2014 Movie Page

This page is where I share my rating for the films I view during the year. You’ll find selections from theaters, movie channels, and DVD.

Missy’s rating system:

  1. Loved the film and will most likely add it to my collection. (admittedly, sometimes I’ve loved a film and never want to see it again)
  2. Really liked the film and will consider adding it to my collection. (admittedly, sometimes I’ve really liked a film and never want to see it again)
  3. Liked the film and wouldn’t mind watching it again.
  4. Though the film had some redeeming qualities, overall I didn’t care for it.
  5. Didn’t like it at all. Enough said.
  6. If you click on the titles of the films it will take you to their official sites. If you find any dead links, please email weblog [at] missyfrye.net and I’ll see if I can correct the problem.

7Mad About Mambo (2000)

Where did I watch it? Showtime
Additional Thoughts: Cute but not spectacular. Strictly a feel-good movie and mostly formulaic in structure. The relationship between the footballer friends is fantastic and provides some hilarious moments.

Georgia Rule (2007)

Where did I watch it? HBO
Additional Thoughts: More dramatic than I expected. My eyes welled with tears more than once.

Hairspray (2007)

Where did I watch it? HBO
Additional Thoughts: It had some entertaining moments, but nothing special. Amanda Bynes was cute as a button and with each film I see James Marsden, I grow more impressed with him.

The Island (Ostrov) (2007)

Where did I watch it? Rented from Netflix
Additional Thoughts: Ugh. Russian Cinema has improved over the past few years, but this critically acclaimed film bored the crap out of me. I couldn’t finish it.

8National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets (2007)

Where did I watch it? Rented from Netflix
Additional Thoughts: A little lackluster, but definitely not boring.

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)

Where did I watch it? Rented from Netflix
Additional Thoughts: This is one of those films that I can’t really recommend because it defies popular movie standards. It’s a slice of life film, though the life isn’t so pretty. The acting is FABULOUS but I didn’t care for some of the editing techniques. The director tried camera techniques to convey emotions when he should have relied on the actors’ abilities; the tricks detracted from the film. Oh, the movie was directed by the man who wrote the screenplay as well as the book the screenplay was based on.

Shrek the Third (2007)

Where did I watch it? HBO
Additional Thoughts: Wasn’t expecting much from this one; was pleasantly surprised. Not as good as the first (again) but not a total waste of time either.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

Where did I watch it? Theater
Additional Thoughts: Decent movie. I didn’t care for the action for action’s sake. There were some CGI sequences that were fabulous and others that took me out of the moment. The story was good, but could have been better. Shia LaBeouf was great and Harrison Ford didn’t embarrass himself. Nowhere near as good as the first, but is what I’ve come to expect from the Indy franchise.

The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (2007)

Where did I watch it? Rented from Netflix
Additional Thoughts: A nice diversion, but I think it might be a bit too intense for children. Some really good special effects.

The Flying Scotsman (2006)

Where did I watch it? Rented from Netflix
Additional Thoughts: I really liked this movie. It’s one that I probably won’t watch again, but it is so well executed it deserves praise. Billy Boyd is just soooo cute that I’d like to eat him up.

Mansfield Park (1999)

Where did I watch it? IFC
Additional Thoughts: I was very disappointed in this one. The casting was all wrong and it didn’t evoke the feelings that most Jane Austen films do.

Revolver (2005)

Where did I watch it? Rented from Netflix
Additional Thoughts: I’m usually a fan of Guy Ritchie, but this one fell short. Maybe I’m just not smart enough. It’s always good to see Jason Statham, no matter the circumstances.

Redline (2007)

Where did I watch it? Starz
Additional Thoughts: One boring cliche after another. Too bad Nadia Bjorlin got mixed up in it.

Gracie (2007)

Where did I watch it? Rented from Netflix
Additional Thoughts: Well done, but lacked the emotional pull I expected. Preferred the Quarterback Princess which is basically the same story.

The Astronaut Farmer (2006)

Where did I watch it? HBO
Additional Thoughts: Good story about holding on to one’s dreams, but a little far-fetched. I had trouble suspending my disbelief but not so much so that it completely took me out of the movie.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)

Where did I watch it? Starz
Additional Thoughts: *sigh* Way overdone. I can’t say it was awful because it had some enjoyable moments and I liked the story – just didn’t care for the execution and the gimmicks.

Butterfly on a Wheel (Shattered) (2007)

Where did I watch it? Rented from Netflix
Additional Thoughts: Very intense thriller with a stellar cast. It was well done on every level, but it disappointed me a bit. I recommend it and wish someone would let me know why it left me with disappointment.

Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

Where did I watch it? Rented from Netflix
Additional Thoughts: Once again, Ryan Gosling blew me away. He is such a wonderful talent. Regardless of the sex doll character this isn’t a sexually explicit film. In fact, it’s rated PG-13. Very good flick and I recommend it. Not as awesome as the hype suggested, but well worth viewing.

10Accepted (2006)

Where did I watch it? HBO
Additional Thoughts: Cute and feel-good. Good for one viewing, but doubt I’ll watch it again.

One More Kiss (1999)

Where did I watch it? Rented from Netflix
Additional Thoughts: A bit too Melodramatic for my tastes. I felt no sympathy for either of the female leads. Gerard Butler did a fair job with what he had to work with and James Cosmo’s performance deserved a better script.

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

Where did I watch it? HBO
Additional Thoughts: This is another fun one, but not as good as the first. I loved the Silver Surfer character.

Starter for 10 (2006)

Where did I watch it? HBO
Additional Thoughts: I really liked this movie. Of course, it’s character driven – that’s probably why. James McAvoy has really grown on me the past couple years and he’s what drives this one.

27 Dresses (2008)

Where did I watch it? Rented from Netlix
Additional Thoughts: This is a cute movie, but nothing special. I think my tepid response derives from the lack of chemistry between Heigl and Marsden. I just didn’t believe they enjoyed kissing each other. Sorta takes away from the romance.

Atonement (2007)

Where did I watch it? Rented from Netlix
Additional Thoughts: Atonement completely engrossed me emotionally but I didn’t like the abrupt POV changes nor the non-linear timeline. The cinematography (for the most part) was amazing as well as the acting. I’ve wanted to revisit the characters since viewing but am unwilling to endure the patchwork execution of the story. I’m inspired to read the book.

The Invisible (2007)

Where did I watch it? Rented from Netlix
Additional Thoughts: This one took a while to set up but once it got going, I was on the edge of my seat. There were some unresolved issues. References to reasons for Annie’s behavior were never fully revealed. I really liked this movie, but am afraid if I watch it again, the flaws will be more glaring and I won’t enjoy it as much.

August Rush (2007)

Where did I watch it? Rented from Netlix
Additional Thoughts: Fabulous! I was so drawn into the music and characters that I physically felt the emotional aspects of the plot.

Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

Where did I watch it? Rented from Netflix
Additional Thoughts: Fantastic! I wasn’t sure how Burton would do with a musical, but was pleasantly surprised with the results. Great imagery, superb acting and engrossing plot.

Nim’s Island (2008)

Where did I watch it? Theater
Additional Thoughts: A very cute movie and one I think is perfect for kids. Lots of fun and positivity.

Becoming Jane (2007)

Where did I watch it? Rented/Netflix
Additional Thoughts: This movie affected me deeply. The story is moving and the acting is superb. I’m already thinking about buying it so I can watch it over and over.

Dan in Real Life (2007)

Where did I watch it? Rented/Netflix
Additional Thoughts: This movie was superbly made and I can find very few faults. I’m not sure I would want to sit through it again though. I’m glad I watched and recommend everyone view it at least once.

Jam (2006)

Where did I watch it? Showtime
Additional Thoughts: If you’re looking for action, this will disappoint. If you like characters and interaction between different personality types, this is the film for you. It has an OUTSTANDING cast that includes the very sexy Jeffrey Dean Morgan and two of my favorite actresses Amanda Detmer and Gina Torres.

Death at a Funeral (2007)

Where did I watch it? Netflix
Additional Thoughts: This movie is absolutely hilarious! Alan Tudyk is a gem among comedic actors (he’s not so bad with drama either). I just love Peter Dinklage and his character in this film is… well, just watch it and you’ll understand. Seriously, this is a truly funny movie and I recommend it to anyone that loves comedy.

House of Fools (Dom durakov) (2002)

Where did I watch it? Showtime Extreme
Additional Thoughts: I look forward to watching this one again. I can’t say it is a magnificent movie, but it is definitely intriguing. It is heartbreaking and humorous at the same time.

Knocked Up (2007)

Where did I watch it? Netflix
Additional Thoughts: Okay, what is all the fuss about. It was a good movie and there were some laugh out loud moments, but it certainly isn’t as good as they hype suggested. I didn’t see any chemistry between Heigl and Rogan… I guess I should just write a review because I could point out so many things that would inspire controversial conversations. 🙂

Introducing the Dwights (2007)

Where did I watch it? Netflix
Additional Thoughts: I was a bit disappointed in this one as well. I think I just expected too much. However, it is a really good movie and I’d probably watch it again. Of course, it has Brenda Blethyn and she always blows me away with her performances.

