Movie Reviews by Jenn Untch

Anxiously Engaged

by Jen on September 13, 2007

-Directed by: Tyler Ford

Starring:
-Jaelan Petrie, Sophie Shaw, Katie Foster-Barnes

Guess what you get when LDS filmmakers go overseas? Go on, guess. I dare you. The answer is a really engaging and sweet romantic comedy called ‘Anxiously Engaged: A Piccadilly Romance’. When I was sent a copy of this film, I’ll admit I was a little less than anxiously engaged about the whole thing. I’m a big fan of romantic comedies, so I held some admittedly high standards. What surprised me about this film though was that it did deliver in all the ways that counted.

In the style of Julia Roberts’ Notting Hill, this is a film where England’s gorgeous scenery is a character along with the actual people in the film. Those people who, by the way, have credentials from some of the finest acting schools in the world are clever, charming and altogether likable as they tell the story of a young man looking for love while arranging it for the older sister of the girl of his dreams. Whoever said love was simple?

Jaelan Petrie, who plays returned missionary Carson Wells, is a engaging leading man. You feel a certain connection to him that helps carry the story. His partner in the fun is Katie Foster-Barnes who reminded me a lot of Julia Roberts and Meg Ryan. She’s the girl you want to get the happy ending, and there was a believable chemistry between Foster-Barnes’ Lucy and Petrie’s Carson. It made for a couple that sparkled in a story that had a life of its own.

Overall, I’d recommend this movie highly as a fun way to enjoy a romantic comedy that brings you the smile and the heart tugging romance you want. Get anxiously engaged, and fall in love at the same time.

-Jenn Untch
Liberty, Missouri
indigojenn at earthlink dot net
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Movie Classic: The Matrix (Edited Version)

by Jen on August 21, 2007

-Directed by: Andy and Larry Wachowski

Starring:
-Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne

To celebrate movies that are edited for content and the like, I thought I’d review one of my favorites in the action/sci-fi genre because it helped lay the groundwork for movies that are being put out right now. In terms of special effects, the Wachowski brothers have this habit of making technology to fit their ideas and the viewer benefits 110 percent. But let’s get to the actual movie, shall we?

The movie offers an alternate spin on reality. It asks you to wonder what if the world was merely an illusion and all you know had been programmed by machines. A scary thought to be sure. But now, imagine waking up in the illusion. That is what faces a hacker named Neo when he goes looking for an urban legend, and finds far more than he bargained for. He’s thrown out of the illusion and into a dark world where machines control everything and mankind is either living in fear or living in cocoons. Let’s just say that when Alice fell down the rabbit hole, at least she got tea.

The movie itself is unique for an action film because there is an actual plot to it. While it does rely on special effects, there is an actual movement of the characters through the story that you can keep up with. That being said though, this is not a tame movie. There are many gun battles and martial arts duels but they are choreographed so well that you know people are getting hurt without the gore of seeing it. Past that though, thanks to the editing, you’re able to enter the Matrix and enjoy it without wincing at the language.

Overall, this is a groundbreaking movie for sci-fi fans and it’s one everyone can enjoy thanks to the presence of strong male and female leads. Reeves isn’t ever going to earn any awards for his acting, but he leads a film like this admirably. Fishburne is darkly enigmatic as Morpheus and Moss as Trinity is one of my favorite female characters of the genre as a whole. It’s nice to see a girl helping save the day instead of needing saving. However, in the immortal words of Morpheus…no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.

Picture of Keanu Reeves and Carrie Anne Moss courtesy Warner Bros.
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-Jenn Untch
Liberty, Missouri
jennuntch@yahoo.com
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An Early Look: The Final Indiana Jones Movie

August 6, 2007

-Directed by: Steven Spielberg Starring: -Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf, Karen Allen, Cate Blanchett While the title has yet to be determined, the bets are already certain that this movie will be one of next summer’s best and most welcomed sequels as Harrison Ford picks up one of the most famous hats in show business for […]

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Ratatouille

July 11, 2007

-Directed by: Brad Bird Starring: -Brad Garrett, Patton Oswalt, Lou Romano Ok, so before we get too far along into this, I have a confession to make. I hate rats. Mice, rats, even some forms of gerbils make me want to climb the walls. So, it took a lot to make your intrepid reviewer pony […]

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Spiderman 3

May 6, 2007

-Directed by: Sam Raimi Starring: -Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco Ok, I’ll admit it. I bought my tickets for this movie about a month ago. I braved the crowds and the fans who were stranger than me just to sit through a movie that was a bit of a disappointment. Now, don’t get me […]

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The Work and the Glory 3: A House Divided

April 26, 2007

-Directed by: Sterling Van Wagenen Starring: -Sam Hennings, Brenda Strong, Eric Johnson In the past, LDS films have portrayed Joseph Smith and the Saints in general as virtually flawless. They didn’t make mistakes. They didn’t get angry or sick or frustrated. The Work and the Glory series does something different, however. They show the Saints […]

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Channel Surfing: Growing Up….

April 10, 2007

While recovering from an ear infection, I found this show while doing a pass through my TV Guide. Considering it was on Animal Planet, I was curious. When I found out the subject, I was hooked. Like the name and the channel suggest, Growing Up focuses on a different sort of animal each episode. These […]

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Channel Surfing: Planet Earth

April 9, 2007

Starring: -Our planet and all who inhabit it. Our world is a fascinating place. No matter who you are and where you live, you’re surrounded by the wonders of nature. You can probably pick out a wild animal that can captures your attention no matter what. The problem, however, is that the wildness of our […]

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Meet The Robinsons

April 4, 2007

-Directed by: Stephen Anderson Starring: -Angela Bassett, Laurie Metcalf, Tom Selleck One of the things that Disney animated films have gotten right more often than not is that their films will be fun for adults and kids alike. When I first saw the trailers for this film, I was willing to write this off as […]

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A First Look- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

March 22, 2007

-Directed by: Gore Verbinski Starring: -Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley One of the best things about modern movie making is the ability to make multiple films at the same time. Peter Jackson did it for the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and now Gore Verbinski has followed suit with the third movie in the […]

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