Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sexy & Sweet Burlesque

Verdict:
GO SEE!

REVIEW:
Burlesque oozes sexiness of course thanks to the racy costumes and dance numbers--- and sweetness from Christina Aguilera's loveable character. Singer turned actress Aguilera is pretty great in her debut acting role--- playing a girl with a hidden killer singing voice who moves to L.A. in hopes of making it big and finds herself working at Burlesque Lounge--- first as a waitress, then as a star. Singer/Actress Cher is simply fabulous as the owner of Burlesque Lounge. Stanley Tucci is a hoot as her gay best friend and stage manager of the theatre while Cam Gigandet supplies plenty of eye candy. Burlesque is nothing but pure fun. The performances--- from the song to dance numbers are wonderful to watch. Aguilera and Cher fans will love this flirty film without a doubt.
 

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

What's Playing? 11/26 Weekend



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This weekend in theatres is filled with fun looking films (with the exception of the historical The King's Speech about King George VI).
Burlesque (I'll let the title speak for itself) starring singer/actress Cher and singer turned actress Christina Aguilera looks so much fun and is my top pick.
Tangled, Disney's version of the tale of Rapunzel, with Mandy Moore voicing the long haired maiden looks cute and funny.
"The Rock" Dwayne Johnson stars in the action Faster, that looks cliched but is guaranteed a good popcorn flick. 
The Nutcracker in 3D about the Christmas story of the Nutcracker looks fun.
The based on true events, The King's Speech doesn't sound interesting by the plot, but the trailer makes it out to look very interesting and even funny.
The movie I recommend last is the romantic comedy Love & Other Drugs. It looks unexciting and unfunny.


The rundown of movies opening in theatres this weekend goes like this:


Burlesque
 What's It About?
A singer from a small town heads to Los Angeles in hopes of making it big and finds stardom at The Burlesque Lounge.


Why See It?
-Christina Aguilera's film debut. 
-You're a Cher fan.

Why Skip It?
-You don't like musicals.
-You don't like Christina Aguilera or Cher.


Trailer:

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Tangled
What's It About?
The Disney take on the fairytale Rapunzel.


Why See It?
-You're a fairytale fan.
-You're a fan of Mandy Moore.

Why Skip It?
 -You're over 12.


Trailer:
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 Faster
What's It About?
A man seeks revenge on the murderers who killed his brother.

Why See It?
You're a "The Rock" Dwayne Johnson fan.


Why Skip It?
It looks like any other "The Rock" Dwayne Johnson action movie.


Trailer:
http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1810147419/video

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The Nutcracker 3D
What's It About?
The popular Christmas tale of a young girl and her magical nutcracker.


Why See It?
You love the Nutcracker story.


Why Skip It?
You'd rather wait until near Christmas to see it.

Trailer:
http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1809912514/video

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The King's Speech
What's It About?
 The based on true story of King George VI who enlisted in the help of a speech therapist to help him with his speaking problems.

Why See It?
 As boring as it sounds, it looks interesting and funny.

Why Skip It?
You think it looks boring.

Trailer:
http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1810124453/video

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Love & Other Drugs
What's It About?
A pharmaceutical salesman selling Viagra and a woman with Parkinson's disease fall in love.


Why See It? 
-You're a fan of Jake Gyllenhaal.
-You loved the book the film is based upon.

Why Skip It?
 The story is too uninteresting.
Trailer:
http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1810116437/video


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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Exciting Next Three Days

The Verdict: 
GO SEE!

REVIEW:
The Next Three Days is one of the most electrifying drama/thrillers of 2010--- if you can make it through the slow-paced first hour that builds up for the hold-your breath second half. Russell Crowe is great to watch as a man that goes through every length possible to break his wife accused of murder, out of jail. Partly reminiscent of The Fugitive and Bonnie and Clyde, The Next Three Days delivers on the action and a solid plot with clever twists up to the end. The downside is Crowe carries the film (I didn't find the casting believable for most of the other characters) and the wonderful Liam Neeson's role is a blink and you miss him type one.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

What's Playing? 11/19 Weekend

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This weekend in theatres, is a good weekend--- for particularly Harry Potter fans. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the last film (part 1 of 2) of the popular wizard film series opens.
For action junkies, The Next Three Days with Russell Crowe and Liam Neeson looks super exciting--- and is my top pick.
The remaining opening films: a based-on-true events about women workers in the 1960's striking, Made in Dagenham--- and the French, White Material about a white woman in Africa who stays behind in a war torn country to save her crops--- looks good but out of place compared with the previous mentioned guaranteed blockbusters.

