I hate musicals… but ‘Moulin Rouge’ was great

Ewan MacGregor and Nicole Kidman are star-crossed lovers in 'Moulin Rouge'
Ewan MacGregor and Nicole Kidman are star-crossed lovers in ‘Moulin Rouge’

[rating=3]Starring: Ewan MacGregor, Nicole Kidman, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh
Director(s): Laz Luhrmann
Writer(s): Laz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce

Let me start by saying this: I HATE MUSICALS!

With a few exceptions — The Music Man and White Christmas — I can’t stand musicals. I just never understood how all those people know the same dance steps, or all the words to the songs??

But Moulin Rouge is different, adding a facsinating spin on the classic musical mold. I liked it a lot.

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‘Made’ is Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau at their best

Vince Vaughn (right) and Jon Favreau reteam in this killer comedy, 'Made'
Vince Vaughn (right) and Jon Favreau reteam in this killer comedy, ‘Made’

[rating=3]Starring: Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Peter Falk, P. Diddy
Director(s): Jon Favreau
Writer(s): Jon Favreau

Swingers was one of those movies that I wound up seeing more than a dozen times because the pay-cable channels just loved showing it. Now, they love showing lots of movies, and I don’t constantly tune in for them. But Swingers was funny, and I enjoyed the inside film jokes, as well as the obvious ones.

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John Carpenter’s ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ was brilliantly ahead of its time

Kim Cattral, Kurt Russell, Dennis Dun and Suzee Pai in 'Big Trouble in Little China'
Kim Cattral, Kurt Russell, Dennis Dun and Suzee Pai in ‘Big Trouble in Little China’

Starring: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattral, Dennis Dun, James Hong, Victor Wong
Director(s): John Carpenter
Writer(s): Screenplay by W.D. Richter, Story by Gary Goldman and David Z. Weinstein

[rating=4]When I found out that Carpenter had participated in a DVD release of this film, I had to get my hands on it. Fortunately, the holiday season was friendly for me, and I was given it as a birthday gift from my brother-in-law.

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‘John Q’ effectively attacks America’s health insurance problem

John Q is the story about an everyman John Q. Public if you will. John Q is a man forced with a decision that millions of Americans are forced to make every day. What do you do when your child needs a life-saving operation and your health care provider will not provide that service You have a choice to make. You can either work within the system or you can buck it…