Monday, September 6, 2010

Avatar 3D Imax...Oh Yeah

Avatar was a great movie. I saw it in the theater with a few friends when it first came out and I thought it was an amazing story. The fact that James Cameron thinks on this epic level and actually carrys out his vision is miraculous to me. He dreams on a much grander scale then I do and I feel truely fortunate to be given a glimspe into his imagination.

Avatar is the story of the human race traveling well beyond earth and landing on a new planet called Pandora. The natives there are blue creatures with tails and are 4 times as tall as us. In many ways they exist on their planet much as early humans did on Earth...they live off the land, respect their earth mother and the gifts she betows on them and they live in a totally different mindframe as the consumer driven people of Earth.

One of the most fascinating things to me was how they actually made the movie using the actors movements and facial expresiions to create this wonderful film. It's hard to describe but even though most of the movie is CGI they developed this technology so that when they were shooting scenes they could use the actors, their body movements, their facial expressions and be shooting on a sound stage but look through the camera and see the world of Pandora come to life. It was breathtaking.

See the movie whether or not you are interested. By the end of the 2 1/2 hours you'll be a true believer in James Cameron's ability to transform a simple ordinary story into a larger than life, beyond your wildest dreams reality.

Directed By: James Cameron
Written By: James Cameron
Released On: December 18, 2009

Sam Worthington Jake Sully
Zoe Saldana Neytiri
Sigourney Weaver Grace

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Viewed With: Mom and Dad
Recommendation: Everyone should really have seen this especially in 3D. It's action, comedy, drama, romance...I loved it.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Eat, Pray, Love

When I was thirteen Pretty Woman came out. I told my parents I was going to see whatever PG rated movie was playing but instead my friends and I would sneak into the theater and see a movie about a prostitute turned princess who is swept off her feet by Richard Gere. No joke I think I saw it 10 times in a month. I am somehwat ashamed of it now because I lied and cheated a little but whatever...I was thirteen for crying out loud! And ever since then Julia Roberts was an actress whose movies I saw simply because I loved her. I think that most of America felt the same way. Some of us endured Mary Reily and Dying Young...(I feel I am owed for those two)

I had heard a bit about her latest movie Eat, Pray, Love because the book was supposedly this motivating story of a woman's brave journey through one timultous year of her life where she makes a decision to get lost in the world and ultimately find herself in the process.

Now, I am not a woman who digs risk. I am what I would consider a low-risk individual...I don't really like to gamble...I am only spontaeous to a point...I never get too deep into something I can't get myself out of...but I am also not a person who has found herself in a crisis. Even though I admired this woman's courage for getting up and leaving all that was bad in her life in order to find the good again, I did not walk out of there feeling like I needed to go out and make a monumental change in my own. I could see how reading the book and even seeing the movie may do this for others who are a little lost but for me I just got to enjoy a lovely story about this woman's discovery of herself.

Now the places she traveled to were inspiring to me! I would KILL to spend a few months in Italy! And I'd do it just as she did...eating and drinking my way through the country side! What a joy that must've been...I loved her apartment and her landlady! If I had the money it would be a dream of mine to travel all over the world and live among all different types of people and enjoy discovering, sightseeing, immersing myself in a world that wasn't familiar.

India isn't first on my list of places to go. It seems dirty and over-populated and HOT...I guess I would never say no to a new experience without trying first but seriously...I wouldn't want to go home with collera or something and I feel like this is the place to get it! But in order to get through a hard time you need to hang onto something or someone that is going through the same thing you are. Richard Jenkins plays a man from Texas who is also trying hard to forgive himself for his life going wrong and he helps our heroine see that she needs to look a little deeper in order to disover why she is so unhappy so she will be able to fix it. He's an incredibly talented actor. I love him.

