow. The animation is amazing with so much detail in the texture of the characters' skin and their movements. At times I forgot I was watching animation. The love-story was wonderful, the characters believable and the plot line just obscure enough to let you make up your own mind. There could have been more explanation about the phantoms but there is some danger in making it too complicated to follow. 9 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Finally saw this on DVD and won't say that I found an animated character cute (even if I did), great animation, that guy who is in charge of facial hair animation did a good job. Never played the game and knew nothing about it but enjoyed this film lots. 8 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: I have read the appalling reviews for this movie but I really loved this. It looked wonderful, the characters were very, very likeable. The characters were convincing despite people blathering on that they found the use of 'famous' voices distracting. I'll go on the record and tell you that I found the love story between Gray and Aki to be very romantic in the true sense of the word. I'm not sure how it's possible for CGI characters to have 'chemistry' but this couple had chemistry. For a longer spiel / rambling waffley thing, click here. 9 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: I really enjoyed this dispite the bagging it got from the critics. The plot was on the whole pretty cool, (except the whole Gaia thing) but it was amazing to watch and characters were likable. The CG detail was absolutely amazing, right down to skin grains and pock marks.. movement was good, all and all a great visual ride. 8 out 10.

Finding Forrester
Cat's rating and comment: People writing on old typewriters and following their dreams. It looked great and felt great. 8 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment:Enjoyable, interesting film, nice to see Anna Pacquin getting work,
she's a sweet actress. 6 & 1/2 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: Very low key, but well acted and has a great soundtrack. I thought the confrontation scene in the classroom was particularly impressive. 8 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: I actually loved this film, I thought it was better than his previous effort of Good Will Hunting. The characters are all very likable although I found Jamal to be a litle wooden - and Sean Connery was very convincing as the mentor writer. I laughed when I read the billing "Sean Connery, F Murray Abraham, Ana Paquin, and Busta Rhymes" 8 out 10.

Finding Nemo
Cat's rating and comment: ‘Mate’. ‘Mate’. ‘Mate’. I really enjoyed this. Nemo is very cute. And okay, it was thoroughly predictable formula stuff but the Australian touches were fabulous and I loved the sea-turtles. Dory’s forgetfulness reminded me of my mother but she made me giggle, particularly when she spoke whale. Lovely heart-warming stuff. 7.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: LOVED THIS FILM! Shall I say it again LOVED IT!! So so cute, had to see it twice I liked it so much! Very cute PIXAR film. Sweet and funny though I had watched a trailer for it on my Monsters Inc DVD and one of the scenes was cute but didn't appear. Oh well. Ellen de Generes very cute as the sidekick. Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming swimming. Very cute story about letting go, not holding on, letting people try things for themselves. My favourite bit would be the talking to whales bit. And of course Bill Hunter is in it, how could he not be?? 10/10
Koala's rating & comment: loved it. Saw it twice. :) Loved the look, the accents - Dory, Marlin and Nemo were a delight. Got all choked up and teary :) 9 out of 10.
Darth Simious comment: Professing to be amazed by the animation is something of a cliche, but cliches be damned, amazed I was. Finding Nemo made me a bit homesick - there are not enough plain-speaking blokes called Bruce in this country. I enjoyed it immensely (but not the squealing of the 3 year old right behind my left ear (although I was gratified that it worked for them too)). I am always afraid that Pixar will cater more for adult tastes than those of children, making something too wordly and sharp, but I am always happy that they don't. A good story, well and humorously told. The Sydney sea-gulls ("Mine! Mine!") made it for me.
P's rating and comment: to come.
Pocket's rating and comment: to come.

Gattaca
Cat's rating and comment: love the look and feel of this film. It's very easy to get submerged in this world; lots of stainless steel and clean lines. I'm glad they didn't use the social commentary bit over the credits (about all the geniuses with birth defects who might never have been born). 9 out of 10
Frog's rating and comment: One of my favourite films, can watch this many many times and still get caught up in the drama of it all, very scary how much keeps coming true in our real lives. How many years away is all this from us?? As Pocket comments for a futuristic film it is quite retro/50's in the clothing. Loved the twists and turns! 8 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: "Stylish" is the word that springs to mind. Poor old Jude Law, I liked his character a lot. Cat and Frog will tell you that you shouldn't sit near Koala the Spoiler Blurter if you haven't seen a film yet ...... 8 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment:
Suits were by Armani from what I understand, and it's a very visually stylish film. I really liked the suits. Had a unsusal retro/ 40's feel to it, whilst also being quite modern; the cinemetography was excellent, and strong acting performances all round. Story was original and really not that unbelievable as commentary for the future. good stuff. 8/10. [According to Anonymous - suits were by Prada]

Get over it
Cat's rating and comment: It’s generally nice to watch a film that shows life imitating art .. and uses a familiar story to reference. Gives an extra dimension to the film. Likeable performances, quite enjoyed the song Kirsten Dunst ‘writes’ for the play, and it all ends up happily. 6 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Love the songs, love the premise, Kirstin Dunst gorgeous as ever and funny and well typical story but still fun to see Shakespeare made modern. 7 & 1/2 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: I enjoyed this a lot. The lead guy was weird looking, I could have done without the punch sequence but the intro song "Love will keep us together" is cute and the "Swingtown Lads" were hilarious, Shane West was adorable, the songs The Girl Inside and Dream of Me and all the songs used in Midsummer Night's Dream were wonderful - particularly Hermia. 8 out of 10 for entertainment value.
Pocket's rating & comment: I liked this - am a real teen movie fan and this one I found was excellent. Good choice of music, funny and the jokes towards boybands (Swing town Lad's "Love Scud" cracked me up)and everyone was very likable except perhaps there was a litle too much Martin Short, who's character was growing rather tired throughout the film. 8 out of 10.

Goldmember
Cat's rating and comment: Heh heh heh … I haven’t laughed that much in a film for a long time. The characters are ridiculous, Mike Meyers is hysterical and I still love Seth Green. Looking forward to the next instalment. It’s not neurosurgery but a person can only handle so much surgery in one lifetime. The Fat Bastard is still hideous. 8 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: See Koala... Won't see it either, only saw 1 and don't like stupid fart and sex jokes
Koala's rating & comment: haven't seen it, won't see it due to an irrational loathing of Mike Myers.

Greenfingers
Cat's rating and comment: This is a fabulous film. It’s chock full of wonderful characters. It’s beautiful. It’s a lovely quirky storyline. All the elements worked together. If you’re looking for a nice, gentle, feel-good film this is it. It’s not a blockbuster and it’s not going to make a big splash but if you get a chance to see it … do. 9.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: haven't seen it.
Koala's rating & comment: haven't seen it yet
Pocket's rating & comment: To come

A Guy Thing
Cat's rating and comment: Oh wow this was an unexpected treat. Usual set-up; up-tight conservative guy is about to get married then meets the girl of his dreams. Of course the girl of his dreams turns out to be his fiancée’s cousin. Julia Stiles was wonderfully whacky, going from one ridiculous job to the next … hula dancer, toll collector. And of course it’s immensely satisfying that everyone ends up happy at the end. 7.5 out of 10
Frog's rating and comment: to come.
Koala's rating & comment: haven't seen it yet
Pocket's rating & comment: haven't seen it.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Cat's rating and comment:
Saw this in Belgium with French & Dutch subtitles which were a little distracting. It was lovely and very faithful to the book and is just as I had imagined Hogwarts. It lacked a certain something though. 7 out of 10
Frog's rating and comment: (see Cat's review) It was too faithful to the book that you could see what they had left out and so it just did not seem to flow too much and yes double subtitles are distracting. Fun but without that certain something 7.5 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: I had such mixed feelings about it. I loved the books so much and the movie looked beautiful and the actors were all incredibly wonderful - but it was just a straight retelling of the book. I know that JK Rowling was quite strict about how the movie was told but I guess I think that what works on the page doesn't necessarily work on the screen and the little touches that made the books gorgeous were missing. That being said - look and feel-wise it was wonderful. Can't rate this one.
Pocket's rating & comment: I think this movie had alot of baggage to deal with; the fact the film had to follow the book to a t is actually a good example of why authors are not always the best screenplay writers. Visually it's quite amazing and very faithful to the book in every sense, which unfortunately is it's downfall. All characters are look great, the quiddich match is great to watch and the film does have alot of atmosphere, although it unfortunately does lack the spellbinding (no pun intended)charm the book has that just grabs you. 7 out of 10.

Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets
Cat's rating and comment: After being slightly disappointed with the first film I was concerned about seeing the second. I knew it would be enjoyable but wouldn't quite blow me away. Perhaps it's because they added a few action sequences, or that the second book is a bit darker than the first, but this played better and was a lot more exciting. It probably helped that it's been so long since I read the book I had forgotten the ending and was sitting on the edge of my seat for the last twenty minutes or so. And the spiders were really scary!! 8 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Framed by a distracting beginning and a trite ending this film sucked me in (no distracting subtitles) and I enjoyed every moment (once I got passed the beginning!) and enjoyed the thrills and spills and the scares and the laughs. Ron was great as usual with his humour and being scared, lots of great moments there! Throughly a good film, better than the first (that's what they are all saying but I agree)
Koala's rating & comment: As this is the weakest of the four novels to date, and I wasn't enamoured of the first movie - I had no or low expectations for this movie. Accordingly, I found it entertaining enough. Like the first movie it hits all of the key plots from the novel, whisking you from plot to plot without really giving you any time to linger and enjoy. The three leads put in a likeable performance, Dobby the ugly house-elf is probably weeping CGI tears of rage as he eyeballs Gollum and Kenneth Branagh is rather lovely. Unfortunately, as with the first movie, there was little interpretation taken with the material and we have yet another linear retelling of the novel with the drawback that it doesn't have all the lovely little touches from the novel. It's a bad sign when I look at my watch three times during a movie and start hoping for it to end. Then again I didn't hate it. 6 out of 10.

Head over heels
Cat's rating and comment: I don't regret seeing it and can find something good in any film. It was a little predictable, the leads were okay but not fabulous and the models obviously enjoyed themselves. 5.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: haven't seen it.
Koala's rating & comment: Sarah O'Hare's character was awful but the ditzy models really saved this movie because Freddy Prinze Jr and Monica Potter were pretty awful .... I quite liked the use of Ronan Keating's song Rollercoaster. How embarrassing is that? Big deductions for dog and toilet gags .... ewww.....5 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: This was a really stupid movie. Characters made no sense really, and Sarah O'Hare should be caned for allowing Australians to be depicted like that. However, there was something about this movie that I actually just thought was cute and enjoyable and i rate it high just cos..I liked it for no apparent reason! 7 out of 10.

Hero
Cat's rating and comment: Wow … what a beautiful looking film!! I loved the colour-coding of emotions, loved the fight scenes, loved the casting. Jet Li & Tony Leung are just lovely (not that I really need to say that). It was an interesting structure with the scenes being played over and over with different perspectives. 9.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: To come.
Koala's rating & comment: Loved it - but I love slow, luscious films with layers and gorgeous scenery and wire-fu and dramatic, sweeping music. How can one resist Tony Leung and the alluring Maggie Cheung? Jet Li was good - great to see him back in a proper movie instead of his Hollywood crap. 9 out of 10.
Zeitgeist's rating & comment: Ok, some will tell you this film is slow and has no plot (I was embarrassingly unaware of the Chinese historical basis for it). I say their pacing is all wrong. This film is languid and meditative. The fight scenes are great and the whole film (as with all of Zhang Yimou's work) is just so much gorgeousness on screen. The chick fight in the autumn forest is just phenomenal to look at. 8 out of 10. Babe factor 6 out of 10 (for the sultry eyes of Tony Leung and the brief naked butt shot of Jet Li at the start).

High Crimes
Cat's rating and comment: Oh my goodness .. Ashley Judd discovers she doesn't know who her husband is (again!!). I suspect military justice is nothing like this but it made for an interesting film. It was quite suspenseful. 7 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Haven't seen it
Koala's rating & comment: Haven't seen it yet and may not as it has that angsty Jim Cavaziel guy in it.

Hockey Night (1984)
Koala's rating & comment: well I know this one is an oldie which no one owns anymore, but as a Megan Follows fan of old, I have always loved this story about Cathy Yarrow (Megan Follows) who moves to Parry Sound in Canada and tries to fit in. When there is no girl's ice hockey team, she joins the boy's team - causing complications. It also doesn't help that she falls for the dreamy, dark-eyed, long-lashed Spear Kozak (Yannick Bisson) - star player on the team who really should be focussing on getting into the NHL by the time he is 17 rather than falling for the alluring young goalie. Rick Moranis is in a surprisingly straight role of coach - which he does very well. Megan Follows is an excellent actress in this - rebellious and frustrated without being bratty, Bisson doesn't have a huge amount to do except look good and be a Canadian Sensitive New Age Athlete - but he's very good as well. Directed by Paul Shapiro, the movie makes Canada look very cold and somewhat bleak - but the performances are all warm and engaging. There was a time I would watch this movie every day before going to highschool, I just loved it so much. :) I think I knew all the lines. 9 out of 10. Click here for a more detailed discussion of the movie.

Hong Kong Cinema Ads
Cat's rating and comment:
Haven't seen them.
Frog's rating and comment: Haven't seen them.
Koala's rating & comment: OK, I can cope with the "I now pronounce you man and movie" ad - except that it doesn't work. Not only do many HK people love to answer their phones during a movie, they like to actually TALK during the movie too. Besides, that ad stopped being funny after the first time I saw it. The Brother Bear eh? variation is quite cute, even though Zeitgeist thought it was lame. I cannot stand the Cityline ad with the two guys stranded on a desert island trying to book movie tickets. My all time pet hate - the FANCL house ads with the painfully thin, gorgeously sparkling but morally reprehensible Gigi Leung endorsing those profoundly toxic chemical products like Fenatty, Break and Burn, Tense Up and Slimfast. Where's a Therapeutic Goods Administration when you need one!??? As to the movie trailers "montage", I agree that they're a little bit dated. P just reminded me of that hideous "Madison's" ad ... with the breathy voice that sounds like it's advertising a porno movie or something ..... Madisons .... *gasp* .... ;)
P's comment: ."i don't want to write a review about those stupid ads."

The Hours
Cat's rating and comment: This is another weird Oscars thing .. how do you decide who was the lead and who was the support in this film .. I’m not saying that Ms Kidman didn’t deserve recognition because I thought it was a great performance .. but the structure makes her role the support and the other two the lead in my mind .. but you’re not allowed to have two leads of the same sex in a film it seems. I became very emotionally involved in this film, I got quite teary toward the end when Clare Danes gave Julianne Moore a hug. I liked the costuming and the contrast between the three time zones. I thought the performances were excellent (all of them!!). And I was nicely surprised by the plot points (I was starting to expect everyone to commit suicide) .. 8.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Very good, interesting, intriguing, now I have finally pulled Mrs
Dalloway off my bookshelf Three stories of three women who are seemingly going crazy and with the way it started with Virginia Wolf at the beginning going for a "swim" you had to wonder how would the other two end up. They all kept crying at really odd points and doing strange things but well I really don't want to spoil it but definetly a lovely film and as much as Nicole Kidman does a very good performance in this film, I don't see why she is main actress and the other two are supporting especially Julianne Moore who did a great part and Ed Harris was fantastic! 8 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: Haven't seen it. Looks a little earnest for me and my brains are currently mush.
Male's rating & comment (a.k.a. Darth Simious): I enjoyed this film but the intellectualised lesbianism began to pall, particularly when you found out that the Claire Daines character was artificially conceived, despite all of the Meryl Streep character's palaver about how much she loved the Ed Harris character when she was young
(obviously not quite enough) and that was the one, bright shining moment of happiness in her life (obviously her nice, bourgeois, flower-laden, antique-filled, artsy, gourmet yuppy food eating NY life since then must just have sucked). Anyway ... On the whole I liked it - it was intelligent and provocative with no one star dominating (which is a nice change, although Nicole Kidman was obviously supposed to be the drawcard). I thought Nicole Kidman was good (but the nose was better), but not nearly as good as Julianne Moore. A tasteful exploration of the awakening of her feelings done in dimly lit soft-focus may well have made this the hit of the year - with something for everyone. An opportunity missed. But the great unanswered question was ... did the Julianne Moore character properly seize the opportunity to flee the oppression of 1950s USA and enjoy the sapphic delights of Canada? ... or was being a neatly dressed librarian enough to satisfy her longings?

How to lose a guy in 10 days
Cat's rating and comment: Giggle giggle giggle. All the things you shouldn’t do when dating .. applied with a sledgehammer. And while it was obvious where this was going it was a nice journey. Kate Hudson & Matthew McConaughey worked well together & made a very attractive couple. I always enjoy the way that Hollywood makes gorgeous people seem just like the rest of us. 8 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Kate Hudson, so very like her mother, was just plain awful, well not her acting, her character. You had to feel sympathy for the guy because she was oh so very cruel and hurtful and the things she did!! I don't know, both selfish characters, wanting what they want, though she did it to help a
friend out rather than for a promotion but she needed it to keep her job. But she quits and becomes a "real" writer and they live happily every after. 6.5 out of 10.
Koala's rating & comment: I expected more from this - probably because it had "Don't dream it's over" as sung by Sixpence None the Richer in the trailer. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind cliches in romantic comedies - that's what they're made of, the "Everybody hurts" moment, the guy / girl running through traffic / the street to get to the true love .... but this movie felt really flat. I never really believed the chemistry and I felt like they were just going through the motions. Very disappointing. 5 out of 10.

