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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 accent.
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 accent.
  • 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

in addition to movie reviews, i also do iphone app reviews… apparently.

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Since I don’t often watch television shows on network TV (I watch older shows in syndication or catch up on Netflix), when there IS a show that I want to watch, I often forget about dates and times and as a result end up missing it.

Yesterday, though, I thought to myself: wouldn’t it be cool if there was an app that would remind you when a show airs? After all, if you can think it, there is probably an app for it - right? I ended up finding one, What’s On TV? - and so far I’m a big fan of it.

As far as television listings go, you can set your location and provider within the app settings, which produces a list of airing times per channel (much like TV Guide). Within the TV listings you may view listings for all channels or just a subset of channels that you choose. You can also view individual episode descriptions, mark shows as favorites for easy reference, and most importantly: set reminders for individuals shows so that you don’t forget to tune in! Pretty nifty huh?

But wait - that’s not all!

In addition to television, this app also has a movie module! Once you set your location, you can add your favorite movie theaters, so that you can easily view showtimes for only the theaters that you select. Plus, not only is there the standard capability to search for all movies playing for a particular theater, but you can also search by individual movie, and display all of your selected theatres for which the film is currently playing - LOVE this feature :D I’d assume this feature is particularly convenient for movie buffs who like seeing independent or limited release films that aren’t at every major theater.

All in all this app is super super handy. If you have an iPhone and love TV and/or movies check it out – it’s pretty awesome.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, nor am I getting paid to blog about this app - I just geniunely like it :)

Of all the late night hosts out there right now, Jimmy Fallon is easily my favorite - I love how he always comes up with entertaining segments or fun activities for his guests, rather than just always having them sit down for the usual scripted interview disguised as playful banter.

Last night, Jimmy challenged none other than my boyfriend, Jason Statham to an arm wrestling match during which they listed out all the things they would do if they won the match. So hilarious - it was fun to see that goofy side of JS that we hardly ever/never get to see in his movies :D

Anyway, here’s the clip. Watch it. LAUGH.

i don’t steal from people who can’t afford it, and i don’t hurt people who don’t deserve it.

Movie Review: Parker (2013)

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IMDb Summary: A thief with a unique code of professional ethics is double-crossed by his crew and left for dead. Assuming a new disguise and forming an unlikely alliance with a woman on the inside, he looks to hijack the score of the crew’s latest heist.

What I liked:

  • Parker - as in, the character himself. He’s like a modern day Robin Hood.
  • Jason Statham as Parker. Cause he’s fucking Jason Statham doing what he does best, which is being a badass.
  • Jennifer Lopez as Leslie. Just to clarify: I still do NOT like J.Lo, and I still am not super thrilled that she got cast in this movie opposite my boyfriend (hehe) seeing as how I think that she is a terrible singer and an even worse actress. However, this role seemed to be more suited to her, in that she didn’t have to go too far out of her comfort zone, and was neither too annoying nor super helpless either. It’s also interesting to note, that despite what I had originally expected of her role, she is not Parker’s love interest (yay!).
  • The fight scenes. I had mentioned in my post about Die Hard, that one of the unbelievable things about Jason Statham movies is that no matter how many fights he gets into, he walks away virtually unscathed almost every time. Not so in this movie. The fights are VERY gritty - which caused me to cringe a couple times - and a whole lot more realistic than most other fights in his films.
  • The witty one-liners. After witnessing one of Parker’s “jobs”, Leslie asks, “How do you sleep at night?” He replies, “I don’t drink coffee after seven.” Haha!

What I didn’t like:

  • Not enough fight scenes. It’s pretty simple - when I go to see a Jason Statham movie, I’m pretty much only looking for one thing: for him to kick tons and tons of ass. Sure the fight scenes that were featured in the movie were pretty good, but for an action movie, the action was a bit lacking.
  • The flashbacks at the beginning of the film. Sometimes flashbacks are done well (see: Lost) and other times they’re not - case in point: this movie. They pretty much came out of nowhere and didn’t flow well with the movie.
  • Jason Statham’s Texas accent, because as much as I love him, let’s be honest: any accent that Jason Statham attempts still sounds like a British accent.

What was my favorite scene?

Probably the final fight scene against Carlson (Wendell Pierce) and Melander (Michael Chiklis) in which Statham plays his usual stealthy but deadly assassin, and Leslie displays some heroism as well.

Interesting Tidbit:

Clifton Collins, Jr., who played Ross in this film, also previously co-starred with Jason Statham in Crank: High Voltage.

Final Thoughts:

I’d been meaning to post about this movie for a while now (I actually watched this movie it’s opening weekend of January 25) – I had a partial draft for a long while now and finally got around to finishing it today because between then and now, work and life kept getting in the way – but I digress.

Overall, I thought Parker was a pretty okay movie. Not the most impressive or memorable entry in the Jason Statham film catalog – acting-wise, I still think The Bank Job is his best, and action-wise I think Safe is his best – but entertaining enough for lil ole me :)

Ever felt like you were so tired, yet you can’t seem to fall asleep? Or so hungry, yet for some reason you don’t have the appetite? Yeah, it’s been that kind of week - one of the most emotionally draining ones I’ve had in a long while :(

Blerg!

One of my favorite things about (500) Days of Summer - aside from it being an awesome movie - is the fact that it took place in Downtown L.A.
My very first job was in Downtown - right in the area where most of the movie takes place. And even though working in the city was a bit overwhelming - especially right out of college - it soon became one of my favorite places. While I don’t live right in the city right now, I still like to take occasional day trips and enjoy the atmosphere and the hustle and bustle of city life.
After watching the movie, I started looking up all the locations in which the movie took place, and I found a couple sites that listed out all of the spots and even mapped out walking tours! I am thinking it would be fun to do this because while a lot of these places do look familiar to me, I’ve never really stopped to check them out.
So I think I will do this sometime soon because I’m overdue for another Downtown trip. Why not? Plus, it’ll be fun to re-acquaint myself with Los Angeles :)

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(500) Days of Summer map borrowed from movie-locations.com

One of my favorite things about (500) Days of Summer - aside from it being an awesome movie - is the fact that it took place in Downtown L.A.

My very first job was in Downtown - right in the area where most of the movie takes place. And even though working in the city was a bit overwhelming - especially right out of college - it soon became one of my favorite places. While I don’t live right in the city right now, I still like to take occasional day trips and enjoy the atmosphere and the hustle and bustle of city life.

After watching the movie, I started looking up all the locations in which the movie took place, and I found a couple sites that listed out all of the spots and even mapped out walking tours! I am thinking it would be fun to do this because while a lot of these places do look familiar to me, I’ve never really stopped to check them out.

So I think I will do this sometime soon because I’m overdue for another Downtown trip. Why not? Plus, it’ll be fun to re-acquaint myself with Los Angeles :)


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(500) Days of Summer map borrowed from movie-locations.com