Saturday, August 29, 2009


I like Julia Roberts...I like Clive Owen...and you know what...I really liked Duplicity. Due to the nature of the movie I can't go into to much detail other then to say that it is about spies, double crossing, corporate espionage, more double crossing, a complete lack of trust and so on and so forth. You should know that the movie starts out a little slow and it requires that you pay attention to keep track of its timeline that jumps back and forth over a 5 year period. But if you can stick it out you are rewarded with a movie that is funny and will keep you guessing til the very last scene. Duplicity is rated PG-13 and is now out on DVD and well worth a rental.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

District 9

District 9 is defiantly not a movie for everyone. If you are not a fan of Sci-Fi movies or are one who can't stomach typical Sci-Fi violence then you most likely will not enjoy this movie. But if you can get past those things you are in for a very original movie where the aliens are not necessarily the bad guys and the humans not the good guys.

The movie starts by setting up the plot in a documentary like way. We learn that the aliens arrived in South Africa twenty years ago when their ship just stopped working. For 3 months the ship just hovered over the skies of Johannesburg with no activity of any kind until the humans cut their way into the ship to find the aliens malnourished and in very poor health. That is when District 9 is set up as a home for the aliens that over the twenty years becomes a slum and the residents of Johannesburg have had enough. Enter MNU tasked with evicting the aliens and moving them to a new home far away from the humans.

It is at this point that the movie really starts to take shape. We learn that MNU is more interested in the aliens weapons then their well being. The problem is the weapons are bio-engineered only to work for the aliens. Enter Wikus (the perfect fall guy should things go wrong), the man MNU has tasked with evicting the aliens who are called prawns in a derogatory way. While evicting the aliens Wikus comes across one alien who has developed an item that can help him and the other aliens get out of District 9 and return to their home planet. For the sake of those of you who have yet to see the movie I will leave it at that. Lets just say that things do not go as planned for either side.

The reason this movie worked for me is because it touched on so many aspects of human life. I have a feeling that if aliens where to show up on Earth they would be treated very much like those in District 9. There have been many comparisons of this movie to the apartheid in South Africa and that can not be ignored because these aliens really are treated like second class citizens who have little worth. In the end though the movie shows us what can happen if we can look past others differences and work together. District 9 is rated R, mainly for language and gory violence.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

500 Days of Summer

I was talking to my mom about this movie, and when I was finished she said. "This seems like your kind of show." I realized she's right. Movies like this one, usually end up being my favorites. (Juno, Waitress, Amelie.. you get the idea.)

This movie was beautifully filmed. It had an amazing soundtrack. It was super funny. (I was laughing out loud most of the movie.) It had heart. This is probably my favorite movie of the year.

I love Zooey Deschanel, in fact I leaned over to my friend and said if I were to switch places with any celebrity, I really think it would be her. Her facial expressions are the best.

I don't want to say much more, as not to build it up too much, and not to reveal anything. But I loved it. I loved the whole thing, I loved how it was different and the ending was different. It felt like they captured how love really is, and can be. The good, and the bad.

Go see this movie!

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Ting Tings (We Started Nothing)

You know how there are those songs you just can't help but dance to? (American Boy, You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, etc..) Well I found a whole cd that makes you want to jump out of your chair and dance, hum, tap your toes..

The Ting Tings album, We Started Nothing. So many great songs. You will have heard a couple of them from the radio, but some of my favorites are the ones that they don't play. Fruit Machine, and Traffic Light are genius.

I would also recommend seeing them live if you get a chance. We went (for only 12 dollars a ticket by the way) and loved the show. My husband even loved it.

Check it out. I think you'll love it.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

SYTYCD (Finals)

I loved last nights show. A lot of great dances. I think my favorite was the number with Evan and Jeanine. I just thought it was fun. I also really enjoyed all of the solo's.

Evan: I think he is such a great dancer in his own style. I think he is the epitome of "personality" and that's why he has stayed so long. I feel bad that the judges keep giving him such a hard time, I just think it's because he is with some really talented dancers this season, so he sticks out a bit. He is my number four pick.

Kayla: I think she may very well be one of the best dancers, if not the best. But sadly Kayla doesn't have the personality the other's have. And since it's America's favorite dancer, I just don't think the title is hers. AMAZING dancer though. And she was in my favorite piece of the season (Addiction by Mia Michaels) She's my number three pick.

Brandon: Obviously amazing. Meticulous with his dancing. He can do anything it seems. He has an okay personality, but sometimes comes off as a bit cocky to me. Especially last night. But holy cow, his solo. Wow. If it were a competition for best dancer, I think he would win hands down. He is the runner up for me.

Jeanine: Amazing dancer, awesome personality. It seems like everyone loves her. Even Kat was saying how pleasant she was to have around. She seems so genuine. I think she has the total package to win this. This is who I voted for, and who I hope wins.

It's been an awesome season, with great dancers. I am pumped for the fall season!