We're Getting Another Cartoon Movie from Disney, WOO HOO!  

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....did you guys see this? I cannot wait, I missed the movies of old from Disney like The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and finally, we're getting one beginning next Christmas (WAH!) but still, we're getting one:

Check out the semi teaser trailer for it:

I can already see my kids getting excited for this one, truth be told...I'm hella excited too! It's called The Princess and the Frog and it features it's first African American heroine so woo hoo, bring on the lovin'! =)


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New Releases on DVD for July 29  

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OMG, I love the first Harold and Kumar. I can't wait to see this. LOL

Here's my favourite scene from the first movie:

Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D  

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Summary: A science professor's untraditional hypotheses have made him the laughing stock of the academic community. But on an expedition in Iceland, he and his nephew stumble upon a major discovery that launches them on a thrilling journey deep beneath the Earth's surface, where they travel through never-before-seen worlds and encounter a variety of unusual creatures.
Grade: B

I've never seen a 3D movie before, so when my friend mentioned she was going to see this movie with her son (and the fact my bros saw it the day before and enjoyed it) I decided to check it out too.

I'm glad I did. I had a good time and the graphics were amazing. There were a few times when I jumped back in my seat. LOL I felt like a fool, until I realized other people were doing the same thing. I found it really cute that my friend's son was actually trying to grab things! It wasn't perfect, mind you, but it's good fun. Plus, I love fantastical ideas like another world lying in the center of the Earth.


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WHO THE HELL IS IT THAT LUCAS CALLED? GAHHH! Thanks to Sheila from Charm School Reject for the video link! =)

The Dark Knight - ames' take on it  

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Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhardt, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine

With a cast like that, how can the Dark Knight be anything but EXCELLENT??

I can't even describe how awesome TDK was. It just was. Go see it. LOL

Plus, check out the hotness that is Christian Bale and Aaron Eckhardt.

I have to agree with Izzy - Batman's voice was annoying. Ugh.

And Heath? What a great performance! His laugh freaked me out and he truly was in the character, and that character is pure chaos and anarchy. He gave me shivers!

New Releases on DVD for July 22  

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This is the only "big" movie that comes out today.

The Dark Knight  

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With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as the Joker, who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces the Dark Knight ever closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante.

I don't even know where to begin.

First of all, I LOVED the original Batman. I saw it in the theater with my parents when it first came out. I loved The Joker. I don't know why, but I just did. It was the movie that me watch the cheesy and corny tv series with Adam West. It was Jack Nicholson's Joker that me love the joker. So when i saw Batman Begins and saw the joker card at the end, I thought, "oh hell ya! THE JOKER!" Seriously, how can you have a Batman movie without the joker? So Saturday, I dragged hubby to watch this movie with me. He owed me for making me watch Hell Boy 2.

Wow. That's all I can really saw about the movie. Wow.

Christian Bale as Bruce/Batman- I think he makes an awesome batman. The only thing that annoys me is his gravely hoarse voice he uses when he's batman. I know he has to have a sore throat at the end of day when filming as Batman. Other than that, i have no problems with him. He was looking pretty damn hot too. When he's in his suit walking around as Bruce Wayne. Yummy!!!!

Heath Ledger as the Joker- There is no way you can compare his joker to Jack Nicholson's Joker. You can't. Heath's Joker was completely different from Jack's Joker. Jack's Joker was more comic book. More of a prankster. Heath's Joker was just... dark, creepy, frightening. There was a scene where Joker was sitting in the jail cell and it was frightening. The look on his face. And he was funny in a dark twisted way. Another scene, has the Joker just kind of strolling out of the hospital in a nurse's outfit, like la la la. He's playing with a detonator and all of a sudden it goes off and the Joker takes off running. His laugh, oh my, I loved his laugh. Loved it. He did an awesome job portraying the joker. Very well done.

Harvey Dent/Two Face- When I first saw his face (as Two Face), i was thinking, "Eww." He reminded me of a terminator. It was nothing like Tommy Lee Jone's Two Face. It felt/looked more real. I really felt bad for him and his story line reminded me a lot of the comic book, The Killing Joke. About how just one bad day can make any man insane. He wasn't really a villain. Just someone who lost everything and wanted revenge.

