Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The scenes in Pig Latin were a bit much: "Babel"

I meant to post this last night, but Blogger had some kind of brain fart. Now I'm tired, so this won't take long.

First, some quick Oscar thoughts:
  • Normally she annoys me, but Ellen DeGeneres -- I probably spelled that wrong -- wasn't bad. The unassuming stuff worked OK for the occasion. The choir dancing in the aisles, not so much.
  • I also thought the Ferrell-Black-O'Reilly number was amusing, if uneven. Should have been some explanation for Ferrell's afro, though.
  • A little surprised that Alan Arkin won, and wished he had a more natural speech. The "Little Miss Sunshine" screenwriter, though, was pretty good.
  • Confession: We fast-forwarded through much of the second half of the program, and thank god. The thing was wayyyyy too long, wasn't it?
  • As for "The Departed," I'm fine with it as Best Picture, I guess. But as much as a couple of my friends -- we'll call them "Dustin" and "Huey" -- will rip me for this, I'm still just a bit underwhelmed that this is the pic for which Scorsese gets his award. Oh well, it's something.

And now, the movie I thought would win but am glad didn't ...

"Babel" features four storylines in three countries in, oh, a bunch of different languages. Brad Pitt is bereft in North Africa. Some kids in that same area are in over the heads after a horrible act. A Latina nanny back in the U.S. makes a mistake with her two young charges. A Japanese teen desperately seeks comfort in bustling Tokyo. What on earth can these people from all corners of the world have in common? Oh, you'll see.

As you may have heard, it's a sprawling story a la last year's Oscar winner, "Crash." The link here isn't quite as good, and it's not like I thought "Crash" was anything amazing. While some of the performances are good -- the Japanese girl was better than the Latina nanny when it came to supporting actress noms -- the overall movie is merely OK.

In the end, the movie seemed to try too hard to deliver some great message, but there was more style than substance. Whereas "Crash" hit you over the head -- sing with me ... "Everyone is racist!" -- "Babel" isn't clear enough. Yeah, I definitely had a "That's it?" feeling when the credits rolled. And it's not because I had the subtitles off, either, smartass.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Woefully Ignorant Oscar Predictions: Director and Picture

I thought about squeezing in a post on best screenplays before Sunday night. But (a) it sounds like "Little Miss Sunshine" and "The Departed" are emerging as clear favorites and (b) I didn't see many of the other nominees.

Of course, I didn't see some of the nominees below. Is that going to stop me from making predictions? Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell, no!

For drama, I'll list these from longshots to favorites. With that, onto the Big Ego and the Big Enchilada.


Some old faves, including a guy who people are starting to forget was an actor, given all the directing noms he gets. But there's room for foreigners, too, and I'm calling one of them in an upset. Oooh, the suspense!

Stephen Frears, “The Queen”: Um, no. About the only buzz you hear for this movie is for Helen Mirren. All other nominations seem to be riding her royal coattails. Movievangelist Odds: 15-to-1.

Clint Eastwood, “Letters from Iwo Jima”: My, they do love Dirty Harry on the other side of the camera. I heard this was good, but it's hard for me to see a movie that many didn't see and all had to read -- most dialogue is in Japanese -- result in a directing prize. Movievangelist Odds: 8-to-1.

Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Babel”: I'm hoping he wins so he can open his acceptance speech with "My name is Alejandro González Iñárritu. You killed my father. Prepare to die." Movievangelist Odds: 7-to-1.

Martin Scorsese, “The Departed”: Remind me ... has he ever won this award? Man, talk about tired storylines. I'm torn here. It would be nice to see Marty take it home, but as much as I liked "The Departed," he's done better work. Still, strong sentiment for what would be a de facto lifetime achievement award. Movievangelist Odds: 5-to-2.

Paul Greengrass, “United 93”: And here we are. More on my overall "United 93" thoughts in a minute, but it was great to see Greengrass get recognized. Between this and "Bloody Sunday," the guy can ratchet up tension without being melodramatic. Sure, it's a certain documentary style, but it works -- better when based on true events than focused on Jason Bourne. Since the movie missed in the below category, I'm giving Greengrass the edge here, even if it's wishful thinking. Movievangelist Odds: 2-to-1.


