Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Law Abiding Citizen

"Traumatized by the atrocious murders of his wife and daughter -- and the flawed justice system that set the killers free -- Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) gives in to his rage and sets out on a course of vengeance. He soon takes on not only the prosecutor involved in the case, Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx), but also the city of Philadelphia. Director F. Gary Gray's bold crime thriller co-stars Viola Davis and Michael Gambon." courtesy of netflix
This movie was brillant, now I will tell you, I watched this movie alone and I was supposed to go out with friends and I was so terrified I locked all the doors and windows and wouldnt leave the house for fear of going out in my hallway. so it is scary, but it's brillant, beyond it. its excellent acting and directing and just excellent thoughts / plot. definitley see it. maybe during the day.

Shutter Island

"World War II soldier-turned-U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) investigates the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane, but his efforts are compromised by his own troubling visions and by Dr. Cawley (Ben Kingsley). Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams, Emily Mortimer and Max von Sydow co-star in director Martin Scorsese's plot twist-filled psychological thriller set on a Massachusetts island in 1954." courtesy of netflix

There's not much I can say about this movie (because I don't want to give anything away) other than the fact that its brillant. It's not scary, you might tense up, but I DON'T do scary, I hate them and I can't even watch CSI or Law and Order, and this isn't scary, its just suspensful, so know that part because I didnt want to watch it for the longest time because I thought it was scary. the acting is brillant, the directing, of course, is brillant. Its nothing that your expecting from start to finish. definitley watch it.

The Joneses

"Keeping up with the Joneses (Demi Moore, David Duchovny, Amber Heard and Ben Hollingsworth) is next to impossible, considering they're a family with good looks, fancy cars, a sprawling estate -- and a shocking secret the neighbors would never guess. Gary Cole, Glenne Headly and Lauren Hutton co-star in this smart drama about the dark side of a material world from writer-director Derrick Borte." courtesy of netflix
I loved this movie! It was amazing, how can you go wrong with Demi Moore and David Duchovny? I love him ever since I saw him in 'Return to Me' (which is a great movie by the way) This is just a great look at the material world, the real world, and its just fun. it has some great twist and turns.

Grown Ups

"Comedy superstars Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, David Spade and Kevin James team up for a story of five childhood pals who reunite after 30 years to mourn the loss of their old basketball coach. Gathering at a July 4th celebration where their families meet for the first time, the friends find themselves acting a bit inappropriate for their age. Director Dennis Dugan pairs with frequent collaborator Sandler, who co-wrote the screenplay." courtesy of netflix

I laughed throughout this movie, but it was nothing amazing or brillant, its a very common Adam Sandler movie, I thought. You enjoy watching it but then its kinda lame and cheap. Its also one of those movies they oversell in the previews by basically showing you all the funny parts in the preview and thats about it. I wouldn't actively watch it again by choice, but if it was on cable and I was flipping through channels I'd probably watch it. I'm actually not a big Adam Sandler fan, I think his humour is kind of cheap and immature.

How Do You Know

"Forget friendly -- the competition gets downright fierce when a hotly contested love triangle connects a newly single sports fan (Reese Witherspoon) with a professional baseball player (Owen Wilson) and a business executive (Paul Rudd) who are both vying to be her full-time boyfriend. Jack Nicholson co-stars in this athletically minded romantic comedy from acclaimed writer-director James L. Brooks (As Good As It Gets)." courtesy of netflix

My mom thought this movie was a little slow, she was nodding off a bit in the movie (but she does that) I thought it was pretty great, Paul Rudd is of course amazing, I love him and he does a great job he's just quirky enough. Reese Witherspoon is beyond adorable, I don't think I've ever thought she was so cute until this movie, Owen Wilson you kind of hate but you kind laugh and love him and Jack Nicholson...well he doesnt really seem to play any character to different, he's alright, nothing different or special. the story line is interesting and I think you're intrigued throughout the movie, it probably could easily be something you rent, its not something you have to see right away but I think its entertaining.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Alice in Wonderland

