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I’m a sucker for an action movie with fast cars and wisecracking beefy dudes. It’s such a frivolous form of entertainment and every once in a while, it’s just what the doctor ordered. When all else fails and chocolate or wine are not within reach, a macho-flick will do just fine.

I didn’t go see Fast Five when it came out in theaters last year although I had seen all previous movies (The Fast and The Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast and Furious).

Fast Five has all the important bits: lots of muscle cars, lots of muscles, lots of bad guys with guns, the requisite mysterious girls, fun banter between the guys. I actually liked it a whole lot. Some of my favourite parts included the fight between The Rock and Vin Diesel – they took rough-housing to a whole new level. The 4-police-car drag race in the streets of Rio was hilarious. The final chase at the end with that huge vault smashing everything in its way – awesome. I enjoyed when they were practice-racing through their man-made track trying to beat the video surveillance. And through it all, awesome driving and the sound of muslce car engines. What’s not to like?? 🙂

It won’t win any Oscars. You won’t come out of it with any revelations about life.

But if you’re still reading this, that’s probably not what you were after anyway.

Buy a pizza and something fizzy to drink, buckle up and enjoy the ride.

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This is a classic at our house at Christmastime. Denis Leary and Kevin Spacey are just hysterical – the writing and dialogue are sharp and witty. Love this movie.

The storyline: Denis Leary plays an unfortunate cat burglar, who is abandoned by his partner in the middle of a heist, and is forced to take an irritating Connecticut couple (Kevin Spacey, Judy Davis) hostage. He soon finds that he took more than he bargained for when the couple’s blackmailing son and despicable in-laws step into the picture. Before long they’re driving him nuts with their petty bickering and family problems. The only way for him to survive is to be their referee and resolve their differences, before he can be nabbed by the police.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110955/

Lloyd (Kevin Spacey – the husband): You know what I’m going to get you next Christmas, Mom? A big wooden cross, so that every time you feel unappreciated for your sacrifices, you can climb on up and nail yourself to it.

LOL

🙂

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Here’s the latest:

Red Riding Hood

I didn’t see it coming at all. I was torn between two possibilities for the wolf, I refused to believe that the few others the story was hinting at…and then BOOM – surprise ending. Although it wasn’t “Sixth Sense” shocking, it was still unexpected. The story was good and I enjoyed the movie. The touches in the film describing life in those times were just on the surface but the viewer still got the gist. I was able to immerse myself in the tale. I liked the occasional hints of ‘creepy’ too. At the end, i found myself hoping for a bit more depth. Rating: B-

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It’s here – looking forward to it.


 

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SERIOUSLY?!?!?!?!

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It’s been a while since I posted about the movies I’ve seen. So here’s a recap of the ones we’ve seen at the theater and at home:

TRON: Legacy (in 3D)

A must-see for those who remember the original; with updated special effects and an awesome soundtrack.  Jeff Bridges returns as Kevin Flynn, the designer of the virtual world that he developed on the original film. This movie follows Kevin’s son Sam Flynn as he goes looking for his father and ends up inside the digital world. I enjoyed the movie – Jeff Bridges is always entertaining and it was fun to see Olivia Wilde in a role other than Thirteen on House. The new-and-improved games played in the movie were high-tech eye candy, which is always fun. Did the movie change my life in any way? Probably not..but it didn’t matter. This one is more for the ride than the journey. It’s a must-see for anyone who saw and liked the original. RATING: B

Storyline: Sam Flynn, the tech-savvy 27-year-old son of Kevin Flynn, looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 20 years. Along with Kevin’s loyal confidant, father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually stunning cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous.

Inception

We just watched this last night and it was REALLY GOOD. When it first came out in theaters, the trailer really didn’t do it justice. I was somewhat intrigued but imagined a movie filled with moving worlds and confusion and I wasn’t really in the mood for that. But Inception was so much more than that and there was only one major scene of “moving worlds”. It’s about dream-sharing  where several people share the same dream, or rather, join the dreamer’s subconscious, usually with the goal of finding secrets and hidden information stored in the dreamer’s subconscious. It was a very cool movie. And the cast was great: Leonardo DiCaprio was fantastic as usual. Ellen Page (from Juno) was great as the “architect” who created the dream worlds – talk about a cool job. Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were also very good. It was fascinating to delve into the various layers of people’s subconscious. All in all, an excellent way of sending a couple of hours. RATING: A+

Official storyline from Warner Bros.: Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible-inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.

The Book of Eli

This was one of those movies that I hadn’t heard very much about and happened to have the TV on when it started. And after a couple of minutes, it completely sucked me in.

In a violent post-apocalyptic society set in 2043, sometime after the Last Great War, the drifter Eli (Denzel Washington) has been travelling west across North America for the last thirty years reading a unique book that he brings with him. The movie follows Eli through his travels; the struggles he must face and the people he meets, in particular when he stops in a town that’s being run by Carnegie (Gary Oldman). Carnegie’s gang finds out about the book Eli is protecting and make it their goal to obtain it. A girl, Solara, from the town (Mila Kunis) ends up teaming up with Eli along his journey. Solara asks Eli about the world before the war and he tells her that people had more than they needed and threw away things that others kill for today. When asked why he keeps the book, Eli explains that it’s the only Bible left in the world since it was singled out for extermination after the war, as the post-war population believed it was the cause of the war. They eventually end up at Alcatraz, where a curator has been gathering all the remnants of pre-war civilization, such as books, music, and art, and storing them in the cells until they are ready to rebuild and re-establish society. There’s an interesting twist that’s revealed but I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t seen the movie.

