Sunday, December 27, 2009

Rachel Getting Married

"Longstanding family conflicts resurface when drama queen Kym (Anne Hathaway, in her first Oscar-nominated role), a former model who's been in and out of rehab for 10 years, returns to her parents' home just before her sister Rachel's (Rosemarie DeWitt) wedding. Debra Winger co-stars as the girls' emotionally distant mother in director Jonathan Demme's critically acclaimed portrait of family angst and unrest." courtesy of netflix

I heard this movie was great but I could tell it was something I had to be in a mood in to watch so I had always put it off and I watched it today, mid-way through I did feel a little ADD and wanted to turn it off and return to it later but my mom wanted to keep watching so we did. its a very sad movie, not in an emotional way. I'm not sure if it actually is a Sundance movie but it is shot that way, which I love and hate at the same time, Sundance movies (and this movie) tend to leave it up to you to piece certain things together. but Anne Hathaway did do a great job regardless. I wouldn't watch it twice, but would you ever watch 'Schindlers List' twice?

The International

"Interpol agent Louis Salinger (Clive Owen) and New York Asst. DA Eleanor Whitman (Naomi Watts) team up to expose a global financial institution's money laundering, arms dealing and other illegal rackets in this tense thriller from director Tom Tykwer. As the pair race from New York to Milan and beyond to pursue their case, they soon discover that the ruthless bank will stop at nothing to continue its profitable activities." courtesy of netflix
this movie was really great, it was very intense and captivating it was very "clive owen" although a little more practical than 'Children of Men' the architecture in the movie is actually really great and amazing and the designer in me loved that fact but it's just an overall great movie. Highly recommended : )

Friday, October 30, 2009

The Aviator

"A biopic depicting the early years of legendary director and aviator Howard Hughes' career, from the late 1920s to the mid-1940s" courtesy of

i was really excited for this movie because i'm reading a biography on Howard Hughes right now, but this movie. it almost pissed me off. there is SO much wrong information. well i don't know for sure whether the book i'm reading is wrong or if its the movie, but i would assume its the movie. for one they had him dating Katherine Hepburn as a real serious relationship which was totally wrong, Hughes was a major playboy and he did date Hepburn, briefly but what they were doing was portraying his love life with Billie Dove as his relationship with Hepburn in the movie, i'm guessing because people don't really know who Billie Dove is. and then when he was shooting Hell's Angels (which is where the movie starts) he is married to Ella Rice, which was an arranged marriage he used to get away from his family after his parents died. there was SO much that was contorted and misrepresented.

they also didnt explain a lot, they just showed Howard kind of going crazy and although they showed some of his major plane crashes (which were completely false also) they didnt explain that his plane crashes were why he was slowly kind of loosing his mind.

they also would just mention random things, which i knew about because of the book but i would imagine most people didnt know like they randomly said "well just dip into tool co." which was his fathers business which made his father rich and help start howard in the right direction, and he didnt like the business, refused to run it, but took money from it all the time when he needed it.

although, the acting was good there are a TON of people in it. Leonardo Dicaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C Reily, Alec Baldwin, Gwen Stefani, Jude Law, (although Gwen and Jude's parts were very small.)
CORRECTION: okay so he did have a real love affair with Katherine Hepburn, i got a little further in my book but they did protray it wrong because they said they were together when he was shooting Hells Angels and thats when he was engaged to Billie Dove, Katherine Hepburn was years later. Hughes was truly a master playboy and the movie doesnt truly convey that and it is a big part of his character and why he never married Katherine or Billie.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

An Inconvienent Truth

"A documentary on Al Gore's campaign to make the issue of global warming a recognized problem worldwide" courtesy of

for some reason I had never seen this movie, I think it was one I always thought I had seen because it's a movie I would have seen but finally in my sustainable design class we watched this and if you havent watched it. watch it.

it's amazing, I am very aware and "into" the problems that we are creating i'm very green-concious and I know everything that was happening. I know about the ice caps melting, i know about the polar bears dying, i know about the increase in natural disasters etc. etc. but what i wasnt comprehending was what that meant. I knew A + B but i didnt know what it equaled. and the footage that Gore shows is so honest and so real.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Bride Wars