Forget the "Dreamgirls" snub. Where are "Children of Men" and especially "United 93?" When it comes to reviews, they're right there with a couple of movies on this list and not far behind a couple of others. The "United 93" thing really gets me considering one movie in the mix, and -- sadly -- the movie I think could win it all in a competition that's more wide open than Dannielynn's paternity.

“Letters from Iwo Jima”: By all accounts excellent, but none of the momentum of "Million Dollar Baby," and probably not even considered as much as "Mystic River." (Or "Mystic Pizza," for that matter.) Movievangelist Odds: 10-to-1.

“The Queen”: If the first Queen Elizabeth couldn't win, I doubt this one can. Besides, she never liked Lady Di, and that's not cool. Movievangelist Odds: 8-to-1.

“Little Miss Sunshine”: Yay! Seeing this nomination made my day, and apparently it's gaining traction as the little movie that could. I'll cheer louder than anyone if it wins, but I have a hard time believing that a quirky comedy can triumph. (See "Sideways," "Fargo," "The Full Monty," etc.) Movievangelist Odds: 6-to-1.

“The Departed”: Like I said, not Scorsese's best, but still pretty good. If anything works against the movie, it might be length, violence and Nicholson's occasional overacting. (No!) Movievangelist Odds: 5-to-1.

"Babel": It has come to this. While I'm far from certain, I think it wins because of "Crash" last year and the lack of a clear favorite this year. Never mind the mixed reviews ... this has something for everyone, including a message! Curiously, I've seen only a little more than half of the movie as I write this, with my wife and I starting it last night. Maybe I'll love it at the end, but I suspect "Babel" joins the list of movies that win the Oscar when they may not deserve it. (I like "Capote" better and thought "Brokeback Mountain" would win last year. Not that there's anything wrong with that.) Movievangelist Odds: 4-to-1.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Woefully Ignorant Oscar Predictions: Lead Acting Roles

Couldn't get enough bad guesses before? Then enjoy our next round of crappy predictions!


Some surprises here, and maybe the worst collection of film titles I've ever seen.

Leonardo DiCaprio, "Blood Diamond": Not surprised he got nominated, but I thought it might be for "The Departed." I guess he's good here, too, even with that fuzz on his face. The best part, I understand, was when he yelled, "I'm the king of an oppressed African nation!!!" Movievangelist Odds: 15-to-1.

Ryan Gosling, "Half Nelson": This young guy can act, no doubt, and if I saw this movie I might be singing his praises even more. If only this leads to "The Notebook 2: Down in Rachel's Valley." Movievangelist Odds: 18-to-1.

Peter O'Toole, "Venus": Older than the other four nominees combined, or so it seems, and nominated enough that he could get some pity votes here. Bonus: His daughter, Plenty, was a Bond girl. Movievangelist Odds: 8-to-1.

Will Smith, "The Pursuit of Happyness": I've lost hours of sleep trying to decide what I hate more: the Fresh Prince sobbing in a public toilet or that stupid "y." Movievangelist Odds: 10-to-1.

Forest Whitaker, "The Last King of Scotland": Man, he's almost as intense here as when he singlehandedly took down Lincoln High more than 20 years ago. Sounds like a shoo-in, even with the most confusing film title in recent history. "Wait, this is about Idi Amin?" Movievangelist Odds: 2-to-1.


Americans need not apply. Even the lone Yank affects an accent every other film. (Just not here, I guess.)

Penélope Cruz, "Volver": Well, since she can't act in English, why not nominate her in a Spanish-speaking role? (I assume it is. Here's yet another movie I haven't seen.) If she manages to win, though, wouldn't it be cool to see Cameron Diaz accept? You know ... "Vanilla Sky?" Anyone? Movievangelist Odds: 15-to-1.

Judi Dench, "Notes on a Scandal": Ah, the Dame. I hope she always introduces herself as that ... "Dame Judi Dench, nice to meet you. Where's the loo?" On another note, if she wins here, we all know it was because she was overlooked in "The Chronicles of Riddick." Movievangelist Odds: 10-to-1.

Helen Mirren, "The Queen": Considered as much of a lock as Whitaker, she would seem to be another proper Brit but actually has a mischievous streak in her roles, as I recall. Maybe that's just me thinking of her as Morgana in "Excalibur." Naughty, naughty. Movievangelist Odds: 2-to-1.

