At Least It Has Sandra
Love Potion Number 9
Murder by Numbers
What Was She Thinking?
Have Not Seen
Forces of Nature
Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood
While You Were Sleeping
Sandra Bullock is the girl next door, except very attractive and on the big screen. I love her 'cause she's normal and fun and kind of a dork, in her best roles anyway. Unfortunately some of Sandra's movies have been less than spectacular. Here's Johnny Z's Take on which of her 28 movies you would be well advised to watch, and which to avoid.
It's not as bad as the first half hour makes it seem . . . or maybe it is. Awful The movie's about an undercover cop (Liam Neeson) who's losing his nerve and having digestional problems after getting shot and nearly killed. It's supposed to be something along the lines of "Gross Point Blank", "10", and "The Big Kahuna", but there's one little problem: IT ISN'T FUNNY, and the characters are odd but not interesting. The first couple dozen 'jokes' fell flat but I stayed with it and did chuckle 27 minutes in. Sandra Bullock's part (Enema Queen) isn't that big, and it isn't that great either, though she's still charming.
This quote from the movie is revealing:
For the first time in months, I had fun.
Wow, what's that like?
Fun, what is fun? The folks who made this movie sure don't know!
Two more notes: there is brief nudity, but it's not of the offensive type, and you could hardly call it nudity, as body paint is involved. However, the rest of the movie is offensive to the sensitive mind and not appropriate for children. Secondly, the soundtrack is horrible. On hearing the eclectic collection of bad music I just felt sorry, for listener, for the folks who put it together (unfortunately I think Sandra had a hand in this.) Really really disappointing all around. There was a lot of potential in the story: it didn't have to be this bad.
Murder by Numbers
With Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line) and teenyboppers Ryan Gosling (plays Hercules on TV's Young Hercules) and Michael Pitt (Dawson's Creek). It's Watchable It's a drama. It's not intentionally funny. It's somewhere between Wild Things and [geez, now I forget!], but without the nudity. I enjoyed it, for the most part, even though it's formulaic and thus predictable. It's a murder mystery, and Sandra is a cop who works with Chaplin to avoid the red herrings, manage conflict with her boss, deal with a personal struggle, build relationships, and nab the killers.
With Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes. Highly Recommended Okay, so the movie is not 'good' in the sense of having a worthwhile message or anything of that nature. But this is not a serious movie. This is a movie for guys -- and women -- who like movies. Action, romance (but none of this sissy emotional stuff), clear plot, more action, humor, and Sandra Bullock as a naive cop from the future, where they don't believe in violence. (Sly Stallone and Snipes have different views on the subject of violence, as you might guess.) Plot: Snipes is released on parole and starts killing people and blowing things up. Stallone, the cop who brought him in originally, is released from cryostasis to catch him again. Trust me, this movie is wicked good! Ask anyone who's seen it about the 'three shells' and the restrictions on swearing. I won't spoil it for you, unless you insist! Too funny for words . . .
You've probably seen this. If you haven't, you must. Now. Go! Highly recommended This was billed as an action action action movie with lots of big explosions, and it has all that, plus a good performance from Keanu Reeves, a good plot (well, mostly) and, of course, thrilling action sequences. And Sandra's there throughout to make things just that much more fun.
Recommended Sandra is a computer geek who specialized in computer security. She faces off against a bunch of powerful bad guys who erase her identity from all electronic record. Sometimes it's repetitive/slow, and how many times do we really need to hear Sandra say "our whole lives are out there on computer" etc etc before we get the point? But the movie is enjoyable nonetheless. And Sandra's pretty. And dorky. And charming. There is some humor, and some things of interest for you internet-surfing computer geeks out there.
Sandra is an Tom-boy FBI agent who must go under cover as a contestant at a beauty pageant. She's really pretty and funny, but her romance with a fellow FBI agent is given lip service and falls flat, in part because the guy is a major jerk and was never even interested in Sandra until she dropped the Tom-boy look for the beauty contestant look. Gee, aren't we happy about a match like that! Ignore their relationship, focus on the very amusing story line (guys, don't worry about it being a beauty pageant, I don't know how they managed it but it's really not a girly plot) and you'll enjoy watching this movie. Recommended
Love Potion No. 9
Take-off on the song. Recommended It's okay, a feel-good movie that's funny, fun, not a whole lot to it, but romantic and good for a date. Sandra and co-star Tate Donovan (whoever he is) are biochemists who happen upon a love potion that makes them unfailingly attractive to the opposite sex. The ensuing action is entirely family-friendly, if you're wondering, and not in terms of making a family.