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!

Valentines Day

"In this Los Angeles-set comedy from director Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman), the tripwires of modern love are exposed in a carousel involving relationships and the single life on the most romantic day of the year: February 14. Proposals, infidelity, loneliness and more are explored. Julia Roberts, Ashton Kutcher, Jamie Foxx, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner, Bradley Cooper and Patrick Dempsey lead a star-studded cast."

I think it was no surprise that this was a movie everyone wanted to see. Its a long movie, obviously with so many big name actors there is a lot going on, some of it is hard to keep up with mainly because so many of the actors look so similar. (jennifer garner, anne hathway, jessica biel. bradley cooper and mr. mcsteamy) i think its easily relateable and although its a long movie and can start feeling like a droan, do watch it till the end because it not as predictable as you would think. its definitley worth watching just because its such a big deal with so many big actors. (thers so many more that arent even listed the opening credit titles, of all big names, are over 20 actors.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Swing Vote

"It's Election Day, and the eyes of the nation have fallen on one beer-swigging couch potato named Bud Johnson (Kevin Costner), who, through no fault of his own, finds himself in the position of being able to single-handedly choose the next American president. Kelsey Grammer, Nathan Lane, Stanley Tucci, George Lopez and Dennis Hopper also star in this political satire from writer-director Joshua Michael Stern."

I think I was a little disappointed with this movie. I was expecting more from it. I think because I know it would never happen (not the country being split by one vote, which isnt actually what happens, but you'll see what I mean when you see it.) I will tell you now it has a horrible ending, but actually now in retrospect I suppose it couldnt have happened any other way.
the acting however, is great. Kevin Costner's character is so much fun and is such an endearing screw-up. His daughter is an amazing little actress and I hope she can go far after this role because she did great and I believe its her first big role (the credits said "introducing") which usually implies first role.
I wouldnt bend your back to watch this movie, but if you get a chance and theres nothing else to watch, go ahead.

Extraordinary Measures

"After their two young children are diagnosed with a rare genetic disease for which conventional medicine has no cure, John (Brendan Fraser) and Aileen (Keri Russell) pin their hopes on the work of unconventional scientist Dr. Robert Stonehill (Harrison Ford). Director Tom Vaughan's heartfelt drama is based on the true story of the Crowley family, as chronicled by journalist Geeta Anand in her book The Cure."

I really liked this movie because I could relate to it on a medical/health level. But even beyond that its a very entertaining and motivating story. I thought Harrison Ford was a weird acting choice for this role, I guess its pulled off in a way. Knowing its a true story you just have to accept thats how Dr. Stonehill really is, if it was a written script I would be saying "no Dr. would act like that."

I thought it was a great way to bring attention to the disease, (Pompe) and I would LOVE if it was my disease (so i'm sure people affected by Pompe are thrilled about this, and thats great.) I would have, however, liked to know more about the disease. I feel they liked on that but it was such a big story they had to figure out what to put into scipt and what to leave out and they figure people can google it later.

17 again

"On the brink of a midlife crisis, 30-something Mike O'Donnell (Matthew Perry) wishes he could have a "do-over." And that's exactly what he gets when he wakes up one morning to find he's 17 years old again. With his adult mind stuck inside the body of a teenager (Zac Efron), Mike actually has the chance to reverse some decisions he wishes he'd never made. But maybe they weren't so bad after all. Leslie Mann and Michelle Trachtenberg co-star."

I of course ordered this movie for Matthew Perry (I'm a fan of any 'friends' star) however, if you're going to see this movie because of him, dont. his role is actually fairly small in the scope of things.

However, I was surprised to love Zac Efron. He's a surprisingly good actor and I was totally blinded by that by his start with Disney. I think Disney can be very unfortuante and can really hinder and stereotype an actor and its really hard to break from that mold.

The story has somewhat been done before but its still refreshing and still entertaining theres alot of good actors in it and its very relatable on many levels.


