Reviews in a line or two: Sports docs, Spurlock docs, and the face of Jesus on a tortilla

The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011): Hilarious documentary on advertising in the entertainment industry, from the man who brought us Super Size Me. The score: 4/5

American Violet (2008): Heart-wrenching drama about a single mother who is wrongly accused of selling drugs. Some of the performances totter on the edge of the corny cliff, but the subject matter is compelling and it’s the type of story that needs to be told. The score: 3/5

Tortilla Heaven (2007): I can’t decide if this film is too preachy for my tastes or a brilliant satire of greed in organized religion. Either way, it’s a nice independent comedy with a great cast and solid performances, especially from Miguel Sandoval. The score: 3.5/5

Life or Something Like It (2002): We all know I’m a sucker for journalistic characters, but I still didn’t expect much from this film after picking it up for $4 at Meijer, of all places. I didn’t like the ending, but the movie as a whole blew my expectations out of the water. The score: 3.5/5

Attack of the 50-Foot Woman (1958): One word: AMAZING! Cheesy ’50s sci-fi at it’s best, but I don’t have to tell you that, because I’m probably the very last person on the face of the classic-film loving sector of the earth to see it. The score: 4/5

Catching Hell (2011): I’m not a big sports fan, and especially not baseball, so this was a really odd pick for me. I only caught it because my dad fell asleep with the TV on, but it ended up being a very engrossing documentary about the craziness of sports fandoms and the consequences that sometimes result from that craziness. The score: 3.8/5

Convoy (1978): I should have loved this film – it’s based on a C.W. McCall song and stars Kris Kristofferson, Ali McGraw and Ernest Borgnine, which sounds like a recipe for my movie-watching enjoyment – but it just didn’t hit the mark. It’s dull and predictable, despite all of the things that it had going for it. The score: 1/5

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7 thoughts on “Reviews in a line or two: Sports docs, Spurlock docs, and the face of Jesus on a tortilla

  1. I know I’m going back a ways (or forward a ways?) to comment on this post, but I had to say, you’re not the only one who thought ‘Attack of the 50-Foot Woman’ was awesome in its full-flavored cheesiness! So wonderfully cheesy, in fact, I bought it the day after I watched it! It’s just so deliciously out there, mere words cannot do it justice!

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      1. It’s funny with that one…I think it must be going out of print, because it’s already part of the Warner Archive collection, and the original single disc release is now going for over $20…yet the three-pak it’s included in (along with Queen of Outer Space!) costs less!

        I can’t remember if you’ve ever mentioned listening to audio commentaries, but if you do, and enjoy them, Tom Weaver does them for both A50FW and QoOS, and he’s really fun.

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        1. Cool! I don’t get to the commentaries on DVDs as much as I’d like to (simply because I don’t have the time) but I’ll make a point to give those a listen if I end up buying that set.

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