"Two best friends become rivals when they schedule their respective weddings on the same day" courtesy of
i apologize for the lame 'summaries' of the movies lately my work computer blocks
This movie was entertaining - the acting is good in it, I've always liked Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway and they are such typical friends. Hudson is the demanding really gorgeous high-mainteance once very into her looks and Hathaway is the school teacher with the loving simple boyfriend who is kind of a pushover which is why she is such great friends with Hudson but the one thign about the movie is that - i really don't think this would ever happen. the stuff they start doing to each other all because of a stupid wedding date is rdiculous. True best friends would not do that. I couldn't understand why it was such a big deal. I mean they could have had one wedding in the morning and another wedding at night and shared the reception -- but I guess that doesn't make for a good movie. it is entertaining though. its a different kind of wedding movie thats for sure.

The Soloist

"A Los Angeles journalist befriends a homeless Julliard-trained musician, while looking for a new article for the paper" courtesy of

This movie was really good. I wanted to see it for the longest time and I finally just ordered it on ondemand last night, The acting of Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr is amazing. Jamie Foxx does great with a playing a schizophrenic homeless man and even the way he looks is taken on into a whole nother' world. They really portray it so well what he's truly going through. we (especially city people like me) encounter with schizophrenic and homeless almost daily, and although I have gained some sympathy after I took a psychology class in college -- you really feel understanding and sympathetic for him, almost empathetic. He was this brilliantly talented musician and voices in his head beat him down, which is actually just terrifying for him. But the movie is great it has this powerful connection with music where some of the seasons are literally just music. But it connects with the homeless community as well. there are bad homeless people out there - thugs and drug addicts but then there are some that have just been beat down on life and there is a scene where Steve Lopez (Downey) is talking with a homeless lady and shes telling these stories and they're hilarious and he's just laughing and it just kind of makes you stop and think, its a very inspirational movie especially when you stop and think about how it's a true story

the one thing i will have to say, is that it's quite obvious that certain things are left out of the movie. Steve Lopez obviously did a lot for this - apparently this was a series of columns that he wrote, it touched people, but that doesnt always really come across in the movie (that its a series of columns) Lopez also apparently got a lot of recognition for what he was doing for Nathaniel and they kind of throw it in there last minute where you're like "what?" I have a feeling that Lopez and Ayers would feel at odds about this movie, i feel like it's not told to its true entirety.

but definitely worth seeing.

Friday, October 2, 2009

top ten worst movies ever

in no specific order.

1. Red Dawn
2. Cheaper by the Dozen 2
3. Joshua
4. Kings Ransom
5. Son of the Mask
6. Scary Movie (all)
7. Confessions of A teenage drama queen
8. Corky Romano
9. Austin Powers - Goldmember
10. Hedgwick and the angry itch

this is hard to say because a lot of movies that would be deemed the worst - you can sometimes tell and i don't watch them - these are solely based on movies i have actually seen.

Top-Ten all time favortie movies ever.

in no specific order that would be way to hard.

1. Almost Famous

2. Factory Girl

3. Forrest Gump

4. Breakfast at Tiffanys
5. Sabrina

6. A Christmas Story
7. Wanted

8. 21
9. The Terminal

10. Fight Club

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Ghost Town

Bertram Pincus, is a man whose people skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly, but is miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts. courtesy of
I really enjoyed this movie, I'm sure it didn't get five stars and it will soon be on cable television but it was very enjoyable. Ricky Gervais does a great job, very "House" theres a scene in the beginning where he's checking into a doctors office for a procedure and they are asking questions and he's refusing to answer them because they don't need to sell his personal information to the internet LOL very entertaining I thought. maybe slightly predictable.


A hard-living superhero who has fallen out of favor with the public enters into a questionable relationship with the wife of the public relations professional who's trying to repair his image. courtesy of
I watched this movie a long time ago but i recently watched it again (and i'm at work bored so I thought I'd review it.)
I loved this movie! hense why I saw it twice - which i don't often do with action movies. but it really is a good movie. it's a sci-fi but its somehow believeable. Will Smith is great in it, but is he not good in? its funny, its entertaining, its dramatic, it perfectly combines all the emotions you need for a movie. and Charlize Theron is great in it too. its a very unique idea which i have generally been thankful for in Will Smith's movies lately. they are not predictable and you are engaged the whole time wondering whats going to happen next.

