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“BLUE JASMINE” MOVIEW REVIEW

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I think Blue Jasmine is my favorite Woody Allen film to date. No, I didn’t like Manhattan. Blue Jasmine is about a woman named Jasmine (Cate Blanchett).  Jasmine is a former New York socialite from Park Ave, who is down on her luck due to her husband’s shady business dealings. Think Bernie Madoff.  Jasmine decides to move in with her adopted sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins) in San Francisco to try to pull her life together. While working as a receptionist in a dentist office and going to school, Jasmine is determined to return to the life that she became accustomed to.

Cate Blanchett is amazing in this role. She plays a woman becoming undone beautifully. Hal, Jasmine’s husband is flawlessly played by Alec Baldwin. Baldwin is such a great actor. When I see he is attached to a film, I always know the film is going to be great. And if the movie isn’t great, I know Baldwin will steal a scene or two. It’s a Baldwin given. Andrew Dice Clay is great as Ginger’s unpolished, brut of a husband who gets sucked into Hal’s business schemes. I hope this opens the door for more roles for Clay. I would like to see more of him on the big screen. My boo, Louis C.K is in this. He sure is. And he is wonderful. Even as a slime ball.

Blue Jasmine is a good solid film all around and I was very pleased with all of the actors performances. Do yourself a favor and go see it.

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“AMERICAN HUSTLE” MOVIE REVIEW

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I’ve been wanting to see “American Hustle” for quite some time. The trailer just looked amazing. People walking slow to cool music. 70’s fashion. Everything you want in a trailer. Plus, there is Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams. David O. Russell is the director and I LOVED “Silver Linings Playbook.” I am sold. I am all in.

The movie is about two con artists played by, Jennifer and Christian. They are forced to set up politicians and other criminals to avoid jail time and help a FBI agent move up in the ranks.

I want to acknowledge that AH is a cool film. But, was it great? No. I thought the rhythm was off. It didn’t flow. I thought Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Christian Bale’s wife (I’ma let that sink on in for a minute) performance was just okay and Amy Adams was great and better. Now, I really like Jennifer. I do. But, I felt like she was out of her acting league. She didn’t wow me and I don’t believe she deserves an oscar nod. I think Amy deserves recognition and the applause. I really liked Louis C.K.  I’ve recently watched C.K on Jerry Seinfield’s web series and I just fell in love. I am strangely attracted to him and I don’t know why. He just does it for me. He was great in this film and in Blue Jasmine. I hope, I can meet him one day and possibly go on a date.

American Hustle is worth seeing and paying money for. But, it’s not movie of the year or anything, so don’t feel bad if you don’t get to see it. 🙂

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BEN AFFLECK BATMAN BACKLASH

When I first saw that Ben Affleck would be the new Batman, I instantly hated it. He is definitely not what I had in mind. To be honest, I hadn’t had anyone in mind.  After Christian Bale, I kind of gave up on guesses and suggestions for Batman. I actually secretly hated Bale as Batman. But, I never told anyone. People seemed so satisfied with his performance. I think Heath Ledger had something to do with it. However, Christian Bale wasn’t the worst Batman. Val Kilmer always comes up when “the worst Batman” is discussed.

My favorite Batman was Michael Keaton.  When I was a little girl, I had a little crush on Michael Keaton. I think it started with “Night Shift” Or “Mr. Mom”. I just thought he had a sexy little something about him.

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After some consideration, I am now open to Ben playing the caped crusader. I hope he nails it and proves everyone wrong. If he sucks, it’s “Gigli” all over again and who knows if he’ll recover this time.

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HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’

HBO’s new series from Aaron Sorkin, “The Newsroom,”  is not a bad show. The pilot was solid. Sure it was a bit chatty. But, so were old movies and old TV dramas in the 40’s and 50’s. You can always tell when writers and directors are true fans of cinema and television. They get that TV and Film is art. Aaron Sorkin gets it. He is constantly challenging you with clever dialogue and storylines. My only complaint is some of the scenes ran a bit long. Cut it down Sorkin. Do you need me to come work for you? Because I will. It would be my pleasure.

The show starts off with Will McAvoy returning from a forced vacation to find out his ex girlfriend was hired to be his new Executive Producer. He is livid. There is lots of yelling and talking. Is this show like the best show on TV? No. But is it a solid show that will engage you? Yes. I enjoyed the stellar acting and writing from beginning to end. I see critics are saying, the show is not for stupid Americans. Yea it is. Not all Americans prefer dumbed down television. Some of us like to be challenged and impressed. Thank you Aaron Sorkin. Thank you for understanding some of us want our brains stimulated at night and not put on ice. Check out Mr. Sorkin’s show here .

Tell me what you think about The Newsroom

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I am BAAAAACK

Hey guys! I have returned after a long hiatus. In one week I will return to blogging regularly about our favorite TV shows and movies.

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Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Review)

Last year, I was very disappointed when I saw Half Blood Prince. I left the theater crushed and hopeless as I knew the same director had signed on to do the final two. I felt let down. How could this man ruin the one movie I looked forward to all year. I thought he made some extremely poor choices. No funeral for Dumbledore? The director just didn’t think it fit in the movie. Really? Wow! I thought to myself, ” Who the hell is this guy?” I went home and googled him. The directors name was David Yates. As I perused his IMDB I noticed I had never seen one damn film on there. Wait, not so fast. He directed, The Order of the Phoenix. The Order Of The Phoenix wasn’t a bad film. It’s not one of my favorites but, it was pretty solid. How could he make Half Blood Prince one of the worse out of all the installments. How could he??? After I finished researching Mr. Yates, I decided to change my attitude. I decided to be positive and hope for the best for the last two films.

