Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I was at my parents house this past weekend and they had Redboxed (yup its a verb) No Reservations, so I thought I would give it a watch. Now like most movies of its kind the plot is about as predictable as a phone book, by that I mean you know what is coming next and will not be surprised by any of it.
But luckily for this movie it has a cast that manages to keep you intrigued even though you know what is going to happen. I have been a fan of Catherine Zeta-Jones since Entrapment and Aaron Eckhart plays a much different character here than he does in The Dark Knight but likable still the same. Then for good measure they throw in Abigail Breslin who made it big in Little Miss Sunshine and Signs and is the glue that holds all the characters together.
If you ever find yourself getting sucked into the Food Network you will most likely enjoy the cooking aspects of No Reservations. Sure the plot is shockingly predictable but in this case if it were anything else it would most likely leave a bad taste in your mouth. This is a good rental if the movie you went to the store for is all checked out and you want to see something new.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
I am sure that most of you have heard all the hype about this movie and I can say that it lives up to all of it. If you liked Batman Begins you are sure to like The Dark Knight.
The cast here is amazing and Heath Ledger is fantastic as the Joker. If I didn't know he was in this movie there is no way I would have guessed that this was the same actor as the one in 10 Things I Hate About You. Christian Bale continues to make up for all the past Batman's by making him a complete, complex character. Gary Oldman impresses as always as Gordon and has a bigger part here then in Batman Begins. And then there is Morgan Freeman who is great in just about anything. Aaron Eckhart and Maggie Gyllenhaal are new to the franchise and fit in perfectly with the above named cast.
I am not going to get into specifics here because I really think you need to see this movie for yourself and come to your own conclusions. I loved it. But know going in that it handles much darker material then Batman Begins. And at almost three hours long, make sure your theater has comfy seats (I recommend the District) and go for the small drink (you don't want to leave for potty breaks). One last thing. There is nothing at the end of the credits so you don't need to stay unless you want to.
I loved this movie. So much in fact that I would call it my favorite of the year. Not only that, I think that we have found the most intense movie since Bourne Ultimatum. This whole movie I was on the edge of my seat.
Heath Ledger is the best villain to hit the big screen for me. The acting in this movie is unparalleled. This movie is dark. Really dark. I wouldn't take the kids to this one.
I had nothing bad to say for this movie. Loved! If you weren't one of the million people to have seen it this weekend. Go see it! Now.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
I am a huge fan of the director Chris Nolan (think Memento), and am excited to see what he comes up with in The Dark Knight. I had forgotten how many seriously seasoned actors were in this movie. (Caine, Freeman, Wilkinson, Neeson, Oldman, Hauer) With a cast like this, you can definitely expect greatness. If you get a chance, I would re-watch this movie before you go see the new one. If you haven't seen this movie, I would completely recommend it. I just wouldn't take small children. These new movies are not like the old Michael Keaton ones with a portly penguin and a cheesy Mr. Freeze. This is dark, just how Batman should be.
I too loved this movie. It is one of my favorite comic book movies...ever. The reason I liked this so much was because it took away all the campy elements of the first Batman movies (nipples on the batsuit?!?!) and replaced them with a great story and characters that you could really relate to, well at least relate to better than a penguin man. I didn't even mind Katie Holmes in it, but am totally fine with her being replaced by Maggie, who I think will and an extra umph (ie: better acting) to the character. I can't wait to see The Dark Knight and it is all because of this movie.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Okay, I know this movie came out awhile ago, but looking at movie listings this past weekend I found that it was still playing in some theaters. So if you haven't seen Ironman yet, you really need to see it on the big screen.
Ironman is one of my favorite movies this summer, or year even, right up there with Wall-E. I think the reason that I liked this movie as much as I did is because I went into it not really thinking I would like it and was very pleasantly surprised that I liked it as much as I did.
The cast here, led by Robert Downey, Jr., is the perfect cast for this movie. After seeing the movie, Robert Downey is the only actor I could imagine playing millionaire turned superhero Tony Stark. Gwyneth Paltrow plays Tony's assistant Pepper Potts and I must say that I enjoyed her character here quite a bit and she added a little comedy to the otherwise action packed movie. That is not to say that hers were the only comic moments in the movie, but I just enjoyed them.
The whole movie just comes together so well that I have to give credit to director Jon Favreau, who as a fan of the comic book series makes sure that the movie did not spiral into a giant mess, which it easily could have given its comic book past. In my opinion Ironman solidifies Favreau as a great director (see Elf, Zathura), and was pleased to read this weekend that Favreau and Downey have signed onto Ironman 2.
I strongly recommend that you see this movie on the big screen while you still can. It really is one of the best movies this year. Overall Grade: A-
The only thing different I would say, was it was very much a "boy movie". I liked it a lot and I have a lot of friends who are females who loved it. I just felt like sometimes it was sort of intense. That being said. I really liked it. Definitely one worth seeing on the big screen.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Cash Cab is exactly what it sounds like. Your ride in a cab turns into a sort of Jeopardy on wheels, only with easier questions. You enter the cab and the first thing that tells you this is no ordinary cab are the lights built into the roof. Then host Ben Bailey lets you in on the secret, you have entered the Cash Cab. For every question you get right money is added to the meter. At the end of the ride you can take the money you have earned or go double or nothing on a video bonus question. But getting to the end is a little tricky as you have three strikes and then you're out and have to find another way to your destination. As the ride progresses the questions get harder and harder. The key to winning this show is making sure you use your two lifelines; the mobile shout out, where you can call anyone you want for help or the street shout out, where you have to rely on people passing on the street. I have seen too many folks get the old heave ho without using either of their lifelines.
If you are looking for a show that has an ever changing cast of characters and will broaden your trivial knowledge, then Cash Cab is for you. Look for it on Discovery.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
I should start out by saying that I am a fan of the big, dumb summer movie. Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, I Robot, if it is a big summer movie I usually love it. Hancock is the exception to this. Right from the start Hancock can't figure out what it wants to be; comedy, action movie, drama, super-hero movie. The plot jumps back and forth between all these genres so much that after a while I just felt bored and could really care less about what is going on. I kid you not half way through the movie I started thinking that I would have been more entertained at home watching Speed for the umpteenth time.
The stars; Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman, are all likable enough but the material they are given here just makes them all come off as smug and uncaring most of the movie. Hancock is the story of a superhero who could care less about what people think about him or what he does in the process of saving the day. This leads the people of L.A. to not respect him and just wish he would go away, they suggest NY. (By the end of the movie I was wishing that I was in NY rather than the theater watching this, or perhaps on the Speed bus!) After Hancock saves a PR exec, played by Bateman, he takes it upon himself to remake Hancock's image against the advice of his wife, played by Theron.
Now in case you do go see this movie I won't say anymore. I will say that there were others in my group that were okay with this movie but I just expect more from my dumb summer movies, especially those that star Will Smith. I wanted to like Hancock, I really did, but sadly I just felt indifferent the whole time watching it, not a good feeling for a big, dumb summer movie to make you feel. Maybe you will have better luck. Overall Grade: C+