The 2 Girls, 1 Cup Reactions are Varied, Yet the Same
The reactions range from screaming, franticness, loud nervous laughter, pointing, fanning yourself, fake vomiting, camera shake, and ghetto-cholita-tranny-hair-flipping.
And this was all in the name of a scientific experiment.
Sex and the City 2: Still Sexy?
Today I took an unofficial poll about the new Sex and the City movie and the result was split 50/50. Half of those polled wanted to see the movie while the other half did not. Recently a friend uploaded a billboard image on Facebook expressing his excitement and anticipation about the upcoming release. Others expressed their disdain for the latest installment from Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda through their status updates. I have watched Sex and The City since the first episode aired on HBO. The material was raw and the fashion spoke for itself before the days of having every outfit drilled down by designer names. I have no problem rewatching the first three seasons I own on DVD but when the first movie was released, I was not on the bandwagon. While many women gussied up for the premiere and sipped Cosmopolitans, I preferred viewing the film in the comfort of my home thanks to Netflix. The same applies to the sequel. While the plotline may be lacking (Aidan again… really??) and the dialogue ripe with one liner zingers, I admit to wanting to see the wardrobe while under the influence of a healthy serving of champagne.
ABC Bans Plus-Sized Lingerie Commercial
It looks like we’ve been getting our fair share of body image controversy. Plus-size women’s designer Lane Bryant is claiming that ABC is refusing to play their lingerie commercial for plus sized women. You can’t photoshop those loblollies. But Lane Bryant has a point. If you’re going to let women wear triangle bikini tops that barely cover their areolas in their commercials, then you should let plus sized women have theirs too. As the saying goes, “Big women need lovin’ too.” And that’s the last time I’m going to quote an avid Tyler Perry audience member.
The Lost Countdown – The Last Recruit
The Last Recruit. No it is not some lame straight to DVD movie, it is the title of this weeks Lost. So who is the last recruit? And should you care? Yes, you should.
On the Island, we, once again, have the characters coming together only to once again to split up. After some sneaking maneuvering, we have the entire main cast on a boat heading towards Widmore’s sub. It is here that we have the Jack Shepard we have all come to love. The reluctant hero. In a great scene, we have Jack and Sawyer face off. Jack thinks they should stay. He truly believes in the Island. Sawyer just doesn’t give a crap and wants to get the hell off the Island. The confrontation lead to Jack literally jumping ship from Sawyer’s plans.
Gravite – Renaud Hallée
A Kick-Ass Review Pleading for You to Watch This Movie
Today’s weekend was spent obsessing over what was supposed to be this year’s box office movie hit, Kick-Ass. That includes watching the movie twice, reading tons of reviews, and following the numbers.
Sadly, it wasn’t the box office smash that we’d hope for. EDIT: It won! Sweet! But that doesn’t mean it won’t be one of the best movies of year, if not the best.
*SOME SPOILERS AHEAD, but I’ll try not to ruin it.”
This review is mostly reactions to its criticisms than a pure review. If you want someone’s opinion, just visit Rotten Tomatoes.
On the critic’s approach…
There are two approaches to critiquing a movie that most people adhere to. The first approach is to explain why “I” liked the movie. The critic who employs this approach usually projects his preconceived notions, his upbringings, his morals, and his experiences, to his impression of the movie. In the process, he ignores why other people might enjoy the movie. This is the approach that Roger Ebert decided to go with this movie and he even went so far as to borderline-insult the movie’s fans.
Let’s say you’re a big fan of the original comic book, and you think the movie does it justice. You know what? You inhabit a world I am so very not interested in. [C'mon man, that's like...people's worlds right there.]
The other approach is to explain why the majority of the audience will like the movie. The critic has the target audience in mind, makes an effort to understand the movie’s references, and if he doesn’t enjoy what he’s watching, will make an honest attempt to explain the discrepancy of why it wasn’t for him even though lots of other viewers might have enjoyed it. In the same vein, he will warn his readers when a poorly-done movie has nothing to offer the audience at all, while trying to keep his strong biases aside.
These are two polar opposites of one spectrum with many approaches in between. I am more comfortable with the latter approach.
Cult Status in the Making? Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
You either love Nicholas Cage for all the great roles he has been involved in or you hate him for the all the crap he has done. Either choice is perfectly justifiable. Cage can either be great in a role like Adaptation, Leaving Las Vegas or even the recent Kick Ass. He can also be crap like in the National Treasure movies or Knowing and all that summer blockbuster filler. Personally, I think he is a great talent when given a role he is appropriate for. In Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call new Orleans, he is not only appropriate, he was born to play the role.
The movie is about Terence McDonagh, a New Orleans detective who suffers a severe back injury while trying to save a prisoner from being drowned by the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina. The pain is so bad he turns to almost every single drug he could get his hands on in order to ease his suffering. His thirst for drugs coupled with a penchant for getting into debt with his bookie leads him down dark corners, strange drug trips and entangled into some of Post Katrina New Orleans’ dirtiest criminals.
Fast backward in time