A fascinating movie. RATING: A

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I’m very happy that they’ve announced that filming will begin on Star Trek 2 (aka Start Trek XII) in summer 2011 with a tentative release date in the US of June 29, 2012. I really enjoyed the “first” one and have watched it probably upwards of 5-6 times – if I catch it on TV, I’ll just leave it on. The cast was awesome (although the Spock/Uhura romance is still a bit odd but I’ll go with it) – I loved the characters and getting to see everyone at the beginning, before all their adventures. Big fan.

Chris Pine has also been cast as Jack Ryan in “Moscow”. Jack Ryan is the famed Tom Clancy CIA hero (previously played by Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck). That looks promising – most of the Tom Clancy movies have been great hits in my book.

Also looking forward to Avatar 2 and Avatar 3. Last I heard though, tentative release dates were somewhere around December 2014 and December 2015 respectively so we have some time to kill.

The Hobbit: Part 1 (J.R.R. Tolkien / Lord of the Rings) is in pre-production, scheduled to begin filming in Feb 2011.

The Dark Knight Rises is the next instalment in the Batman franchise – scheduled for release in summer 2012.

Hmm. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Although I usually like Nicolas Cage’s movies and end up going to see them, I can’t say that I’ll definitely go see this once it comes out. I’ll have to wait and see. Although…the guy’s skull is on fire. That’s kinda cool.

The one movie I’m not jumping up and down about is James Cameron’s remake of Titanic in 3D… The original movie was great but I’d much rather see something new instead of something redone and re-released… I mean, there’s milking and there’s MILKING. Fans of the movie may actually go see it. My feeling? Tepid at best.

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TRON vs TRON Legacy

So Chris and I watched the original TRON movie yesterday.

* Snicker *

Holy moly – it was pretty corny. BUT, in several cases the movie had ideas that were way ahead of its time, which was actually pretty cool. And it was fun to see a younger Jeff Bridges too. Did computer keyboards really make that much noise back then? Yes, yes they did. And the glasses everyone wore. Wow. Big.

That being said, we’re looking forward to seeing the new TRON Legacy on December 17, 2010. New effects, new sleek and sexy look… Jeff Bridges is back, and Olivia Wilde (Thirteen from House) and Martin Sheen join him.

Let’s take a look at the improvements shall we?

THEN: Original TRON movie poster

NEW: TRON Legacy poster

THEN: I wonder how they made those suits glow in 1982...

NOW: Pretty sleek. I'd love to wear a TRON costume for Halloween...

THEN: Closeup!

NOW: Closeup. This is actually my PC background for the moment.

THEN: The bikes

NOW: New bikes. Cooler than the batmobile.

Coming to theaters Dec 17, 2010 in 3D (of course). Here’s the link to the official movie site and trailer. It looks awesome!

End of Line

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“Someone called you an owl!”

“Who?”

🙂

Ha. Still a classic.

The Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole is coming out September 24th in — what else — 3D. I am smitten. I love owls.

I especially love the little baby fluffy owl in the movie with his wide googly eyes and soft baby feathers…

Eglantine

I want him.

If a stuffed version of this little guy goes on sale, I’m so there.

This movie has it all: a legend, a quest, nice graphics, fun characters, OWLS. And I love just saying “Ga’Hoole”. The Owls of Ga’Hoole! I wanna go to Ga’Hoole. We can chill in Ga’Hoole, catch a movie, eat some pizza. Are people who live in Ga’Hoole called Ga’Hooligans? Hmm. That gives the titla a whole new meaning… “Ga’Hooligans – True dat.”

Here are other pics showing the rest of the owl cast:

Twilight

Soren

Nyra

Metalbeak

Kludd

Gylfie

Digger

And, just because we can, let’s have a look at Eglantine again. All together now: Awwwwwww

Eglantine

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Wow – what a messed up chick. BUT kudos to her for recognizing that she needed a drastic change in her life and actually went ahead with it instead of just continuing to live that life and being miserable. That takes a lot of courage.

The scenery and cultural nuances between Italy, India and Bali were fantastic. I so want to visit those countries now and experience them like a local… I’m not into meditation per se – although I do find myself spending some time just thinking when things aren’t quite right and I supposed that’s my personal form of reflection and relaxation. I took a meditation class as a gym elective in college one semester. It was all about breathing and aromatherapy and Tuesday afternoons from 2 to 5 became my weekly highlight (probably for the wrong reasons at the time – I was just grateful not to be in one of the tougher gym classes where you actually had to exert yourself… Lying down and breathing was much more my style!).

I think everyone has gone through painful experiences in their lives and it’s important to be able to recognize when you need a break and some time to heal. Agreed, not everyone can pick up and take a year away from real life, but I don’t think that’s the point. Knowing yourself well enough to recognize that you’re not ok and acting on it – that’s the point. This movie was a full blown version of that and I really enjoyed it. I’m also a big fan of Julia Roberts and I think she did a fantastic job in this film.

I can only imagine what the book is like. If anyone has read it, please let me know if it’s worth reading, even after seeing the movie.

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