The Honourable Wally Norman
Cat's rating and comment: Maybe I shouldn’t post my review for a month because we saw it on a preview. I loved this. It’s classic Australian humour, taking the piss out of our politicians and the underdog winning. Kevin Harrington was fab as the naïve Wally, thrown into an election for local member. The supporting cast includes Shaun Micallef & Allan Cassell (who played Harold in ‘SeaChange’) and are all pretty excellent. Lot’s of visual jokes so keep your eyes open for signs etc … 9 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: This was a great film and to top it off I saw it for free! ;) Lots of good laughs, lots of great Australian actors, making fun of Australian culture - most of all policians. 8.5 out of 10 (almost a 9)
Koala's rating & comment: Haven't seen it.

Hulk
Cat's rating and comment: to come, although Cat had this to say on the MSN discussion of Hulk: "I'm just waiting for Bernardo Bertolucci to remake superman now". It was a beautifully shot film. I liked the way the footage all flowed together … but ultimately I wasn’t there for beauty. This is a story about a guy who turns green when he gets pissed off. This is a story about a guy who slams his fist into things and is sort of the human equivalent of King Kong. So I’ll have to use two scales. 10 out of 10 for cinematography & special effects. 6 out of 10 for my overall rating. Not bad but not quite on the money.
Frog's rating and comment: to come. See the MSN discussion of Hulk in the interim.
Koala's rating & comment: Found parts of it great, as you'll see on the MSN discussion of Hulk, I thought Eric Bana's performance was excellent and the special effects were good. I read a review with which I agree which says that is more of a monster movie than a super hero movie - which may explain why the character of Betty was such a dewey-eyed, gooey-eyed girl who doesn't really do anything. Zeitgeist liked it more than I did - I feel bad because there was much I did like, but it was spoiled by the stupid stupid fight at the end, the annoying Paternal Conflict Syndrome and Betty's lack of layers (and no I don't mean that she didn't speak Mandarin, complex and simplified ;) 6 out of 10.
Pocket's rating and comment: haven't seen it yet.
Zeitgeist's rating and comment: I really enjoyed this film. Ang Lee is (with Soderbergh) one of the finest directors working in America. He took on a big ask with his film, and gosh darn it if he didn't just pull it off, too. Except for the end fight with "Super Nolte". Eric Bana was very good, as was Sam Elliot and Jennifer Connelly. I found Nick Nolte quite unsettling. It tackles big themes like emotional repression, family breakdown and the revisiting of the "sins of the fathers" and technological responsibility. Don't believe the negativity over the CGI Hulk. He looks great, verrry green <grin> and quite expressive in a whole body kind of way, not just facially. Not quite as good as (but very different to) Gollum in "Two Towers" (just goes to show how fantastic and important Andy Serkis was to the character of Gollum). Ang Lee uses primary colours well to reference the "four colour" comic world he is borrowing from and his use of split-screen, focus shifting and transitional shots is tour de force. I loved the classic film references: Frankenstein (actually I think "Bride of") and King Kong especially. The film struggles a little for emotional depth sometimes, given that all the characters (bar Nolte) are so buttoned down and the ending is a little silly, but overall a really good film. 8 out of 10. Babe factor 7 out of 10 (I think Eric Bana is cute).
P's rating and comment: to come.

I Am Sam
Cat's rating and comment: I admit I had a tear in my eye when we finished watching this film. It’s a bit of a tearjerker but it has a happy ending. Sean Penn is great as the disabled dad fighting to keep custody of his daughter. And I’ve always had a soft spot for Michelle Pfeiffer. 8.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Very very sad and sweet and lovely and I cried (so did Cat and Jati!) The relationship between father and daughter was so bittersweet, since she found out through interractions with outsiders that her father was not normal and well that hurt their relationship but their struggle to stay together and be together and well it was lovely. 8 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: haven't seen it - but I own the DVD.

Ice Age
Cat's rating and comment: I thought it was really cute. Loved the characters (particularly the Mammoth). The animation was great and the story was lovely. 8 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: This is a very cute funny film. I liked it alot and part of me liked it a little bit more then Shrek cause there was not the silly toilet humour of Shrek. (Don't get me wrong I thought Shrek very good and funny just some bits not as enjoyable) Very enjoyable funny film. All about bonding and mateship and all that. Very sweet and silly. 7 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: I liked this better than Shrek and while Monsters Inc had a few moments that were funnier overall - I found Ice Age more consistent and absorbing. Great prehistoric 'road' movie. 6 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: Entertaining, although I do worry with animated films that sooner or later they're going to lose their appeal. This one definitely had it's moments and was quite watchable from beginning to end - John Legzuizamo was great as always as the comical element to Ray Romano's dry wit. Dennis Leary..well ... animated or not plays himself, but at least he doesn't go on crazy neurotic tangents. The baby of course is the cute element, with the weird looking rat thing as the main side comical element of the piece.. I enjoyed it, but not immensely. 7.5/10.

Identity
Cat's rating and comment: Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock eat your heart out. Very creepy, and I love those scenes where someone gets killed and the entire cast appear from different directions. A really good cast working together brilliantly. Nicely cut together to keep you guessing ‘til the end. 9.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Not bad as I feared, thought it was going to be much much more scary and horrible. The baseball bat scene was yucky but most of the deaths, well actually all the deaths took place off-screen and you only saw the aftermaths. Could guess /some/ stuff but didn't predict the ending, that was a twist, interesting. Covered my eyes in some parts in expectation of what was going to happen but not too bad. 6/10
Koala's rating & comment: haven't seen it.

Importance of Being Earnest
Cat's rating and comment:
Rupert Everett is fabulous again!! It’s a silly romantic comedy full of mistaken identity and deceit. Of course you know how it’s going to end but that’s part of the fun of these sort of films. It isn’t brain surgery but it’s a fun romp .. 8 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: All I knew of these plays were the famous quotes - "I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train." etc, lots of fun and it's amazing they don't twig before but very very fun and of Rupert Everett gorgeous as ever and Reese Witherspoon a darling! 8 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment:to come.
Pocket's rating & comment: Translating great plays into movies sometimes can work... and sometimes...can not. Problem with this film is the same thing "The Crucible" suffered from - has a great cast and tells the story, but a lot of the depth of the play is lost. Screenwriting is a tricky business - Something JK Rowling should realise - that different media require different elements to succeed. Watchable and entertaining - Rupert Everert was great, in fact all the actors did a great job, it was just the execution was flat and you're better off catching a local theatre company's interpretation than this film if you want to really appreciate Wilde's work. 6.5 out of 10

Infernal Affairs
Cat's rating and comment: Without telling you all what happens ….. waaaauuuugggghhhh about the ending. But I still loved it. Excellent cast (as Koala would say … ‘Tony Leung has such soulful eyes’). Interesting set-up: Mob-man & cop sent undercover in each other’s organisations for ten years and begin to lose track of who they really are. It had a great atmosphere, I got totally involved in the whole world. You know it’s a good film if you forget you’re reading the sub-titles. 9 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Great film, though the alternative ending, well I was hoping (block your eyes anyone who hasn't seen it) the other guy died and so it was alternative that way. Caught up in it, very suspenseful though I was a little confused at the beginning. 8 out of 10.
Koala's rating & comment: Really enjoyed it - shot in HK with cool scenes of the city and the 10,000 Buddha Monastery. Tony Leung and Andy Lau were great, the guy who played Sam and the inspector were also fab and it was edgy and suspenseful. Edison Chan looks like a bit of a cutie. Click here for a transcript of the MSN discussion with Pocket. WARNING: Massive spoilers. 9 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: Awesome stuff - a great storyline and fierce action sequences that keep you on the edge of your seat. As with a lot of these films the female element is normally just there for.. no real apparent reason (eye candy perhaps?)but the film is a very slick well crafted piece of cinema. Good to see awesome action movies from other parts of the world. 9 out of 10
Zeitgeist's rating and comment: Gripping film. Terrific acting from the two leads (Tony Leung and Andy Chau) as well as the guys who played Sam (the bad guy) and the Inspector (MFD). Complicated but cool plot and premise. The underlying themes about environment¡¦s capacity to change our innate selves was interesting too. No surprise that Hollywood has picked up the rights to make a Western version of this. It was also cool to see Hong Kong on screen. One caveat, other that to get ¡§prominent female canto-pop star in the film¡¨, the psychiatrist subplot was entirely pointless. 8 out of 10. Babe factor 6 out of 10 for an appropriately scruffy Tony Leung).

Infernal Affairs 2
Cat's rating and comment: to come.
Frog's rating and comment: to come.
Koala's rating & comment: Very good - I was expecting to HATE it but it was a very clever prequel to the original which didn't treat the audience like gullible idiots. Edison looks sexily haunting, Shawn Yue turned in a performance which did does not betray Tony Leung's brilliance and the performances by the actors who play Sam and Inspector Wong respectively were wonderful. Is it just me or does Carina Lau kind of look like a fraggle??? 9 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: haven't seen it yet.
Zeitgeist's rating and comment: haven't seen it yet.
P's rating and comment: to come.

Infernal Affairs 3
Cat's rating and comment: to come.
Frog's rating and comment: to come.
Koala's rating & comment: Quite good although not as good as the first two. I have a real soft spot for Chen Dao Ming's amazing Mandarin though ... it's just so .... crisp and Mandariny sounding :) He was very much underused. Lots of Tony Leung which is always a good thing, Andy Lau wasn't bad, Leon Lai (Oh oh, he was born in Beijing) didn't really have much to do at all except look smug and wear JT Walsh-esque glasses. In terms of tying the three together, I thought it did it rather well, although the movie was rather overly ambitious. 7 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: haven't seen it yet.
Zeitgeist's rating and comment: haven't seen it yet.
P's rating and comment: to come.

Insomnia
Cat's rating and comment:
Often films lose something when they're translated to American and it would be nice to compare this to the original. It played very well though. I liked the cast and the look of it. It was one of those films that really drags you into its own world. I was dying for Al Pacino to lie down and sleep toward the end of this. 9 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: It just seemed to drag and I was dying for Al Pacino to just GO TO SLEEP!!!! Robin Williams - he was good, weird but good which he was supposed to be, sucha change not to see his comedic skills and he is a good dramatic actor. 6 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: haven't seen it.

In the Mood for Love
Cat's rating and comment: Haven't seen it
Frog's rating and comment: Haven't seen it
Koala's rating & comment: What a gorgeous, richly textured and deliciously alluring movie. It's so aloof and seductive with the deep colours, wonderful music and lashings of unresolved sexual tension. Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung are amazing in this movie and the music is to die for. OK, I'm gushing. 8.5 out of 10.

Intolerable Cruelty
Cat's rating and comment:to come.
Frog's rating and comment: to come.
Koala's rating & comment: I enjoyed this although I didn't kill myself laughing. Wheezy Joe was a classic ... but most of the gaglines were in the trailer and both main characters were thoroughly unlikeable. I've seen the witty banter done better - although this movie was better than most. 7 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: to come.

I SPY
Cat's rating and comment:
I was hoping this would be funnier. The first half dragged a little, even though it had funny elements. The second half on the other hand, moved along and had us chuckling away. Owen Wilson was being Owen Wilson again (much the same character as in 'Shanghai Noon') which is usually enjoyable. Eddie Murphy was being Eddie Murphy again .. which sometimes wears thin but was fun in this instance. 5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Actually much better than I expected. I thought typical stupid film and the beginning I kept thinking this, it took a while to get started and most of the jokes seemed to have been used up on the trailer but then I really got into it and it was lots of fun. I enjoyed Owen Wilson, so intense and stupid. Eddie Murphy better than he has been in recent times though still playing Eddie Murphy. 6 out of 10.
Koala's rating & comment: haven't seen it. Probably won't because the trailer only made me laugh once - the sock comment.

The Italian Job
Cat's rating and comment: Very cool. Minis aren’t very mini these days they look more like a Honda Civic. But I digress. I know this is a remake but I still enjoyed it. Rather enjoyed the cast particularly the support cast like Seth Green & Jason Stratham. The car chase was good, the safecracking was good (I don’t want to know about the accuracy). My only complaint is Edward Norton that the cable company would turn up so quickly!! 7.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Good, thrilling, heist movie. Sucks you in - thieves who don't kill. Bad guys steals from the thieves and introduces the killing. Great thrilling boat and car chases. Go and see. 8 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: I enjoyed this. Shades of Ocean's Eleven but stylish and fun. The acting between Mark Wahlburg and Charlize Theron was a little wooden at times and Edward Norton looked like a scrawny pimpy version of Sean Penn, but hey. Is it me or does Mark Wahlburg look vaguely constipated when he is trying to emote ...? 7 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: to come.

It's a guy thing
Cat's rating and comment: to come.
Frog's rating and comment: Average, amusing in parts, mostly but not all toilet humour which is a plus. That gets very boring but very silly slapstick kind of stuff. The development of the relationship between Jason Lee and Julia Stiles could have been explored a bit more. He sleeps with her and then suddenly is willing to give up all for her, they have developed this great relationship but you really don't see it. He it was obvious that he was not suited to Selma Blair's character, the different family stuff, she being rich and buys his clothes. His mother lives with her boyfriend/second husband in a trailer. Doomed to failure also when he works for his fiance's father. 4/10
Koala's rating & comment: Haven't seen it.
Pocket's rating & comment: Haven't seen it.

James Bond: Die Another Day
Cat's rating and comment: Have I reviewed a Bond film on this page already? I'm a bit of a fan so if I did I probably said it was wonderful. I guess Bond is getting sillier and sillier .. I'm sure you couldn't start a helicopter if it were really in freefall .. and he looked pretty healthy for someone who had been tortured for 18 months but the references to previous Bond classics were fun. There was press about the tribute to Ursula Andress' bikini but I also liked the Union Jack parachute a la 'The Spy Who Loved Me' .. I'm sure I missed quite a few of the nods so I'll have to see it again some time. 8 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: haven't seen it.
Koala's rating & comment: Admittedly I'm not a huge James Bond fan but I can enjoy a Bond movie but the last one I really enjoyed was "Tomorrow never dies" with Michelle Yeoh. Since then, I've found them lacklustre and just a little bit boring. I agree with Pocket's belief that James Bond movies have gone past their expiry date. In the old days we needed them for action, escapism, politically incorrect humour and chase sequences with lots of explosions - these days, other movies can do all of this and better. Pierce Brosnan is just too bland for my liking even though he was so adorable in Remington Steele. Halle Berry was boring and while I gather she was striving for 'perky', she came across as annoying more than anything else and extremely unconvincing as an action goddess. She is also no Ursula Andress so I can only thank my lucky stars that she wasn't singing "Under the mango tree" when she emerged photogenically from the water in a bikini with a knife at her belt. She was better here than in Swordfish though although that is really not saying anything. The girl who played Miranda Frost clearly thought that being an icy snow queen requires mimicking the mannerisms of a block of wood. Yawn. That being said, I rather liked the guy who played Gustave Graves. What a waste of Rick Yune who I thought was extremely appealing in "Snow falling on cedars". That's right, let's get a gorgeous guy and make him incredibly ugly - and stupid to boot. Only plusses were the fleeting shots of the HK skyline. 6 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: There is a very sad but brutal tale to come from this movie, and that is Bond has no place in this day and age. They'd be better off setting them off back in the 60's and keeping them 'hip' with Bond being the original swinger. Bond used to be the epitome of action movie goodness, now he's just looking stale. Not sure whether to maintain the politcally incorrect hedonistic themes, or the modern politically correct trends of current flicks, this movie ends up failing on so many avenues and pisses everyone off. Even the gadgets are ridiculous and not in a good way - they use Ericsson mobile phones that your average teenaged drug dealer would scoff at; next thing you know Bond will run out of prepaid credit!!! Product placement is rampant everywhere with this latest installment. It's NOT Pierce Brosnan's fault - everything is wrong with this film, I could blame it on the casting director's taste in bringing in a very weak Halle Berry who looks like she's obviously wielding a Prop rather than a real weopon; very unbelievable as a secret agent and the flirty banter between her and Bond is painful. The writer's choice of setting it in Korea??? And the characters...Miranda Frost - WTF is her caper? She's useless and wears inappropriate gear and you just KNOW she's there so there can be a "oh-look-two-chicks-fighting" scene at the end. It's also hard to find decent bad guys these days - the whole "taking over the world" theme is getting stale as well and Gustav Graves just never quite looks as good as he does in the poster hanging up in the foyers of Hoyts. Sheesh. 6 out of 10

Johnny English
Cat's rating and comment: to come.
Koala's rating & comment: Funnier than I expected. I agree that some of the sequences were very gross but I laughed more than I expected. 6.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating & comment: A typical spy film spoof.. I mean stupid man manages to bungle through it and stumble across questions and answers... I mean nothing wrong with typical spy film spoofs Not a big fan of Rowan Atkinson but this was a very amusing film, made me laugh out loud. Some stuff gross and not worth mentioning. Lots of fun silly gadgets. 7 out of 10
Pocket's rating & comment: haven't seen it.

Josie and the Pussycats
Cat's rating and comment: I can’t trash this film completely because I liked the look of it … but it’s not the most intellectual offering of the year. Female rock band is ‘discovered’ and used to manipulate teens … well at least the plot makes sense. And pink really IS the new red. 4 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: This film was on "The List" but fell off it and glad I was when I
finally saw it on video. De Jour were great, I always love Seth Green, I would almost see Austin Powers for him (almost) Disappointed in Parker Posey, always liked her from Party Girl and You've got mail and this was pretty well the only word for this film is SHOCKING! 3 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: Oh my God - what was this? Only redeeming features - video clips with Du Jour, the hilariously spot on spoof of Boy Band clips and boy bands generally. This was a bad movie - the acting was bad, the singing was bad, the story was bad - although both Cat and Frog have pointed out that Parker Posey was much better in Party Girl - I remain unconvinced as have not yet seen that movie. 3 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: To come

Jurassic Park II
Cat's rating and comment: More of the same and a jolly good romp. Felt shorter than the first one though .. missing something but it was nice to have Sam Neill back in the lead. 5.5 out of 10
Frog's rating and comment: haven't seen it, probably won't.
Koala's rating & comment: Who the hell goes hang gliding on an island inhabited by murderous dinosaurs? Entertaining, suspenseful and I'm glad they didn't kill off my favourite character. Lots of reliance on Dinosaur Dropping jokes though ..... 6 out of 10.

