Transformers: Revenge of the Sister’s Keeper Reviews

June 30, 2009 at 5:18 pm (FILM)

So I know I haven’t posted in a few days but Saturday, I woke up early and did a double feature (which turned into a triple feature when I went to see the Proposal again!) of Transformers 2 and My Sister’s Keeper.

TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN- (PG-13)

I waited to see Transformers 2 until Saturday because well… it looked pretty terrible. Sequels are never very good anyways, but this one looked pretty stupid. But hey, as an entertainment addict, I vowed to see everything I can.

So the story is that Megatron is not as dead as you think. When Sam (Shia LaBeouf… who desperately tries to save this movie) finds a shard of the all spark, a chain of events is set off. Basically Megatron’s mentor once tried to eat our sun and since he know that part of the all spark is still on Earth, he decides to wake up Megatron and try to eat our sun again (????). Well, pretty much Michael Bay relies on the Megan Fox’s short shorts to carry the film and well… those shorts are better than her at acting.

Ok this movie really sucks… not as bad as Year One or anything cause that thing was nuclear. The action is hard to follow because the machines fighting really become one big blur when they are actually fighting. The movie also tries to steal from the best and make it their own but they truly failed. (You’d understand if you see it, but saying it would kind of ruin part of it). They use stupid plot twists and charactures. AND, I know Megan Fox was not hired for her acting skills…. but does she have to shout every line? We hear you Megan… even the aliens in space hear you. So just shut up already.

My Rating:  D+   I know you’ll probably see it cause the first was good, so I’ll just apologize for Michael Bay.

MY SISTER’S KEEPER- (PG-13)

Well, everybody warned me about the tearfest that is My Sister’s Keeper. And I was ready, but I definitely did my fair share. This movie is terribly sad, but I think everyone expects that.

My Sister’s Keeper is about Anna, the younger sister to Kate who suffers from Lukemia. Anna, who was made in a test tube to be a doner from Kate, decides that she wants to be medically emanicpated from her parents, i.e. make the decisions for herself. Basically, the story revolves around this issue and how it starts to break apart. The story has a few twists. But just to let you know… the story revolves a lot about flashbacks instead of present time.

This movie is really, really sad. And, while the story is ok, there is not much reason to see this film unless you just really want to cry. One good thing out of this movie is that it really did make me appreciate my sister. I had the distinct urge to call her afterwards and tell her I love her. The acting is ok… Cameron Diaz tries hard but sometimes lacks compassion even for her sick child. And Jason Patric was kind of just in the film… not really participating. Abigal Breslin and Sofia Vassilieva shine far beyond their veteran actors though.

My Rating:  C   This is a tearfest… bring the Kleenex.


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My Summer Goal

June 26, 2009 at 10:06 pm (FILM)

So, as I’m trying to see all of the new movies that come out, I have a summer goal of movie watching. I have wanted to watch all of the 250 Top Movies rated by the users of IMDB, the Internet Movie Database. So, I printed of the list from this past Sunday ( the list changes with every rating pretty much; however, the highest-rated movies rarely change ) and decided that I would try to watch all of them. YES, all of them. So once printed, I highlighted all of the ones I had seen already and found that I had seen around half of them, which is pretty good, but I hadn’t see a lot of the older ones and the foreign ones.

So I decided that this time that I tried this (I tried once before) that I was going to do this and bought a subscription to NetFlix. I am serious about this! So I have already watched some this week. I watched A Streetcar Named Desire, which I had seen parts of but not the whole thing all the way through, Dr. Strangelove of How I learned to Love the Bomb, same thing, Chinatown, and On the Waterfront. I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Chinatown- it was brilliant Film Noir and Jack Nicholson was super hot in it. I also really loved Streetcar and Waterfront. I always thought that Brando was a good actor, but I was just amazed by him in these two films. So good! Strangelove I wasn’t crazy about. Just not my thing.

So here’s the list- http://www.imdb.com/chart/top?tt0071315

How many have you seen? I’ll keep you updated on my progress. And I should see Transformers 2 and My Sister’s Keeper soon. Promise!

