Zteen and I have seen THREE movies in the last week. One at the theater, two at home on DVD. We've reactivated our Netflix membership (after I had late fees at Hollywood Video THREE TIMES IN A ROW), and now always have a movie sitting on top of the DVD player ready to go.
So, let's see, in order:
The Incredibles: Go over to Steven Greydanus' Decent Films Guide website and check out his review. It's exactly what I would say if I were as good a reviewer and writer as he is. Zteen and I both LOVED the movie. Best part? A mom and dad (an intact family!) who are crazy about each other. A dad who sacrifices for his family. Who weeps aloud when he thinks they are dead. Woo hoo Pixar! Our initial reaction was that it was a step down from the greatness of Toy Story, but I think Toy Story was pretty much perfect. To be a step down from that is no disgrace. It is certainly aimed at an older audience than, say, Finding Nemo (which I thought was GENIUS). So I wouldn't advise taking the 5 and unders. Not because there's anything objectionable, but because I think it's too long for them.
2nd movie, at home on DVD: Shrek 2 which was OK, but not as good, in my opinion, as the original. Puss in Boots, voiced by Antonio Banderas, was pretty funny. Eddie Murphy, reprising his role as Donkey, was hysterical. Especially when he gets turned into the beautiful white stallion in the last 1/3 of the movie. It seems like a kid movie where all the jokes were actually aimed at grownups.
3rd movie, at home on DVD: Insomnia with Al Pacino and Robin Williams. Man, Al Pacino can chew scenery with the best of 'em, can't he? We really enjoyed this movie. Robin Williams said that this movie was part of the "Robin Williams Dark Trilogy" - which included Death to Smoochy (funny, funny, funny) and One Hour Photo (one of the creepiest concepts I've thought about in a long time). He plays a convincing killer in this one. And Al Pacino looks like death warmed over. It's a story about whether the ends justify the means or not. I'm afraid that if I were a homicide detective, and saw murderers every day, I would make the wrong decision on that. Anyway, the movie's worth a look.