I hope everyone had a very Happy Thanksgiving! The Christmas music has now started playing in my house. I try my best to wait until after Thanksgiving, although to be honest, I could listen to it year-round. I have just over 6 hours on my computer, but several songs are repeated, including five different versions of O Holy Night. :o)
Anyways, this is what I have been watching lately...
Because of my love for Kristen Bell, I went to see Astro Boy. While it did not get very good reviews, I thought it was cute and worth seeing. I probably would not have seen this if Bell had not been in it because I tend to not have a huge desire to see most animated movies, at least not in theaters, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I also rented Serious Moonlight OnDemand before it came out in theaters. It's about a woman (Meg Ryan) who finds out her husband (Timothy Hutton) is in love with another woman (Kristen Bell), so she duct tapes him to the toilet right before their home is invaded by burglars. It was written by the late Adrienne Shelley who also wrote and directed Waitress. It was not as good as Waitress and it was a kinda weird, but definitely interesting.
From my Netflix queue I got The Ugly Truth, and while I found parts of it to be funny, I mostly did not like it. A romantic comedy should not be that vulgar. I am not a prude person, but seriously, there are other things besides sex and the human anatomy that are funny. I also think that Katherine Heigl is over-rated. I liked her in 27 Dresses, but she is starting to annoy me. I have not missed Izzie during her absence on Grey's Anatomy this season at all.
Next from Netflix, I have How To Be, Scotland PA and Apocalypse Now. Seeing as most of my TV shows have gone on winter hiatus, I should have time to watch these soon.
On my list of movies coming out by the end of the year, I can cross two more off my list: The Blind Side and New Moon.
The Blind Side was very, very good and I definitely recommend that everyone see it. The story is predictable, considering it is based on a true story, but I thought that Sandra Bullock was excellent as Leigh Anne Tuohy. There is some Oscar buzz going on around her performance and I definitely think she deserves a nomination for this movie. Also, the actor who plays Bullocks son, Jae Head, is super adorable as S.J. Tuohy.
Last year, I saw Twilight opening weekend and I swore I would never do that again. Teenage girls need to learn that when you scream at a movie screen, the actors cannot hear you! I do not remember being that obsessed with anything when I was that age. Anyways, because of the screaming-teenager factor, I just saw New Moon yesterday. I thought it was better than the first one, but still not that great. The special effects were much better (probably because of a bigger budget for this movie) but the story was still too choppy. There is so much in the books that are important to the story and they have tried to keep most of it in the movie, so it means you jump from scene to scene way too quickly. I do have to say though, since it was pretty much exactly what I expected, I did enjoy it.
I still want to see The Messenger, Precious, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Me and Orson Welles, Brothers, Invictus, Did You Hear About the Morgans?, Avatar, Sherlock Holmes and Nine.
I have said it before, but the best part of being unemployed is that I can go to the movies in the middle of the day :o) Although, I probably will not get them all in before the end of the year.
During the previews of New Moon, I saw a new movie with Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum that looks pretty good. It is called Dear John and it is based on another Nicholas Sparks book (The Notebook, Message In A Bottle, A Walk to Remember, Nights in Rodanthe). He basically writes his books to be movies, which irritates me a little bit because it means the books themselves are not that well written. Why write books in the first place? Why not just write screenplays? But I digress, Dear John looks like it will be just like the rest of his movies - sappy, and definitely not Oscar-worthy, but entertaining. Even the trailer made me cry:
I really like Amanda Seyfried, and am glad to see her getting more recognized as being a good actress. Most people know her as Karen from Mean Girls (the one who could predict the weather with her breasts), but I fell in love with her as murder victim Lilly Kane on Veronica Mars. She was also in a few episodes of Wildfire on ABC Family and has most recently been on Big Love and in Mamma Mia! and Jennifer's Body.
Random question: Why do we say someone is "on a tv show" but "in a movie"? I will see if I can figure it out and get back to you :o)
I hope that everyone has a very happy holiday season! After all, it is the most wonderful time of the year!