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Watcher’s Corner is another blog I just started yesterday. This one is mostly about writing reviews of movies, TV shows, plays and other stuff involving the entertainment business. So far I’ve written about some of the upcoming new shows I plan on watching this fall. So drop by the new blog and let me know what you think.
I just wanted to wish Rupert Grint a Happy Birthday. It’s hard to believe that the kid that played Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter movies is 24 today. He really brought Ron to life on the big screen. He also did a few other films. There was ‘Driving Lessons’ with Julie Walters (ironically Julie Walters also played Molly Weasley in the Harry Potter films) and ‘Wild Target with Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt. I never got a chance to see them but I will one of these days.
I don’t know what he’s been up to since the last Harry Potter movie but recently he did carry the Olympic torch at 2012 Summer Olympics in London. In an interview he said, “it was an overwhelming experience that he had hoped to remember forever.” Seriously, he got to carry the Olympic torch. How cool is that?
Well, once again Happy Birthday Rupert. You truly are our king.
I would like to say Happy Birthday to the wonderful and very talented, Joanne Rowling, better known as JK Rowling. What can we say about this incredible woman. She literally went from “rags to riches” when create the Harry Potter series. Joanne was a single mother living on welfare and now she’s one of the richest women in the world. She is living proof that dreams can come true. It was so cool seeing her at the London Olympics Opening Ceremonies.
Also, if you guys are real hardcore Potter fans you would also know that July 31 just happens to be Harry Potter birthday as well. He was born in 1980, so if he was a real person he would be 32-years-old today.
In other Rowling news Joanne has a new book coming out called The Casual Vacancy. This will be her first published book since the Harry Potter series and it’s also her first book aimed at an adult audience. The book comes out on September 27, 2012. Anything JK Rowling or Harry Potter related I am all over it.
So Happy Birthday to Joanne and her creation, Harry. Thank you for bringing us great joy and for giving us a world to escape to from our everyday lives.
I just want to give a big birthday shout out to the once and only, Daniel Radcliffe, who turns 23 today. It seems like only yesterday that we just saw little Dan going off to Hogwarts for the first time. They grow up so first.
I remember reading somewhere about how he was in the bath when he got the news. His dad came running in and said “Guess what they want to play Harry Potter?!” Dan actually cried. I would too! Having the honor of playing Harry Potter would have been the greatest day of my life. Seriously, how many people get the chance to play such a beloved story book character and the big screen?
Even though the Harry Potter series is over already, we haven’t seen the last of Dan. I know he was in that one horror film, The Woman in Black that came out early this year. And he was this play called How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. I heard that one was good.
Once again, Happy Birthday Dan! I hope you have a great day.
I love going to the movies! Seriously, I just love seating in the theater and watching a movie on it’s opening weekend while eating a bucket of popcorn. People often wonder what makes a good movie. While, aside from a good storyline and a good cast, I would say for me as long as the film still has my interest and I don’t have the sudden urge to demand my money back, than to me that’s a good movie.
Unfortunately, when I watched these movies, not only did I want a refund but I also want to put a bullet in my head. Seriously, they were that awful.
For all the movie lovers out there, this is a list of movies you should avoid at all cost.
1. The Last Airbender (2010). It’s based off the cartoon series on Nickelodeon about a this young boy named Aang, the Avatar, who had the power to control the four elements: air, water, earth and fire and save the world.
I loved the TV series and I expected this movie to be awesome. I was greatly dissappointed. I should have known the movie would tank when I found out that M. Night Shyamalan was directing it. Shyamalan totally butchered it! There were so many things wrong with this movie: the actors, the storyline, it was horrible.
2. Mr. Brooks (2007). The movie stars Kevin Costner who plays this guy named Earl Brooks. By day is a wealthy and successful businessman but by night he’s a serial killer.