I Love You Man

Friendless Peter Klaven goes on a series of man-dates to find a Best Man for his wedding. But when his insta-bond with his new B.F.F. puts a strain on his relationship with his fiancée, can the trio learn to live happily ever after? courtesy of
its a good movie, entertaining for the most part, but i wouldn't watch it again. I was a little disappointed because I thought it would be some classic Paul Rudd but not so much, its more stupid comedy the kind that Jason Segel normally does. its a bromance comedy. Guys would totally love this movie.
I will say though that Paul Rudd's character is hilarious because he's this really cool guy, he's not a nerd or anything but he really doesn't have any friends. he always has girlfriends and he goes out with her friends and has a few coworkers and stuff but no one major, but hes like a total square. like Jason Segel's character asks him how often he "yanks his chain" and Paul Rudd gets all nerdy uncomfortable "thats personal!!" when most guys talk about that kind of stuff all the time - his character was hilarious.
i wouldnt leave the theatre while watching it, and i wouldnt say it was a waste of time, it is entertaining but I wouldnt tell someone to watch it and I wouldn't want to see it again. its kind of predictable done-before "guy comedy" if you know what i mean.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Battle in Seattle

"With the World Trade Organization about to convene in his city, Seattle's Mayor Jim Tobin (Ray Liotta) tries to make sure all events go smoothly. As tensions between protestors and authorities rise out of control, activists and bystanders get caught in the crossfire. Based on the 1999 protest referred to as the "Battle of Seattle," this drama features Charlize Theron, Woody Harrelson, André Benjamin, Connie Nielsen and Michelle Rodriguez." courtesy of Netflix

I LOVED this movie it was SO brillant, a lot of it seems like it was overdramatized but when i started researching it wasnt, although the incident with Charlize Theron I'm sure didn't happen or at least didn't happen by a cop in such a way (I don't want to spoil it for anyone) but its very cool because its actually shot in Seattle, I totally recogonize it all and they also use real footage. it was very cool to see, especially if you're from Seattle and even if you're not.

WTO riots in seattle actually caused 30 riots/ralleys across the nation and is the reason they "won" the "fight" it's an excellent movie. the WTO riots were actually the reason our former Mayor resigned and how Greg Nickels (who JUST lost) got the position. This is huge on Seatte/Nation history.

Saturday, August 15, 2009


I meant to write a review on this movie before but I forgot.

this movie is BRILLANT. i'm not joking, it can be very offensive but it has a purpose and its completely brillant. you just have to look at the movie from the point of view that Sacha Baren Cohen is making a point.

it is a little different than "Bruno" his original movie, this one actually has a plot where Bruno is a gay man trying to become famous in america.

there is a hilarious scene where he tries to seduce Ron Paul! and he thought it was Roo Paul and its hilarious!!

but the part that I love the most is when Bruno is interview parents for their children to be a commercial, at first he asks simple questions "we might need to pinch the baby to cry" and they said alright. then he actually asked

"she will need to loose 15 pounds, is that okay?" Bruno

"oh yeah it should be fine" Mother

"well yeah, if surgery needs to be done will you consent?" Bruno

"yeah of course, if she needs surgery she needs surgery" mother

it was a baby!! he proves such a great point against society especially with homosexuality, theres alot of scenes where you just stop and think "if these were straight people, it wouldnt matter" and it is hilarious especially when you get empathetic and you think about these poor conservative people having a fit abotu it.

he does go above and beyond his point, a little michael moore-ish but i think its entertaining, interesting and brillant.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Confessions of a Shopaholic

"With dreams of writing for a top fashion glossy, shopping addict Rebecca (Isla Fisher) begins working for a financial magazine pushed by the same publisher. But as her career skyrockets, she struggles to pay off overwhelming bills -- and manage her love life. Joan Cusack, John Goodman and Krysten Ritter co-star in this glittery rom-com based on the best-selling series of Shopaholic books by Sophie Kinsella" courtesy of netflix

I heard A LOT of praise for this movie from my friends and my sister but I didnt absolutely love it, it was just whatever to me. I mean it was very obvious, she spends too much money, she knows its wrong, she does it anyways because she needs the new gucci handbag, i think its a movie thats good for people who can relate 100% but i'm not really a shopaholic i won't shop when i don't have money i just eat out too often and by small little things. I dont buy designer brands because I don't have the money and I know I don't have the money. but, her boss is really cute. lol.

