The World’s End

If you are a fan of Simon Pegg, then this movie is another must see.  He and trusty BFF, Nick Frost created another movie that will leave your sides aching from the laughter. At first, I thought I misunderstood what the movie was about because there was so much time spent building the character’s back stories instead of going right into the sci-fi action, which so many movies do these days. The script was well written, full of hilarious lines perfect for meme making! And might I add, Martin Freeman is so funny in this movie.

The general gist of the story is that six friends do a massive pub crawl, going to 12 pubs in their hometown when they are young. Sadly, they don’t make it to the last pub and life moves on. Gary King (Simon Pegg) did not accept that and continued to live in the past while everyone else moved on with their lives and became successful adults. Gary decides to get the old gang back together to complete the pub crawl and make it to The World’s End pub. They meet some insane obstacles along the way and suddenly reaching the pub is more important than just a pint, which by the way I was seriously wanting by the end of the movie.

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What I love about Simon Pegg movies is how carefully thought out and well written everything is, even if it’s a crazy movie like this one. There were 12 pubs and each one in it’s own way, represents what is going on in the movie and the overall plot.

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Tonight, we will be partaking in a liquid repast- as we wind our way up the golden mile. Commencing with an inaugural tankard in the First Post, then onto the Old Familiar, the Good Companion, the Trusty Servant, the Two-headed Dog, the Mermaid, the Beehive, the King’s Head, and the Hole in the Wall for a measure of the same. All before the last bittersweet pint in that most fateful- the Worlds End. 

Without giving away the everything, I will tell you this journey to The World’s End has multiple meanings and is hilarious. Thanks to them, we get quotes like:

“What the fuck does WTF mean?”

Make time to watch this movie. You won’t regret it!

The Host: Movie Review

Stephenie Meyers’ only other book besides the Twilight Saga got mixed reviews (from myself included- read here), but even I was excited when I found out this was going to be a movie, but I didn’t run to the theaters to see it either.

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I knew there were lots of challenges to overcome in the making of this film and overall, I think the movie turned out to be okay. For certain, it was nothing spectacular, with so much important dialogue cut from the script, the relationships that developed throughout the movie felt rushed.

I certain that anybody that hasn’t read the book will have a hard time enjoying this movie. I filled in a lot of holes and explanations with my knowledge from what was written on the pages. Only with that information, could I find myself liking Wanda and understanding her.

Obviously, my husband didn’t read the novel, and ended up falling asleep in the middle of the movie (so not hard to do with the recliners in our theater). I had a very hard time buying into this novel when I started reading it and that transferred to my husband in the start of the movie. Unfortunately, he never recovered and took a well deserved nap. He was willing to see it with me, at least, right?

Bottom line – I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone that didn’t read The Host or isn’t a syfy nut or diehard Meyers fan. If you do see it, go to a matinee. Yes, you can see the movie without reading the book, but you’re going to leave the theater unfulfilled if you do. Only armed with the conversations Wanda had with Ian and Jared and Jamie from the book can you get a true appreciation for the characters.

Spring Breakers: Does It Deserve The Hype?

I watch Pretty Little Liars and because I watch this show, when I saw Ashley Benson tweeting bout her movie coming out this month, I knew I wanted to see it. To support her and her acting career. I mean, it has an all star cast ranging from James Franco to Selena Gomez. How bad could it be?

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Well that is the million dollar question. All the reviews I’d seen before seeing this, said this movie was amazing and easily one of the best films of the year.

Sure. If by best, you mean sucks.

Does this movie deserve all the hype? In my opinion: HELL to the NO!

This movie was such a waste of time, I feel like my intelligence was sucked out of me with every second I kept my eyes glued to the screen.

James Franco did an amazing job, acting like a street thug, drug dealer that he was, but the storyline was tremendously lacking.

This movie seemed nothing more than a bunch of girls we’ve seen on our tv screens trying to break out of their goodie goodie molding. The artistic way in which the film was edited, didn’t leave a lot of room for a lot of lines, but lots of cut away shots to different (illegal) things these girls were doing.

I think this had potential to be a great movie, but script is in serious need of an overhaul before that can happen. So many stupid decisions are made (many of which, I don’t think most sane girls would make just to get to FL for spring break, but who knows, maybe these girls are insane) that don’t seem realistic choices, common sense was thrown out the window for the entire movie.

If you are a fan of any of these actors, then check it out to support them. It’s why I watched it. If not, and you just like movies, skip this one. Wait for it to come on HBO – at least then, you won’t waste your money…only your time.

