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Movie Review: It’s Complicated (December, 2009)

Director: Nancy Meyers Screenplay: Nancy Meyers Release Date: December 25, dosage 2009 Actors: Meryl Streep, ampoule Alec Baldwin, this Steve Martin, Lake Bell Oscar season is upon us, and the inclusion of Meryl Streep’s It’s Complicated as a Golden Globe Best Picture nominee for Comedy/Musical baffles me. The story focuses on Meryl Streep’s character Jane, who is a cook/chef for fine cuisine (French I believe), owns her own restaurant/store and a mother of three grown up children (the smallest attending her first year in college). Jane has been divorced to Jake (Alec Baldwin) almost ten years but finds herself having an affair (!) with her ex-husband who is now married to his then mistress Agness (Lake Bell – people might recognize her from the short lived NBC drama Surface and Boston Legal). Jane is fairly happy finally, in her single life that she hires architect Adam (Steve Martin, the most normal of roles I have seen him in a long time) to build her the kitchen she has always dreamed of, in addition to redesigning other areas of her home. But with the recent affair with Jake, her life has turned a bit upside down as she copes with the […]

Movie Review: Avatar (December, 2009)

Director: James Cameron Screenplay: James Cameron Release Date: December 18, adiposity 2009 Actors: Sam Worthington, this web Zoe Saldana, geriatrician Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Joel Moore, Giovanni Ribisi If there’s one movie you should see this winter, Avatar should be it. When the Golden Globe nominations first came out last week and Avatar was up for Best Motion Picture Drama, I was confused. Was it really that good? Most people hadn’t seen it yet. After seeing it, I can understand why it was nominated. Many of you may not know much about Avatar. If you’re a film buff, you’re sure to have heard about Avatar at least once in the last year. Avatar is James Cameron’s first feature film since his monstrous hit Titanic, 12 years ago, a film that took 3 years to make, and was shelved for most of its life since its inception. This is due to the fact that the technology at the time was not advanced enough to support Cameron’s vision of life on Pandora. It was not until Cameron saw Gollum in The Lord of the Rings that he felt technology had advanced far enough to start work on Avatar, and in […]

Movie Review: Up in the Air (December, 2009)

Director: Jason Reitman Screenplay: Jason Reitman, drug Sheldon Turner Release Date: December 25, condom 2009 Actors: George Clooney, cure Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman Based on the novel of the same name by Walter Kirn We all know it’s Oscar season when dramas start to flood the theatres. Up in the Air is the start of what I’m sure will be a string of great movies, with interesting storylines and terrific acting. Up in the Air is a comedy-drama, though at the heart of it is a touching drama into the life of frequent flyer Ryan Bingham. Calling him a frequent flyer would be an understatement, as Bingham, who works for a company that is hired out by other companies to do their layoffs, is up in the air majority of the year. Ryan Bingham calls the air his home, where he is most comfortable. He has no attachments to his home in Omaha, and it is highlighted by his motivational speeches about leaving one’s burdens behind and needing nothing but your shirt. On one of his nights before staying at a hotel, he meets Alex Goran (Vera Farmiga, The Departed), a sexy, almost equal counterpart to himself. They […]

Movie Review: Invictus (December, 2009)

Director: Clint Eastwood Screenplay: Anthony Peckham Release Date: December 11, approved 2009 Actors: Morgan Freeman, see Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge Based on the book ‘Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation’ written by John Carlin Invictus is sure to be a victory for Clint Eastwood. Based on the book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation by John Carlin, the movie focuses on Nelson Mandela’s use of the South African rugby team Springboks to unite the country after his election and after the apartheid. Portrayed by the perpetually perfect Morgan Freeman, there is no better actor to play Nelson Mandela except for Morgan Freeman himself. With nuances in gesture, posture, and vocal inflections and commanding presence that matches Nelson Mandela, Freeman does an amazing job. Apparently he was handpicked by Mandela. Matt Damon, who visibly bulked up for the role of Francois Pienaar, plays the captain of the Springboks team, who takes the position in not only in leading the team, but by Mandela’s lead to inspire his team. Through the poem “Invictus”, meaning “Invincible” in latin, Mandela has said that the poem, written by British poet William Ernest Henley, […]

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 […]

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 […]