Kate and Leopold
Cat's rating and comment: Okay I'm a complete sucker for romantic comedies. And can I have Meg Ryan's wardrobe please? However, it's kinda depressing that film-makers feel that the only way to find a nice guy is to go back to 1876 .. what happened to the love is just around the corner thing? 8 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Very fun, sweet and cute. Meg Ryan looked and acted quite different, not as cute and chirpy as previous roles but still did a good job. I really enjoyed this film and was not as depressed at the end as I sometimes get with romantic comedies. Most enjoyable film. 7 1/2 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: Sweet, cute, fun, fluffy - problem is Meg Ryan's kind of done the whole sweet, cute, fun and fluffy thing to death. If you're in the mood for some sweet, cute, fun, fluffy Meg Ryan movies - I think You've got mail does it better. I didn't feel a genuine chemistry between Jackman and Ryan. 7 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: This could have been a whole lot better than it was, although it was watchable I can't stop thinking it kinda hid from it's whole time travel storyline and didn't really want to address the "f#$k's with your head" stuff time travel movies all have to deal with (Bill and Ted still stands as the best one to deal with it thus far in my book). The chemistry with Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman was there but not enough development. Brekin Meyer was good as her out of work brother but he also tends to always play himself too (except in.. the craft where he played himself but was nasty, or clueless where he played himself but was..stoned) The whole subplot with her boss was a lil bleech. I liked it, but not one to go "awww" over with a loved one. 6.5/10

Kill Bill Volume 1
Cat's rating and comment: Errr … right …. Well Tarantino still hasn’t got over his self-indulgent streak. He just seems to have edged further into graphic violence. Technically a good film but the subject matter leaves something to be desired. Sort of like Charlie’s Angels on crack with samurai swords. And there’s still another part to it?!? 4 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: to come.
Koala's rating & comment: Oh dear. Not sure how to write my review for this one. I can't stand Tarantino, I couldn't sit through Pulp Fiction and haven't watched ANY of his other movies. In my view, his only redeeming feature was the fact that he is a die-hard fan of "Chungking Express" - one of my favourite movies of all time. That being said, I watched this movie because (1) I love martial arts films; and (2) I love movies where girls kick butt. Everyone told me the violence in this movie is so over the top and hammy that you get desensitised, that after the first "bit", it's fine and you laugh. In my case they were wrong, I am horribly horribly not good at coping with gore - even fake gore, so I covered my eyes for most of the impalings, decapitations and incredibly brutal beatings. What I also hated was an incredibly upsetting attempted rape (and recounting of prior rapes) that took place while Uma Thurman's character was in the hospital. It was just unnecessarily ugly and horrible. So what was good about this movie? Why on earth would the squeamish koala even consider giving it a good rating? Gore and violence aside - it was a beautifully shot movie. The movie could have worked without all the gore and violence as a martial arts piece. The fighting was excellent, the soundtrack fabulous - particularly the funky flamenco/disco cover of "Please don't let me be misunderstood", the unspeakably cool "Battle without honour" song and a few other very very atmospheric tracks. I loved the use of Georg Zamfir's panpipe piece "The Lonely Shepherd". Standout moments - the fight in the snow at the end and Uma's amazing routine with the samauri sword. 2 out of 10 for the unnecessary ugliness, 9 out of 10 for the fighting and the music.
P's rating and comment: to come.

Kiss of the Dragon
Cat's rating and comment: Um .. where do I start? Luc Besson has a habit of being remarkably violent in a guns and blood sort of a way .. and it's kind of hard to show-case Jet Li's talent when he's sliding across the room on a river of blood. And what the heck happened to Bridget Fonda. It was slick looking but kind of empty and disappointing. 5 out of 10
Frog's rating and comment: Don't know if I have anything to add to Cat or Koala's comments except I agree. 5 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: Oh Jet. What happened to the days of Once Upon a Time in China, My father is a Hero and Fist of Legend????? What is WITH these awful Hollywood movies you keep making? Jet was ok, Bridget Fonda was ghastly, Paris looked fantastic ..... but it was awful and violent and the action in the movie completely wastes Jet Li's graceful wu shu talents. 6 out of 10.

Kissing Jessica Stein
Cat's rating and comment: It's not completely accurate to say that I identified with the characters in this film but they were kind of familiar .. and not just because they looked
and felt like they'd stepped off the set of Friends. Jessica is a little neurotic but still sympathetic. And it was nice to see everything work out well at the end. It was nice to see Scott Cohen playing a human (even though he's lovely as a wolf). 7 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: I enjoyed this film. I mean I was not holding my sides because of split side laughing but it had some very funny moments. Of course "Wolf" was one of the main actors so that was nice to see him in a film. This film is very much a "talky" more talk than action. This is not a criticism but probably not everyone's favourite type of film. 8 out of 10.
Koala's rating & comment: Haven't seen it - probably won't.

A Knight's Tale
Cat's rating and comment: Koala is quite correct, the girl sux. Loved her clothes though. The other characters are spectacular; loved Paul Bettany as Chaucer in particular. There were no big surprises in the plot but the whole production was full of energy, looked great and had a wonderful soundtrack. 8 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Loved it - even 2nd or 3rd viewing and I agree with both Cat and Koala - the lead girl sucked! I heard she was found DJ'ing at a party and they should have left her there. I preferred Kate and would have liked her more developed. But overall fun film, Heath Ledger great and his supporting cast were /fantastic/ 7 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: I found this very entertaining but absolutely loathed the female lead who really spoiled it for me. Kate, the 'other' female was much more interesting and well-portrayed. Heath Ledger was great and his sidekicks were also very entertaining - I would have scored this higher if it wasn't for the female lead being in the film so much. The Black Prince was also very interesting. 6.5 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: I really don't get why they made this movie the way they did, still entertaining but for some reason because of the subject matter and music Ikept thinking of Lady Hawke. Heath Ledger was great and very likable; I agree the female lead was abit of a nothing character (much hotter in 40 days) and you do kinda hope he'll go for his armourer (the social commentary on sponsorship and product placement is clever). Rufus was cool, he plays bad pretty well. 7/10

Lake Placid
Cat's rating and comment: Giggle .. How a salt-water croc got to North America is completely beyond me .. but I was prepared to suspend disbelief to see Betty White feeding a cow to the big beast. Oliver Platt was fabulous too!! 9 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Oh a very silly film but I like Oliver Platt and Betty White as the
oblivious in her own world woman feeding crocodiles is HILARIOUS. Not at all scary, well ok huge crocodiles attacking helicopters is pretty scary but very enjoyable 7 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: This movie is so funny. I heehee'd all the way through it because it was just so entertainingly strange. Bill Pullman was likeable, as was Bridget Fonda. I don't mind Oliver Platt and there was genuine chemistry between Fonda and Pullman. 8.5 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: This was a way underrated movie; it came out the same time as deep blue sea and i think alot of the sardonic wit written in by Ally Mcbeal's David E Kelly was lost in the target audiences. I actually find Oliver Platt to be as annoying as hell, so he really didn't add to the joy of this film, but Bill Pullman was very likeable, as was his deputy whom I can't remember but had lots of good one lines. You like Bridget Fonda too, and while u can tell noone really stood out for their acting, they all seemed to have a really good time. I find this is a movie that improves the more times u watch it. 8.5/10

Lantana
Cat's rating and comment: Fantastic but depressing. Brilliant performances and an excellent script. 9 out of 10
Frog's rating and comment: I am not too sure about this film, most people loved it but I am still reserved, just not too sure about it. WOnderfully acted, all the cast were great but just something..... 7 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: Get down, stay down movie. One of the most depressing movies I've ever seen in my life but so amazingly acted that I liked it in spite of myself. Just goes to show that Sydney-siders can be JUST as dysfunctional and angsty as New Yorkers. =) 9 out of 10.
Zeigeist's rating and comment: Terrific film. The emotional suspense and pressure this film creates is astounding. Fantastic acting from all the main players (it is truly an ensemble piece). I liked the fact that Peter Phelps' gay character was a real and morally questionable character, unlike the cardboard cutout "happy happy joy joy" tokens you sometimes get. Kerry Armstrong was beautifully brittle and the interweaving of plot and character was masterful. Not always a cheerful film though <grin>. Shame the director took so long between drinks (I think "Bliss" was his last film). 8.5 out of 10. Babe factor 5 out of 10 (Vince Colosimo is hunky in a suburban kind of way).

Last samurai, The
Cat's rating and comment: Haven't seen it.
Frog's rating and comment: haven't seen it.
Koala's rating & comment: Watched this although I cannot stand Tom Cruise. Really enjoyed it! Very big, very epic, well-acted and exciting. Tom Cruise's idea of acting is to wear the "Smell the fart" expression all the time, but we can overlook that. Cool samurai fights, cool ninja fights. 9 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: haven't seen it.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
Cat's rating and comment:
Haven't seen it.
Frog's rating and comment:
haven't seen it.
Koala's rating & comment:
This movie is just strange. Since when can vampires hang out in the hot African sun and what was with Shane West's hair??? Anyway, points for a very interesting idea - it felt like a piece of fan fiction ie throw your favourite characters together etc. London looked great, the special effects were very hit and miss and is Richard Roxburgh getting sick of playing the black mustashcioed villain with his muahahaha-ness??? 6 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: haven't seen it.

Legally Blonde
Cat's rating and comment: Fabulous. I love it when people get underestimated and win out in the end. It was a lot of fun. 7.5 out of 10
Frog's rating and comment: This film is great loved it, hilariously funny and just a general feel good film. Seen it about 3 times and will see it again and again. Loved Reese Witherspoon and she was so wide eyed and innocent as she romped through to get into Harvard and then her fight back when she found the seedy side. Loved it, simply fantastic and loved Luke Wilson. I want to see it again. 8 & 1/2 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: I found this incredibly heart-warming. Much funnie than Clueless as people always seem to compare the two. Matthew Davis was so deliciously awful in this and such a contrast from his amazing role in Tigerland. I liked Luke Wilson - thought he nicely underplayed his character and Reese Witherspoon was absolutely delightful in the lead role. She was really convincing, likeable and bursting with love and heart. She's really a character you can support and admire and the growth and development of the character is very convincing. 8.5 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: Good stuff, very entertaining and fun to watch. Reese Witherspoon is great, and while, just as in things like Big Daddy you don't take the legal side seriously, just watching her go through the system is very funny. The soundtrack is also good as are the outfits and it is a real feel good flick. 8/10

Legally Blonde 2
Cat's rating and comment:
Snaps to this film!! Elle Woods is all grown up and heading to Washington to stop animal testing. Sounds insane? I’m not sure why this series works for me but it makes me smile. Not quite as tight as the first film but still very enjoyable. 7 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment:
Now this is a very enjoyable film. It might not be high class drama but it definitely is a story with feeling. Pulls you in, I found myself almost hissing at the "baddies" in the film and of course cheering for the good guys. Our whole row was laughing our heads off it was just so beautifully corny. My friend classed it as a chick flick and it was but that did not stop him from laughing much much harder than I was. 8 out of 10 for delightful frothiness and snaps!
Koala's rating & comment: haven't seen it.

Life as a House
Cat's rating and comment: I know that the Star Wars films are not really known for their realistic dialogue but it was really nice to see Hayden Christensen being a little less wooden (in contrast to the carpentry). Great performances. The drama and relationships are well set up. And a bit of a tearjerker. 9.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: haven't seen it.
Koala's rating & comment: Reviews were mixed for this one and I admit I saw it out of curiosity to see whether Hayden Christensen is any better in this than he was as Anakin in Clones. He was. Kristin Scott Thomas was very good in the role of the hurting mother and wife, Jena Malone was good as the curious and kittenish Elissa and Kevin Kline was very good in the role of George although he did have a slight tendency to purple prose and ramblings about his past, how he was feeling (usually not happy) and his father - although that was kind of to be expected in a movie such as this. The pleasant surprise was Christensen who portrays Angry Teen with amazing talent and is much better in this than he was in Star Wars. His transition from completely f*cked up individual into loving son and brother is extremely plausible and very, very moving. Very good use of music - Joni Mitchell's Both sides now is used in a very beautiful scene as are Guster's tracks What you wish for (opening scene) and Rainy Day - which is used in one of the movie's most heart-wrenching and painful scenes which mark a significant moment in Sam's change of thinking. Did I mention Hayden Christensen is beautiful-looking??? 8.5 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: I liked this- it was a lil schmaltzy but I love my Dad and thus anything that involves.. well people loving their Dad always strikes a chord with me. Not a fan of Kevin Kline normally but he does a good job with this one - the basic plot is pretty predictable but it's obviously a character development piece and I think it does a good job with this. Haydn Christensen shows he's got a bit more scope as an actor and I really like Jenna Malone - not sure what it is about her but she has a very real quality about her - liked her in Stepmom and Cheaters and she's great in this too. Nice film, glad Koala made me watch it;) 7.5 out of 10.

Lilo & Stitch
Cat's rating and comment: A bit of a different look for Disney although some of the government workers look like weird Pooh Bear characters. There's a Tigger and a Piglet at least. The premise is cute with Stitch being named an illegal experiment and escaping to Earth. Lucky for us Ving Rhames convinced them that mosquitos are an endangered species and Earth is a nature preserve. 8.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: What a great cute film, Stitch was so manic and Lilo so sweet with her swimming and feeding the fish and her hula dancing and so in love with animals and the love for her family and wow what a weird strange scary family services guy who does not believe in aliens and poor older sister trying to save her family with a destructive alien wreaking havoc. And of course lots of surfing scenes cause everyone in Hawaii surfs! 8.5 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: I thought I wouldn't like this because Stitch is ugly but it was very heart-warming and I almost started crying inflight. :) Cute use of Elvis music, and it's just a sweet little movie which warmed the cockles of my homesick heart as I was on the flight back to Australia. 7 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: My initial response was the same as Koala's - Stitch was ugly and it was set in Hawaii? yawn. However I was pleasantly surprised and found this to be quite watchable - it doesn't quite have the same feel as the earlier Disney flicks and no memorable songs from the movie, but it was funny and really put forward the importance of family. Liked it. 7.5 out of 10

Lord of the Rings - Fellowship of the Ring
Cat's rating and comment: From the very first moments of this film I was enthralled. The locations, costuming and special effects captured the essence of the book for me. I can't wait until the next instalment. One of those films where you can get totally caught up in the moment even if you've read the books five million times. 10 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Now what can I say? So faithful to the story that the bits that are left out are barely noticeable. I have seen this twice and want to see it again and again and why do I have to wait a year for the second one? 10 out of 10, definitely a great film. I could go on but I won't. There were a few things that niggled on the second viewing and discussion but nothing that warrants taking away from the film itself.
Koala's rating & comment: So bite me. I've seen it five times now. I totally totally loved this. I'm going to stop gushing now but FOTR officially replaces Moulin Rouge as the movie for which I say: "If you didn't like this movie, I just don't think we can be friends." *grin* Click through to the Lord of the Rings page for some links which include movie reviews. 10 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: Good. 9 out of 10.
Hehe. just jokes. Fellowship of the Ring is a great movie but I never give perfect scores cos films cos I'm a prick like that;) Having said that this movie had alot to live up to and I think it delivered with gusto- characters, cinemtography, screenplay, costumes, acting, direction- even sound effects. it's a great piece of art that really shows all filmmakers just HOW to adapt a book to a film. The attention to detail is also amazing, u really need to see this film more than once (or sometimes u have no choice..hehe.

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Cat's rating and comment:
Another gorgeous film in the LOTRs series. I'm sure the purists are upset over the big deviations in the plot for this one but I won't bother listing them all. The major disappointment is that Faramir is not fully developed. In fact his part has been so completely compressed that he doesn't appear to be the same person. There's still time to redeem him in the third film though so I'm trying not to dwell on it. The Rohirrim are fabulous. Peter Jackson and his team have done well with the details. I particularly like the helmets with the horse nose-guards and the horsehair plume. I'm impressed with Eowyn and dying to see her big fight in the next film. I was pretty happy with the Ents too and hope there's some extended scenes released later in the year. 9.5 out of 10.

Frog's rating and comment: The first viewing of Two Towers I was very upset about Faramir's
character... They did not show what great strength he has (hopefully it will be rectified in the last one) He did not want the ring, for himself or for his father, he was ready to reject it. I was also disappointed at the end, not in the end of itself just that I wanted the film to keep going, partly because I knew there was lots more in the second book they were missing out but just that I wanted it to keep going and not stop because I wanted to know what happened next. I know that they had to keep some for the third film because the third book is not as long as the other two and mostly homecoming and well the second film was long enough (how long will the extended be?) but I still wanted more and now I have months to wait until the next one....

