Here's some short reviews of movies that I saw over the last few weeks (in the theater or on DVD or cable):
I Heart Huckabees: I didn't heart it. Marky Mark did a great job, though. Usually this is my type of movie, but...it just wasn't all that funny. I expected great things from the writer/director of Flirting With Disaster (a movie I love).
House of Flying Daggers: I wanted to really love this one, but it fell short. It's a gorgeous movie, deserving of its Best Cinematography nod. The story calls for two huge battles at the end, yet we only get one. Also, I didn't buy some of the characters' motivations. Really, who falls into the End All Be All Love after knowing the other person for only three days?
The Rundown: This had a lot of things going for it: big, dumb action; The Rock, who just oozes charisma; Stifler and Christopher Walken; monkeys. Overall, not a bad popcorn flick. The Rock kicks butt in a pair of khakis and an oxford shirt. For most of the movie, though, his character proclaims that he doesn't like using guns, yet he utilizes them in the climax. It would've been better (and refreshingly different) if he never used them at all (not that I'm one of those anti-gun folks).
13 Going on 30: Very girly, but the Jennifer Garner eye candy is enough for me to give it a shot. Cute. Not worth owning, but cute.
The Punisher: When I was in my formative years, the Punisher was my comic book character of choice. I'd witnessed a God-awful movie adaption starring Dolph Lundgren in 1989, so my hopes were high for this one. Thomas Jane pulled off the title role much better than I thought he would. My biggest complaint is that the movie would sometimes go for silly laughs, which doesn't fit with the tone of the source material.