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Shorts, a review by addicted2dvd

     Shorts (2009/United States)
IMDb |Wikipedia |Trailer |
Warner Home Video
Director:Robert Rodriguez
Writing:Robert Rodriguez (Writer), Alvaro Rodriguez (Story By)
Length:89 min.
Rating:Rated PG : Mild Action and Some Rude Humor
Video:Anamorphic Widescreen :1, Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital: 5.1, French: Dolby Digital: 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital: 5.1
Subtitles:English, French, Spanish

Jimmy Bennett as Toe Thompson
Jake Short as Nose Noseworthy
Kat Dennings as Stacey Thompson
Trevor Gagnon as Loogie
Devon Gearhart as Cole Black
Jolie Vanier as Helvetica Black

While grownups at Black Box Industries work to improve the handheld gizmo that's this year's high-tech must-have, neighborhood kid Toby "Toe" Thompson has something even better: he's found the Wishing Rock. Be careful what you wish for, Toe! Spy Kids filmmaker Robert Rodriguez hatches a fun-filled story of the chaos that erupts when folks young and old get their hands on the rainbow-striped stone. Hang out with an army of tiny outer-space friends? Turn a pesky brother into a beetle? Own a mountain of cash? Be the most powerful person in the world? Great young talents join stars Jon Cryer, William H. Macy, Leslie Mann and James Spader in the hilarious not-so-tall tales of Shorts.

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My Thoughts:
I watched this one when I woke last night in the middle of the night and couldn't get back to sleep. It is a movie I recently borrowed from the library. It was entertaining for a film made for kids... but I definitely seen better. The main boy (Jimmy Bennett) in this one looked very familiar. When I checked to see who it was I found out he starred as the son in one of my favorite short lived series... No Ordinary Family. And playing his big sister was Kat Dennings (2 broke Girls). Playing their father was Jon Cryer (2 and a Half Men).  So there was a lot of familiar faces in this one for me. The main problem I had with this film was how they showed the film in short segments (reason for the title) out of order. I mean it wasn't really hard to follow... but just felt unnecessary. I wouldn't mind adding this film to my collection eventually... but it isn't something I would be in a hurry to add.

My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5

(From What Movies I Been Watching on November 29th, 2013)

Member's Reviews

Nothing in Common, a review by Rich

Title: Nothing in Common

Genres:Comedy, Drama

Plot:Tom Hanks, Jackie Gleason and Eva Marie Saint are unforgettable in the story of a young, ambitious executive whose life is surprisingly affected by the break-up of his parents' marriage. Co-starring Sela Ward, Bess Armstrong and Hector Elizondo.
Because of his talent, charm and wisecracking sense of humor, David Basner (Hanks) is a self-made man on the fast track. He loves his job, his bank account is healthy, and women find him irresistible. Then his father Max (Gleason, in his final film performance) calls to give David the news that he and David's mother Lorraine (Saint) are calling it quits after 35 years. Now, besides the pressures of his own busy life, David has the new responsibilities of taking care of his crotchety dad and emotionally supporting his mother. Through these experiences, David gains a new understanding and appreciation of his parents, with whom he thought he had nothing in common.
NOTHING IN COMMON is a funny, heart-warming film that struck a chord with audiences (who made it a hit) and showcases the charismatic performance of a young Tom Hanks on his way to Oscar®-winning superstardom.
My Review:
Below average comedy that feels like a cheaply made tv sitcom despite the big name stars. Hanks is below par, but it is an over indulgent self-apprecaiting performance by Gleason that really turned me off to the movie.
The plot is undercooked, the scenes disjointed, and the film feels incredibly dated from its mid-eighties debut. Eva Marie Saint does her best with a weak script, but overall I felt director Garry Marshall missed the mark on this, but I did like his following huge hits like Pretty Women, Beaches and Overboard.
My Rating

(From Riches Random Reviews on January 24th, 2010)

Member's TV Reviews

My PILOT Marathon, a review by Rich

CSI: NY: The Complete First Season

The team finds three young women, all of whom appear to have been brutalized in the same way. With a possible serial killer on hand, the only witness they have is the one of the three who survived, but she can only communicate through blinking. Photographs found at one of the crime scenes lead the team to a couple that had sponsored one of the victims, the boyfriend who claims he hasn't spoken to her in weeks, and the owner of one of the buildings a photo was taken from.

The third edition of the "CSI" franchise sets up shop in the Big Apple, where taciturn Detective Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) and his partner, Detective Stella Bonasera (Melina Kanakaredes), lead a crime-solving team. Like his counterparts in Las Vegas and Miami, Taylor knows that people may lie, but the evidence rarely does.

A vast improvement over the CSI Miami 1st episode, this felt slicker, and the major improvement was a convincing lead actor in Gary Sinise backed up by some good support cast.
The downside is what I found in the other pilot, the solving of the case was just too easy, quick use of lasers to re-fingerprint, and the killer confesses up with no pressure at all, in a Hollywood version of "it's a fair cop guv, you got me banged to rights". In fact I'd go as far as saying based on the 2 pilots of CSI viewed that the suspense and mystery is akin to a scooby doo cartoon. Neither have I warmed to the cast as I did with shows such as NCIS.
But as this is such a popular show with so many people, I am sure that it must develop and the characters become more interesting, so i will definately give the whole series a try in the near future.

(From My PILOT Marathon on September 27th, 2009)
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