Sunday, July 25, 2010

"Don't ask me why I can't leave without my wife and I won't ask you why you can."

Summer movies have not really motivated me to get to the theater this year.  Most of the recent releases, especially, have not been very good and because of this, I have not really seen a whole lot.  However, I did finally get to see Toy Story 3 and Eclipse. 

Toy Story 3 was just as good as I had heard.  I did not even mind that it was in 3-D.  If you liked the first two movies, then you should definitely see this one.  I would even say that it is one of the best Pixar movies I have seen.

While it did not get great reviews, I did actually like The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.  I did not re-read the book before seeing the movie, as I had done with the previous two Twilight movies.  I was, therefore, not comparing them as much because I did not remember all the tiny details, I only really remembered the general plot.  I think this may have allowed me to enjoy the movie a little more than usual.  I do think that the acting, although still not amazing, is getting slightly better, if only because the actors now know these characters a lot better and are more comfortable in their skin.  As I said with New Moon, I just found that the dialogue and the scenes were too choppy and did not always flow well.  I am assuming it has to do with the fact that all of the screenplays have been written by the same person, so you are going to get the same interpretation of the books every time, which is unfortunate. Like I said though, I did enjoy it for what it was, just do not expect any Oscar nominations anytime soon.

Originally, despite the stellar reviews, I had planned to skip Inception.  I still have not committed to seeing it for sure, but I am at least considering it now.  Who has already seen it?  Does it really live up to all the hype?

New summer shows are also still premiering.  Mad Men starts this Sunday (ah woo hoo!) and Dark Blue starts in a few weeks.

The first two episodes of Rizzoli & Isles were good.  Some parts of it did freak me out a little though, meaning it will definitely get DVR'd and watched the next day so that I do not have nightmares.  And I am being completely serious :o)  I also really enjoyed Covert Affairs.  Especially after seeing Eion Bailey in the first episode (think hyenas on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Jim in Center Stage), so I really hope he shows up in a lot more episodes.  White Collar, The Glades and Rookie Blue have also continued to be excellent and highly entertaining summer fare.

Continuing with my current Timothy Olyphant obsession, I have now watched High Life and The Crazies. 

The Crazies was watched OnDemand and was surprisingly good.  And, aside from a few scenes that made me jump, it was not really that scary.  From the commercials, I thought it was about zombies or something along those lines, but it was actually about people being infected by something in the town water supply and going crazy.  The actual reason for the crazy people is much more interesting than your typical scary-monster-movie.  High Life, on the other hand, was not what I would call a good movie :o)  However, it was not horrible either.  Four junkies plan what they think is the perfect bank heist, but of course, it goes horribly wrong.  Not Olyphant's best work, but it was entertaining enough for the hour and twenty minutes that it lasted.

Other than High Life and my continued viewing of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, other movies from Netflix recently were The Invention of Lying and Wonder Woman.

I got the most recent Wonder Woman cartoon because it was voiced by Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Alfred Molina, Rosario Dawson, Virginia Madsen and Oliver Platt.  It was not anything super fantastic, but it was Wonder Woman so there is not a whole lot to it and was therefore pretty entertaining.  Although, I have to say, Nathan Fillion's cartoon couterpart did not do him justice :o)

I had wanted to see The Invention of Lying when it was in theaters because I love Ricky Gervais, but I am glad that I did not because it was kind of weird.  Parts of it were hilarious because, well, it is Ricky Gervais and he is mostly hilarious.  However, it was surprisingly quite boring.  Also, it went from being a movie about the guy who invents lying (like the title suggests) and discovers just how much he can use it to his own benefit, to something with a more religious aspect and then sort of gradually turns into a film about not being with people because of what they look like and how much money they make, but because of who they are.  And while, these are all very interesting themes, they didn't really mesh well together.  I would say you should probably avoid this movie, if you know what is good for you :o)

In other news, Comic Con started Thursday in San Diego.  Seeing as I am still mostly unemployed, this probably would have been the year to attend and cross it off my bucket list.  Unfortunately, I was not really paying attention to when it was and realized too late that I should have made plans to go, so I have mostly been trying to keep track of things online.  I will continue to post updates on Facebook and Twitter, if you are interested.