I was very excited about seeing the Ents and their fight scene which you only hear about in the book. I was disappointed that Pippin had to "trick" Treebeard into taking a stand when in fact in the book Treebeard knew that Sauron had used the information and knew about those trees being chopped down, he was their shepherd after all and pretty slack if he had not noticed the songs of those trees had stopped. And where was Quickbeam? And we don't get to see the magical properties of the rope which they use to climb down with and putting the rope around his neck makes Sam seem really cruel when in fact he tied the rope nicely around Gollum's foot, as much as he hates Gollum and so you don't really understand why Gollum hates the rope so much. Gollum was great, very scary and slimey and awful and the great
arguing scenes between Slinker and Stinker. I liked the special affects and the fight scenes, some bits were a bit corny but others were nice that if you had read the books they put stuff in that you could understand but didn't matter if you hadn't. I cannot wait to see it again - I think I preferred Fellowship out of the two as being my favourite, 9 out of 10.

Koala's rating & comment: to come - and it will probably be very long ... [Frog's comment to Koala: You haven't done "The Two Towers" yet?" [Koala back to Frog: I know, terrible, huh? But I reckon I'll review the Extended Edition because it's a better version. How 'bout that for an excuse?]

Pocket's rating & comment: This film I felt could have been abit of a cop out in the fact it KNOWS there is a movie before it, that did all of the character and plot developments, and also had a film AFTERWARDS to tie things up so it can concentrate on just what happens rather than having to phat out anything. Arguably I think it is poor film making to expect viewers a prior knowledge of the subject material- however given these books are mega huge and would be impossible to make each film self contained. That ALL aside, it's AWESOME, amazing to watch and just powerful stuff, really good at sucking u into the world of Middle earth. I actually enjoyed it more than the first- The characters all get some mad biffo screen time and it really doesn't feel like 3hrs. great stuff, 9 out of 10.

Lost in time / Unforgettable
Cat's rating and comment:
haven't seen it.
Frog's rating and comment:
haven't seen it.
Koala's rating & comment:
I like movies that surprise me. Click here for a more detailed summary. The story is simple, set in Hong Kong, Holly (played by the talented Cecilia Cheung) is a young woman whose minibus driver fiancé Ah Man (Louis Koo) is killed in a traffic accident. Left alone, she also takes on the burden of caring for Ah Man’s 5 year old son, Lok Lok - played by an extremely cute kid named Harashima Daichi. Holly arranges for Ah Man’s minibus to be repaired and decides to become the regular driver of the minibus. A "guardian angel" comes along in the form of a fellow mini-bus driver - Dai Fai played by the even more talented and incredibly expressive Lau Ching Wan. The movie is very moving and sad - has moments of humour and is a fascinating insight into the world of mini bus drivers in Hong Kong. I kid you not. I suggest you watch this! 8 out of 10.

Lost in Translation
Cat's rating and comment:
to come.
Frog's rating and comment: to come.
Koala's rating & comment: I suspect I will be in the minority here. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this movie was sweet and well-done - but seems to be quite over-rated ..... What am I saying??? It just seemed like a nothing movie. Nothing we haven't seen done before. Both actors were quite good in their roles - but was it hard? Bill Murray's face just looked positively creepy in many shots - too much foundation/make-up or something, but he was never plausible to me as a possible love interest even in the "remote desert island" scenario which Coppola was trying to portray. That being said, it was a good effort ... and will probably win an Oscar .... 7 out of 10.

Love Undercover
Cat's rating and comment: Very very cute. New, enthusiastic graduate from the police academy accidentally ends up working undercover. It has all the elements of a romantic comedy. While their quarry is falling in love with her, she’s madly scrambling to be the best police officer she can be. Great slapstick, ridiculous situations, likable cast. 7 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: This was a very cute sweet film even if the subtitles kept annoying me by being wrong or missing out stuff. I only assume wrong because they would translate half and then the people on screen would still be talking and they would say some words in English which would not appear in the translation. But I managed to muddle through it and think it very sweet. Very slapstick and spoofish 7 out of 10 (lose half a point for the subtitles)
Koala's rating & comment: stupid Honkie movie but so incredibly cute. I love the song "Brave" from this, Daniel Wu is adorable and so sweet and I can't believe I watched this movie. :) 8 out of 10 for cuteness.
Pocket's rating & comment: Was cute and sweet and..a little on the pointless side. I didn't really like the hick, I found her sort of irritating.. was watchable but didn't grab me that much. 6.5 out of 10

Love Undercover 2: Love Mission (Click here for the official website)
Cat's rating and comment:
waiting for the DVD from Koala.
Frog's rating and comment: waiting for the DVD from Koala.
Koala's rating & comment: Not as good as the first one I'm afraid but still quite enjoyable. More slapstick comedy (not great), more Daniel Wu (great), and the song wasn't as good as the first one .... 7 out of 10.

Maid in Manhattan
Cat's rating and comment:
Yes we really will see just about anything (unless there’s cannibalism involved). And let me explain .. going to the movies on Friday night is a bit of a trap because the last thing we want to see after a week at work is something heavy, depressing or with subtitles (I really am turning into a little old lady!!). But Ralph Fiennes is lovely .. and I’ve quite enjoyed Jennifer Lopez’ films as well and u know by now we’re not shy about romantic comedies. It had a little more substance than we were expecting which was a pleasant surprise. It didn’t blow anyone away, it was predictable and overly sweet. Just what the doctor ordered … 6 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Cute Cinderella film, plot line obvious but still nonetheless a sweet film. Not much substance so perhaps a merengue of a movie, nice shell but not much inside. Feel good sweet romantic if only comedy 6 out 10
Koala's rating & comment: I enjoyed this even though J-Lo is always J-Lo. Ralph Fiennes was great, it was a great-looking movie and there was nothing about it that I hated. 6 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: haven't seen it yet.

Matrix Reloaded
Cat's rating and comment: It must be the year of the sequel again. Okay, in many ways Matrix is a little different because we knew there was more coming. So I went back and watched the original film because I couldn't remember all the details. I remember being blown away the first time I saw it and it's still gorgeous and a very interesting idea - my only reservation is that innocent people keep getting knocked off .. the agents take over human beings so when Keanu wipes one out, someone who's trapped in the Matrix dies. But enough of my rambling. I was expecting to be a little disappointed with the second film but wasn't. Cool action sequences, the world was consistent and a little more was revealed, I like the fact that when they're out of the Matrix they look moderately crappy. Generally speaking a thumbs up. 7.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: *sigh* Well that famous fight scene with all the Agent Smith's went way too long for my taste. It was good though, I enjoyed it at the time though part of me wished they had not digitised it so much, would liked to have recognised parts of Sydney like you could do in the first one. 7.5 out of 10 I think I want to see it again.
Frog commented again: Agent Smith fight scene was very trying, it went on too long for me. It was very mystical, mysterious and sexual. All these problems to work out and all to be resolved. Not quite sure what mark to give it out of 10.

Koala's rating & comment: Still mulling over my review. Someone pointed out and I have now noticed that the Oracle takes a red pill - remind me again which pill did what? Loved all the fight scenes, could have done without the Morpheus / Architect monologues which seemed to go on and on. The Woodstockian, Zion dance scene I could also have done without, but am still thinking about my review. Stay tuned. :)
P's rating and comment: I like the movie. Before watching it, I was afraid that it would be like other sequel, blowing up those good elements in the first movie and ignoring the storyline. I was surprised the plot was so strong and complicated that we all have not much idea what ¡s going on. The action was ok. Neo against Agent Smith was abit over the top. The highway scene was great. Morpheus was cool in that. Remember to wait till the credits are over and watch the preview of Matrix Resolution. 8.5 out of 10.

Matrix 3: Revolutions
Cat's rating and comment: to come.
Frog's rating and comment: to come.
Koala's rating & comment: I'm going to go out on a limb here and say I liked this movie. I know that it's all the rage to sneer and scoff and claim that this movie failed to live up to the first. Quite frankly, that sort of opinion indicates an overly jaded palate. The first Matrix movie was quite special - ground-breaking and introducing movie-going audiences to a new experience. After that bullet-time and those fancy wire effects and computer special effects were copied by everyone and people became quite accustomed to it. Revolutions has a number of shortcomings. It doesn't spend nearly enough time on the main characters, diverting attention on a number of secondary characters with which the audience has little connection, Neo and Trinity are given very short shrift unfortunately. On the plus side, I thought the Defence of Zion was very exciting - the APUs were cool, the funky chick fighter Charra was suitably girlpower and the martial arts fight sequences were lots of fun. Keanu is still a very beautiful-looking man, and standing stark and austere in his grim black outfit, he is quite a sight to behold. For me this movie ended the trilogy nicely, answers some questions, but didn't try to tie everything up with a neat bow. The scenes of Sydney train stations and parks was a plus and as a fun pop corn movie was well worth the money. I'm glad I saw it on the opening night! My somewhat picky companions, all agreed that the movie was an improvement on the second movie and the movie provoked a fairly lively discussion after we left the theatre. 7.5 - 8 out of 10.
P's rating and comment: to come.

Memento
Cat's rating and comment:This is a movie that really sucks you in to its world. The fact that there are so many things left unexplained just adds to the atmosphere. An interesting thought; do we make our memories or do our memories make us. 10 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: haven't seen, should one day.
Koala's rating & comment: see Frog's comment.

The Mexican
Cat's rating and comment: To come
Frog's rating and comment: Hrm had it's moments but not outstanding. 6.5 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: Enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. While I normally cannot stand Brad Pitt, he was deeply amusing in this. The music was absolutely gorgeous, the bickering between Brad and Julia was delightful and the jewellery that Julia wore was very pretty as well. 8 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: I liked this, wasn't sure how I'd take it but it was really kinda.. well abit nothing but nice at the same time. The chemistry between Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt was actually quite good, and you really like James Gandolfini's character. Light but fun. 8 out of 10.

Minority Report
Cat's rating and comment: I read recently that Philip K Dick is the most filmed science fiction author. He’s responsible for ‘Total Recall’ and, of course, ‘Bladerunner’. Of course when they’re adapted for the screen they’re tidied up a lot … John Anderton, for example, goes from being bald and middle aged to being … well, Tom Cruise. It’s a great looking production. There are little details that make it seem so real. It’s suspenseful and the action sequences are great. And it’s wonderful to ask the question ‘if you know what the future holds can you change it?’. However, the heavy handed message that Spielberg is so intent on forcing down our throats is there: The whole technology-is-taking-away-our-personal-freedom thing is there from the very first minute of the film. Still enjoyable though. 8 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Very exciting, action paced thriller but not dying to rush out and see it again. If it comes on TV might turn it on. Enjoyable, loved the look of the future, not quite inthe future future so things are still recognisable but other things very interesting to see how things might develop. Eye stuff very scary and yuck. 7 out of 10
Koala's rating and comment: I expected more from this movie. The trailers made it look stylishly suspenseful and fast-paced. There was certainly a lot of action, but the movie could never really decide if it wanted to be an action flick, a mystery or a slap-stick comedy. Tom Cruise plays the same character he always plays (teeth gritted, on the edge zzz), Colin Farrell was wonderful if underused and the oracle thingies were very spooky and sad ...... still there were way too many gross-out jokes for my liking and by the end the movie seemed to have gone on for a little bit too long ..... Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed it, it just didn't quite live up to my expectations...... 6.5 out of 10.
Pocket's rating and comment: Loved the jetpacks, loved the cars, loved the concept, movie just..I dunno - kinda got mixed up with the whole science mixed with psychic mystical crap and then moral ethical dillemas. Opts for a sterile future where alot of it is believable; the idea of stopping crime before it occurs is an interesting one, and the 'jails' for the 'criminals' is disturbing. But you kinda get pissed off with the pre cogs and just wish Agatha would stop acting like Rainman and close her eyes before they pop out. Speaking of eyes, ewwww? 7.5 out of 10
Zeitgeist's rating & comment: As a lawyer I had a problem with the premise of this film. And it didn't get better from there. Look, it looks nice enough and Cruise does his "serious tortured man of action" shtick convincingly enough, but the plot was obvious and it suffered from that perennial problem of "If only the film finished 10 minutes early"... Sorry Margaret and David, I can only give this 2 stars (5 out of 10). Babe factor 6 out of 10 (Colin Farrell wears too much clothing).

Miss Congeniality
Cat's rating and comment: A nice fun romp. Not spectacular but eminently watchable and entertaining.7 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Joins the league of all those other beauty pageant spoofs but I think I liked the Kirstin Dunst one better (Drop Dead Gorgeous) but fun and silly, ugly unsophisticated girl made gorgeous and everyone falls in love with her and she changes people's ideas. blah blah blah 7 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: Didn't hate it, but while it was entertaining, I cannot stand beauty pageants. Although this was ostensibly spoofing them, I can't help feeling it was in some way approving of them but I did enjoy the "One in a Million" sequence even though it's impossible to get that damned song out of your head once it's there ..... 6.5 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: This was a good watchable braindead flick that once I finished it, thought "hey that was cool" and forgot all about what it was about. While it was trying to spoof Beauty Pageants, I think the rest of the world outside the US don't take them seriously anyway so it wasn't that much of a comical success- Sandra Bullock likable as always. 7 out of 10

Monsoon Wedding
Cat's rating and comment: It was so much fun. I loved the atmosphere and the music. The characters were great. It was like being invited to a friend's wedding. Especially liked the wedding planner and the maid. Reminds me of my brother's groomsman eating the centrepiece at his wedding. 8.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: On the list to see, haven't yet
Koala's rating & comment: Beautiful colour and music. The storylines are poignant and absorbing and I really enjoyed this movie. Many thanks to Cat for suggesting this one. 8.5 out of 10.

Monsters Inc
Cat's rating and comment: Hee hee hee .. Monsters scared of children. This was good. Loved the characters and the look of it and when I bought the DVD I got a stuffed Sulley thrown in!! (love merchandising). And re: the making of segment on the DVD .. can I work in a place with scooters? 8.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: What a great cute film, so cute cute cute! Shall I label it again? Cute! Monsters scared of contaminations from kids, monsters under the bed only scare kids to get screams to power their industries, very dramatic and scary and funny, lots of enjoyment, keep on doing it PIXAR 9 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: I always enjoy Pixar movies. I never love them though - not like traditional Disney animation. For some reason while they tend to pack a lot of wry wit, they always have a lot of fatuous Americanisms, preachy elements and bits the drag. There are some great one liners, visual gags and moments in this movie but I didn't love it. 7 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: I thought this was great- The interaction between Mike and Sulley was awesome, and I just thought Boo was the cutest animated kid to be seen for a long time. Really funny stuff and lots of jokes that can only be appreciated the second or third time around. SOme of the monsters were a lil icky, but the idea was really clever and the containment scenes were awesome. 8 out of 10

Moulin Rouge (Koala was excessive and saw this three times on 3 consecutive days)
Cat's rating and comment: Okay the second time we saw this we had trouble stopping ourselves from singing along we were so caught up in it. If a musical can make it seem natural to burst into song it’s got to be good and considering we have a habit of doing that ourselves . . loved the music, loved the costumes, loved the characters. 10 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Twice for me and it would have been good to see it a third time - on a different weekend. Lots of fun, costumes amazing! The singing great and I never liked Nicole Kidman but after this film (and The Others) I am sold, she can sing and act. 10 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: Purely emotive response on my part. I love Ewan, I love musicals. 10 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: I love musicals, and this was just a scensory masterpiece- looked great, sounded great, just excellent work all round. Couldn't fault the film for what it was trying to achieve. Breathtaking stuff. 9 out of 10
Zeitgeist's rating & comment: Loved it, loved it, loved it. Looks gorgeous, sounds gorgeous, Ewen looks unusually gorgeous, Nicole is gorgeous. Sensible story which didn't get in the way of all that gorgeousness. Loved the editing in the tango/Roxanne sequence. I cried a river during the final "Come What May" scene. To quote a friend of mine: "Baz Luhrmann is a god" I would add Catherine Martin, too. Special note: watch out for Richard Roxborough stomping on the "little frog" in the picnic scene. Cracked me up. This one gets a 9 out of 10. Babe factor 6 out of 10 (for Ewen's (relatively) clean cut look).

Mummy Returns
Cat's rating and comment: Entertaining is a good description. It was fun but lacked the spark the first one had. And the Scorpion King was really silly. 5.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: I think I saw this but it was along time ago and I think it was alright, oh wait no it had The Rock in it and so basically sucked especially when he turned into a scorpion with his head on top of it! 5 out of 10.
Koala's rating & comment: Entertaining, not as witty and funny as the first although the fight scenes were excellent. I really loved the first tone - thought it was fun and romantic and goofy. 6 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: Disapointing. Had potential but just didn't pick up the pace of the first one and u found yourself thinking "I really want to like this" but not happening. Still kinda cool though. 6.5 out of 10.

The Musketeer
Cat's rating and comment: hmm .. I love the Musketeer legends but D'Artagnan is sooo wet. The other's were okay but not outstanding. The best thing about this film was the fight scenes. Catherine Deneuve was fabulous as Queen Anne. 4 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: I liked the three musketeers (with Charlie Sheen et al), this one was different but alright. The hair was awful, especially wet and D'Artagnon looked like a reject from "Legends of the Fall" Fight Sequences amazing, Tim Roth great as per usual 5 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: Enjoyable fight sequences, terrible hair, terrible acting but a lot of fun. Much better than the atrocious Three Musketeers. I laughed out loud quite a bit in this one. =) 7 out of 10.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Cat's rating and comment: A fairly gentle film that makes you smile. I guess Australians won't find this outrageously funny because it's not really new humour for us but it still made me giggle. I particularly liked her father's linguistic analysis. 6.5 out of 10
Frog's rating and comment: Side splitting humour, hilarious, I was nearly falling off my seat from laughing so hard. It was a great laugh and not the type of humour which is painful to watch but one where it is just a good laugh. If you know what I mean! I enjoyed watching this film and the feel good story behind the making of it is just as good. Many many good quotable lines, nice to see some Australians in the film. 8 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: This movie was adorable.. I love Chris in the morning from Northern Exposure - he was so sweet. Toula was endearing, the family were hilarious and I loved the music in the movie as well. The first and the second time Toula and Ian met had me grinning madly! Favourite line was the dad's "apple and oranges" line - very heartwarming!!! 8 out of 10.

