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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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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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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New Moon Trailer- Crap or Awesomeness?

June 2, 2009 at 12:01 pm (BOOKS, FILM, HOLLYWOOD GOSSIP)

So Sunday night, The Twilight Saga: New Moon trailer premiered during the MTV Movie Awards. Here it is below.

So anyone who wasn’t been leaving under a rock knows about the Twilight movie. The first book was published in 2005 and since then three sequels have been published. (4 books in 4 years– they plan 4 movies in 4 years as well so good luck with that) As someone who read all of the Twilight, I can attest that they are just like crack- habit-forming and makes you feel so good. You literally cannot put them down and you feel guilty every second.

So when I heard that Twilight was being made into a film, I was excited and trust me, I was not the only one. As I mentioned in my first post, I used to work for a film festival. Well, last year, Mr. Edward Cullen himself, Robert Pattinson, made an appearance for a different movie and we had all sorts of fans come out, including Twimoms and Twihards. Maybe I should stop here to do a little vocab.

Twihards- Dedicated, 13-year-old girls who probably think that Edward is real and want to become vampires literally

Twimoms- Middle-aged women with children who are in love with a fictional character and want to be “Bella”

So when I actually saw Twilight (at midnight, I’m ashamed to say), I laughed out loud at the ridiculousness. (My roommates and I were laughing so hard that we were asked to stop or leave) It is pretty terrible, but then I thought about it and the book is rather terrible too so I guess I should have expected no less.

So, I don’t know what to expect from New Moon. Probably something terrible, but I can’t stop hoping that maybe the writers and director saw the last film and saw what I saw. But, this trailer looks like they haven’t. Plus,  I have no idea how they are going to this movie when Edward was barely in the book. It should be interesting what they do with the movie. Eh, doesn’t mean that I’m not going to still see it.

I’m a glutton for punishment. 😀

COMING SOON (later today): My review for Up

CHECK OUT An Abundance of Katherines by John Green- a hilarious book about a boy’s love for girls named Katherine. 🙂

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May Movies!

June 1, 2009 at 7:12 pm (FILM)

So since this is new, I need to update my reviews for the past month!

Up First…. X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE (PG-13)

So I decided to go to the midnight showing of Wolverine with a friend of mine and I was expecting the worse. The reviews made it seem TERRIBLE. But… it wasn’t that bad. Yet, there wasn’t anything that good. The movie explains the origin of Logan/Wolverine from the X-Men series (as the title obviously states) and that is all it really does. If you know something about X-Men, you know how this is going to end. If you don’t, they hint at it the ENTIRE movie, almost to the point that it is annoying. It also explores the woman that Logan falls in love with, but really that almost seems to be an afterthought of the movie.

The real point of the movie is hot guys and big explosions–and there is nothing wrong with that! With Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds and Taylor Kitsch (the hot guy from Friday Night Lights and The Covenant), there is more than enough hotness to make up for a good plot or writing. There also needs to be recognition for the costume director of this film- who puts these gorgeous men in tight-fitting clothing or nothing at all. I salute you!

So if you are looking for a movie with a plot or decent writing, this movie is not for you. If you are looking for two hours of jaw-dropping “GAHHH”s and mindless escapism, check this out.

My Rating: C The plot leaves something to be desired, but the hot men make it not fail.

STAR TREK- (PG-13)

Now this is what a summer blockbuster should be! No doubt about it folks… the BEST movie so far this year. It has it all: action and SciFi geeky-ness for the guys, gorgeous men for the girls, and a great plot and excellent writing for all of us who like intelligent movies. Written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Transformers, Mission: Impossible III, Alias), this script is awesome- filled with clever references to the original Star Trek and witting banter to keep you entertained- and I knew I was in for a treat seeing their background.

For all of you who think that they might ruin the old movies for you, have no fear! The story takes care of that in a very clever way, so that you don’t have to ignore the originals- you can appreciate them in their own right and take or leave the new Star Trek. With amazing visual effects thrown in, you shouldn’t miss this movie.

If you don’t know anything about Star Trek, don’t worry- they explain it all without making it ridiculous for those who know the story already. The story is about the beginnings of James T. Kirk, Spock, Leonard “Bones” McCoy, Sulu and the whole gang and how they all came together. The whole crew also comes up against some time-traveling, badass Romulans (played by the awesome Eric Bana and Clifton Collins Jr (LOVE HIM!) plus some other people, but I needed to shout out Bana and Collins) and an appearance by the original spock Leonard Nimoy (the entire audience cheered when he came on screen in my screening!). Trust me, the plot is easy enough to follow, but has plently of twists and turns to make this something different from the 1960s films.

I am in awe of director JJ Abrams. He has the right cast, a great story, and perfect effects.

My Rating: A-   Is this movie going to win any Oscars? (Besides Special Effects) Probably Not. Is this a movie to skip? Hell No!

ANGELS & DEMONS- (PG-13)

So Ron Howard had a lot to make up for from Da Vinci Code. Talk about a letdown. Did he do it? Well, kind of.. but not completely. Angels and Demons is just your run of the mill action film that you can take it or leave it. Really if you read the book, you will probably want to see it (but be forwarned- they did change some of the plot of the original story). If you didn’t, well I would say…save your money or go see Star Trek.

