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Watching Vol.21
January 17, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Movies, Reviews

Our Idiot Brother– I rented this because of my love for Paul Rudd.

Synopsis: A comedy centered on an idealist who barges into the lives of his three sisters.

First off, if you saw the trailer, it was pretty misleading, in my opinion. The trailer makes the film seem as if the film is going to be about this wacky misfit brother and his inability to navigate within the real world. Well, it’s partly right. Less wacky and more story…lots of story. This movie is about family dynamics. Continue reading

Watching Vol.20
January 10, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Movies, Reviews

Don’t Be Afraid of The Dark– First off, for those who don’t know, this is a remake of a 1973 made-for-TV movie. I remember seeing the original one late afternoon and it creeped me OUT. It was definitely suspenseful, but not so much that I understand the cult status it’s received ever since its airing. I think the fact that it wasn’t available on VHS or DVD for decades added to its mystique. All in all though, it was scary and good. I wish I could say the same for the remake.

Synopsis: A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend discovers creatures in her new home who want to claim her as one of their own. Continue reading

Anything But Elementary, My Dear Watson
January 3, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Movies, Reviews

I recently had the fortune of having a day off AND having the funds to go to the movies (what?! That’s crazy talk!). Yes! It’s true! So, I finally got to see the new Sherlock Holmes film, which I’ve been looking forward to ever since I saw the trailer months ago.

Having LOVED the first film (I own the DVD, digital copy and score) and watched it several times, I was surprised that I was less than enthusiastic about the new film’s trailer. I mean, I LOVE Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law, but (1) I wasn’t wild that someone from the “Girl” movies (…Dragon Tattoo, …Played With Fire, …Hornet’s Nest ad nauseam) was going to be in it (it seemed a little too mainstream/Oprah Book Club for my tastes) and (2) the villain seemed “meh”; a ginger madman just doesn’t carry the same punch as malevolent mancandy, Lord Blackwood in the original. Continue reading

Watched Vol.19
December 29, 2011, 6:00 am
Filed under: Movies, Reviews

Crazy Stupid Love– First off, great cast: Julianne Moore is always great, Steve Carell is always cute (and usually funny) and I’ve come to love Emma Stone. And yes, Ryan Gosling is hot, but then I thought that way back in 2002’s Murder By Numbers…but more about him later. Oh, and I always enjoy Marisa Tomei. She just seems like she’d be fun to be around. Maybe A Different World brainwashed me.

Quick synopsis of the film: A middle-aged husband’s life changes dramatically when his wife asks him for a divorce. He seeks to rediscover his manhood with the help of a new-found friend Jacob, learning to pick up girls at bars. Continue reading

Watching: Xmas Edition
December 23, 2011, 6:00 am
Filed under: Movies, Reviews

Miracle On 34th Street– First off, I was surprised I didn’t already own this DVD. Even though I’ve never seen it in its entirety, it’s one of those Christmas titles that’s a must-have at Christmastime, whether you’ve seen it or not.

Synopsis: When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.

First off, the casting is perfect. Adorable Natalie Wood as the jaded non-believer; Maureen O’Hara (one of the best things about The Parent Trap) is beautiful, as is her love interest, John Payne (ROWR!); and, of course, Edmund Gwenn radiates the spirit of Santa Claus. Then there’s William Frawley…blech. He was tolerable on I Love Lucy (as Fred Mertz), but that’s about it for me. He just ends up annoying me. He’s basically the same character in every movie. Continue reading

Watched Vol.18
December 14, 2011, 6:00 am
Filed under: Movies, Reviews

Judy Moody and The Not Bummer Summer– I was looking to rent something fluffy and mindless and this fit the bill. I’ve since read lots of negative reviews over at IMDB, which as you know, doesn’t mean shit to me. *I* thought it was colorful, fun and looked as if your favorite childhood book had come to life (think Harriet The Spy meets Ramona). Sure, the color palate was over-saturated, but, to me, that was what made it fun and ultimately, the escapism I was looking for.

Here’s a brief synopsis: The film chronicles Judy Moody’s adventures in which she sets out to have the most thrilling summer of her life with the help of her little brother Stink and fun-loving Aunt Opal. Continue reading

December 6, 2011, 6:00 am
Filed under: Food, Reviews

Alright, back in August, I reviewed Cedarlane’s Burrito Grande. Meh, I wasn’t impressed. It was rather blande. As promised, I mentioned I would review their Chicken Burrito Grande, once I’d tried it. Well, the wait is over.

First off, I cooked the burrito in the oven. It smelled DELICIOUS cooking and I already had high hopes that having chicken as the added ingredient, it would make a difference in the taste. On the flipside of that coin, I hoped that the chicken it did contain would not be in those ridiculous cubed chunks, like so many frozen food items containing chicken.

To get off the beaten path, for a moment, I have to say that I may be one of the few people on the planet who does not equate bigger portions/chunks of meat with “more value” and/or quality. I’ve noticed over the years that things like soup and even fast food hamburgers, boast “bigger pieces” and/or “poundage” (regarding hamburger patty size). Continue reading