Kim’s Entertainment Blog

January 23, 2010

Up in the Air

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Yes, I know it’s been ages since I’ve posted anything new.  It’s not from lack of anything to talk about, just general laziness!

Today I saw the movie “Up in the Air” starring the deliciously handsome and charming George Clooney.  Actually, it’s the second time I’ve seen it (yes, it was so good that I decided to see it twice in the theatres).  The movie is very well-acted by George Clooney as Ryan Bingham, a man who spends most of his time, well, up in the air.  Joining George are the lovely and talented Vera Farmiga as Alex, and Anna Kendrick as Natalie Keener.  As characters, Alex is beautiful and confident . . . a perfect counterpart to Clooney’s Bingham.  Natalie is young and a little . . . tightly wound.  She’s on the irrritating side, actually.  But for the story of the movie, it works.  Jason Bateman also stars as Clooney’s boss.  I would have liked to have seen a bit more of him as I thought Bateman did an excellent job!

The movie has a distinct look to it – it’s not slick and “Hollywood”, it’s real!  I think I remember reading online somewhere that during filming, Reitman used actual recently terminated people to portray some of the people that Bingham fires.  Smart move!  The employees that get told they’re fired show real emotions and were completely believable and relatable! 

All in all, I definitely recommend this movie to George Clooney fans, fans of dramedies, and anyone who isn’t looking for a typical romantic-comedy!

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October 24, 2009

A Brief Rant

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Tonight I was out seeing a movie, and something about the whole experience really bugged me.  The movie itself, The Stepfather, starring Penn Badgley, Sela Ward and Dylan Walsh, was okay.  Not a stunning achievement in filmmaking or acting, but a decent enough couple of hours of mindless entertainment, which is what I wanted.

No, what bothered me was the stupid twits (and I’m trying to be polite here) who sat down next to me.  Since they entered the theatre after the lights had dimmed, it was hard to tell how old they were, though my guess would be between 15 and 19.  First, they couldn’t decide where they wanted to sit.  It was bad enough that they had to park themselves right next to me in a theatre that wasn’t at all full, but they couldn’t even settle into their seats without a loud discussion about which of them would sit closest to the aisle.  Seriously girls, you cam in at the last minute, so just sit down and SHUT UP!

Next came the loud conversation that continued throughout the previews.  One would ask the others a question about what was being shown on the screen, and the others would give a considered, thoughful response (note the sarcasm here, people)!  The questions they were asking demonstrated pretty clearly to me that these girls were pretty dumb.  But fine, I tried to keep an open mind thinking that maybe, just maybe, they’d shut up when the movie started.  Wrong!  But that was probably initially because they couldn’t figure out that the movie had started!  The Mensa candidate sitting next to me actually said, “oh, is this the movie?  I don’t get it!” during the first scene.  If that weren’t bad enough, in one scene early in the movie you see the bodies of a mother and her children lying around a house, clearly dead.  One of the girls said something like, “why are they sleeping on the floor like that?” and one of her friends had to tell her, “they’re dead!”

If all that weren’t bad enough, the girls would scream, loudly, when something “frightening” or startling happened.  I say “frightening” because the plot of the movie was very predictable, and it shocks me that anyone could be surprised, shocked, or scared at what happened on the screen!  But no, these girls would scream as though they were watching the most gruesome and shocking horror movie ever made!  I have to admit that by the end of the movie, I was getting way more amusement from listening to the guys sitting two rows in front of us mocking the screaming girls than I was getting from the movie!  Too bad the girls were too dumb to figure out they were being mocked!

In closing, I just want to say, once again, that talking during a movie is EXTREMELY RUDE and you SHOULDN’T do it!  If you want to talk, leave the theatre and let the rest of us watch the movie in peace and quiet! I know I’m not likely to get this next request granted, but if you are a stupid person who screams and doesn’t shut up during a movie, please DON’T SIT NEXT TO ME!!!!!!

October 18, 2009

Zombieland

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Yesterday I saw Zombieland with a friend.  I figured that I’d enjoy it, but wasn’t expecting just how much I’d enjoy it!  The movie was full of great characters and a lot of laughs.  It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed watching Woody Harrelson so much (I don’t think I’ve enjoyed him since his days on Cheers, actually).  Jesse Eisenberg was awesome as the main character, Columbus.  I also really enjoyed seeing Abigail Breslin in a non-little girl role. 

I don’t want to say too much more about the movie since I don’t want to give anything away, but trust me, this movie is totally fantastic!  Go see it!

