Posted on 2009.12.22 at 21:58
Current Mood: calm
my blogging has been spotty, AT BEST, lately but life has been so good to me, so full of ups and downs. it's a really good spot i'm in lately- i love that i can see it- finally. all this being said, life is also changing and i've also changed my blog address. you can now find me here now
. this blog was so helpful to me in really tumultuous times. i don't think these times are over but they're different ones now. thanks for listening and reading. whoever you are.
Posted on 2009.06.25 at 22:16
Current Mood: bitchy
the hangover. man, oh man, this movie was fucked up! pardon the french, but seriously, if that offended you- don't go see this movie. it's in the now (too?) popular man-child genre. two groomsmen, a groom and the bride's brother head to vegas for a night of bachelor fun. the characters are typical and their chemistry adds to the drama. the only difference is this movie's premise takes issue with the whole 'i can't remember last night so it must have been fun' philosophy of a good party. in fact, three guys wake up to find the fourth gone and in trying to remember what happened, they retrace their steps which leads to a number of hilarious, near impossible discoveries of their shenanigans.
it was so unbelieveably wrong and funny, i would see it again. we (the hubs) and i shirked more than a couple of times because it's also just raunchy. that bradley cooper is scarily good looking- he doesn't seem real. his polar opposite in the looks department, zach garifliniakisislielajfz (sorry, i can't spell that), was by far the funniest character in the movie. his one liners remain safely tucked away in my heart.
technically, there were a lot of writing and editing problems for me but the pure absurdity of the story was very entertaining. i also found myself puzzled by the soundtrack. a lot of the music truly did not fit the flow of the story or scenery. in any event, i say i recommend it for those who can handle a movie about four hetero white men in vegas. need i say more? b-
Posted on 2009.02.06 at 00:57
Current Mood: sick
doubt. all nominated actors deserved it but none more than viola davis. i haven't seen three of the other nominated supporting actresses but she should win. she must. B+
slumdog millionaire. story of a young guy who is on india's version of the trivia show. the movie is flashback of how he knows, or doesn't, the answers. all the controversy seems somehow appropriate to this emotional roller coaster of movie. it's mostly fairy tale but stirring and has deserved every nomination it's received. the young actors stole the show. i hope they're not really as underpaid as folks have been saying. A-
the wrestler. character study at its best. i loved mickey rourke's performance- sweet and sad all at once. just as you believe things will change, well, they do and not unexpectedly but i felt a lot different about it all then i think the situation warranted. who would have thought? B+
Posted on 2008.10.14 at 00:16
Current Mood: pensive
Long story short- blindness suddenly attacks everyone in an unnamed Canadian city. Everyone expect the character played by Julianne Moore. The desinegration of society is swift and cruel. The initially infected are quarantined and turn into something out of Animal Farm or Lord of the Flies. In fact, the story is probably based on exactly on the ideas found in those stories. If you haven't read either (and tsk tsk) synopses can be found here
Julianne Moore, as Mark Ruffalo's wife, goes with him to confinement and acts as a guide and advocate for those on their 'ward'. I'm sure that the reason for the madness, blindness, is not without its poignancy. This is was one of the most uncomfortable two hours I've ever spent in a theatre. The atrocities that occur during the confinement are revolting and disturbing, to say the least. The ending is...um, predictable but not with the usual tidiness of most films.
It's not feel good, it's not preachy. It asks 'what if' and you will wonder. B
Posted on 2008.10.11 at 01:27
Current Mood: awake
WARNING -Chock full of spoilers- WARNING
Thankfully the old theatre finally got this movie and so the husband and I headed up the street for what I hoped were a couple of good guffaws.
I definitely got what I wanted. The first thing to know is that this movie is ridiculous. Utterly and completely preposterous and thus is director Ben Stiller's point. I doubt he wants to completely vilify Hollywood but he does...almost. The preaching is so subtle it may appear invisible to many if taken at face value. That, however, was the genius for me. The face value of this movie is still pretty entertaining. The satire was even more satisfying. Most have already seen this or at least heard about the characters so I'll spare you. A pretty good synopsis is found here
I never thought I would ever say this but Tom Cruise deserves an Oscar. Seriously. I never thought I'd see him, of all people, 'get low'. Robert Downey Jr. bordered on great- when he could be understood. Oh and the husband asks me to put this in my review: Jack Black was awful. B-
Posted on 2008.09.28 at 13:22
Current Mood: caffeinated
i didn't catch the show last night but i just watched the tina fey reprise as sarah palin on SNL
. she's kind of got her down, dontcha think? you can get back to me.