Meryl Streep. "The Devil Wears Prada": Meryl who? Geez, give someone else a chance. Also, since this was one of those annoying books du jour for much more than du jour, I hate it without even seeing it. Movievangelist Odds: 8-to-1.

Kate Winslet, "Little Children": Otherwise known as the Next Meryl Streep, nominated for pretty much anything. This performance, I hear, was almost as good as her work in "How to Operate the Cuisinart Ultra: An Instructional Video." Movievangelist Odds: 10-to-1.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Woefully Ignorant Oscar Predictions: Supporting Roles

That's right, kids, it's that time of year. What would make our third batch of Academy Awards predictions better than ever? How about a lackluster slate of movies and a forecaster who hasn't seen many of them? Hop aboard the fun bus, won't you?


An underwear model, an Amistad passenger and a Bad News Bear. Don't worry, though ... the favorite is a guy who played Gumby and Buckwheat.

Alan Arkin, “Little Miss Sunshine”: Loved him in this. Hugely funny. Also would be great recognition for a guy who was enjoyable in other supporting roles, from "Glengarry Glen Ross" to the infamous Dr. Oatman in "Grosse Pointe Blank." ("That was meant to make me feel good.") Unfortunately, quirky-funny probably isn't enough given some of the other people up for the award. Movievangelist Odds: 15-to-1.

Jackie Earle Haley, “Little Children”: Didn't see this. (Won't be the first time I say that, sadly.) The very fact that he's still acting is noteworthy enough, and you gotta wonder if that's the real reason for Kelly Leak getting a nom. Movievangelist Odds: 20-to-1.

Djimon Hounsou, “Blood Diamond”: I liked him better when he wasn't in everything. Seriously, ever since "Amistad," he's had a lot of movies. Like the leading offender in this realm, Michael Caine, he may need a few more nominations before getting the golden boy. Movievangelist Odds: 15-to-1.

Eddie Murphy, “Dreamgirls”: My wife caught this, but I didn't. Word is the former Reggie Hammond is dynamite, and it's easy to see the Academy throwing a bone to the mass appeal guy after all these years. Especially since they jobbed him with "The Adventures of Pluto Nash." Movievangelist Odds: 3-to-1.

Mark Wahlberg, “The Departed”: To the person, every movie critic raved about Wahlberg in this movie. Was it because he had the best Boston accent? Was it because he made Damon and DiCaprio look tall? Was it because he didn't show a prosthetic penis? Beats me. I thought he was good but not amazing, especially since the role wasn't that big. Now "Boogie Nights" ... that was a performance. Still, Marky Mark has gotten enough ink that he could press Murphy for the prize. Movievangelist Odds: 5-to-1.


Otherwise known as "Cate and the Unknowns." Seriously, you could have thrown four other random names into the mix and nobody would have been more surprised.

Adriana Barraza, “Babel”: I kept meaning to see this ensemble piece but didn't. So I can't tell you who this person is, who she plays and how she was. Other than that, she's awesome. Movievangelist Odds: 12-to-1.

Cate Blanchett, “Notes on a Scandal”: Finally nominated for playing a fictional character -- I think, but don't hold me to it -- compared to Queen Elizabeth and Katharine Hepburn. Unfortunately, I worry that she and Kate Winslet are wearing out their welcomes with all the nominations. The only way Cate wins is if her performance was mind-blowing. My understanding is that it wasn't. Movievangelist Odds: 12-to-1.

Abigail Breslin, “Little Miss Sunshine”: A terrific surprise here, and I'm rooting for the chubby girl who wants only to be in a beauty pageant. I suppose she could pull off an upset, given the history of that in this category. (See Anna Paquin in "The Piano.") That's about the only reason why I've got her in second place. Movievangelist Odds: 8-to-1.

Jennifer Hudson, “Dreamgirls”: Sounds like more of a lock than Murphy, and a nice story of unknown-made-good. Sure, it's a little disconcerting to see an "American Idol" reject walk away with an Oscar a few years later. But that's better than an American Idol winner, right? And the woman apparently has some pipes, too. Movievangelist Odds: 2-to-1.

Rinko Kikuchi, “Babel”: See the firsl "Babel" nominee. However, I once knew an annoying girl named Rinku. It's not spelled the same way, but it's close enough for me to give her the advantage over her co-star. Movievangelist Odds: 10-to-1.