Martian Child (2007)

Where did I watch it? Netflix
Additional Thoughts: Very moving. I laughed and cried. The pacing was kind of slow, so it would be debatable if I watch it again. It was certainly worth viewing once and it sticks with you long after the final scene.

Two Weeks (2006)

Where did I watch it? Netflix
Additional Thoughts: This is a definite tear jerker, but it has some very funny moments as well. Of course, it’s about a family that comes together for their mother’s final days (she’s dying of cancer). Sally Field was magnificent!

Once (2006)

Where did I watch it? Netflix
Additional Thoughts: This was a great movie, but I think I was expecting too much because of so many friend’s recommendations. It didn’t wow me. I must say that I loved the ending.

Shoot ‘Em Up (2007)

Where did I watch it? Netflix
Additional Thoughts: Well, it was… interesting, but not interesting enough. I think this one could have been executed much better. It had potential, but fell flat.

Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

Where did I watch it? Netflix
Additional Thoughts: Your typical Die Hard movie. Entertaining but a bit over the top at moments. I’d watch it again.

The Game Plan (2007)

Where did I watch it? Netflix
Additional Thoughts: Cute but not great. The little girl was the best part of the film (and the dog). I wouldn’t go out of my way to see it again.

Sydney White (2007)

Where did I watch it? Netflix
Additional Thoughts: Very cute movie! Nothing fabulous but one that could be watched numerous times and still be enjoyable.

Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Where did I watch it? Starz
Additional Thoughts: Superb acting and compelling story. I’m not sure I would sit through it again, but it is definitely one I’m glad I watched.

Invincible (2006)

Where did I watch it? Starz
Additional Thoughts: I hadn’t planned on watching this one. I walked into the room as it came on the tv and found myself drawn into the story. I have the utmost respect for Mark Wahlberg’s acting abilities but feel that he didn’t really fill the shoes of the character (based on a real person). I wouldn’t turn the tube off if this one came on again.

Wild Hogs (2007)

Where did I watch it? Starz
Additional Thoughts: There were some laugh out loud moments and it left me with a good feeling, but I think the hype that accompanied its theatrical release was a bit overdone. It’s a good movie, but not fantastic.

Stardust (2007)

Where did I watch it? Rented from Netflix
Additional Thoughts: Part of me wants to say this is fantastic and another part wants to say it was just okay. I enjoyed Michelle Pfeiffer’s performance and have added Charlie Cox to my cute as a bug’s ear list. Overall, it was enjoyable but I don’t see kids really getting in to it.

A Good Year (2006)

Where did I watch it? HBO
Additional Thoughts: I found this one to be quite enjoyable. I can’t give it a rave review nor can I find any glaring flaws. In all it was mediocre.

We Are Marshall (2006)

Where did I watch it? HBO
Additional Thoughts: I didn’t get bored watching this one, but still felt it could have been done a bit better. I love Matthew McConaughey but could tell he was pretending to be someone else – his performance didn’t seem natural to me.

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

Where did I watch it? Netflix.
Additional Thoughts: Even the presence of Christian Bale couldn’t save this one. The pacing was too slow and when it did get going it was too little too late. The best part of the movie was the performance of Ben Foster. He reminds me of Giovanni Ribisi in that he can take on any role and make it believable. Trust me, his character in this one is a far cry from the sweet kid in Big Trouble.

She’s the Man (2006)

Where did I watch it? Watched on one of the movie channels.
Additional Thoughts: This one was just fun. And looking at Channing Tatum is no hardship. Plus, I think Amanda Bynes is darling.

Ghost Rider (2007)

Where did I watch it? Watched on Starz.
Additional Thoughts: Nicolas Cage is too old for the character. While many of the movies based on comic books make it easy to suspend disbelief, this one did not. It was too far-fetched.

Gridiron Gang (2007)

Where did I watch it? Watched it on one of the movie channels (can’t remember which one).
Additional Thoughts: Compelling characters and good pacing made this one easy to watch.

Waitress (2007)

Where did I watch it? Rented from Netflix.
Additional Thoughts: This wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, but enjoyable none-the-less. Seeing Nathan Fillion in this role was refreshing and disappointing at the same time. It was a far cry from Malcolm Reynolds, but I was disappointed that he cheated on his wife, not Nathan, the character. 😉

Reign Over Me (2007)

Where did I watch it? Rented from Netflix, but saw it in the theater when it was first released last year.
Additional Thoughts: This one still packs a punch upon viewing a second time. Adam Sandler deserves some recognition for his performance.