"In this Oscar-nominated adaptation of John Patrick Shanley's Tony-winning play, Sister Aloysius (Meryl Streep) begins to have doubts about doting priest Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman), who seems to have become overly involved in the life of a young African American pupil. But Flynn isn't the only one she doubts. Is she overreacting to the situation, or is there truth behind her convictions?"

I don't know why this movie is nominated for an Oscar. It seems like it could be an itriguing capitvating movie but its really horrible. The acting is good, but if you're going to do a movie thats about nun's and the church and its set "back in the day" then you need to have something more interesting than what this movie has to offer. It should be more shocking than it is and it was truly very boring. I know my mom has fallen asleep 3 times trying to watch it.


"When impish gamine Amélie (Audrey Tautou), who lives alone, finds a long-hidden trove of toys behind a baseboard in her apartment, she's inspired to repatriate the items, an impulse of generosity that sparks more benevolent acts. A celebration of life and love, French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Oscar-nominated charmer stresses the importance of small wonders that surround us, if only we paused to look."

OMG! I LOVED THIS MOVIE! I never watched it because the poster she kind of looks creepy and I thought it was a scary movie and it was my hair stylist who told me about it and said its a great story.

it is a french movie so obviously the whole thing is subtitled which was a little shock at first but french is such a beautiful language I like hearing them speak it.

Its a great story, you're totally affected by the characters and they are so endearing the way the movie is shot, is brillant and fun and I dont think I've ever been so enamored with a movie and what was going to happen. its totally original, its totally unique its in NO way predictable

and hey, the travelocity commercials where the gnome is sending pictures from its "travels" is from this movie. haha.

When in Rome

"After fishing out coins from a water fountain in Italy, cynical New Yorker Beth Harper (Kristen Bell) finds herself being wooed by several ardent suitors. As she deals with the attention, Beth tries to figure out whether a charming reporter (Josh Duhamel) really loves her. Danny DeVito, Anjelica Huston, Jon Heder, Dax Shepard and Will Arnett also star in this romantic comedy. Mark Steven Johnson directs."

This is the kind of movie that you know you will like. Its kind of traditional Rom Com, but has its refreshing elements. Danny Devito is hilarious in it, everytime i see him now I just think of his character from 'Always Sunny in Philadelphia' plus he's so tiny he doesnt have to say anything and hes funny.

Its a little predictable of a movie, but not so much that you can't enjoy it. it has fun elements and the characters are great. Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) is really classic and he brings in a guest star of Pedro from Napoleon. The only thing is that I can never take Kristen Bell as an older sophisticated character. Her look is too young for me, in this movie shes supposed to be this up & rising business woman and she still looks like a highschooler too me.

Something New

"Having carefully calculated her professional life, African-American accounting exec Kenya McQueen (Sanaa Lathan) is concerned that her personal life doesn't measure up, so she agrees to go on a blind date with a sexy, free-spirited landscape architect (Simon Baker). Her new love interest turns out to be white, which isn't necessarily a deal-breaker -- until she meets a seemingly perfect black man (Blair Underwood)."

I really only rented this movie because i'm a fan of sanaa lathan and simon baker. The movie isnt bad, but its definitley catered to a black audience. A lot of the movie is situations where Simon Bakers character should be really uncomfortable and just watching it, as a white person, it makes me uncomfortable. I think its a great look into interracial relationships and how it is harder to be in that kind of relationship. there was a line when Simon Baker said "I'm not black. I'm never gonna be black" and it was such a great line because if thats the biggest problem in the relationship, its not something that can be fixed.

If you've ever dated someone outside your race I think you'll sympthazie with it a bit but it is a "black" movie which can be awkward for non-black viewers. especially when they talk about things like the "black tax" where black people have to work twice as hard to get through in a "white world"

I dont deny this "situations" completely but I dont like that they are "accepted" and honestly, although I am white and I may not know completely Washington is really pretty accepting of all races. its not the south, and i would think that most people are not racist here. everytime i say that a non-caucasian person they tell me its not something i would know and i'm not allowed to say that. so who knows. haha.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

sherlock holmes

"Robert Downey Jr., in a Golden Globe-winning role, stars as the legendary London sleuth Sherlock Holmes, joined by Jude Law as Dr. Watson, in this Guy Ritchie-helmed reinvention of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's detective series. Based on a comic book by producer Lionel Wigram, the story follows Holmes and Watson as they face off against the villainous Blackwood (Mark Strong). Rachel McAdams co-stars as sharp beauty Irene Adler."

