(Quote by Roger Ebert)
In an effort to fulfill one of my many goals, I watched a bunch of movies over the long New Year’s weekend. (The goal being to watch a bunch of movies, you know.) And because I know you all wait for my reviews, trying to decide which flick to rent on Friday night (“Should I watch that one? I don’t know…did Photo like it?”). Right.

So, for you, my friends – the reviews.

Traitor – starring Don Cheadle. This movie is about the CIA, the FBI and terrorists. So if you’re looking for a light, fun movie, this would not be your best pick. It wasn’t even terribly exciting. But it was serious and thought-provoking about extreme Islam and the mindset of a terrorist. Heavy, but good.

Drillbit Taylor – starring Owen Wilson and a bunch of kids. I definitely did not expect to enjoy this one. But I did. It was fluffy and predictable…and cute. And I’ll be honest, I kind of like Owen Wilson. Yeah, he plays the same character in every movie. But I kind of think he’s funny.

Hancock – starring Will Smith. I kept hearing that this movie was not what you’d expect. So I went in with few expectations. What I found was a funny movie, but a serious one, too. Will Smith isn’t his usual likeable Fresh Prince guy. But you still root for him. I really liked this movie.

Iron Man – starring Robert Downey, Jr. Now this movie wasn’t what I expected! It was kind of a superhero movie, but not really. And it had some serious stuff, but it was very clever and funny. Also – did you know Gwyneth Paltrow was in this movie? I guess I probably knew, back when it came out, but I had forgotten because it was such a comeback vehicle for Robert Downey. I liked this movie the most out of all my rentals.

Eagle Eye – starring Shia Laboeuf. I saw a preview for this movie back in the summer when we saw Indiana Jones, and I knew right away I wanted to see it. So I’ve been waiting months for this movie to come out on video. And last weekend, it was out. And I was completely disappointed. It was silly and just not good. Boo.

But wait, there’s more! And no, I’m not talking Ginzu knives. See, on top of these fine films, I’ve also watched most of the complete season of Freaks and Geeks (thanks, Chelley and Triple!). I’ll review that once I finish the last few episodes.

So – have you been pleasantly surprised or sadly disappointed by anything lately? (Doesn’t have to be a movie, of course!)

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