Yes Man

"Based on the comedic memoir by Danny Wallace, this film stars Jim Carrey as Carl, a man who, as an antidote to unhappiness, resolves to say "yes" to everything -- yes, everything -- that comes his way. Carl's new practice initially proves successful in lifting his spirits. But soon, he's confronted with unexpected and seemingly unbeatable challenges stemming from his unique self-imposed regime. Zooey Deschanel co-stars." courtesy of netflix

I know some people out there dont really like Jim Carrey, My Nannie being one, she gets really passionate about her hatred for him, which is funny considering how little my nannie is and how proper she is. anyways, this movie is great!! its not a normal Jim Carrey movie where he gets all crazy goofy there is one part for like 2 seconds when he drank a lot of red bull but it doesnt last long lol but Zooey Deschanel is a GREAT co-star, she so spunky i love her. but the concept of the movie is so great, just say yes to everything and you will enhance your life because you will be living your life. you can't live your life sitting at home all night watching movies. watch it. everyone.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Ugly Truth

"In his segment called "The Ugly Truth," chauvinistic morning show commentator Mike Alexander (Gerard Butler) makes his perpetually single producer (Katherine Heigl) the subject of a series of romantic tests in order to prove his theories on relationships. But will his experiments help her find love, or is she just a hopeless case? Cheryl Hines co-stars as Mike's unflappable co-anchor in this rom-com from the team behind Legally Blonde" courtesy of netflix

I thought this movie was good, I really like Gerard Butler, the movie is very predictable becoming a pattern with Katherine Heigels movie's but her character is fun and enjoyable. I was hoping the movie would have more to come away with, kind of like he's-just-not-that-into-you since Mike is helping Katherine Heigl's character get a man, but its basically about how to pretend your someone your not and men will end up liking you. it was good though, I'd recommend it.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Role Models

"Slackers Danny (Paul Rudd) and Wheeler (Seann William Scott) have coasted their way through jobs at an energy drink company. When their goofing off catches up with them, they're sentenced to community service with the Sturdy Wings mentoring program. The assignment is supposed to teach them responsibility, but it just proves that they're the last people who should be in charge of kids. Elizabeth Banks co-stars in David Wain's sidesplitting comedy" courtesy of netflix

I couldn't stand this movie I actually took it out and didn't finish it. it was so predictable and lame and boring. two mean slacker guys get paired up with bratty shitty kids and in the end they become good friends. blah blah blah. i was so upset because I really like Paul Rudd and there will small parts in the movie that really shined "paul rudd" but the majorty was just boring or just too scripted. like the director of "sturdy wings" you will recognize her from '40 year old virgin' and she plays the exact same charcter in the same style - a former druggie sex addict and she says little stupid things "me and the judge are really close, im not gonna get into it but i sucked his dick for drugs" and the dialogue just isnt realistic and its so stereotypical to have this really ghetto gangster kid and then the really nerdy dungeons and dragons kid which actually just gets boring watching the "battle" because its not for comedy you end up just actually watching it.

ALTHOUGH i did love the scene where Paul Rudd tears into this Barista
"I'd like a large coffee"
"do you meam venti?"
"no i mean large"
"venti is large"
"No, venti is twenty. Large is large. In fact, tall is large and grande is Spanish for large. Venti is the only one that doesn't mean large. It's also the only one that's Italian. Congratulations, you're stupid in three languages."

hahaha -- then like 2 seconds later his girlfriend yells at him and says "its called venti because its 20 oz dipshit" haha

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Women

"Shocked by the discovery that their pal Mary's (Meg Ryan) husband is having an affair with a beautiful young shop girl (Eva Mendes), a tight-knit circle of New York socialites comes up with a devious plan to help Mary win back her man. This remake of George Cukor's classic 1939 film boasts an all-star ensemble cast, including Annette Bening, Jada Pinkett Smith, Debra Messing, Bette Midler and Candice Bergen. "

I didn't actually rent this Netflix sent it to me by accident but I thought i'd watch it anyways - but it was alright it was slow and you were just waiting for the big climax and it never really came. and the thing that always drove me crazy is that they never showed the husband, not even his hand or voice, he was just this "thing" they talked about and plotted around and against. It was a typical Meg Ryan movie - although she does look really cute with curly hair. Jada plays a lesbian and Debra Messing plays this raggedy-always-prego woman.