The plot/story was good. I was shocked with the killing of certain people. Wasn't expecting that. I was also surprised Two Face was featured. I thought he would be the villain for the next movie. Since he's not, I wonder who is. Hmmmm, I wouldn't mind seeing Catwoman or the Riddler.

All in all, The Dark Knight, is a very good movie. Wow and awesome are the first words that come to mind when I think of this movie. Go forth and watch it!

Grade: A

Hellboy II  

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Ok, Izzy and I decided to team up to discuss Hellboy 2, which we both watched on Saturday. There are spoilers.


Ames: I wanted to see this one because it was directed by the same guy who did Pan's Labyrinth. I knew it would be awesome in the visual sense.

Izzy: I was forced to watch this. LOL. I didn't care for the first Hell Boy but Joey really liked it. So when this one came out we made a trade. Hell boy 2 for Dark Knight. I think I was screwed. LOL.

Ames: LOL Ok, why were you screwed?

I saw the first one only once when it first came out, so I didn't really care to see it for the movie itself, more for the director. I'm strange that way I guess.

Izzy: Cause I didn't care for the movie at all. I was like... ok.

It did look cool though. The special effects and all that.

Ames: Yeah, the special effects and the graphics were just awesome. I like how the director didn't rely too much on computer effects. Like the fantastical creatures looked real. Not cheesy.

The storyline was just ok for me though. Hey, did you notice the lack of any kind of spark between Red and Liz? She just kept kissing him on his forehead. I was like, how the hell did she end up with a bun in the oven that way? LOL

Izzy: Yeah, I wasn't buying Red and Liz being a couple. They had more chemistry in the first movie. And the other thing... How in the heck did she get preggers? I mean, he's kind of... big so I'm thinking... ow.... lol.

I thought Abe and the princess had more sparks flying.

And LOL! I thought the scene with Red and Abe getting drunk was funny. lol

Ames: Oh yeah! I had a good laugh over that scene.

I felt bad for Abe though, over what the princess does at the end. She had some freaky eyes!! And her brother reminded me of Tom Cruise. Ugh. LOL

Well isn't Liz human? And Hellboy is a demon...so that's kind of some freaky-deaky demon love going on there. haha

Izzy: The princess reminded me of the creatures (weren't they elves too?) in the movie the dark crystal. But yeah she had some freaky eyes. Kind of jacked up they killed her (poor abe) but there was no way they could kill the prince with her staying alive without it being all cheesy and like a cop out. You know.

Yeah, just a little freaky demon/human love right there. But whatever floats your boat.

Ames: It's not my boat! LOL

I understand about the princess dying. But it was a cute storyline for Abe. LOL @ his big ol'contacts too!!

Izzy: I know. LOL! He was so cute falling in love with her.

Oh how about when Red was getting all upset when the troll was going to eat the kitty. ha ha. I mean it wasn't funny how she was going to eat it but I just liked how he's like, "SHE'S GOING TO EAT IT!" lol.

Ames: Yeah that was cute too. And then I had a good laugh when the troll described how the canary was going to eat her.

It had its little moments and it wasn't horrible. It was ok. But visually, it was great.

Izzy: Yeah, visually it looked good. And it had it's moment but for the most part I was just meh.

Ames: Ooh, I also liked the little troll guy with no legs. He really liked his shiny stuff. :P

Izzy: Oh i know. lol. SHINY!!!!

Ames: Hey, did you see Pan's Labyrinth?

Izzy: No, haven't seen that one yet.

Ames: Ahh.

But aren't the creatures so awesome? I really liked the tooth fairies.

Izzy: They were kind of cute but they were just gross at the same time. lol. the plant guy was cool too. And eewww the tumor! lol

Ames: OMG, yes the tumor. 'I'm not a baby, I'm a tumor.' haha

That Krauss dude was interesting...funny how no one listened to him though. I liked when Red smashed his helmet.

Izzy: Oh i know. ha ha. I liked Krauss. ha ha. Red looked all scared when the.. smoke/gas started to leak.

Ames: Yeah.

Ugh, Ok, the actor that plays Red, Ron Perlman, is an old guy almost (late 50s I believe), so Hellboy totally had an old man body. DO you know what I mean? Like his arms were kinda skinny like an old man's. LOL

Izzy: I noticed his body was kind of skinny compared to his head. But.. i thought it was just me.

