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

inezco:

This looks like the most promising Jason Statham movie in a while. It doesn’t seem like his typical action movies, there seems to be a bit more dramatic weight to this one. I suppose it’s not the surprising considering it’s the directorial debut of the screenwriter of Dirty Pretty Things and Eastern Promises. I’ve always thought Statham had decent acting chops but just never got the roles to prove it, maybe this will show off his more dramatic side.

Of course I would reblog this :)

From what I’ve heard, there isn’t an official U.S. release date for this :( Hope they announce one soon - I want to see it!

i will look for you. i will find you. and i will kill you.

Movie Review: Taken (2008)

IMDb Summary: A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris.

What I liked:

  • Liam Neeson as Bryan. I’ve never seen any of his movies before, so I didn’t really know what to expect, least of all that Liam Neeson was such a badass action star! Loved him as the retired CIA agent who kicked tons and tons of ass all in the name of vengeance.
  • Maggie Grace as Bryan’s daughter Kim. I’m a HUGE fan of Lost so it was cool to see her here. Although when I first saw her, she was so convincing as a teenager that I had assumed that this movie was probably shot before she got her big break on Lost. Turns out that this movie was released 3 years after she left Lost as a series regular.
  • The suspense. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.

What I didn’t like:

  • The subject matter was a little heavy. Prostitution, human trafficking, underage women - it’s all very disturbing and not easy to watch - especially given that the victim was the main character’s daughter.

Interesting tidbit:

After watching this movie, I looked it up on Wikipedia and found it interesting that the Luc Besson produced and co-wrote this movie with Robert Mark Kamen - the same duo who produced and co-wrote The Transporter.

What was my favorite part of the movie:

The scene in which Bryan tortures Marko (Arben Bajraktaraj) - the man who kidnapped his daughter- with electricity.

Final thoughts:

I wasn’t actually planning to watch it, but ended up doing so because Tom put it on the other night because it’s one of his favorites. Like I mentioned before, parts of this movie were a bit difficult for me to watch, given that it deals with human trafficking and prostitution, and I couldn’t help but think how distraught, disturbed, and enraged I would be if someone I knew was in this situation, let alone my daughter. Having said that, Liam Neeson was absolutely awesome in this film. He portrayed all of these emotions so well, and you can’t help but root for him to find the bad guys and give them what they deserve.