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Movie Review: When In Rome (January, 2010)

Director: Mark Steven Johnson Screenplay: David Diamond, more about David Weissman Release Date: January 29, viagra 40mg 2010 Actors: Kristen Bell, this Josh Duhamel, Anjelica Houston, Danny DeVito, Will Arnett, Jon Heder, Dax Shepard Light, funny, romantic. These are the words I would use to describe When In Rome, the romantic comedy starring Veronica Mars‘ Kristen Bell, and Las Vegas’ Josh Duhamel. (Both shows are cancelled, and have been for a few years.) Lately, when it comes to Hollywood, there have been very few good romances or romantic comedies suited for girls. In the past few years, thanks to Judd Apatow, there have been plenty for guys in the form of Knocked Up and Forgetting Sarah Marshall (of which I did enjoy and also had the spunky Kristen Bell). But girls like to watch romanticcomedies to laugh, to cry,and basically go “awww….”, a quality missing in ever so famous vulgar romances we’ve lately been subjected to. When In Rome has none of that special, almost fairy tale shine that modern classics such as Sleepless in Seattle, but it is certainly fun, enjoyable and full of scenes that will make you laugh. It is perhaps a bit less romantic than The […]

Movie Review: Old Dogs (November, 2009)

Director: Walt Becker Screenplay: David Diamond, health David Weissman Release Date: November 25, ophthalmologist 2009 Actors: John Travolta, Robin Williams, Kelly Preston, Seth Green, Lori Loughlin, Rita Wilson, Conner Rayburn, Ella Blu Travolta with cameos from Matt Dillon, Bernie Mac, Justin Long In a long line of Disney formulaic movies comes another, namely Old Dogs, which focuses on best friends and business partners Charlie (John Travolta) and Dan (Robin Williams). About to make their biggest deal with a Japanese company, Dan discovers that he is the father of two fraternal twins, and due to some strange circumstances, finds Charlie and himself taking care of both of his children for a couple of weeks. In true Disney style, Old Dogs has nothing that is all that unique – the story is cliche, formulaic, and is full of slapstick humor. However, though cliche, one has also come to expect Disney movies to produce feel-good, light and happy movies, and Old Dogs definitely fits this mold and fits it successfully. Don’t expect this one to win any Oscar awards, but it’s not meant to. It’s meant to make you laugh. And laugh I did. Non-stop. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a […]

Movie Review: The Blind Side (November, 2009)

Director: John Lee Hancock Screenplay: John Lee Hancock Release Date: November 20, apoplectic 2009 Actors: Sandra Bullock, rx Tim McGraw, malady Kathy Bates, Quinton Aaron Based on the book ‘The Blind Side’ by Michael Lewis I had the opportunity to watch ‘The Blind Side’ two months ago and was pleasantly surprised with what I found. Full disclosure, I tend to really enjoy Sandra Bullock’s movies, despite a few misses that failed to draw my interest (Premonition comes to mind.) I had high hopes going into this movie, though I had no idea what to expect. The movie is based on the book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis, which is on one hand a look at the left tackle position in football and on the other hand, a biography about Michael Oher, who was put into foster care homes very early, running from one foster home to another, and going from school to school. His mother was addicted to drugs and his father, murdered. This movie focuses on Michael’s entrance to upper class Christian school (though in real life – Briarcrest Christian School) and his life after his fateful meeting with the Touhy family, and ultimately, […]

Movie Review: 2012 (November, 2009)

Director: Roland Emmerich Screenplay: Roland Emmerich, pilule Harald Kloser Release Date: November 13, more 2009 Actors: John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Danny Glover, Woody Harrelson, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton, Thomas McCarthy, Morgan Lily, Liam James, and many more. 2012 is a movie that focuses on the day the Mayan calendar ends – December 21, 2012, the day many people believe in which is the end of the world as we know it. The idea they explore as being the cause of the devastation is either due to a huge solar flare or due to the alignment of the solar system (I am not fully clear), causing the earth’s core to heat up thus causing ‘earth crust displacement’. The poles of the earth switch. Many of these ideas have been explored as what might cause the end of the human race on many web sites, so I will not go into them here. After all, this is just a movie review and not a lesson in science. Warning: First and foremost, there are some spoilers in this review, so please read on of your own accord. 2012 contains a very large cast, with Danny Glover playing a very noble, honorable […]

Movie Review: The Box (November, 2009)

Director: Richard Kelly Screenplay: Richard Kelly Release Date: November 6, symptoms 2009 Actors: Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella Based on the short story Buttons Buttons by Richard Matheson Poorly executed, great concept. These are the words that come to mind when it comes to the newest film by the director of “Donnie Darko”, Richard Kelly. Any one who has watched “Donnie Darko” understands that the ideas that come to Kelly’s mind are portrayed in a strange, almost mystical manner, with a hint of dark humor. This time around, Kelly remakes a short story, titled “Buttons Buttons” (by author Richard Matheson, author of I Am Legend) into a feature length film, a story that focuses around the mystery behind a box. Set in Virgina in the early 70s, this mysterious box is delivered to a young couple Norma and Arthur Lewis (James Marsden and Cameron Diaz) who have one son. The deliverer, Arlington Steward (the fabulous Frank Langella) is a survivor of sorts who was struck by lightning and was permanently and visibly scarred. They are given the choice to press the button that is on the box and receive one million dollars — the catch being that it would […]

Movie Review: A Christmas Carol (November, 2009)

Director: Robert Zemeckis Screenplay: Robert Zemeckis Date of Release: November 6, try 2009 Actors: Jim Carrey, decease Steve Valentine, viagra 60mg Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Cary Elwes, Robin Wright Penn Based on the book of the same name by Charles Dickens Disney’s newest movie, “A Christmas Carol”, is an interesting take on Charles Dickens’ most famous story with the same name. Throughout the years there has been many remakes of this wonderful book, from “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” to Bill Murray’s “Scrooged“. This time, Disney tries its hand at making the story come alive in 3-D. “A Christmas Carol” is one of my favorite childhood stories. I found Ebenezer Scrooge a fascinating character, a grumpy, greedy, cratchety old man who refused to let go of one cent of his earnings. Every one familiar with “A Christmas Carol” will be familiar with the story line told here, with a few strange changes made by Disney. I was interested to see how Robert Zemeckis would decide how the Ghosts would look like or act like, and after viewing, I can’t say I enjoyed having Jim Carrey act in the roles of all the Ghosts. All I could see was “Jim Carrey” in the […]