And finally Bali. I can't imagine a more beautiful place to round out the year. And if I lived in that house and spent half my time with Ketut, the toothless medicine man and the other half with Javier Bardem I would've jumped at the chance. Her only mishap was not sleeping with Aussie Hottie David Lyons ( this guy who wanted to skinny dip with her and she laughed and went home...fool...I mean come on he was just what the doctor ordered)

I thought it was a great movie...She was funny, charming, heartbroken, lost, confident and free...I liked it a lot and would recommend that all those women out there should have a few drinks with their girlfriends and go see it. But leave the dudes at home because most men who value their testosterone levels wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole.

Eat, Pray, Love
Driected By: Ryan Murphy
Written By: Ryan Murphy & Jennifer Salt
Based on the book written by Elizabeth Gilbert
Released on: August 13, 2010

Julia Roberts Liz
Viola Davis Delia
Javier Bardem Felipe
James Franco David

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Recommendation: Women should see it but guys would be a little bored.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Colossal Waste

Will Ferrel is a funny guy...Mark Wahlberg can also be a funny character...the movie they were in together...SUCKED. Tho Other Guys is a buddy cop movie about 2 numbnuts who are trying to crack the biggest case of their career and they hit every road block imaginable.

Basically what I think is the writers, Adam McKay & Chris Henchy, decided to try and jam a whole bunch of small Funny or Die skits into one giant movie. They tried to string together all these ridiculous situations and one liners together to make a film but it ended up falling flat.

I laughed at some of the ridiculous situations and funny lines...I mean come on...Wahlberg is known as the "Yankee Clipper" cuz he shot Derek Jeter during a world series game! But I was bored. I feel as if I wasted $10 and 2 hours of my life...

Don't see it in the movies. It may be worth a viewing one night when you are bored and can catch it on HBO...there are some funny one liners in it but I wouldn't consider it a MUST-SEE.

The Other Guys
Directed By: Adam McKay
Written By: Adam McKay & Chris Henchy
Opened On: August 6, 2010

Will Ferrell Allen Gamble
Mark Wahlberg Terry Hoitz
Michael Keaton Captain Gene

Viewed On: August 9, 2010
Viewed With: Monica
Recommendation: don't do it. HBO maybe but don't specifically PAY for it. Terrible.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Theater full of Schmucks

I can't get over the total crapfest that unfolded in the AMC. I went to see Dinner for Schmucks with my friend Jessica. When we get into the theater we are the only 2 people in the seats. Sa-weet. But it didn't last long and before I knew it there were people front of me...beside back of me...and they were all complete suckbags.

The movie was ok. If you like Steve Carell & his brand of humor then you'll enjoy the movie. He's even goofier than normal. And I can't get over the reddish brown tint they gave to his hair. Michael Scott looks debonair compared to this dweeb. Paul Rudd is one of my very favorites. He's a great "straight man" and he is one of the men in Hollywood that makes me drool...he's funny, intelligent, handsome...

Basically a man wants to get ahead in his company and in order to prove himself to the boss he has to find an idiot and bring him to a monthly dinner so his boss & colleagues can make fun. The characters they find are truly one-of-a-kind weirdos. And Rudd actually hits Carrell with his car...he finds out that as a hobby this taxidermist finds dead mice, stuffs them and dresses them up to be encased in themed dioramas. This seem like the perfect kind of guy to bring, right? Well, we all know the answer...wrong. He is a "tornado of destruction" and ever since meeting this seemingly sweet odd-ball Rudd's character has his life turned upside down.

There were funny moments. And I did laugh but I wasn't blown away. A lighthearted slapstick comedy with a moral-based ending...whatever. I would probably catch it again if it came on tv but I wouldn't recommend rushing out to see it. Although I did think that Jermaine Clement (Flight of the Concords) was great as the quirky artist. He's always such a crazy bizarre dude.

But seriously I heard about 3/4s of the movie because of the assclowns in the rows behind me. One D-bag had the loudest most obnoxious hyena laugh I've experienced in public (at first I thought it was some teenage boy making a joke but it turns out he just sucks at life and if I were his friends I would've knocked him out so I could hear the movie...he was at least 3 rows away and I couldn't hear a thing over his cackle) and then there was the couple out for "date night" who fought their marital battles over a bag of popcorn and some Raisinettes in the seats directly behind me. I swear I didn't want to hear anymore about how he doesn't spend enough time with the kids or how her thighs are too fat. Kill me. The melodrama of retards playing out real life in the seats around me was more painful than the "ok" movie.