I heard this got bad reviews and I dont know why, I really enjoyed it. I am a big fan of Robert Downey Jr. and he didnt disappoint me in this movie. I thought it was a very interesting plot. I think the biggest thing is that its not what you expect. When I think of Sherlock Holmes I think of a detective like Monk and its really a lot more action packed and "superhero-esque" than detective.

the hangover

"When three friends (Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Bradley Cooper) finally come to after a raucous night of bachelor-party revelry, they find a baby in the closet and a tiger in the bathroom. But they can't seem to locate their best friend, Doug (Justin Bartha) -- who's supposed to be tying the knot. Launching a frantic search for Doug, the trio perseveres through a nasty hangover to try to make it to the church on time in this Golden Globe winner for Best Comedy"

omg i loved this movie! I thought I wouldnt like it because it would be a bunch of drunken idiots and alot of times even when i laugh through this kind of movie I look back on it and dont like it (such as knocked up, i love you man, role models, etc.) but this I LOVED. there are SO many funny lines in this movie its ridiculous "why are you putting pepper on the steak? how do you know tigers like pepper?" "tigers love pepper. they hate cinnamon" The character Alan is SO hilarious, that actor deserves a golden globe, andy from the once is grea and bradley cooper is hott (but kind of unlikeable and an asshole in this movie.) they are so over the top with their drunken stupidity that is funny because its not really reality. definitley watch it!

Couples Retreat

"Desperate to save their marriage, one couple convinces three other couples to go in on a group rate price for an island retreat designed for troubled unions. But the "mandatory therapy" brews up nothing but trouble for everyone. Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, Kristin Davis and Faizon Love star in this comedy penned by Favreau. Peter Billingsley, who played Ralphie in A Christmas Story, directs"

This is a pretty funny movie surprisingly in a unique way, I thought it was going to be played out and pretty predictable but its really entertaining and I really enjoyed it. if you dont like Vince Vaughan you may not like it, he plays a similar character for what he's used to but he is a little bit more respectful and responsible in this movie. but he has a style that kind of controls the tone of the movie.

Up in the Air

"Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) racks up miles flying around the country firing employees on behalf of companies. But he faces losing the job he savors to recent college grad Natalie Keener (Anna Kendrick) -- and losing the ability to escape emotional ties to anything. A connection he builds with Alex Goran (Vera Farmiga), however, might change his outlook on the future. Golden Globe winner Jason Reitman's smart comedy also stars Jason Bateman."

I loved this movie! I thought I wouldnt because I didnt have as much in common with VIP flying but there is a whole connection in the film with our current economy and people loosing their jobs and of course George Clooney is fabulous in it. Its funny, its real and I dont see how anyone couldnt like it. its very relateable on all levels.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

District 9

"When aliens land on Earth, global business conglomerate Multi-National United forces them into rigid containment zones where they are compelled to labor, even as MNU commandeers their otherworldly technology for profit. As tensions build between human and non-human races, a rogue agent leads a resistance movement against MNU's ruthless consolidation of power. Neill Blomkamp directs this cinema verité-style sci-fi thriller nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award." courtesy of netflix

This movie was so intriguing. I think the first thing you should know is that its actually shot like a Documentary and all these people are telling the story. What I do love about this movie is that they actually showed the Aliens I hate when movies want to "leave it up to your imagination" I want to see what THEY think the Aliens look like and then I'm always amazed that "humans" always think of aliens to look like these monsters -who says the aliens don't look just like us?

