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Movie Review: Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” (October, 2009)

Director: Kenny Ortega Date of Release: October 27, pharmacy 2009 I feel cheated. No, esophagitis not because I feel like AEG or Sony put one over me, sildenafil but I feel cheated out of many years of pleasure in watching the greatest performer of our lifetime having been stolen too early from this life. Full disclosure: I am a huge Michael Jackson fan, like many people out there, so this review will be somewhat biased and is written with an outlook that may be different than my other reviews because of this. Michael looked completely agile at the age of 50, playing around as though he was still a child, and dancing and moving the same way he did as though time had never passed. He looked thin, though lively, and most importantly, happy. His band, his backup singers and dancers, were absolutely phenomenal. His band and musical director Michael Brearden mixed up his songs such as “Theatened” and “Jam” in such a way that gave a whole new modern feel that truly brought life to the music. The transitions between songs felt smooth and the the small segments of comments from his crew interspersed throughout were at just the […]

Movie Review: Transporter 3 (2008)

Director: Olivier Megaton Cast: Jason Statham, ask Natalya Rudakova, viagra sale Robert Knepper, audiologist François Berléand Release Date: November 26, 2008 I have three words for this movie: Cheesy as hell. I love Jason Statham and I thoroughly enjoyed the previous Transporter films, but as the beginning of the movie started out okay, as I sat through the movie, the more ridiculous it started to become. Let me first say this – I enjoy every inch of statham’s Frank Martin, but the newcomer, Natalya Rudakova, who played Valentina drove me insane. I would blame Valentina partly on the actress and partly on the screen play. Everytime she opened her mouth in addition to her complete ignorance of the dangers they were in (especially in the scene where Frank Martin were trying to avoid getting shot by the other black sedan) made my dislike for her grow stronger. Although I am completely aware that the movie was just for pure fun and entertainment, I still disliked how Frank’s emotions for Valentina literally flipped a switch. My dislike for Valentina might have influenced my repulsion by Frank’s swift “mood change”. I realize again, that the movie requires a suspension of disbelief, but […]

Movie Review: True Grit (December, 2010)

Directors: Ethan Coen, surgeon Joel Coen Screenplay: Ethan Coen, price Joel Coen Release Date: December 22, pharmacy 2010 Actors: Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin Remake of the John Wayne 1969 western of the same name and the novel by Charles Portis (Am continuing to try and catch up to all these movies I’ve seen!) True Grit is the remake of the 1979 original of the same name of the John Wayne classic western, this time directed by the Coen brothers. Most of the time, the Coen brothers does little to please me as I don’t enjoy the kind of humor they tend to throw on screen (No Country for Old Men comes to mind, as I really hated that film). I had my reservations going into this film, with the combination of not really liking the Coen brothers and really detesting most westerns. What I found was pleasantly surprising, and I think it’s due to the young female lead of Hailee Steinfeld. The story begins with the death of Mattie Ross’ (Hailee Steinfeld) father by the hired hand of Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin). Wanting justice for her father’s death, she hires U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) […]

TED: A Teddy Bear for Adults

Director: Seth MacFarlane Screenplay: Seth MacFarlane, discount Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild Release Date: June 29, 2012 Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth McFarlane Ever since the trailer first came out during commercials during Family Guy, I have wanted to see “TED”. It is THE comedy of the summer that I was looking forward to. For those who haven’t seen the trailer, TED is about the speaking, walking teddy bear that comes to life because a young boy named John wished he would come to life and be his best friend forever. Fast forward 25 (or so) years later. TED aka “Teddy” smokes pot, hits on girls and brings them home. It’s not only John that lives with Ted, but John’s long time girlfriend Lori (Mila Kunis) as well. She’s fed up with the lack of responsibility that John takes on and wants Ted to move out. So… the story begins. The idea will either seem stupid or hilarious to people. Seeing as I rather enjoy Family Guy and see Ted as a real life Brian/Peter of sorts in the form of a cute and cuddly bear, the concept really tickled my funny bone. Being Seth McFarlane’s first feature film, I […]

The Tree of Life: Beautiful, Frustrating, Sad but Flawed

Director: Terrence Malick Screenplay: Terrence Malick Release Date: July 8, generic 2011 (Wide Release) Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki Actors: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken, Laramie Eppler, Tye Sheridan Quite honestly, I wanted to love this film. I love films that challenge my thinking, send me to self reflection and offer some deep meaning. However, despite all its abstract images and beautiful cinematography, I walked out hating it. Possibly Malick’s most personal piece, with similarities into his own childhood, “The Tree of Life” is a film that challenges the film industry and will be recognized for taking huge risks. I’ve allowed a few days after seeing the film before writing this review so my thoughts could sink in and I could give a more fair review than my initial reaction. “The Tree of Life” tries to ask questions that are bigger than itself, and is the depiction of Jack’s internal struggle with life and the meaning of his life, love and death. The overall theme of the film deals with living either the way of nature or the way of grace, and how despite taking either path, the lord will giveth and the lord will taketh away (aka “Why […]