Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Quantum of Solace

As most of you know Quantum of Solace it the new Bond movie and even after seeing it I have no idea what the title means. In doing some research I learned that it is mentioned in one of Ian Flemming's Bond novels, so there is that.

On to the movie. This is the first Bond movie that is a direct squeal picking up right where Casino Royale left off. James is after revenge for everything, and against everyone, that happened in Casino Royale. I would highly recommend watching that movie before going to see Quantum. I re-watched it after and it made the new movie a little clearer.

This movie is much more action packed then Casino, it grabs you from the first scene, a car chase in Italy, and doesn't stop until the last scene in Bolivia. That's right you get a world tour with this movie, if only you could keep the frequent flier miles. As in Casino Daniel Craig makes us wonder why anyone else would play Bond. He brings a human element that has been missing in previous Bonds. Then there are the Bond girls, oh yes the Bond girls. Here we get two very intriguing girls who are anything but helpless.

Quantum gives us more information on why Bond is who he is. It just does it in between all the action sequences. Make sure you are not sitting too close to the front as the action can be a lot to take in. That being said this is defiantly a must see on the big screen.


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Top 10 Christmas movies I'm looking forward to..

I have a strict policy.. no Christmas songs, movies, shows, decorations, etc.. until the day after Thanksgiving. For two reasons.. (1) Thanksgiving is an important holiday, and needs to be given the attention it deserves. and (2) I get sick of Christmas if it's around too much, and I LOVE CHRISTMAS, so I hate to get sick of it. I am one of those crazy people, that the whole month of December I drench myself in Christmas, I fill up a bathtub full of Christmas and bathe in it. SO since I am getting excited for Christmas, I thought I would put together a list of the ten Christmas movies I am looking forward to. (Feel free to add any to the list.)

1. A Christmas Story (Not a Christmas goes by that I don't watch this, and laugh the entire time.. "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out".)

2. Scrooged (Bill Murray is possibly my favorite comedian.)

3. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (When Chevy Chase gets on that sled, I crack up every time.. Classic!)

4. Elf (It always gets me in the Christmas mood.)

5. The Family Stone (I know Eric will vehemently argue with this one, but I can't help it.. I love it!)

6. Home Alone 1 & 2 (Does this make me sad? Oh well, bring it on! I think it reminds me of when I was little and would watch it at my Grandmommy's house.)

7. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated version)

8. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (I put these together since I usually watch them all together.)

9. A Charlie Brown Christmas

10. Nightmare Before Christmas (I know this is sort of Halloween-ish too, but I didn't get a chance to watch it for Halloween, so it's going to be watched for Christmas!)

Well there it is.. do you hate some of these? love them? Comment and tell me what I missed.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Role Models

Role Models is the story of two guys (Rudd and Scott) who work for an Energy drink company that goes from school to school teaching kids to stay off drugs. That is until Danny (Rudd) has a bad day and rams the Energy drink truck into a school statue and causes a big scene with his buddy Wheeler (Scott) along for the ride. Instead of jail time the two are sentenced to community service at a Big Brother/Big Sister type organization. Once there they are teamed with two of the so called "littles" to be "bigs" to. Only problem is that these littles are the "runts" of this litter and no seems able to connect to them or stick with them.

The rest of the plot is very straight forward and they aren't many deviations from that. What sets this movie apart is that it is basically a kids movie with a lot of bad language. Definably not one for younger viewers as it truly earns its R rating. That being said I laughed a lot during this movie and it really does have heart, it's just that its heart is more street then most. If bad language isn't a turn off for you then you will most likely enjoy this movie. Also the two kids playing opposite the leads are laugh out load funny in every scene they are in and they steal this movie from their more well known co-stars. If you are looking for a good laugh and can get past the R rated humor this may be the movie for you.


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

In Memoriam: Michael Crichton

I was very sad to learn of the passing yesterday of Michael Crichton after a private battle with cancer. Mr. Crichton's books are the books that made me love reading. From Jurassic Park to Timeline to The Andromeda Strain, each book was entertaining and always worth another read. I have read many of his books more then once and find many of them to still be page turners even after a few reads. Plus I always felt like I was learning something while reading his books. I always looked forward to the next new Michael Crichton book and am sad that there will not be another one. My thoughts and prays go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.

If you haven't read any of Mr. Crichton's books I suggest you do, he truly was a gifted writer.