I think this movie brings about more interesting thoughts and conversation than the actual viewing experience -- I found myself to be a little bored on occasion but I did want to find out what happened in the end so I kept watching. Its a movie that you're kind of iffy about while watching but gives you lots to think about when its over.

Although after watching this I always think of Stephen Hawkings when he made his big annoucement that he thinks Aliens are out there but that we shouldnt seek them out or try and find them and this movie is almost basic proof of that -- in what movie have aliens and humans (or for that matter any two civilizations) ever co-mingled succesfully?


"When typhoons, earthquakes and other disasters suddenly threaten to destroy the world, Jackson (John Cusack), his estranged wife, Kate (Amanda Peet), and others surmise that the secret may lie in ancient Mayan prophecies that describe global calamity in the year 2012. Roland Emmerich co-writes and directs a star-studded ensemble cast that also includes Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt, Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Danny Glover." courtesy of netflix
I actually really enjoyed this movie but I'm a sucker for anything John Cusack. The fact that "2012" is a really theory and is truly based off of Mayan Prophecies makes it so much more interesting obviously this is an exzaggerated Hollywood version but you can seek the truth on your own. I love Danny Glover's character in this movie and the government is all too predictable and believeable in this film. I don't want to say much else because I'll spoil it but I definitley do think its a good watch.


"Movie director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) is in the throes of a midlife crisis, struggling to write his film while juggling relationships with wife Luisa (Marion Cotillard), mistress Carla (Oscar nominee Penélope Cruz), muse Claudia (Nicole Kidman), costumer Lilli (Judi Dench) and his mother (Sophia Loren). Rob Marshall (Chicago) helms this Golden Globe-nominated musical based on the Broadway smash; Stacy Ferguson and Kate Hudson co-star." courtesy of netflix

I watched this movie solely for the fact that the trailer made it look really good. However, I got bored and found myself fast-forwarding through scenes and then eventually just turned the whole thing off. I think because its a musical thats where I was lost, I feel like the underlying story is good but there was a lack of urgency, a lack of "i have to find out what happens next" which is why I ended up turning it off. HOWEVER some of the songs/choreography was amazing, the cinematography is beautiful and the characters and the women are stunning and as much as I usually don't like Penelope Cruz - she was sexy in this movie, in a way that everyone could appreciate. If you like musicals, I would recommend it. I'm not completely against musicals, I have liked a few "musicals" (Moulin Rouge, Phantom of the Opera) but thats it.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Post Grad

Ryden Malby (Alexis Bledel) always assumed it would be easy to find a job with a college diploma. But when nothing materializes after graduation, she's forced to move back in with her dysfunctional family and work full-time at maintaining her sanity. The only bright spot is her steady relationship with her best friend, Adam (Zach Gilford), but even that's starting to feel a little awkward. Carol Burnett, Michael Keaton and Jane Lynch co-star.
I was really scared to watch this movie because I saw in the previews that she was having a hard time finding a job and I thought omg this is gonna be my horror story but I watched it and it was a more a movie about what not to do, i even told my career development professor about it because thats exactly what it is. theres a scene where shes in an interview and shes all enthusiastic "i love the work your company is doing" "really? like what" ---blank stare. she was prepared and saying the right things -- but she didnt know the correct answers and i was really nice to know what not to do and see a little bit more reality in what happens after graduation and i'm already planning on moving home after i graduate (because my lease will be up and it would be silly to sign a new lease in seattle if i end up getting a job in say, portland, or olympia. so i'll move home till i get a job and then move to where i get a job, without the stress of "how am i going to pay my rent") its a really good movie though even if your not in the same shoes as I am, its really entertaining and cute and her best gy friend is SO cute and so is the neighboor boy. yum.

