Dec 27 2009

bests and worsts of 2009.

bests
DSC_8712-anesti.orgGetting engaged!!!!!
worsts
ED trying to kill me. eff off you evil bastard!

kids flicks:

bests

up!

This movie was absolutely rawring hilarious. Hands down the best movie of the year for kids and adults alike. synopsis: Young at heart Carl Fredrickson decides to fulfill his lifelong dream of having a home on paradise falls. When he inadvertently hits a construction worker, he is forced to go to a retirement home. But before they can take him, he and his house fly away. However, he has a stowaway aboard. An 8 year old boy named Russell, whose trying to get an assisting the elderly badge. Together, they embark in an adventure, where they encounter talking dogs, an evil villain and a rare bird named Kevin.

monsters vs. aliens

Dreamworks does it again! A comedy for the entire family, children & parents alike – even us childless-twentysomethings enjoy it. rent it/buy it, you will enjoy it! synopsis: When California girl Susan Murphy is unexpectedly clobbered by a meteor full of outer space gunk, she mysteriously grows to 49-feet-11-inches tall and is instantly labeled a “monster” named Ginormica. The military jumps into action, and she is captured and held in a secret government compound. The world learns that the military has been quietly rounding up other monsters over the years. This ragtag group consists of the brilliant but insect-headed Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D.; the macho half-ape, half-fish The Missing Link; the gelatinous and indestructible B.O.B.; and the 350-foot grub called Insectosaurus. Their confinement time is cut short however, when a mysterious alien robot lands on Earth and begins storming the country.

worst

planet 51

This movie was so littered with sexual innuendos and potty talk, that I would never let my (or recommend this for any) child to see this movie. It was so terrible that it doesn’t even warrant a synopsis on my site.

action:

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taken

This film is the confirmation of all parents worst nightmares, your child kidnapped, addicted to drugs & sold into prostitution. After watching this movie it got me thinking, how many of the missing children in the world have had this happen to them? How many of these missing angels have been irrevocably lost into the million underground prostitution rings? synopsis: When his teenage daughter is kidnapped in Paris, a former spy sets out to find her at any cost. Relying on his special skills, he tracks down the ruthless gang that abducted her and launches a one-man war to bring them to justice and to rescue his daughter.

the lovely bones

Based on the best selling novel by Alice Sebold. synopsis: The story of a 14-year-old girl from suburban Pennsylvania who is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from Heaven, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body.

worst

public enemies

blood.sex.more blood. synopsis: The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s.

sci fi/fantasy

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star trek

Now, I never was a “trekkie” and no, I probably will never actually watch all the original Leonard Nemoy, spocktacular episodes. But dang, JJ Abrams sure makes this a remake for the books – and hey, they sure casted some great males to stare at for 3 hours! synopsis: The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James T. Kirk, is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock, was raised in a logic-based society that rejects all emotion. As fiery instinct clashes with calm reason, their unlikely but powerful partnership is the only thing capable of leading their crew through unimaginable danger, boldly going where no one has gone before!

twilight: new moon

This film is based on the second book of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga. And it is awesome. shutup. synopsis: After Bella recovers from the vampire attack that almost claimed her life, she looks to celebrate her birthday with Edward and his family. However, a minor accident during the festivities results in Bella’s blood being shed, a sight that proves too intense for the Cullens, who decide to leave the town of Forks, Washington for Bella and Edward’s sake. Initially heartbroken, Bella finds a form of comfort in reckless living, as well as an even-closer friendship with Jacob Black. When she nearly losses the own battle for her own life, she rushes to Italy to save the life of her true love, through which danger in different forms awaits.

worst

district 9

Aliens? Living in Johannesburg? Infecting humans? Absolutely terrible waste of 2 hours & 5 bucks synopsis: Extraterrestrial refugees stuck in contemporary South Africa for 28 years since the aliens made first contact, treated as refugees. They were the last of their kind, and in order to accommodate them, the government of South Africa set up a makeshift home in District 9 as politicians and world leaders debated how to handle the situation. As the humans begin to grow wary of the unwelcome intruders, a private company called Multi-National United (MNU) is assigned the task of controlling the aliens. But MNU is less interested in the aliens’ welfare than attempting to understand how their weaponry works. Unfortunately, the highly advanced weaponry requires alien DNA in order to be activated. When MNU field operative Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley) is exposed to biotechnology that causes his DNA to mutate, the tensions between the aliens and the humans intensifies. Wikus is the key to unlocking the alien’s technology, and he quickly becomes the most wanted man on the planet.