I Could Never be Your Woman

"Writer-director Amy Heckerling (Clueless) delivers a twisted romantic comedy that shows what happens when a mother (Michelle Pfeiffer) and daughter (Saiorse Ronan) come to blows with the forces of nature. Just as Rosie (Pfeiffer) strikes up a romance with a handsome younger man (Paul Rudd), her daughter Izzie (Ronan) falls in love for the first time -- and Mother Nature (Tracey Ullman) can't resist the temptation to meddle." courtesy of netflix

this was really cute and fun to watch - it's a total comedy and I love how they spoof on TV shows and etc. and Michelle Pfeiffer is really cute in it! her and Paul Rudd go well together. its good acting, its enjoyable. Its a great play on whether age really does mean anything when it comes to dating - or if it means everything.

New in Town

"The weather isn't the only drastic change for high-paid consultant Lucy Hill (Renée Zellweger) when she's sent from her home base in South Beach, Fla., to a small Minnesota town to improve the productivity of a local manufacturing plant. The town's residents also take some getting used to, especially the ruggedly handsome union boss (Harry Connick Jr.) who's doing his darnedest to make sure that Lucy doesn't cut any jobs." courtesy of netflix

it was alright, it was cute. it was VERY predictable - you can almost predict the whole movie just by reading the summary. Renee zellweger doesnt look all that cute in it - she looks older or something. I don't know I wouldnt want to watch it again, but it was enjoyable. the acting is good and her shoes are fabulous.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

"I was born under unsual circumstances...thus begins the Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Academy Award Winning film starring Brad Pitt as a man who is born in his eighties and ages backwards. Cate Blanchett as the woman he is destined to love forever. TCCOBB is a monumental journey - as unusual as it is epic - that follows Benjamins remarkable adventure of romance and redemption from the end of world war one through the 21st century. winner of three academy awards." (from the back of the movie cover)

I saw this movie ages ago, and I just recently bought it. and it just felt so worthy of Blogging that I decided to do it even though it's old - its fairly new I know some of you still havent seen it.

this is such a brillant movie. from the original concept of the plot, to the acting, to the makeup and wardrobe. its just amazing

its a very long movie to go through an entire life tide into the story of the woman in the hospital bed telling the story to her daughter. i LOVED that they tied in New Orleans in such a specific way and I'm sure that was Brad Pitt's doing - also i'm sure they shot everything in Louisiana to help try and rebuild it.

its a beautiful love story mixed in with this thought provoking idea about life and death and growing old and growing young and responsibility and to live carefree, i think your life grows by seeing this movie.

Sunday, May 17, 2009


"Ron Howard directs this adaptation of Peter Morgan's popular Broadway play centered on a series of revelatory TV interviews former President Richard Nixon granted British talk show host David Frost in 1977. Nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture, the film stars Frank Langella, reprising his Tony Award-winning stage role, along with a stellar cast that includes Michael Sheen, Sam Rockwell, Toby Jones, Kevin Bacon and Oliver Platt. " courtesy of netflix

this movie was BEYOND amazing, but do I really need to say that? Ron Howard directing a movie of the closest Nixon ever got to a confession or a trial? the movie itself is passionate, powerful, intriguing, interesting, the only parts that get a little dull are when they have scenes of Nixon (outside of the "Frost situation") rambling on about something stupid. (the man aparently loved to talk!) but geez i mean the little one liners that stick with you. there was a line when Frost first met Nixon, and he brought a new girlfriend along and as they were leaving Nixon leaned into Frost and said "you gotta marry that girl." forst replied "yeah shes something isnt she?" (or something along those lines) and Nixon said "yeah, and shes from Monaco, they don't pay taxes there" all these little tiny things that just help you realize this man. but the whole cast is stellar, down to Kevin Bacon in frankly, his small role. but Sam Rockwell, geez he was the epitome of every democrat at that time. the movie just makes you want to read for hours and hours about Nixon and what bullshit he could come up with.


