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October 19th, 2010

The Movie Barn, Bullying

I did not intend it, but most of the movies I’ve seen recently have a context of bullying. As I regretted letting Matthew see ‘The Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ with me, I resolved that from now on I will be more careful with the kid’s movies I will let him see – only those with clearer depiction of the good and the bad characters, the lead being the good character.

What movies have you seen lately?

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010) Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)

I regret having my 4-year old Matthew watch this with me. I thought it was going to be a harmless kid’s movie. I was wrong. At some point in the movie, I sent him away.

Although this is a well made movie, but it has a terrible message! It’s not even funny! The lead character, Greg, is a bully! His quest for popularity is just wrong. The story ended with the character not really realizing the wrong he did.

Harry Brown (2010) Harry Brown (2010)

Not for kids! This is a violent movie about a Marine veteran, who came out of his quiet life to avenge the death of his best friend by drug dealers and criminals.

The violence is unbelievable but it has a very satisfying ending, when Harry Brown, an elderly man, beats the bullies of his neighborhood.

Karate Kid (2010) Karate Kid (2010)

This movie stars Jaden Smith, son of Will Smith and Jada Smith. Also stars Jackie Chan as Mr. Han. Base from The Karate Kid (1984).

As far as being engaging and entertaining, the movie has thumbs up. However, this movie did not match the original. It fell short of my high expectations.

In the original, Daniel-san was very likable. This version’s Dre (Jaden Smith) is cocky! And the kissing scene, 10-year-olds kissing, was not just pushy but completely unnecessary!

Robinhood (2010) Robin Hood (2010)

Good movie! However, I wish this movie was casted by a pair with better chemistry.

Ironman 2 (2010) Ironman 2 (2010)

Ironman’s Tony Stark is Batman’s Bruce Wayne’s opposite! Tony Stark likes the spotlight, while Bruce Wayne wants to be invisible and to blend in.

The first Ironman movie is better but the sequel does not fall far behind. I particularly like the women in this 2nd Ironman, Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Natalie Rushman (Scarlet Johanson). I like how empowered their characters are. And Mickey Rourke as the villain is just really great! I think he is the best cast.

September 20th, 2010

The Movie Barn, On Nicholas Sparks and More

Sometime I wish I can go to watch movies as they come out at the movie theaters, like I used to in college. That way, I can be a timely movie critic. But then, thinking about the fuss of going to the movie theaters these days, and how you can’t pause it just because, for most movies, I’d settle on watching them on DVD/Bluray at home where I can lounge to my comfort.

What movies have you seen lately?

Dear John (2010) Dear John (2010)

It has nice, very subtle love story, but the twist is unexpected. The story is about long distance love and it brings awareness to autism. I like it. I was glued to watching it, trying to figure out what’s going to happen next, and really disappointed at how the story turned. It’s like rooting for a couple that didn’t make it in the end. It’s disappointing. Still the movie has a great story. It’s well-casted with great acting.

Nights at Rodanthe Nights at Rodanthe (2008)

Maybe because this movie is not about young love, I forgot that this is a ‘Nicholas Sparks’ movie that I didn’t expect the death in the end. There is always someone dying in a Nicholas Sparks story.

It’s not my favorite story, and definitely not my favorite movie since it is just too slow. I struggled to keep myself awake to finish this movie. And this is not Diane Lane’s or Richard Gere’s best work.

The Last Song (2010) The Last Song (2010)

I’ve never watched any ‘Hannah Montana’ episode. I never got interested. The only time I see Miley Cyrus on TV is when I am channel surfing. So I could say this is the first time I’ve seen her for more than 2 minutes. Now that I have seen her in a feature length, I don’t get the fuzz over her.

Although over all the movie was good, has a good story! But the acting by Miley Cyrus is terrible! I wasn’t impressed by her! I was so distracted by her unsightful mannerisms, and forced acting.