Now you would think this movie would interesting enough but it was a big let down. I expected it to be a big cat and mouse game between Mr. Brooks and the detective played by Demi Moore. Mr. Brooks had to deal with this guy who saw him murder this couple and the dumb ass actually thought he could blackmail him. And all Demi Moore did through out the entire movie was complain about her asshole ex-husband.
3. The Good Shepherd (2006). It’s basically the untold story of the birth of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Oh my god! This movie was so fucking boring!! I kept nodding off. Matt Damon is a good actor and I loved him in the Bourne movies, but this movie sucked. Matt Damon’s character was so one dimensional. The only times I ever saw him show any signs of a personality was when he was having sex or dressed as a woman.
4. Haywire (2012). This one is about a beautiful woman who is a spy but is betrayed by the people she works with.
Okay, when I was first saw the trailer for the movie at Comic Con last year I thought “wow, this looks pretty good.” Then when I actually see it in theaters I thought “what the fuck is this??” Nothing in this movie made any sense. The storyline was all over the place and I didn’t understand the purpose of certain characters.
5. Obsessed (2009). This movie was about this office temp, who falls for her boss and tries to seduce him.
You know when you watch a certain movie, you can pretty much guess what’s going to happen next? Man, this movie was predictable down to the last detail. There were no twists or surprises. The trailer pretty much gave everything away. I was annoyed that they didn’t explain Ali Larter’s character. I mean, she was a crazy bitch but they didn’t explain why. I mean, does she has a history of going after married men or something?
I know I have more but these are the ones that stick out the most for me. Avoid these movies at all cost.
Do you know the thing I remember most of 1999? Aside from starting my freshman year of high school I remember seeing the movie American Pie. It was about a group of high school seniors that made a pact to get laid before they graduated. After that they made American Pie 2 (2001) and American Wedding (2003).
There were also a few straight to DVD movies like Band Camp (2005), The Naked Mile (2006), Beta House (2007), and The Book of Love (2009).
I didn’t watch the straight to DVD films only the original ones with the original cast.
From these movies I’ve learned some valuable lessons: band geeks are nymphos, guys love MILF, make sure that your web camera is off, the rule of 3, if you’re going to use some kind of lubricant read the label first, after getting a “hair cut” throw it in the trash not out the window and most of all, don’t molest pies.
This film picks up thirteen years after the gang graduated from high school. Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) are happily married and have a two-year-old son, Evan. Chris “Oz” Ostreicher (Chris Klein) is an NFL sportscaster living in LA with his supermodel girlfriend. Kevin Myers (Thomas Ian Nicholas) is married and works from home as a architect. Paul Finch’s (Eddie Kaye Thomas) whereabouts are unknown, and Steve Stifler (Sean William Scott) works as a temp at an investment firm.
They get an invite from John, MILF Guy #2, (John Cho) to attend their high school reunion. Now you would think they would have matured the last few years and outgrown a few things. Guess again!
Pulling pranks, sneaking out of someone’s house and getting caught in the most awkward positions is what the American Pie movies are all about. They may be older but deep down they’re still the same hormonal teenagers we fell in love with.
Of course, it’s not all about the laughs. You see how each of the characters are dealing with their now adult lives.
Jim and Michelle are having a dry spell in their sex lives. Every time they try to have some alone time something comes up. Plus, they have a son now. Evan walked in on Jim while he was putting on his “sock”. Also it doesn’t help that a girl that Jim used to baby-sit just turned eighteen and wants Jim to be her first. Luckily he has Noah (Eugene Levy) to turn to whenever he needs advice. You got to love Jim’s dad. He’s always there for his son. I love Jim and Michelle. They’re one of my favorite couples of all times. Because of them I’ll never be able to look at a pie and flute the same way again.
Oz bumps into his old high school girlfriend Heather (Mena Suvari), who is dating a heart surgeon. I didn’t like who they were with. Oz’s girlfriend, Mia, was a slut. And Heather’s boyfriend, Ron, was a total douch bag. It was clear they still had feelings for each other. They may have their careers but being together made them feel complete. Let’s face it. You never forget your first love.
