Monthly Archives: May 2013
The new and ever so wonderful sequel of the Fast and the Furious series has grossed 120 million, and I can tell you why. It was action packed yet emotional. This time around it revolves around family and doing everything you can to keep it.This family theme rings true from the first scene till the last scene, a few seconds after the credits. The whole cast is back again and I wouldn’t have it any other way. They all compliment the movie nicely while bringing to the table special abilities within the mission. The car chases are even more intense and theatrical than ever before. At some points of the movie you will be squeezing your chair or at the end of your seat just waiting to see how things play out. The fight scenes and chases are well choreographed and have a way of sucking you in. The way Justin Lin shot the movie was done so well that you feel as if you are in those cars going 120 mph and making split decisions to turn on a dime or jump a ramp.
The Rock or Dwayne Johnson not only over shadows Vin Diesel in build but also in fight sequences. His HUGENESS takes over the screen and the scenes. You don’t mess with the Rock in this movie. My favorite characters have to be Han and Gisele, they are what bring most of the romantic feel to the movie. And what would a good action film be without some comedy? Tyrese and Ludacris bring it in tons. Their wittiness and jabs at each other is what make the comdiec moments great. Just when you think it has gone all serious they come in and lighten the mood. They are what make this movie great. Then again when is it ever hard to watch Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, and Ludaric in one movie, Never. Definitely should SEE this movie in theaters to get the rush and feel it produces.
Thank you to Heather for requesting this film for Throwback Thursday, this one is for you. First of all I just need to call attention to the gorgeous stud that is Durmot Mulroney, sigh. He is so darn good looking in this its just ridiculous. Ok now that that’s out of the way we can discuss the gloriousness of this 90’s rom-com. This film has all the elements of the perfect chick flick/rom-com. It has a limited time frame taking place days before the nuptials, a beautiful woman Julienne (Julia Roberts), realizing that she is in love with her best friend Michael (Durmot Mulroney) who is getting married to Kimberly (Cameron Diaz), the intriguing story and George (Rupert Everett) the gay best friend of Julienne’s who plays along as her fiancée to make Michael jealous. Julienne realizes she is in love with Michael upon hearing the news of his wedding and decides that she will go to Chicago and break them up, however Kimberly at first glance is the perfect woman and will be harder to break. The storyline sets up some great antics by Julienne and George as they are trying to make Michael jealous of them and to an extent it works, so much so that she finally tells him how she feels and it ends up being Michaels decision on which girl to choose.
Julia Roberts was the Queen of the rom-com in the 90’s and this film is no different. She plays her bubbly, lovable, gorgeous self with what looks like no effort and is able to pull off being vulnerable and sassy all in one. It is so interesting to see Cameron Diaz play this role because Kimberly is proper, wears preppy clothes and seems downright perfect in her appearance and demeanor. This is not the Cameron Diaz I am used to but she plays her with enough vigor to stand up for what she wants yet innocent enough in her attitude towards her impending marriage to Michael. Now anyone that has seen this film always remembers the scene where George sings “I say a little prayer for you” to Julienne in the restaurant and before you know it the whole table and restaurant is singing along, how can you not love that scene. It’s probably one of the best scenes in the film because its spontaneous, funny and in that scene you can see on Michael’s face that he’s questioning his marriage to Kimmy. This is a great film for anyone that needs a laugh and to be reminded that if you love someone you better tell them before its too late or they get engaged to someone else. All the actors are wonderful in this and it has a happy ending what more could you ask for? This one is definitely a Buy.
This somewhat sequel to Knocked Up about married life with children at forty is funny, touching and realistic. What I like about Judd Apatow’s most recent films is his ability to show situations that are real and situations that people can connect with. This one deals with a married couple who are turning the big 40. Leslie Mann (Debbie) is having a harder time with it than her husband Paul Rudd (Pete). She does not want to be 40 years old and begins to really look at her life and decides that its time for her to be more present in her children’s lives as well as her husband. She doesn’t want to blink and be 90 years old all of a sudden. Though not everyone in the audience is near their 40’s I think anyone can relate to this story of not wanting life to pass you by and not having regrets. This being a comedy not everything goes smoothly as expected, the couple begin to fight over little things, the kids feel their fighting and they go through a somewhat dark period. However, they both realize that they truly love each and will fight for one another and their marriage. The other actors including Jason Segel, Chris O’Dowd, Megan Fox, John Lithgow and Albert Brooks complement this crazy couple very nicely as they are just as strange and unique.