Angels and Demons is the precursor to The Da Vinci Code with Robert Langton running around Rome (instead of London and Paris) to find some anitmatter that will explode at midnight (instead of trying to find the truth to help solve a murder– really Dan Brown pretty much wrote the same plot twice and got two best sellers :/).  Basically the plot of this movie is that the Pope just died and right before Conclave (where the Cardinals are sealed into a room to decide on the next Pope), this antimatter and the four preferiti (the four most-likely candidates) are stolen by the Illuminati, a secret society (shocker!) of scientists who have been in hiding since they were almost eridicated by the Catholic Church.

The main reason to see this movie is Ewan McGregor. He (once again) is fabulous as Carmerlengo Patrick McKenna and makes up for Tom Hanks’s terrible accent that annoyed the crap out of you in The Da Vinci Code. And back to the changes from the book, I really think they are ok. They took out the most controversial parts of the book, but really, the story is fine without them.

My Rating: C+  Nothing to rant or rave about. It’s average.


TERMINATOR SALVATION- (PG-13)

I hate to say it, but this one is “eh” worthy too.  Nothing outstanding, nothing terrible. Despite all of the early press with Christian Bale’s outburst (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrvMTv_r8sA with some lovely media shots from American Psycho), I didn’t really know much about the story and to tell you the truth, it doesn’t really involve Christian Bale’s John Conner very much at all.

The story really revolves around Marcus Wright (played by Sam Worthington), a prisoner who donates his body to science and then wakes up 15 years later. We travel with him as he tries to figure out what has happened to him through out the entire movie, only occassionally checking up with John Conner.

Worthington is very good in this role; however, I’d like to see him play a character with a little more emotions and depth before I can pass judgment on his acting abilities. I thought Christian Bale was still playing Batman (he even uses the “Batman” voice once). And while I loved Anton Yelchin in Star Trek as Chekov, he doesn’t do much for me in this movie.

My Rating: C+   Just another sequel. But I would check out Bale’s rant- it’s pretty funny.

GHOST OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST- (PG-13)

So this is exactly like all of Matthew McConaughey movies you have seen in recent years with a dash of Scrooge and Tiny Tim- just for kicks! The plot is exactly as it looks in the trailer- a bachelor who sees no reason in quiting his one-night-stand ways gets visited by 3 (count ’em 3) ghosts who show him his past, present and future. Jennifer Garner is the one that got away and Breckin Meyer plays the brother *cough* Tiny Tim *cough*.  (Breckin- what happened? why are you in this movie?)

Everything is predictable and it gets worse- McConaughey just looks old in the movie so you don’t have anything good to look at. He looks far to similar to a very old looking Michael Douglas and it just kind of depressed me. No one really acts in this movie- they are all kind of there. Can anyone say “filler movie”?

My Rating: D  Just rent The Wedding Planner if you want to watch a girlie movie.


STATE OF PLAY- (PG-13)

Now this movie I was excited for. A thriller with good actors and supposedly good twists- I’m in. Oh wait… no I’m not. You think that with Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren, Ben Affleck, Robin Wright Penn, Jason Bateman and Jeff Daniels (that’s three Oscar winners!) that it couldn’t fail. Well, you thought wrong.

The plot is so conveluded that it will be hard to describe. Basically, an aide to a congressman (Affleck) gets killed and Crowe and McAdams try to uncover the truth behind it and get a good by-line while they are at it. And, in the end, they find out that it is a lot more complicated than it looks. No one really shines in this movie while no one really sucks. They all just seem a little bored. As were we. Russell Crowe looks terrible (I don’t know why they make him look so bad for film roles nowadays) and Ben Affleck still can’t really act (Go back to writing and directing Ben!).

My Rating: D-   It gets a worse rating than Ghost of Girlfriends Past–that should tell you something. I also downgrade because I expected a whole lot more from it.


THE BROTHERS BLOOM- (PG-13)

Quirky. That is really the only word to describe this film. If you like The Royal Tenebaums and don’t mind a cheap knock-off of it, then I think you might like this film. That makes it sound a lot worse than it is, but its true. It starts off a lot like a Wes Anderson film, but soon leaves that behind.

The story is about two brothers (Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo) who are great con men, yet Brody really doesn’t like the life and wants to leave it all behind to find a new life. But, this is all he knows and his older brother (Ruffalo) keeps sucking him back in. He convinces Brody into conning one last person (Rachel Weisz), a very odd, ridiculously rich orphan who has never left home. This is where the adventure begins and really the story makes many twists and turns and revealing any of it would ruin the movie. There are several love stories in this movie, but the real one is between the brothers.

The scene stealer in this movie is Rinko Kikuchi, who once again says very little but everytime she is on screen, you can’t help but watch her. She brings a lot of humor and life to this role and it was much appreciated.

My Rating: C   It depends on your mood and how much quirkiness you like to determine if you would like this or not.

COMING UP- My review for UP! and My response to the The Twilight Saga: New Moon trailer world premiere.

CHECK OUT- The Sunshine Underground’s Put You in Your Place– great song from a really good UK band

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