Dinner for Schmucks
Directed By: Jay Roach
Written By: David Guion & Michael Handelman
Opened On: July 30, 2010

Steve Carell Barry
Paul Rudd Tim
Zach Galifianakis Therman
Jermaine Clement Kieran

Viewed On: August 1, 2010
Viewed With: Jessica
Recommendation: don't need to catch this in the movies

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Dream is a Wish your Heart Makes...or a mind game Leo plays on you

Very few Hollywood movies require a brain to sit through. Mostly it's how much action, sex, love, drama and joke telling can we fit into a 2 hour span...but hardly ever does an original idea come to life on the screen. Inception is another story all together. I was smiling throughout the entire movie and mostly because i enjoyed that I wasn't being talked down to as a viewer. Not to mention the fact that it was an original, complex, and emotional landscape these characters were navigating through. Don't get me wrong...the basis is simple...How do you plant an idea in a person's head? But even if the basic idea is simple you literally couldn't space out for even a minute otherwise you may miss key pieces of information needed to understand the dilemmas posed by our main subjects.

Big Fan of the Director Christopher Nolan. I mean who didn't like The Dark Night? And He wrote as well as directed Batman Begins, The Dark Night, The Prestige, Inception and the newest Batman film that is currently still in production. He's gritty...He's dark...he's not afraid to look into the depths of the human soul and not only find the good but the really bad and shameful evil that goes along with it. He's amazing. Next to M.Night, John Hughes, Kevin Smith and Steven Spielberg (all who i idolize for very different reasons) I think he's one of my favorites. One thing I learned about him is that he really likes to show his character's hands...weird I know but when you see some of his movies pay may catch that. Also, he likes to cast Michael Caine I think. Can't blame him but...

This film introduces the concept of being able to extract ideas and thoughts from a person's subconscious while they are in their most vulnerable state...asleep and dreaming. Cobb (played by the increasingly handsome Leonardo DiCaprio) is an extractor & the best at what he does. He can reach into the depths of your subconscious and get at whatever little secrets you are hiding. Cool right?!? But Cobb has a dilemma...he's slipping. And in order to get home to his kids and come to terms with the guilt he feels over the death of his wife he needs to complete one last job for Saito. But this job is no ordinary extraction. Saito wants an idea to be planted in his competitor's mind...break up his company. Inception. It's complicated, crazy, really cool and I loved it.

The team goes deep into this guy's subconscious. They plan to go down three levels. A dream within a dream within a dream. The fight scene in the hotel is one of the best I've ever seen! I was blown away. It was spectacular.

I'm definitely going to see this movie again so I can get the subtleties that I missed the first time but I highly recommend going to see this movie. It was totally worth it. Except for Juno always wearing scarves around her neck...I loved every minute of it. I enjoyed the fact that Tom Berenger was in the movie too. I really liked and missed that dude.

Directed By: Christopher Nolan
Written By: Christopher Nolan
Opened On: July 16, 2010

Leondardo Di Caprio Cobb
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Arthur
Ellen Page Ariadne
Tom Hardy Eames
Ken Wantanabe Saito

Viewed On: July 21 2010
Viewed With: Mom, Dad, Justin & Kim
Recommendation: Go and see it! I promise you that you won't be sorry!!!!!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I'm never leaving on a jet plane if this is what happens

Anne Hathaway makes me smile. I think she is funny beautiful and talented. She seems like the kind of girl who can laugh at herself (aka The Princess Diaries...that movie was horrible yet lovely). In short she is everything I would like to be except I wouldn't want the crazy Italian ex-boyfriend convicted of real estate fraud, money laundering and being a general douchebag. But she is super cute aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand enough with the girl crushing...