I thought this film was cute and funny, something to watch when you just want to laugh and not worry about anything. I love the way the relationships end in this film with Debbie reconnecting with her father and Pete and Debbie reconciling and looking forward to their crazy future. Though some parts might have been overdone or over the top that’s Judd Apatow and it could have been a little shorter but those are my minor annoyances with it. All in all this was a lighthearted film about the curveballs that life throws and figuring them out the best way you can. I liked the broad message that life is short so you better spend time with your loved ones before its too late and that you shouldn’t always sweat the small stuff. It’s not an Oscar winner but its fun to watch and easy to relate to so its a definite renter.
J.J. Abrams has done it again with this much anticipated summer sequel. The whole gang is back for this wild adventure in the Final Frontier along with another diabolical yet intriguing story line. The special and visual effects of this film were intricate and detailed so I can see why it took them four years to create this film but it definitely pays off. My favorite part of the special effects is when the Enterprise would blast off into space and the jet fuel left behind turned into a light blue and made a twinkling sound that reminded me of pixie dust. The hand to hand combat stunts made me white knuckle it a couple of times but these actors pulled them off flawlessly especially Spock and Kirk. There were a couple of very tense moments where I wasn’t sure if one of the beloved characters were going to make it or not, don’t worry I’m not going to spoil anything but they were tense. Of course there were funny moments to lighten the mood and one liners especially from McCoy who always has something to say. The actors do such an amazing job of staying true to the character as well as bringing a little something of their own to the table. Chris Pine shines as arrogant yet loyal James T. Kirk along with his right hand man Spock (Zachary Quinto), who brings a subtle vulnerability yet still kicks ass when he needs to. Sulu, Chekov, Bones and Uhura all seemed to have big parts in this film which made me happy because they all deserved some recognition for their roles as well. Scotty had to be my favorite in this one because Simon Pegg who is brilliant plays him so well as the slightly neurotic yet highly intelligent engineer who seems to always bail Kirk out of something. It was also nice to see the friendship between Kirk and Spock develop a little more even though they have differences they are extremely loyal to one another and it is displayed at the forefront of this film.
Now I must discuss the scariest and creepiest part of this film, Benedict Cumberbatch also known as Khan. Oh my goodness was this man terrifying. His demeanor, speech, body movement, intensity and ruthlessness made for one of the best villains I have ever seen. Benedict did an amazing job of being manipulative and genuine all in the same moment. It was hard not to believe that he had been a victim and was only trying to get revenge for his fallen crew. His façade pays off long enough before the you know what hits the fan and the whole Enterprise crew is in danger. I’m not going to give anything else away but this film has great fight sequences, moments that will make your muscles tighten, parts that will make you cringe, and scenes that will make you laugh, cry and cheer, what more could you ask for in a summer blockbuster. This film is a must see and buy. Live Long and Prosper.
If you know this movie backwards like I do then when you hear Glen Coco you know exactly what I’m talking about. I could go on an on about all the things I love about this movie, the one liners, the over the top drama, the important message behind the story, the fact it’s written by Tine Fey, the hilarity that comes from these actors…you get my point. I LOVE this movie. Although looking back on it now I can see that its a glamorized version of bullying which is a no-no but this film has a happy ending which in my opinion makes up for it. This was the Golden Year for Lindsay Lohan and probably her biggest hit besides Freaky Friday. This wasn’t a total rom-com or completely predictable either because usually the evil character in the end doesn’t learn their lesson but for Regina George the Queen Bitch this is not the case. She does learn that being mean and putting everyone down for their differences is not the way to live life. Though its set in high school it does have some very important themes like how being bullied especially in high school is hard for anyone, learning to love yourself because of your differences and feeling confident in who you are. Now don’t get me wrong this film has an important undertone but it’s also completely ridiculous and hilarious. If you are a girl and have not seen this film yet please do yourself a favor and watch it. You will learn many important phrases that will help you in the real world like “You go Glen Coco”, “Stop trying to make Fetch happen”, “None for Gretchen Weiners”, and “Boo! You whore”.
