Ok… so a little more about me, the addict

August 31, 2009 at 1:45 pm (FILM, TV)

So to explain why the post is so painful to write I need to tell you a little bit more about myself. I am the kind of person that is desperately trying to improve myself to be more well-rounded. I really love to learn new things (so this begs the question–why did you graduate college a year early?? I don’t know…) But recently I’ve been trying to become a better piano player, learn to play the guitar and a few other things. I’m also considering getting my MBA soon. So this weekend I went to a class to help me with my new love- rowing… sculling to be more accurate. And my hands and fingers hurt so bad today thus the pain. I went to two all-day classes Saturday and Sunday and man is that hard work. (and I only fell into the lake once!)

So I have been falling behind in my movie watching. These are the movies I want to see- Paper Heart, Adam, Taking Woodstock, and Inglorious Basterds plus Gamer, Extract and possibly All About Steve which looks really stupid to me.

Have I mentioned how great television is on Sunday nights? It’s so hard… my DVR can’t take it. First off is my favorite television show True Blood. Ah, Brilliant! And the last show of this season is in two weeks and I am super sad. But, then we get Bored to Death, HBO’s new show featuring the ever-awesome Jason Schwartzman. Then, there is a second season of Tool Academy. This show is so funny and last night definitely brought us some quotable lines- “she was pissed to her highest pistivity.” And then I also have Entorage, HGTV’s Design Star, ABDC…. did I tell you how hard this is on my DVR?

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Update- OMG! I just saw this!!!

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Wow… I am not the best blogger, huh?

August 27, 2009 at 4:25 pm (FILM, HOLLYWOOD GOSSIP, MUSIC)

Sorry I have been gone so long and really I don’t have too much to blog about currently… I have yet to see Inglorious Basterds, but I am looking forward to Taking Woodstock and Gamer in the next two weeks. Recently I have really been getting into Ryan Adams again. I love his folky, country, rockin sound. Oh and the one Saturday that I actually have something planned there are three concerts that I would want to go to- Dia de los Toadies (with BEN KWELLER! one of my favs), Depeche Mode and Resident Hero are all playing Dallas this Saturday…. 😦  As far as gossip, it is pretty much the same thing as the last couple of weeks- Kourtney Kardashian is still milking this whole pregnancy thing, people still talking about the Eclipse cast and how they all hook up with each other, Mischa Barton talked about why she broke down… you know, the usual.

RIP Ted Kennedy.

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Guitar Legend Les Paul, 1915-2009…. and a movie review

August 16, 2009 at 7:49 pm (FILM, MUSIC)

The man who helped revolutionize how music is played, recorded and heard died Thursday. Les Paul was credited with many innovations in recording music- overdubbing, delay effects and multitrack recording. Plus, he invented the solid-body guitar, which bears his name- the Gibson Les Paul- which changed how rock-n-roll was played forever. The guitar-maker was also a talented-player, playing until 1990s, inventing many tricks that are used by talented guitarist today- licks, fret techniques, etc.

“Les Paul was truly a ‘one of a kind.’ We owe many of his inventions that made the rock ‘n roll sound of today to him, and he was the founding father of modern music,” B.B. King said in a statement. “This is a huge loss to the music community and the world. I am honored to have known him.”

Paul passed away Thursday from complications from severe pneumonia in White Plains, New York. He was 94.

I hate to put a movie review on a memorial post, but I saw a movie today and don’t want to push the memorial down immediately.

DISTRICT 9- (R)

When I first saw this preview, I said, “No.” Actually, I think I said “Hell no.” But, then I saw reviews coming in about the message behind the movie and then, I saw friends on FaceBook saying how amazing it was, so I changed my mind and when to see it today.

District 9 is about aliens that have been stranded here on Earth. With their craft hovering above Johannesburg, South Africa, the aliens have been on Earth for 20 years and are put in “District 9”, a basic concentration camp for them. When the people of JHB are fed up with the aliens, the government decides to send them to another “district” outside of the city. But since they are now citizens of Earth, human rights organizations try to get the government to give them some rights and they must be “evicted” from their current shacks. During the eviction, a worker named Wikus Van De Merwe (don’t ask me how to pronounce that…) gets sprayed by some alien substance and starts to change.

This movie is not really about aliens deep down; it is about how we treat the unknown. An allegory to apartheid and other human rights problems throughout history, this is about how we as humans fear the unknown and treat them with such hostility. (Where are the olive branches, people?!?!?) It really shows us what it is like to be “the other” without giving us the same movie that people have been producing for the last 20 years. And then, on the surface, it is a great science fiction movie as well, giving us amazing special effects and really giving the aliens personality. This is the first feature-length film from director Neill Blomkamp, who also wrote this movie, but it is amazing to see this kind of, for lack of a better word, masterpiece in his first movie.  This is a great film- but a warning– if you are squeamish or if you do not like really graphic violence, do not see this movie. There is a lot of bloodshed and very graphic “changing” in the main character that is very difficult to watch.