Ghosts of Gitlfriends Past

When he attends his younger brother's wedding, playboy Connor (Matthew McConaughey) is troubled to discover that the ghosts of his many girlfriends have come to give him a piece of their mind and teach him a thing or two about true love. As the apparitions visit him, he rediscovers old feelings for the first love of his life. Mark Waters directs this delightful romantic comedy also starring Jennifer Garner and Michael Douglas.
a coworker of mine (back when i was still working) told me about this movie and told me it was horrible - i didnt find that, i thought it was entertaining, familar (a christmas carol - 3 ghosts will visit you etc) and relatable in a way. Connors character is the perfect male schvoinois pig, its almost great, the one thing I dont like about the movie is that they are portraying that Connor has this side to him where he does love and respect women and really cares and without ruining the movie for anyone thats all im going to say but once you see the movie you will understand what I'm about to say: I think its these kind of movies that create the wrong images in womens minds. "hes an ass, but he'll be different for me" "i can change him" "i'll be different" and eventually they guys do change, but, (and this is pulling for 'hes just not that into you') you cant count on being the exception, you have to always pretend that you are the rule. I didnt think this movie was a total lost casue though I enjoyed it.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Away We Go

"Buoyed by the news that they are expecting their first baby, Burt (John Krasinski) and Verona (Maya Rudolph) embark on a journey to locate the perfect place on the planet to raise their child. But their quest inevitably yields many unexpected surprises. Sam Mendes directs this quirky comedy while Allison Janney, Catherine O'Hara, Josh Hamilton, Jim Gaffigan, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Jeff Daniels co-star." courtesy of netflix

I loveeed this movie! I thought it was hilarious. it was again a movie that had this reality and honesty to it but it was truly just really funny I am such a big of John Krasinski and it was just such a fun story. Maggie Gyllenhaal's character is hilarious and disturbing I dont want to give it away but she actually breastfed someone elses child and didnt understand what was wrong with that. she was this total hippie crazy woman and it was just the funniest thing i have ever seen and the other characters are just as fun and out there. sans honesty or not. I dont know how you didnt like it Jo!

My Life in Ruins

"Love takes root amid the ruins of ancient Greece in this rom-com starring Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Richard Dreyfuss and Rachel Dratch. Greek-American travel guide Georgia (Vardalos) is so distracted by what's going wrong as she leads a motley crew of tourists through some of Greece's most historic sites that she almost misses out on a chance for romance with her hunky bus driver (Alexis Georgoulis)." courtesy of netflix

I really enjoyed this movie, I have always been a fan of Nia Vardalos and she looks great lately she has some gorgeous legs! haha but its a really good story and the scenery of greece is just amazing and would make anyone want to go there but its actually surprinsgly really funny. the tourist in her group "the tipsy australians" the ignorant americans, the old people, the divorcees that are done with men, the "funny" guy -- it totally describes tourist and its really pretty hilarious.

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

"When her husband (Alan Arkin), who's 30 years her senior, relocates the family to a retirement community, flawless wife and mother Pippa Lee (Robin Wright Penn) slides toward a nervous breakdown as she reflects on her tumultuous past and befriends her neighbor's enigmatic son (Keanu Reeves). With a powerful cast that also includes Julianne Moore and Winona Ryder, this pensive drama is adapted from director Rebecca Miller's novel of the same name." courtesy of netflix
I remember seeing a preview for this movie and thinking I wanted to see it so thats why I added it to my netflix queue but I could not remember what the movie was about so it was really interesting to watch the movie and have no idea of what was happening next. the acting is great - blake lively plays a great role as the teenage pippa lee (wiona rider is also in it) its a really interesting movie, its not predictable, boring it has a little bit of shock to it, its funny, its real. theres something refreshing about it. plus i like her name, Pippa. (pip-uh, not pipe-uh)

The Time Travelers Wife

"Due to a genetic disorder, handsome librarian Henry DeTamble (Eric Bana) involuntarily zips through time, appearing at various moments in the life of his true love, the beautiful artist Clare Abshire (Rachel McAdams). Also starring Ron Livingston as Gomez, the soul-stirring romantic drama was adapted from the best-selling Audrey Niffenegger novel by Bruce Joel Rubin, the screenwriter behind the beloved weepy Ghost." courtesy of netflix
This is an intriguing idea this weird sense of not only time travel but almost a parallel universe I thought it had some weird disconnections, it was interesting but it seemed really long and by the end I was pretty bored. The acting is good but the plot isnt quite fully developed I don't think.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Did You Hear About The Morgans