All the actors give a great performance with the characters they are given. I think Lacey Chabert as Gretchen Weiners is wonderful as Regina’s jealous, unstable right hand man and her Ceasar speech which is really about Regina is where she really shines. Amanda Seyfried as Karen is pure genius, I quote her on almost a daily basis because they are so darn funny and relevant to everyday life. Rachel McAdams does a great job as Bitchy McBitch Regina George along with her overbearing and very inappropriate mother Amy Poehler. Lizzy Caplan (Janis Ian) and Daniel Franzese (Damien) are one of the main reasons this movie is so amazing. She is the off beat loud mouth who says whatever she wants and he is the gay best friend who goes along with her antics as well as being who is no matter what anyone thinks. They are a great duo who helps Lindsay Lohan (Cady) out on her first day at a real school. The scene where they call her out for truly become one of The Plastics is like this movie funny and ridiculous and Janis is yelling out of Damien’s car at Cady while he is driving. Hilarious. Though some people might not enjoy this movie for its content there are many reasons this film is a hit in its own right. It’s quoted by fans everyday, there are so many memes created from this film and HELLO Jennifer Lawrence referenced it in her People’s Choice acceptance speech!! How much more convincing do you need to go watch this movie people!!!! I would say Rent and Buy this one if you love awkward/funny moments with an important message. Love yourself the way you are and don’t let anyone bring you down.
Jennifer Lawrence has become my hero in the past couple of months. I not only love her because she is talented and beautiful but because she is effing hysterical and honest about who she is and who she does not want to become. This role was a great choice for her as a young actress, especially since she has such emotional range in her performances. She was able to be vulnerable, witty, sensitive and a ball buster as a young widow who is trying to find herself again after her husband suddenly dies. She is a strong female lead and definitely earned her Oscar with this film. This movie has funny bits but is not a comedy, it deals with real struggles and issues that people with OCD and bipolar disorder have to go through on a daily basis. I loved it because it was honest and showed the real emotions and struggles these actors who portray real people have to go through every day. The dance sequence at the end has to be my favorite scene because it finally shows how Bradley Cooper (Pat) finally learns to let go and have fun. The dancing is part of Jennifer Lawrence’s character (Tiffany) therapy and she brings Bradley into and though he is hesitant at first he ends up loving it and it helps him work through his issues as well. It has a romantic element but it also shows family dynamics and the struggles they have to endure as well. Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver do an amazing job of playing Bradley’s parents. They show the frustrated yet equally loving side of dealing with a son who has mental issues.
This film to me is a great story of people who have to learn to move on with their life after something unexpected happens. This is something that I think everyone on some level can relate to. We all have something that has happened that might not have been tragic but something we had to learn from and move on from. These actors did an amazing job of bringing David O. Russell’s words to life. It’s emotional, heartfelt, sad, funny, lovely and real all in one. Bradley Cooper did a fantastic job and though Daniel Day Lewis deserved his Oscar for Lincoln in my opinion there should’ve been a tie of some sort. Anyway this is a great film, everyone should see it at least once and can I get an Amen for Chris Tucker popping back up again. He added the right amount of comedy and it was good to see him on the big screen again.
This movie was great. I enjoyed Tom Cruise in yet another action packed film. I have been a lover of most of Tom Cruise’s films and this is definitely one I loved. It has great fight scenes and an interesting yet unfortunate story. I have not read the book this movie was based upon but seeing this film makes me interested in reading it. Not only is the action up to par but the lines were pretty funny as well. One liners like “maybe you shouldn’t play with guns” and “remember you asked for this” create such a comical and smart ass dialogue. The fight scenes were well choreographed and rehearsed. They were so quick and impacting it made me feel like I was watching martial arts mixed with plain street fights. These details make the skills of post military characters much more believable.
Being a fan of Tom Cruise the actor made this movie very desirable. Of course they could have used a different actor but most of the time Tom Cruise within an action film just fits right. I’m sure I would feel different if I had read the book, but being uninformed i continue. Tom Cruise does as well as he always does. Creating a bad ass no nonsense type of military man who always saves the day without actually being the hero. He might be getting older but he still has what it takes to fight and be apart of a WONDERFUL car chase. If you do not share some love for Tom Cruise then I would still recommend this movie. Although he is the main character the supporting actors like Robert Duvall, Richard Jenkins and Jai Courtney round out the cast nicely. Definitely a Must See and Must Buy.