I have a friend that works at Warner Brothers that invited me to the screening of  The Deathly Hallows. I was as giddy as Charlie Sheen in a room full of coke and hookers. We got there early to make sure we had good seats. As I nestled in my chair and looked around and saw all the geeks surrounding me, I felt a sense of calm. I felt good about what I was about to see. And I was right! Yates had delivered. The opening seen set the tone for the whole movie. “These are Dark times”,Rufus Scrimgeour (Bill Nighy) says. I got chills. Okay, I didn’t get chills. But, I grinned a little. Deathly Hallows was great from start to finish.  The movie showed just how far the cast has come as actors. Hermione (Emma Watson) first scene when she says goodbye to her parents is very touching. The sinister meeting at Malfoy Manor where Lord Voldemort has now taken up residence was epic. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so I will stop here.  Go see Deathly Hallows. The movie was worth the wait and it sets up for the last installment perfectly. I don’t give stars, I just give my 2 cents. And I put all my money on Deathly Hallows.

C.

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Bill Condon To Direct Next Twilight Movie: ‘Breaking Dawn’

Hmmm…..I don’t know how I feel about the director of Dream Girls directing Twilight. Will Bella break out in a sassy song in a over the top costume? What will Breaking Dawn look like? Are you excited or are you terrified?

Condon is also in the works to direct The Richard Pryor Movie : ‘Is It Something I Said?’. ‘Is It Something I Said’ has Marlon Wayans attached as Richard Pryor. I know….. I know. Let us pray…

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‘Death At A Funeral’ (Spoilers… sort of)

I saw Death At A Funeral over the weekend. I have to admit I was a little excited and very apprehensive. As a movie goer your biggest fear is going to see a comedy and realize all the funny bits are in the trailer. Well, this was not the case. Death At A Funeral had just two more funny bits than the trailer.

The film revolves around a funeral for Aaron (Chris Rock) and Ryan’s (Martin Lawrence) father. They find out from a dwarf ,that their father was bi-sexual and the dwarf was their fathers lover. The Dwarf ( Peter Dinklage) threatens to tell their mother Cynthia (Loretta Divine) about their on the down low father. Ryan and Aaron go to great lengths to see that this never happens.

I love Chris Rock the comedian. I don’t love Chris Rock the actor. Martin Lawrence and Chris Rock were not the funniest in this movie and if you are going to see this movie with that mind frame you will be extremely disappointed. Cousin Jeff (Columbus Short) got a few chuckles out of me as well as Kevin Hart. Oscar (James Marsden) was really the comic relief. He was excellent as the drugged up boyfriend of Elaine (Zoe Saldana). I kind of forgot Marsden plays Cyclops in the Xmen trilogies.

Death At A Funeral was kind of funny. Well, it had funny parts. There were people in the movie theater that clapped at the end. I didn’t think it was worth all that……but to each his own. Would I recommend this movie … sure. I mean I hear the original is better. Maybe, check out both?

I don’t give stars… I just give my two cents.

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New Sex And The City 2 (Longer Trailer)

I remember when I watched my first Sex And The City episode. I was living in New York and I had this roommate  who would go on date after date after date. After a few of the dates she would retire to her bedroom and I would hear her crying softly in her pillow. She was always disappointed if the dates didn’t work out. I thought she was crazy. Here I was having the time of my life dating in New York and she thought it was torture. I always tell women,”Being single in New York was the best time of my life.”

Back to Sex And The City:

When I lived in New York, I had quite the social life, so I never really had time to watch TV. But, like many other people, Sunday was my day of rest. One Sunday I emerged from my bedroom to find my roommate and a few of her single friends watching Sex And The City. I instantly got sucked in. The dialogue was the same dialogue I’ve  had with my best friends. The openness and the supportive nature of these women were amazing. I would watch Sex And The City and wish all women could have the same type of relationships as Carrie and her pals. Sex And The City showed the bond of four women with great careers and great sex lives. I remember one of my friends saying SHE was Samantha. Till this day I chuckle. She is NO Samantha. Of course everyone wants to be Carrie. No one is Carrie. NO ONE! I don’t know anyone who takes fashion risks. Sure you may have designer shoes … but YOU will never be Carrie. NEVER!

I can’t wait to see Sex And The City 2. The new trailer gives me goosebumps. OMG! Aidan!!! Poor jilted Aidan is BACK. *SQUEALS*

Check the New AWESOME trailer here

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The Mediocre Return Of The Clash Of The Titans

Like many other Americans, I saw The Clash Of The Titans this weekend. I went in there with really low expectations. I just couldn’t fathom this remake being better than the first. Sure the original had crappy special effects and crappy dialogue, but it was special and dear to my heart.

The writers Travis Beachman, Phil Hay, and Matt Manfredi decided to make some noticeable changes to the original script. The movie is more  about the struggle between Man and the Gods. There was also much more action and semi clever dialogue. I couldn’t really get used to the shorter and grumpier new Perseus played by Sam Worthington. He kind of scowled  a lot.  Liam Nesson was awesome as the powerful Zeus. I thought he was an excellent choice. Ralph Finnes, who played Hades, had this weird thing going on with his voice. Why do villians use a whisper type of voice to suggest that are indeed evil? I don’t know.

I am not going to give away the movie, but if you go in thinking it will have  the same storyline as the original, then like me you will be disappointed. I was not blown away but, I liked The Clash Of The Titans. However, the computer- generated Medusa was a complete FAIL. Medusa is supposed be hideous and scary. This Medusa just had some snakes coming out of her head. Wack. I say go see it, but no need to see it in 3D (it will be just fine on the regular big screen).

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