Film Forum

Episode Recap

Episode 9

March 7, 2006

Films Reviewed: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada and Failure to Launch

Commentary: The 78th Annual Academy Awards and how we did

Featurette: Behind the scenes of Aquamarine

Regarding The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada:

Matt: Tommy Lee Jones makes his theatrical debut as a director and he does not disappoint.Instead of taking an easy road, he gives us a tale of promises and of grit.This film is worth seeing on the big screen, but the brutality that it presents will not make you see it more than once. Three stars.

Aron: I have to agree with Matt on the fact that you wonít need to see this film more than once.Barry Pepper is good as the unlucky Border Patrol officer that shoots the title character.But some of the scenes in this film border on torture.It is beautifully shot and worth seeing, but it is not a fun, date movie.Three stars.

Average Rating: *** (out of ****)

Regarding Failure to Launch:

Aron: This is a really cute date movie about thirtysomething men (including Matthew McConaughey) that wonít move out of their parentís house.Sarah Jessica Parker plays the woman who rids the parents of the errant child.Itís original and quite funny!Three stars.

Matt: The premise does have promise.But the two leads that Aron mentioned had little chemistry and didnít generate any interest for me.However, the supporting cast (including Zooey Deschanel, Justin Bartha, Bradley Cooper, Kathy Bates and NFL great Terry Bradshaw) really shine.I canít recommend it, though.Two stars.

Average Rating: **1/2 (out of ****)

Commentary: Aron, Matt and special guest commentator Dr. Kelley Swilley recap their Oscar picks.


Two for Six (Best Director and Best Actress)


Three for Six (Best Director, Actress and Actor)


Three for Six (Best Director, Actress and Actor)

Special Thanks to Dr. Swilley for wearing the Oskur Cap along with us!

Featurette: Behind the scenes of Aquamarine