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Sad Day in Hollywood

June 25, 2009 at 5:06 pm (FILM, HOLLYWOOD GOSSIP)

UPDATE–LA TIMES AND CNN REPORTS MICHAEL JACKSON HAS DIED FROM A CARDIAC ARREST AT THE AGE OF 50. (5:40 pm CST)

The King of Pop Michael Jackson has passed away from cardiac arrest today in Los Angeles. The superstar has sold millions upon millions of records and was set to do a series of concerts in London in the next few months. With hit records like On the Wall, Thriller and Bad, he had become one of the most well-known, most celebrated artists of our time.

Starting with his four brother in Jackson Five, Jackson has been in the music industry for over 40 years. With dozens of hits such as “Thriller”, “Billy Jean”, “Bad”, “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough”, “Smooth Criminal” plus hits from his time with the Jackson Five like “ABC”, “I’ll Be There” and “I Want You Back”, he has carve his name into music history.

He is survived by his three children. He was just 50 years old.



Today is a sad in Hollywood. Farrah Fawcett died earlier today, losing her long battle with cancer. Her fiance, Ryan O’Neill, confirmed to People that he, her friend Alana Stewart, friend and hairdresser Mela Murphy and her doctor Lawrence Piro were by her side when she passed.

Fawcett rose to fame with the part of Jill Monroe on television hit Charlie’s Angels (1976-1980). She also starred in such films as Cannonball Run (1981), Man of the House (1995), The Apostle (1997) and Dr. T and the Women (2000). She also has guest starred on such shows as Ally McBeal, Spin City, and The Guardian. Her battle with cancer has been document with the press in recent years.

Last Rites were given to the actress and a Cathelic funeral is currently being planned by her family. She is survived by fiance O’Neill and son with him, Redmond, 24. She was 62.

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Jon minus Kate plus Eight = Damn Good Television? Years of therapy?

June 22, 2009 at 6:06 pm (HOLLYWOOD GOSSIP, TV)

So.. it’s official… well it’s on People so I say that’s official. Jon and Kate Gosselin have filed for divorce today. I am sure that is what is going to be on their “very special” special tonight at 7 pm on TLC. I would still probably check it out to make sure… I will that’s for sure.

I am sure this is no shock for anyone. When two people spend their 10th wedding anniversary apart from each other, you can only guess what was coming next. And honestly… Jon and Kate are both kind of repulsive so I don’t really feel bad for them. Kate was totally abusive to him for like the first however many seasons until this one. Then, what kind of douche (sorry to say that-but really) decides that while he is in the public eye to make out with 24-year-old girls before he files for divorce. Think about what those kids will see when they look back on this whole situation. That is who I feel sorry for. Those eight. They didn’t pick their parents…no one does, but when they ask about their parents divorce, they will have so much bombarded at them.I only hope they don’t get curious.

Here is the People link if you want to check it out.

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20286254,00.html

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Taking of Pelham 123 and True Blood

June 21, 2009 at 5:19 pm (FILM, TV)

THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123- (R)

So this movie got “eh” reviews. It has a 50% rating on Rotten Tomatoes so I was kinda apprehensive about seeing this one…thus I saw it a few weeks late. And I got to say that most of the other reviewers are right.

Taking is a remake of the 1974 Walter Matthau action-thriller about a transport agent Walter Garber (Denzel Washington) who becomes the hostage negotiator when Ryder (John Travolta) and his band of merry terrorists takeover a subway car. Basically, Ryder takes 19 people hostage and tells Gaber he’s got a hour to get him $10 million. From there, a whole bunch of other story lines come in as well as a slue of other characters including John Turturro and James Galdofini.

Ok… so this is basically like every other movie Denzel has done in the past well decade. In the past decade, the only Denzel movie I have liked was Spike Lee’s Inside Man. This movie, however, lacks the bite that Lee’s script had or the great twists it had. There is good dialogue between Denzel and John, but they tried to hard to pack so much action into the movie that it became a little ridiculous. This movie feels like an episode 24, but not as good.

My Rating:C   This movie is very “eh”-worthy. If you’re bored and want to see an action movie, you could go see this or see Star Trek again…. I’d recommend the latter.

TV NEWS

So one of my favorite shows True Blood is back! And I am super excited. I actually don’t have HBO (I saw the first season at my then-boyfriend’s house and now that is the only reason I miss him- his HBO subscription!) but I am probably going to subscribe for like a couple of months and then cancel it.

