Movie Monday: Rookie of the Year

This week for Movie Monday I’m back with another movie I watched as a kid. It’s Rookie of the Year!

Plot: The plot is pretty standard kid movie plot. Still it was interesting to see instead of something like Big, the kid taking part in an adults world as a kid instead of as an adult. Still the plot isn’t that amazing and is corny at times. Still I loved it as a kid, both because it was fun to watch and because it helped me connect to Chicago as I didn’t remember my birthplace at that time of my life.

Casting: The cast is pretty good, with Thomas Ian Nicholas as the lead character Henry. The rest of the cast is just as interesting, but I remember Henry the most.

Cinematography: There was no really spectacular special effects in this film, but it was filmed on location in Wrigley and a few other stadiums.

Music: The music fit the film, that’s really all that need be said here.

Overall: A fun movie, but if you aren’t watching with a kid it could be boring for an adult.

For those who like: Sports, Comedy, Baseball, The Chicago Cubs.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Movie Monday: The Pagemaster


This week for Movie Monday I’m back with a movie that wasn’t so great. It’s The Pagemaster!

Plot: The plot is pretty bad. I’m not gonna lie, this is probably one of the least memorable movies I watched as a kid. The only reason I remembered it all was I saw a picture of it on my Twitter feed one day recently and thought it looked very familiar and asked the tweet’s author for the movie title. That and I love books, so the story had a bit of sentimental value if only for that one reason. Other than that, the story is pretty bad and full of missed opportunities to really use some excellent stories. Considering that it was the scriptwriter’s first time ever doing a children’s book and that he was known for his R-Rated Horror films before this should have been a big red flag.

Casting: The cast was full of big names, from Christopher Lloyd to Macaulay Culkin. Sadly the cast couldn’t save the movie from it’s poorly done plot. Honestly I’d love to see this remade bigger and better than it was before, but that’s unlikely given the nature of books and libraries these days.

Cinematography: This was another point against this movie, the animation that was used was very bad. It’s not quite at CD-I Zelda levels of bad, but it comes really close. The non-animated portions were pretty good, but again it wasn’t enough to save the movie.

Music: The music was mediocre, it fit but again it wasn’t enough to deal with the poor plot. Special shout outs to Patrick Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg and Frank Welker for voicing Action, Fantasy and Horror respectively though.

Overall: A very easily skippable movie, though it’s message is now rather obsolete these days I still had some fun with it back in the day for that message alone.

For those who like: A star-studded cast and that’s about it.

Not for those who don’t like: Medicority in almost every aspect of their films.

Movie Monday: Speed

I’m back with a movie I had a really hard time remembering the name of for some odd reason for this week’s Movie Monday. It’s Speed!

Plot: The plot is pretty great, and while it’s nothing spectacular by today’s standards, it was pretty good at the time. That being said it’s nothing amazing either. I enjoyed the movie when I was younger, mostly because it seemed so thrilling, but I’d probably be bored if I saw it for the first time today.

Casting: Keanu Reeves plays the lead male character Traven, and did a pretty good job at it. Sandra Bullock played the female lead Annie and she did an awesome job at the role. The rest of the cast was good as well, but those two were definitely the stars of the film.

Cinematography: There weren’t many special effects in terms of post-filming editing, but the stunts were quite awesome to watch.

Music: I don’t remember much of it, but I remember thinking it fit the film perfectly at the time.

Overall: A fun film to watch, but it may not be as thrilling with today’s standards.

For those who like: Crime Thillers, Action, Drama, Great Stuntwork.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Movie Monday: Dr. Doolittle

This week for Movie Monday I’m back with a classic family film. It’s Dr. Doolittle!

Plot Synopsis: As a boy, John Dolittle displays an ability to talk to and understand animals, starting with his pet dog. His behavior disturbs his father Archer, who hires a local minister to perform an exorcism on his son, but after John’s dog attacks him, Archer sends her to the pound. John eventually forgets he can talk to animals…

Plot: The plot is really quite tame, as you might expect from a family film. It’s got it’s comedic moments though and that is what it makes it tolerable for more adult viewers, at least in my opinion.

Casting: Eddie Murphy portrays the titular character and does a pretty great job at it. The rest of the cast is okay, but not particularly memorable.

Special Effects: The special effects are relatively minor, and again not particularly outstanding.

Music: I don’t remember them at all, sorry.

Overall: Not a must watch, but a good choice if you are stumped for something to watch with a younger audience.

For those who like: Comedy, Animals, Eddie Murphy.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above,

Movie Monday: Cast Away

This week for Movie Monday I’m back with a movie most people remember for a certain volleyball. It’s Cast Away!

Plot Synopsis: In December 1995, Chuck Noland is a time-obsessed systems engineer, who travels worldwide resolving productivity problems at FedEx depots. He is in a long-term relationship with Kelly Frears, with whom he lives in Memphis, Tennessee. Although the couple wants to get married, Chuck’s busy schedule interferes with their relationship. A Christmas with relatives is interrupted when Chuck is summoned to resolve a problem in Malaysia. While flying through a violent storm, his plane crashes into the Pacific Ocean. Chuck escapes the sinking plane and is saved by an inflatable life raft, but loses the emergency locator transmitter. He clings to the life raft, loses consciousness, and floats all night before washing up on an island…

Plot: The plot of this movie is great, although it’s also rather depressing at the same time as it’s hopeful. I won’t go too into it, in case by some odd reason you’ve never seen this, but it’s definitely one of those movies everyone needs to watch at least once in their life.

Characters: Chuck, portrayed by Tom Hanks, is an awesome main character. Honestly given that he’s pretty much the only character I can’t say much more than that. Although there is Wilson….

Cinematography: This movie is incredibly well done, and while there are no special effects along the lines of something you’d see in a Star Wars film, those that were done were done fairly well.

Musical Score: I honestly don’t remember it much at all, but I do remember thinking that it fit the movie.

Overall: A must see movie, if you’ve never watched it you really ought to at least once.

For those who like: Survival Stories, Tom Hanks, A 1 Character Movie, Depressing Story, A Hopeful Story.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.