Movies

“Vanilla Sky” Quotes

I just recently saw “Vanilla Sky” again… good movie – what a trip. Here are couple really good quotes from that movie:

“The little things… there’s nothing bigger, is there?”

and

“Do you remember what you told me once? That every passing minute is a another chance to turn it all around.”

-Tony

“Seven Days in Utopia” Movie Review

Seven Days in Utopia

Seven Days in UtopiaThe movie comes out this weekend. I’ve read the book, "Golf’s Sacred Journey" by David Cook (who I’ve met). From the previews, the movie is a bit different from the book but that’s expected.

Synopsis: The film follows the story of Luke Chisholm, a talented young golfer set on making the pro tour. When his first big shot turns out to be a very public disaster, Luke escapes the pressures of the game and finds himself unexpectedly stranded in Utopia, Texas, home to eccentric rancher Johnny Crawford. But Johnny’s more than meets the eye, and his profound ways of looking at life force Luke to question not only his past choices, but his direction for the future.

Disclaimer: we have been working with Dr. Cook with some websites related to the movie and book.

My Review

Like I said, the book is better but I liked the movie. They introduced a female lead character. That relationship didn’t get too involved but that’s fine. I like that they kept it G rated. Her character brought in a male rivalry aspect which added something more than what the book had. Parts of the movie moved pretty quickly.

The first sort of flashback sequence they showed was confusing. Later on, the pieces were filled in. I don’t know if that sequence was like that on purpose or not.

The Johnny character (played by Duvall) was probably the highlight of the film. The character was played well by a well known actor. I think having Duvall casted as that character was perfect. Maybe the only better person would have been Sean Connery back in the mid-90s (like his character in Entrapment). Lucas Black also did very well, I thought. The worst acting might have to go to Luke Chisholm’s father. Yeah, he played a hard nosed dad but I didn’t really believe it for some reason.

Each ‘day’ in the movie went kind of fast. I don’t think there was a huge budget for the film though. There were seven days to go through, though. They did save a good amount of time for the last tournament, which was smart. And they did build the "T. K. Oh" character early on. I don’t think that guy had any lines, though, which is kind of funny and it worked out fine. The final chapter of the movie (the open golf tournament) was really well done. The music was great, everything. They definitely spent the most time on that part. Having the Golf Channel involved was a nice touch, too. In the last scenes, you could really feel the emotion. It ended with a pan up from the last putt and they even closed it out nice, tying everything up pretty nice. It ended with the instructions to go to www.didhemaketheputt.com, which, of course, was cool (yeah, we did that website).

More About the Movie

I thought I would list a few trailers and resources for the movie in case you’re interested in seeing it. I would say that it’s really a golfer’s movie. If you’re not too into golf, you’ll still get something out of it but if you’re an avid golfer, you’ll really enjoy it. It’s rated G, which is just great – leave all the junk out. It’s starring Robert Duvall and Lucas Black, who is an actor and golfer.

The movie is playing in Madison – check out theaters and times at MadisonClick.

If anybody wants a book for free, please let me know – I have a bunch! I’ll even pay shipping.

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Watchmen Movie

Ok, so I got the Watchmen movie on Netflix. I got through half of it and then had to watch the second half later. So I have one question:

What the heck?

No, I’m not a fan of the comic book, so right off I know that I don’t know what’s going on. But it’s 1985 where I think Nixon is President, styles and computers from the year 2009 exist and they’re a team but against each other. Dr. Manhattan is a blue naked guy that we see too much of.

The special effects were amazing, I do have to say that. The fight scenes were good, too. They tried to add in a lot of the backstory, which was just a lot of mixed up drama given to us in pieces. Everyone keeps changing their appearance, adding to the confusion.

I’ll give it a 2 out of 5 but that’s just me.

-T

Seven Pounds (Will Smith)

I really think there should be a tear jerk rating on movies. This one would be very high on that scale but I was a man and held tight. :-)

This is one of those movies that doesn’t tell you what’s going on until the end but you can kind of figure it out before that. So I won’t really talk about what it’s about except that it make me think about what Jesus did for all of us, which was way more than just donating a few organs.

So I give this one a 4 out of 5. I really liked it. There should be more movies like this and was surprised I didn’t hear too much about this one.

-Tony

How to Rob a Bank (2007)

A friend of mine suggested this one to me. I liked it a lot. It was weird seeing John Conner (Nick Stahl) in a different role but he was good. The ending was a little bit of a surprise, which I liked. If you’re a fan of the Ocean’s Eleven series, then you’ll like this one.

I give it a 3 out of 5.

-Tony