Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Two More Movies! (18-19)

So I watched two movies recently, both were sort of panned by critics yet I happened to enjoy them. First I watched the movie version of Water for Elephants. It was entertaining if predictable, you could say sweet but not much more than that. I don't know about the book, I have not read it. I was also somewhat creeped out by Reese Witherspoon and Pattison as a romantic match. Meh.

The same can be said for the second movie, Larry Crowne. However, I thoroughly enjoyed Larry Crowne. I thought Tom Hanks was delightful and identified some with Julia Roberts' character. I found myself wanting to excuse the movie against the sharp criticism it received with  "it was an entertaining movie". Of course, there are frustrations with using that argument, as I have gotten the same argument many times before when asking somebody, "how can you watch this?"

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Where is the year going?!

I cannot believe it is almost MAY!

Recently I have watched...

15- Boogie Nights - what a great and funny movie. I thought the amount of acting power alone would be worth watching, and so many of the characters where outstanding. I loved Julianne Moore, I find her to be such a powerful actress.

16- Gloria Steinem - In her words: very nice documentary with her personal commentary, interview style.

17- Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - enjoyed this more than I thought I would, edge of your seat thriller.


7. Truman Capote - In Cold Blood - I was familiar with the story, and had read Capote's biography. So it was more for closure's sake that I read the book. Enjoyed it quite a bit although I am beginning to get bored as I approach the ending.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Movie 14

Yesterday I saw 21 Jump Street. What a funny movie! It has a spin of old school 80's teenage comedy about high school but with a 21st century twist. I found it a little long, arriving at the prom scene wondering where it was going. Although that ending was insanely priceless. 

Sunday, April 1, 2012


So I have been gone for quite a while, graduate school stuff was consuming my life. But, a decision has been reached, and I know where I shall be attending school come fall --- yipee!

Anyhow here is an updated list of what I've been doing. Hopefully I can make it a little more detailed at a later point.

Latest Movies

5. 50/50  - Good movie, although I am always disappointed at therapists depicted in media.

6. RIO - Great soundtrack and voice acting.

7. Swingers - My boyfriend had me watch this, such a great movie! Vince Vaughn is such a a-hole in this movie, yet hilarious.

8. Hunger Games -  meh... I didn't care for the liberties they took with certain parts of the book, but that's the name of the game when a book gets turned into a movie. Had I not read the book I would have loved it.

9. King of Kong - Well I did not care to watch this at first, a documentary about beating Donkey Kong did not really seem quite my palete, but boy was I wrong. This documentary sucks you in and keeps you glued until the end. Watch it!

10. It's Kind of a Funny Story - meh.

11. A Better Life - Sad, true to life, great acting, especially touching if you have lived through being a new immigrant.

12. I Am Comic - Documentary about what being a comic.

13. Game Change -  gosh if I didn't think the woman was certifiable before... I sure do now. 

Latest Books

3. Hunger Games - What else is there to say about this trilogy?
4. Catching Fire
5. Mockingjay

6. The Buddha in the Attic - A short novel written from the point of view of the collective experience of mail order Japanese brides. Lovely.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Movie #4

OMG! Last night I watched How to Train Your Dragon - 2010 directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders. What a pleasant surprise. I am not an enthusiast of children's movies and I have no children, so I often miss little gems like this one. I was enthralled, raptured, completely involved in these characters lives. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Book #2

Over the weekend I read Anne Frank - The Diary of a Young Girl. I picked this up along 5 other books at a used book store, mostly out of embarrassment I had never read it. It is my understanding that this book is a likely candidate for middle school reading, and being that I did not complete this portion of my school in the States, I can hardly be blamed.  

This book, considered in the grand scheme of things, is a magnificent look at the trials of hiding, at the fear that being in hiding brought and at the guilt those in hiding carried. Also it is a profound look at the thoughts of a thirteen year old girl, who grows up with her thoughts and in spite of them. All in all I wish I had read this book when I was thirteen, since I would have found her irresistibly relatable.  

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Movie #3

A few nights ago I watched Melinda and Melinda - directed by Woody Allen. I have loved the few Woody Allen movies I have seen and I am thinking I will minor or perhaps major in movies written/directed by him (however cliche that may be). Hopefully I will come up with a list after some poking around - I'll post it here when it's done.

As far as Melinda and Melinda goes, I really liked it! The main exploratory question is: what is the essence of human life - comedy or drama? This premise is explored through two stories, one developed by a comedy playwright and the other by a dramatist. The catch is that both are starting at the same point: a woman interrupts a dinner party. The movie then moves along, switching back and forth between the comedic and the dramatic plots. I must say eventually, it became difficult to remember which one was which.

Of course, it being Woody Allen, this movie is about relationships and about female characters that turn everything upside down. What I found most interesting was that the actors played their characters in a very theatrical manner, with somewhat melodic intonations to their lines. It makes sense, since the ones supposedly "telling" these two stories are playwrights. All in all I remained entertained and enthralled in this witty exploration.