The Spy Next Door ( 2010)
Director: Brian Levant
So I decided to finally take the time to see this film. Take Jackie Chan and put him in a “Spy Kids” inspired movie complete with gadgets and a wacky evil organization. The director of this movie also directed Jingle all the way.
This movie is really more family oriented than Jackie Chan’s other films. Chan’s character (Bob Ho) is in a serious relationship with his neighbor who is a single mother of three children. The children don’t like Bob too much but he tires to make it right by volunteering to babysit the children for a few days. With a little help from his hi-tech gear he’s able to effectively manage the day-to-day activities of all three children. Bonds start to form between Bob and the kids.
The kids get caught up in Bob’s spy work life when the bad guys track down and try to recover some data Bob had taken from them. The bad guy and his group are there for chuckles as much as a danger for Bob and the kids.
Jackie Chan sings, babysits, uses tech, and does the usual action-comedy sequences, you would expect from him. I enjoyed this film more than The Tuxedo.
Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2010)
Director: Masaaki Taniguchi
This movie is more of a sequel to the 1983 movie. A girl consumes a solution that enables her to go back in time to a certain day and place. She accidentally wishes to go to 1974, instead of 1972. She drops in/on a guy (see trailer above) when she arrives in 1974. This young guy eventually lets her stay with him and she tries to adjust to life in 1974 . The main reason for her trip was to find Kazuo Fukamachi (The boy from the future) in the 1983 and bring him to the present, to help her mother. Even though I like the 2006 animated version of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, this had its fair share of funny and sad moments. The Girl from future, experiencing 1974 was an idea that I enjoyed.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Recently saw the film a few days ago. This movie really impressed me with the audio and visual presentation. It starts with the great use of water and destruction, while revealing the main theme of the film. Dreams, dream worlds, secrets, and information extraction. It felt very similar to The Matrix. I mean this in a good way. The pacing felt fine to me and the ability to have multiple levels of dreams was quite interesting.