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Bullshish Recommends [A Working Title]

So if you have ever read more than one post on this blog, I am sure you have heard of this person I like to call Cal. He blogs about movies and if you so care to, check out his blog here. Now, both Cal and I love the movies. Sometimes I will recommend a movie to him that he has never seen, and he recommends one to me (that I have never seen, obviously). And then we watch them on our own time and Cal ends up blogging about the movies he has had to watch. And me? I usually tell him over an AIM conversation what I thought about the movie and leave it at that.

Well there is a new factor in this movie trade-off thing. I like to call this new factor Doug. Doug read Cal’s blog and wanted to find out what I thought of my latest movie when, ALAS! He came to my blog and found a post about Hannah Montana. Now I happen to think Hannah Montana is AWESOME. Apparently Doug does not. And he was disappointed that I left no reviews to my movies.

Well Internet, I hate to disappointment any of my beloved readers, so now you will get to enjoy a monthly (or, at least, sort of monthly) review of the movies I have been forced to watch. Do not expect them to be expert reviews. Nor will they be long, detailed reviews of the directing and cinematography, etc. Instead I will offer you a more real review, such as why I like it, why I don’t like it, what went through my mind while watching it- that sort of thing. So enough RAMBLING Lauren! Let’s get to the MOVIES!

1. The Boondock Saints

Irish men. Sigh.

Cal gave me this movie because I forced him to watch 13 Going On 30. Supposedly when given a “girly” movie Cal dishes out a movie full of insane amounts of blood and guts and gore and things of the like. Turns out he really liked his movie (read his review here) and I liked this one. Of course, he should know better than to “retaliate” with bloods and guts and stuff, because those movies really don’t bother me. At least, for the most part. There were a couple moments in this one where I couldn’t watch a particular killing scene, but those were very rare. And now for the girly part of the review (expect it in a lot of my reviews), the two leading men were Irish. I have a weakness for Irish accents so that was quite nice. Overall I really enjoyed this movie. Except Willem Dafoe got creepier by the minute. Really, he freaked me out. But I would watch this again.

Movie considered: A Success!

2. Boiler Room

Not a movie about boilers trapped in a room.

I had Cal watch Charlie Bartlett (which he didn’t particularly care for… a horrible thing, I KNOW) and he gave me this movie, which I loved. I like Vin Diesel well enough and he did a great job. I also love Giovanni Ribisi (mainly because of his character on FRIENDS) and he did a fantastic job. Story wise I really liked the movie. It never really seemed slow at any certain point, and all of the actors did a convincing job. Sure, they were all pricks, but they were convincing pricks. I really don’t know what else to say about this movie (I told you these weren’t going to be amazing reviews). I liked it, and so should you.

Movie considered: A Success!

3. Rounders


Oh Cal. Bless your little heart- you gave me a movie with MATT DAMON in it. And I didn’t even ask for it! It must be Christmas. Don’t worry Internet. I gave him a TOTALLY AMAZING MOVIE by the name of Walk The Line. And since he is a smart person, he liked it. I, on the other hand, didn’t find this movie as thrilling as I thought I would. Putting aside my pure love for the Matt Damon, and even the Edward Norton, I thought this movie moved incredibly slow. Then again, Cal was pressuring me into watching it RIGHT THEN. Because I did wait a long time to watch it. But that is besides the point. I should probably watch it again sometime to see if it still seems to be a four hour movie, but the thought of watching a movie that long (unless the name starts with The and ends with Lord of the Rings) seems like a punishment. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the overall plot of the movie and I must admit that the last 20 or so minutes really picked things up and I got excited and nervous and so emotional. Okay, not *that* emotional, but still. The last 20 minutes are worth the wait.

Movie considered: Not That Successful!

4. Office Space


I assigned Cal The Breakfast Club and he assigned me Office Space. After watching the movie I was surprised with how much I have actually seen from random viewings on TV. Because this movie seems to be on TV a lot. Anywho, I really liked it.  The main character- Peter is a great example of sticking it to the man. And the boss was absolutely horrible. And that Milton character did a fantastic job at making me want to scratch out my eyes every time he attempted to utter a sentence.

Movie considered: A Success!

5. Once

Sing us a song

For some unknown, tragic reason, Cal had never seen The Shawshank Redemption, which I consider an absolute CRIME. (See what I did there… crime… prison movie… never mind). Shawshank is seriously such an AMAZING movie I want to talk about it instead of my movie. But that is not how things work on this post. Not to say I disliked Once; I thought it was a very beautiful movie. I liked the music and their voices together were incredible. They really deserved the Oscar win. It was, however, different from what I thought it was going to be. Meaning, I didn’t know anything about the plot before watching it, and I thought they travel the whole movie, etc. Alas, I was wrong, though the actual plot was just as good as I imagined it. Overall I felt like it had some sort of underlying, melancholy theme. Not because of the ending necessarily, but for some reason it left me feeling a little sad, and I can’t really do a good job of explaining why. But I think everyone should see this movie. The story telling is beautiful and you just can’t help but love it.

Movie considered: A Success!

6. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

Phone Home

I had absolutely no interest in this movie. Cal had absolutely no interest in Breakfast At Tiffany’s, so it seemed like a fair trade. Overall I liked this movie. I mean, when I say I had no interest in it, I REALLY did NOT want to watch it. In fact, I complained to my roommate for almost the first ten minutes of the movie. But somehow I managed to get through it, a large part due to the fact that Elliott was played by the most adorable kid IN THE WORLD. I also couldn’t help but stare at Michael’s teeth. I’m sorry if that makes me a horrible person, but I just happen to notice teeth. Anywho, the whole scene where ET was drunk was probably my favorite scene. It actually made me laugh out loud. In the end I came to really like the movie; I’ll admit it was better than I thought it was going to be. All in all I would probably watch it again.

Movie considered: A Moderate Success!

So there you go. My quick, not so great reviews of the first five movies of the trade-off. I’ll probably update every five, so have fun waiting! And if you don’t like my reviews, I am sorry. But I am afraid this is the best I can do.


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