Posted on 2008.09.27 at 11:05
Current Mood: anxious
that was my overall feeling watching the "debate" last night- it was as if two people gave lectures and there was so little interaction. actually i watched a rebroadcast after yummy sushi dinner. plug, plug.
i agreed with the many pundits who found mccain's straight up ignoring of obama ridiculous. i agreed that obama let mccain run over him a few times w/his inaccurate verbal steamroller and i felt an overwhelming desire to throw up my hands and say 'eh'. i don't know anything about technically scoring debates but it did seem to me a tie in the sense that both men presented themselves firmly though no one's argument really stood out. mccain came off as very dismissive and obama seemed frustrated many times.
i hardly ever agree with analysis i read in the washington post but their summation from last night
was about as accurate and objective as i've found.
november 4th cannot get here quickly enough.
Posted on 2008.09.02 at 18:06
Current Mood: geeky
Hamlet 2. With much anticipatory glee, I broke my movie theatre film watching fast with a trip to the local cineplex to watch Steve Coogan star as Dana Marschz (the pronunciation is funny), a failed actor/drama teacher in Tuscon, Arizona. How could this premise possibly fail? Well, it did.
I suppose the premise is its own downfall. In the movie, Dana is putting on his own original play, the movie's namesake, in an effort to raise attention the closing of the drama department. The play is deemed offensive by, oh, everyone and Dana is forced to fight for his right to...put on an absolutely ridiculous play. Everything you think would happen does. SPOILER: the play goes on with many protests, the kids rally around him to encourage him to continue when times get rough, the play is a huge success and he goes on to win fame.
The best part was the actual staging of Hamlet 2. The play's premise was ridiculous but I found it fully enjoyable and, dare I say, touching. Elisabeth Shue (who stars in the movie as herself actress-cum-nurse) shed a tear while watching it and I didn't but it was the only time I laughed. The randomness just fell flat. I find it hard to beleive that anyone who believes in Jesus would actually be offended by 'Rock Me Sexy Jesus'- the play's main song- and I hope that people will mainly be offended that this comedy does not inspire laughter. D
Posted on 2008.08.10 at 21:50
Current Mood: thirsty
. Lady ephany
put the idea of movie watching in my head today. Not that it's never far from the forefront of my mind to see a movie but...
I visited Cinetopia
with my friend and we saw the latest from the Judd Apatow money making manchild movie machine. I love me some alliteration.
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly star as Brennan and Dale, respectively, who are 40 year old men still living with their parents who recently wed. That sentence should tell you pretty much all you need to know. It's a very silly film that felt like a ninety minute SNL skit- in other words it should have never gone on so long. This likely due to the fact that Adam McKay
was the director. My mouth hung upon no fewer than five times just because of some truly vulgar moments. As the slapstick moments wore on, I was getting bored but then the "great life change" happened and that was a third act that worked well. Overall, the movie is coming of age story that is so predictable, gross and unrealistic you'll laugh in spite of yourself. You just won't laugh very much. C
Posted on 2008.07.21 at 18:46
Current Mood: accomplished
It was raining and grey as we pulled out of the Days Inn Ogden which featured "UTAH'S LARGEST HOTEL INDOOR POOL". I am very nervous about driving in a) rain b) mountains and so I had a taste of the combination. Like everything that scares the crap out of me, it turned out to be fine. We crossed into Idaho after an hour. Idaho is...varied. We went past gigantic rocks, far off mountains, the valley, the city of Boise and then a lot of farmland. I never thought I'd be happy to be in Ontario, Oregon but we got there and I gladly handed the keys to JC. He brought us on in about 4 1/2 hours later. I almost got out and kissed the ground. Anyway, no more beastly road trips for me. I am done.
Fun part of the day: leaving Idaho