Thursday, January 7, 2010

"Every story has an end. But in life, every ending is just a new beginning."

Happy 2010!

I am hoping that this year will be the Year of Me :o) I have not exactly figured out what that means yet, but I am working on it and will let you know how it goes.

Now, back to business...

Always a sucker for anything vampire related, I have watched all three Blade movies. I enjoyed the first one, although the special effects and storyline left something to be desired. The second one had slightly better special effects, but still a very thin plot. It was, however, fun to watch Wesley Snipes kick some vampire ass. In the last one, Ryan Reynolds brought the funny and some hotness, which made up for the fact that there probably never should have been a sequel, let alone a third.

Apocalypse Now was a little disturbing but very well done. I only watched the 1979 version because the 2001 version was an extra hour longer and the reviews I read said the original was better. I cannot even imagine what it was like to shoot this movie. It was supposed to take six weeks to shoot and ended up taking sixteen MONTHS, in part due to a typhoon that destroyed the sets. It also took three years for them to edit it because they had almost 200 HOURS of footage. Apparently the shooting of the movie was very intense for the actors, and it definitely comes across on screen and in their performances. It is not something I am going to watch more than once, but it is definitely a movie that everyone should see at some point in their life.

Continuing down my list of nominated films, I saw The Young Victoria and Avatar this week.

The Young Victoria was excellent. The beginning jumped around a little bit so it was confusing trying to figure out who was whom, but then it settled down and was much easier to follow. Though, at some point, I feel like I need to have a British Royalty movie marathon because they have been made (and thus, watched) out of order and I get the genealogies all confused. Emily Blunt was excellent as the young queen and I even learned a few things :o) For instance, she was the first monarch to live in Buckingham Palace. I never knew that. While Victoria was slightly naive when she took the thrown at the age of 18, she was also a strong and clever leader. Blunt plays this character beautifully and deserves all the praise she has received.

Now on to Avatar...

First of all, 3-D glasses were not made for people who already wear glasses. I think someone needs to get on that, pronto. That being said, the movie completely blew my mind! The story was predictable but still very moving and the special effects were spectacular. Even if you are not someone who usually gets excited about science fiction, you NEED to see this movie just for the experience. It is not even something that I can describe to you in a way that will make you understand, you really just need to see it for yourself.

I was also planning to watch Up this week, but unfortunately, when I received it from Netflix there was a tiny crack in the disc. So I have sent it back and will get a replacement disc in the next couple of days.

My television shows are starting to come back, so the movie watching will slow back down to its normal pace over the next couple of weeks :o) I am very much looking forward to new NCIS, Castle, Accidentally on Purpose, Greek and The Vampire Diaries.

However, tonight I take a break from movies and television and enjoy some live entertainment in the form of Wicked! I know, you are jealous :o)

Until next time...