Passengers is a dark film about a group of survivors of a plane crash. Anne Hathaway plays Claire, a therapist brought in to help these people through a traumatic experience that some of them can't even remember fully. One of the survivors is a good looking charming man named Eric, played by Patrick Wilson. He insists he does not need any therapeutic help from our heroine but they continue to see each other anyway. Her hope is that he will open up to her about the accident but deep down we know it is just an opportunity for her to see him again and again. Eventually they do it. Anti-climactic cuz we all know it's coming.

The twisty sort of part is the characters suspect there is a conspiracy with the airline. The passengers are disappearing one by one and the reasoning why is still a mystery. Claire finds her world turned upside down by crossing an ethical line with a patient and getting too deeply involved in what could be a cover-up that may get all of them hurt.

I won't ruin the ending for those of you who want to see it. I sort of guessed about 3/4 of the way through and was wondering how they were going to discover the truth on their own.

It was dark & mysterious but not over dramatic. It was all kind of even. There really were no highs or lows. It was a mediocre...nothing really bad but nothing too interesting to write about. I liked it. Patrick Wilson is an underrated hot dude & I love Anne as a general rule but as a recommendation...I might watch it on a night when you are bored at home and want to watch something that will keep you sort of guessing but not peeing your pants scared...something that has attraction but not passionate cheesy love...something that is intelligent but doesn't give you a headache to figure out.

Directed By: Rodrigo Garcia
Written By: Ronnie Christensen
Opened On: September 26, 2008

Anne Hathaway Claire
Patrick Wilson Eric
Andre Braugher Perry
Diane Weist Toni

Viewed On: July 18, 2010
Viewed With: Alone
Recommendation: Something to maybe watch on dvd on a don't have to pay too much attention, the sex scenes won't make you uncomfortable with a new guy cuz they don't show anything and it's sort of eerie and mysterious and that can be sorta sexy. Definitely a catch if you can but don't go out of your way kind of movie.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Rogue Spies, Car Chases, Gun Fights & Couch Jumping Tom Cruise

I don't pretend to know what the majority of the population is thinking. I am in constant surprise and amazement at what you people like and/or dislike but this is MY blog and therefore my opinion is the one that counts here. There has been an ugly thing or two said about Tom Cruise in the media over the last few years. And who knows what is true and what is false. I guess only those closest to him know if he keeps Katie Holmes chained to a chair in the basement or if he is planning on taking over the world for his alien buddies with his religion, Scientology but as far as I am concerned, Tom Cruise is an actor. And he goes out there and does his job...he entertains me. Immensely.

Knight and Day is an Action/Comedy about a seemingly rogue agent who gets thrown together with an innocent bystander and tries to save the world from his evil ex-partner. Throw in a little love interest/attraction and you've got yourself something for everyone. It stars Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard, the brother from Little Miss Sunshine, and a whole bunch of bad guys that die.

I liked it a lot. Of course there were a few action sequences that were completely unrealistic but that's the point of a summer action flick right? To WOW you with things that are almost impossible for the average human being...but Tom is no average guy. For a older man...he still looks mouthwatering with his shirt off. And I found Cameron Diaz to be NOT annoying. Sometimes she can seem a little over the she's trying too hard to be charming or bad ass depending on the movie but her character achieved both charm and badassedness without having to work at it. Their chemistry was great!

Think Jerry Maguire meets Mission Impossible for Tom Cruise...he's calm cool collected under pressure and looks like he'll rip any guys head off that looks the wrong way at him but he's funny, sweet, charming, and sexy...even though he's short and would probably only reach my armpit he's still sexy. Cameron is more There's Something About Mary meets Charlies Angels. Lovable and funny and another rockin bikini bod...although she has no boobs. I mean none...

Mindless, entertaining, action packed, funny and worth 2 hours.

Knight and Day
Directed By: James Mangold
Written By: Patrick O'Neil
Opened On: June 23, 2010

Tom Cruise Roy
Cameron Diaz June
Peter Sarsgaard Fitzgerald

Viewed On: July 9,2010
Viewed With: Tina
Recommendation: Great. Go see it with a date or a friend or even your kids...nothing too racy about this one. Action without gore. Love without sex or nudity. It was fun.