6/28/10

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows teaser trailer

First official trailer for the final installments of the Harry Potter series. Get ready for some COLD CHILLS.

"Knight and Day" - Why I Liked It and Why I'm NOT Sorry

I’ve read almost universally bad reviews for, “Knight and Day” and I read most of them before I saw the movie on Saturday night with Jake. I don’t usually read reviews of a movie before I see it, because I don’t want my personal opinions to be tainted. In this case, they might’ve been, because I went into the movie with hyper-low expectations because of all the bad reviews. That may have played a hand, because I actually really enjoyed the movie.

Which in the world of most critics will mean that I’m a sell-out and have no taste whatsoever, but I’m getting to the age where I don’t care anymore. I like what I like, I hate what I hate, and I’ll tell you why. But no apologies anymore. I hated, “Sex and the City”, “Couples Retreat” and lots of other movies. So I’m not a studio plant and I don’t “love everything”, as I get accused of so often when I admit liking a movie that bombs with other critics from my community. So, defense over, now I want to talk about the movie.

For starters, “Knight and Day” did a lot of things very right. To begin with, the casting. We all think Tom Cruise is a little bit crazy in real life and whether you believe any of the hype or not, whether that's fair or not, that’s what the accepted public image of him has become. "Scientologist weirdo, angry man at large." But here’s the thing about actors. They’re acting and their personal beliefs shouldn't be a factor. So whatever you think of them in reality, you have to be able to let that go at the theater. Sometimes you can’t, and I understand that. It's a problem that's plagued Woody Allen lovers for decades now. But I felt like this movie, for the first time in years and years, made me like Tom Cruise onscreen again. Made me forget that he’s said some down right bizarre things pertaining to his secret religion and just allowed me to watch the movie...

6/26/10

Grown-Ups: Movie Review from a Feminist Perspective

Every year, one of my nieces comes to visit my husband and I for a week over the summer. We try to plan fun activities for her to do. This year we took her to a couple of art museums, a jazz concert, her first comic book store, and we also did fun things at home like painting our nails and playing video games. On the last day of our visit, we decided to see a movie in the morning and she wanted to see, “Grown-Ups”. I did too as a matter of fact, I’m a big Kevin James fan from his days on, “King of Queens” and the previews looked like some innocent summer fun on top of a fairly safe PG-13 rating. (Though parents be warned, one stipulation of the PG-13 rating is that the film can contain at least one f-bomb. Though none are present in, “Grown Ups”.)

Speaking of Kevin James, you can sense in the film that he's sort of the replacement for what would've been the Chris Farley character. But he has his own unique brand of comedy that I hope will help critics stop making those comparisons once and for all. If you don't know much about him, I would highly recommend renting some, "King of Queens" or some of his stand-up to get a feel for his style.

First of all, I’m happy to report that I genuinely liked the movie...

6/17/10

John Williams conducts orchestra at Universal Orlando's Wizarding World ...

Another look at Williams conducting in addition to the Frog Choir and Opening Fireworks ceremony...it's so incredible to see him working.

Happy Tears via the Grand Opening of the Wizarding World Last Night

It's the music of John Williams, it gets me EVERY SINGLE TIME. Oh to have been there...to actually see John Williams conducting an orchestra! If you want to see this videos on their site, please visit Inside The Magic's YouTube page HERE.

6/16/10

"So You Think You Can Dance" Returns, Has It Jumped the Shark?

I'm watching the season premiere (post-auditions) of, "So You Think You Can Dance" and like any good critic, I'm already annoyed. Not with the dancers, with the judges. I've been a rabid fan of the show from it's initial season, especially Nigel Lythgoe, who I find to be perfectly lovely. A kind and savvy version of Simon Cowell. But this season is very different...

6/13/10

10 Movies With a Positive Portrayal of Faith - A Sunday List

Having just had my wisdom teeth extracted a few days ago, I have to admit right away to being ever so slightly doped. Making this blog just a touch more vulnerable than my usual fare. That being said, I've been thinking about writing on this subject for a good long while. So the liberating feeling of intense pain reliever has sponsored my throwing caution to the wind in talking about a subject I try to be really careful about. Faith...

6/4/10

Cinematic Therapy for the Economically Depressed - 12 Movies for Those Hard at Work

Its summer blockbuster time, and usually this is the time of year when I like to sit back and lose myself in a popcorn flick, and I already have with, "The Losers," and, "Iron Man 2". But movies as motivational tools can be quite helpful, especially while much of the country is still tussling with the economic downturn. Especially for anyone working in the arts in any way, shape, form or fashion. *cough cough*

There are plenty of movies that show characters dealing with monetary setbacks, career problems and complete life overhauls. These are just a few I’d like to recommend. The next time you're feeling fatalistic or overworked, take a lesson from the following films that give the ultimate example of, "When life hands you lemons..."