My Rating:  A-   The first movie all year that I felt really sent a message to the viewers and opened our eyes just a little bit more.


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TRAILER: Heath’s Last Film

August 11, 2009 at 1:14 pm (FILM)

A year-and-a-half after the tragic death of Heath Ledger, we have a trailer for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. The movie’s director Terry Gilliam decided after Ledger death not to stop the movie, but instead, push on, making Ledger’s character a shapeshifter and replacing him with three different actors. Using Ledger’s last scenes, I think is a great tribute to him and Gilliam used Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law in his place. Here is the trailer.

Man, it is hard to believe that we will never see another Heath Ledger film. I saw Brokeback Mountain the other day and noticed something I didn’t the first time around- the subtlety of Heath’s performance, but it is just right. I appreciated it so much more this time around, crying about every 5 minutes, but still enjoying his performance. It was by-far his best performance… including his Joker role… (or maybe Patrick Verona in 10 Things…)

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Two movie reviews, a memorial and a little ranting…

August 9, 2009 at 11:23 pm (FILM)

so I don’t know why the spacing is weird…I will keep trying to fix it.

So here is my long awaited post…

G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA- (PG-13)

So the long story of how I ended up at the midnight showing of this movie alone is, well, long, but let me say that it was interesting to say the least. Going into this movie, I was thinking that this movie was going to be really cool in the action sequences, but probably not be the best writing… this is an action movie we are taking about, so what else would you expect? (BUT it also promised some greatness- it features my favorite Joseph Gordon-Levitt)
G.I. Joe is, of course, based off of the toys and old cartoon show about an elite and secret force of soldiers from around the world. They step in when “all else fails” as the movie promo tells us. The movie focuses on two Army soldiers induction into the group after they survive an attack on their troops. There is also an arch-enemy, which has some unexpected ties to the new members. But, all will be revealed…
This is a fairly predictable movie. All of the plot twists are not so twisty, but if you don’t take it too seriouisly, you might find yourself enjoying it. I was surprised how quickly they revealed the connections between the bad guys and the “Joes” and the acting is not the best in the world, but I never expected it to be.
My Rating:  C-   It is a fun action flick. Not Star Trek good, but not Transformers 2 bad. Plus any preview that uses classic Kid Rock… well that’s a plus. Kidding… kind of.
JULIE & JULIA- (PG-13)
So being someone who is unemployed, I was worried that this movie was really going to bring me down (it being about a woman who is so unhappy with her job that she turns to blogging…). But then again it has the always fabulous Meryl Streep as Julia Child, whose show was always playing in my Nana’s room when I was growing up.
This movie follows two true stories as the previews tell us many, many times. One story is about how Julia Child becomes Julia Child, the master chef, and how she comes to write her book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The second story is about Julie Powell and her life after she decides to blog about cooking all of the recipes in Child’s book in one year. Growing desperate from her depressing job and her all-too-fabulous friends, she turns to this assignment to help find herself.
This is a cute movie. It’s not mind-blowing or fabulous (like The Devil Wears Prada); it was cute. Amy Adams is really good and can hold her own with Streep, as she proved in Doubt. And Streep is dead-on as Julia Child. But, there is something that just doesn’t do it in this film. It’s a little long for a movie like this.
My Rating:  C  It’s cute, but I would recommend going to 500 Days of Summer instead.
JOHN HUGHES- (1950-2009)
The visionary that brought real teenagers to the screen has passed away. I am so sad to be writing this post because I love his movies and they were the movies that defined a generation.  John Hughes passed away last Thursday of a heart attack. He was 59.
In the 1980s, he directed classics like The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and a family favorite Planes, Trains and Automobiles. But his writing legacy is even more expansive- writing Pretty in Pink, National Lampoon’s Vacation and Christmas Vacation, and (kid classic movies) Beethoven and the Home Alone series.
“John’s desire for the truth of the spoken word aligned perfectly with his gift for treating young people not as children but as developing adults,” said Judd Nelson, who played The Breakfast Club‘s tough guy “Andrew”. “John always treated me with respect and consideration [and] he was most generous with his insight. … I know many people whose lives were touched by John will be saddened today. … I know I am.”
We have lost a legend and I know I will miss him and his writing, but I will also celebrate the movies that he gave us. He is survived by his wife of almost 40 years Nancy and his two children.
MY RANT…. BEAR WITH ME…
So not to end on an angry note or anything, but I need to put this somewhere and I think that this is as good of a place as any. Do people have any consideration for other people??? I mean really? I, of course, mean this in movie theatres, but I cannot believe what people do in movie theatres. I mean really?!?!?! So here are some pointers for, well, no… not you, my lovely readers because I know you would not do any of this, but to the world…
1. Do not bring your infant child to a midnight showing of a loud action movie. Why? I mean I know you want to see a movie, but why wake up your two children under the age of 2 and bring them to a loud action movie at midnight and expect them not to cry and bother everyone else around you?
2. Do not hold a conference call in the middle of a movie theatre. If you are such an important person, why are you at a movie in the middle of a work day? And no sir, if you go into that little alcove STILL IN THE THEATRE, we can still hear you! 5 calls in an hour and a half movie is a lot. A LOT!
3. Movie theatres are not a playground for your unsupervised children. It is called a babysitter… use one.
4. Keep Comments to yourself. Or at least at a decible that the entire theatre cannot hear you.
5. Watch the movie. You don’t pay $10 a person to do whatever… you can do whatever you want in your own house for FREE!
Sorry, I have had some bad movie watchers with me recently and I don’t know why people go to the movies if you don’t actually care to watch them. I think I also care more than most so it irks me to say the least… thank you for listening people.