And just as big as YouTube

You already knew this, I'm sure, but ...

Movievangelist turned a big, fat two years old Saturday.

How did I celebrate? By catching up on last week's "CSI" and "Battlestar Galactica," of course.

Oh well, it's still nice to be going ... well, maybe not strong, but semi-consistently after all these months. And I couldn't have done it without you, my faithful readers. Yes, all seven of you.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

A little of this, a little of that

Might be tough to post next week, kids, as I'll be out of town on business. Like I said, that fake dog poop doesn't sell itself.

To hold you over, here's a roundup of several movies that, for whatever reason, haven't moved me to honor them with a full post.


I'm you've ever wondered what Jake Gyllenhaal's sister's boobs look like, wonder no more. Maggie shows us the goods, and how, in this cheery tale of an ex-con trying to reconnect with her young daughter.

My wife may deny it, but I think we watched this movie only because Meryl Streep mentioned it in her Golden Globes acceptance speech. I hadn't heard of it before then, and it didn't come to our fair burg last year. Thanks to Netflix, though, we got to "enjoy" this rather dreary spectacle of Maggie trying to make good but finding old habits and old adversity dying hard.

Other than Gyllenhaal's general mistreatment -- by others and herself -- the most notable thing might be the meatier-than-usual role for Danny Trejo, the well-tattooed Latin guy who has been in maybe a zillion movies, maybe most famously in "From Dusk Till Dawn" and "Desperado." We love that guy!

The Magnificent Seven

This is one of those Westerns that people say they love because they haven't seen many Westerns. Oh, it's a great-looking movie with a terrific cast notable for work they would do later, plus it's got that cool opening number. But despite borrowing the plot from "The Seven Samurai," the parts don't add up to an amazing whole.

Still, it's a good story of guns for hire being ... um, hired, I guess, to protect a Mexican village against the local bandit king. The crew includes leader Yul Brynner (in what would be his "Westworld" outfit, too), Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and Robert Vaughn. Like I said, great cast. I probably liked Coburn the best, maybe because his intro was the coolest and he rarely had much to say. (I'll admit, though, that I thought he was Lee Marvin at first.)

In the end, there are too many characters and too simple a plot to provide much depth, but it's a rousing "big" picture worth seeing at least once.

Hard Candy

You know those movies that have a little something for everyone? Here's one that has nothing for no one.

The setup: Two chatroom participants decide to meet. The girl is 14, the guy is 32. Ahhh, she's easy prey, right? Before you know it, she's turned the tables on him, and he's in a bad way. Basically, the girl isn't leaving until the guy is exposed as a pedophile, and she's determined to find out how far he's gone with this nasty stuff. That makes for some uncomfortable scenes amid the general mindf*cking.

I suppose some might find this gripping, and I'm sure it would make a decent play: We have only two main characters in close confines most of the movie. But a lot of this was just unpleasant and overboard, not to mention hard to swallow. But if bondage and castration are your thing ...

The Defiant Ones

Well before Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy and Mel Gibson and Danny Glover formed unconventional and combative black-white duos, we had Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier as two escaped convicts on the run while chained together. That's your story, but that's enough.

Considering this came out in 1958, you can imagine what some people might have thought of a black man chained to a white man, even if both were convicts. Let's just say Tony doesn't have many problems, while Sid gets a little more static. Of course, it doesn't help that Curtis hates black people as well. Not the easiest alliance for two guys trying to stay out of jail.

The tension is handled pretty well throughout, and even as the two men learn to tolerate each other, we don't get too soft, too fast as in other movies. (See "Monster's Ball." Oh, so if you can screw a hot black woman, you're not a bigot anymore? Got it.) I knew Poitier would deliver the goods, but I hadn't seen Curtis in anything other than "Some Like It Hot," and that was (a) a long time ago and (b) a slightly different buddy movie. He's pretty good here, though, even if he doesn't wear a dress.


The same store where I bought a used "Starship Troopers" DVD also had "Blade" for $6. How can you resist that price when it comes to Wesley Snipes mowing down princes and princesses of darkness?

While the trilogy became increasingly silly -- culminating in the "7th Heaven" chick and the "Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place" guy playing Blade's sidekicks -- the first installment is fun and stylish. From the opening scene where Blade kills vampires in a meat factory to the finale where he kills vampires in some kind of temple, there's a lot of vampire killing.