Here are the movies opening in theatres starting Friday:


 The Next Three Days
 What's It About?
A man attempts to bust his wife, who is convicted of murder, from jail.

Why See It?
-For all that action the trailer shows.
-You're a Russell Crowe and/or Liam Neeson fan.

Why Skip It?
-Too much action?
 -You're not a Crowe fan.

Trailer:

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Harry Potter 
and the
Deathly Hallows: 
Part 1
 What's It About?
The first part of the beginning of the end for the Harry Potter series.

Why See It?
If you're a Harry Potter fan of course.


Why Skip It?
You're never seen any Harry Potter films. 

Trailer:

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Made in Dagenham
 What's It About?
The true story of women workers in the 1960's at Dagenham Ford car plant who strike demanding equal pay and protest against sexual discrimination.

Why See It?
 For the story.

Why Skip It?
 You prefer contemporary movies.

Trailer:

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White Material
 What's It About?
A white woman in Africa stays behind a war torn country to try to salvage her crops. 

Why See It?
 For the almost unbelievable plot.

Why Skip It?
You're not a foreign film fan.


Trailer:





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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Catwoman Returns?



(Michelle Pfeiffer as the sexy, villainess Catwoman in 1992's Batman Returns)



There are rumors prowling about that Batman's and everyone's favorite sexy cat, Catwoman, may return to the big screen in Christopher Nolan's third installment in his Batman film vision, The Dark Knight Rises.

Supposedly Nolan is meeting with particular popular actresses:

Rachel Weisz
Naomi Watts
Blake Lively 
Anne Hathaway
Keira Knightley
Natalie Portman 

as he searches for two women to play:
a villainess and a love interest of Bruce Wayne/Batman in the 2012 summer movie The Dark Knight Rises.

Catwoman would be the most fitting villianess.

Although there's speculation that Talia Al Ghul, Ra's Al Ghul (played by Liam Neeson in 2005's Batman Begins) daughter may be the villianess that makes it into The Dark Knight Rises instead.

A brand new villianess that hasn't been seen on the screen yet would be great---
but Catwoman makes the most sense to be the villianess in the Knight Rises.

Catwoman/Selina Kyle hasn't been seen in Gotham City since 1992's Batman Returns.

After 19 years, her fans all will agree, it's time for Catwoman to return! 

 But who could possibly fill the skintight, black latex catsuit that Michelle Pfeiffer so fabulously filled? Which actress could play Catwoman as flawlessly sexy and crazy as Pfeiffer did?


My number one pick is easily:


Angelina Jolie.

There's no doubt she could wear the catsuit and nail Catwoman's twisted personality perfectly. 

Ex and first Catwoman on the screen ever (from the 60's Batman t.v. series), 
Julie Newmar, has said, "Angelina would own the part."
(http://www.hecklerspray.com/batman-3-angelina-jolie-should-be-catwoman-says-catwoman/200815447.php/comment-page-1)

 Other great contenders I believe could nail Catwoman today are:




Charlize Theron



Milla Jovovitch




Bryce Dallas Howard


 Olga Kurylenko




Gemma Arterton


 

Eva Green



Catherine Zeta Jones



Rachel Weisz

 
Famke Janssen
 Leslie Stefanson


Dina Meyer


Brittany Daniel


Some interesting contenders are:



Lucy Liu


Penelope Cruz


Christina Aguilera


If Catwoman makes a return in 2012, hopefully her catsuit is similar to Pfeiffer's stunner:


Not Halle Berry's 2004 Patience Philips' un-cat looking costume:


Or the more utilitarian costume in recent Batman comics:

 Although I have a feeling this more practical Catwoman costume would be worn by Catwoman.


Pfeiffer was so excellent acing Catwoman/Selina Kyle I almost don't seeing any other actress at the time putting on the catsuit as perfectly as she did except for these few actresses:




Sharon Stone


 Kim Basinger

 Demi Moore


 Elisabeth Shue

Cher


And although Berry played the newest version of Catwoman pretty well, I believe a couple of other actresses could have done equally good or better:



Vanessa Williams



Rosario Dawson



Zoe Saldana

Out of the supposed list of Nolan's contenders to play perhaps Catwoman, besides Rachel Weisz, the other actresses seem unlikely to be able to pull off playing the complex, sexy, villainous Catwoman.

