Movie Review: School of Rock


In 2019 I found some old Word documents with movie reviews I wrote back before I had a blog. I’m posting each review backdated to the day I wrote it.

Title: School of Rock
Release Date: October 3, 2003
Director: Richard Linklater
Production Company: Scott Rudin Productions
Summary/Review:

This seems to be a formulaic movie, but succeeds in actually being funny by avoiding making the formula the whole point of the movie.  The reasons why start with Jack Black just being damn funny.  Then the kids seem like real kids not overly cute Hollywoodized ideas of kids (not a bowl cut in the bunch).  Joan Cusack adds a lot in a hilarious role as the uptight principal.  I lift my “goblet to rock” in honor of this movie.

Rating: ***1/2

Movie Review: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)


In 2019 I found some old Word documents with movie reviews I wrote back before I had a blog. I’m posting each review backdated to the day I wrote it.

Title: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Release Date: November 14, 2013
Director: Peter Weir
Production Company: Miramax Films |  Universal Pictures | Samuel Goldwyn Films
Summary/Review:

Adventures on the high seas never looked so good.  Every detail from the youthful officers ordering around the salty old sailors to the ship suffering through all sorts of torment from sea, weather and battle.  It’s not all testosterone though as in-between the battles there is the joy of scientific discovery as well as debates between the captain and the doctor regarding humanity.  There’s also a tense amputation scene and a do-it-yourself surgery.  A bit cheesy is the French sailors – who aren’t supposed to be French at all – demanding surrender in outrageous accents.  The final battle is a confusing muddle, but I suppose that adds another layer of authenticity.

Rating: ****

Movie Review: Bad Santa (2003)


In 2019 I found some old Word documents with movie reviews I wrote back before I had a blog. I’m posting each review backdated to the day I wrote it.

Title: Bad Santa
Release Date: November 26, 2003
Director: Terry Zwigoff
Production Company:  Dimension Films | Tryptich Pictures
Summary/Review:

A rude, crude, crass movie, another one I was forced to see by Lisa Lynn.  Turns out that Susan & I ended up liking this movie more than Lisa.  I don’t know what makes this movie transcend a simple exercise in bad taste.  Maybe because there’s almost no sentiment at all?  Maybe because Billy Bob Thornton is a convincing drunk and the kid is anything but cute?  I don’t know but this was a funny and also depressing movie.

Rating: ***