On a side note, I have a little bit of a rant to make here.  Yesterday when I saw Zombieland, the theatre was packed.  My friend and I easily found seats, and that’s not what I want to rant about right now.  The two people sitting behind me would not shut up!  Worse yet, they were talking about the movie and revealing every major plot point seconds before it happened!  Seriously, it was really irritating!  I didn’t say anything because I was too busy trying to ignore them and enjoy the movie.  Readers I implore you, if you go see a movie that you’ve seen already, or can guess the plot of, keep your mouths SHUT so that others can enjoy the movie in peace!  Talking throughout the movie is rude enough, but to reveal what’s about to happen loudly enough so that others can hear you is just crossing all kinds of lines.  Grrrrrrrrrr

October 17, 2009

Ninja Assassin

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Sorry guys, I know it’s been a while since I posted!  What can I say but I’ll try to do better!

So I got the opportunity a couple of days ago to see a movie at the Vancouver International Film Festival for the first time ever.  The movie, chosen by a friend of a friend, was Ninja Assassin.

Now I’ll be honest, my knowledge of ninja films is fairly basic.  I saw a youtube clip of the movie before I went, and enjoyed the action aspects of the movie, so I figured it couldn’t be too bad.  Besides, it was an opportunity to try new things and meet new people.

Before the film started, we were treated to an introduction to the movie from the director himself, James McTeigue.  It was pretty cool to see the guy in person!  He was funny, and it helped having him explain his vision before we saw the movie.  It was also good to have him warn us about the blood bath we were in for!  Yes, I had guessed that the movie would be violent, but this movie takes violence to a whole new level!

Overall, I really enjoyed the movie!  It’s stupid, cheesy, and full of laughs!  I am nearly 100% sure that this was the intention of the movie, and I applaud them for doing it so well!  It was also fun having the friend sitting next to me whisper to me all the sarcastic things we were both thinking (I don’t think my friend enjoyed the movie nearly as much as I did). 

I definitely would recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys ninja movies, action movies, and movies featuring particularly violent and bloody deaths!

October 11, 2009

Whip It!

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Yesterday I saw Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut, Whip It!  I loved it!  The movie doesn’t necessarily cover any new ground (teenager has a difficult relationship with her mom, etc.), but it still entertains! 

The real treat of this movie is the actors!  Each takes their character and infuses that character with joy and humanity.  The standouts for me were Ellen Page as the main character, Bliss “Babe Ruthless” Cavendar, Marcia Gay Harden as her mother, Daniel Stern as her father, and Kristen Wiig as “Maggie Mayhem.” 

Personally, I could have done without the whole romantic storyline in the movie, but otherwise, the plot came together nicely for me.  I also enjoyed seeing the roller derby scenes, and it actually really makes me want to see a live roller derby! 

Altogether, I would recommend this movie to others, and definitely want to see it again on DVD!

September 6, 2009

Inglourious Basterds

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Okay, I have to be honest here . . . to the best of my memory, this is the first Quentin Tarantino movie I’ve ever seen.  I did see that episode of C.S.I. he directed, but have never seen any of his movies.  Based on what little I know about his movies, I have to say that I doubt I’d like many of his movies.  I LOVED Inglourious Basterds though!

Initially, I didn’t want to see this movie.  My ethnic background is German, but I doubt that had much to do with not wanting to see the movie.  I like Brad Pitt and Diane Kruger, but not enough to make me feel like I HAD to see the movie.  I also really, really find the spelling mistakes in the title of the movie to be super-irritating.  Like so irritating that I would have continued to stand on principle alone and not seen the movie.  Honestly, I saw it only because a friend at work saw it and loved it so much that she saw it twice.  That told me it had to be good, and since she recommended District 9 to me, and I ended up loving that too, I decided to check it out.

The movie, for those who don’t know, tells the intersecting stories of several different people in Nazi-occupied France during WWII.  The movie tells these stories in a series of chapters, each one revealing more of the connections between the characters.  The movie is violent, and takes great pleasure in its violence.  Aside from the first 20 or so minutes, the movie is fast-paced and makes no apologies for its in-you-face-ness.  The actors and actresses are clearly enjoying themselves, and it comes through in their performances.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of the movie for me was listening to the different languages.  There’s of course a lot of French and German spoken, along with English, and some Italian.  As I mentioned earlier, my heritage is German, however I don’t really speak any German (after 3 years of Saturday German school that I had to be dragged to, kicking and screaming, but that’s a different story).  I don’t even care for the SOUND of German, usually.  But listening to the German in the film was a pleasant surprise for me because I ENJOYED it, and I found that I did understand more than I thought I would.  Having taken French all through high school, I expected to enjoy listening to it being spoken, and wasn’t let down at all. 

