Monday, January 26, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire: "Best Film"?

I had the chance to watch this movie for free tonight, so I thought I'd better watch at least one of the many Oscar-nominated films for next month.

A few comments about the film:
  • It definitely makes you appreciate growing up in the US.
  • I thought "Lakita" (played by Freida Pinto) was the most beautiful Bollywood actress I'd ever seen.
  • The scene where Jamal jumps down into the contents of the worst outhouse ever was disgusting to say the least.
While I thought it was a really great movie, and had me on the edge of my seat towards the end, I wonder if it's worthy of 'Best Film.' I can see how it could get so many nominations (10). And it won a SAG award tonight, too (the Producers' Guild of America Award). But, I have a feeling the 'Best Film' award will go to Brad Pitt's movie, which I haven't had much interest in seeing.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Best Picture Vote?

For the first time in a while, I have seen AND enjoyed (for different reasons) all five nominations for Best Picture (don't forget, Feb. 22nd @ the Oscars). My vote goes to Slumdog; awesome pic. Yesterdays news that it is just now screening in India with some trepidation is interesting. "The" dream in India is to make it; just like the actors from Slumdogs.
Your vote?

IMHO: Paul Fart - Mall Flop

As we approach the Oscars and the number of movies that are up for nomination that I have yet to see continues to grow, I have to become very selective about the movies I spend my lunch money on. So when Erik dragged me and my lil sis to see Paul Blart: Mall Cop last Friday, I wasn't stoked, but at least he payed. I figured I'd get at least a laugh or two from it. And that's all I got: two chuckles and a whole lot of, "what are you doing with your career, Kevin James???"

Truthfully, I think it's Happy Madison Productions that's lost it's mojo and Kevin James is just a willing participant that needs to go back to sitcom or stand-up. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, You Don't Mess with the Zohan, and now Paul Blart:Mall Cop were all weak-sauce! Bring back Billy and Happy and Grandma's Boy, please!

How it's top of the box-office right now is just sick: sold-out, watered-down, family-friendly flop!

Calling All Fright Freaks and CSI Fans

- Jack the Ripper remains one of the most curious serial killers of all time, and for those of us who follow the HORROR genre this mystery madman is the perfect subject for David Ondaatje's "The Lodger". Like in the Zodiac case, we've never figured out just who was responsible for the scores of female victims left lifeless in London's slums more than a century ago. Alfred Molina stars as the LAPD detective obsessed with capturing this new Ripper copycat killer, while Donal Logue, Hope Davis and Simon Baker all step in as possible suspects. It's a terrific cast and the tale is timeless so keep your eyes open...its coming in a few weeks

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Got Votes? Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down

Just one more for your Best and WORST films of 2008. Maybe we have missed some. After all we can't see them all.

Anyone for Hotel for Dogs?

What's up with this movie??? It seems like a winner for kids and dog lovers. It opened Friday Jan 16th. Hopefully one or more of us will give a thumbs up or paw down

Underworld Rise of the Lycans WOOOHOOO

Underworld Rise of the Lycans returns Jan. 23rd!

This Friday the the blood sucking vampires return!

Do not miss out on one of our favorite movie topics!
Vampires and Werewolves!

If only "Blade" would also return we would be thrilled!
Wesley Snipes where are you?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Review: Mirrors

I don't recall seeing commercials for this movie when it was in theaters, but the TV spammed me with news of its upcoming DVD release for weeks.

Mirrors stars the bad ass Jack Bauer. (Upon hearing that he was played by Kiefer Sutherland, Jack Bauer killed Sutherland. Jack Bauer gets played by no man.) Being a huge fan of 24, I immediately put it on my Netflix queue and bumped it to #1. Netflix delivered Mirrors today, which was unexpected since it was listed as a "long wait."

So we pop it in tonight and not five minutes into the movie, some guy slits his throat from ear to ear. Not for the weak stomachs out there. The next 45 minutes or so were all set in the dark and not very fascinating, and I nearly fell asleep. Basically, Jack Bauer and his family are the target of an evil demon that attacks them through mirrors or anything with a reflection. There are a few jumpy moments throughout to startle you. The last 20 minutes are the best, and the ending has an unexpected twist.

Unfortunately, Jack did not deliver in this movie. I give it about 2 stars.

Hugh Jackman reads this blog

Be sure to keep your eyeballs here because we heard that Hugh is a big fan of the MovieGals

Movie Gals speak out

This is the first posting for Movie Gals.
Several gals that love to go to the movies and want to tell you all about what we think!

We will start soon.