Sunday, February 21, 2010

Valentine's Day

Saw Valentine's Day last Thursday and I thought it was just a really cute show! Overall, I'd give it an 8.
First of all, it was amazing how many people and story lines were in it. I thought it weaved together nicely and kept me interested throughout.

Love Actually is my favorite movie like this--where it unfolds throughout the movie of who knows who and how they are all linked. This one didn't even compare to Love Actually, but in general I like this kind of format.

Favorite characters....obviously Jen Garner--still totally love her!
Naturally, Bradley Cooper....he didn't get nearly enough air time though....
And what a surprise (because I've really only seen him in corny movies until now)--Ashton was so cute!!!

If you're in the mood for a cute, light story, this is it! I highly recommend it!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

2009 Top Ten

I'm finally getting around to my favorite movies of was a bit of a bummer of a year for movies but I saw enough of them that I found 10 that I liked. :) I'm not gonna say much--bit will link to my original posting about the movie if you wanna read more....

Honorable Mention: New Moon (hated the book but the movie was an improvement so I'm giving it props. I didn't blog about this one so I haven't linked to anything.)

10. Whip It: Never blogged about it either but I absolutely loved it!!!!!

9. The Hangover: Still laughing about this one winning the Golden Globe! :)

8. HP6: I love everything about Harry!

7. The Proposal: Best romantic comedy of the year! Gives me hope that it is possible to make a good RC!

6. Wolverine: My review pretty much says it all.

5. The Blind Side: Again, never blogged about it--must've been the holidays that got in the way. Oh how I loooooved this movie!!!

4. 500 Days of Summer: So clever!!!

3. Avatar: Such a surprise!!!

2. Time Traveler's Wife: This is the only movie this year that earned a 10. Actually Star Trek probably earned that too....but I loved this one for many more emotional reasons.

1. Star Trek: Still in awe that I want to own this--I never like "action" movies but this one was definitely much much more!! It gets the top spot b/c I am still shocked that I liked it so much!

Do you agree? Disagree? Did I forget any good ones?

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Romantic comedies that suck

Is it really that hard to write/direct/produce a good romantic comedy? Is it too much to ask to create a heroine that we love and want to "win"?

A couple weeks ago I saw Leap Year.

Oh how I wanted to love this movie....which is automatically part of the problem because my expectations were way too high. With this movie, the fact that I had expectations at all was a straight path to disappointment. It had all the makings of a good movie:
  • Amy Adams
  • Hot guy
  • Ireland
And yet it sucked. So sad. My best advice: if you are going to write a workaholic/control freak heroine, at least let us see a few of her weaknesses so that we like her.

And then I saw When in Rome.
when_in_rome_poster.jpg image by daytimeconfidential
Which didn't suck as bad as I expected it to. :) This one also had all the makings of a good movie:
  • Veronica Mars
  • Josh Duhamel
  • Rome
Again, control freak workaholic heroine. The difference though was that they did let us see her vulnerabilities and weaknesses.

The problem with this one was the clumsiness of all the characters--which is always a pet peeve of mine. How many trees did Josh run into? Stupid!