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 :)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Invention of Lying

"In a world where no one fibs, fiction doesn't exist and people take each other at their literal word, unsuccessful screenwriter Mark (Ricky Gervais) gains fame and fortune -- and maybe the girl of his dreams (Jennifer Garner) -- by saying things that aren't true. Gervais co-writes and co-directs this original comedy that co-stars Rob Lowe. Look for cameos by Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, Louis C.K. and Philip Seymour Hoffman." courtesy of netflix
I wasn't sure I was going to like this movie because sometimes Ricky Gervais movies are a little too dull for me (that english humour i guess) but this was actually pretty hilarious, and the cast is surprinsigly large, the story itself is hilarious. people dont just tell the truth, they are thinking outloud, and the idea that everyone just says what they feel and no one gets mad about it is really refreshing. because then i started thinking the first lie was probaby told to avoid anger or conflict (which is why most people lie in the first place) its a very fun idea - I'm going to add the trailer of the movie because I think it sums up everything I want to say. its just a good laugh movie. definitley worth watching! :)

Friday, April 9, 2010

Shades of Ray

"While waiting for his girlfriend to respond to his marriage proposal, half-white, half-Pakistani actor Ray (Zachary Levi) attempts to reunite his newly separated parents, falls for a girl who shares his same mixed heritage and begins exploring his own identity. Written and directed by Jaffar Mahmood, this romantic comedy about the intersection of race and relationships also stars Sarah Shahi, Bonnie Somerville and Kathy Baker." courtesy of netflix

I loved this movie! I'm doing a project on Pakistan so I wanted to watch a movie about Pakistan (I was trying to find documentaries and more factual movies but netflix instant watch is limited) and although this doesnt really add much to my project in any way since the movie is set in California and Ray is only half Pakistani and clings to his "white" side. It was still really entertaining. Its a pretty funny movie! The dad is a crack-up and some of the characters who respond to Ray's pakistani culture is pretty funny (there is a scene where a girl hits on Ray and she says something about him being Persian and he's like "oh I'm not persian, im half pakistani" and she walks away. and Ray is an actor and everytime he auditions for a role they want him to do "his accent" and one of the guys even said "yeah like the guy on the simpsons, whats his name, yahoo?" so its really interesting to see and know how people react to his ethnicity (sadly enough because most of its true) but its a really well shot movie, the acting of Ray sometimes seems a little -- like acting. But the guy that plays Ray is SOOO cute, he reminds me of Ryan Reynolds, even his voice. But Kathy Baker and Bonnie Sommerville were great and I think you'll even recognize the father as well.

definitley worth watching!

Friday, April 2, 2010


"Unhappy with his life, mattress salesman Brian Weathersby (Paul Dano) pursues his lifelong obsession with adopting an infant from China. But when attractive customer Harriet (Zooey Deschanel) catches his eye, he starts pursuing her instead. Soon, Harriet's overbearing father (John Goodman) and Brian's parents (Ed Asner and Jane Alexander) become involved in their relationship, pushing Brian to take drastic action in this quirky romantic comedy." courtesy of netflix
I watched this movie solely for the fact that Zooey Deschanel was in it, but this is the kind of movie that gives "indie independent" a bad name. Although the characters are mostly unique fun (what i've come to notice as a trademark of Zooey) parts of it just don't make any sense at all. There are things in this movie that don't get explained, they just happen and your sitting there "wait, what? why?" and his character is almost a little too odd, he seems so unhappy, he doesnt smile or laugh during the entire movie -- which just confuses you on why Zooey would be attracted to him; he's not attractive at all. Its just a werid movie and not in a good way, not in a cool way like I missed the meaning, it just has no purpose. although there is a pretty funny scene when Zooey's dad is talking about how he used to have a brain tumor and he got rid of holistically and ended up "moving" the tumor and eventually threw it up. haha. (the dad is played by John Goodman so obviously he's a good actor.)