My Sassy Girl
Cat's rating and comment: Wow .. a moderately happy Korean film. I didn't know they existed. And I guess the girl from the title isn't exactly the most pleasant character and spends all her time humiliating and beating up the narrator but it still made me smile. 8 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: haven't wathed it yet.
Koala's rating & comment: I've never watched a Korean film before and I gather that while this film is typical in terms of its 'violence', it is
atypical for the sweet romantic humour it contains. I loved this movie - sweet, funny and very touching. 8.5 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: I liked this alot, although I found I could relate to it waaaay to easily! A lil on the asian slapstick side, but underneath it all very sweet and nice film all round to watch. 8 out of 10.

Ned Kelly
Cat's rating and comment: It’s nice to see them updating the Ned Kelly legend. I know he stole things and murdered people but you can’t let the truth get in the way of a good legend. I’m a little confused about how the circus got written in & there should have been more Joe Byrne bits (there’s a lovely speech in a play I read back in high school) but generally speaking it was entertaining & well produced. I thought it was amusing that the Victorian Police were portrayed as being corrupt, but as my friend Paul says, ‘a police force reflects the society it is charged to protect’. 9 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: I felt manipulted in this film and not fully engrossed. the cinematography was beautiful... the Australian landscape and Australian animals but I did not feel fully into the film? Is the story too much part of my national identiy that I have my own feelings on it and don't want to see another's point of view. Or was I there prepared to be manipulated and that's why I felt manipulated? I sat there analysing the film, somethign I don't normally do. A couple of times I felt for the film, with poor Dan and Steve trapped inthe fire and when the first gun shot is fired at another man but usually I felt pretty clinical about it (or felt I was watching Young Guns or Wisdom). I sort of wanted to see the court room and hanging, why? I don't know, maybe that is how I know the story and it is not complete without that? 7 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: haven't seen it.
Pocket's rating & comment: haven't seen it.

Ocean's Eleven
Cat's rating and comment: Love it when you get the stylish slow motion striding. And if I were going to be arrested I would definitely like to be arrested in a dinner suit. Highly ridiculous story line that kept you wondering. Nice twists and turns and good ensemble cast. Very slick. 8 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: haven't seen it.
Koala's rating & comment: It was about half way through the movie before I liked this but then I found myself liking it in spite of myself. Yes it's one of those Stylish Dramas, but the ensemble casting is excellent. George Clooney doesn't dominate, everyone in the 'eleven' is very entertaining. The music and the feel of the movie is wonderful and the one liners and the ironic twists are delightful. Julia Roberts' character didn't have a great deal to do though. It was probably too much of a guy's movie. =) 8.0 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: This movie kicked butt and I wanted to go rob a casino (or at least steal something) after this film. Just a very stylish slick film, everyone was quite likable, and even the bad guy in Andy Garcia- u couldn't hate him. Julia Roberts was perhaps the weakest role, and given she was the centre of everything going on they could have brought her out more, but as for the "eleven", they were all excellent and a movie I thought was even smoother hep cat than the Rat Pack in the orginal. 9 out of 10.
Zeitgeist's rating & comment: Very enjoyable film. Great ensemble cast who really look like they are having tons of fun. It takes a little while to warm up, but if you get into the pace of the film, it never disappoints. Great look (Brad's clothes are divine). The portrayal of the depth of relationship between Clooney and Pitt is delicately but convincingly done. Hats off to all the actors, but especially Clooney, Eliot Gould and Andy Garcia. So much energy in this cast it could power a small country. Soderbergh (along with Ang Lee) is one of my favourite directors at the moment (everyone should see "The Limey"). 8 out of 10 for this one. Babe factor 9 out of 10 (Damon (see Bourne Identity review) Pitt, Clooney, Scott Caan... oh my).

Once upon a time in Mexico
Cat's rating and comment: to come.
Frog's rating and comment: to come.
Koala's rating & comment: I saw this with with Donna and P. Although P gave it the thumbs down, I really liked it. Stylish, bittersweet and with a thread of melancholy and regret running through it - the action sequences were tempered by beautiful shots and a gorgeous soundtrack. I am a total suck for Spanish guitar and the Salma Hayek song at the end credits "Siente mi amor" is a real gem of a song. Banderas this time around is still the dead El Mariachi, this time haunted by the loss of his beautiful wife Carolina (the sultry Salma Hayek). Puzzlingly enough, the story indicates that she used to be the consort of some military guy, although in the previous movie - she seemed to be an unattached bookstore owner - but that's neither here nor there. Bloody coups, CIA double-dealing and manipulations are the backdrop in this movie about revenge and deceit. Johnny Depp is a scream as the CIA operative with the tacky clothes. I could have done without the whole eyeball scene (you'll know what I mean when you see it), but he was very good. I'm definitely revising my original opinion of him as a pretty boy with no talent. Biggest criticism is that for some reason, the beautiful guitar music in the opening credits is NOT on the soundtrack. Boo hiss. 8.5 out of 10. PS: Antonio was way cuter in Desperado ;)
P's rating and comment: to come.

The Others
Cat's rating and comment: A good scare. There was a woman sitting in the back of the theatre screaming which was pretty freaky. It was nice going with the twists .. trying to figure out what the real story is. Got completely caught up in the 'Others' reality. Fantastic. 9 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Fantastic! I am terrible at scary films but this just swept me away and kept Cat and I amused trying to work out what was happening. We kept changing our minds. Definitely worth seeing and out of this world. 9 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: Frightened me to death. I am such a good audience member for ironic twists. I never solve anything until they come out and tell me and I do the big: "Oh" routine. This movie was scary, suspenseful, beautifully acted and filmed and Nicole Kidman was amazing in the part. Did I mention I was scared to death? Keep an eye out for the creep creepy Book of the Dead. Great Googly moogly! 8.5 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: Freaky Film, slow but not painfully so and worth the wait. I picked up the "twist" straight away partially because I was told there was a twist! Nicole Kidman definitely shows scope in her acting, and the picture was just very eery. Agree the book of the dead was ewww;) 8 out of 10

Panic Room
Cat's rating and comment:
It's easy to see that I'm swayed by nice looking films and lovely living spaces. Loved the house. Nice twists and turns between the characters who all played well off each other. The girl was well cast (she has Jodie Foster's chin). All in all pretty good. 8 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment:This film did have me on the edge of my seat but then again I am easily put there, anything with tension in it has me tapping my foot. In some bits it was silly in that Jodie Foster goes one minute from panicking and putting her life in danger and the next minute able to manipulate the phone system. Forrest Whittaker was great and nice to see a guest appearance from "Sydney" from "The Pretender". 6 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: This was a deeply strange movie. I have no idea what it wanted to be. It was entertaining I suppose. Jodie Foster's Edward Furlong-look alike DAUGHTER was kind of whiney .... I don't want to trash the film but it just appeared to have a very odd storyline and plot. Was it an action, a thriller, a psychological drama? No idea. Also - did anyone else roll their eyes when the daughter turned out to be diabetic? Oh puh-lease - please stab me with a fork. 6.5 out of 10 for being directionless. 5 out of 10 for having diabetes/Life Threatening Illness Requiring Immediate Treatment as part of the storyline - see Con Air (note: Con Air was a better movie IMHO!).
Pocket's rating & comment: Home Alone did a better job at this.This movie, while having solid acting, never really knew what it was, nor did u really empathise with any of the characters. Forrest Whittaker just always plays these misunderstood bad guys and Dwight Yokham- well ok he manages to be very convincing as a royal prick. If I had a panic room i'd be stocking it up with... Ventolin Puffers, Antihistamines and Gameboy.6.5 out of 10.

Phone Booth
Cat's rating and comment: Wow!! This blew me away. An entire film shot in a phone booth and it was still suspenseful. Great performances from Collin Farrell and Forrest Whittaker, nice vocals from Keifer Sutherland. I don¡¦t know what else to say ¡K you should all rush out and see this one!! (doesn¡¦t hurt that Collin Farrell is cute too) 9.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: to come.
Koala's rating & comment: for some reason I was expecting a lot more from this. Colin Farrell is normally very cute but he looked quite grubby and icky in this movie .... 7 out of 10.

Pirates of the Caribbean
Cat's rating and comment: It’s a little disturbing that Disney is resorting to making films based on their amusement park rides. Having said that, I have to admit that it was one of my favourite rides when I was a kid & I’m pretty sure one of the Dirk Pitt novels ends up in it. So we rushed off to see it and I wasn’t disappointed. There was swashing & buckling, insane pirates, pieces of gold, evil pirates, damsels in distress (well only briefly). Kiera Knightley was great! And Jack Sparrow was spectacular! 9 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: My first reaction to this movie having a subtitle was to ask Cat if there would be a sequel. ;) I didn't notice that Orlando's profile is not the best sorry Koala. Lots of swashing and buckling and unbuckling and swordfights and adventure. Quite a long film, perhaps just a little bit too long but I loved the twists and the turns and all the excitement of it all. Only thing bugged me is I did not recognise who Keira Knightly was until the end credits and it all made sense then. 8/10
Koala's rating & comment: lots of fun - Johnny Depp was hilarious and Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley make a very good-looking couple! The commentary on the DVD given by Jack Davenport is very hilarious. 8 out of 10.

Planet of the Apes
Cat's rating and comment: There was really no point in going over the social commentary of the original series. Instead Mr Burton has opted for concentrating on the mannerisms of the primates and the general look of a culture. And it's fabulous. Helena Bonham Carter's and Tim Roth's scenes are wonderful and the interaction between all the characters is stunning to watch. I really loved it .. 9 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Well it definetly let it set up for the sequal at the end there...... bit silly that the human girl hardly gets anything and they have the underwater sequence to show off her swimming skills cause she is some swimming star (and well to get her into wet clothes) *shrug* not fussed, though the ending was pretty cool even if it was a set up 7 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: Very enjoyable. The soundtrack by Danny Elfman was suspenseful and scary, Helene Bonham Carter and Tim Roth turn in a wonderful performance and the apes look fantastic. I'm not a huge fan of the Marky Mark although at least he didn't do his: "Oh baby, oh baby, I'm sorry" routine in this one. Twist was fascinating at the end. I enjoyed this. 8 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: I thought this was pretty cool, although u kinda hope Mark Whalberg gets with the Ape rather than the useless bimbo. Ending was very much like a Resident Evil style twist and one that I find always leaves me feeling somewhat disturbed. Tim Roth and Michael Clarke Duncan make awesome monkey dudes;) 7.5 out of 10
Zeitgeist's rating & comment: Unbelievable plot (and not in the good way). Even if you take out the whole "ape thing" It is (somewhat) redeemed by Tim Roth chewing up the scenery, Helena Bonham Carter in a quite subtle performance behind all that make-up and Mark Wahlberg in his tight spacesuit. Mostly silly though. 6 out of 10. Babe factor 9 out of 10 (I will also watch anything with Mark Wahlberg in it).

The Princess Diaries
Cat's rating and comment: I liked it a lot. It was very sweet and Disney but thoroughly enjoyable. Julie Andrews was great as the Queen and Anne Hathaway is likeable. The makeover wasn't as unlikely as they normally are and she didn't become super princess overnight. 7.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Very cute and sweet, typical story girl goes from frump to beauty (do you get the idea that well this annoys me?) but very sweet, I liked the bit when she says to the guy something about how he liked her when she was unnoticeable. Very sweet story, very cute and the actors were pretty fine. 7 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: Cute movie. I quite like Anne Hathaway, her Requisite Annoying Best Friend was sufficiently annoying. I almost felt sorry for Julie Andrews though - she looked a little uncomfortable in the role of Fairy Godmother. Confession - I was humming the Backstreet Boys song for ages afterwards. 7 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: I like chick flicks, but this one didn't get me. Didn't understand why it was anything special- expect it more as a telemovie on during the "Wonderful world of Disney" when I was younger. Maybe cos i'm not a chick. Her annoying best friend is the female equivelent of Chuck Sherman in American Pie- the teen actor u need when u need someone very unattractive. Cute is about as good (or patronising) as I can get. 6.5 out of 10

Proof of Life
Cat's rating and comment: "I know you’re in pain, mate”. Heh heh .. any film that gets away with a line like that has to be good. I was expecting tacky romance but it was well put together and an interesting subject matter. 8 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Very silly, glad they cut the sex scene with Meg Ryan and Russel Crowe that she does not cheat on her husband, gives better tension that way, that they almost but not quite. Very silly lines, quite silly story but well still enjoyable 7 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: Very low key 'romance', but dramatically very intense. I enjoyed it. 7 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: I thought this was cool. Always into movies where dudes get sent in in guerilla style. Russell Crowe was good in his role, and agreed that the tension is there with him and Meg Ryan, but they don't cave and do a cheesy love scene (Ahh Cindy and William in Fair Game..eeech). David Caruso's character was great and almost a show stealer- even though noone but his mum like him... 7.5 out of 10

Queen of the Damned
Cat's rating and comment: I have read the book and was a big Anne Rice fan (not so much of the Mayfairs, however). It was a slick looking adaptation with not much substance. I remember believing Akasha was a real threat in the book … not so much in the film. Stewart Townsend was well cast I thought and I liked the imagery. It made me chuckle in several places. Enjoyed the music, reminded me of my goth days .. 6 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment:Haven't seen it. Probably won't.
Koala's rating & comment: Not having read the books I probably wasn't as outraged as I might have been. As it was, I found this movie extremely entertaining and deeply stupid at the same time. Lestat the Vampire Rock Star... um yeah - it could happen. One mantra that went through my mind as I watched was - thank goodness they dumped Stuart Townsend as Aragorn in favour of Viggo. No offence to Stuart but he just would have been such an appalling Aragorn, I mean sure they both have dark hair but hey. But back to Queen of the Damned - the acting was extremely cheesy although I rather liked the song performed by Lestat at Death Valley. Marguerite Moreau should have stayed in the Mighty Ducks movies, Aaliyah seemed to spend her whole time slithering and looking serpentine. What a very silly movie. I should add that I may have nightmares about Stuart Townsend's hairy nipples for sometime to come ... 5.5 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: To come.

Red Dragon
Cat's rating and comment: The third instalment in the 'Silence of the Lambs' series. The second one was so atrocious it was nice to go back to a scary thriller. Edward Norton was great as the profiler who originally caught Hannibal Lecter and gets called back in to catch the Red Dragon. 7 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Haven't seen it and probably won't see it
Koala's rating & comment: haven't seen it, probably won't ....
Pocket's rating & comment: To come.

Reign of Fire
Cat's rating and comment: Ridiculous premises don’t always make for a bad film. The mythical dragon proves to be real and makes a big comeback wiping out most of the human race. One group of people make their home in an abandoned keep somewhere in England and try and survive by growing their own film and building other technologies, but time is running out and they may soon be destroyed. Along come a group of gung-ho Americans with a brilliant plan to go to London and kill the only living male Dragon hence destroying the species. Sounds a little farfetched, doesn’t it. The characters are old-fashioned heroes and it reminded me of 1950s BBC dramas. It was lovely. Christian Bale is fabulous as the leader of the outpost. Matthew McConaghay is a bit of a caricature but enjoyable nonetheless. It’s had terrible reviews but when has that stopped us seeing anything. And I think it’s saving grace is that it concentrates on the characters rather than the dragons. The special effects blend into the background to make it much more believable. Two thumbs up!! 9 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Very very silly premise, very very filly plot - full of holes like the dragon's wings but I am not saying it wasn't enjoyable. It was! Definitely needed suspension of disbelief but that's what movies are about. It also made for lots of discussion afterwards about it, and that's a good movie, one you can talk about afterwards even if you are pulling it apart. 6 & 1/2 out of 10.
Koala's rating & comment: Finally saw this one on DVD. It did have a very "old" style feel to it and I found it extremely suspenseful and interesting. Very strange premise I agree, but still very entertaining. Christian Bale was lovely, the romance was cliched, Matthew McConaghay (whose name I can never spell), was very scary and bizarre-looking but interesting. I felt sorry for the best friend with the interesting accent but best friends in movies like this are always Marked For Death ..... Keep an eye out for the cute nod to Star Wars. 8.5 out of 10 for entertainment value.
Pocket's rating & comment: I thought this was pretty cool, You never really get where this wants to go, but the story was quite original in the fusion of technology, science, post apocolyptic themes and fantasy into one. I don't think anyone would go into this film expecting anything more than exciting popcorn fare and it delivers. 8 out of 10

Returner
Cat's rating and comment: Haven't seen it.
Frog's rating and comment: Haven't seen it.
Koala's rating & comment: Ummmm, Takeshi Kaneshiro - most beautiful man in the world or close to. Also, how can you go past a guy who speaks five languages, looks absolutely gorgeous and can act. The storyline is very cliched - elements of Matrix, ET and any other action flick, but the result is stylish and very engaging. Anne Suzuki as Milly is very winsome and I enjoyed this movie a lot. 6 out of 10 for the storyline but 9 out of 10 for the entertainment value, eye candy and long-awaited Takeshi-fest.
Zeitgeist's rating & comment: Interesting film. Look, it has solid performances from most of the cast. Kaneshiro is attractive in that wan, lean, soulful kind of way (which I don't dig, but others do). Problem is, the movie never quite hits its mark. It feels like a celebrity guest star on a sitcom who is never quite properly in shot. If that makes sense. 6 out of 10. Babe factor 6 out of 10.