"A 19-year-old Alice (Mia Wasikowska) journeys through Underland, where she experiences strange ordeals and encounters peculiar characters, including the vaporous Cheshire Cat (voiced by Stephen Fry), the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) and the sadistic Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter). Anne Hathaway, Alan Rickman, Matt Lucas and Crispin Glover co-star in director Tim Burton's bold adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic"

oh-my-god I hateeedddd this movie. I don't know why it was so hopped up and popular. I was so freaking bored out of my mind, I only stuck through it because I felt I had too. it was lame, lame, lame. I was not excited or impressed by the costumes, the set, and everything in between. I'm sorry that stuff is just bland now its not something new and I'm not gonna watch a movie just for that fact. now I never saw or read the alice in wonderland (or maybe I read the picturebooks as a kid but i dont remember it too much, the story line did see somewhat familar)

not even depp could have saved this one. sometimes I have to wonder what the hell was he thinking? why would he even want to do this movie? if its for his kids, i'll accept that. although I think this version would terrify kids, this movie was made to accucante the fact that it was written by people who were stoned and this version was made to be watched while you are stoned.

Our Family Wedding

"Forest Whitaker and funnyman Carlos Mencia butt heads as two domineering dads forced to set aside their culture-clash differences and team up to plan their children's wedding, with only two weeks until the big day arrives. America Ferrera plays the pregnant bride-to-be opposite Lance Gross as her medical resident fiancé in this wacky comedy from writer-director Rick Famuyiwa (Brown Sugar, The Wood)."

it was entertaining, but it was the kind of movie that made me grab my laptop and mess around on facebook while I watched, (its probably a good flight movie, pearl) its a shame this was wasted on all these good actors, the acting was good, and theres nothing I can specifcially criticize it just wasnt there "I aint feeling it Dawg" as Randy would say, it just lacked something. Although it was nice to see a "race" movie not about white people and black people - those are getting really old.

Remember Me

"Still reeling from a heartbreaking family event and his parents' subsequent divorce, Tyler Hawkins (Robert Pattinson) discovers a fresh lease on life when he meets Ally Craig (Emilie de Ravin), a gregarious beauty who witnessed her mother's death. But as the couple draws closer, the fallout from their separate tragedies jeopardizes their love. Allen Coulter directs this romantic drama that co-stars Pierce Brosnan, Lena Olin and Chris Cooper."

I would like to preface this with the fact that I actually hate and loathe the 'Twilight'...anything. books, movies, posters, I do NOT find Robert Pattinson attractive in ANYway and I was reluctant to even rent this movie because of him.

now saying that, this is one of the BEST movies I have ever seen. I may like a lot of movies but its rare for me to find a movie that I LOVE. Now, the commercials for this movie are very vague and it was a really smart marketing move because I really had no idea what this movie was about and it made it that much better, so I in return, will not say what the movie was about, if you did see the previews its not really what your expecting. its sad, its happy, its exciting, you are intrigued the entire time from the first minute of the movie to the very last and everything in between.

this is the kind of movie that you don't stop thinking about, I actually couldn't sleep that night (not from being scared) but just from thinking about the movie, it makes you think.

seriously. watch this movie. you won't be upset, no matter who you are and what kind of movies you are into

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Last Song

"Miley Cyrus has top billing as 17-year-old Ronnie Miller, a rebellious former piano prodigy who doesn't hide her hostility after being sent off to spend the summer in Georgia with her estranged father (Greg Kinnear). Rebuffing her dad's attempts to reconnect, the aloof Ronnie begins to thaw when she meets beach volleyballer Will Blakelee (Liam Hemsworth). Kelly Preston also stars in this contemporary tearjerker based on the Nicholas Sparks novel."

I had high hopes for this movie, I am not a fan of Miley Cyrus at all but she is really cute and I would kill for her hair but she can't act for crap I felt bad for Greg Kinnear but most of all I am SO annoyed with Nicholas Sparks, can he retire already? I don't know why it took me this movie to see the truth. (until now I had no negative associations with him) He writes the same damn story every single time he just changes up the pace with a military story (dear john) or an old 50's story (the notebook) or the religious girl and the bad boy (a walk to remember) and in EVERY story its always rich vs. poor -- the girl or the guy always has a rich family (Rachel McAdams in 'Notebook' the boy in 'A Walk To Remember' Amanda Seyfried in 'Dear John' etc the list goes on.) and Now I am just as upset that I have actually seen all these movies, (apart from the notebook which was a really good movie mainly because the acting was superb, ryan gosling and rachel mcadams - come on what gets better than that?)