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Was Funny People supposed to be funny?

July 31, 2009 at 11:02 pm (FILM)

FUNNY PEOPLE- (R)

Was Funny People supposed to be funny? Cause if it was, I missed that. But lemme start with a little summary before I go into that.

Funny People is about a bromance (what else would come from Judd Apatow) between a big time comedian that makes crappy movies, Adam Sandler…. I mean Sandler playing George Simmons… well really playing himself, and a up-and-coming comedian that he asks to write him joke and be his assistant. George feels like he needs to find himself again after being diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia and starts doing stand up. Once he goes into remission, he decides to try and reconnect with an old flame as well.

Um… if that description seems odd and jumping around. it’s because that is what the movie is like. So for a movie with “funny” in the title, this movie really isn’t that funny… really it’s depresssing and really, really long. It was over 2 hours and it felt like it. Plus, you really don’t have any sympathy for any character in this movie. They are all kind of a-holes. So by the end, you don’t care what happens… you just want it to end. Ok…the stand-up is funny, but I can watch Comedy Central for that. The movie itself is lame and is really the same stuff that Judd Apatow shoves down our throats. Apatow is a one-trick pony and this movie really shows it.

My Rating: D   This movie left me in a terrible mood. I would not recommend it.

So I typically don’t post about my personal life on here, but I am just putting one thing out there. I am a recent college graduate looking for a marketing or public relations job. I am not having the greatest luck right now. It really does not matter where, I just want a job so if you know of anything or have any ideas of where to look, please help an addict out….

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My Updates on My Summer Goal

July 29, 2009 at 4:01 pm (FILM)

So like I posted about a month ago, I am trying to see all of the movies on the user-rated IMDB.com top 250 movies. Well I’m making headway and I am super excited about my project. For the first half of and really most of July, I hadn’t made any progress. I got into a real roll in June and then, life caught up to me. But I’m trying to get back into the project again. I love movies so much I’m willing to sacrifice watching Mamma Mia and Juno for the 15th time on HBO.

Recently, I’ve watched All About Eve. I actually held on to this Netflix DVD for like a month… it got ridiculous. So I finally sat down and watched it one night. It was really good, but a little long. I loved Bette Davis–she was fabulous and a total witch–LOVED IT! Then I watched Let the Right One In on Netflix Instant Movies. This is a Swedish vampire film and really pretty good. It lags at points and the subtitles are hard on the eyes on the computer screen, but surprisingly a really sweet story at the gore. But beware–its really bloody. I then got The Philadelphia Story from Netflix. NOW! This one I loved!!! I completely understood Katherine Hepburn and felt like I totally new her. Plus Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart—so good and so funny! If you haven’t seen this one, go rent it or get on your Netflix.

So if you haven’t guessed, this post is a little bit of Netflix ad–and not because I’m being paid or anything, but because it is amazing. If you would want to watch more than three movies on DVD a month, then you are saving money. Plus, their instant movies gives you so much instantly. I pay less than $9 a month for all of these features and I can’t believed I went this long without. I’m actually going to go look at my instant movies right now to watch something. I LOVE NETFLIX!


