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Quickies 1-5-2010

The Proposal ~ Sweet and cute, but predictable romantic comedy about two folks who hate each other and upon being forced to spend time with each other fall in love. It’s fun though. I like both Ryan Reynolds and especially Sandra Bullock a lot so that might have a lot to do with it. Malin Ackerman, Silk Spectre from Watchmen, has a small role and is quite good, but is ultimately wasted. She can do better. I liked this, it was fun and harmless, just like a date movie should be.

Super Capers ~ Wanna see a movie about superheroes by folks who not only have no respect for the genre but also don’t know anything about it either? This one’s for you. Not only was I insulted, but it wasn’t funny either, not even for eight year olds. And Adam West should be ashamed of himself.

The Tale of Despereaux ~ I’ve tried multiple times to watch this one and each time it puts me to sleep. I think that says all I need to say about this one.

30,000 Leagues Under the Sea ~ What sounds like it might be fun, an updating of Captain Nemo, is just painful to watch. Lorenzo Llamas sleepwalks through this miserable pit of non-acting and bad writing as if it’s a prison sentence. And it is, just not for him, for us. This is truly one of the worst movies I have ever seen, but great if you’re looking for something to bore you to sleep.

Shorts ~ Writer/director Robert Rodriguez gives us this tale of a wishing rock, an evil corporation and neighborhood kids that never ceases to amuse. I really enjoyed this multi-layered story told in the time-tumbled fashion of Pulp Fiction with all the fun of Spy Kids. My only complaint – I saw it on DVD and found the lack of a “Ten Minute Film School” segment disappointing. Otherwise, this is highly recommended for kids of all ages.

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Ricardo Montalban 1920-2009


Continuing today as a bad day for genre actors and characters, actor Ricardo Montalban died this morning at the age of 88.

Mostly remembered for his roles as the villainous Khan in the Star Trek franchise or the mysterious Mr. Rourke on “Fantasy Island,” Mr. Montalban had a long history in the cinema and on television.

From Mexican film to MGM musicals to the Broadway stage to selling cars with “fine Corinthian leather” to playing the baddie in the 1974 Cathy Lee Crosby Wonder Woman telemovie, Montalban was always a consummate actor and a true gentleman.

In 1970 he founded Nostros, an organization designed to help actors of Hispanic origin attain their goals.

Ricardo Montalban was one of our finest actors and he will be missed.