The Ring
Cat's rating and comment:
I used to try and see the original film before seeing the American remake but didn't get a chance this time. I think I have to rate this as the scariest film I have ever seen (and I love scary films). It's full of disturbing imagery and just when you think you've figured out the answer ... well you'll have to go see it for yourself. It's always nice to see Australian and New Zealand actors working in Hollywood. 8.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Haven't seen, won't see (too scary for lil ol' me)
Koala's rating & comment: haven't seen it, although whenever I see the title I think of The Lord of the Rings. Typical of me. :P
Pocket's rating & comment: It's freaky- gave me the chills the same way Blair Witch did when I first saw it (before the hype, no idea what it was about or the background..disturbing as hell). Read alot about the original Japanese version which disturbed me enough and then saw this one and.. eech the scene everyone talks about.. well yes call me a wuss but it scared the hell out of me and i was doing the "slumped in my seat pretending to rub my eyebrow alot" pose. Brrrrrrr. Apparently the Japanese DVD has the full video on it and it's apparently very rarely viewed... 8 out of 10

The Road Home
Cat's rating and comment: To come
Frog's rating and comment: Haven't seen this.
Koala's rating & comment: Pocket bagged this, but I loved it as I cried bucket-loads. I'm not sure why I loved it so much. Touching acting, heart-breaking sobs - maybe I was in the mood for a good cry but it's a traditional love story about girl meets boy, girl falls in love with boy, boy goes away for a really REALLY long time but girl and boy still love each other. =) 9 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: girl meets boy, girl falls in love with boy, girl is REALLY keen and there's a broken rice bowl. I sat there going "err, nice and all but... huh?" found it a lil pointless, but.. Koala liked it so I will say I liked it too. and give it.. 6.5 out of 10.

The Rules of Attraction
Cat's rating and comment: I’m a bit of a Brett Easton Ellis fan .. apart from that whole ‘American Psycho’ dealio which was disturbing as a book and, although slick, pretty bad as a film. I read this book when I was still in high school but had forgotten some of the amusement .. particularly the overdose scene (‘I’m not dead am I?’ … ‘Yes you are!! Shut up!!’). The film-makers have updated it which makes it more accessible for current audiences. I still say they could have used ‘Dancing with Myself’ in the party scene when Paul’s supposed to jump around like a maniac in his underwear but it was done pretty well. Interesting casting; James Van Der Beek as the American Psycho’s little brother, Paul looked like a young Rob Lowe, and the girl who was so insipid in ‘A Knight’s Tale’ who looked like a young Lisa Bonet. Liked the music, liked the look, very amusing and strangely reminiscent of my own early university days (which were far tamer!!!). 9 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Haven't seen it.
Koala's rating & comment: haven't seen it. Probably won't?
Pocket's rating & comment: haven't seen it.
Zeitgeist's rating & comment: Like Cat, I am a bit of an Easton Ellis fan. I am intrigued by the fact that he satirises the glamour world he portrays but at the same time, he seems compelled by it and wants (if he was honest with himself) to be a part of it. Or maybe that's just me??? Anyway, good performances all round. I love (as I did in the book) the re-telling of the same circumstances from different character's points of view. But I am sick and tired of hearing about what a "brave role" it is for James Van Der Beek! So he plays a college drug dealer and he snogs a guy on screen. Big deal! Hollywood should get over its earnestness about how important it is to be able to portray "gay life" on screen. Hey! Guys! It's just life! Anyway, rant over. 6 out of 10. Babe factor 8 out of 10 (for the bed-dance scene and "The Beek" snogging a guy on screen ).

Rush Hour 2
Cat's rating and comment: Err … I didn't see the original one. It wasn't groundbreaking but a lot of fun. 6 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Haven't seen 1, probably won't see 2
Koala's rating & comment: My god. Could this movie have been any worse and contained any more gratuitous asian slurs? I'm gonna kick your butt back to the Ming Dynasty / Bangkok? I wanna get some mushu? Jackie Chan - I'm all for exploiting Asianness for the sake of humour for for the love of mike, at least make it funny!!!!! Zhang Zi Yi was absolutely wasted in her role as the evil Hu Li. The glamorous undercover agent was atrocious as were Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. 3 dim sums out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: A friend brought this back for me to watch, even though I didn't request it, and I am glad I didn't pay for it, nor even have anywhere documented that I wanted to see it. It was honestly a load of crap. Really bad stuff, take every stupid asian cliche and throw it into a movie, and assume by having it set IN Hong Kong and having Jackie Chan in it makes it all ok. Piece of Crap. I said that before huh? Piece of Crap. won ton out of ten.

Save the last dance
Cat's rating and comment: Okay this was a similar storyline to the other dance films we’ve seen this year (and in the eighties and nineties) but the social commentary on Chicago was interesting and the setting was pretty different. Loved the mix of styles. 8 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: They say there are only what 7 original story lines in the world and
everything else is a take on that. Well that includes this film,
doesn't mean it's a bad film but definitely interesting. I could definitely feel for her in feeling a minority in her new school in Chicago, I've been there, not school but the minority in Chicago. Sweet, sad, coming to terms with her mother's death, getting to know her dad and well having to move and develop a new life. 7 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: I saw this twice at the cinema for some reason. I really liked it - found it sweet and poignant. I'm not saying it was high art, but I really liked it. Oh. I already said that. I saw it with Cat and Frog on the Friday and then went and saw it again on my own on the Saturday! :) 8 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: Sucker for teen movies, sucker for dance sequences and a right old hip hop soundtrack. Attempts to address racial issues but shy's away from it near essential points and also projects the age old movie cliche that if u are a african american teen and not on the high achiever path, then u will join a gang and pack a gun any time u can. (rarely do u see black nerds in movies) Still very cool to watch, and did i mention the dance sequences again? Don't stop diggy diggy... 8 out of 10

Scooby Doo
Cat's rating and comment: They did quite well with the casting on this, particularly Matthew Lillard as Shaggy (Shaggy was always my favourite. A lovely piece of nonsense. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Of course it probably helped that I was on a plane with nothing better to do. Daphne's boots were spectacular!! 6.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: I haven't seen it the whole way through but caught bits on video to think it looked vaguely amusing and I do want to watch the whole way through. And the villain - well I was not expecting that! No Rating
Koala's rating & comment: haven't seen it.

Serendipity
Cat's rating and comment: Another romantic comedy .. usually good. Nice use of co-incidence. Looked good, felt good … etc etc etc … 7.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Very cute, seen it a couple of times (forced viewing on planes) and definitely a few fun moments with mistaken identities, cute with the concidencies they keep cropping up, were they "meant to be" or should they have stayed apart? Sweet and it is John Cusack 8 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: Reminds me of the song "If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with". This movie's great if you're the soulmate character but bad if you're the "love the one you're with" character and I couldn't help feeling sorry for the rejected ones even though I know I was supposed to be revelling in the all consuming power of love .... The music was wonderful particularly "Moonlight Kiss" and the David Gray track - other than that, I felt sorry for the non-soul mate characters. Over-identification much by the endangered arboreal marsupial? Maybe. 7 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: I thought it was nice, but I did feel bad for the main character's fiances. I like the idea of fate and love and the elevator at the beginning was soo.. "omigod!" but then u do start to feel bad for the situation they were in- and at least they didn't cop out by making the fiances really unlikable in a cliche 2 dimensional way. You kinda hope John Corbett and Bridget Moynihan meet and get together- they'd have better looking kids anyway. I like John Cusack though, he's always so likable regardless of what role he's in. 8 out of 10

Shadow of the vampire
Cat's rating and comment: I can't bring myself to be as harsh as Koala but the ending was quite distressing.A great concept and I loved Willem Dafoe wandering around looking like Nosferatu. 5.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Very intriguing concept, very interesting, loved the idea that the main actor in Nosferatu really was a vampire. Always liked the film Nosferatu so this just added to it. 7 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: I really hated this movie. Willem Dafoe looked impressive, the concept was cool but the characters were all revoltingly repellant and I hated the ending. 3 out of 10.

Shaft
Cat's rating and comment: Good fun. Liked the soundtrack and the updated look. 7 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: I think I liked this at the time, cannot really remember much of it.
Typical story, cop trying to beat the system to get to the right answers. 6 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: It was entertaining, a little bit gory and Toni Collette's character was a little bit wasted. 6 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: By the trailers, Christian Bale comes across as the ultimate bastard bad guy, but in the film, he's actually really quite pathetic. He's not really even the main bad guy, and u wonder why Shaft doesn't just give him a slap on his wrists and move on to a more important case. Still it gives Samuel L Jackson a chance to look a menacing tough guy role (compare it to his role in "Long Kiss Goodnight") and I thought it was at least pretty decent flick to watch. 7 out of 10? Daaaaaaamn right..

Shanghai Knights
Cat's rating and comment: The second offering in the Shanghai Kid series. There were some lovely moments; ‘Jack the Ripper’ is supposed to be stalking Whitechapel, and the gags with the names continue, and our heroes end up hanging off the hands of Big Ben. Owen Wilson is lovely again, full of wisecracks & in love …. Again. Jackie Chan is great at this kind of slapstick humour. I loved the ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ scene. 7.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Haven't seen it.
Koala's rating & comment: Haven't seen it.

Shaolin Soccer (2001) (Uncut version)
Cat's rating and comment: Haven't seen it.
Frog's rating and comment: haven't seen it.
Koala's rating & comment: Directed by famous HK actor Stephen Chow (who apparently worships Bruce Lee), this movie is a strange little classic which was hilariously endearing simply because it's so damned weird! The story is as follows, "Golden Leg" Fung played by Ng Man Tat is a former soccer superstar. When he accepts a bribe to throw a critical soccer match, he falls into the nefarious plot of one of his teammates and his career is ruined (angry fans basically beat him up and he becomes crippled). Hung (played by Patrick Tse) is the evil soccer overlord who is wealthy and powerful (chairman of the National Soccer League). Fung's depressed, miserable life turns around when he encounters Sing (Stephen Chow), an endearingly optimistic martial artist from Shaolin Temple who is also down on his luck (now a cleaner) who is wracking his brains to find ways to bring Kung Fu into the mainstream and let people know how good it is. In a nutshell, Sing enlists the help of his former Shaolin brothers (a bunch of loserly, down on their luck guys who have lost their kung fu abilities over the years) to form a Kung Fu based soccer team. In another storyline, Sing also gets to know Mei (played by the very adorable Vicki Zhao Wei's) who plays a painfully shy and hideous-looking girl who uses her fantastic Tai Chi skills to make sweet mantou (steamed bread). I know it sounds weird. It has every cliche you can think of - seeing beauty within, triumph of the human spirit and overcoming previous setbacks, clash of good against evil / David and Goliath and how one man can change the fortunes and spirits of others. There's even spontaneous dance routines, psychological breaking and very cool wire-fu.

So why do I like this? I guess it's because I went into this with low or no expectations at all. I didn't really know what to expect and the sheer quirky originality of the movie with the genuinely whole-hearted performance given by the actors is really heart-warming. I also love being surprised like this. Sing is very lovable and I love his team mates as well. The Bruce Lee look-a-like goalie is hilarious, Iron Head has one of the most expressive faces I have ever seen and the rest of the team also have their quirky traits.

I also love Vicki Zhao Wei. Her lonely figure standing in front of the mantou shop making bread is just a beautiful image. I love that initial shot of her, and the way such an ordinarily beautiful and confident actress is able to play a petrified and disfigured girl is really heart-warming. The special effects are a little bit cheesey but very fun. Seeing a soccer ball start out as a burning sunspot and then turn into a flaming panther who is roaring is cool. I also love the panning shots and the way camera follows the ball as the team are running down the field. There's a particularly effective "hero" shot of Chow as he raises his arms and the camera pans around him in an almost empty stadium and then as the rounds unfold you can see more and more audience members being present. The music is fantastic in that scene. Favourite scenes:
- Sing describing how kung fu could be useful;
- first glimpse of Mei and the conversation;
- Thriller tribute;
- the "Kung Fu is great" song;
- first soccer "battle" between Xing and the thugs;
- the first soccer match in which the team finally gets its power back;
- watching the team progress through championship - with the music in the background;
- Karen Mok and Cecelia Cheung's cameos - they looked very cool with their blue and white uniforms, moustaches and dreads :)
- Bruce Lee goalie
- Mei crying into the mantou ....
What can I say, I loved it. You may hate it, you may think it's stupid and cheesey and just damned strange but I'll give it a high score of 9 out of 10.

Pocket's rating & comment: to come.

Shrek
Cat's rating and comment: Enjoyed it. My little cousin is so obsessed with this film that she had to get a Princess Fiona dress. It's got some good moments and I liked the ending. 6 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Loved the film, cute very cute. I thought I wouldn't like it with the toilet jokes at the beginning not being my thing but once you got passed that it is very funny and silly. 7 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: I was disappointed in this movie. I expected more for some reason. I really liked the fairy tale satire but the rest left me cold. I hate booger jokes, I hate ear wax jokes, I can't stand Mike Myers and I thought the trolls looked really ugly. Didn't appreciate the humour in this one at all. Can't believe Pocket bought the DVD. What was he thinking? 6 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: I thought this was great actually, Soundtrack was good and the film had alot of "watch it several times" jokes. Wasn't a real fan of the love story element- found some of the themes a lil questionable in the love stakes, but otherwise it was funny stuff. admittedly a lil overrated these days. Eddie Murphy as Donkey was fantastic, but if u like that u're better off checking out Mulan. 7.5 out of 10

Signs
Cat's rating and comment: I’m not entirely clear about what this film was. M Night Shyamalan is so very good at suspense and making you fear the monster under your bed but ultimately I found this a little confused. It played a little like Independence Day with fewer characters and special effects.. and it started to look like it was a War of the World’s hoax. The last scene wrapped things up really nicely … but it’s an uneasy sort of a film. 6.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: I think perhaps it would have been more intriguing if we had never seen the aliens, kept it in the corner of our eyes, was it real, was it imagination, was it war of the worlds? It definitely kept me on the edge of my seat and kept me guessing and the end was a bit of a let down because everything so neatly tied together. Leave some loose ends, keeps people frustrated and guessing, this told you all the answers. 7 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: haven't seen it yet
Pocket's rating & comment: I cheated and checked out the spoilers to this film first, which made the film sound really dorky, but watching it, it's got alot of atmosphere and really pretty cool. Makes u always feel a lil... unnerved and it's a movie where u actually like Joaquin for a change. Mel Gibson plays.. Mel Gibson, and u have another Culkin kid there, complete with the "omigod i am trapped and need medication". Maybe one day Asthma will save my life too. 7.5 out of 10

Someone like you
Cat's rating and comment: The only positive review I read about this film was an Australian saying that Hugh Jackman turned in a good performance. I really enjoyed it.The two leads were nicely drawn and why can't I meet someone like that? And why can't I have an apartment like that? 9 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Ashley Judd and Hugh Jackman, who could ask for anything more? Greg Kinnear a right royal bastard! Gorgeous apartment, lots of candles. Very cute, lots of fun and I loved the cow theory!! 8 & 1/2 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: I enjoyed this - Ashley Judd and Hugh Jackman are lovely together. Unfortunately there was way way way too much Greg Kinnear in this film, but I found it very sweet and cleverly executed. I also liked that they included Absolutely Cuckoo in the soundtrack! 7.5 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: Really wanted to like this movie a whole lot more than I did. Greg Kinnear- was..boring. And so they.. focussed way too much on him, and not enough with the character development with Ashley Judd and Hugh Jackman. Hugh Jackman might as well have been a supporting actor. Not quite the way I like my romantic comedies, and not memorably enough to distinguish it from other romantic comedies. Good, not Great. 7 out of 10

Spider-Man
Cat's rating and comment: It’s so great when a midnight session falls on a special occasion.. particularly when your friends are all on holidays or out of work or the film offering is good enough to make everyone stay up late!! (Oh dear I must be getting old…) Spiderman opened at midnight the day of my birthday and I managed to convince five of my closest friends to go with me … and it was definitely worth it. Modernising superheroes is a great idea.. the special effects are so much better now. And even though it was setting up for sequels the storyline is not disappointing. Tobey Maguire is lovely. 8 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Fantastic! Midnight viewing and I stayed awake!!! Which means it must have been fantastic cause I fall asleep pretty easily - Cat can testify! Bit gory towards the end, I could not believe how little blood there was at the beginning with his uncle being shot and all that and at the end when he fights the Green Goblin it is all gory and horrible. Kirstin Dunst cool and Toby Maguire good as the dork trying to come to terms with his powers. Nice set up for the sequal. 8 & 1/2 out of 10.
Koala's rating & comment: As I've always been pro-Superman in the superhero stakes, I've never really been a fan of Spiderman, but was quite excited about buying into the hype and attending the midnight screening of Spider-Man. I really enjoyed this film - Tobey Maguire was excellent in the gawky, wide-eyed role of Peter Parker but also great as Spider-Man. Willem Dafoe is incredibly ugly but what an amazing actor and his scene in front of the mirror was marvellous. Lots of pathos (I got teary-eyed once!), action, suspense and humour. Go web! 9 out of 10 for sheer fun value.
Pocket's rating & comment: An excellent comic book adaption, from the costume (always a crucial thing for me, adapting the costume to big screen always worries me- see daredevil) to being quite faithful to the comic story line, while daring to make a decent movie out of it all. Appeases fans of the comic and newcomers alike. Toby Mcguire was actually well cast as Peter Parker, on the whole I think everyone was really. I saw this several times and still find it excellent to watch. 9 out of 10.
Zeitgeist's rating & comment: Very cool film. I think Tobey Maguire is a fine young actor (as they say) and both he and Kirsten Dunst did a great job. I know everyone says it, but their chemistry really does light up the screen. It was quite faithful to the concept of the comic book and I just found it a rollicking good time. 8 out of 10. Babe factor 7 out of 10 (a buff Maguire in tights, what more do you want).

