Monthly Archives: April 2013
“I shall call him Squishy and he shall be mine and he shall be my Squishy. Come on, Squishy come on, little Squishy.”
[jellyfish stings her]
” Ow. Bad Squishy, bad Squishy.”
– Dory (Finding Nemo)
I hope everyone has seen this wonderful movie, it is not only visually beautiful but fun for all ages. Even as an adult I could watch this over and over again. The lovable characters and colorful scenery let you escape into Pixar and Disney’s underwater world. Is definitely a Must See and Must Buy.
Keep an eye out for Finding Dory, said to come out in 2015.
I am a sucker for any sports movie that shows emotion, heart and a triumphant ending and this film has all three in spades. Based on the true story of young maverick-wave-chasing surfer Jay Moriarity who began his journey as a surfer at the age of 8 shows his struggle of getting the respect from other surfers as well as dealing with a not so desirable home life. The actor who plays Jay (Jonny Weston) does a great job of showing Jay’s vulnerability with his childhood crush Kim (Leven Rambin) and how he learns to become a man through his surfing mentor Frosty (Gerard Butler). This film shows him at 15 learning how to deal with his mom who goes from job to job and a dad that left when he was you get. Needless to say he had to grow up really quick and surfing was his outlet for his situations at home. This film portrayed his vigor and dedication to catching the biggest waves known as Mavericks and he doesn’t stop until he gets one. Like all good sports films theres obstacles young Jay must overcome to finally catch this big wave as well as the other people in his life who realize that he will catch this wave no matter what.
You can’t help but root for him and see the love he had for his mom, his mentor and Kim who he eventually married. Unfortunately this film has a bittersweet ending as it shows that Jay died in the Maldives in 2001 when he went surfing alone and drowned. Gerard Butler expresses a great quote that portrays Jays way of living by giving it your all everyday and doing what you love no matter the circumstances, which produced many posters that say “Live Like Jay”.
The ending is sad and sweet at the same time as all members of Jays life gather for a paddle out in remembrance for the kindhearted, driven kid from Santa Cruz, CA who followed his dream and never have up. Some salty tears may spill from this film but it’s raw, passionate and gives a great story for one of the most courageous surfers ever.
This film has been a favorite of mine and Suzi’s for as long as we can remember. We were introduced to it around the age of 10 and have loved it ever since. We love it for the actors, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe who drive the film along but also the supporting actors who add some great one liners, like Joe E. Brown who probably offers one of the best lines in cinema history “Well nobody’s perfect”. The antics these actors get into trying to get closer to Marilyn as well as running away from the mob is hilarious in itself but add them dressing as women and playing in an all female band just adds to the many dynamics of this story.
Marilyn as always shows off her acting chops playing the innocent and bright eyed Sugar Kane who has no idea that Tony Curtis is her bosom buddy and the man vying for her attention. I’m not going to spoil the end of that romance you’ll just have to see it for yourself. Jack Lemmon is just along for the ride and enjoys the role he plays as a woman. If anything go see this movie for the awesome outfits, actors and the shenanigans these characters get the self into.
Disney has done it again! They have revamped animated films by giving it an arcade game makeover. I would watch this movie over and over again. It has action, awesome characters, and a great story. John C. Reilly did a wonderful job playing Ralph, his voice worked perfectly for the character switching between bad Ralph and good Ralph. Wreck It Ralph had the usual bad vs good concept but with some twists and wonderful touching moments. Sarah Silverman who played Glitch or Vanellope von Schweetz made the cutest smart ass race car driver. As soon as she steals from Ralph you have fallen in love with her. The characters and realistic scenery within the games make you feel you are actually inside with them, sometimes besides Ralph cheering him on. Not only did the voices of Ralph and Vanellope capture you but the wonderful familiar sounds of Jane Lynch and Jack McBrayer keep you entertained. This movie is definitely a Must See and a Buy, especially if you have children.
Everyone knows that Mickey and Minnie Mouse were a couple.
However, did you know they were married in real life?
Yes, the voice actors to play the couple of rodents were married.
They met in 1988 during voice sessions and married in 1991.
Married from 1991 till his death in May 2009.
The ultimate and unknown love story.
(David Hoffman, Little Known Facts about Disneyland)
CLUE (Jonathan Lynn, 1985)
For my first Throwback Thursday film I decided to choose an all time favorite of mine. This film is a cult classic in that not everyone has seen it, but it has a following of fans who know these lines backwards and appreciates its subtle humor. This film has great actors, hilarious sequences and one liners that me and my family use on a daily basis. Not only is this film considered a gem because of it’s antics but it is also based off of the board game which was a huge part of my childhood. This film takes place on a rainy dark night where strangers are summoned for a dinner party at a mansion. They soon learn that they are all being blackmailed by the same person and unless one of them kills the blackmailer all their secrets will become public information. This plot makes for an interesting evening with unique characters and hilarious situations that only a true fan of the Clue board game and story can appreciate. The actors really pull this film together with their ability to stay serious while in the midst of this wacky story.
Tim Curry especially excels as the main man for driving this story along, but the rest of the cast Madeline Kahn, Eileen Brennan, Martin Mull, Christopher Lloyd, Lesley Ann Warren, Micheal McKean and Colleen Camp all do a superb job at keeping the story alive and hilarious as ever.Sure this film is campy, cheesy and somewhat predictable (it was the 80’s) but it’s a cult classic/fan favorite for a reason and I hope people after reading this will watch it for the first time or 100th time. And if this doesn’t entice you here’s another reason to watch this film. Psych just aired their “Clue” episode which paid homage to the 80’s film, which was amazing, and if you watch the film and the episode you can find the clues (wink, wink) that match to the original.
Unfortunately it was an empty shell of the original. Barely hanging on by the crude sexual humor the original seemed to capture so perfectly. Laughed maybe four times during the movie, had a very kindergarten like humor. It was definitely missing the Wayans brother’s comedic skills and flare. The only thing sadder than the movie was that we were the only 2 people in the theater on opening night (granted it is a small town but still…). If have to see should RENT it.
Now I ,Suzi, have come to hate scary movies. Why? Because I have turned into a wimp and cannot take 90-120 minutes of muscle tension that turns into a headache. Plus, half way through the film you can usually figure out the ending…unfortunately. However, this is a film review blog so must include horror or scary movies. Luckily I have someone who will be our co-author on horror film posts, his name is Randy.
This is what he had to say about the Evil Dead:
“As far as remakes go it was the best one I’ve seen thus far. For a horror film its on the level of such films as VHS, You’re Next, and Friday The 13th. Fede Alvarez did a great job with practical effects (i.e. little use of CGI) as well as paying homage to Sam Raimi’s original Evil Dead. At only 1 hour and 30 minutes Alvarez managed to pack more gore, blood, and suspense into one movie than I ever thought capable. At moments I found myself (a 25 year old man) covering his eyes in fear. I would HIGHLY recommend this to audiences who love horror and gore. For those who do not enjoy such things I would say do Not go see this movie (maybe rent it later in the comfort and blankets of your own home).” Randy