Jun 24, 2010

Star Wars In Concert

So, we always have raffles at my work for charity and they had one recently for father's day, where the prizes were things father's might enjoy. They had a bunch of things up for grabs but one of the things was tickets to Star Wars In Concert. In case you don't know what that is, it's basically an orchestra that plays the score from the movies while clips play on a screen. A friend of mine at work actually won the tickets, she was hoping to win something else since she nor anyone she knew was interested in going, so she gave the tickets to me! Free tickets were pretty sweet! Anyways my husband and I went to see the show last night, it was pretty good, but I don't think it would have been worth it to pay for it, while it might have been had the tickets been close to the stage, but we were really far back and we couldn't see very well. Oh well, it was still a fun night out.

Jun 21, 2010

Daybreakers Movie Review, No Glittery Vampires Need Apply

I had actually posted this review a while ago on my book blog before I started my movie blog, but I just watched this movie again last night and I thought I would post this on my official movie blog :)
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill

Premise: In the year 2019, a plague has transformed most every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind.

My Thoughts: Now this a vampire movie! It holds true to most of the standard vampire myths pre-twilight. Vampires burn in the sun so their society sticks to the night, and since most of the world has been taken over by vampires and very few humans exist the roles of night and day have been reversed completely. Instead of regular sidewalks they have "subwalks" an underground tunnel system to access during the day.
This movie to me is what would happen if there really were vampires, I think it would spread and spread until humans were all but extinct and the decisions they make in the movie is pretty close to how I think people would act in a situation such as this so I found the plot very believable, well as believable as a vampire movie can get.
The fashion is this movie is awesome. All the vampires dress in a sort of 40's inspired look and the hair and clothing is all very elegant and classy. I find a lot of movies that take place in the near future adopt this look as the 40s inspired such clean lines and suits generally never go out of style so it doesn't date the movie.
Now onto the eyes. The eyes are amber coloured on all the vampires and it was exceptionally well done. It's what the eyes should have looked like in Twilight. There is this one scene where all these vampires are waiting for the subway train and the tunnel goes dark as a train passes and all you see are the eyes, very spooky.

Now this movie is rated 18A in Canada, and I'm pretty sure it's rated R in the US, so this is definitely not a kids movie, it's quite violent and I would recommend this to adults only.

Overall I thought it was really well done. I give this a 8 out of 10.

Side Note: The main character's name is in fact Edward, and I've been getting a little annoyed at people who say "oh they copied Twilight" etc. I just wanted to state this couldn't be true. The screenplay for the movie Daybreakers was written in 2004 well before Twilight was released, also the movie was actually filmed and completed in 2007 before the Twilight phenomenon reached its peak. I'm not sure why it took so long before Daybreakers was released in theatres, it may have had to do with the budget or distributors or something I know nothing about, but the writers did not copy anything from Twilight and any similarities are therefore coincidental.

Jun 17, 2010

The Accidental Husband - Review

The Accidental Husband
Released 2008
Uma Thurman, Colin Firth, Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Emma (Uma Thurman) is a radio talk show host giving relationship advice, she is gaining popularity and is close to getting married to Richard (Colin Firth) who is also the publisher of her upcoming book. Patrick (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is just a regular guy who is also about to get married until his girlfriend Sophia calls in for advice to Dr Emma. Emma's advice results in Patrick and Sophia's break up and Patrick wants a little pay back. Patrick sees Emma is about to get married in a magazine article, so with the help of his friend they hack the marriage records online and make it so Patrick and Emma are married. So when Emma and Richard go to city hall to get their marriage certificate they tell her she is already married to Patrick. Emma thinks it just a clerical error so she goes to see Patrick to get it annulled. Patrick distracts Emma from getting the annulment to torture her a bit but he ends up falling for her. Emma has growing feelings for Patrick as well, but when she finds out what Patrick did who will she decide to marry in the end? Patrick or Richard?

I loved this movie, I hadn't really see much about it and I watched it on a whim. I'm so glad I did. I love all the main characters in this movie. Especially that very handsome Jeffrey Dean Morgan. This movie was just plain fun and I highly recommend it for a girls night. Get the facials and pedicures going and pop this one in for sure!

I give it 8 out of 10

Jun 11, 2010

Splice - Movie Review

So I saw Splice last night. And I sum up the movie in two words: Messed. Up. In a weird, good way, but messed up none the less. The movie crossed lines I didn't think would be crossed. I don't want to go too much into it in case you're planning to see it, most of what makes the movie so weird happens near the end.

Anyways here's my summary:
Clive & Elsa are two brilliant scientists working for a pharmaceutical company. The beginning of the movie shows the project they have been working on, combining all sorts of animal dna into one creature. They are doing this because this creature produces this protein they need that can help with livestock disease. They don't go too much into the science of it so it's really quite vague. Clive & Elsa want to go to the next level and mix in human dna to their next project, so that they can create products that could help with human genetic disease. Their company denies them of course because of all the moral and legal reasons but they do it anyways in secret. So they create this human and animal dna hybrid that's kinda creepy and kinda cute at the same time. They raise it from a baby and it grows really fast to an adult..that's when it starts to get weird and I will leave it at that..

I don't think I would watch it the movie second time, once was definitely enough but it was unique and I did enjoy it. Adrian Brody and Sarah Polley were excellent and I loved their on screen chemistry. I would recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys sci-fi movies that make you say "what the fuck? Did they just go there?" Yes indeed they went there.

I give this movie a 7.5 out of 10