After having seen The Best of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, I really, REALLY want to reblog EVERY clip, but if I had to pick only one (aside from the Jason Statham arm wrestling segment), I would reblog this… because it is JGL and it is fucking HILARIOUS (and also Stephen Merchant is really funny and so is his show Hello Ladies).

you will believe a man can fly.

Movie Review: Man of Steel (2013)

IMDB Summary: A young itinerant worker is forced to confront his secret extraterrestrial heritage when Earth is invaded by members of his race.

What I liked:

  • References to characters from Smallville. I was a fan of the television show (until it got lame) and I was pleasantly surprised to see the characters from Clark’s childhood – Lana, Pete, and Whitney. [I know that Lana and Pete are actual characters from the Superboy/Superman comics, but Whitney was a character created for the Smallville series.]

What I didn’t like:

  • Amy Adams as Lois Lane. My impression of Lois Lane was always that she was a strong, aggressive, independent woman. Amy Adams seemed to me to be more soft-spoken trying very hard to be outspoken - it seemed a little forced to me. It also bothered me that Lois Lane found out that Clark Kent was Superman early on. Isn’t the part of the main storyline of the Superman comics that Clark Kent has a secret identity and that Lois Lane is in love with Superman, who unbeknownst to her is the same person as her colleague Clark?   

  • The re-interpretation of the Superman story. Most interpretations of Superman have Clark Kent trying to be a normal human being while trying to figure out how to control his first being a superhero and saving the world, and only at the end (SPOILER ALERT) does he become Clark Kent the journalist as a means to stay on top of anything or anyone that would need Superman’s help.

Final Thoughts:

I’m a little behind with this review seeing as how I originally saw this one back in July (!).

As a movie, this was pretty good. As a Superman movie, it was just okay. I’m a fan of the Superman character, and perhaps because I am used to the Superman story being a certain way, this movie wasn’t the greatest to me. In a way, it seemed more like an apocalyptic movie (non-stop destruction for what seemed like an hour or so - no joke) with Superman thrown in. Well, at least I didn’t fall asleep during this one like I did after the first 20 minutes of the Brandon Routh version :)

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Movie Review: Redemption (2013)

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IMDB Summary: Homeless and on the run from a military court martial, a damaged ex-special forces soldier navigating London’s criminal underworld seizes an opportunity to assume another man’s identity — transforming into an avenging angel in the process.

What I liked:

  • Joey. Statham’s character in this movie is much like that of the character he played in Parker – he lives by his own code of morals and in many ways is a modern day Robin Hood.
  • Statham’s acting. Contrary to popular belief, Jason Statham CAN act – I just think that it is unfortunate that he isn’t given many opportunities or takes on many roles that showcase it. He shows much more depth in this film than in a lot of his other movies, and this is probably his best performance since The Bank Job. In this movie, he plays the tormented ex-soldier well and shows his range from intoxication, laughter, dispair, and sadness – yes that’s right, Jason Statham laughs AND cries!
  • The unconventional love interest, Sister Cristina (Agata Buzek). In most movies, Statham’s character usually falls for the hot model looking type chick. Not so in this movie – not only is she a regular ole Plain Jane – she’s a nun.
  • Jason Statham threatens to kill someone with… a spoon!

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What I didn’t like:

This movie was only out in limited release. I had been under the impression that ‘limited release’ meant that it would be playing in fewer theatres than most other movies. Much to my dismay, this movie was only playing at ONE theatre in Los Angeles! :( Such a shame that a movie like this didn’t get much exposure.

Interesting Tidbits:

In most countries abroad, this movie is known as Hummingbird and in France is known as Crazy Joe. The alternate title “Hummingbird” refers to the surveillance drones used by armed forces and is a metaphor for observation and judgment throughout the film.

Final thoughts:

Not your typical Statham movie. Sure he beats up a few people, but I wouldn’t classify this primarily as a Jason Statham action movie. Not that it’s a bad thing, because what this movie lacks in action more than makes up for in acting. Awesome movie – loved it.

inezco:

Summer movie season is officially over =( Including movie hops I saw 30 movies in theaters this summer haha. Did you see any of these? And what did you think of the movies for summer 2013? #movies #film #ticketstubs #filmgeek #ilovemovies

Whoa - 30 movies?! That is quite impressive! I was hoping to see more movies this summer but alas, *sigh*. Of all these ticket stubs, I’m about 29 movies behind - I’ve got some catching up to do ;)

inezco:

Summer movie season is officially over =( Including movie hops I saw 30 movies in theaters this summer haha. Did you see any of these? And what did you think of the movies for summer 2013? #movies #film #ticketstubs #filmgeek #ilovemovies

Whoa - 30 movies?! That is quite impressive! I was hoping to see more movies this summer but alas, *sigh*. Of all these ticket stubs, I’m about 29 movies behind - I’ve got some catching up to do ;)

better late than never.

Movie Review: The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)

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IMDb Summary: Goaded by his buddies, a nerdy guy who’s never “done the deed” only finds the pressure mounting when he meets a single mother.

What I liked:

  • Steve Carell. I absolutely love him in The Office, so I kind of have a soft spot for him. Loved that he played Andy as a naive yet endearing character.
  • The old Indian guy Mooj (Gerry Bednob). Was not expecting some of the things that ended up coming out of his mouth - hilarious.
  • Trish (Catherine Keener). Although frustrated, her genuine love of Andy and desire to help him made me root even more for them to end up together.