I found that all the actors and actresses in the movie did a great job.  Brad Pitt, last seen in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, follows up the role of Benjamin Button with another truly memorable character – Lt. Aldo Raine.  The man is handy with a knife and he isn’t shy about showing off those skills! 

Diane Kruger, playing a German actress by the name of Bridget von Hammersmark, owns the role!  Being German herself, it was a great pleasure listening to her speak her native tongue and hold her own with the men.  This character, compared to her character in the National Treasure movies, is way more interesting and well-utilized.

Melanie Laurent, as the young Jewish woman Shosanna Dreyfus, was a revelation.  She was captivating to watch, and I found myself cheering for her at every turn.  I couldn’t help but think that I recongized her from somewhere, but after reading over her credits on imdb, I can’t say I’ve ever seen her in a movie before.  I hope, after seeing her performance in this movie, that I see more of her in the future!

Finally, I have to mention the actor who played the character Col. Hans Landa.  Before seeing the movie, I’d read reviews stating that Christoph Waltz was fantastic in the movie, and his performance exceeded my expectations!  His performance had me absolutely riveted to the screen.  If his work in this film isn’t recognized at the Academy Awards, it will be a crime!

What about you, readers?  Have you seen Inglourious Basterds?  What are your thoughts?

September 1, 2009

I am not sure how I feel about this

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I just saw this.  I grew up in the 80s and this was definitely one of my favourite childhood memories.  Actually, thanks to some well-connected German relatives, my sister and I gained quite a collection of these.  Having said all that, I’m not sure if I’m looking forward to this movie or not.  My first reaction was “cool!” but now I’m not so sure . . .  

PS: Jennifer, DO NOT click on that first link.  The second is safe for you, but clicking on the first will just take you to that page you don’t want to see 😉

August 29, 2009

The Time Traveler’s Wife

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I just got home from seeing the latest in chick-flick offerings: The Time Traveler’s WifeI’ve heard that the book is way better, which I guess I’ll have to judge for myself one day, after I’ve read it! 

Overall, I enjoyed the movie.  I think that was mostly due to the cast though.  Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana were great in their roles – believable and very likable.  Particularly Rachel McAdams.  The fact that this story centers around a guy who shifts back and forth through time was intriguing, if rather hard to believe!  I found it incredibly interesting that, while the Henry character can visit important times in his life and interact with the people during that time, he is powerless to change certain events.  He can win the lottery, but he can’t prevent his mother from dying.  It just doesn’t quite make sense to me, but I digress.

Overall, I would recommend this movie to romance fans, and fans of Rachel McAdams!

August 23, 2009

District 9

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Wow!  I have to say, this movie was one of the most original and intriguing movies I’ve seen in a long time!  I knew from the previews that it sounded kind of interesting, but didn’t think I’d see it in theatres until a friend saw it and recommended it highly.  I’m so glad I listened to her! 

I really liked the documentary style of the film.  It made the whole story seem more realistic and serious.  It really helped that the actors were unknowns (at least by “Hollywood” standards) as it made it even more possible to believe what was happening.  The lead actor in particular was quite impressive!  The special effects and action sequences were well done, though a few scenes made me cringe and cover my eyes!

Overall, I would absolutely recommend this movie to sci-fi fans and action fans.  Go see this movie!

August 2, 2009

Funny People

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Here’s the thing: I want to like Adam Sandler.  Every time I hear about a new Adam Sandler movie I think it has the potential to be funny, and if I end up seeing it, I’m disappointed!  The only movie I liked him in was “Spanglish” and I think that’s because it wasn’t supposed to be an outright comedy!

Anyways, today I saw the new Judd Apatow comedy, “Funny People” starring Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, and Leslie Mann.  This movie was NOT funny at all.  It was crude and crass, which isn’t always a bad thing, but in this case, it just offers nothing to the plot.  The story meanders and loses a lot of steam about half way through.  It was also too long!  I found myself checking my watch frequently hoping the movie was almost over.  Most of the characters are just whiny and annoying, particularly Leslie Mann.  As an aside I have to say, it really, really annoys me that Judd Apatow casts his wife and in this case, both daughters, in his movies.  I know it shouldn’t bother me, but it really does!  It doesn’t bother me at all when Tim Burton casts Helena Bonham Carter (probably has something to do with the fact that Helena Bonham Carter CAN actually act!) in his movies!

Here’s a list of what I liked in this movie: seeing Eric Bana (hottie!) and hearing his Australian accent, seeing a slimmer and more attractive Seth Rogen, and all the cameos by actual funny people.  That’s it.  I do NOT recommend this movie to anyone!

Readers, have you seen this movie?  What did you think of it?

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