A Few Reviews

I’ve seen quite a few movies in the last few months. Here are a few reviews:

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I Am Legend
I watched this on an HBO channel so no commercials and I really enjoyed this movie. I do have to admit that the whole “zombie” thing kinda creeped me out and there were a few sad scenes but for a movie with so few characters, it really kept me intrigued. I do have to say that after watching this movie tonight, every noise I hear outside after it’s gotten dark are making me jump just a bit. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Taken
Oh WOW!! What a thrilling movie. I’m not going to give away anymore of the plot than what you see in commercials…Liam Neeson plays a retired government spy whose daughter goes to Paris for a sightseeing trip with friends and gets abducted while on the phone with him. As any ex-spy father would do, he goes into action to rescue his little girl. It wasn’t a scary movie, per say, but very intense. You don’t even realize how long it takes to establish the story or characters. Very well made. I plan on buying it when it goes to DVD. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Gran Torino
First thing, I had no idea that a Gran Torino was a car. I’m such a girl! LOL. Clint Eastwood is still an awesome actor. I can’t believe he’s 79 years old!! This movie is also an intense movie but in a very different way. His character’s a Korean War veteran that is quite prejudice. He watches his neighborhood change culturally with Hmong families and their respective gangs moving in. Despite his historical prejudices, he befriends his neighbors and helps Thao (the very quiet boy) come into his own and not walk down the wrong path, as his cousins have. Eastwood’s character (Walt Kowalski) is a stereo typical crotchety old man that you can’t help but find endearing as you get to know him better through the movie. The movie is paced well and the character development is integrated well into the story so you’re never really bored. We enjoyed the movie quite a bit and I plan on adding it to my movie collection when it becomes available. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Britney Spears – Circus
I have only had one listen to the full CD so I’m not IN LOVE with it but it’s pretty good. There isn’t a track on the CD that I’ve skipped so that says a lot. If you’re one to try the new Britney, take a good listen to Track 6 – If U Seek Amy. She does a very good job enunciating every consonant sound in the title phrase and it sounds…well…provocative, to say the least. The jury is still out so I’ll rate it 3 out of 5 stars.

So, those are my reviews. Have a great next week. 🙂
Love you, mean it!
~C

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Quantum of Solace

Saw Quantum of Solace tonight. Didn’t like it at all. It was one violent scene after another with no story to connect any of it. Keith mentioned that the purpose was to set up the Quantum so there are villains in future movies. We agreed it wasn’t worth the time for the movie. They could have done the villain set up in a series of flash backs or something shorter in the next movie. 1.5 out of 5 stars

Australia

Keith and I went to see Australia last night. What an interesting movie! We actually thought it was based on a book or books but according to the IMDB FAQs on the movie, it’s not. The story was great – it takes place just before and in the beginning of the Japanese invasion of Australia during WWII. Unfornately, the movie itself was a little disjunct between sections…which is why we thought it might have come from multiple books. It was also nice to hear Hugh Jackman use his natural accent in a movie! The scenery was gorgeous, too.

The pre-show at Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek was really bad, though. And they took forever. Not impressed. Food and service were good as always, though. I do enjoy going to the Alamo for a movie.

I’d have to recommend this movie. Not a bad choice for a date movie ’cause there’s enough war and cattle for guys and Hugh Jackman and just enough romance for the women. 4 out of 5 stars.

Little Child

Have you ever watched Little Einsteins? It is the cutest show! Here is a synopsis of the show from TV.com:

Little Einsteins takes us on an adventure with four children: Leo, June, Annie and Quincy. Each of these four children have their own specialization, Leo loves to conduct, Annie loves to sing, Quincy loves to play instruments while June loves to dance. The series uses various pieces of classical music as the basic fundamentals for the series, though the series also capitalizes on the premise and episodes typically have famous artwork within them.

Any chance I get, I watch it. It’s so enjoyable to watch a TV show that incorporates art and music with little adventures! Okay, so the story lines are a little silly but it’s designed for pre-school aged kids. Silly is perfectly a-okay!

Like Dreamers Do

Randy Pausch is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He was told last fall that his pancreatic cancer was fatal and he only had 6 or so months to live. Carnegie Mellon has been having professors give a lecture of life lessons as though it was their last. He decided to give his on childhood dreams.

Have you seen or heard about this? This is the entire video (just over an hour) but you can watch the shorter one he gave on Oprah (around 11 minutes). Human strength and courage is amazing!

Crying, Hoping, Waiting

I’ll finish my New Years in New Orleans wrap up soon.

The Oscar nominees were announced today. Many wonder what’s going to happen with the Oscars since the Golden Globes had to be cancelled. I never actually looked up the winners once they were announced and after looking up the Oscar nominees just now, I realize why. I never saw a movie in the theatre this past year. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I watched Superbad at home and laughed all the way through it. But the last movie I saw in the theatre was The Pursuit of Happyness. The crazy thing is that I live right next to a Tinsletown…where I know one of the managers and rarely have to pay to see a movie!!! I guess I’ve enjoyed my time with my friends by being able to converse with them while we hang out. I’m not opposed to seeing movies alone, either. I just haven’t. Just an interesting tidbit about my last year.

Which brings me to the question, “What do you think will win out: BlueRay or HD DVD?”

Love you, mean it!
~C