The first episode of the second season was last Sunday and it had a great ratings. It drew in 3.7 million viewers, the highest number since The Sopranos‘ season finale in 2007. I have to say-I’m super glad that I am not the only person in love with this show.

The script and storyline is great! Based off of the Sookie Stackhouse Books aka Southern Vampire Series (Dead Until Dark is the first in the series with 9 in all), the series uses that as a basis, but be forewarned!- it does differ from the novels as seen in the first episode of this season.

The series is based around Sookie Stackhouse, a human waitress in Louisiana whose life is turned upside-down when Bill comes into town. Probably because Bill just happens to be a vampire and Sookie just happens to fall for him. The first season is filled with surprises because Bill is not the only one that has a special kind of life… 😉

This is one to catch up on. Check out the season 2 trailer below!

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I’m back… with a vengence.

June 19, 2009 at 11:01 pm (BOOKS, FILM, HOLLYWOOD GOSSIP, TV)

So I’ve been gone! For two weeks! That feels insane. (I’ve had some stuff in my life change and I needed some time to figure out everything with that.) But, now I’m back! And, I’m going to stop writing choppy sentences! With Exclamation marks!

But to make it up to my five loyal readers (haha!), I’m going to have one massive post, hitting the highlights of the gossip, movies I’ve seen and other random stuff.

The GOSSIP

  • Gisele Bundchen is finally pregnant. (What? Like two months after she married Tom Brady? She moves fast) So she can finally stop talking about Bridget Moynahan’s son like it’s her own. Ok so I’m a little obvious about my stance about Gisele, but who cares?!? (Team Bridget!)
  • Twilight fans hit Robert Pattinson with a car! Ok… well not really but that sounds far more interesting than the actual story. In New York City, where Rob is filming his new movie Remember Me, Mr. Edward Cullen got mobbed by fans and tried to escape them by playing a personal game of Frogger and lost. He was “grazed” by a taxicab and walked away from the scene. See, my version was so much better.
  • A bunch of people are getting divorces… Billy Joel and his wife Whats Hername as well as The West Wing‘s Bradley Whitford and Malcom in the Middle‘s Jane Kaczmareck. Let’s face it- in Hollywood, the moment you say “I Do” the clock starts ticking…. eh, I am just waiting for Sean Penn and Robin Wright to try to divorce each other for another time. They are better than a soap opera.
  • By the way, Sean Penn says that he wants to take a break from acting to spend more time with his family… probably ending in separation number 3? 4? 18? I kid, I kid. At least, some people actually try to work out their problems. Stay together for the kids, guys.
  • This week, People Magazine named their hottest bachelor’s and on the cover….. CHACE CRAWFORD?!?!?!?!?! WHAT THE F***?!?!? Which leads me to write this letter….

Dear People Magazine,

You know how I adore you. I am a frequent buyer of your magazine at the check-out counters at my grocery store and I hit up your website like all the time. And, usually, I eat up each magazine with some fervor. You show us pictures of movie stars buying coffee in non-descript hoodies and buying ridiculous expensive clothing and write stories about Brangelina and whatnot and I totally love it! Plus, you usually choose some one extremely hot to be your “hottest bachelor” of the year. Like George Clooney, Matt Damon and the oh-so-right-choice of Hugh Jackman.

This year, YOU CHOOSE CHACE CRAWFORD?????? THE SCRAWNY KID FROM GOSSIP GIRL?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!!!!!!!! What the hell are you smoking? REALLY (…and where can I get some?)! Excuse me but this sucks @%@$$^# $^$#&^#@$^((#@^%! I would actually be ok with some one younger (me being 21) but honestly you have this completely wrong. You cannot follow up Hugh with Chace and that is a fact! I am sincerely disappointed. And I am going to campaign for Hugh or Ryan Reynolds or somebody hot in 2010!

With my love,

entertainmentaddict (ok.. I’m done)

MY LIFE IN RUINS- (PG-13)

When I saw My Life in Ruins, it ruined my night. I felt like a ruin by the time I left the movie theatre. This movie tries so hard to be My Big Fat Greek Wedding and totally fails on every point. Probably because it lacked John Corbett who brought some life to that film.

The story is about Georgia, a history teacher at a Greek university who loses her job and become a tour guide. Of course, she treats her tours like a lesson to a bunch of stupid Americans who only want to shop and eat ice cream who couldn’t care less about the ruins and history of Greece. There is also a love story that intertwines in the main story of finding happiness in whatever you do.

