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I Love You, Phillip Morris

Posted in Movie with tags , , , on June 20, 2011 by ldw

This movie was BAD!

First, you have Ewan McGregor as a blonde.  Next, there’s Jim Carrey trying to be serious.  Then you have the plot (I don’t care if it’s based on real events)!

This is a movie about a guy named Steven Russell from Virginia (Carrey) who leaves his wife, moves to Texas, and lives out if homosexuality.  He lives well above his means and gets arrested and convicted of insurance fraud.  While in prison he meets Phillip Morris (McGregor).  They fall in love and when Steven gets out of prison he pretends to be a lawyer in order to get Morris out early.  They move to Florida and begin their live together.  However, Steven continues living above his means and embezzles money.  But he gets caught and both men go back to prison (even though Morris had nothing to do with the crimes).  Steven tries (and succeeds for a short time) to escape but each time is caught and put back into prison.  Finally, he pretends to be infected with AIDS and fakes his own death just to try to get Morris out of prison.  He doesn’t succeed and is, instead, put back into prison with a life sentence.  He is still there today – in solitary confinement.

This movie can only be rented if you are 18 or older.  But I suggest renting ANYTHING else.  There was nothing good about this movie.

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Monsters Vs. Aliens

Posted in Movie with tags , , , , , on August 7, 2010 by ldw

I really didn’t like this movie.  I thought it was really dumb.  Now, my nieces love it – but they also like things like SpongeBob and Big Time Rush.  It’s about a girl, named Susan Murphy, who is hit with a comet and becomes huge – bigger than buildings huge – and is put into a government program with other monsters.  Others in the program include, B.O.B., Dr. Cockroach Ph.D., The Missing Link, and Insectosaurus.  These are the monsters that are kept in a secret location so that they couldn’t hurt anyone.  Then the Alien comes.  Gallaxhar is a squid-like alien looking for the comet that hit Susan because it contained a power that he needed to create a multitude of cloned minions.  He gains the power from Susan and makes his clones but don’t worry; all hope is not lost!  Susan learns that she can be independent and strong and she saves the day.

This movie contains the voices of Reese Withersppoon, Seth Rogan, Hough Laurie, Will Arnett, Keifer Sutherland, Rainn Wilson, Steven Colbert, and Paul Rudd.  This A-list cast doesn’t help the movie at all.  Steven Colbert is great as the president and Reese Witherspoon is fun as Susan but that’s about all I can say for this movie.

Anyway, boo.

Rating: 1/2

Dead Like Me

Posted in TV with tags , , , , , on August 7, 2010 by ldw

This show is fun and quirky and creative and funny.  It is everything you want in a show and has good acting!

It is about a girl name George – short for Georgia – who is a lazy slacker living in her parents’ house after high school graduation with no ambitions.  Her mom wakes her up one day and sends her out to get a job with a temp agency.  So she does and on her very first coffee break she is killed by a Soviet toilet seat that falls from a deorbiting space station.  Instead of dieing like normal people, George becomes a part of the undead community known as reapers.  There are reapers for all different types of death and it is there job to remove your soul from your body before you die so that you go into the afterlife unharmed and unmaimed.

George joins the reapers who collect people who die in accidents or murder – something outside themselves.  There are five of them – Rube, Mason, Roxy, Daisy, and George.  As reapers they get to enjoy all the things of life – food, bodies, money, etc.  They look different so that their families can’t recognize them and they have to get jobs and new names but other than that they simply live life – undead.  Each day they meet together and they are given their assignment for that day – post-it notes with a first initial, last name, time, and place.  It is their jobs to arrive, find, and remove the soul before the person is killed.  They are relieved of their reaping duties when they have reaped their quota – which they aren’t told before hand how many that is!

George struggles with the idea of removing someone’s soul and wonders – more than once – if she can keep the person from dieing by simply not doing her job.  She also tries to keep someone from dieing by intervening.  These just get her into trouble and cause for some funny and no-so-pleasant exchanges with the other reapers, the dead, and the living!

George is played by Ellen Muth who is brilliant in her ability to be angsty and funny all at once.  Her sarcastic way of presenting George to the world is light in its cynicism and deep in her ability to feel and penetrate even the toughest situations.

Other all-star actors include Mandy Patinkin (“My name is Indigo Montoya, you killed my father.  Prepare to die.”) as Rube the leader of the reapers, Cynthia Stevenson as George’s mother Joy, and Laura Harris as grim reaper Daisy.  The cast is rounded out with amazing performances by Callum Blue as Mason, Jasmine Guy as Roxy, and Brit McKillip as George’s younger sister Reggie.

I wish there was more of this show!  It’s sad that it was canceled just as things were getting stellar!

I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys great plots, deep character development, funny stories, and scripted dry humor (not physical comedy).

Rating: * * * * *


Marley And Me

Posted in Movie with tags , , , , , , on August 19, 2009 by ldw

Okay this movie was talked big – it didn’t fulfill for me.  I didn’t care about the characters and I didn’t care about the dog – until the end.  I’ve seen two dogs put to sleep and it isn’t fun.  I didn’t enjoy seeing it again (even though it was a movie).

Jenifer Aniston and Owen Wilson worked well in their roles but I dislike them both so I had a hard time getting around that.  I don’t think their performances were very good – in fact they weren’t even regular good!

There isn’t much more to say … it was a romcom so the directing, acting, soundtrack, etc isn’t something to nominate for an Oscar

Rating: *

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17 Again

Posted in Movie with tags , , , , on June 17, 2009 by ldw

In this movie Zac Efron plays the 17 year old verson of Matthew Perry’s Mike O’Donnell in this comedy about seeing your life for what it is and loving it even if it isn’t what you thought you wanted!