"After witnessing a murder, high-powered -- and estranged -- wife Meryl (Sarah Jessica Parker) and husband Paul (Hugh Grant) Morgan must say good-bye to sophisticated Manhattan when they enter the witness protection program together and land in Wyoming. At odds, they attempt to adjust to small-town life in this charming comedy that also stars Sam Elliott, Mary Steenburgen and Elisabeth Moss. Marc Lawrence (Two Weeks Notice) writes and directs." courtesy of netflix

if you are a big fan of SJP and Hugh Grant, then you should watch it, but even though I am a fan of both and even though I laughed and enjoyed the movie I found myself drifting off at times, its slightly predictable as most romantic comedies are but it was definitley fun to watch overall. SJP character is similar to that of Carrie Bradshaw -- but its not in a weird way like you think you're watching the same person, its really only when she's in New York that you get that sense.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Everybody's Fine

"Frank (Robert De Niro) just lost his wife, and without their mother by his side, Frank's grown children aren't compelled to visit for the holidays. So he hits the road to visit them -- collecting various revelations and learning about himself along the way. Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell and Melissa Leo co-star in writer-director Kirk Jones's family tale, an update of Giuseppe Tornatore's 1990 Italian film." courtesy of neftlix

This movie was so sad! I don't think i've ever cried so much in a movie that isnt supposed to be sad, if that makes sense. the way the children treat and respond to the dad, is really sad. but its not the obvious kind of sad - i guess thats what im getting at. its a really good movie though, the acting is of course great, you cant go wrong with DeNiro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell - they are all great actors and the movie has so many surprises along the way it was refreshing to watch a movie that wasnt so predictable.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

I Hate Valentine's Day

"After falling in love onscreen in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Nia Vardalos and John Corbett reteam for a romantic comedy about a florist (Vardalos) who persuades a restaurateur (Corbett) to take a gamble on a no-strings-attached relationship. Vardalos, who also penned the screenplay, makes her directorial debut with this Valentine's Day-themed love story that crams the action into a single day: February 14." courtesy of netflix

for starters, this movie is not a sequel of any kind to 'my big fat greek wedding' but Nia & John are so great together (heck they are great actors when they aren't together.) I loved this movie! it was fun (a little predictble but not in an annoying way, just in a typical way.) I will tell you the "hate" of valentines day in this movie really doesnt hold up. the first half of the movie is all love and good stuff and there isnt too much bad stuff or "hate" going on in the movie, although it does happen. its definitley worth watching, Its Nia Vardalos' first directed movie, she also did the screenplay for this as well -- shes got a knack for that (she wrote the screenplay for greek wedding.)

Pirate Radio

"In 1966, hard-partying British DJs have the time of their lives running a radio station on a ship in the North Sea, broadcasting generation-defining (but banned) music to millions. The crew includes Quentin (Bill Nighy), the Count (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Gavin (Rhys Ifans) and Dave (Nick Frost). But they face getting shut down by Sir Alistair Dormandy (Kenneth Branagh). Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral) directs." courtesy of netflix

As much as I love rolling stones - everytime they say they love a movie, i usually tend to hate it. so i was a little hesitatnt about this one but Phillip Seymour Hoffman just doesn't do bad movies so I was reassured by the movie. even the first 5 minutes i was like "im not sure about this" but that was quickly subsided, this is a fun movie. I wouldnt label it as one of my favorites or as one of the movies i'm going to own and add to my collection but its definitley a good movie especially if you love rock & roll, non-confirmity, rule breaking and sex, drugs, and rock and roll. (although drugs are referenced a little i dont think you ever actually see anyone do drugs so its not that kind of movie.) the soundtrack of music is great though and the story is fun and captivating and you really feel like you know the characters and understand all their emotions. its definitley worth watching (jojo you will love this one if you havent seen it yet.)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Imaginarium of Doctor Paranassus