I hope everyone is staying out of the heat!  Instead you should stay inside and watch lots of fun movies and TV shows! :o)



Monday, July 12, 2010

"Serve, protect and don't screw up."

A lot of networks have started introducing new shows in the summer, which I appreciate, however summer TV can sometimes be tricky. For starters, not everything premieres around the same time.  A few shows started right after the regular season shows were over and some do not start until August. Also, many summer TV shows are just really bad.

I tried really hard to like The Good Guys with Bradley Whitford and Colin Hanks. I enjoyed that Whitford's character was so totally different from Josh Lyman and Danny Tripp. However, after a few episodes, it just got repetitive, so I have stopped watching. Although, I do still really like his mustache :o) I also tried to watch The Gates and Memphis Beat, but I just could not get into either of them. They were just plain boring. Seeing as I usually enjoy vampire related things, I was hoping The Gates would be good, but it felt very mundane. Almost like Desperate Housewives except with vampires, werewolves and witches.  With Memphis Beat, I do not know what it was, the writing just seemed slightly awkward at times, like they could not decide if it was supposed to be funny or serious.

I am, however, really enjoying Rookie Blue. I like Missy Peregrym (mostly because of Stick It :o) and Life As We Know It and Reaper were canceled prematurely, so I really hope this show sticks around for a while. I like it because it is not trying to put a new spin on the cop-show genre, it is just looking at it from the view of a rookie. I would say it is more like Grey's Anatomy, but with cops...and a lot less far anyway. 

The Glades premiered last night on A&E and it was excellent. White Collar and Covert Affairs premiere tomorrow night on USA, which I am super excited about. Also, Mad Men starts on AMC in two weeks and the last season finale was the best episode of the series yet, so I cannot wait to see what happens next.

While my TV schedule has been relatively light, I have been trying to cut down my Netflix queue a little.

My watching of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia hit a slight snag as the first disc that I got was scratched. However, I received replacement discs and am now through the second season. (Considering there are only seventeen episodes in the first two seasons combined, this is not a huge accomplishment.) Aside from being overly excited by the opening credits and the occasional mention of places in Philly that I know, my initial reaction was that the show is pretty funny. I would not say that I laugh hysterically at every episode, but it is more of a subtle humor, if that makes any sense. With every episode though, it grows on you more and more.  I have three more season to get through, so I will keep you updated.

In terms of movies, I watched Silkwood, Dreamgirls and 300.

Silkwood starred Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, Cher, David Strathairn, Craig T. Nelson and Fred Ward. And even with a mullet, Meryl Streep's performance is excellent. She plays Karen Silkwood, a woman who, while working at an Oklahoma nuclear power plant, becomes exposed to massive amounts of radiation. She starts to investigate what is going on at the plant in regards to worker safety but dies in a mysterious car accident before she finishes. It is based on a true story and is definitely worth seeing.

Dreamgirls, the play, was playing in Philadelphia and even though I had not seen the movie, a friend offered me tickets so I went. The individual performances were good, but I was not very impressed by the overall production.  The movie had gotten nominated for so many Oscars, that I thought maybe it was just the play that I did not like, so I decided to give the movie a try.  It was just as bad as the play.  Jennifer Hudson's performance was impressive and definitely worthy of her Oscar, but the rest of the movie was just not great.  The only thing that I really enjoyed was the brief cameo by Jaleel White at the very beginning :o)
As much as I enjoy hots boys with 8-pack abs, wearing leather speedos, I have to say, 300 was pretty bad. It had basically no plot, as well as a totally unnecessary sex scene and pretty poor dialogue. And sadly, as my one friend pointed out, this really is the only one of Gerard Butler's movies worth seeing. I have no idea why there is so much hype around this movie. I mean, it was visually pretty cool, but the rest of it was just not good. It must be a boy thing.

On a completely seperate note, Emmy nominations came out last week and I am very upset that Timothy Olyphant was not nominate for Justified. Even Michael Ausiello at Entertainment Weekly agrees with me!

Anyways, I hope everyone had a FABulous Fourth of July! If you are missing me too much in between posts, remember that you can always follow me on twitter and facebook!


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