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Griffin and Phoenix

"Divorced, disconnected from his kids and living in a gloomy bachelor's pad, Griffin (Dermot Mulroney) is already down when he's diagnosed with inoperable cancer. Thus, it's with resignation that he enrolls in a class about accepting death -- never dreaming that he'll learn to accept life instead. Hope comes in the form of an assistant dean, the lovely Phoenix (Amanda Peet). Soon, the two embark on a romance that will change both their lives" courtesy of netflix

I laugh at the thought that I actually really liked this movie, its kind of "lifetime" and they have some corny lines, but Amanda Peet and Dermot Mulroney do their best and pull it off quite well. i loved the one line in the beginning of the movie when Griffin finds out he has cancer and there is nothing they can do and he says "so you can't save my life? ....can you validate my parking?" theres a few great lines in the movie, Phoenix asks Griffin a question and he just had some generic response and she says "well not every answer can be interesting i guess..." its really a pretty decent movie, its sad, you'll cry and you'll be touched. I would recommend it.

Sunday, April 19, 2009


"After receiving rejection letters from eight colleges, Bartleby Gaines (Justin Long) and his slacker friends fool their parents into thinking they've been accepted at the South Harmon Institute of Technology, a university of their own invention. The only problem is, the boys have somehow managed to attract a freshman class of rejects just like them. Can the South Harmon coeds compete in a battle of wits with students from a neighboring college?" courtesy of netflix

I really liked this movie, it was pretty funny and Justin Long really is an amazing actor I'm really glad to see his career blossiming, the concept of the movie is hilarious, I dont know if this spoils anything but I think its pretty obvious that the secret doesnt last about the college, and when the truth is revealed I thought it wasnt made as big of deal as it really was, it was very just "oh ok thats bad...the end" but Blake Lively is just so cute in it and Justin Long, even in a goofy comedy he is just such a good actor, his passion shows through well.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Nights in Rodanthe

"With chaos tearing her marriage and family apart, Adrienne Willis (Diane Lane) takes a weekend caretaker job at her friend's coastal North Carolina inn. When a storm hits, stranding the inn's only guest, Dr. Paul Flanner (Richard Gere), Adrienne's life changes forever. As the storm rages outside, Adrienne connects with Flanner, who came to the Rodanthe retreat to escape his own personal crisis. James Franco co-stars in this romantic drama" courtesy of netflix

I was really upset with this movie, the story concept itself is actually kind of horrible, when you see it or if have already seen it, you will see what i mean but i dont want to spoil anything. the movie just seems so "lifetime" to me (as in lifetime movie channel of really corny love movies) the acting really isnt that great and any scenes with the teenage daughter are just horrible. James Franco's part is way to small for his acting abilities and well it just seems to be directed very oddly, there are random seems where everything gets jumbled and fast paced like they do in action or horror movies and it just doesnt fit just right. the story is just so odd, the movie does take you in and you'll feel the emotion but its nothing spectacular.

Sunday, April 12, 2009


"With his mother (Anjelica Huston) suffering from Alzheimer's, medical school dropout Victor Mancini (Sam Rockwell) devises a plan to pay her hospital bills. At high-class restaurants, he pretends to choke, waits to be rescued and then later asks his saviors for money. In addition to being a con man, Victor is a sex addict who works at a colonial theme park. This film is based on the novel by cult literary phenom Chuck Palahniuk ( Fight Club)." courtesy of netflix

this movie sounded so good in the description and even the poster looked intriguing but the movie was, odd. this whole "conman" thing is barely touched on in the movie, he talks about how he gets money from the people who save him but they never show it, cause i dont understand why when you save someones life, if that person asked you for money, why you would give them money. it was just very odd, i wouldnt recommend it. it wasnt even that odd in a funny way, theyre were definitiley interesting scenes and concepts but they never "took it home"


"Sean Penn (in an Oscar-winning role) stars in this fact-based drama about Harvey Milk, the openly gay activist and San Francisco politician who was murdered along with mayor George Moscone (Victor Garber) by disgruntled city employee Dan White (Josh Brolin, in an Oscar-nominated role) in 1978. Director Gus Van Sant's compelling biopic (nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award) co-stars Emile Hirsch, James Franco and Diego Luna" courtesy of netflix

i wasnt as captivated by this movie as i thought i would be, or as i wanted to be. the first time i fell asleep, the second time i tried to watch it i just lost track of what was going on and the third time i did finish it, its a good story, it was directed very well but i just expected more out of it i geuss, i would still recommend it but i think the expectations are just too high for it. but sean penn and james franco do a great job and i would never believe they were straight :)

