No effort was spared in breathing life into the delightful and
colorful cast of characters of J. K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter: The
Chamber of Secrets.”
This film, inspired by Rowling’s florid imagination, is expertly
transferred to the silver screen, appealing to all audiences that
possess the spirit of a child.
The effects are absolutely captivating, from gargantuan spiders to
If you have read the book, you will be astonished by the
painstaking efforts to maintain the nearly impossible world of Harry
“The Chamber of Secrets” is the second installment in a series
that promises to reach fourth and fifth movies with a popularity of
epic proportion and a faithful following of persons from all walks of
life. All roles are reprised by recognizable faces, except for the
unlikely inclusion of Kenneth Branaugh as the vain and vacuous foil.
If you have kids, take them. If you do not, then take yourself.
This film exudes joy and is capable of elating the inner child in
even the stodgiest among us. It is a reminder that simple joys can be
the most rewarding.
A bigger ‘Jackass’ on the big screen
“Jackass The Movie” is a movie so offensive that its title
deserves an expletive deleted.
MTV befouls the silver screen with a film that appears to be
nothing more than a garbled mass of celluloid put together in a
last-ditch effort to make a buck.
This poor excuse for a movie starts with a disclaimer: it warns
that the actors are professional stunt performers and that such
behavior should not be attempted at home.
It seems obvious to avoid picking a fight with Butter Bean, an
infamous heavyweight boxer, and I emphasize the word heavy. Johnny
Knoxville and his band of buffoons should be likened to cartoon
characters rather than “stunt professionals.”
MTV proves that they can release a movie without any plot, with
unmitigated debauchery and ignorance, and that they can still prevail
in the box office.
The saddest part is that it is appealing to that childish side
that wishes to see the jester perform. The rapid pace and constant
thrills almost make up for the abject ignorance of the performers and
the disgusting content.
More exciting than a horror flick and more decadent than anything
that could be imagined, this film is not for the faint of heart or
weak of stomach, the easily insulted or any self-respecting person.
Having said that, I enjoyed it thoroughly.
‘Friday’ sticks to series’ formula
How do you follow two films that objectify women, embellish the
already dangerously adverse preconceived notions of an ethnicity, and
promote the use of illicit drugs? Well, Ice Cube and company decided
that the answer was to do it all over again.
In “Friday After Next,” Ice Cube and Mike Epps return as Craig and
Daedae, respectively. They reprise their roles as the simplistic
chauvinists looking for nothing more than a lackadaisical lifestyle
liberated from the drudgery of actually earning a living.
As expected, they find themselves in a predicament that requires
dumb luck, deviance and occasional violence.
The three basic elements of a “Friday” movie are all present: a
situation that requires exorbitant sums of money, a larger-than-life
villain and the conquest of as many nameless women as possible.
Vibrant performances compensate for a lackluster plot, but just
barely. The subdued Ice Cube and the animated Epps promise to be an
entertaining duo, but the plot fails to match their potential.
Not too lewd for children, and not serious enough for attention,
“Friday After Next” is just right for those of us who are drawn in
with the soap opera mentality, always waiting for the next show.
The question is, how many Fridays can these hapless clowns
survive? I guess the answer is, as many as we will keep paying to
* EVAN MARMOL is a Laguna resident. He graduated from UC Irvine
with a degree in psychology and social behavior.