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OMG! IT’S NEW MOON…

July 28, 2009 at 12:32 am (FILM)

Ok, ok… I’m kidding, but I have to post these clips…

(OH! You might need a little preficis to get what this means. New Moon is the second book and movie of The Twilight Saga–so you will probably be hearing 14-year-old girls constantly talking about this until November and then talking about how awesome it was afterwards.  And it will get worse as November nears or as the cast does press like this past week. Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner are the three stars of the films and they play the age-old love triangle of human girl trying to choose between the vampire and werewolf. So last week the three of them went to Comic-Con [comic book and now action film convention] and they debuted two new clips from Moon}

These clips look like they were taken on camera phone, but totally worth it. Not because of the actual clips (they are ok, though), but because of the girls taking it’s commentary… it’s hilarious! BEWARE there is lots of screaming

Clip 1

Clip 2

Hahaha… ok all kidding aside, these clips make the movie seem less terrible than I thought. Not good by any means, but not awful. Hey, like I always said, I’m seeing it.

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I know. I know. I’ve been gone…but I’m back!!!

July 26, 2009 at 9:07 pm (FILM)

Sorry once again for being gone too long. My plans changed… many times and than a possible job opportunity popped up and more movies came out and I had so much to do and I really good friend of mine got married twice and I was part of the house party and…..welcome to the whirlwind that is my brain. So now I’m back. And I have seen 3, yes 3 movies and I am here to update.

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE- (PG)

So I’ve been waiting for this movie for like 2, maybe 3 years. Ever since I saw Order. Even in anticipation, I watched the first five movies and then read books 6 AND 7. Yes, I know how nerdy that sounds, but you would be shocked to know how many people do that….you probably did it or at least thought about. Come on…admit it. So come Tuesday night, I was ready. Oh was I and apparently I wasn’t the only one. (Imagine the costumes I saw come midnight…)

Half-Blood Prince picks literally where Order of the Phoenix left off. Harry is distraught at the death of his godfather, Sirius, and then goes off to spend the summer alone in London. When Dumbledore takes Harry with him to retrieve a new teacher, the “Chosen One’s” new mission just begins. This movie also chronicles Draco Malfoy’s coming of age as well as the three friends. Plus, there are new love interests in this movie.

Ok… I have to say I was disappointed in this one. I know that I must have hyped it up so much, but this movie is nothing like the book. It follows the same basic story line, but not a scene in this movie is the same in the book. The movie really focuses on the love relationships, but it misses important memories that Harry sees in the book; these memories delve into the history of Tom Riddle and family and how he became Voldemort. And while I know you cannot put everything in the book into the movie, these memories are CRITICAL for the seventh movie. I mean these memories give Harry a path to follow. Now without thinking about the book, the film has really funny moments and is beautifully shot. Seeing the three characters so old makes me feel like they have grown up with me. So that’s all good, but I am still seriously disappointed.

My Rating:  C     As much as I wish I could discount the book, I can’t and the book is way better.

(500) DAYS OF SUMMER- (PG-13)

I have to admit– I love Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I think he is a really good actor and super cute so (again) I was excited to see this one. Plus, Zooey Deschanel is adorable. This movie just looked so good and I made sure to see it on opening day.

So this movie is about Tom and Summer and as our all-too-poignant narrator points out— this is not a love story. But then again, it is about love–about how love comes and goes but in the end, it’s more about finding the right love. So the story starts with Tom and Summer’s break-up and flashes back to different points in their relationship to see how they came to this point.

This movie was super cute and makes you really happy to watch it. There are some serious laugh out loud moments but it’s not all laughs. It really shows all parts of the relationship-the good and the bad. Levitt didn’t disappoint and Deschanel was very good. It is the kind of movie that is not going to change the world, but you are at least going to have a good time and won’t feel terrible at the end.

My Rating:  B   FINALLY! A movie that I was really excited for that did not disappoint.

THE UGLY TRUTH- (R)

So I managed to get some tickets to a sneak preview of this movie last Friday (I know I am terribly late with this post). Again, I was excited for this one, but I was worried that I would be disappointed because of the awesomeness of 500 Days. Seeing two movies in one day can sometimes spoil the second one.

The Ugly Truth is about Abby, a producer of a rating-suck of a news program. When her boss decides to hire the local PBS sex talk show host to spice up the show, Abby’s intigrity goes out the window. Abby starts to fall for her hot doctor neighbor, but can’t figure out how to get him. When Mike offers his advice, they place a bet on it. They soon to find a sort of friendship in their deal and more begins to develop.

This is a pretty funny movie…I have to say. But I might have somewhat of a skewed vision of this movie. Sneak previews are always a lot of fun and movies seem funnier there. Its like a magical place. Again… this movie is funny, but not going to change your life by any means. Either way 2 hours of Gerard Butler… yummm.

My Rating:  C+   It is a fun Friday night… stop taking it so seriously.

Sorry I promise I will try and post more frequently!

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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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