This movie totally sucks. I’m not going to lie. The flat characters gain no sympathy from the audience because they are all so obnoxious. The story is boring and predictable. And no matter, how much you want this to be another Big, Fat Greek Wedding– it is not. At all. Miss this one and save $10 on the ticket. I already wasted enough time on this movie.

My Rating: F  Awful…. just awful.

(instead of showing the trailer for this movie I am going to past the trailer for Where the Wild Things are, which looks amazing, and it is paired beautifully with the Arcade Fire’s Wake Up–this is the kind of trailer that makes me still believe in movies as a great storyteller-I can’t wait for the movie)

AWAY WE GO- (R)

I went into this movie with a lot of hope. It looked like that kind of Little Miss Sunshine meets Juno with a discernible script. Plus, it is directed by Sam Mendes (Academy Award Winning Director of American Beauty and Revolutionary Road) and had John Krazsinki, who I love. How could it go wrong? Well, lemme tell you how…

The story is about Verona and Burt, a pregnant couple in search of a home to raise their soon-to-be newborn. When they find out their only close connection is up and leaving for Belgium, the couple plans a trip to find a place to plant roots, hopefully a place near some kind of family. The story follows them and all the bizarre people they meet up with on their trip as well as finding out more about the dynamic of their relationship.

The first real problem is that this movie is billed a comedy mainly. And, news flash!, it’s not. It is actually a movie that basically says that we are all screwed up from birth and we can thank our nut-job parents for that. That is pretty much the whole movie. Second, when I can figure out where they are going to end up 20 minutes into a movie, it kind of makes the journey pointless. Third, this movie is FAR more crude than you could ever guess, something I was not expecting. Plus, Maya Rudolph looked like she despised Krazsinki the entire movie. It made for their “love” to feel very forced. VERY DISAPPOINTED.

My Rating: D+   I expected more and was blindsided by what I got.

(so instead of this trailer-HARRY POTTER TIME!!!! 25 days people!)

I guess I should do all of the terrible movies together so….

YEAR ONE (PG-13)

Dear Entertainment Universe,

It’s me, Kara a.k.a entertainmentaddict. I know that you are super busy trying to make a fourth Mission Impossible and trying to give Miley Cyrus some sort of a career even though she is a terrible actress and singer, but I was wondering if I could ask one question. Did I do something wrong? Did I gossip too much or write a bad review or something? I just want to know why I have been punished by watching such a terrible movie. Year One was so unbelievably awful that I think I should just say that I am SUPER DUPER sorry for whatever I’ve done and promise that I will try not to do anything bad anymore. Please, please never make a movie this terrible again. I beg you supreme universe.

Thanks,

Kara

And I am not kidding…. 20 minutes into the movie, I just started playing on my cell phone-desperately trying to figure out how long this train wreck was (a painful 1 hour and 40 minutes). Avoid this movie like the plague… because I think this movie literally has it.

My Rating: Can I give anything lower than an F? F————-? G? Z?

THE PROPOSAL (PG-13)

After all that crap, it could probably turning you off of movies all together. Not me. So when my friend asked me if I wanted to see The Proposal Thursday at midnight, I was down. Then to find out we were seeing it in the Cinemark version of an IMax, I was excited. And this movie did not disappoint! FINALLY!

Margaret is a no-nonsense book editor, well she is a no-personality book editor to be frank about it. Andrew is her dutiful assistant that suffers through his job, trying to making editor. When Margaret finds out that she is being deported back to her native land of Canada, she plots a scheme to keep her job- defraud the US Government by marrying her assistant to stay at the company. When she and Andrew go back to his home state of Alaska, things start to get interesting.

I have been so disappointed in romantic comedies in the past couple of years; I thought that that genre may be fading out or a least becoming a gimmick. I have new found faith with this movie. It is funny and the two stars (Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds) have an amazing chemistry. Is this the best romantic comedy ever? No, not even close. Is this the best new romantic comedy in the past five years? Maybe. And my love for Ryan Reynold has deepened with this movie.

My Rating: B  A good movie that doesn’t make you feel ueber depressed by the end of it.

And that’s it for my movie reviews. As far as books go, I read Watchmen in the past couple of weeks and I have to say I didn’t like it. It was exactly like the movie (or visaversa) and I didn’t like the movie.  Maybe I am not a graphic novel kind of girl.