He's Just Not That Into You

"Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore and Scarlett Johansson lead an all-star cast in this adaptation of the bestseller that follows an ensemble of characters dealing with the pitfalls of love and human interaction. Set in Baltimore, director Ken Kwapis's film moves swiftly between a host of storylines and characters brought to life by a stellar lineup that includes Jennifer Connelly, Ben Affleck, Ginnifer Goodwin and Justin Long" courtesy of netflix

i loved this movie! i did read the book, years ago and anytime i start to see a new guy, i do whip it out and check up on some things. but the way the movie is setup, i know they got critcized from being so different from the book, but the book isnt a novel, the book would be like a talk show so i thought it was perfect to have all these random different scenarios going on that connect in small ways, but it just helps you realize all the stupid things we buy into all the time! all the things we make excuses for, i think everyone should read it, even if youre married already even if it doesnt help you i'm sure you could help someone else down the way.

Monday, February 23, 2009


"Politically provocative talk show host Bill Maher skewers the current state of organized religion in this documentary that derives its title from a blend of the words "religion" and "ridiculous." Making stops in Jerusalem, the Vatican and other holy destinations, Maher travels the world to talk to believers from a variety of faiths to find out why they're so sure their religion is right -- and why they're so certain others are wrong" courtesy of netflix

i loveeeeeeeed this movie. for me it was very educational, i was someone who was raised catholic, my whole family is catholic i have an Uncle in England who is a priest but for me it was something I never connected with and the past year especially i've been discovering and trying to find and understand religion and what my own personal belief is and my answer was always "i dont know" and thats what Bill Maher's answer is in this movie, and everyone he talks to and everything he says i'm just kicking myself i didnt say what he said when i've been in the same religious debates.

if you are someone who is truly religious and you have your faith packed down and won't take any another word, maybe its the movie for you, Maher doesnt go around saying your religion is wrong, he's just asking how do you know its right? and there are so many things that can contradict each other, that you should at least have a more open opinion on religion.

I ask my family that doesnt understand how i feel to watch this movie and i ask anyone who doesnt currently accept other religions to watch this movie, i think its very educated and i think its very thought provoking and i think Maher makes alot of really great intelligent points.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Breaking and Entering

"Anthony Minghella (Cold Mountain, The English Patient) directs this thinking-person's drama, weighing the difference between emotional and physical robbery. When his London office is burglarized by a young Muslim thief, an affluent architect (Jude Law) is forced to rethink his priorities and re-evaluate his life. The sterling cast includes Juliette Binoche, Robin Wright Penn, Ray Winstone and Martin Freeman ("The Office"). " Courtesy of Netflix

This movie is very slow, its kind of depressing and although I feel like I did maybe like it, I didn't really. I think i'm the kind of person who can always take something away from a movie so its hard for me to say I dont like one, buttt i wouldn't watch it again and I wouldn't recommned it to someone. alot of the movie doesnt make sense, well it makes sense but there are alot of loss ends and random little things going on and important details they don't elaborate on, like Jude Law's daughter and the relationship with...well i guess its his girlfriend. the whole movie you have this idea it's his wife but its not (that plays no important factor, i didnt ruin anything for you.) but it was just werid little factoids.

but of course, Jude Law plays his typical self in the movie, if you know what I mean. he is beautiful though. :)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

My Best Friend's Girl

When Dustin's (Jason Biggs) girlfriend, Alexis (Kate Hudson), breaks up with him, he employs his best buddy, Tank (Dane Cook), to take her out on the worst rebound date imaginable in the hopes that it will send her running back into his arms. But when Tank begins to really fall for Alexis, Tank finds himself in an impossible position. Alex Baldwin and Lizzy Caplan star in this romantic comedy from director Howard Deutch. courtesy of netflix

I really liked this movie, it was really good, the basic plot itself is a little predictable but thats just the nature of the movie, i wouldnt call it a predictable movie because alot of stuff happens that you still wouldnt have guessed. I think Dane Cook is great in it, and they have soo many great shots of him, theres this one shot i love of him walking down the isle at this church smoking a ciggerette to a Johnny Cash song, and its just totally badass, and in my opinion not in a bad way (sometimes a movie tries to pull off badass and it doesnt work, but in this case it does!) you'll be entertained, you'll laugh, you'll be engaged.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Javier Bardem stars in the latest effort from legendary filmmaker Woody Allen as a flamboyant painter who finds himself in the middle of a unique relationship with Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Christina (Scarlett Johansson), a pair of American tourists. Penélope Cruz (with an Oscar nod) also stars as Bardem's insanely jealous ex-wife, Maria Elena, in this quirky romantic dramedy (winner of a Best Comedy Golden Globe) set in Barcelona.courtesy of netflix.