The Notebook (2004) The Notebook (2004)

From the movies based from Nicholas Sparks, my favorites is still The Notebook. It has the subtlety of a great love story, and the effective tear-jerky moments it supposed to have. However, I can’t get myself to watch it again, because I cry each time I watch it.

Prince of Persia Prince of Persia (2010)

What can I say?! I’m a sucker for manly man movies like this one, fast paced, mythological based, and with stunning visual effects! I watched it the first time and loved it. I watched it 2nd time to better understand the lines. All the British accents sometimes is so hard to understand. I watched it the 3rd time just to stare at Prince Dastan (Jake Gyllenhall).

Remember Me (2010)

Too dramatic for my taste. I am not a fan of Robert Pattinson, but I think he did great in his dramatic role as a caring brother and angry son. However, this movie is so hard to pay attention to because it’s too dramatic and very slow. And it took a lot of stretch to bring it to the unexpected ending.

Date Night (2010) Date Night (2010)

I knew it was going to be funny, and it is! But I can’t believe I let this movie stay unwatched in my household for the longest time, to wait for hubby to watch it with me. Anyway, I watched this movie with a friend and we had a blast laughing. I watched it for the 2nd time with hubby, and it was still funny. I think it’s a good idea casting Mark Walberg for his supporting role in this movie.

Death at a Funeral (2010) Death at a Funeral (2010)

A dysfunctional family brought together by the patriarch’s funeral. It’s power cast brings this movie to so much laugh out loud funny moments. I have to admit that what got me to watch this movie is the positive review, and I wasn’t disappointed. Although, some of the humor is just so silly and dumb, it didn’t take away funny factor.

Kick-Ass (2010) Kick-Ass (2010)

The violence in this movie is shocking and so graphic. Definitely not for kids!

The story line is so ridiculous but unexpectedly no-nonsense. It’s guilty pleasure. I was thoroughly entertained.

More movie reviews.

June 25th, 2009

Stranger than Fiction, Reality and TV

Is your life a tragedy or a comedy?

What sort will your life be if it is a TV show or a movie? sitcom-like comedy, a dramatic TV series, tragic soap opera, suspense thriller, sci-fi/fantasy, horror?

My life is so blessed to be a tragedy! (Not that I’m complaining.) So far, it’s definitely a happy comedy.

I don’t think we have that kind of interesting extra-ordinary lives that anybody would consider watching on TV. But should we be on TV, considering my passive non-confrontational sensitive personality, my struggles with my hyperactive almost-3-years-old toddler, and a fishing loving hubby, who has one-of-a-kind personality and a very interesting job. Our lives as a TV show will probably have a lot of ordinaryness and a few moments of comedy more than anything else.

These question are inspired by the movie ‘Stranger than Fiction’ and reality TV show ‘Jon&Kate plus 8’.

Movie, Stranger than Fiction

Movie, Stranger than Fiction

In the movie ‘Stranger than Fiction‘, Will Ferrel plays Harold Crick, a lonely IRS agent who lives his life so systematically. His life took a turn when suddenly he started hearing a woman’s voice narrating his life. He sought the help of Jules Hilbert played by Dustin Hoffman, who asked the question about his life, whether his life is a tragedy or a comedy. Since that question, he made a tally about events in his life to evaluate if his life is – comedy or tragedy.

It is actually a good movie. It’s NOT a laugh-out-loud comedy, but it was made better by the love story between this IRS agent and a baker who wouldn’t pay taxes. What a funny combination! And of course there’s the successful novelist who had writer’s block narrating Crick’s life and struggling how to kill Crick’s character in her novel. The movie has a great concept and it’s very well written.

About ‘Jon&Kate Plus 8‘, well what can I say. Their lives including the 8 kids’ are all over the news. Obviously, they have interesting life having 8 kids total to have a reality TV show. I guess their show has turned dramatic to possibly tragic. I do not actually follow this show. I don’t watch reality TV shows (except for American Idol only because I consider AI a singing talent show more than a reality TV show). But with the very few glimpse I had of Jon&Kate from their show while channel surfing, there’s always Kate whining and Jon casting a big sigh, surrounded by 8 busy kids. Did I ever suspect then that they are going to divorce? I had no clue!