comedy:

bests

the proposal

This romantic comedy really made me cackle. And it reminded me of my dear Canadian blog bestie Kristyn (I know I am horrible! haha). synopsis: Margaret Tate is the executive editor-in-chief of a book publishing company, Colden Books, who forces her assistant Andrew Paxton to marry her in order to avoid being deported to Canada. He grudgingly accepts, under the condition that he is promoted to the position of editor. When the government investigates, the two are forced to spend the weekend with his parents in Alaska in order to sell the lie. The family suggest they could marry the same weekend, and they reluctantly accept. They start to fall genuinely in love as they spend more and more time together. Because of this, during the wedding ceremony, Margaret decides she cannot do this to Andrew and confesses the business arrangement in front of everyone–including the immigration officer handling their case. She is then told that she has 24 hours to get back to Canada, and thus goes back to New York to pack her things. Upon doing so, however, Andrew shows up at the office and confesses his love for her in front of the entire office staff, proposing marriage all over again.

the hangover

This movie is hilariously inappropriate tale of a bachelor party gone extremely wrong, involving roofies, tigers & a baby – oh & a missing groom. Watch it, but don’t recommend it to anyone older than 35… synopsis: A blowout Las Vegas bachelor party turns into a race against time when three hung-over groomsmen awaken after a night of drunken debauchery to find that the groom has gone missing, and attempt to get him to the alter in time for his wedding. In 48 hours, Doug is scheduled to walk down the aisle, effectively ending his reign as a rowdy bachelor. Realizing that this is their last blowout with their best friend, Doug’s groomsmen organize a Sin City bachelor bash he’ll never forget. The next morning, the groomsmen come to in their Caesar’s Palace suite to find a tiger in the bathroom and a six-month-old baby tucked away in the closet. Unfortunately, Doug is nowhere to be found. With no memory of the previous night’s transgressions and precious little time to spare, the trio sets out in a hazy attempt to retrace their steps and discover exactly where things went wrong. Will they find Doug in time to get him to the wedding back in Los Angeles, or will his bride experience the sharp sting of disappointment when she walks down the aisle to discover that her future husband is nowhere to be found?

worst

ghosts of girlfriends past

Not that I don’t love a an awesome 80’s raving red do, but even though this movie was littered with famous actors, it really was just a doosey of a flick. synopsis: Celebrity photographer Connor Mead loves freedom, fun and women…in that order. Connor’s mockery of romance proves a real buzz-kill for his kid brother, Paul, and a houseful of well wishers on the eve of Paul’s wedding. Just when it looks like Connor may single-handedly ruin the wedding, he is visited by the ghosts of his former jilted girlfriends, who take him on a revealing and hilarious odyssey through his failed relationships


Dec 14 2009

there’s no place like here.

There’s No Place Like Here by Cecelia Ahern

Circa – 2007

Synopsis: “Sometimes it takes losing everything to truly yourself…” Since Sandy Shortt’s childhood classmate disappeared twenty years ago, Sandy has been obsessed with missing things. Finding what is lost becomes her single-minded goal- from the lone sock that vanishes in the washing machine to the car keys she misplaced. It’s no surprise, then, that Sandy’s life’s work becomes finding people who have vanished from their loved ones. Sandy’s family is baffled and concerned by her increasing preoccupation. Her parents can’t understand her compulsion, and she pushes them away further by losing herself in the work of tracking down these missing people. She gives up her life in order to offer a flicker of hope to devastated families…and escape the disappointments of her own. Sandy discovers the impossible: She has inadvertently stumbled upon a place – and people – she’s been looking for her entire life, a land where all the missing people go. A world away from her loved ones and the home she ran away from for so long, Sand soon resorts to her old habit again – searching – though this time, she is desperately trying to find her way home.

“Sometimes, people can go missing right before your very eyes. Sometimes, people discover you, even though they’ve been looking at you the entire time. Sometimes, we lose sight of ourselves when we’re not paying enough attention.”

Ahern has a fabulous exposition to the story & each characters position within her plot. The development of her characters is definitely not sub-par,the role of a young obsessive compulsive searcher is bound to strike a cord with many of its readers. The book was fabulously written & drew the reader into a world of oz.