Ames: Nope, that's old man body. LOL

Izzy: I see. Ewwww

So as you can see, we both enjoyed the creatures but the story was a bit lacking. Here’s what Izzy said in another email after she had first seen the movie:

The first part reminded me of Lord of the Rings. The troll market and how they got in, reminded me of Diagon Alley (Harry Potter) and when he killed the plant monster thing and the flowers start blooming and falling, reminded me of Edward Scissors Hands. I expected Selma Blair to start dancing. lol.

I did too, Izzy. LOL


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Decorated Iraq war hero Sgt. Brandon King makes a celebrated return to his small Texas hometown following his tour of duty. Brandon tries to resume the life he left behind with the help and support of his family and his best friend, Steve Shriver, who served with him in Iraq. Alongside their war-time buddies, Brandon and Steve try to make peace with civilian life. Then, against Brandon's will, the Army orders him back to duty in Iraq. This upends Brandon's entire world. The conflict into which he is thrown tests everything he believes in: the bond of family, the loyalty of friendship, the limits of love, and the value of honor.

I admit, I totally watched this just for Ryan Phillippe and Channing Tatum.

Basically Ryan and Channing come home from Iraq. Ryan is ready to return to normal life. Except he finds out he has to head back out to Iraq. He's been stop lossed. He panics and goes awol trying to talk to a senator about the situation. So Channing's girlfriend offers to take him because she doesn't want it to happen to him. And they wouldn't suspect her helping him.

Except Ryan finds out the senator won't help him. So he either has to return or head for the border and never come back.

The movie was ok. Decent plot. Nothing you should run out and see. Although there is a scene with Channing in his undies. Which upped my grade from C to B.

Guest Reviewer - Cindy!!  

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Cindy, from Nocturnal Wonderings, has decided to join us today for some movie reviews. Yay!

Vantage Point.

I was intrigued by the premise but wasn't sure how good it would be. Turns out it had me wondering how it would all end. Basically the story is told from, wait...6 or 7 different points of view but it's not done all intertwined like one story from beginning to end. It plays one person's experience and then the clock resets back to 12:00 noon and you get to see all the same action (about 15 to 20 minutes) but from another person's POV. In all, I think one POV was not necessary but the rest were needed to get the whole picture. Even then, the characters will see something or experience something that is kept from the viewer and thus, the viewer can't really figure it all out before the end of the movie.

I would suggest renting this movie without reading the back blurb. I haven't read it yet but it might let some of the mystery out of the bag. I have to admit I figured out who one of the 'baddies' was right from the start and only because I had seen a similar set up with other films.

In a nutshell, the President of the United States is about to make a statement of peace that terrorists can't allow. They need to force the President to continue keeping the world at arms length by making him a target and forcing the Americans to bomb some place. Yep, that's about as deep as I got into it.

Shoot 'em Up

Wow. Just, WTF was that!!??

Here's what you need to know, don't go into this movie expecting the laws of physics, logic or even good taste to make remote sense.

Shoot 'em Up starts off fast and weird and doesn't ever let up. At first I was shocked at some of the perverse actions by the characters and then I decided to just see where the film went. I admit to fast forwarding when something was about to happen with a dead body. (you'll know what I'm talking about the minute the scene starts if you rent the movie). Also, I was watching this movie with my 23 year old cousin and although she is all grown up, I still feel like I should shelter her from some stuff but seriously, some of the stuff that came on the screen was so far out there I wasn't expecting it and I sure couldn't so anything about it when we both 'ewwwwww-ed' or said 'whatthefu-gross!!!'

The movie starts with the hero (I mean this is the loosest sense of the word) sitting on a bench and witnessing a pregnant woman in a hospital gown running (and grunting in labour) through some extremely bad streets. She is quickly followed by a guy with a gun. Hero gets up, heaves a sigh, and we're off!

Basically the hero kills umpteen bad guys, gets a baby, goes to a whore who breast feeds men (yes, we were shocked and grossed out) and everywhere they go, more bad men (or dead guys walking) show up until they are forced to figure out why everyone seems to want this baby dead. In the end, who cares, it's all about camera angles, shock and bullets. And some gore but not like that Tarrantino guy.

I guess if your hubby or SO wants to watch a shoot 'em up kind of movie you could rent this one and have a great time watching the wackiest sex scene ever filmed (and definitely written by some man who thinks he's all that).

I liked it despite myself. Who knew?


