I cannot believe I'm going to say this, but here is goes. There were too many pyrotechnics in the movie. Yeah. I can't believe I said it either. I'm the girl that adores stuff blowing up. Good pyrotechnics should add something to the movie, not distract from it. This is an enjoyable movie, with a terrific performance by Andrew Garfield as Spidey. The geek in me had a few issues with minor points, but the overall story line was extremely gratifying. Although it's not quite amazing, it is a pretty great movie.
If there were a movie that could be called a complete opposite of a chick flick, it's this movie. Look, I realize I have the humor of a fourteen year old boy at times. I find fart jokes funny. Sad, but true. This pushed the boundaries even for me. There were moments that were genuinely hilarious, but mostly it was barely chuckle worthy. It's an overly hyped movie that just didn't deliver.
I love football. I'm originally from Texas and have grown up believing that football is almost sacred. I've been a fan since before I could talk. Yeah, I love football. One of my favorite movies is Rudy, but that's for another discussion. I genuinely liked this movie. I though it was a fun depiction of what I assume behind the scenes of an actual draft day might be like. It was hugely entertaining, and although it could've slipped into some pretty deep dramatic moments, thankfully it didn't. Whenever it started to get too serious,this wonderfully nerdy intern seemed to show up. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who likes football. Wait...isn't that everyone?
Well, it wasn't the worst movie I've ever seen. I like suspenseful shoot 'em up type movies, and this was certainly that. Somehow it was almost...boring. Yeah. There was plenty of testosterone, blood, T&A, and cigar chewing, but not much actual excitement. There were good twists in the plot and I'm not ashamed to admit I didn't figure it all out ahead of time. It's a good movie to rent from Redbox on a night you have nothing else to do.
This movie captured my attention from the very moment it began. The grainy aesthetic of the cameras, the documentary-like way in which the scenes are shot, and the naturalistic performances give the film that unique ability that made me feel like I was there. It's like watching what’s happening from a mere inches away from the action. The film starts with the story in-progress, and ends with the mission being a success. This is something that’s meant to capture a pivotal time in American history, and to show you the moments that made this 5-year mission such a resounding statement.
I would happily live in a weird separated society to have the insanely handsome Theo James by my side. Not only is Mr. James completely gorgeous, but he was pretty terrific as the mysterious and tough Four. Actually, the cast was all good. The beautiful and complete badass Zoe Kravitz was very enjoyable to watch kick ass and take names. Mostly. ANYWAY...this was a pretty good movie that seemed to decently follow the book. It is completely worth seeing.
Sadly I never watched the TV series. I had heard about the Kickstarter campaign, but who hasn't? I just didn't know anything about the TV show at all. Wait. That isn't true. I knew the fans of the show are called Marshmallows. Not sure how I know that juicy little tidbit, but I do. I was prepared to be bored, instead I was pleasantly surprised about how much I enjoyed this movie. It has a Buffy the Vampire Slayer feel to it. Given the fact I ADORE Buffy, it pulled me into the story fast. The best thing about the movie? James Franco.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
I LOVE this movie. I like Wes Anderson usually, but this movie made me insanely happy. This is his latest and eighth feature overall, is clearly a very Wes Anderson film, complete with many of the idiosyncrasies that make his work distinctive and, to some, excessively precious: quirky, deadpan humor; characters communicating via handwritten letters; richly detailed and meticulously arranged production design; the presence of Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, and Owen Wilson (albeit, in smaller roles). The movie even has its own signature fragrance, a musky men’s cologne called L’Air de Panache, which might be the most flagrantly Wes Anderson thing ever invented.
Holy #^@%$. This movie is freaking hilarious! I seriously loved it. I haven't laughed that hard in a movie since...um...well, in a long time. Jason Bateman is &@#$ amazing. I'd happily see it again. Rohan Chand is insanely adorable and I can see this kid stealing hearts as he grows up. I really have nothing negative to say, and would LOVE to tell about a few things, but I refuse to give any spoilers and ruin any laughs.
