Film Forum

Episode Recap

Episode 13


Films Reviewed: National Treasure and Alexander

Commentary: Best and Worst of Fall 2004

Special Guest: local film producer Kevin Greene 

Regarding National Treasure:

Matt: Hard to believe Jerry Bruckheimer produced a movie with exactly one explosion and a brain!  Nicolas Cage was on target as a "treasure protector" of a rumored grand fortune brought to this country by the Masons.  Who knew US History (though probably fictionalized) could be this much fun?  Three and a half stars.

Aron: Yes, this film was a lot of fun.  And you'll never look at the back of any US paper currency the same way again!  This film really got us thinking of the possibilities of what the country could have done in its early days.  Diane Kruger, Sean Bean and Jon Voight were also standouts in the cast.  Three and a half stars from me as well.  

Average rating: ***1/2 (out of ****)

Regarding Alexander:

Aron: A good looking film done in by a long running time.  Colin Farrell was good as Alexander the Great, but the film spent too much time exploring items that didn't really need to be explored.  The rest of the cast was okay as well.  But a film needs more than that.  Two stars.

Matt: Alexander the Eh.  The film looked great and sounded great, too.  Unfortunately, Angelina Jolie thought she was auditioning for the role of Natasha in a new "Rocky & Bullwinkle" film instead of acting in this one about the leader of the Macedonian Empire.  She sunk the film.  Two stars from me as well. 

Average rating: ** (out of ****)

Commentary: The Best and Worst of Fall 2004

Aron's Worst Picks

Matt's Worst Picks

5. Alfie 5. Resident Evil: Apocalypse
4. The Final Cut 4. SharkTale
3. The Polar Express 3. Closer
2. The Brown Bunny 2. The Brown Bunny
1. A Dirty Shame 1. Christmas with the Kranks  

Aron's Best Picks

Matt's Best Picks

5. SharkTale 5. Finding Neverland
4. Finding Neverland 4. Saw
3. The Incredibles 3. The Polar Express
2. Ray 2. The Incredibles
1. Saw 1. A Very Long Engagement

Note: this is the first time a film on Aron's worst list appears on Matt's best list and vice versa in any season review on Film Forum.

Special Guest: we had local filmmaker Kevin Greene on the show.  The producer of The Greenskeeper has a new film called Sorority.  Click on the link above to read his filmography!