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.