GO SEE THIS. Just not with your parents.
3 Days to Kill
This movie is about a friendly, yet extremely dangerous, spy who is trying to reconnect with his out of control teenage daughter. Oh yeah, he's dying. Kevin Costner was pretty decent as a I-don't-give-a-damn-I'm-gonna-kill-'em-all spy. He doesn't miss a beat as he kills, beats up, or threatens bad guys while answering his phone from his bratty daughter. It had moments of almost greatness, but mostly was a mediocre action movie. It's a shame because I truly LOVE Kevin Costner.
So, we went to a screening of Winters Tale last night. That's 118 minutes I'll never get back. Fox News makes more sense than this movie, and that makes me sad. I wanted to like it. I adore Colin Farrell. I'll pretty much watch anything with him in it. Except this. I will never watch this again. The only teeny, tiny moment of decent in this entire movie was the 10 minutes Will Smith is on screen as Lucifer. Yeah.
If you're going to remake a movie from the 80s, make sure you choose a GOOD movie from the 80s. Endless Love was a sappy movie with Brooke Shields, and a crappy movie with Gabriella Wilde. It's a corny movie about teenagers kissing and a dad who wants them to stop. Hell, I wanted them to stop. If you are feeling the need to see a teenage love story, skip this one and rent anything from John Hughes instead.
I like RoboCop. I like the idea of a uber cool manbot kicking butt and taking names to clean up a crime ridden city. (Can we get him to come to NJ and straighten up Camden?) I loved the weak special effects and the loud heavy sounds of each and every step he took. That was the RoboCop of 1987.
The RoboCop of 2014 is...is...well, I sure liked the popcorn.
The Lego Movie
I'd like to pretend I was cool, calm , and collected about seeing this movie. I mean, it's a kid's movie with Lego minifigures. Right? Truthfully, I was instantly transported to my childhood and got completely caught up in the story. This movie is fun. Seriously. I was laughing pretty often throughout, and stayed interested until the end. I'm not even afraid to admit I squealed like a little girl when the Millennium Falcon showed up. Seeing my beloved Star Wars minifigures made this movie that much better for me. What could be better? Anthony freaking Daniels was C3PO. Billy Dee Williams was Lando! Come on. That just rocks. The only thing that would've made this better would've been having the great Peter Mayhew voice my beloved Chewbacca. Will Arnett is an amazing Batman and was clearly the star of the Lego world. Well, maybe not the star, but damn close. This is most definitely worth seeing. Everything is awesome.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
I typically like action movies. This movie had what I like. Action, suspense, shoot 'em up and still look hot Chris Pine. Yeah....I liked this movie. I'm not going to lie and say it's a perfect movie, but it is enjoyable. Kevin Costner played an aloof CIA agent Thomas Harper, who was Jack's mentor. I've heard many comments about how straight Costner played. I'm no CIA expert, but I'm pretty sure they are fairly serious. Keira Knightley played Ryan's interfering fiancee Cathy. She was the least enjoyable part of the movie for me. Someone behind me at the screening said she basically had the same expression on her face the entire movie. Chris Pine is a beautiful man and I enjoyed him as Jack Ryan. The absolute best part of the movie for me was the Russian Bad guy played by Kenneth Branagh. Wowza. Not only did he play Viktor the uber bad Russian, but he was also the director. This movie is a decent action movie that made for an enjoyable experience.
I didn't expect much from this movie. So I wasn't disappointed. It did have a few funny moments, but overall it wasn't enough to make me suggest to anyone that they spend money to see this movie. Kevin Hart is a funny guy, and I've liked him in other things. It just didn't work for me that he was this under employed, bumbling moron with an incredibly hot girlfriend. Ice Cube was okay, it just felt like he was trying far too hard to be a tough guy. I just didn't buy it. Not even Morpheus, I mean Laurence Fishburne, could save this movie for me. It's not the world's worst movie. That honor is held by Battlefield Earth.
