I’ve recently checked out quite a few movies. In fact, now that I’m listing them, I’m feeling like a bit of a slacker. Anyway, here are my quick thoughts on a few movies I’ve seen lately. If you’ve seen any of them or have any other recommendations, come talk in the message boards.

  • The Ring – I haven’t seen the sequel or the Japanese films, but this movie was a little better than I remember. Going into the movie, I think the only things I remember were the eerie “movie” sequence and I remember the film having a weird blue-ish tint. I watched this movie on Halloween with Sara because I couldn’t find my copy of The Shining.
  • Along Came Polly – A pretty average movie. It had some laughs, but it was awfully predictable. It’s a good movie to watch if it’s on tv or HBO as was the case.

  • The Longest Yard– Again, predictable. I would’ve liked this movie a lot more if it didn’t have a Disney ending. Seriously… is there any football movie with the exception of the tv show Playmaker’s that doesn’t end with a win? I’m a Vikings fan – I have no idea what a happy ending means…

  • Dreamer – Kind of like a poor-man’s version of Seabiscuit. If you liked movies like Remember the Titans, The Rookie, or Miracle, though, this is a good one for you to check out. It is highly predictable – Sara called every single plot point except one. It’s one of those feel-good movies that you can enjoy, though, even if it isn’t going to enter any top 10 lists.

  • Seabiscuit – I told Sara that Dreamer was a lot like Seabiscuit. Of course, she’d never seen Seabiscuit, so we had to check that out. I forgot how absolutely solid this movie is. If you’ve skipped this one because you thought a movie about horse racing would be boring, you are dead wrong.

  • Beyond the Mat – A surprisingly brilliant film. It takes an indepth look at Terry Funk, Jake the Snake Roberts, Vince McMahon, and Mick Foley. It also has a lot of interesting behind-the-scenes look into the underbelly of professional wrestling.

  • Oldboy – I’ve been hearing about this one for a while. A man is kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years for a “crime” he doesn’t know that he committed. After he gets released, he needs to figure out who captured him and why. A great movie that I’d recommend just about anyone who is a fan of movies that aren’t your typical Hollywood movie.

When Sara and I were watching Seabiscuit the other day, she asked if I had any more movies that I knew she’d like. I also joke that I’m going to “make” her watch Die Hard, Star Wars, Batman, or Lord of the Rings, but I did actually make an attempt at coming up with a list of the top 10 movies I think Sara would like that she hasn’t seen. So, here goes (in no particular order):

  • City of God – As a social worker, I think she’ll be able to appreciate this movie. I can think of one part where she’ll be more than a little squemish, though. Anyone that hasn’t seen this movie needs to close Internet Explorer, drive up to Best Buy/Target/Circuit City (whatever), and purchase this movie. Cancel your plans for tonight and hop on for the ride.
  • Amelie – Suprisingly, I’ve only seen this movie once. It was funny and cute plus I remember thinking it would be a great movie to watch with a girl.
  • Green Mile – I’ve always thought this was one of the underrated movies of the past 10 years. It was a great story with fine performances. Since about a month after it came out on video, I don’t know if I’ve heard anyone say “…so, I was watching the Green Mile last night…”
  • Hoop Dreams – This movie is like an investment. You have to put time in and you don’t immediately get rewarded. In the end, though, you learn so much about the characters, their culture, and their families that you can’t help but love this movie.
  • JFK – She’s not huge into politics, but I think this movie is one that is easy to get drawn into.
  • Thirteen Days – Like Green Mile, I think this is one of the most underrated movies of the past 5 years.
  • When Harry Met Sally – Sara might officially be the only girl that hasn’t seen this movie.
  • Hotel Rwanda – Easily one of the five best movies from 2004.
  • Monster’s Inc – One of my favorite Pixar films…
  • 21 Grams – I haven’t seen this one in a while, but I remember it being a great experience. I love the movies with a storyline that doesn’t really tell you exactly what is going to happen in the first 20 minutes of the movie.

If you’re out on your bike tonight, do wear white,