The author also wrote the awesome novel turned movie PS I love you – which is absolutely fabulous, speaking of, its on my list to read again! She sure has established herself as the new Irish “chik lit” writer of the decade, but as well as a bold and creative thinker that this generation so eagerly needs.


Dec 7 2009

eclipse.

Part 3 of 4 of the Twilight saga.

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Circa – 2007

Synopsis: Eclipse begins with Bella & Edward (and Alice too!) preparing to graduate from Forks High School. New Moon left us with Edwards marriage proposal to Bella & her quick negation of it. Throughout this book, we find Bella continually trying to evade this proposal – via the excuses that her mother wouldn’t agree with it since she was so young (remember her mother married straight out of high school & had Bella – so she is a bit squeamish about marriage). Bella’s heart is set on becoming a vampire as soon as possible as she is frightened for the inevitable return of the volturi & Victoria. In attempts to protect Bella, he secretly plans for Alice to “kidnap” Bella everytime he needs to hunt. Bella, whom is incredibly distraught at this plans to escape from the Cullen home to visither best buddyJacob. Edward soon sees his error apologizes, and again – proposes to Bella, in which he once again is revoked.

Edward begins to make peace with Jacob & the Quillette tribe as Bella’s safety hangs on a pendulum, and that he is “eternally indebted” to Jacob for continuously saving Bella’s life in his absence (and due to the dagerous tribe of “newborns” that have been attacking Seattle). Edward attempts to convince Bella that she should remain human for at least a year so that she can experience more “human” things – such as college, and is constantly bringing her admittanceapplications. Throughout this novel we are given a sight into Rosalie’s “changing” and why she believes that this life (vampire) is not something that should be decided lightly. Eventually, frustrated Bella gives in to Edwards marriage plea’s, on the condition that she is “changed” not long after the wedding/honeymoon.

Eclipse is the third novel in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. You really want to have read Twilight and New Moon first before reading Eclipse, because the Meyer’s doesn’t spend much time expounding the story-lines of the previous novels but rather pulls the reader straight in to the story. Meyer’s once again delivers a breathtaking novel that pulls the reader into the depths of Edward, Bella, & Jacob’s minds. Eclipse is primarily a romantic saga, so Bella and Edward’s relationship is the primary focus of the novel. Or as I should say Bella, Edward and Jacob’s relationship – because there is a love triangle in the plot of this novel. Eclipse descends into soap opera territory – Bella has found her soul mate in Edward but Jacob is the soul mate she should have / could have / would have had if Edward didn’t exist. She loves him too but not as much as Edward. Jacob knows that she loves Edward buthe still tries to make her feel guilty that she can’t love him like he wants her too. The blatant emotional blackmail is unattractive whatever way you serve it up, and it detracted from his (Jacob’s) otherwise fine character. Despite this slight flaw, Eclipse is an enjoyable book. Bella as a character has matured and actually considers the consequences to her actions, be they how she deals with Edward or Jacob’s feelings, the human experiences she would miss out on, and her future as an immortal bloodthirsty newborn vampire. The book really didn’t feel like it was over 600 pages long, I literally flew through the pages and had to make a conscious effort to slow down my reading so I wasn’t up til 4 am two nights in a row to finish the book


Nov 28 2009

new moon.

Part 2 of 4 of the Twilight saga.

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

Circa – 2006

Synopsis: This novel begins where Twilight left off – with Bella & Edward in love, and just starting their Senior year at Forks High School. Bella’s 18th birthday party is thrown by Edwards eccentric-shopaholic “sister” Alice {who incidentally can “see” the future}, despite her urgings to not have her birthday recognized. As it turns out, Bella’s urgings should have been followed, as Bella receives a cut causing the whole family – besides Edward & his “father” {Dr. Carlisle Cullen} to be triggered by the scent of her flowing blood. This event leaves their family in disarray fearing the protection of Bella & the treaty {”bite no humans”}. Edward, despite is love for Bella, tells her that he {and his family} are leaving, and that she will never see him again.