TV NEWS

  • Paris Hilton has started searching for her best friend in Dubai. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE GOD let my MTV have that show. PLEASE. She is my favoritest train wreck!
  • Aparrently there is going to be a big announcement on Jon and Kate + 8 this coming Monday. And if it is that they are separated, I am going to be totally sad because we pretty much already know that.
  • And if you haven’t been surfing the entertainment sites and want to be surprised about the Grey’s Anatomy cliffhanger surf away from my page NOW!
  • Please….
  • My post is done besides this news
  • Don’t blame me if you really dont want to know.
  • I am trying very hard
  • OK!
  • READ AT YOUR OWN RISK
  • SO…. TR Knight has gotten out of his contract but Katherine Heigl has signed on for another season. So fans you better say your goodbyes to George O’Mailey because he got off that elevator to heaven or something and Izzie Stevens is getting a ride back down to earth. Unless she just becomes a ghost for an entire season. Hey if Jeffrey Dean Morgan can do it, so can she.

YAY! for being back!!!! See you folks soon (and I promise- not in two weeks… I really do not need to be writing this much in one post

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Drag Me to the Hangover (?) Reviews

June 6, 2009 at 9:08 pm (FILM)

So I missed my post yesterday, but I decided to drive up to Dallas for a friend’s party so I got a little busy. But to make up for it, I am giving you two, count ’em TWO, movie reviews today!

DRAG ME TO HELL (R)

So just to let you know- Sam Raimi directs this film. If you don’t know what that means, then I shall explain. Raimi doesn’t do the typical horror movie- he makes fun of them while he is making it. That sounds like it would be bad; however, he always manages to make it good.

So Drag Me to Hell is about Christine Brown, who is about to get everything she wants: a good promotion, has a great boyfriend and an all-around good life. So when she decides to reject a loan extension for a crazy, old woman, everything changes. She curses Christine and make her life hell (sorry for the pun but I had to!). Of course, her put-together boyfriend doesn’t believe in that nonsense, played by Justin Long, who is amazing again, a great comic relief!z

So Drag Me to Hell is fabulous- if you like Sam Raimi. Think Evil Dead but with Alison Lohman instead of Bruce Campbell. It is ridiculous, over-the-top, gross-you-out horror film, and if you are in the mood for that, this is top notch. If you are sick of the typical horror film, GO SEE THIS MOVIE. If you don’t like horror movies, you probably wont like this; just trying to be honest.

My Rating- B  Sam Raimi and his greatness. Sam, Sammy- please do movies like this instead of crap like Spider-man 3. Please!

THE HANGOVER (R)

So I have to say- The Hangover is HILARIOUS. I laughed, I cried, I laughed some more at things that no one should really be laughing at, but  I did it anyways. It is Old School but honestly, it’s funnier with a great cast of Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis (SO FUNNY- I feel like I was one of the only people that I knew who was excited to see him in this film, but trust me he delivers another hilarious performance) and Justin Bartha.

So the plot is again pretty well-laid out in the trailer. Four guys go to Vegas to celebrate Doug’s (Bartha) bachelor party.  They wake up the next morning missing a tooth, some clothing and Doug, but gaining a tiger, a chicken and somebody’s baby. Cooper, Helms and Galifianakis run around Vegas trying to find out what happened to them and to try and find Doug and the Baby’s Mama (but that is just a sidenote to them). Then, let the craziness insue.

This is funny. It is not appropriate in any sense of the world, but you will still laugh hard. It’s great. I don’t need to say any more.

My Rating: B+  Great comedy for anyone over the age of 18….and has a sense of humor.

So there you have it people!

COMING SOON: Hopefully I am going to see Land of the Lost and My Life in Ruins. Hopefully.

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David Carradine 1936-2009

June 4, 2009 at 2:01 pm (FILM, HOLLYWOOD GOSSIP)

Just a quick (sad) post today. Actor David Carradine died Wednesday in Bangkok, Thailand in a reported suicide. He was 72.

Best known for his role in the 1970s television series Kung Fu and more recently Bill from Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Part 1 & 2, Carradine has appeared in more than 100 feature films and a well-known American actor. He was nominated for 4 Golden Globes in his career for his roles in Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004), North and South (1985), Bound for Glory (1976), and Kung Fu (1972). His film career includes Martin Scorsese’s Boxcar Bertha and Mean Streets, Ingmar Bergman’s The Serpent’s Egg, and John Badman’s Bird on a Wire. He also was appeared on a myriad of television shows like Alias, Charmed and Medium.