There's also Kris Kristofferson in the Obi-Wan role, Donal Logue in the funny bad guy role, Udo Kier in the Eurotrash vampire role and Stephen Dorff -- second billing! -- in the petulant lead villain role. Heck, we even get Traci Lords for a few minutes? Sure, it's not porn, but it's something.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Jesus loves me, but not you unless you love him first, you infidel dog: "Jesus Camp"

You know, it's easy to see a movie like this and sharpen the "holier than thou" knives. Oh, you godly folk ... you're really a bunch of idiots. Don't get me wrong. They are. But it's not so simple as "Religious people are whack."

We'll see if "Jesus Camp" can upset "An Inconvenient Truth" when it comes to best documentary this year. One thing the movies share is agendas and care very little about balance. That makes for good drama, which is something a lot of documentaries can't claim. It also leaves me wanting, and a not as worshipful as other viewers who are only so happy to shout, "Damn right!"

In this case, we see how young minds are essentially groomed to be evangelical Christians, hell-bent on converting any and everyone to the way of Jesus Christ, our savior. We start with outreach to the kids on their home turf, then follow the young'ns to a summer camp in North Dakota where they can learn to be just as militant as those nasty Muslims who are out to kill us. I mean, they are, right?

At the center of this fun is a preacher/Jim Jones-type named Becky Fischer. Now, she's evil. Make no mistake. She may be a woman of faith, but consider this: (a) She methodically wants to build a young Christian army. "They are so usable in Christianity," she says of children. Yes, really. (b) She wants that army to influence government, no bones about it. (c) She's dumb enough to show her vanity and act more than a little inappropriate when doing "God's work." I'm talking about a scene where she introduces herself to kids at camp by asking how she looks after a bunch of primping. Gee, isn't there a Seven Deadly Sins lesson in there somewhere? Ass.

Throw in the appearance of Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, and it starts to get unbearable. Here's a guy who unabashedly says that his people can control elections. Nice Democratic process, dickhead! Of course, our man Ted got caught up in a drugs and gay sex scandal that knocked him down a peg or two. Good role model.

Like I said, it's easy to start piling on to these narrow-minded, Kool-Aid-drinking dolts. But here's the thing: Some people in this movie are victims. I'm speaking of the kids, of course, but I suspect a few adults fall into this category. Hey, you can worship anyone you want and anyhow you want. I don't care, and if your faith is strong, I'm cool with that. Hell, I admire that. Mine could be stronger, I admit. Believe what you want to believe.

The problem comes (a) when you start forcing that belief on others and (b) when other sick motherf*ckers teach you how to force that on others ... or condemn them if they don't join the cult. I mean ... how Christian is that? Maybe I haven't retained everything from 13 years of Catholic school, but I don't remember Jesus saying, "You're not with me? Then it's too bad you're going to hell, dumba$$."

So yeah, if God is love, what the hell is going on at "Jesus Camp?" What maybe made me the saddest was this little girl, only nine years old but clearly smart and articulate. Yet she's been turned into this soldier in an unholy army. Like I said, teach her about God and let her worship Him/Her/It as she wants. But when you start sending her into the streets to guilt people into joining the cause? Let's just say you might not be on the up escalator when your time here is done.

Monday, February 05, 2007

No more Happy Meals or Teletubbies ... a bleak future, indeed: "Children of Men"

That's right. Your faithful blogger finally got away to the movies this weekend. Unless I've missed something -- I find myself forgetting things more often these days -- it was the first time since the Family Movievangelist became three. What better movie for a new parent than one about the entire female population becoming infertile!

This movie had a few things going for it from the start. First, there was Clive Owen, who is still on my good side despite such dreck as "Derailed," which I haven't seen, but still. I also suspect "King Arthur" wasn't that great and am sure "Beyond Borders" blew, but "Inside Man" was all right. And then there's "Sin City." Very cool, even if he wore red shoes.

Second, it's sci-fi, and -- this may be a surprise -- I'm a geek. Third, it's one of those depressing near-future things, which is always fun. Finally, there's the plot, which is one of the more inventive I've heard in a while, even if my wife said it sounds like "The Handmaid's Tale."

