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Saving Silverman (2001)
Not a great movie, but not bad either.
I just recently saw that movie on HBO, and for all the dumb movies you see on TV today, this one actually had humor. I know this director made a classic like Happy Gilmore, and it isn't up to that level. But the humor was there, and for some reason, Jack Black presents himself as a funny person. You dont think he is, yet it creeps up on you. The reason this movie really works though is Amanda Peet. I really dont know, but Amanda Peet in my eyes, is one of if not the sexiest woman in the world today. She may not have the looks of a supermodel, but she carries herself in an incredible way. She is the backbone behind this film. Biggs, and Steve Zahn were so-so, but with Black and Peet, the movie is actualy successful
The One (2001)
Finally, an action movie with a plot
Jet Li has been able to come out with some good action movies like "Romeo Must Die", and "Kiss of the Dragon", but there is no doubt this has been his best movie so far. I absolutely love the plot for this movie. It's sci-fi, it's action, and above all it's pretty original. Jet Li is the best martial artist in the world. The actual fight scenes in Kiss of the Dragon may have been better, due to the fact little to no CGI's were used, but The One is a much better movie overall. What makes this movie work even more is the great selection of music. How can it get better than seeing Jet Li kick the not out of people while Drowning Pool's "Let the Bodies Hit the Floor" is playing in the background? Other artists in the movie include Disturbed, and Papa Roach so you can get a pretty good idea of what the fight scenes are like. This isn't a best picture, though I'm surprised it wasn't nominated for effects. But in an overall enjoyment grade, I'd say this was one of my five favorite movies of 2001.
The Scorpion King (2002)
Enjoyable Action Movie that deserves better reviews.
It seemed as if the Scorpion King was destined to be panned by critics before it was even released. There are some reasons for that. The main one being wrestlers turn actors have not exactly had best picture performances. How can we forget Hulk Hogan doin classics like " "Suburban Commando", and "Mr. Nanny"? The fact is though, is that The Rock, er Dwayne Johnson is no Hulk Hogan. Johnson has the charisma, and intelligence to be a bona fide actor. And I for one, believe he showed this in The Scorpion King. Is The Rock a Russell Crowe or Denzel Washington? Heck no! But is he a potential action star? You bet he is. The Scorpion King has a good amount of action, humor, and a bit of romance as well. A good blend that frankly was refreshing after watching dark movies like Panic Room and Training Day on DVD lately. Now let me comment on a few things critics complain about.
Critic: The movie has an un-original plot. Fact: So what? This type of plot has been used for generations. I guess that the Rock does it though makes it really really bad. The Rock is good, he fights the bad guy, recruits other good guys, and kisses the girl. Now what is wrong with that?
Critic: The Rock can't act. Fact: He's not a great actor, but he talks clearly, and looks confident in what he does.
Critic: The overall acting is terrible Fact: While some lines are cheesy, I believe for an action adventure it wasn't bad. Michael Clark Duncan certainly wasn't up to par as "The Green Mile" but then again, was he supposed to be?
The truth is, many people hate this movie for the reason the WWF is involved with it. Vince McMahon produces it and as we know The Rock is the star. But if you looked past that, and the other fact that this isn't the Mummy 3 (many people complain that this doesn't fit the "trilogy" then you will have a great time watching this movie. Please don't look at the newspaper and read reviews from critics who hate this movie simply they hate the WWF
Bicentennial Man (1999)
Bring out the tissues
I am a 19 year old man that has seen many movies in his life. I have not cried much in my life, and only one time watching a movie, which was Brian's Song. That is of course, until I saw this movie. This movie is without a doubt one of my 10 all time favorites. Everything was just so perfect. Why the critics panned it, who knows. Maybe they were looking for something else. While I do praise Williams, and Sam Neil for their acting, I also have to say Oliver Platt helped make the film a success. The biggest factor though was the tear jerking music of James Horner. Horner puts together one of his better soundtracks, one which I personally feel is much better than Titanic. I don't know what other people see in films, but I for one would have put this as a nominee for best picture any day.