Saving Mr. Banks
I like Mary Poppins. It's an enjoyable movie with adorable animated dancing penguins. I adore Julie Andrews and she made children everywhere beg to have Mary Poppins as their nanny. Not once in my entire life had I ever thought of the story of Mary Poppins. It never occurred to me to wonder what inspired Ms. Travers to write such an interesting and wonderful character. Shame on me. This movie tells the tale of the making of Mary Poppins, and the inspirations behind the characters. It is heartwarming, heart wrenching, cute, sad, and has adorable animated dancing penguins. Tom Hanks is down right freaking awesome as Walt Disney. The team he has working on the movie are beautifully frustrated the majority of the movie, and seem genuinely ecstatic when they finally get that cranky Ms. Travers to smile. The flashbacks to explain her life and the reason behind Mary Poppins aren't the usual choppy unorganized flashbacks I'm accustomed to seeing and I will never look at Mr. Banks the same again. This movie is worth seeing, just bring tissues.
Well, I liked it. Look, this could've so easily turned into another tired Rocky movie, but didn't. There's only one direct reference to Sylvester Stallone's franchise and it's actually tolerable and tasteful. So kudos. Basically it's about Razor (Stallone) and Kid (De Niro), who are two retired boxers that get in the ring one last time to settle the score on who is the better boxer. There are enough humorous nuggets that kept me laughing throughout the entire movie. I seriously couldn't stop laughing. Don't get me wrong, it's a slugfest, but it's also downright funny. If I ran the screening I would've given out butterscotch jellybeans. You gotta see the movie to get that reference! You should go see this. You'll thank me. I'd actually like to see it again, and I don't say that too often.
A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con artists and Feds. Irving's unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. Like David O. Russell's previous films, American Hustle defies genre, hinging on raw emotion, and life and death stakes.
It was a typical action movie. I like typical action movies. They have the usual mix of stuff blowing up, people fighting, and the testosterone flowing like a raging river. It's good stuff. I like Jason Statham and LOVE James Franco, so I was happy to see this movie. Look, it is what it is. It's a movie where you see the good guys win and the bad guys are uber bad. While there is no actual shirtless men beating their fists on their chests, you get the point. No silly moral shoved in your face, or sappy love story. Nope. This sucker is all about the manliest good guy winning and tearing shit up on the way.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
I loved this movie. It is a beautiful film with gorgeous scenery. Although it kinda feels like a motivational poster on Red Bull, it is a fun movie that takes a middle aged man on an adventure of a lifetime. I enjoyed the elaborate fantasy sequences Walter has concocted in his warped little head. I know this is a remake, but Ben Stiller's version is fun, quirky, and a whole lotta awkward. Yup, my kind of movie.
Hunger Games: Catching Fire
This is the second movie in the Hunger Games series. I was impressed with the level of complexity and consideration to the book director Francis Lawrence gave us. This is exactly the movie I wanted. Of course there are differences between the book and movie, but there always are. This felt true to the story and satisfied my geek side. I can't say enough wonderful things about Jennifer Lawrence. She is beautiful, tough, emotional, talented, etc... I mean, seriously. Is it fair that one woman should be so utterly tremendous? I'd hate her, but she really is a freakishly talented actress. Luckily everyone else in this movie was absolutely fantastic as well. Although I knew what was in store for Cinna, I cried like I actually knew him. Lenny Kravitz played Cinna perfectly. I only wish he were on screen more. I'm anxiously waiting for the rest of the story. I hope the same attention to details is taken for the next installment.
I just didn't love this movie at all. It felt like it was trying to be like the movie Tangled instead of standing on it's own. The only redeeming qualities in this movie is hearing Idina Menzel sing, and Olaf the snowman. It is a cute family friendly movie, just not one of my favorites.
It looks like fellow Disney royals, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, made an appearance at Elsa’s coronation in Arendelle.
