Last night Mom, Dad, Anna-Maria, her sisters, and I all took in the new Disney Movie, Holes (Official Site / trailer). I didn’t love the Matrix, but I loved Holes. Let me tell you why Holes is such a great movie. First of all let me give a little background. Based on the enormously popular novel by Louis Sachar, Holes illustrates the misfortune of Stanley Yelnats IV (Shia LaBeouf) after he is sent to Camp Greenlake, a juvenille detention camp, basically because of some bad luck. It also explains the history of misfortune befallen upon the Yelnats’ family after a curse was put on Stanley Yelnats the first when he didn’t live up to a promise made to a certain European fortuneteller. This movie seems to have everything including family fortunes, family curses, a turn-of-the-century interracial romance, train robbers, buried treasure, ghosts, onions, peaches, sneakers and Texas Yellow Spotted Lizards, – then ties them all into the resolution. Despite being a movie filled with “holes”, this movie is funny and touching and more logical than you’d think possible. I recommend it even if you aren’t taking your girlfriend’s younger sisters with you.
Whoa! Last night I went to see The Matrix Reloaded (Official Site | Trailer) with Anna-Maria and some of her friends. As expected The Matrix Reloaded was filled with really long fight scenes, a bunch of bad dialogue, a boatload of amazing special effects, oh and did I mention some really long kung fu fight scenes? Overall I thought it was a cool movie but I was hoping for something more. It had the potential to go in all sorts of new directions but instead they just waste time in meaningless kung fu battles. When I say meaningless – I mean exactly that, the fight scene where Neo takes on hundreds of replicated agents ends when Neo gets bored and flys away. How stupid is that? What was the point?
In case it’s not self-evident, this movie is not for Mom and Dad. As much as I thought you might like the first one, (I don’t know what I was thinking) you will absolutely hate this movie.
Anna-Maria and I went to see Paul Thomas Anderson’s new movie “Punch Drunk Love” last weekend. It is probably one of the most tense movies I care to remember seeing. Anna and I had white knuckles as we watched Adam Sandler perform as a socially backward individual just trying to fit in. While I really enjoyed this film, I don’t think it’s one for Mom and Dad. I don’t think you guys would like it — it’s not your typical Adam Sandler. Come to think of it, who knows because it seems to me that your tastes have often surprised me and maybe this is exactly your type of movie. Anyway it’s a little slow at first, but it does pick up and the story wraps itself up just about as perfectly as possible. I would highly recommend this movie to Gary because I know you like to see all the big movies anyway and I suspect this is one that you will like.
Anna and I went to see Bowling for Columbine on Saturday. I just loved it. It was a great documentary about violence in America.
Today Anna purchased the special edition Lord of the Rings. We are watching it right now, even though I have homework due tomorrow. You know, sometimes an English paper just needs to wait. Well Anna is back from talking on the phone, so I’m going back to the show.