Carradine is survived by his fifth wife Annie Bierman.

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So… how many have you read?

June 3, 2009 at 11:55 am (BOOKS)

So I felt like today I would do a book post because it looks like a focus on the movies, and while that is my first love, I have enough love to share.

So I found this list below of the “New Classics” while working at my job a week ago and immediately wanted to see how many I had read. Well, as you can see, not many. This list, compiled by Entertainment Weekly, is in their opinion the best books since 1983 to 2008. I was happy to see Goblet of Fire (it’s my favorite Harry Potter) and John Stewart on the list!

1. The Road , Cormac McCarthy (2006)
2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling (2000)
3. Beloved, Toni Morrison (1987)
4. The Liars’ Club, Mary Karr (1995)
5. American Pastoral, Philip Roth (1997)
6. Mystic River, Dennis Lehane (2001)– I started this one and then got busy and forgot it.
7. Maus, Art Spiegelman (1986/1991)
8. Selected Stories, Alice Munro (1996)
9. Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier (1997)
10. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami (1997)
11. Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer (1997)
12. Blindness, José Saramago (1998)
13. Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (1986-87)
14. Black Water, Joyce Carol Oates (1992)
15. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers (2000)
16. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood (1986)
17. Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez (1988)
18. Rabbit at Rest, John Updike (1990)
19. On Beauty, Zadie Smith (2005)
20. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding (1998)
21. On Writing, Stephen King (2000)
22. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz (2007)
23. The Ghost Road, Pat Barker (1996)
24. Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry (1985)
25. The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan (1989)
26. Neuromancer, William Gibson (1984)
27. Possession, A.S. Byatt (1990)
28. Naked, David Sedaris (1997)
29. Bel Canto, Anne Patchett (2001)
30. Case Histories, Kate Atkinson (2004)
31. The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien (1990)
32. Parting the Waters, Taylor Branch (1988)
33. The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion (2005)
34. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold (2002)
35. The Line of Beauty, Alan Hollinghurst (2004)
36. Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt (1996)
37. Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi (2003)
38. Birds of America, Lorrie Moore (1998)
39. Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri (2000)
40. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman (1995-2000)
41. The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros (1984)
42. LaBrava, Elmore Leonard (1983)
43. Borrowed Time, Paul Monette (1988)
44. Praying for Sheetrock, Melissa Fay Greene (1991)
45. Eva Luna, Isabel Allende (1988)
46. Sandman, Neil Gaiman (1988-1996)
47. World’s Fair, E.L. Doctorow (1985)
48. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver (1998)
49. Clockers, Richard Price (1992)
50. The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen (2001)
51. The Journalist and the Murderer, Janet Malcom (1990)
52. Waiting to Exhale, Terry McMillan (1992)
53. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon (2000)
54. Jimmy Corrigan, Chris Ware (2000)
55. The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls (2006)
56. The Night Manager, John le Carré (1993)
57. The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe (1987)
58. Drop City, TC Boyle (2003)
59. Krik? Krak! Edwidge Danticat (1995)
60. Nickel & Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich (2001)
61. Money, Martin Amis (1985)
62. Last Train To Memphis, Peter Guralnick (1994)
63. Pastoralia, George Saunders (2000)
64. Underworld, Don DeLillo (1997)
65. The Giver, Lois Lowry (1993)
66. A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, David Foster Wallace (1997)
67. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini (2003)
68. Fun Home, Alison Bechdel (2006)
69. Secret History, Donna Tartt (1992)
70. Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell (2004)
71. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Ann Fadiman (1997)
72. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon (2003)
73. A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving (1989)
74. Friday Night Lights, H.G. Bissinger (1990)
75. Cathedral, Raymond Carver (1983)
76. A Sight for Sore Eyes, Ruth Rendell (1998)
77. The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro (1989)
78. Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert (2006)
79. The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell (2000)
80. Bright Lights, Big City, Jay McInerney (1984)
81. Backlash, Susan Faludi (1991)
82. Atonement, Ian McEwan (2002)– I started this one too.
83. The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields (1994)
84. Holes, Louis Sachar (1998)
85. Gilead, Marilynne Robinson (2004)
86. And the Band Played On, Randy Shilts (1987)
87. The Ruins, Scott Smith (2006)
88. High Fidelity, Nick Hornby (1995)
89. Close Range, Annie Proulx (1999)
90. Comfort Me With Apples, Ruth Reichl (2001)
91. Random Family, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc (2003)
92. Presumed Innocent, Scott Turow (1987)
93. A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley (1991)
94. Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser (2001)
95. Kaaterskill Falls, Allegra Goodman (1998)
96. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown (2003)
97. Jesus’ Son, Denis Johnson (1992)
98. The Predators’ Ball, Connie Bruck (1988)
99. Practical Magic, Alice Hoffman (1995)
100. America (the Book), Jon Stewart/Daily Show (2004)

