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Fireproof Print
Written by Mike Noel   
Friday, 30 January 2009
We saw this movie a couple of months ago but it has taken a while for me to get my thoughts together enough to write something on it. It's not that the movie was all that deep as much as I've just been really really busy with life. I admit that I had some reluctance to go see this movie. The scenes in the previews focused on the two main characters spending a lot of time yelling at each other and generally being unhappy. The last thing I wanted to watch was two hours of an unhappy married couple fighting. Eventually we saw it. I was happily surprised by the quality of the movie and the story. Very touching and encouraging.
In broad strokes the plot is predictable -- a married couple has trouble with threatens to dissolve the marriage but through a bunch of emotional turmoil they manage to keep it together. I say that this is predictable because we've seen this kind of movie many times. What makes Fireproof better than average is the way that it connects in a very real way with real people. The situations and circumstances that the husband and wife deal with are likely quite familiar to the average American married person. Further, the responses by each of the movie's characters are realistic.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 November 2009 )
Babylon AD Print
Written by Mike Noel   
Thursday, 11 September 2008

Babylon AD

Vin Diesel makes one kind of movie and this is it.  Lots of guns and explosions set in dreary cyber-punk framework (even Fast and Furious felt cyberpunk).  Usually there is a lone guy, Diesel, who is called in to be a reluctant hero.  Babylon AD follows the formula but it is still an entertaining movie.  The plot is a bit weak but I don't think that plot was the main point of this movie.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 September 2008 )
Mamma Mia Print
Written by Mike Noel   
Thursday, 11 September 2008

Mamma Mia!

So here's the story.  Years ago Donna Sheridan (Meryl Streep) broke off a serious relationship.  In the midst of the heartache she bounced around through a couple other guys.  And wouldn't you know it but about nine months later she found herself to be a pround new, and single, mom of a wonderful daughter.  Fast forward and now that daughter is engaged to be married.  Every daughter wants her dad to give her away but Sophie, the daughter, doesn't know who her dad is.  So she invites all three of the candidates to their Greek villa.  

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 September 2008 )
The Dark Knight Print
Written by Mike Noel   
Thursday, 11 September 2008

The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight is the latest in the new incarnation of the Batman movies (which started with Batman Begins). If you saw any of the trailers for this movie you know that it was pretty dark.  The primary villian in this movie was The Joker, played by Heath Ledger, who was a demented and insane individual who was intent on destroying Batman.  Ledger's portrayal of The Joker was psychotic and intense.  The Joker certainly was an uncomfortable character to be around.   This movie also explored more of Bruce Wayne's phychological state.  The Joker and Batman show two different ways of dealing with similar mental stuggles and issues.

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 September 2008 )
Henry Poole Is Here Print
Written by Mike Noel   
Thursday, 11 September 2008

Henry Poole Is Here

Henry Poole is a troubled man with a troubled past.  A broken and dysfunctional family left him to be an angry, sad, and frustrated man.  Then, when he receives news that he has a fatal illness he decides to check out.  He moves to a small suburban house somewhere in California and has just one request: leave me alone.  Yet that is just what his nosy neighbor will not do.  To make matters worse, a mysterious image of the face of Jesus appears in the poor stucco job on the side of his house.  Thus, the stage is set for a humorous but thought provoking exploration of the role of faith in a man's life.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 September 2008 )
Swing Vote Print
Written by Mike Noel   
Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Swing Vote

As the US is gearing up for the 2008 Presidential Election it seems like a good idea to have a movie about the circus that the election can become.  Swing Vote does that well.  The story revolves around Bud, a cronic underachiever, and his precocious daughter.  On election day Bud forgets to vote so his daughter does it for him.  However, the machine fails while she is trying to vote.  Nervous, she scampers away from the polling place and hopes she doesn't get in trouble.  In a situation reminiscent of Florida, the entire country's vote comes down to one state, in fact, it all comes down to the one precinct where Bud was supposed to vote.  And, of course, it's a tie but Bud's vote didn't count.  Due to the machine malfunction Bud is given another opportunity to vote.  And this time,  his one vote will decide who the next president is.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 August 2008 )
Sunshine Print
Written by Mike Noel   
Wednesday, 09 July 2008


A few years from now scientists discover that the sun is burning out much faster than they expected.  So much so that earth's climate has cooled to the point where humans will not be able to survive much longer. In a desparate attempt a ship is launched to the sun to explode a huge nuclear bomb in the sun in order to reignite it.  Along the way everything goes wrong.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 August 2008 )

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