Turns out there is more to this movie than I thought. All I knew was it about some guy who felt and heard everything while undergoing an operation under anesthesia. Sounded like the movie was made to horrify so I ignored it and never planned to see it. My cousin had other ideas and while reading the back blurb out loud to me in the store mentioned that the hero overhears plans to kill him while under anesthesia.

Ohhhhh, a plot. Me likey.

Once the 'bad guys' were revealed I figured out how it was going to end. I thought it could have been better but it wasn't a complete waste of time either. That's probably a big ol' C grade if that helps.

Burn Notice  

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I have a new summer show: Burn Notice. From Wikipedia:

The television series is a first-person narrative (including frequent stream of consciousness voice-overs providing nuggets of esoteric exposition) from the viewpoint of covert-operations agent Michael Westen, played by Jeffrey Donovan.

After fleeing a Nigerian operation blown apart by the sudden and unexplained non-cooperation of his U.S. contact, Westen finds himself in his hometown of Miami, Florida, USA, attended to by his ex-girlfriend but abandoned by all his normal intelligence contacts, under continuous surveillance, and his personal assets frozen. Extraordinary efforts to reach his U.S. government handler eventually yield only a grudging admission that someone powerful wants him "on ice" in Miami; if he leaves the city he will "heat up fast", i.e., he will be hunted down and taken into custody, whereas by staying there he can remain relatively free. Consumed by the desire to find out why he's been burned, and by whom, he goes to work as an unlicensed private investigator and freelance spy for anyone in town who can pay him any money in order to fund his personal investigation into his own situation as a blacklisted agent.

I got lucky in that I caught the show when it started showing the reruns on USA to prepare for the second season. Joey actually got me hooked the show. I love it. I think Michael Westen is hot. I love his sense of humor.

The blurb from wikipedia, explains the first season pretty. While trying to find out who burned him, he's doing odd jobs with his friend Sam and his trigger happy ex girlfriend, Fiona.

For Season 1 episodes, you may click here.

Season 2 premiered yesterday. I have it recording on the HD channel, so it came on at 7 pm pacific time on USA. So I think it's normally 9 or 10 pm when it comes on.

CMT: Crossroads with Sara Evans and Maroon 5.  

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I am a really big Maroon 5 fan, I seriously love that band. One of the highlights of my entire life (after having Brenna of course, haha) is meeting Maroon 5 in San Diego before their concert on May 9, 2005. I used to have the biggest crush on Adam Levine and I just love, love, love his voice. There aren't many people who sound as good as Adam does live in concert. I swear, that day three years ago...Adam blew me away after he sang song after song after song and sounded just as good, if not better than on the cd. He's got that entertaining personality that just rocks my socks.

Now having said that, I'm also a country music fan and a fan of Sara Evans. Now, to me, Sara doesn't sound as good live as Adam does but that's just me saying that from hearing her perform on T.V. at the different Country Music Awards that I've watched. I haven't seen Sara in concert before but from what I've heard on T.V. She isn't one of my favorite singers to hear sing live. But I love her songs. One of my favorite country albums is her A Real Fine Place To Start. that album is really good and it was great to hear two of my favorite singers singing each other's songs together on the same stage. It was great to hear Adam's additions to Sara Evans and Sara's additions to Adam's songs.

This was a great episode of Crossroads. Sara and Adam are adorable and they're cute and funny together. Adam rocked the hell out of the stage and Sara sang beautifully which surprised me because I was ready to think she was just..okay. But she wasn't, she was great!

The episode was so good that I whipped out both my Maroon 5 albums and my Sara Evans albums and have been listening to nothing but them. So good!

My favorite performance was probably Leather and Lace or She Will Be Loved or I Could Not Ask For More, but I loved when Sara sang Some Things Never Change, great great episode!

Leather and Lace

She Will Be Loved

I Could Not Ask For More

Such a great episode!

Oh and just because I'm special like that, here's the picture of me and Maroon 5!!! haha.

Hell's Kitchen  

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Much has happened since the last time I posted about Hell's Kitchen. The first half of the season finale aired last night, and I'm glad to see my prediction about Christina being in the final 2 is correct.

Last night's show had an upset for Christina. Christina has won 9 challenges in a row - a first for HK - but last night, Petrozza, the catering chef, beat her signature dish with his own. The executive chefs from Gordon's restaurants were the taste testers. I thought for sure Christina would win. But that's ok.

Because I predict she's going to win top chef.