Admission: Movie Review

I love both Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, so when Olympus Has Fallen was sold out, this movie was an easy choice. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to see this to begin with, but was hoping to catch the other movie first due to my mood. ADMISSION-Poster

For starters let me just say that the trailer’s we’ve seen in the theaters completely twists this movie. What you think is the main movie plot ISN’T. In no way is that a bad thing, but needless to say, I was surprised when I found out the real depth of the story. Obviously, I haven’t read the book.

This movie comes complete with a star-studded cast, each of which bringing a level of perfection to their characters that are somehow capable of strumming different emotional nerves throughout the movie.

In this movie you will get a romance, love, comedy, drama, and many life lessons. I enjoyed the way Hollywood pointed out how big Ivy League schools, such as Princeton (where Tina Fey’s character Portia is an admissions officer), only VISIT the private and prep schools to FIND their prospects. It shows how truly skewed the everyday above-average public school students chances are of getting admitted.

I won’t lie – there was a moment when I thought I was going to cry. The circumstances that we see Portia placed in over the course of the movie not only require her to evaluate her straight-laced ways, they make her rethink all of her life decisions from as far back as college. As many students as Portia denies admission becomes almost symbolic for what she denies herself…which is a lot.

If you have two hours to kill one day, I’d say give this movie a shot. If you aren’t sure it’s something you want to see, then go see a matinee – you’ll get your money’s worth. It’s not your typical romcom – if you haven’t read the book like me, you’re in for a real treat.

Safe Haven: Movie Review

Logline: A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her.

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Safe Haven opened on probably the best day of the year for a Nicholas Sparks novel adaptation – Valentine’s Day. Sadly, I couldn’t go because I was too busy enjoying a Mumford & Sons concert. Ironically, one of the openers was Ben Howard, who is on the Safe Haven soundtrack (another post will follow re: soundtrack). Time moved forward and I finally got a chance to see the movie. For me, it was worth the wait.

I will preface this review by stating I have NOT read the book, although it’s currently on my iPad waiting for me to read it, so I can’t say how close this is or isn’t too the movie. However, I can say I thought the acting in this movie was superb. Nothing felt forced or uncomfortable. The chemistry was evident between Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough. Their emotions became my emotions. The soundtrack and score fit the movie and did a great job at setting the tone. The cinematography captures the small town in the typical manner described in Nicholas Sparks novels. It’s portrayed perfectly on the screen. This movie does a great job of making me crave the Atlantic!

Like 90% of Nicholas Sparks’ stories, Safe Haven takes place in a quiet, small town in North Carolina. It’s here, he teaches Julianne Hough’s character, Katie a major life lesson…how to LOVE. Alex, played by Josh Duhamel, is responsible for such a task. Alex’s daughter, Lexie makes it that much easier for Alex and Katie, by being adorable and catching on to the flirting and chemistry between her dad and the new pretty girl. Even Katie’s neighbor, Jo tries to convince her to open up and give Alex a chance. Unfortunately for Katie, she is married to an abusive, alcoholic cop, perfectly portrayed by Revolution’s David Lyons. He may not know where she is, but definitely knows how to make trouble for her. In the end, he does a very good job to complicate things for Katie.

I’ve read quite a few Nicholas Sparks books and, I have to say, the last few minutes of this film – WOAH! What a cool twist. I loved it so much. Be prepared though guys and dolls, you might need some kleenex at the end. I had a moment…This story does a great job at reminding us that everyone can be happy and have a second chance.

Did you see this movie? Will you see this movie? If you haven’t, YOU SHOULD! Go to a matinee if you aren’t sure you want to spend the money on it. I’m on a romance kick at the moment, which is killing my poor husband. It’s a stretch from my usual horror or sci-fi, but I’m enjoying it while it’s around. With that being said, what’s your favorite romance?

Oz The Great and Powerful – Movie Review

From the first time I saw a teaser trailer about this movie, I became excited like a little school girl. I dished out money to see a special showing of The Wizard of Oz on the big screen in NOVA (Northern VA), so there was NO WAY I would miss this.

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Directed by Sam Raimi, everything the man touches turns out beautifully. Of course, wherever there is Sam, there will be Bruce Campbell. He pops up in all of Sam’s movies, just like Stan Lee does in the movies of his comics. I love it! Danny Elfman did the music in this movie, mixing that perfect harmony of fantasy with the fight for good versus evil.

I saw this movie in 3D and if you have the ability to see it in 3D, you must! Just like the original, the movie starts off in Kansas in black and white. Well, while the screen is still in black and white, the movie is not widescreen. Whenever something happens that is enhanced by 3D, that black space surrounding the movie is used up, really giving you the impression something is jumping off the screen. It’s pretty awesome.

Once you get to Oz, the movie goes to widescreen where the sets are breathtaking. Thanks to my daughter’s love of the Disney Channel, I’ve seen Mila Kunis talk enough about the movie to know that a large portion of the set was real.

