I did another movie run, and have added a bunch to the list.  Unfortunately, Matt and Ben's film intake has slowed, and the only new thing they have to add is their comments on Atlantis and Ghost World.  Hopefully that will change tomorrow when they go to Mulhulland Dr., which they decided to see after my glowing review of the film.  I'll get their comments up for those films as soon as I possibly can, unless I die first, or they die before telling me.  Anyway, here are the most recent additions to the Celluloid Sandell Bros.' updates!

Atlantis:  The Lost Empire

The Almighty Sandell's: 1-10 rating (10 being the best): Comments:
The Almighty Alex Sandell 8 Disney tried to go adult, but couldn't quite grow up.  A fun ride, nonetheless. Click here to read full review.
The Almighty Matt Sandell 4 Good first half, pile of crap second half that you've seen a hundred times before.
The Almighty Ben Sandell 7 The first half is really good but the second half was boring and typical.  It might only be worth a 6.

Overall Rating:  6.3

Curse of the Jade Scorpion, The

The Almighty Sandell's: 1-10 rating (10 being the best): Comments:
The Almighty Alex Sandell 8 Whenever I think Woody Allen has completely lost it, he makes a little comeback.  Any true fan of a good Woody (that sounded wrong), knows that his last film, Small Time Crooks was absolutely dreadful.  The poor marketing DreamWorks did for The Curse of the Jade Scorpion made me think Woody was washed up, and that this film would be another dud.  Quite the contrary.  This is NOT classic Woody Allen, but it's a damn fun little film filled with classic Woody MOMENTS.  It's well, well, well worth a rental, and it puts Mr. Allen back in the game.  I really had a blast with this movie.  If you have a taste for dry humor mixed with a few slapstick antics, all slapped together in a far-fetched story created solely for laughs, you should, too.
The Almighty Matt Sandell N/A N/A
The Almighty Ben Sandell N/A N/A

Overall Rating:  8

 

Ghost World

The Almighty Sandell's: 1-10 rating (10 being the best): Comments:
The Almighty Alex Sandell 2 A little paraphrasing of Steve Martin's lecture to John Candy in Planes Trains and Automobiles sums this film up: "When you tell your story, make sure you have a point . . . it makes it so much more interesting for the audience!"  This movie is an overrated piece of trash.  I gave it a 2 because a few parts made me laugh.  If I wanted to see whiny little holier-than-thou teenagers wandering around aimlessly while making cynical remarks, I'd go hang out at the local arcade, or watch an episode of Daria on MTV. Maybe Ghost World simply did too good a job at making its lead character an unlikable little snot set on destroying her own life, and bringing down everyone else involved in it.  I've dated too many women like that.  I don't really care to see them prancing across my TV set.  
The Almighty Matt Sandell 7 Steve Buscemi was excellent and the movie did a good job of showing the selfish and confused ways of a teenage outcast.
The Almighty Ben Sandell 7 No comment.

Overall Rating:  5.3

 

Man Who Wasn't There, The

The Almighty Sandell's: 1-10 rating (10 being the best): Comments:
The Almighty Alex Sandell 4 The Coen Brothers really screwed the pooch with this one.  The film noir feel is never really accomplished.  The acting is drab.  The directing is drab.  The pacing is poor.  The majority of the jokes fall flat (which is rare for a Coen Brothers' film) and the entire affair really turns out to be a whole lot of nothing.  Oh well, better luck next time.
The Almighty Matt Sandell N/A N/A
The Almighty Ben Sandell N/A N/A

Overall Rating:  4

 

Monster's Ball

The Almighty Sandell's: 1-10 rating (10 being the best): Comments:
The Almighty Alex Sandell 6 This movie has two things going for it: the acting and Halle Berry's wonderful tits.  Maybe that's three things.  Whatever.  The script is HORRIBLE, and the fact that it got nominated for best screenplay makes me want to suck on Berry's wonderful tits for hours until all the pain goes away.  The movie is far too convenient.  I mean, come on, (if you don't want the first 20 minutes of the film given away skip the rest of this review), first we have a racist grandfather and racist father who somehow conveniently raised a non-racist grandson/son, and the grandson/son and father conveniently execute Halle Berry's husband, only to have the non-racist son conveniently kill himself, conveniently leaving the father without a son, and then that father, suddenly, and conveniently, a racist no longer, with no explanation given, is conveniently driving by when Halle Berry's son is conveniently run down by a car and killed, conveniently leaving her without a son, so that her and Billy Bob Thorton's ex-racist character can conveniently fall in love (both of them conveniently forgetting to mourn, for the most part).  It conveniently goes on like that for another hour and 40 minutes and then conveniently ends.  The movie isn't hellishly boring, and its directing is competent, and the acting is incredible, and Halle Berry's tits are amazing to behold, so I guess this film is worth watching, but don't expect anything great in the story department.
The Almighty Matt Sandell N/A N/A
The Almighty Ben Sandell N/A N/A

Overall Rating:  6

Mulholland Dr.

The Almighty Sandell's: 1-10 rating (10 being the best): Comments:
The Almighty Alex Sandell 10 Wow.  This film is perfect.  I'm as surprised as you are.  I didn't think I would like this movie.  I skipped the advance screening I had tickets for way back in May of 2001.  Once it was actually released, I avoided going to it time and time again, whenever anybody asked me to come along and give it a try.  I avoided all the praise critics heaped upon it.  I avoided the compliments friends paid it.  Essentially, I avoided anything that might lead me to Mulholland Dr..  Then the Academy nominated David Lynch for best director, and I VERY reluctantly dragged my feet into the sold-out dollar theater to sit through what I thought would be a horrendously bad film (the more Academy nominees I see, the better my annual Academy Awards' update usually is).  By the time the movie was over, I was nearly skipping out of the theater like a geek exiting his eighteenth viewing of The Lord of the RingsMulholland Dr. is a Rubik's Cube for the mind, and you will be trying to line up the "colors" long after you experience it ("watch" isn't a strong enough word to describe what you do with this film).  So many clues are dropped, but David Lynch leaves it up to you to solve the puzzle.  This is truly a mindbender, and you will not, no matter how hard you try, be able to predict where it will all end.  The movie is also visually stunning, and the acting performances given by Naomi Watts and Laura Harring were the best of 2001 (although you must keep in mind that I have yet to see Iris).  There is a surprising amount of humor (one part had the entire audience nearly rolling on the floor) and the film contained a hell of a lot more nail-biting moments of suspense than I would have ever imagined from viewing the ads.  This is Lynch's finest piece of work, and is one of the first movies that I tried desperately to avoid seeing that I'll now be trying desperately to see again.  
The Almighty Matt Sandell N/A N/A
The Almighty Ben Sandell N/A N/A

Overall Rating:  10

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