Star Wars: Episode 2 - Attack of the Clones
Cat's rating and comment: Been waiting 20 years to see Yoda pick up a light sabre and give someone what for … Dooku didn't stand a chance (particularly after they gave him such a stupid name). After the disappointment of 'Phantom Menace' it was nice to see George Lucas back in stride (even if he insisted that Mr McGregor sport his rather out of date hairstyle). The chemistry between Anakin and Amidala was a bit light on to say the least (it's nice to know the next generation of females get the hang of it). More special effects. More light-sabres. More ridiculous dialogue. It was jolly good fun. Looking forward to the next instalment. 9 out of 10.

Frog's rating and comment: Well labeling this as a /good/ film would not do it and good films justice. It cannot be said that the acting is brilliant and sparkling, the story line - well they say there are only 7 story lines out there so not very original but still it is STAR WARS! Obi-won and Anakin's whinging and bickering all the time was a little tiring but for all of this I liked it. This is a FUN film, I enjoyed it, lots of swashing and buckling! Fun to recognise familar Aussie and Kiwi actors (even with Temura Morrison's broad vowels and bad acting with his "son". "Dad, someone's following us" "He must have put a tracker on us!" But it was fun, laser fights, especially Yoda's. There were fun scenes and intersting aliens, I like Mace Windoo's "The party's over" and the C3PO and R2D2 scenes where C3 loses his head but yes it is weird that they forget ObiWon in Episode 4 so that has to be explained. Don't go looking for deep meaningful love scenes (or deep meaningful anything) but if you want high adventure and fun, sit back and enjoy and don't critique. 8 out of 10

Koala's rating and comment: I really enjoyed this. Sure it had its faults but it was better than Episode 1, I thought Anakin was beautiful, as was Obi Wan. I liked the lightsabre duels. 8 out of 10. To read more, click here.

Shylock's rating and comment:Episode II is a thoroughly entertaining piece of cinema - reunites some great characters, has an awesome soundtrack, develops the fairy tale story line and includes amazing special effects. Yoda, Obi Wan and Samuel L Jackson excel in their roles as Jedi masters and Natalie Portman (aka Matilda) puts in a credible performance. George Lucas obviously took some note of the viewers' thoughts on Episode I and mercifully scaled back the role of the insidious Jar Jar. However, his obsession with clones, droids and computer generated imagery makes you feel you're simply watching a video game at times and it becomes simply boring to see one more robot destroyed. Anakin's character developed satisfactorily as we assumed it might - fell in love with Padme, showed fear and anger and general tendency to move to the dark side, and general impatience to become the most powerful Jedi in the galaxy. However, a combination of Anakin's acting and the dialogue let him down. This was most evident in the love scenes with the Princess which appeared contrived and unconvincing. Still, Episode III is a must-see. This one scores 7/10. [For the record, Episode IV and V score perfect 10s]

Pocket's rating and comment: Everyone at work is whinging about Ep.II...that other than the last 20 min or so - it was pretty crap. I wouldn't go so far as say crap, but it really wasn't anything to say Lucas redeemed himself. The problem I think with prequels is that they have an already made story they have to accommodate and it seems they're writing it to suit, not that he's already had them written but chose to make 4 5 and 6 first. A lot of the storytelling is just to accommodate "why's?" so in trying to tell the audience about origins and so forth, it tends to lose pace. It's like they're trying to fit in A LOT of stuff in just a few hours and not sure what should be explained and what shouldn't be (cos in a way, you could watch 4,5 and 6 without even knowing the origins of Boba Fett or the Empire). Click here to read more. 6.5 out of 10 for me.

Darth Simiouss rating and comment: SW Ep II AOTC is, despite wooden acting, poor dialogue, a convoluted plot (or series of plots), persistent contrivance, the mind-numbing short-sightedness of the Jedi Order and the utter silliness of the Naboovian Big-arsed Herbivorous Rat-creatures, the GREATEST MOVIE THAT HAS BEEN MADE so far. If I recall rightly, I went on to discuss more about the tribulations of Achilles, but that would not interest your readers without the benefit of the previous discussion.

P's rating and comment: I must say it¡¦s not a good Star Wars movie. I don¡¦t know what is George Lucas was thinking about. Having special effects doesn¡¦t mean you can ignore the script. The ¡¥sound of music¡¦ running scene is definitely the worst scene ever. Obi Wan was great, Yoda was great, Samuel L Jackson was great, Padme was mega pretty. I could be a better Anakin. I also can put my head down and my eyes looking upwards when I wanted to be evil. Fighting was perfect, except when Padme was fallen from a ship as if she was fallen from a bike. Stand up and ask them to keep on going. 7 out of 10

Star Trek: Nemesis
Cat's rating and comment: Ho-hum. Disappointing really. I liked the big-bad although he was a little weak. I liked the crash .. but I’m afraid this played like an extended ‘Next Generation’ episode; add an action sequence and put it on the big screen boys!! 4 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: *sigh* I had such high hopes, the trailer looked great, the premise was interesting and it was AWFUL :( Lots and lots of talking with occasional action, the action sequences were great but there were not enough of them and just lots and lots of boring talking! NOt at all interesting, First Contact is my favourite of the three, such a shame. 3 out of 10 (lost points for stupid wedding and sex scene but least Jean Luc was still in it!)
Koala's rating & comment: haven't seen it.
Pocket's rating & comment: haven't seen it.
P's rating & comment: As long as it's a Star Trek movie and Patrick Stewart is in it, I'm already happy. I must admit this is not a good movie. It¡¦s like a 2 hours long episode (actually some of the tv episodes are even better). The badie was quite good but he didn't have a great character. It would be a bad bad bad movie for the last movie of next generations. My brother said whenever Diana Troi was piloting the ship, it would be crashed. 5 out of 10 just because it's a star trek movie.

Sum of All Fears
Cat's rating and comment:
Let me start by saying that I haven’t read any of the Tom Clancy books and I haven’t followed the films very closely. I know, however, that this is completely out of order with the other films. So I’m sure there are people complaining … It was a very entertaining film. I’m sure we irritated the audience by talking through the entire thing (about the film of course) but we just couldn’t help ourselves. One of those films where you cheer for the good guys. 8 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Took a while to work out where in the sequence of films this fell and very intriguing to work out what would happen and I cannot believe the bomb actually went off. Very cool and exciting film 8 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: haven't seen it yet
Pocket's rating & comment: To come

Suriyothai
Cat's rating and comment: What the hell is 'Suriyothai' I hear you all asking. 'Suriyothai' is the story of a Thai Queen who went out to battle on Elephant back and was killed defending her kingdom. I am no expert on Thai history and I find it quite confusing at times but this was a really great story and done in the style of old Hollywood epics. My sister-in-law tells me that the language they are speaking is 'old Thai' or 'formal Thai' and there is something about the
delivery that makes me think of Shakespeare. 9 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: haven't seen it.
Koala's rating & comment: haven't seen it.

SWAT
Cat's rating and comment: To come.
Frog's rating and comment: To come.
Koala's rating & comment: Entertaining, Colin Farrell looks much better here than he did in Phonebooth, I would have liked an increased role for Michelle Rodriguez who is permanently playing tough latino chicks, funny to see Nawanda (?) from Dead Poet's as a SWAT officer, but on the whole the movie was slick and suspenseful and was very enjoyable. 7 out of 10.

The Sweetest Thing
Cat's rating and comment: I don’t normally like this kind of humour .. it’s kind of painful because you know these people are going to get themselves into embarrassing situations. Maybe it’s because the three leads (Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate and Selma Blair) are so likeable and moderately normal that this kinda works. I’m still not sure what appealed to me but I chuckled the whole way through. 6 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: This is /so/ not my usual humour, this is the sort of thing I would run screaming from and poke my eyes out too Koala but I don't know what it was, I actually liked it and laughed throughout it. Don't shoot me, I know, it is awful sex and toilet humour but I liked it. 5.5 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: big ewwww - hated it, couldn't finish it and felt so let down because the trailers made it look so cute. It was so forced, the Penis Song was painfully forced, the actresses looked very embarrassed and unnatural the whole movie - I wanted to poke out my eyes in protest. 2 out of 10 although in all fairness I shouldn't rate a film I haven't finished.
Pocket's rating & comment: Ugh. once again wanted to like it, couldn't finish it. NOrmally a fan of gratuitous singing and dancing, but just found the intro sequence painful. went downhill from there. couldn't finish it. no rating

Sweet Home Alabama
Cat's rating and comment: A lovely sweet film. Small town girl changes her life and identity and moves to New York, then has to come to terms with her origins to move forward. Hee hee .. and I loved the cat story. Aparently this was shot in North Carolina rather than Alabama. It's a pretty part of the world. All the characters are nicely drawn and fun. 8 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: This was quite a sweet film with Reese Witherspoon playing a girl from *duh* Alabama, making it big in the Big Smoke (New York). She is just about to launch her clothes in a big fashion week premiere and her rich smart cute politician boyfriend wants to marry her (his mother, the mayor of New York - Murphy Brown star Candice Bergen hates her - no political connections or money). The only problem is Melanie Carmichael seems to have a past she is running from. Seems her real name is Melanie Snooter or even Melanie Perry as she already has a husband down south. Jake Perry (Josh Lucas) plays the husband who has refused to sign the divorce papers. It is a time for Melanie to find out who she is and what she has been running from. I found it hard to decide if she should marry Andrew (Patrick Dempsey) or stay married to Jake. Kept you on your toes trying to decide what was going to happen and I am not going to tell you what happened. I liked her "cousin" Ethan Embrey, and want to see more of him and please more of Josh Luscas! A nice cameo from melanie Lynskey (Coyote Ugly, Heavenly Creatures) 8 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: Still articulating what I hated about this movie. Review to come. In the meanwhile, I agree with Pocket's review. Also, you might want to check out discussions held between Frog, Cat and myself on this particular movie. Quite possibly it has been the only movie where I have had such a dramatic difference of opinion with them. :) I note that P also agrees with their review over mine and Pocket's. 3 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: Ugh one of my most hated films of the year thusfar. I can't go into it without revealing everything, so I'll just say that I hated Reece Witherspoon in this movie - her character was just a selfish, nasty bitchy weak character who manipulated and used people to work out what she wanted, leaving crucial decisions to the last minute that WOULDN'T have been made if fate hadn't intervened. Both guys should have dumped her arse and realised what evil devil's spawn she was. Didn't even call her mother. Ethan Embry was good, so I'll give it 2 out of 10 for his performance. And maybe for the nice cars.

Sweet November
Cat's rating and comment: Well almost every film we've seen this year has been good so there has to be an exception. It looked good. I liked the contrast between Keanu and Charlize's worlds. The soundtrack was nice.But why, oh why, did she suddenly go grey half way through the month? 3 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Pretty silly and daggy but not /that/ bad but not /that/ good either 5 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: *choke* *gasp* My god - what was this movie trying to be? The storyline was awful, the acting was awful. Bonus points for well-placed use of the Enya track "Only Time" though. 4 out of 10.

Swordfish
Cat's rating and comment: No, no, no more death please .. I quite happily looked over the holes in the plotline and sunk myself into the Swordfish world. I will, however, say that John Travolta’s character talked an incredible amount of shit, the screens were very pretty but where was the hardware?, and the blow-job scene was overly gratuitous. Hugh Jackman is still lovely. 7.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: haven't seen it.
Koala's rating & comment: Cat will probably kill me for this, but while I think Hugh Jackman is awfully sweet, this movie made me cringe in its depiction of hackers and the like ... The leap over a cliff also made me blink .. 5 out of 10.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Cat's rating and comment:
Again I say the sequel (in this case, third in the series) offers more than I was expecting. The ‘Terminator’ trilogy has given nice space-time continuum twists as you try and figure out if the logic actually works. And this film finally brings the head around to catch the tail. I hope that someone picks up the torch and makes the battle against the machines because I’d like to see the detail (please). Cute one-liners from Arnie remind us of earlier episodes & the dark look of the previous films is continued. And there was enough smash-em-up action to satisfy. 8 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment:
I was feeling a bit over the whole Terminator thing, more milking the series, ho hum but this was much, much, much better than I thought it was going to be. I very enthusiastically took part in this movie, definitely on the edge of my seat and thought it was a great sequel. Well worth seeing. 7/10
Koala's rating & comment: haven't seen it but give it marks for having a cool name and poster. Pity they can't ditch Arnie though - getting a bit tired of him ;)

Tomb Raider
Cat's rating and comment: It was very entertaining. The storyline was crappy, much preferred Ms Croft enjoying herself than the silly missing her father storyline .. I had a little more trouble leaping over the gaps than with Swordfish but still enjoyed it. 7 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Well only playing game once and getting stuck in a room after killing killer wolves. So anyway live action, hrm well it had an australia in it but does this give it extra points. It's a while til I have seen it and it has not really stuck with me except her swinging around on the ropes killing people. 5 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: I enjoyed this. The storyline was shakey and the acting by Jon Voigt was very dodgy but the fighting was excellent and Lara looked cool. Footage of Cambodia is always a bonus. 7 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: I expected more. Action sequences were the bomb, but the last part of the film really made little sense and really, who cares about a relationship if they screen writers fail to develop it throughout the film? Angelina Jolie makes a delicious Lara though. And I don't even like Angelina Jolie. Noah Taylor was abit of a nothing??? 7 out of 10

Tomb Raider 2
Cat's rating and comment:
Again I have to say that all the elements are there but it doesn’t gel somehow. Loved the stunts, the look, the cast … *sigh*. 5 out of 10?
Frog's rating and comment:
Unbuckling of swashes, stunts, actions, beautiful women, mystery, myths, comedy, romance, drama. What more could a film want? A soul. This film seemed to have everything and yet it did not grab me. I did not feel fully involved in the film and I felt there was something lacking. My friends who I saw it with all agreed with me and it is similar to the first one in that it is all action and no.. what is it. je ne sais quoi? Ok so I can't speak (or write) French. 5 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: haven't seen it, probably won't, but based on what I thought of the first one and what I've heard about the second one - 5 out of 10. :)

The Touch
Cat's rating and comment: Generation after generation of Michelle Yeoh's family have trained as acrobats so they will be able to retrieve an apparently mythical relic and save the world (or something) .. Meanwhile, Ben Chaplin has grown up in an orphanage and been rescued off the street by Michelle's father. He's gone on to make a career out of stealing .. you guessed it .. priceless relics. This is kind of cheesy but also enjoyable, with a great cast and some cool fight scenes. 8.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Quite enjoyable little film. Stupid younger siblings running away and getting themselves into danger. So surprised at the ending, I thought all bad guys would get hurt and good guys survive but almost but not quite. Not sure if I am supposed to give away endings or not here. Ben Chaplin interestingly goodlooking, not sure what it is because he is not drop dead gorgeous but there is something about him. Fun film 6 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: OK Ben Chaplin singing "I only care about you" was hilarious, but apart from that - this movie was bad .... I feel so sorry I forced my Honkie friends to see it. I'm lucky they didn't dump me. 6 out of 10.

Turn Left, Turn Right
Cat's rating and comment: Koala hasn't sent it to us yet.
Frog's rating and comment: Koala hasn't sent it to us yet.
Koala's rating & comment: : I was all excited about this. It's a great looking movie, but the movie lacks some of the sweet wistfulness of the book. Visit the Official Website. Soundtrack is great, I love Takeshi, it's got a great poster it looks great but the slapstick element kind of ruined it for me. 7 out of 10.

The Tuxedo
Cat's rating and comment: Pretty silly but some fun moments with the suit. Jackie Chan was very charming and sweet and had some nice stunts. 6 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: haven't seen it.
Koala's rating & comment: haven't seen it.

Training Day
Cat's rating and comment: Missed it.
Frog's rating and comment: I love Denzel Washington so really hard to take him as a bad cop which I suppose makes him such a brilliant actor which he is. Bit too violent and wow do people really live lives like that and do things like that? Just thankful the girl did not lie and he did not get killed 6 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: Eww. Disturbingly violent. I don't know if I like Denzel as The Big Bad. Ethan was surprisingly good. I quite liked the storyline about the rescue in the alleyway but the rest of it was just violent, disturbing and upsetting ....... Cat - I'm so sorry we saw this without you!!!! Then again, *ahem* Legally Blonde and Princess Diaries *ahem* =) 6 out of 10.
Cat's rating and comment: to come.
Frog's rating and comment: to come.
Koala's rating & comment: to come.

25th Hour
Cat's rating and comment:
This was my birthday movie this year … figured the whole reflecting theme was appropriate now I’m in my thirties (there’s more the reflect on when you get to your thirties). Wonderful performances from the entire cast, particularly Edward Norton. The way they interacted was believable, the world had substance. If I was to complain about anything it would be the girlfriend’s silver dress. 9.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment:
to come.
Koala's rating & comment:
haven't seen it.