I wasn't prepared for the level of emotions I would go through seeing this film. I realize I'm an emotional girl, but this movie had my heart aching for a mom that just wanted to know if her son, who was stolen by the church that she trusted more than than mere words can convey, ever thought or wondered about her. I had moments where I honestly felt her pain. I was amazed by her faith and ability to forgive those who had hurt her so deeply. I'm not sure if I could have such grace in that circumstance. This movie made me think and look inside myself about my own faith. The spunky attitude Philomena had, along with her quick wit, made me wish I knew her. There is more to this story, and the growth and change in the reporter was nice to watch, but the reason to see this movie is to see Dame Judi Dench portray Philomena in the most beautiful and graceful manner.
Dallas Buyers Club
I'm in complete love with Matthew McConaughey. I believe he is proof that God loves me. Well, him and bacon, but I digress. Anyway, I think he is a beautiful man that should spend time with me. I will watch terrible movies just to watch Matthew and hear his sweet Texan drawl. It allows me time to stare and daydream about the beautifulness that is Matthew McConaughy. This is why I was happy to see this movie. I was not prepared to forget that it was Matthew and instead I found myself lost in the story of Ron Woodroof. This is a strong story of a rodeo man that had zero thoughts other than the next rodeo, his next sex partner, or beer. Watching his life transform though his battle with Aids was moving. Even more wonderous was Jared Leto. He was simply fantastic. This movie is not a blockbuster, but it is a movie that should be seen.
Last night was the screening for Thor: The Dark World. It was a very organized and well run screening. The Allied staff were as professional and kind as always, and the team from WMMR were outgoing, friendly and just FUN!
Maymay was VERY excited to see the GIANT movie poster for Thor. She has been anxiously awaiting this movie for so long that she was happy dancing to be here!
I wish I would think to take a picture of Maymay with the folks at Allied. They have been STUPENDOUS with her! Some of the reps are worth their weight in gold, and they really do go out of their way for her. They are a terrific group of hard working people!
I just cannot get over how happy getting to go to a screening makes this child! I asked Maymay to not wear her Batman hoodie to the Thor screening. She looked at me and said, "Thor is a god. He will get over it."
Good point kid.
The radio station, WMMR (93.3 FM) was hosting this screening. Maymay got to meet one of the morning hosts, Steve Morrison. He was really kind and very funny. I'm pretty sure that's why he's one of the main guys on the radio. They talked a bit about her website and he gave her his full attention while they talked.
Maymay was thrilled he liked Berry.
I cannot describe the joy on this kids face when she was given this t-shirt! You would think it was made of solid gold! She CLUNG to it the entire movie, and was beyond excited to wear it to school today.
I guess I should actually say something about the movie.
I enjoyed this movie immensely. It was exactly what I wanted from a Marvel movie. It was full of humor, action, weird stuff, and a shirtless Thor. Yup, this movie had it all! I could sit here and tell you everything about the movie, but truthfully it doesn't matter what I say. If you're a Marvel fan you're going to see it no matter what! If you aren't into superhero/comic movies, I'm not sure why you're reading this anyway. This is a fun movie with actors that are way past good at what they do.
Thor, Chris Hemsworth, is ridiculously good looking and somehow very believable as a god. I don't any woman in the theater that wasn't extremely happy to see him shirtless. Hell, I think quite a few men were pretty happy about it too.
Loki, Tom Hiddleston, was spectacular! I'm thrilled he was on screen more than I expected. I appreciated the twists and turns that only Loki can get away with.
So...stop reading about it and go see it! I'm most certainly going to see it again soon!
I cannot begin to tell you all the amazing things about the promotional crew at Wired 96.5. They are ALWAYS kind and considerate to Maymay. She adores them all so much, but especially gets excited when she gets to see her favorites Colleen and Brittany. We got to meet a new intern last night who was pretty terrific, and Maymay wanted to get a picture with her! Unfortunately my phone got stupid and the picture with Brittney didn't come out! (Yeah, Maymay isn't happy with me.)