anyways, its corny, its really horrible acting (apart from Greg Kinnear of course), its annoying in its juvenillity (is that a word?) its almost like they tried really hard to make Miley a "good" girl and it was kind of annoying and of course its always annoying when teenagers say "i love you" after a week, especially in movies, it tells the real teenagers thats its okay and it happens.
but in all reality the minute I saw "pg" as the rating I knew it was gonna be crap. what kind of love story or ANY movie for that matter (apart from cartoons which can still be fun like 'Finding Nemo' lol) is PG?

Sunday, August 8, 2010

I Love You, Beth Cooper

"When bookish high school valedictorian Denis Cooverman (Paul Rust) uses his graduation speech to express his adoration for resident hottie Beth Cooper (Hayden Panettiere), he gets the shock of his life when she responds by showing up on his doorstep that very night. Based on the popular novel by Larry Doyle, this charming coming-of-age tale is helmed by director Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)."

I dont know why I wanted to see this movie, I think I always have high hopes for Hayden but she never seems to pull it off she either has a bad agent or she's a bad actress its hard to tell but her movies are pretty horrible. This movie was one of those "high school" movies that drive you crazy -- the big crazy parties as if its not a big deal thats happening, the slutty girls who get naked for the fun of it, and everything else stupid and devoid of reality. There was hope in the story but in the Hollywood attempt they overplayed everything and ruined it. it was pretty pointless.

The Blind Side

"Oversized African American Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron), the teen from across the tracks and a broken home, has nowhere to sleep at age 16. Taken in by an affluent Memphis couple, Leigh Anne (Sandra Bullock) and Sean (Tim McGraw), Michael embarks on a remarkable rise to play for the NFL. Bullock's performance garnered a Best Actress Oscar and Best Actress Golden Globe Award. Kathy Bates co-stars"

I knew I wouldn't be thrilled about this movie, It was good, I enjoyed it but I didn't sob like everyone said I would and I wasnt inspired by it. Its a good story but it's not all that special to me. -- sure its a new story of a homeless kid being taken in by strangers and becoming so great he goes to the NFL but the kid that avoids the streets is a story thats already been done, the kid that gets taken in by strangers is a stroy thats already be done, the kid that rises up and makes it to the big leagues has already been done. plus you all know how I feel about sports, especially football -- borrringgg. its a good movie, its good acting, its just not my cup of tea.


"When a group of ambitious teenage dancers, musicians and actors enter a new semester at New York's prestigious High School of Performing Arts, they try to make the most out of their chance at stardom in this remake of the Oscar-winning 1980 drama. Director Kevin Tancharoen's energetic update stars Asher Book, Kay Panabaker, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, Naturi Naughton, Kherington Payne and Collins Pennie."

The previews for this movie were much more interesting and make it seem like its a different story than it is. I thought it would be a lot more talent, the singers in the show were alright, but they probably wouldn't even get through American Idol, the dancing was good but they didn't show enough of it I felt. What I did like was that it wasn't just about how talented everyone could be, it was about the reality. the scams, the betrayals, the failure, the honesty.

the ending performance on the graduation day was amazing though, the lighting, the combination of all the different styles were great. I hate Panabaker though she used to do disney channel movies and I don't think shes very talented and she looks so young I felt like she was in elementary school and I get really annoyed when they cast really young looking actors in older roles (like the roles Kristen Bell has been getting lately) be smart about it, play the Matthew Broderick card.
I am aware its a remake but I never saw the original from the 80's and I never saw the TV show if it is related to the movie.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


"After she's accused of being a Russian sleeper spy, rogue CIA agent Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) goes on the run, using every tactic, accent and disguise she knows to elude her pursuers, clear her name and protect her husband. Her supervisor, Winter (Liev Schreiber), buys her story, while counterintelligence officer Peabody (Chiwetel Ejiofor) decidedly does not and will do anything to stop her in this fast-paced, intrigue-filled spy adventure."