Our story: In the year 2027, all women have been infertile for 18 years. Sounds nice not to have any brats running around, right? Unfortunately, that means the human race is dying out, which is a bit of a drag in the daily proceedings. While the rest of the world apparently has gone to hell, life in England isn't much fun. (Yeah, worse than usual.) Our hero, Owen, is a government officials going about his life when he's hijacked by his ex-wife (Julianne Moore, playing "Julian"), now a terrorist, to help get a young woman out of the country. Why? Because the woman is pregnant, which is big news when a baby hasn't been born in almost two decades. That also means the mother and her child could become pawns in the political games of the government and terrorist groups, which also isn't much fun.

Like I said, cool idea, and made better by how the movie starts: with the world mourning the death of the youngest person alive, a celebrity known as Baby Diego. Interesting, and a nice way to hammer home the dire straits of the times. Owen is unshaven and haggard, as is becoming his habit. (No more pretty croupier, apparently.) In addition to Moore, supporting players include Michael Caine -- I know, he works so infrequently -- and Chiwetel Ejiojijijiofijoifijiofor, that guy from "Dirty Pretty Things" who has been in almost as many movies as Caine since then.

All are pretty good as they deal with the bleakness of life and the faint ray of hope from the possibility of new life. I also really liked how England had changed given the situation, from the police state and bombings in London to the gangs outside the cities to the refugee camps; with the world gone to hell, Brits got to take care of their own. The director, Alfonso Cuarón, is the guy who did "Y Tu Mama Tambien," and bully for him for avoiding the male nudity and threesome with two guys here. (Such threesomes should never, ever be shown. Ever.)

In closing, some nice scenes, good performances, great idea, solid movie. And really, when Mr. Michael Caine keeps telling people to pull his finger, how can you go wrong?

Saturday, February 03, 2007

So you're saying USMC doesn't stand for University of Seattle-Metro Campus?: "Jarhead"

Curious movie, this "Jarhead." My reflex was to regard this as "Platoon Lite." But that's the point, since the first Gulf War wasn't much at all compared to Vietnam -- I know, an understatement -- which left a generation of soldiers disillusioned in a whole different way. Of course, given what's going on now, "Jarhead" is even odder. And not just because Jake Gylllllllllenhaaaaaaaal has more hair on his eyebrows than on the rest of his body.

As directed by Sam Mendes, the guy behind "American Beauty" and "Road to Perdition," "Jarhead" simply follows a bunch of Marines through duty during the war -- first on standby in Operation Desert Shield, then in action during Desert Storm.

Our man Jake is the central figure; the movie is based on his character's book. Along for the ride are such luminaries as Jamie Foxx (the platoon leader), Peter Sarsssssssgaaaaaaard (Jake's main bud), Lucas Black (another marine; he was the kid in "Sling Blade," remember?), and Chris Cooper and Dennis "President Palmer/Pedro Cerrano" Haysbert (high-ranking officers). Not a bad cast, and bonus points for giving Jake a hot hometown honey.

The story here isn't the war but what it was like waiting for war, and what war means to kids today. To hammer the point home, we get constant reminders of Vietnam, from Jake's dad being a vet to Marines eager to watch such movies as "Apocalypse Now" and "The Deer Hunter." These guys may not know why they're here, but they know that this isn't war. That was war.

For better or worse, our guys do see action, and we get to see that war is hell, literally. In one of the better scenes, the enemy lighting the oil wells on fire results in a blackened sky in which oil rains down on the troops. These fellas may not be in a bunch of shoot 'em ups, but that stuff sure seemed to suck.

The performances? Not bad. Someone probably could have done better than Gyllenhaal, and Sarsgaard seemed too sleepy for his role. Foxx also was merely OK; seemed like he might start cracking jokes at any time, which wasn't very intimidating. Actually, the funniest guy was Black, the Marine who kept objecting to this and that, refusing to take pills because a year from not his assh*le would be turned inside out.

So yeah ... I'm not sure about this one. I kind of had a "That's it?" feel when it was over, but like I said earlier, you could say that about the war itself. How these guys dealt with that is interesting, I guess, but for some reason "Jarhead" felt a little off. It looked good and wasn't bad, but also wasn't great. But what do I know? The closest I got to military service was giving 50 cents to The Salvation Army.