"Christopher Plummer and Heath Ledger star in this quirky fantasy from director Terry Gilliam. When a deal with the devil comes due, the immortal Doctor Parnassus (Plummer) must renegotiate the pact to save his daughter. Now, with the help of his mystical theater troupe and a mysterious stranger, Parnassus attempts to right the wrongs of his past. The Oscar-nominated film is Ledger's last, with Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law all completing his role." courtesy of netflix

I watched this movie solely for the reason that it was Heath's last role but I didnt know much about the movie; I had no idea Jude Law, Colin Farrell and Johnny Deppall played his role to complete it. It was amazing how it actually got pulled off, normally those 4 guys don't look that similar but in this movie it works out. It's a kind of slow movie, its a little boring, its not as crazy as it seems its going to be and Heath isn't in it that much so if you're a huge fan you're watching it because its his last movie but he really isn't in it that much.

so if you have nothing else to watch, then maybe you should watch it, but don't move it to the top of your netflix queue, its not worth it.

Friday, April 30, 2010


'Disabled Marine Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) travels to planet Pandora to become an avatar, ingratiate himself with the natives and help Americans mine lucrative unobtainium. But he finds himself in an interstellar conflict after falling for Na'vi warrior Neytiri (Zoe Saldana). James Cameron writes and directs this Golden Globe-winning CGI odyssey that has broken box office records. Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang co-star." courtesy of netflix

I'm one of those people that usually retracts away when other people start to love something (its a bad habit of mine but it keeps me from being a follower!) So usually when movies come out and everyones all excited, I never see them (unless its an actor or story that i loveeee) so Avatar; not being in my relm of courtesy at all - I LOVED it. I watched it with my parents because they have a big screen TV and just bought a Blu-Ray so the High-Definition was amazingggg and the movie itself. James Cameron might be an asshole but how anyone ever invisions this movie is amazing, the detail that goes into the smallest things, the way of life, how they move, how they act, its outstanding and the CGI and the graphics - students should be studying it. My mom didnt like the movie so much but she did say that the graphics was amazing, and it definitley is a place you would want to go (despite the dangers) but its amazing because you look sigourney weavers avatar (she has a very distinct face) and you can see her face in it - as different as they look you can still see it. part of the movie does seem a little confusing, its fast and its long and theres alot of information (not that seems like it though) i think its something you'd have to watch more than once to really understand every detail but it was amazing - all my LOST fans out there, if you like LOST and the fantasy that comes with that, you will like Avatar.


"After a lifetime of dreaming of traveling the world, 78-year-old homebody Carl (voiced by Ed Asner) flies away on an unbelievable adventure, with Russell, an 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer (Jordan Nagai), unexpectedly in tow. Together, the unlikely pair embarks on a thrilling odyssey full of jungle beasts and rough terrain. Other voices in the Oscar-winning film include the renowned Christopher Plummer and Pixar stalwart John Ratzenberger." courtesy of netflix

If you are a fan of pixar movies, you will love this. even if your not though, its such a cute little story. they meet when they are little kids and they have all these dreams of adventures and then they grow old together - it very real life and although its a cartoon its not kiddish at all really. the little old guy is a crack up and he's so darn cute. The little wilderness boy is so cute too, he's so pudgy. what is it about little chubby boys that comes across so cute? haha there was one line I lovedd when they were little kids and she says "South America...Its like America...but SOUTH!" haha

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Where The Wild Things Are

"Max (Max Records) imagines running away from his mom and sailing to a far-off land where large talking beasts -- Ira, Carol, Douglas, the Bull, Judith and Alexander -- crown him as their king, play rumpus, build forts and discover secret hideaways. Producer Tom Hanks and director Spike Jonze bring Maurice Sendak's whimsical story to life; James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Forest Whitaker and Catherine O'Hara lend their talents." courtesy of netflix
This might be out of the realm for some of you, I only watched it because I remember reading the book when I was a little kid and loving it. I was SO disappointed in this movie, it was SO boring, it was depressing, it was so far off from this fabulous fantasy story. The only thing I liked about the movie was how they captured what the monsters looked like without it being a cartoon. I never walk out of a movie or turn a movie off, so I stay optimisitc thinking the movie is gonig to get better, and it never does. I guess its alot to expect from a 20 page picture-told story book.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Seven Pounds

