10 Second Movie Reviews

I was emailing with my good friend Tree about movies and I realized A) I had not posted a movie recap in a while and B) the contents of our email stream contained one! Ha! Laziness rules!

So, here are the movies Bryan and I have watched via Netflix over the past few months, with my pithy, yet still opinionated, reviews. The stars come from the Netflix system (more laziness, hoorah!) which is explained at the bottom.

What movies have you seen lately? What have you loved? What should we add to the queue? What should we rip from the queue and leave festering on the ground in agony?


Pan’s Labyrinth, 4 stars
Incredible effects, somewhat gross and hard to watch though. Subtitles.

Hot Fuzz, 4 stars
Not as good as their first effort (Shawn of the Dead) which is one of my favorite movies, but still very funny black comedy and action flick.

Becoming Jane, 5 stars
Saw in the theater last week. Loved it. Very well done, very melancholy and beautiful. Anne Hathaway’s accent was impeccable too.

Step Up, 2 stars
Good dancing. Bad acting. Weak plot.

Last Kiss, 3 stars
Great acting from Zach Braff (and Jacinda) but definitely NOT a romantic comedy. It’s hard to get around to like him, but a decent dramatic piece.

Gray Matters, 2 stars
Weak plot, whiny and horrible acting (per usual – why do I keep trying???) from Heather Graham.

Blood Diamond, 4 stars
Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou were amazing. Really good movie that was really hard to watch. I may never buy a real diamond again.

The Prestige, 3 stars
Not as good as I hoped from these two guys. And have I mentioned how much I adore Christian Bale? But it was really predictable and dragged on and on. And on.

Night At The Museum, 3 stars
Fun effects, but overall just “eh” for us. Just kind of a typical plot: loser finding his way. Yawn.

Breakfast On Pluto, 2 stars
Cillian Murphy gives another great performance (I love how his face just MOLDS to his character) but the whole plot was just too awkward (i.e wild) for me to watch.

Eragon, 4 stars
Very Lord of the Rings type movie, we enjoyed it a lot.

Murderball, 5 stars
This was the documentary on quadriplegic rugby players. Can’t recommend it highly enough.

Babel, 3 stars
The acting and cinematography was great… but the plot annoyed the piss out of me. It was like “Let’s all make the most fucked up decisions OVER AND OVER AND OVER!”

Trust The Man, 4 stars
Can’t remember exactly why, but I know we enjoyed this one a lot. How’s that for a review?

Lucky Number Slevin, 4 stars
Good action flick. Josh Hartnett, yum.

John Tucker Must Die, 3 stars
Could have been way better. Had Mean Girls/Heathers potential but fell short. Also, casting was allllll wrong.

Flags of our Fathers, 4 stars
Yes, it was Saving Private Ryan, Part II… but we still enjoyed it.

The Illusionist, 4 stars
Much better of the two magician movies. Ed Norton is SUCH a great actor.

Annapolis, 1 star
Struggling to be Officer and a Gentleman but failing. James Franco is really such a good actor but this movie sucked ass. Oh, and it was more about boxing than the Naval Academy.

Casanova, 4 stars
Heath Ledger was so charming. And Sienna Miller was surprisingly good too. Not to mention she looked beautiful as a brunette. I really enjoyed this fun little romp.

The Devil Wears Prada, 2 stars
I just didn’t get sucked in to this one as much as other people, I guess. I didn’t think Meryl was as great as an Oscar nod… I did NOT understand Anne Hathaway’s character… and all the funny laughs are in the trailer.

Little Miss Sunshine, 5 stars
Such a quirky little film but totally fun to watch. Steve Carrell and the Silent Brother totally make the movie.


5 stars = Loved It
4 stars = Really Liked It
3 stars = Liked It
2 stars = Didn’t Liked It
1 star = Hated It

This article has 16 comments

  1. mayberry

    I’ve only seen a few of these but ITA with your 5 stars for Murderball and Little Miss Sunshine.

  2. Tree


    This all started because I really enjoyed 300.

  3. Sue at nobaddays

    Hot Fuzz: In our queue, and we LOVED Shawn of the Dead too.

    Becoming Jane: I will need to see this alone. Dave doesn’t do period flicks. Well, and I don’t do ‘nam pics.

    Blood Diamond: You know my thoughts on this.

    Murderball: Loved this … on your recommendation.

    Babel: Annoyed me too. The choppy-changey everything’s-connected thing is getting to be so old.

    The Devil Wears Prada: I did like this — was in the right mood for it.

    Little Miss Sunshine: LOVED. IT.

  4. Oh, The Joys

    Totally enjoyed “Becoming Jane.”

  5. aimee / greeblemonkey

    see Jessica! We are not total movie opposites afterall!

  6. Anonymous

    I totally agree with you on most of them!

  7. nutmeg

    So much I could comment here, but I’ll just stick to Little Miss Sunshine because we just watched it the other night. Such reality it was hard to believe I wasn’t just a fly on a real wall. We loved it, but I had such a hard time understanding why Alan Arkin won the Oscar! He didn’t even make it to the middle…

  8. aimee / greeblemonkey

    Meg! I am totally with you on Alan Arkin. Unfortunately, I think that was a pity Oscar and not based on that one performance.

  9. g-man

    Only one question .. How do you find the time???!?!?

  10. Sizzle

    loved little miss sunshine.

    you’ve seen a lot of flicks!

  11. painted maypole

    wow – you have seen quite a few movies. This is something hubby and I used to do all the time prekids (go out to see movies) and rarely do now. But now I have a few more to add to my list of “want to see/will probably never see” 🙂

  12. aimee / greeblemonkey

    remember, I have no cable and watch virtually no TV! 🙂

  13. Jen M.

    I can’t wait to see Becoming Jane. Give the Devil Wears Prada another go?

  14. Mitch McDad

    After our Facebook movie issues, I’m leery of your reviews. 🙂

    Two pop out on me. Devil/Prada was one I “sat through” for my wife, and I actually could tolerate it, which is a rave for me for a chick-lit book turned movie.

    And Casanova, well, I literally slept through MOST of the movie. My wife liked it, but for me it was one of those parent-exhaustion things and I just could not keep my eyes open. I really might not have seen ten minutes of the movie. But what a great nap!!!

  15. sue

    Thanks for the info. Some I’ve seen, most I’ve not. I agree with your opinions on the ones I’ve seen. How vague is that? 🙂

    We don’t get to near the movies we used to… hate fighting the crowds and just sitting still for 3.5 hours is a chore anymore…

  16. Melissa

    Okay, you know how I loved ‘Hot Fuzz’ so I am going to have to check out ‘Shawn of the Dead’ – And ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ was my fave from last year. And my god Leonardo DiCaprio was hot in ‘Blood Diamond’ – I felt very guilty about lusting after him while the horrors of that movie unfolded, but there ya go.

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