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Monday:
Spider-Man 3 (2007)

...not the best movie...

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I am sure none of you have heard of this series, but I thought I would write a review anyway. Spider-Man 3 is not the best movie you'll see this year. Heck, it probably won't even come close. Don't get me wrong though. I am an avid Spider-Man fan and I know what I want in the movies.

Spider-Man (Maguire) has become an icon in the city of New York. They can rest assured that the city is safe. That is, until three villains decide that is it a good time to run amok. An escaped convict, Flint Marko (Church), becomes a freakish science experiment when he gets trapped inside of a laboratory's test site. Sand particles become fused with his body allowing him to manipulate it however he wishes. Some of you my may celebrate the return of the glider and pumpkin bombs, but I don't. Was it really necessary to bring a villain (Franko) on screen for three minutes, only to have him fall unconscious with no trace of memory? Finally, the fan-favorite Venom makes his film debut. He was actually my favorite. The CGI was amazing and this Spidey-foe actually fit into the plot.

As all of this is happening, Mary Jane (Dunst) is dismissed from her newest Broadway show, a foreign intergalactic goo lands on Earth and finds a new home on Peter's skin, the police have found who was truly responsible for Uncle Ben's murder, and Peter finds a new love interest much to Mary Jane's dismay. If they could have spread this plot out over the next few movies it would have been excellent. It was just too much to absorb. The director (Raimi) attempted to please everyone, but he ended up pleasing few. All of the special effects in the world could have saved Spider-Man 3 from its own plot.

My Rating = Two and One Half Stars


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Wednesday:
Marci X (2003)

...won't let go easily.

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Marci X didn't really see a lot of theater play and at first only a handful of movie rental stores carried it, but once I had a hold of it you won't let go easily. Lisa Kudrow(Friends) plays as a spoiled, rich, Jewish woman that lives in Manhattan. Her father falls ill and she is forced to confront a rapper(Wayans), who has caused controversy with his song "Shoot Ya Teacha". From the get-go this movie will have you laughing hysterically with scenes such as Kudrow rapping about purses, a fundraiser to help children without feeling in their arms, and a Wayans appearing on a commercial with a gay boy band.

You have to have a certain type of humor to fully appreciate Marci X. If you enjoyed the ditsy blond on Friends then you will enjoy her once again on film. Some of the stuff in the movie has been shared from others, but there wouldn't be any movies at all if we didn't copy sometimes. The movie drags a little bit between the middle and end, but besides that I really don't have any problems at all.

My Rating = Four Stars


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Friday:
Shrek (2001)

...a masterpiece...

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Shrek (Myers), a hideous ogre, begins a quest to save Princess Fiona (Diaz) of Far, Far Away. He must climb to the tallest tower and get passed the dragon guarding the fortress with the help of Donkey (Murphy). After rescuing her, Shrek planned on taking her back to the king who had intentions of marriage. Years ago, unknown to anyone but her parents, Fiona had a curse placed on her. Only her prince charming could break it and until then, she would turn in to an ogre after sundown.

This film is a masterpiece in more than one way. It pulled off a mixture of fairytales nearly flawlessly, has beautiful CGI (that has actually been improved on in the sequels), appeals to all age groups, and includes some of the most talented voice actors in the business. Everything flows together amazingly.

If I could think of one thing to criticize it would be the fact that some of the smaller characters didn't appear as often as I would have liked. You were mainly stuck with the main trio. That isn't a bad thing, but I just wish that they could have implented this sooner than Shrek 2.

My Rating = Four Stars


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