I think this movie has been made an meager 300,000 times since the creation of moving pictures but it was still cute (and for 75 cents you can’t say no).  So Perry is married to his high school sweetheart because they were pregnant at 17.  He gave up his dream of playing basketball to be with the girl he loved but after two kids and 20 years of marriage he is over it all and blames his wife, Scarlett (Leslie Mann) for his lack of drive in life.

When Mike is overlooked – again – for a promotion, he is fired for getting upset and finds himself wandering through his old high school.  He is met by a crazy janitor (Brian Doyle-Murray) who later puts Mike through a vortex that makes him 17 again (movie title!).

Now with the help of his best friend, Ned (Thomas Lennon), Mike has to figure out why he gets this second chance at life.  In the process he becomes friends with his own son and helps him make the basketball team, helps his daughter see her own worth is not found in boys but in the love of her family and friends, and rekindles his love for his wife (who was about to divorce him).

So he’s in “the big game” once again and has a scout there to watch him play but Mike chooses Scarlett over his dreams.  This releases him from the vortex of life and he returns to his older self.  YAY!

The cheese factor asside, this was a cute movie.  I mean it is obviously about Zac Efron but I thought Lennon was a great supporting role for Efron!  They have a fight scene  that is really well done and fun to watch.  I’m still not sure what blind person desided that Efron is what Perry looked like as a teenager (or vise versa), but other than that is was a good cast that did well.  I even like Sterling Knight and Michelle Trachtenberg in this movie (neither are amazing actors …).

Rating: * * 1/2

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Race to Witch Mountain

Posted in Movie with tags , , , , , on June 6, 2009 by ldw

Dwayne Johnson plays an ex-con on the straight and narrow who is trying to turn his life around as a cab driver.  Unfortunately, his former boss isn’t ready to let him go because he is such a great driver.  During one such encounter with the mob boss’ henchmen (who seem to get beat up a lot in this movie) , Jack Bruno (Johnson) receives two very interesting passengers – who snuk into his cab.

They ask him to just drive in a general direction and it takes the three of them on a long drive into the desert.  As Jack drops the kids off he has a bad feeling about things and ends up following the brother and sister team into the abandoned house and into the crazy basement.  It is here that the kids find what they were looking for and the assassin finds them!

Sara (Anna Sophia Robb) and Seth (Alexander Ludwig) and Jack Bruno race out of the house just in time to miss being blown up by the Siphon (assassin).  They get back in their cab and don’t know where to go now.  They decide to go to see Dr. Alex Friedman (Carla Gugino), the foremost scientific expert on UFOs.  The foursome’s time together is cut short so they seek help from a conspiracy theorist who helps them escape the federal agents after them.

Did I mention that Sara and Seth are aliens?  Sara can move objects with her mind and read the minds of those closest to her (including animals).  Seth can manipulate his molecular density to move through things or to take on great impacts (like being hit by a car).  They need whatever they found in the basement in order to stop the total destruction of earth by their home planet.

Now all they have to do is find their ship and get out of here!

The acting is much better than most kid-friendly movies.  I like Dwayne Johnson as and actor and I love Anna Sophia Robb!  I can’t wait to see what else she can do as she grows and matures as a person and an actor.

The CGI wasn’t bad either – it wasn’t perfect but it worked well.  The car chases are exciting but not too scary for kids.  The action is fun and adventurous.  And the story line is almost deep!

It’s funny and sad and hopeful and just plain old good!

Rating: * * * *

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Hotel For Dogs

Posted in Movie with tags , , , , , , , on June 5, 2009 by ldw

So this isn’t some extreme movie that will change the world, but it was super cute.

It’s about an orphaned brother and sister who are best friends and refuse to be separated.  This leads to some crappy foster home placements and lots of acting out for them.  They aren’t acting out because they’re “bad kids” but because they have a secret pet dog who they are trying to feed and care for without their foster parents finding out.  This isn’t easy to do – as you can imagine – so they get in trouble a lot for the shenanigans they plan.

During one such romps, their dog sneaks into an abandoned hotel and all their adventures begin!

Bruce (Jake T Austin) is a creative little kid who can make just about anything you may need with a little ingenuity and elbow grease.  He starts building things for Friday (the dog) and the two other dogs living in the hotel.  As his contraptions begin to work, Bruce and Andi (Emma Roberts) – along with new friends Dave (Johnny Simmons), Heather (Kyla Pratt), and Mark (Troy Gentile) – start rescuing stray dogs all over the city.  In the end there are about thirty dogs living at the hotel and the kids feel like a real family for the first time in a long time.  *tear*

But then one of Bruce’s contraptions stops working – and it’s the one that feeds the dogs!  Well, the dogs go crazy and destroy everything in the hotel and alert the dog catchers who round up all the dogs – even Friday – and take them to the pound.  But the kids have a plan to rescue the dogs once and for all!

Watch the movie to see what happens!

The storyline is cheesy but cute and it teaches kids an important lesson about being yourself no matter what others think!  It also teaches them that doing what is right is the most important thing!  And that with a little creativity and good friends you can accomplish anything you’re heart desires.  All of these are messages that our kids aren’t hearing enough!  In fact in many cases they are hearing the opposite of this!

The acting is good – Emma Roberts  is great and I heart her dark hair!  I mean they are kid actors who are just starting out but I didn’t hate the acting.

There is nothing stellar about the cinematography – just another kids’ movie.  But it was cool to see all the contraptions they built and to watch the dogs act!  Dogs are just so cute!

Rating: * * *

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