i really liked this movie, the preview is a lot different than what the movie turns out to be, its comically narrated with things like "they got ice cream, they laughed." but the story is good and your intrigued the whole time the acting is really well, i recommend seeing it. I always like Woody Allen films and i really like Scarlett Johansson but i feel that you could like this even if you didn't like them. its very comically erotic.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Factory Girl

"Director George Hickenlooper's biographical drama charts the meteoric rise and subsequent fall from grace of Edie Sedgwick (Sienna Miller), an ambitious starlet who becomes the muse of Andy Warhol (Guy Pearce). Heading for New York City's bright lights after dropping out of college in 1965, Edie meets pop-culture icon Andy, who turns her into the toast of the town. But she soon discovers that glamour and fame have a price." courtesy of netflix also with Jimmy Fallon, Mena Suvari and Hayden Christensen

it's been a long time since i've been so affected by a movie. I rented the movie because i have an unusual interest in Andy Warhol, this movie isn't about Andy Warhol its about the factory girl and her story and I've never felt so, sad for someone, to feel not the sympathy but the actual emotions, the movie is done brillantly everything is conveyed in such emotions and the actors are phonomenol Sienna Miller is amazing and Guy Pearce is brillantly amazing with Andy Warhol. the story itself is strong and it just just gets multiplied in quality by the actors.

this movie didnt get great reviews and i think the reason is because of how honest it is, they dont censor things to cater to a MPAA rating, they dont careful word things so that it doesnt offend people, the drug use is right in front of your face, theres random people having sex in the background for no reason at all expect for the fact that, thats how it was at the factory, everything is very honest i believe, it doesnt feel like they cut things out or made you loose out on something. disregard any of those reviews because they are oh so wrong, this movie is spectacular. in all possible ways.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Gran Torino

"Crusty, inflexible Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) must confront his Hmong immigrant neighbors – and his own long-held prejudices – when the family's teen son, Thao, tries to steal Walt's beloved 1972 Gran Torino. Walt soon assumes the unlikely role of guardian angel to young Tao and his sister, who are vulnerable to disturbing gang influences in this intimate drama from 78-year-old director Eastwood" courtesy of netflix

I went to see this movie with my Dad and his only reason for wanting to see it was Clint Eastwood "Clint Eastwood doesn't do bad movies" even on the way driving to the movie we both realized we had no idea what the movie was about. i was a little hesitant i thought it might be to old school western style but it was brilliantly amazing. it all feels very real and is very intriguing and interesting. I do have to say that i thought the two main Asian actors (the brother and sister) weren't very good actors but it doesn't hurt the movie at all, the storyline is amazing and Walt is the perfect character; he is basically Greg House (from the TV show House) he is racist, rude and doesn't care what he says. its amazing and you will love it.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

"After losing yet another nanny position because of her gruff demeanor, Guinevere Pettigrew (Frances McDormand) mistakenly lands an assignment as the assistant of an American starlet (Amy Adams) and finds herself swept up in a dizzying world of glamour and high society. Based on the novel by Winifred Watson, this charming 1940s-era tale also stars Ciarán Hinds, Lee Pace, Shirley Henderson and Mark Strong." courtesy of netflix

I enjoyed this movie, it was entertaining and the acting was quite good. I did feel like something was missing, it seemed like maybe it was too short (but it was an hour and a half) but because the plot of the story is essentially Miss Pettigrew's day with Delysia (Amy Adams) it just seems a little unfufilled. and i dont think they quite captured some of the behavior that needed to be setup; Amy Adams is an actress and has many male friends and although you realize and its conveyed that Miss Pettigrew is appalled by this I think it needed to be a stronger connection and I think they needed more information about Miss Pettigrew before she met Delysia. and the ending was quite, abrupt? it had an ending but it just didnt seem over i guess; it was a weak ending in a way.