I have to word this "review" properly. I will start off by saying I did enjoy the movie and really liked it. However, I was disappointed. The movie was originally written for Tom Cruise and he turned it down because he said it was too similar to his Mission Impossible character -- while watching the movie I felt like I was watching Mission Impossible. I thought I was gonna be really excited about this bad ass girl kicking ass, but I was that impressed or shocked. Its not the first time they've done a movie with a bad ass girl and I thought her role in 'Wanted' was way more bad-ass than this one.

I thought the biggest problem was actually the directing/camera angles. So many times I found myself thinking "that could have been a really amazing shot" she did some amazing kick or something but the camera angle didnt really capture it that well

its definitley not predictable, its shocking, its interesting, its intriguing...when you think your bored or that you have it figured out. you don't. I remember sitting there like "well yeah, this movie thinks its soo clever, I know exactly what happened and whats gonna happen.." and then you don't. haha. definitley worth seeing!

A Single Man

"This stream-of-consciousness, 1960s-era drama centers on a day in the life of George Falconer (Colin Firth, in an Oscar-nominated role), an English-born, Los Angeles college professor reeling from the recent death of his lover of 16 years. Fashion designer Tom Ford makes his directoral debut with this luminous film, which is based on Christopher Isherwood's novel. Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode, Ginnifer Goodwin, Lee Pace and Nicholas Hoult co-star."

this is why I have a problem taking movie suggestions from people, when I think a movie looks like crap, someone tells me to watch it, I watch it, and my original impression was right. my hairdresser told me this was a really good movie (or now that I think about it, maybe she was just telling me she wanted to see it lol) anyways, I don't know why everyone was so excited about this movie, I actually couldnt finish the whole thing. I was SO bored by the music, by the story, by the acting, I used to always think I had to finish every movie because it could get good but then realized, a movie is not a book. if a movie is not good in the first 20 minutes it most likely won't get good (depending on why you think the movie is bad) but a book definitley can, sometimes a book can be bad until the very last chapter and that last chapter will make you recommend the book and re-read it 20 times. its not the same with movies.

anyways, completely boring, i dont get the hype.

The Bounty Hunter

"Milo Boyd (Gerard Butler) is a bounty hunter whose latest gig is rather satisfying, as he finds out that the bail-skipper he must chase down is his own ex-wife, Nicole (Jennifer Aniston) -- but she has no intention of getting nabbed without a fight. Complicating matters, Nicole's wannabe-boyfriend, Stewart (Jason Sudeikis), joins the chase in this high-octane comedy from director Andy Tennant (Hitch)."

this movie was pretty horrible. you don't often find me say this about movies, I usually tend to always walk away from a movie with a pretty likeable grace but this was just, blahhh, and I think I pretty much new that from the previews. Its not the acting, its definitley the story and whoever wrote it although I'm definitley starting to like Jenn Aniston less and less. I was totally team aniston before but angelina is definitley winning me over. Jenn makes crappy movies alot, I dont know if she does it for the money or if she really thinks these are good movies (friends with money, rumor has it, management, etc.)
its just very predictable, its boring, a scene is supposed to be exciting but its just lame and mundane and it is totally not even worth watching if you are completely bored out of your mind (or on a flight, fyi pearl)
I remember being really annoyed because there was a scene where she went into a tattoo parlor and in a way to get an appointment right away she describe this tattoo of a whole body panther and the way she describe it, there is no way it could work. and it really annoyed me haha

Public Enemies

"In the shadow of the Great Depression, criminal minds are thriving -- notorious men like John Dillinger (Johnny Depp), "Baby Face" Nelson (Stephen Graham) and "Pretty Boy" Floyd (Channing Tatum) -- and it's up to J. Edgar Hoover (Billy Crudup) and the FBI to bring them down. Michael Mann directs this gritty crime drama based on the book by Bryan Burrough. Christian Bale, Giovanni Ribisi and Leelee Sobieski co-star."

first off, after posting the netflix synopsis I just have to say I can't believe Leelee Sobieski is credited in the movie because she was honestly only in the movie for like 5 seconds if that and I'm pretty sure she only had like 2 lines, haha.

anyways, the movie, obviously its a good movie, its Johnny Depp even not being a big fan of him I know this (I dont dislike him, I just have no strong likeable feelings towards him either, especially not in the way of most depp fans) Its a really likeable fun movie, he's so charismatic and clever and I always enjoy movies that are set back in the 50's era if not just for the suspenders (i have thing for suspenders...but only when they are worn with a suit a built body... no limpy nerdy urkel thing, nor howdy cowboy jean suspenders haha)
definitley worth watching.