2046
Cat's rating and comment:
Haven't seen it yet.
Frog's rating and comment:
Haven't seen it yet.
Koala's rating & comment:
This is a beautiful movie. I don't understand it - but that's all right. I don't need to understand a movie to love it and appreciate its beauty. The majority of my Hong Kong friends (with the exception of P, Donna and Kevin) all hated this movie - it doesn't make sense, it's confusing. It's true that in his typical style, Wong Kar Wai does not hand things to his viewers on a platter. Quite the contrary, he enshrouds it in mystery and obscurity. Click here for the longer review. 9.5 out of 10.
P's rating & comment: I always say that for wong kar wai (WKW) movies, you don't just watch it, you have to feel it. It's all about feelings. So if you like his works, that means you can feel it. If you don't like them, don't bother to watch his other movies,including the coming ones. 2046 can be a individual movie, but to me, it's a roundup of his other 2, Days of Being Wild and In the Mood for Love. You don't really have to watch the previous 2, but sure it would give you a different view.
2046 has a lot of elements in it, sci-fi, romance, sex...but actually it's talking about simple things. It's about people. Wong didn't have any new theory about relationship. It's plain and simple. We all have tried loving someone who doesn't love us back. We have tried missing the previous lovers, we all have the experience that we 'think' we get over with the previous relationship, but actually it is still affecting us.Wong kar wai is good at taking these common feelings, and touches your deepest wounds. the wounds that may be healed long time ago.... In the three movies, almost none of the characters have a good ending, except for faye and kimura. But i would think that faye's happy ending is to contrast with tony's. Tony's character, the man who thought he had changed, but end up he was just the same. still can't forget his past. Tony's acting is just fabulous. You can see he has changed to a playboy but he is still the same chow mo wun in in the mood for love. Zhang zi yi was very good as well. Faye and kimura also did a good job in their parts. i just don't like gong li's character, it seems so useless, just trying to put another female star's name on the poster. Wong kar wai likes to shoot his story in small spaces, in a small room, a corner of a restuarant, staircase or on a train. To me, it's a sign of repressing feelings. the feelings of the people are all trapped inside a small space. there is no way out. 10 out of 10

Twilight Samurai
Cat's rating and comment:
haven't seen it.
Frog's rating and comment:
haven't seen it.
Koala's rating & comment:
Extremely moving. Japan's entry into the best foreign film catagory at the 2004 Oscars - it's soft, subtle and a very touching story about the last days of the Samurai in Japan. Everything is so evocative, from their clothes to their daily activities - I really loved the attention to detail and the acting was really wonderful. 8.5 - 9 out of 10.

Twins Effect
Click here to see the official site. Click on "Video" to see downloads etc (it's in Chinese but fairly self-explanatory and the trailers are sub-titled in English.
Cat's rating and comment: waiting for the DVD from Koala
Frog's rating and comment: waiting for the DVD from Koala.
Koala's rating & comment: Entertaining and just a little bit silly but still fun.... Ekin Cheng, known as the Keanu Reeves of Hong Kong turned in an engaging performance even if he didn't blow me away. Anthony Wong (superintendent in Infernal Affairs) was fabulous as always and very funny, Edison Chen has such a great face - sort of pale and interesting. He is definitely a cutie, criticisms of his Cantonese accent notwithstanding. I mean I wouldn't have a clue if he has a dodgy Canto accent. The twins were bearable but in terms of acting but turned in a very creditable fighting performance. 8 out of 10 for entertainment value.
Pocket's rating and comment: to come.
P's rating and comment: It's ok to me. May be I expect more. Or I'm just too old for it. The part about Charlene and Edison was quite good. But the part about ekin and Gillian was weak. Opening fighting scene was cool. Anthony Wong was funny. The movie dragged abit at the end. The fighting was too long. It's quite annoying that all girls in the movie screamed like hell. Every single one of them. The martial art direction of this movie was done by Donnie Yen, the guy who fought against Jet Li in the beginning of Hero. 7 out of 10.

Underworld
Cat's rating and comment: haven't seen it yet.
Frog's rating and comment: haven't seen it yet.
Koala's rating & comment: Kate Beckinsale looks good in this. They must have spray-painted her leather outfit onto her. She is very skinny. Poor Scott Speedman spent the whole time being beaten up, getting wet, transforming, shivering, bleeding, being rescued. It was not the most interesting of roles for him. Viktor, the big bad vampire was pretty annoying and the Lycans (werewolves) were pretty fake looking in terms of CGI. I was saying to Zeitgeist how vampires always have to look the same. They have the same fashion consultant no matter what the movie - have to go for the old gothy, madonna-mtv-esque, eyeliner, pale face, bustiere, leather look. I mean they'd probably be kicked out of the coven for wearing a caftan or a safari suit - or pastels. I enjoyed Underworld. Shall we call it "stylish"? Scott Speedman is quite cute even though I really wish he would open his eyes wider. As Zeitgeist puts it, he "acts by squint". 7 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: haven't seen it yet.
Ripple's rating and comment: Some great bondage leather outfits and a rocking DTS DVD sound track - this film is a cool Friday night special. The sort of film you watch when you've had one of those weeks and "About A Boy" just isn't going to cut it. Kate "Death Dealer" Beckinsale looked stunning (and drove a Maserati 3200 GT - respect), as did most of the busty wench vampires. The werewolves were cool as humans, especially the huge black dude with the gravel voice, but the morph into werewolf form sequences were rubbish - see American Werewolf in London for the real deal. I liked the subplot re Victor (played by Bill Nighy (rock bad boy in Love Actually)), his daughter and boss werewolf dude (Lucian the Lycan... ROFL) being the basis of the war between the two camps. Also enjoyed that fact that the vampires weren't portrayed with that usual sense of aloof righteousness - in Underworld the Vamps are some bad ass high-tech killers with pointy teeth and big freaking guns - although the idea of silver nitrate/bottled daylight bullets owes more than a passing nod to Ultra Violet - the exceptionally cool 1998 6-part British made-for-TV vampire mini-series. No doubt we'll see a sequel in which Scott Speedman's newly forged WereVamp features heavily (in this film he play's a slightly upset punching bag) Summary: A visually appealing, very cool, very loud film (listen for Judith by A Perfect Circle) in my favourite genre - 7.5 out of 10. When I grow up - I want to be a vampire - immortality appeals to me.

The Way Home
Cat's rating and comment: haven't seen it.
Frog's rating and comment: haven't seen it.
Koala's rating & comment: Gorgeous little gem of a movie from Korea about a bratty little city boy who goes and lives with mute, shrivelled old grandmother in a remote part of Korea. Moving and entertaining although not as hilarious as the trailer may have you believe, I really enjoyed this film. Despite Pocket's disgust at the inadequate repentence by the 7 year old for treating his grandmother like dirt - I felt that a genuine bond developed between the two and confess to crying huge quantities of tears during any of the moving sequences. :) Yes, I'm a bit of a sap and I always feel sad when I see old people in HK who are still working gruelling hours instead of staying at home and watching bad tv shows...... 7.5 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: I wanted to slap the lil kid down, but it made me want to go and hug my grandmother after watching this. I don't think the lil kid REALLY redeems himself, whatever Koala might say, so he still deserves a slap. Good performances though. 6.5 out of 10 slaps.

Whale Rider
Cat's rating and comment: A little bit of legend, a little bit of magic, a little bit of women’s rights, a little bit of new life. Beautifully shot & nicely told. Paikea’s mother & twin brother die in childbirth & her father leaves her to be raised by her grandparents. Legend has it that their tribe is descended from a leader (also called Paikea) who rode a whale from their homeland. Unfortunately for Paikea she was supposed to be a boy & it takes a long time for her grandfather to accept that times have changed. It’s a bit of a tear-jerker. Absolutely beautiful. 10 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Lovely sad sweet moving touching film (how many other words are there that mean moving?) I even had to wipe away tears throughout the film, won't tell you what but well for one who does not cry often, I was sniffing and teary-eyed. I think most people were. beautiful film about people coping
with loss and expectations and how other people can surprise you even when you are blinded by their faults/gender/ethnic group. 9 out of 10!
Koala's rating & comment: In a nutshell, this story is based on a legend that the ancient warrior Paikea rode on the back of a whale and led his people to New Zealand. By tradition, the first-born male descendant will become chief of the tribe. Things go "wrong", when Pai is born... Not only does Pai's birth cause the death of Pai's mother and a twin brother - Pai is a girl. As she grows up, her father leaves New Zealand, turning his back on the old ways and Pai grows up beloved by her grandfather but at the same time rejected because she is not the grandson he wanted to carry on the line. The New Zealand accent can be a little jarring. Keisha Castle-Hughes is cute as a button as Paikea, the girl who is the descendent of a long-line of chiefs - but her ACCENT .... Anyway, this heart-warming tale is the story of a girl overcoming her gender and also the disapproval of her grandfather who she adores. I love whales, I love stories about overcoming the odds and this movie is so very sweet. What is bittersweet and sad for me though is seeing yet another race of once proud and independent 'warriors', reduced to an almost sad ghetto existence in which substance abuse and family disintegration is commonplace. Keisha Castle-Hughes is very good though. When she is delivering her "speech", her tears are very very convincing. 8.5 out of 10.
P's rating and comment: to come.

What a girl wants
Cat's rating and comment:
A sweet little offering to warm the cockles of your heart. Amanda grows up hearing about her father, the English lord, and decides to go off to find him. Perfect timing really, seeing as he’s about to marry Duckface, and spend the rest of his life being a stuffy politician. And it turns out, of course, that there was a plot sixteen years ago to get rid of the loud American (Amanda’s mum). It’s very Disney but you can’t knock Disney too much. In the tradition of ‘a Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court’ and so on. 7.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating & comment: Cute sweet fairy tale film which is a bit sad if this is what makes a girl's life complete is if her parents gets back together and she gets aboyfriend. I suppose I am being a little harsh, at the time of viewing I enjoyed this film, very sweet girl getting caught up in rich world and I loved her scenes with Colin Firth when he is discussing her coming out and she wants to know coming out of where. One random point was he asked her if she liked cocoa pops and she said Duh chocolate! But I love chocolate but cannot deal with cocoa pops but I am weird like that! Anyway um 7.5 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: haven't seen it.
Pocket's rating & comment: haven't seen it.

The Wedding Planner
Cat's rating and comment: I must be getting soft in my old age but I really enjoy a good romantic comedy. The characters were likeable, the wedding that gets split up was a nice change. When you’re sitting there on the edge of your seat because it looks like they’re not going to get together you know you’ve been sucked in. 7 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Are you really supposed to wish two people don't get married. It was quite funny watching all the rigmarole going on, the best man getting prompts for his speech, the wedding planner giving moral support to two people thinking of backing out of their wedding. 6 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: Cute, enjoyable and nice to watch. Not much more to add. 7 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: I saw this, and I thought it was pretty cute, and I..don't remember a whole lot. Other than once again... a stupid last minute decision that cost someone thousands.... grrrr.. 7 out of 10

What Rats Won't Do
Cat's rating and comment: It's been a while since I watched this film so I'm having trouble remembering specifics. It was a lovely film though, with sweet characters. 8 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: haven't seen it.
Koala's rating & comment: This is what romantic comedies should be. Two attractive, appealing leading actors with genuine chemistry, a host of droll secondary characters, hate at first sight and a sparklingly funny script. I absolutely loved this movie although I guess it's a bit of a nothing movie. I'm not sure whether it was the legal romantic comedy aspect, or the lovely father / son interaction or what, but anyway, I gave it 9 out of 10 and for a much longer review by me, click here.
Pocket's rating & comment: Don't like british movies on a whole, but this one actually was really cool. Very funny and watchable, and u like the characters quite abit. The whole courtroom setting was very funny. 8 out of 10

Where the heart is
Cat's rating and comment: The characters were wonderfully eccentric and showed such warmth toward one another. It was such a bizarre setup with the birth in Walmart. They could have cut the boyfriend out though .. he was very irritating. 8.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: So cute, I want to see this film again! So sweet and funny and sad! 8 out of 10
Koala's rating & comment: Rambley, blatantly sentimental and kind of directionless but for some reason I really liked it. I thought it was very very sweet and Forney was so lovely. I also liked the soundtrack. Agree with Cat about the boyfriend - all of his scenes should have been expunged! 7 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: It was an Oprah Book club special, and it's an Oprah style movie, and I love Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd, and.. kind of found the whole movie to be very slow.. but I liked it because it just gave me found memories of Walmart, She south and Southern-accented women. Sigh.. 7 out of 10

Wrong Turn
Cat's rating and comment: A good solid film for the horror genre … YAY!! Scream one minute and giggle the next. The premise for this one is a group of young, superbly buff American kids getting lost in the backwoods of West Virginia and hunted by inbred mountain men. I wonder if these guys got their inspiration from that episode from the X-Files where the guys were breeding with their severely disfigured mother. Anyway, it’s got Eliza Dushku in it kicking butt (which is always good) and the main guy was very cute. I’ll give it an 8.5 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: to come.
Koala's rating & comment: haven't seen it.

X-men
Cat's rating and comment: Okay I'm one of the millions of girls that grew up with a crush on Wolverine. In fact I would even go as far as to say that he was the first boy I had a crush on. It was a big thrill to recognise so many of the characters and to see them depicted as I remembered. (I wanted to join the X-Men when I was a kid). 9 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: When's the sequel coming out. I liked the introduction of characters, and their powers. Very fun to see the fight on the statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, I wish I had the powers to fly up to the lamp of the statue, those stairs are killers!!!! Loved the high tech toys, but I disagree with Cat, I always liked Cyclops better than Wolverine but I am like that! (Gambit? is pretty cool too but is he only the cartoons?)
Koala's rating & comment: Very entertaining! Some likeable leads, good acting and nice special effects. 8 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: This was the first comic book adaption from Marvel that made huge waves (Blade perhaps, but not as big) and it was well worth the hype. Everyone was pretty well cast, and it was quite faithful to the comics while still giving it a good big movie feel. The story was well thought out and the tongue in cheek humour really made the characters quite likable. Hugh Jackman made a wise choice choosing this role..Famke Jensen looks too old for James Marsden though? I read somewhere in the early days they wanted...Dustin Hoffman for Wolverine? Excellent film, loved it. 9 out of 10

X-men 2
Cat's rating and comment: Nothing like a sequel. I’m sure I’ve rambled enough in the last couple of years about how much fun it is to see my favourite superheroes come to life … but Nightcrawler!!! What a great job they’ve done of the teleporting. That first scene in the Whitehouse with ‘Dies Irae’ blaring in the background and the erratic jumping around … just fabulous. And there are so many future X-Men floating around in the background. And the Jean Grey storyline was cool. I can’t wait ‘til the next one!! Are they going to make ‘Alpha Flight’? 8 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Great rollicking film, better than first, like the hint towards the next one what is going to happen. Bit silly, I agree with Pocket about how come we saw so little of James Marsden and Patrick Stewart. Pyro was a brat and poor Rogue still cannot kiss when she wants. But I enjoyed it, the fight scenes a little violent but understood after Cat's explanation that they needed Wolverine's Beserker rage. I don't seem to have rated the last one but I would rate this one better so 7 for X-Men and 8 out of 10 for X-2. That's funny Koala how you rate the first one better ;) And Nightcrawler was sweet.
Koala's rating & comment: *snore*. The first one was better. This one seemed to be a whole bunch of "cool scenes" joined together by the barest minimum of a plotline. The fight sequences were good, the movie looked cool - I just found it a bit boring. 6 out of 10.
Pocket's rating & comment: Disappointment 2. Wanted to like this.. it had so much potential but I just sat there waiting for it to get good. Needed more.. something.. Hugh Jackman was good as Wolverine, but it seems Patrick Stewart and James Marsden must have had breakdowns in their contracts to only get bit parts. You wonder why the hell they bothered introducing Nightcrawler, he was kinda..irrelevant- and the whole Rogue/Iceman/Pyro parts were just bratty teens doing their thing (Pyro especially was just a dick). The bit parts for Collosus were cool though, as was the product placement RX8. Lady Deathstrike was cool but not developed enough. Movie just didn't move along enough for me. 7 out of 10 because it still looked cool.
Zeitgeist's rating & comment: I find it hard to review and rate this. I too wanted to like this film and I did, but I don't know, something just doesn't click. As a childhood reader of the comic book, it was fun spotting all my favourite characters (go Colossus!) but the film was just a bit too "bitsy". Still, 7 out of 10. Babe factor 8 out of 10 (for shirtless Colossus and Hugh, and James Marsden's cheekbones). Oh yeah, Nightcrawler's teleporting effect was way cool.

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Cat's rating and comment: Bond for the grunge generation. Loved it!! Had all the Bond elements; ridiculous weaponry, plots to destroy the world, the XXX girl, an appealing lead, nerdy gadgetry guy … Obviously setting it up for a series and I’m looking forward to that!! Vin Diesel may not be the most beautiful man in the world but he has a great voice and an appealing presence. 9 out of 10.
Frog's rating and comment: Um perhaps I should just say see The Bourne Identity I mean wow I never though Vin Diesel was sexy before but he has a gorgeous voice and a low class James Bond is pretty exciting. Thrills, Spills and exciting locations (yay Prague - glad it was not destroyed, well least not in the movie but I digress) 7 out of 10.
Koala's rating & comment: Haven't seen it - can't cope with Vin Diesel.... The Fast and the Furious was one of the most woeful movies I've ever seen - sorry Pocket. Frog - Vin Diesel? Sexy???? I leave the country and Cat and Frog start admiring Vin Diesel???? :)
Pocket's rating & comment: Vin Diesel is cool, but he is the WORST SCREEN KISSER EVER. watching him devour the girl's head.. I dunno. And what's with his fur coat? I'm sure it's something really expensive from Gucci or something but ugh. This movie was basically built for Vin Diesel, and it wouldn't be a Vin Diesel movie without him walking about in a black tank top, giving some sort of "I'm a rebel" speech, and driving a muscle car. Still, it's got what Bond is lacking these days- a sense of excitement and I found it quite good fun. 7.5 out of 10.

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