Archive for February, 2011

27 Feb

Special Event

Night at the Oscars

Oscars Night!

Well, it’s that time of year again – the Oscars. As Hollywood’s highest honor, the stars will be out tonight for what is usually the world’s worst kept secrets. In most cases, we already know who is going to win before the golden statues are passed out. Our prediction is that the biggest possible upset may come in the Best Picture category. We believe this will go to the King’s Speech but the Social Network may have a slim shot at pulling the upset. Other than that, expect Natalie Portman, Colin Firth, Christian Bale, and a few lucky others to add Oscar winner to their moniker.

We are interested to see how Anne Hathaway and James Franco will fair as hosts for the award show.  We were pleasantly surprised to see that they seemed to work well together in the commercials for the upcoming broadcast and even have a little bit of chemistry.

Below is the list of the main nominees and the corresponding categories. But more importantly, what movies do you think got missed? What are some of your honorable mentions? Let us know!

Best Motion Picture of the Year
Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The Kids are All Right
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
127 Hours
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Annette Bening (The Kids are All Right)
Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole)
Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone)
Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine)

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Javier Bardem (Biutiful)
Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network)
Colin Firth (The King’s Speech)
James Franco (127 Hours)
Jeff Bridges (True Grit)

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale (The Fighter)
John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone)
Jeremy Renner (The Town)
Mark Ruffalo (The Kids are All Right)
Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech)

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams (The Fighter)
Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech)
Melissa Leo (The Fighter)
Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit)
Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom)

25 Feb

Comedy

Hall Pass

HALL PASS – PASSES WITH FLYING COLORS

WORTH EVERY PENNY OF FULL ADMISSION

The Farrelly brothers (Something About Mary, Shallow Hal), directors of Hall Pass, have done it again. This is probably the funniest movie that we will see all year. The bad part about this prediction is that the year has basically just began.  The comedy was on point and realistic to the point where married people just may sympathize with certain points in the movie

We expected a few laughs based on Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeiki playing the lead roles, but the writers of this movie out did themselves with this one. There were some great laughs within every scene and a few of them were over the top, making the movie even better. When you see the movie, you will know exactly what we mean.

This one is worth every penny of a full price movie admission. You will walk out the movie laughing, smiling and repeating a few scenes of the movie further solidifying that you made the right choice.

25 Feb

Action

DRIVE ANGRY SHOT IN 3D

DRIVE ANGRY – YOU MIGHT BE ANGRY

THIS IS A MATINEE MOVIE UNLESS YOU’RE A NICOLAS CAGE FAN

When they say a movie is written with a specific person in mind, they must have been thinking of this movie. Nobody could play this character better than Nicolas Cage – probably because it’s the same character that he has played before in other movies such as Ghost Rider. Imagine that monotone voice, blank – non emotional stares, & one-liner comments and  you can envision what we are speaking of.

Don’t get us wrong, although we think this is a matinee movie, its full of action with plenty of driving and fighting scenes. It even has a few funny moments. It starts out slow, but gets better as the characters are developed. The 3D effects were cool and brought to life the fighting scenes which are plentiful throughout.

If you’re a  Nicolas Cage fan, you will be happy to pay full price admission prices.  If not, a matinee will do you just fine. At minimum, you will be entertained. Now that your armed with the reel truth, you are free to make the choice that best fits you.

19 Feb

Comedy

Big Momma’s House

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON IS DOUBLE THE FUN

A MATINEE MUST-SEE!!!

Martin Lawrence delivers in the third installment of the Big Momma franchise along with Brandon T. Jackson.  The film is not necessarily the most original but there are laugh out loud funny moments.  We are big sticklers for realism around here so we did notice the disappearance of the baby from Big Momma 2.  Like the oldest Cunningham son on Happy Days and Judy, the youngest daughter on Family Matters, the audience is supposed to forget that he/she exists.

Malcolm (Lawrence) and his step-son, Trent (Jackson), are forced into drag at an all-girls’ school after Trent witnesses a murder.  While the premise to get them all dolled up is a stretch, fans will enjoy where the story takes them.

Little quirks aside, the film is good but definitely not a full price movie.  It is not as good as the first, but much better than the second Big Momma.