The Box

"A disfigured NASA employee named Arlington Steward (Frank Langella) informs Norma (Cameron Diaz) and Arthur (James Marsden) Lewis that they have 24 hours to decide if they want to push a button inside a box that will give them a cool million -- but a complete stranger will die at the same time. Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko) writes and directs this thriller based on sci-fi writer Richard Matheson's short story" courtesy of netflix

This movie was really weird, but in an intriguing way, there were scenes that I was like "what the hell?!" in a really confused "why?" way but at the same time it was a movie that I was completely involved in, I was scared, I was sad, I cried... I definitley didn't laugh at all. when you watch the entire thing and walk away from it, you're affected but just know when you watch your gonna be thinking "what the hell is this" throughout a lot of it. haha.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Sex and the City 2

I'm definitley late in getting to this movie and as everyone has said its an utter disappointment. it is terribly predictable, you know exactly what is going to happen and nothing is a shock.

Its overly "relateable" charlotte is stressed from being a mother worried about having a hot nannie, the lawyer miranda is being treated unfair at work and of course as usually carrie has relationship problems while samantha just fucks everything. they go to abu dhabi, which could be really cool but there are alot of scenes where they try to play powerful music and use camera pans to try and tell you "this is an amazing view/building your looking at" but it actually wasnt, it was dull and it wouldnt have been annoying if they didnt try and act like it was grander than it was. the cinematography is really cheap and the storyline is really dull and i loved the whole series and the first movie but this was just, it was childish, they are all married with families (besides miranda) and the show didnt progress from when the series first started. the girls dress the same, except their older, and they look older.

i thought it was also a cheap and sleezy explote on the middle east and their customs, they make fun of their culture and they disrespect their culture, (especially samantha) and although it is funny and you do laugh occasionally theres a very cheap and guilty aspect to it.

i didnt think they needed a second movie, alot of people after seeing this movie claimed it was "to wrap up" to create closure, but i dont think they needed that after the first movie. charlotte had a baby, carrie and big got married, miranda and steve got back together and samantha got back to being samantha, that was closure. they didnt need to move on, they should know most movies dont do a succesful second, especially not a movie that was originally a succesful tv show.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Nothing Like the Holidays

"John Leguizmo and Alfred Molina head up an all-star cast in this multicultural ensemble comedy that follows a trio of Puerto Rican siblings -- a Marine, an actress and a businessman -- on their way home to Chicago for a Christmastime family reunion. Directed by Alfredo De Villa, the holiday tale also features performances by Debra Messing, Luis Guzman, Jay Hernandez, Freddy Rodriguez, Vanessa Ferlito and Melonie Diaz. "
this is a really subdued comedy, there is definitey a comedy factor but its not really a comedy movie. I liked the puerto rican aspect, its always fun to watch other races and cultures in their own environment. I think the cast plays out to all the possible charcters, the white-uptight-wife, the solider, the actor, the gangster, the smartypants and so forth. Its not a predictable movie which is always a plus for me and i think its hard to do now a days.

She's out of my league

"When he starts dating drop-dead gorgeous Molly (Alice Eve), insecure airport security agent Kirk (Jay Baruchel) can't believe it. As his friends and family share their doubts about the relationship lasting, Kirk does everything he can to avoid losing Molly forever. Kyrsten Ritter, Lindsay Sloane, Jasika Nicole and Andrew Daly also star in this charming romantic comedy about unlikely lovers. Jim Field Smith directs."
I thought this was gonna be a movie that I laughed at but turned off and thought I hated it, I assumed I would hate the girl but I was soo wrong, I loved the girl, which was hard to accomplish but they gave her the right personality to make her likeable and hot and the guy that plays Kirk is the perfect guy, hes so awkward and perfect for the role. there ae soo many funny scenes, i dont want to give it away but they are the scenes that you will be talking about at parties wishing it happened to a real friend so it could be a real story, haha. definitley worth watching!