Let me just say that I'm pretty sure my ranking in Maymay's list of favorite people has dropped yet again. This was confirmed when my dear little nugget ran from me into the waiting arms of Christine. (AKA flanngirl on our favorite site, Cinemit) I could go on for days about all the wonderfulness that is Christine, but let me just sum it up by saying I adore her. She completely "gets" Maymay and always makes her laugh and smile. Last night Maymay told me that Christine is her favorite screening buddy....other than Berry.
I guess I should say something about the actual movie. This is an adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. It basically follows the same story line with a few changes here and there. It isn't the worst adaptation, nor is it the best. It just...is.
I did like Hailee Steinfeld as Juliet. She was good and had moments of very good. Douglass Booth was decent as Romeo. He's good looking, but it just felt there was something missing. He didn't seem to have the bravado I associate with Romeo.
I LOVED Paul Giamatti as the friar. This was the best casting and he pulled off the role with ease. He was believable and stole each and every scene he was in. I only wish he were on screen more often. The other outstanding actor in this was Kodi Smit-McPhee as Benvolio. Wow. This kid showed so much emotion and empathy. I honestly hurt for him.
The bad...Tybalt. I hated Ed Westwick's Tybalt tremendously. There was anger, but not much else. Tybalt is so vibrant and full of bravado, anger, petulance, doubt...he is a complex and intriguing character. Sadly, this was not the Tybalt in this movie. Most of the other characters were forgettable, so nothing to add about them.
Overall, it wasn't a huge disappointment. But, I wouldn't recommend it either.
This was the most laid back screening that we've ever had the pleasure of attending! Maymay sat and happily played with her Sully doll until the movie started, and the people we met were FANTASTIC. I got to have a THIRTY minute conversation about Star Wars! Yup....I was a happy camper.
I'm not a huge fan of prequels. Prequels have a tendency to tell stories that never needed telling. Stories start at a certain place for a very good reason; that’s where the interesting stuff begins. Monsters University made me forget I hate prequels.
I'm really glad we had the opportunity to see this movie. It was entertaining and cute with a slightly dark side. I liked the back story on a few of the monsters, and was pretty happy with the way Disney/Pixar showed how Mike and Sully began their friendship. The college kids in the theater liked it as much as the little kids. Maybe more. You won't need to pay a teenager to take your kids to this movie. Not only is it worth seeing, it's also worth buying when it comes out on DVD.
Running into friends after the screening....priceless!
Sometimes in the very midst of chaos you discover the absolute beauty of mankind.
What started off as a wonderful screening turned ugly fast. I'm not going to discuss the ugly side. There is no need. I do want to publicly acknowledge a few people. First, the representatives from Allied that went out of their way to try to fix an already bad situation: Gary, Kayla and Abby. You may not have "fixed" the situation or made everyone happy, but you did your best and you didn't stoop to rudeness. You remained friendly and apologetic the entire time. Not many people would've continued to hold their head high and keep trying in the middle of hell breaking loose and being screamed at. I appreciate you all. Second, Matt from Allied - you were my personal hero of the evening. You legitimately rescued me from the crowd when I ventured out for popcorn and helped me as I was getting pushed and screamed at. You are far braver than I am and I'm beyond glad of your calm way of handling a terrifying situation. Finally, Paul Perkins the film critic from King Room Entertainment. You looked after Maymay and made sure she was treated fairly and not shoved aside. You're a hell of a good guy, and I cannot thank you enough.
The geek in me is BEYOND excited for this screening tonight. I'm just crossing my fingers that I'm not going to be disappointed.
I loved this movie. Don't get me wrong there are parts of it that were annoying, but overall, I truly loved it. However, I was NOT a fan of the entire planet Krypton scenes. It felt far to Avatar with the flying animals, and all the animal-like spacecraft. Throughout the movie the amount of obvious CGI drove me crazy, and the lens flare was enough to make me want to scream. LOUDLY. The whole reboot of the story wasn't exactly my favorite, and it really annoyed me that Lois Lane knew him before he went to work at the Daily Planet.
All that being said....it was action packed, fun, and an enjoyable Superman movie.