Bella is left distraught, heartbroken, empty – in a catatonic depressive cycle. Bella’s father – Charlie, in an attempt to break her from the cycle forces her to return to a normal life & urges her to go out with her school friends. In accordance with her fathers wishes demands, she returns to the town of Port Angeles to see a movie, Bella’s adventurous side takes her for a ride on a strangers motorbike, in which she hears dearest Edward’s voice, begging her not to be reckless. Bella takes this as a challenge, remembering/hearing his voice began to bring Bella back into the world. Bella befriends Jacob Black, a member of the Quileute tribe, and Bella’s partner in crime {who is secretly in love with her, and oh-yeah, he’s a werewolf}. Bella’s adventurous side lands her in the ER a few times & a near drowning brings Alice back into her life. Edward had heard of her experience {unknown of her rescue}, decides to take his life. Bella & Alice are determined to prevent the loss of Edward – flying to Italy, grand theft auto & making a mad dash through the bustling city of Volterra. A caveat to his rescue is that the Volteri demand that Bella becomes one of the Cullen’s because, she knows too much about the secrets of the Volteri & vampires. Edward is very unhappy about this & is determined to evade the Volteri instead of “changing her”. Bella insists that it will be safer for her & her family by being “changed”. Edward insists, the only way that he will change her is if she marries him.

Meyer’s once again writes a novel that forces the reader into the book, exploring every nook & cranny. The reader is strung along enduring page after page, introducing new characters and scenarios that leave the reader catching their breath at each new chapter. Meyer’s continues to base her books off of her love for the romantic tragedy of Romeo & Juliet, and throughout the novel it plays in the foreground of the readers minds as tension builds & the tragedy ensues. Though a good portion of the book is spent on the emotional pain that Bella feels when Edward abandons her – it is extremely well written and is really what this story is about. Most of the things that happen to Bella in New Moon are as a result of the overwhelming loss that she is trying to bear. Her friendship with Jacob has a doomed quality to it not only because he obviously loves her while she is in love with Edward but because he is a werewolf and he naturally hates all vampires. I can see these two {Edward & Jacob} vying for her eternal undying {pun intended} love, over the next few books.

I stayed up into the early hours of the day reading this book struggling to put it down when my eyelids became to heavy to continue. I highly recommend this read {but please read Twilight first}. And GO SEE THE MOVIE!!!


Nov 26 2009

twilight.

Part 1 of the 4 series of the Twilight saga.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Circa – 2005

Synopsis: High school junior Bella Swan has recently relocated from living with her eccentric mother in sunny Phoenix to the overcast city of Forks, Washington with her Chief of Police father. In her attempts to make friends she is attracted to the ever so mysterious Edward Cullen. In his attempts to distance himself he conveniently drawn closer to her through a series of life endangering events that Bella continues to fall victim to. Bella is quickly swept off of her feet by Edward despite his looming mysterious disappearances from school & him appearing in her room night after night. Bella is drawn to him, his pale skin, his color changing eyes, his ability to read minds – well, everyone but her’s… his mysterious vampire “family”. Bella is quickly excepted into the Cullen family {”adopted” vampire children saved by Dr. & Mrs Cullen}, despite her mortality. Edward declares that although he is immortal & she is not, he does not want to live in a world where she does not exist within his life. However, her mortality catches up with her when she is tracked by a vampire who does not live by the “bite no humans” treaty. Bella becomes his one desire, which creates the ultimate challenge for the Cullen family – protect the human.

Honestly, I was never drawn into this book until I was invited by my friends to see the movie, “New Moon”{the second book in the saga}, I had seen the first and enjoyed it – however I was told that it wouldn’t be able to be “completely enjoyed” without reading these books. So, without a second thought I ran off to the Library and picked up the first copy that I could track down. I was quickly drawn into these books and ended up reading ALL FOUR within a 7.2 day time-spread. What can I say, I am addicted to reading – once I get into a book, I can’t put it down.

Meyer’s creates a wonderful storyline & has excellent character development, one that is rivaled by J.R. Tolkien & Dan Brown. Her books draw the reader in – mesmerized, gripped, determined to guess what they will see on the next page. She leaves the reader begging for more & advancing page-by-page unable to put the book down for longer than a few hours. She creates a suspenseful novel with a delightful blend of romance & horror. Playing off of her love for Romeo & Juliet – Meyer’s creates a tale of two starstruck lovers who are a dangerous pair with her morality & his vampire thirst for her blood. The writing is an appropriate balance of love with the traditional morality of homegrown family values – abstinence. This is an amazing feat on her part, as not many authors are able to pull off a value ridden love story and still have it reach the top of the best sellers list internationally. I stayed up into the early hours of the morning indulging in this novel {I highly doubt that I am the first to do this… haha}. I highly recommend this read.