What I didn’t like:

  • Seth Rogen. Saying that I didn’t like him may be a bit too harsh, but seriously - is it just me or does he play the same character in every Judd Apatow movie?
  • The movie was too long. Always a bad thing when I suddenly become aware of how long I’ve been staring at the screen.

What was my favorite scene?

The infamous chest waxing scene. I think it’s even more amusing knowing that the entire scene was unscripted yet absolutely real, and that the reactions coming out of Andy’s mouth were Steve Carell’s actual yelps of pain.

Final Thoughts:

One of the main thing this movie had going against it for me was the hype. I remember when this movie came out, there was a lot of buzz about it, so naturally I think I was expecting a super hilarious comedy. Needless to say, I wasn’t exactly falling off my chair laughing, but overall, this movie was quite entertaining with a lot of funny moments.


20 curiosities about Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo is the top selling DVD of all time.
James Sullivan’s hair and Nemo’s anemone were animated using the same computer program.
The seagulls (“Mine!”) in Finding Nemo are modelled after the evil penguin from the Wallace and Gromit short The Wrong Trousers.
Bruce, the great white shark was named after what Steven Spielberg called the mechanical shark in Jaws.
The scene where Dory and Marlin need to go through the Jellyfish colony contains 74,472 jellyfish, and upwards of 8,000 in any single shot.
Deb’s alter ego is Flo, a reference to “ebb and flow.”
The three tiki heads in the fish tank are actually modeled after three pixar employees, Peter Sohn, Nelson Bohol and Ricky Nierva.
Dory’s nosebleed in the Bruce scene was the first time blood was shown in a Pixar movie.
The diver’s camera reads “A113,” which is a reference to a room used by the animation department at CalArts - alma mater of a large number of Pixarians.
And of course, like every other Pixar film, the Pizza Planet truck makes a cameo.
There’s some debate as to whether this poster of a large mouse on a fork near the bathroom in the dentist’s office is a reference to Ratatouille, which would come out 4 years later.
There’s a kid in the dentist’s office reading a Mr. Incredible comic book.
Nemo actually appeared in Monster’s Inc as one of Boo’s toys, two years before Finding Nemo was released.
Finding Nemo, you can see Luigi from Cars, which would be released three years later.
The actor who plays Shane Botwin from Weeds is the voice of Nemo.
The movie originally didn’t start out so sad. The death of Nemo’s mother was told through flashbacks, instead. However, the animators changed this because they “wanted the viewers to understand the overprotective nature of Marlin” from the start.
The reason the name on the diver’s goggles is P. Sherman is due to the fact that a large part of the film’s crew was Filipino, and “fisherman” apparently sounds a lot like “P. Sherman” in a Filipino asmall>
Pixar has a habit of referencing older Pixar films in their movies. Here’s Buzz Lightyear on the floor of the dentist office.
The fish that says “Oh my gosh! Nemo’s swimming out to sea!” is named Kathy.
If you zoom in close enough at the dentist’s office, you can read the diplomas. Here’s what they say.

Interesting list - and the “P. Sherman” thing is HILARIOUS :p

20 curiosities about Finding Nemo

  • Finding Nemo is the top selling DVD of all time.
  • James Sullivan’s hair and Nemo’s anemone were animated using the same computer program.
  • The seagulls (“Mine!”) in Finding Nemo are modelled after the evil penguin from the Wallace and Gromit short The Wrong Trousers.
  • Bruce, the great white shark was named after what Steven Spielberg called the mechanical shark in Jaws.
  • The scene where Dory and Marlin need to go through the Jellyfish colony contains 74,472 jellyfish, and upwards of 8,000 in any single shot.
  • Deb’s alter ego is Flo, a reference to “ebb and flow.”
  • The three tiki heads in the fish tank are actually modeled after three pixar employees, Peter Sohn, Nelson Bohol and Ricky Nierva.
  • Dory’s nosebleed in the Bruce scene was the first time blood was shown in a Pixar movie.
  • The diver’s camera reads “A113,” which is a reference to a room used by the animation department at CalArts - alma mater of a large number of Pixarians.
  • And of course, like every other Pixar film, the Pizza Planet truck makes a cameo.
  • There’s some debate as to whether this poster of a large mouse on a fork near the bathroom in the dentist’s office is a reference to Ratatouille, which would come out 4 years later.
  • There’s a kid in the dentist’s office reading a Mr. Incredible comic book.
  • Nemo actually appeared in Monster’s Inc as one of Boo’s toys, two years before Finding Nemo was released.
  • Finding Nemo, you can see Luigi from Cars, which would be released three years later.
  • The actor who plays Shane Botwin from Weeds is the voice of Nemo.
  • The movie originally didn’t start out so sad. The death of Nemo’s mother was told through flashbacks, instead. However, the animators changed this because they “wanted the viewers to understand the overprotective nature of Marlin” from the start.
  • The reason the name on the diver’s goggles is P. Sherman is due to the fact that a large part of the film’s crew was Filipino, and “fisherman” apparently sounds a lot like “P. Sherman” in a Filipino asmall>
  • Pixar has a habit of referencing older Pixar films in their movies. Here’s Buzz Lightyear on the floor of the dentist office.
  • The fish that says “Oh my gosh! Nemo’s swimming out to sea!” is named Kathy.
  • If you zoom in close enough at the dentist’s office, you can read the diplomas. Here’s what they say.

Interesting list - and the “P. Sherman” thing is HILARIOUS :p