A part of this movie I loved is that hints leading up to The Wizard of Oz were dropped throughout. We know that Dorothy wears a blue and white gingham dress. She lives with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry and that her name is Dorothy Gale. That is brought up very subtly in this movie while we see Oz in Kansas. It’s pretty cool.

Once in Oz, in the original the Wicked Witch of the East is killed with Dorothy’s house. All that is left of her is her ruby slippers. I couldn’t help but think Theodora HAD to be her since she wears red. If that were the case, Evanora had to be the Wicked Witch of the West because she wears green. There is only one Glinda in both movies, but I can’t tell if the movies messed up or what because I noticed a MAJOR inconsistency. Glinda in The Wizard of Oz, was the Good Witch of the North and in this movie, she is introduced as the Good Witch of the South. HMMMM…You find out some background on all three witches and why they are the way they are – it’s pretty great.

This movie has quite a twist to it and does a great job explaining how the Wizard of Oz came to be the man behind the curtain we saw when Toto pulled it in the original movie.

While it’s over 2 hours long, it goes really fast, building up Oz and showing his flaws. One of the lines James Franco says in the beginning is “I’ll see you in my dreams.” OMG, I thought I was going to die! I’ve said to my husband since 1998 when we first started dating (yes, do the math, we’ve been an item for almost 15 years). It’s also a line in my novel because it means so much to me. Good to know other people think the same way I do.

So, Oz The Great and Powerful – GO. SEE. IT. WOW.

A Good Day to Die Hard: Or Is It?

Ever since the Die Hard series began, I have been a fan. However, for one reason or another, I’d never made it to the theater to see one…until now.

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I don’t know why, but I think the movie I had in my head was not as good as the one that was in the theater. With every Die Hard movie you can expect action, explosions, and lots and lots of bad guys. In that aspect, the movie delivered. Thanks to this movie franchise, we have come to expect Bruce Willis as the fiesty and highly offensive John McClane. Maybe it’s because he’s much older now, but his character was too tame for this NY officer.

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Set in Russia, the weapons, the locations, and the conspiracies are spot on. If you are an action movie nut, then you won’t be disappointed. I wasn’t surprised to see that John had an estranged relationship with his son, since he had a bad one with his daughter in the 4th installment. If the plan was to set up his son Jack to take over the McClane crime-fighting with attitude role, they did a good job. However, they should have allowed John to maintain his Yippee Ki-Yay Mother F***ker attitude and not the dry humor he presented in this installment. Granted, he said those infamous words, but to me, his character just seemed done.

I enjoyed the movie, but like I said, not as much as I wanted to. The acting was decent for an action movie and the fight scenes were awesome, but the plot was beyond predictable, giving me time to allow my mind to wander and still allow me to figure out the ending before it happened.

If you’ve seen it, let me know your thoughts. I will probably buy it on Blu-Ray when it comes out all the same because I need to keep my Die Hard collection complete!

Django Unchained: Review

Django-Unchained-wallpapers-1920x1200-2Something I try to do every year before Oscars is see the movies being nominated for Best Motion Picture. Sadly, I didn’t get to see this one in time for the Oscars, but I did see it afterwards. After seeing it, I’m please that Tarantino won for Best Original Screenplay and that Christoph Waltz won for best Supporting Actor, but this movie was NOT Best Picture quality.

I feel in love with the raw gore and emotion that is Tarantino in 1992 when Reservoir Dogs came out. If there is one thing Tarantino knows how to make you feel, it’s uncomfortable. This movie does just that, by using the “n-word” every five seconds and putting Django in so many bad situations, you figure each one will be the death of him. 

This movie pulled an all star cast together, (Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson to name a few) many of them having worked with Tarantino before, or on other movies together, making their chemistry very obvious on the screen.

This movie is very long (165 min) and at times I found my mind wandering, but I still enjoyed it. You need to know that when people die (and boy do they die!), as is typical in Tarantino movies, there is blood, blood, blood. The soundtrack was not that of a typical western, although Tarantino classified this as a Southern movie because it takes place in the south. The cinematography mixed with the location and the music at many times had me expecting to see Judah singing in Jesus Christ Superstar. Of course, leave it to Tarantino to throw in some rap as well because it’s not expected. It’s neat to see Leo as a villain since it’s not what he usually does.

Many people believe this movie to be racist because of the extreme circumstances of the storyline, but people should remember while this story is not a true story – so many other stories out there similar to this one are true. Tarantino shows what could have happened to slaves and how they were bought and sold. While I still don’t think this sort of movie is Best Picture worthy (I still have movies like Gone With the Wind or Schindler’s List in my mind when I think of Best Picture), it was good and something I enjoyed.

If you have the time and the money and can find a theater still showing this movie, go check it out.

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