(source- http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20207076_20207387_20207349,00.html)

So now you know the list, how many have you read? What book from this list should I read next?

And one last note–did you see how many of these books have been made into movies?!?!? Where is the creativity in screenwriting nowadays? It makes me a little sad.

COMING SOON: Jon and Kate plus Drama. AND I think I am going to see Drag Me to Hell today 🙂

CHECK OUT:  The first episode of a new fall show on FOX called Glee…I saw 10 minutes of it and thought it was hilarious! Plus it has Jane Lynch from Role Models and The 40 year-old Virgin. Greatness!

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Movie Review- Up!

June 2, 2009 at 6:57 pm (FILM, HOLLYWOOD GOSSIP, TV)

So Monday I decided to see the new Disney Pixar film Up! It had such great reviews and while I am not a big animation fan, I still wanted to check it out. I was determined to not have a completely bad time, so I went to the Drafthouse so I could have a good lunch and so I could see it in 3-D.

The story of Up! is about Carl Fredricksen, a life-long adventurer who happens to find his soul-mate when he is young and the beginning of the movie is a montage of their lives together. They get married and you discretely figure out that she is unable to have children (discretely meaning I don’t think the kids in the audience figured that out). The montage ends with her passing away at an old age and Carl is all alone. This part almost made me cry; it was so sad and sweet.

Carl then decides to take his house and himself on an adventure that he promised to take his wife on. And he accedntially take a young wilderness adventurer with him. From there, the story takes off and the 3-D gets really cool. The story is a great one for kids- its about life being the real adventure and treasuring the ones you love.

And for a person who doesn’t like animated movies, I really enjoyed this one. Kids will love the 3-D and adults will love the story. (Trust me… you’ll cry… like a baby). The characters are well-developed and while the story gets a little sidetracked in the middle, I think this is one that most people will enjoy.

My Rating: B+  It is a good movie folks and I graded higher because I was entertained and I don’t like animated movies.

TV NEWS UPDATES

  • Shocker! Spencer and Heidi have already quit “I’m a Celebrity, get me out of here!” after one episode. Apparently they didn’t realize that there was camping, wilderness and no hair gel on this show. Hum… I guess this reality show had a little bit too much reality for them. Daniel Baldwin will join his brother Stephen on the show to make up a killer duo.
  • On the nobody cares report, Miley Cyrus signed up for a fourth season of Hannah Montana. **crickets, crickets** Ok moving on…
  • Paris Hilton is now finding friends all over the world. She has just signed on for My New BFF- Dubai. With her US BFF and UK BFF, I think Paris could probably work out this whole Middle East mess through reality television… until she calls them gold-digging hos and dumps them for another chihuahua. Eh.. at least we can always depend on Paris.
  • Finally, Conan O’Brien has taken over The Tonight Show and it was already hilarious. His opening montage made me almost cry. I’m excited for someone actually funny to host that show! (All Jay Leno fans, please don’t flog me for that)

COMING SOON- Hopefully, I will see Drag Me to Hell this week. As far as other movie news, Land of the Lost, Away We Go, The Hangover and My Life in Ruins comes out this Friday so expect some reviews! ALSO, I plan on discussing Jon v. Kate vs. 8- who is really losing this public debate… spoiler- I think the kids are the better public speakers.

CHECK OUT- Devendra Banhart’s “Lover”- funky music that is good to relax to (if you recognize the name but can’t place it, he used to date Natalie Portman last year.)

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