May 11th, 2009

Star Trek Revelation

I like watching trailers. For most movies, the 5-minute trailer is better than the actual movie, but not for Star Trek! This movie is a 2-hour long trailer! It’s so action packed that it’s like watching a really great movie trailer for 2 hours, that you don’t wanna blink and miss a thing. So captivating, funny, great cast, great acting and awesome special effects!

You don’t have to be a Star Trek fan to follow the story. The story line of this movie followed a different direction. I’m sure that even a non-Star Trek fan will like it for its special effects and the great acting! However, I do think you have to have a little bit of background to the Star Trek original Series characters like Kirk, Spock, Uhura, etc. so that you will be able to pick up some of the funny lines. But since the movie went a different direction, it created a little bit of confusion. However, it didn’t take away from the entertainment factor of the movie.

Great casts! Each and every cast did great – even those known for romantic or comedy movies like Cris Pine (The Princess Diaries 2), John Cho (Harold and Kumar), Simon Pegg (Shawn of the Dead), etc.! The cast who is most surprising is Eric Bana, who played the villain. You won’t get a hint of Prince Hector (Troy) or Henry VIII (The Other Boleyn Girl) in his character in Star Trek.

Hubby and I enjoyed this movie very much. And we do have more than average knowledge of Star Trek. Hubby introduced me to the world of Star Trek. To this date, the only missing Star Trek episodes and movies in our collection is the Star Trek Deep Space Nine episodes, only because we couldn’t find it anywhere.

I can’t wait to watch the movie again. I hope it comes out on bluray soon! Right now, I’m thinking of watching the Star Trek episodes again – The Next Generation, Voyager, Enterprise, even the Original Series.

Thanks to Lori and her family, for babysitting Matthew.

April 22nd, 2009

That Movie ‘Twilight’

OMG! This is the one of the most disappointing movies I’ve ever seen. But to start with, I’ve never read the book, but then, have I read it, I just know I would be even more disappointed.

I have seen that movie. I was curious to watch it because of all the hype over it, that I.. expected more, I guess.

I knew it wasn’t going to be a vampire movie like Underworld, Queen of the Damned or heck, Interview with a Vampire. But I still anticipated good vampire-y special effects, which it doesn’t have, just the crappy glowing of the skin or their fast running or flying. I have to say that with regards to this movies special effects, a good episode of Charmed or Heroes is much better than this movie.

I also anticipated the supposed great love story between Bella and Edward. I looked for poetry, or intensity or simply just that single line about their supposed great love for each other, or maybe that one love song you would want to hear over and over after watching this movie, but it never came! It’s so badly written as it’s so badly acted.

If the book which I haven’t read is good then the screenplay didn’t convey the words right. But then there probably just not enough from the book to squeeze out substance for a good screenplay.

And there’s just too much bad acting from the two lead stars, and no chemistry! Their expressionless faces thoughout the movie didn’t help especially at the supposed climax of the story. All I saw was their eyes getting wider.

I did like the concept of the love story. I really did. It’s interesting.. a ‘vegetarian’ vampire falling in love with a human. He wouldn’t turn her into a vampire but she want to be one … and all that! It is interesting for a lovestory book, just reading about it and getting your own imagination going with no help from a cut rate movie production, crappy screenplay and bland acting.

What’s funny is Hubby really didn’t want to watch this movie. And when Hubby and I was watching this movie, he just kept asking me “… so when is he going to eat her?”. I simply replied, “This is not that kind of a movie.”, while hiding my disgust over this very bad movie for I was the one who wanted to buy the movie copy. Thankfully we got the DVD copy and not the Bluray version, which is $10 more.

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