Kevin also bumps into his ex, Vicky (Tara Reid). After having a few drinks, he wakes up next to her in bed, thinking they had sex. Vicky says they didn’t but gets mad at him for thinking she pull something like that. Luckily they made up and they’re still friends. There’s not a lot of people out there who are still friends with their ex.
Finch starts hanging out with Selena (Dania Ramirez), a former classmate and a friend of Michelle’s from band camp. She used to be really ugly in high school and now she is hot! You learn that all the things that Finch told the guys, about him traveling around the world, were lies. He’s actually an assistant manager at a Staples. I can understand him being embarrassed but his friends didn’t care. They still loved him. I’m glad he wasn’t mooning over Jeanine, Stifler’s mom (Jennifer Coolidge) again. As funny as it is to see him hook up with her and piss off Stifler he really needs to move on.
Out of all the guys, Stifler had to grow up the most. He was the same obnoxious jock from the first three movies. All Stifler thought about was partying and chicks. Yup, he was still the “Stifmeister”. However, despite Stifler being a dick, he does have one redeeming quality: he’s loyal. In the American Wedding, Stifler taught Jim how to dance and when he accidentally destroyed the flowers he felt bad about it and got new ones. You can say what you want about the guy but if you’re his friend, he will always have your back.
Man, seeing them all together again was great. There were also a few cameo appearances from the minor characters of the series. Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth), Jessica (Natasha Lyonne), Sherman, aka The Sherminator (Chris Owen). I love Sherman!
But the one scene that sticks out the most for me was when Jim’s dad met Stifler’s mom for the first time. It was really something to see two legends in the same room. I loved how they exchanged stories with each other about their sons.
Seriously, who would have thought that screwing a pie would become an American classic?
Another retelling of the classic tale of Snow White. While Snow White and Huntsman was an action fantasy film. Mirror Mirror is more comedy.
It basically follows the same formula.
When Snow White’s mother dies, the king was raised Snow White (Lily Collins) by himself. But he left that she needed a mother so he married again. One day, the king leaves to fight a great evil that has invaded the land but never came back.
Ten years later, Queen Gertrude (Julia Roberts) has bankrupt the kingdom with her extravagant ways. Snow White has grown into a beautiful young lady but is trapped in the palace because her step mother fears she would be a threat to everything. Snow White sneaks out of the palace to see what has become of the kingdom and it’s pretty bad.
In the forest, she meets Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer) and his companion, who have been robbed by bandits (seven dwarfs). Snow White sets them free and they go their separate ways, but you can clearly see they were really into each other. When the Queen learns about the Prince she plans to marry him so she can solve her finanical problems. She hosts a ball in hopes to win him over but he only has eyes for Snow White. The Queen has her man servant Brighton (Nathan Lane) take Snow White to the forest and kill her. But he couldn’t go through with it and let’s her go and tell her to run.
There Snow White meets the Seven Dwarfs: Grimm, Butcher, Wolf, Napoleon, Half Pint, Grub and Chuckles. They take her in and teach her how to fight so she can take on the the Queen and take back the kingdom.
I liked this movie. I mean, I loved Snow White and the Huntsman because it was action packed. This film was more fun and playful.
Once again I’m glad they didn’t make Snow White all sweet and defenseless. Instead they made her into a fighter. I liked the part where she was sword fighting with the Alcott. They were fighting and flirting at the same time. It was cute.
I was also impressed with the dwarfs. They may be small but they can fight. I loved those special stilts that made to make it look like they were really tall. I felt bad for Alcott though. He was robbed twice by these guys. They took his money, his clothes and his dignity. LOL!
Julia Roberts was all right as the Queen. When I think of the evil queen from classic story I’m thinking of someone more vicious. Gertrude was more of a diva than Satan.
All in all, not a bad movie.