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  • Soul Surfer

    Soul Surfer

    ★★★

    Soul Surfer has some terrible dialogue and sketchy acting (esp from Carrie Underwood). But it's gorgeously shot, with amazing surfing scenes and Hawaii landscape.

    Oh, and ASR spends about 80% of the film in tiny bikinis.

    Also, Helen Hunt in a bikini top and tiny shorts? I didn't know that was something I wanted to see, but it didn't hurt my feelings.

    It's a sweet, inspirational story. I should have watched it sooner, but I figured I would hate it.

  • Brighton Beach Memoirs

    Brighton Beach Memoirs

    ★★★★

    Gwynnie's mom has got it going on. . .

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  • Full Metal Jacket

    Full Metal Jacket

    ★★★★½

    For the full extent of my high school years (1988-92), I was a cadet in the United States Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. My fellow cadets and I worshiped the Boot Camp half of this film. R. Lee Ermey was like a god to us, and we memorized all of his speeches. But because we were so obsessed with the Ermey character, we never seemed to watch the second half. We apparently bought into the myth that it sucked.…

  • Hard Candy

    Hard Candy

    ★★★★½

    "I shouldn't have teased you like that. I shouldn't have let you think there was a way out of this."

    No matter how uncomfortable you expect to feel while watching this movie, you don't even know the half of it.

    Page is fantastic. I especially appreciate the scenes where she seems like a little girl acting tough -- which could partly be inexperience and partly be a brilliant interpretation of the character. She's chilling and frightening, and it's going to…