Hopefully Catwoman will return to the big screen in 2012 in The Dark Knight Rises.

But only if the actress cast is as purfect as Pfeiffer's Catwoman.



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Friday, November 12, 2010

Not A Very Pretty Skyline


Verdict:  
DON'T SEE!

Why
Combined with the worst casting seemingly ever, cheesy acting and a lost plot, Skyline simply sucks.
The only thing cool about this alien flick is the cool looking aliens (although they resemble robots more).
The tagline is "Don't Look Up." 
It should be "Don't Go See."

REVIEW: 
I wish I would have seen any of the other films that opened this weekend--- yes even the documentary Cool It, on global warming, rather than the sci-fi/alien invasion super bust, Skyline.
Skyline (directed by and special effects done by, Brothers Strause, Alien vs. Predator: Requiem) looked so good in the trailer, yet the actual movie is anything but.
The best things in the film are the amazing special effects, especially of the slimy monster, yet robotic looking aliens and when the coolest scene in the movie--- the scene from the theatrical poster (posted above) is actually played out.
The bad things are aplenty.
Starting with the cast. 
I didn't expect Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to star but one of the former Doublemint and Sweet Valley High twins (Brittany Daniel, Club Dread) and Donald Faison from 1995's Clueless in lead roles?
Joining them are: Eric Balfour (2003's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Scottie Thompson (Star Trek) and David Zayas (The Expendables). 
Who?
Interestingly all these actors and actresses have more t.v. acting experience than film acting, in which they should stick to just that--- t.v. acting.
The acting is so cheesy most of the time you have to laugh and roll your eyes and wish you have a huge mute button.
Perhaps that's because the script (unbearably written by Joshua Cordes and Liam O'Donnell) is so weak.
Even in an alien film, some reason why the aliens are attacking should be brought up. 
Skyline doesn't explain not even a hint why these robotic aliens with their blinding, blue light eyes are sucking humans into their ships, what is the blue light exactly and why does the blue light turn those who mistakenly stare into it into zombies pretty much.
The second half of the movie is like watching someone play a video game--- air fighting simultaneously with ground fighting between the humans and aliens--- there's so much going on--- most of it pointless.
The ending seems like something out of an entirely different movie and how Skyline ends, I dread to say, there may be a Skyline 2 sometime in the future to come.
Take Skyline's poster tagline mock warning "Don't Look Up" and replace it with my real warning: Don't Go See!










 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

What's Playing? 11/12 Weekend


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This weekend in theatres is just okay, compared to the great movies that opened last weekend.
The alien invasion film Skyline is definitely my number one pick to see.
The based on true events, action-thriller Unstoppable starring Denzel Washington is my second pick.
The documentary Cool It, about global warming, although educational, looks pretty good.
The comedy-drama Morning Glory has a strong cast, Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton especially, and looks fun but at the same time, unexciting.
The indie comedy Tiny Furniture--- starring, directed and written by new to the film industry Lena Dunham looks funny, although the plot isn't anything new.


The rundown for this weekend's films opening this Friday goes:



Skyline
What's It About?
Aliens hostilely invade the Earth. 

Why See It?
If you're an extraterrestrial believer and/or lover of alien movies. 

Why Skip It?
You think it looks like a knock-off of Independence Day or War of the Worlds.

Trailer:


Unstoppable
What's It About?
Based on an actual event--- two men must stop a runaway train filled with toxic chemicals.


Why See It?
-Because Denzel Washington and Chris Pine are starring in it.
-Plus the drenched in action filled plot. 


Why Skip It?
 You're not an action film fan.

Trailer:

Cool It
What's It About?
A documentary about one man's ideas on how to stop global warming.


Why See It?
 -If you enjoyed Al's Gore's An Inconvenient Truth and Leonardo DiCaprio's The Eleventh Hour. 

Why Skip It?
 A film on global warming doesn't seem very fun.

Trailer:


Morning Glory
What's It About?
 A news producer tries to turn around for the better--- a morning show with two fighting anchors.

Why See It?
The plot is fresh and cast is great. 


Why Skip It?
As upbeat and sunny as it looks, it also looks dull.

Trailer:


Tiny Furniture
What's It About?
A young woman returns home from college with absolutely no sense of direction for her life.

Why See It?
 Looks interesting and funny.

Why Skip It?
It's too indie for you.


Trailer:


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