"An IRS agent with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers." courtesy of
do NOT read the netflix synopsis, I didn't read it until after I saw the movie and I think it would ruin the movie for you, watch the movie knowing as little as possible.
I'm going to start by saying I LOVED this movie, it was one of the most inspiring movies I've ever seen. For a lot of the movie I was confused, and I almost started to be annoyed by my lack of knowledge of what was going on but I had a feeling that in the end, it would be worth it, and it was. This is one of the most honest movies, maybe not in a true sense (I doubt anyone has or ever will do what his character did in the movie.) but honest in the heart of the story. Its one of those movies that almost makes you feel like shit because your not as a great of human being (that sentence will make more sense after you've seen the movie.) but makes you inspired to almost want to be as great as him (almost, because I can't actually do what we did - that will also make more sense after you watch the movie.)
I'm also going to say that it took me awhile to watch this movie, I had it sitting in my netflix queue for months, and its available on the instant watch; I watched boring documentaries before I watched this movie, there was something about it that I just wasnt sure about. I know my mom said she fell asleep watching it (which she does often) and without seeing the end of this movie, the whole thing would never make sense, So a lot of people said this movie was "weird" or "complicated" and its only that if you don't watch the whole thing without interuptions. I have a feeling if you watched this movie over more than once, you would catch something new everytime. I almost wanted to rewatch it immediately to go back and understand things more.
I highly recommend watching this movie.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Love Happens

"Aaron Eckhart and Jennifer Aniston star in this romantic tale about life, loss and love. When widower and self-help guru Burke Ryan (Eckhart) unexpectedly falls for Eloise (Aniston), his latent grief threatens his chance at romance. Now, the best-selling author and expert on coping with loss must prove he's his own best teacher or risk losing love again. Martin Sheen, Judy Greer and Frances Conroy also star." courtesy of netflix

I LOVED this movie!! partly for the fact that it is shot in Seattle (and truly is in Seattle, alot of times hollywood throws the space needle and the market into some scenes and claims it to be Seattle when its not, but I remember when they were here shooting) but its also just a good story (jojo you might like it for the connection about grieving over Josh)

Now I personally think the title is a weird title, although there is a love story happening, its not a love story, I dont really see this movie as a chick filck or anything of the sort but its a good story, its honest to Seattle, and Jennifer Aniston plays this kind of funky character (similar to that she played in 'Along Came Polly' but more "together" and grounded) its definitley worth watching!

however I would like to point out that a few scenes are dishonest to Seattle. there is a scene where Burke is walking through Seattle and all these cars are backed up in "traffic" and everyone is honking - seattlites dont honk (like they do in new york) we honk for the reasons the car horn was invented, we dont honk at stopped traffic. then in the scene it starts raining and immediately everyone opens their umbrella - that doesnt happen either. locals dont use umbrella's we use hoods or just bare the rain. (yeah we have umbrellas, but most of the time its not raining that hard, it doesnt rain that long, or its crazy intense rain and your umbrella will flip inside out and try and make you fly away or run into something.) is your in seattle and you see someone with an umbrella - most likely, its a tourist.

also, there is a scene where he takes the stairs up the space needle - they wont let you do this, so dont try, its like some 2,000 steps (they do, or they did, a "race" every year for some kind of cancer jogathon kind of thing that was solely for the steps of the needle, but they arent really up to commercial code - they are really narrow and all metal (so you could easily slip) and there are no "relief" zones where you can stop off to the side. (i used to work at the needle so this is why i know this.)

if you have any other questions about anything you see in the movie, feel free to ask me :)