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Movie Ratings and Reviews

Babes Going Bananas -

The framing is excellent, along with the director's ability to capture all the bananas in one still shot, but the character development leaves a lot to be desired. Why are these women thick? Why do they like to shake it like a tableside item? What is it about the booty that makes people say "I like a little warmth on my ladies?"

Overall, definitely an eye opening view on how society values a good hip hop beat and a little j in the t.

How to Train Your Dragon

I loved that the movie was about what it was about. No pop culture jokes, no random cameos, (not that I don't think things like this are entertaining) it was about a little town filled with Vikings that were battling dragons. The flying sequences were pretty breathtaking and it was a lot of fun to watch in 3D.

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
½

First off, I'll say the acting is pretty spectacular. Mo'Nique's transformation is as good as advertised and Gabourey Sidibe is just about as good.

That being said, if I'm being honest, I didn't really enjoy Precious as a whole. I know it's not a movie that you "like" in the traditional sense, but I just felt empty watching the film. I wasn't moved, inspired, nor particularly disturbed (I'm not heartless, but I think I might have been psyched out by everyone who said it was going to be the most difficult movies I've ever seen). It had all the gritty realism in the world, for a world that certainly exists, but few of us actually experience firsthand, but as a film, I wasn't taken by it.

In the Loop
In the Loop(2009)
½

The dialogue is really sharp, but it wasn't a laugh out loud funny movie for me. The pacing is different than the American comedies we've gotten used to, but the characters are great and some of the one liners are as quick and effective as any you've seen recently.

Avatar
Avatar(2009)

For two hours+, I was living in a forest with blue people.

Invictus
Invictus(2009)

I too, was disappointed with Invictus. I really love sports movies of the inspirational type, but actually found Invictus to be really just "ok" overall. I didn't know anything about Nelson Mandela's story, nor what was going on in South Africa when this movie was set, but after watching the movie, I didn't really know much more about the story than before I sat down to watch it.

I know that the movie's job is not to educate me, but I thought there would be a little bit more story behind the story than: Nelson Mandela is the President. Nelson Mandela wants Black People and White People to get along. Nelson Mandela is going to choose one White guy to help make his rugby team filled with White guys and one Black guy good. They need to win the World Cup so that Black people and White people will have a common entity to get behind.

The story is literally that simple. The sports action is subpar and not all that inspiring because the story is difficult to really get into.

Up in the Air
½

This was one of my favorite movies I've seen this year, possibly my favorite. George Clooney and Anna Kendrick really put on pretty spectacular performances throughout. I went into this movie with a lot of hype, but still loved it, despite the fact that it seemed to split the theater in love/hate.

As an emotionally detached robot myself, I really identified with the George Clooney character (and I look like him! Kidding...), so I'll freely admit that it made it more of a personal-like than a general like-like. I found Anna Kendrick's character to be as likable, if not more likable than Juno, without all the unrealistic dialogue that makes me think I'm living in a Dawson's Creek episode.

Generally, I have a problem with movies where "not a lot happens," and somehow, this still managed to entertain me from start to finish because I liked the characters and was so interested in the unique story.

Can't Hardly Wait
½

With one of the most memorable teen movie parties on film, Can't Hardly Wait remains one of my favorite movies in the teen genre. Sure, it's formulaic and you know exactly what will end up happening (more or less), but the movie is fun, the characters are likable, and Jennifer Love Hewitt plays one of the dreamiest "hottest girl in school" roles that I can remember. For the girls, there's a lovable Ethan Embry. For the guys, there's a way too hot JLH. It wasn't ever going to win any awards and it's not a Breakfast Club, but for many of us after the Breakfast Club generation, it's one of the movies to remind us of the joys of high school.

Where the Wild Things Are

WTWTA was a much darker and different movie than I expected. I was told by many that it was not going to be the family-friendly movie that I would think it was and I should have believed the many voices in my head that told me so.

While I found much of the movie to be disturbing and a bit too serious for a younger audience, I thought it was a fascinating lesson on management training and the difficulties of working with people with completely different personalities (really!). I hear that the monsters represent different aspects of "The King's" personality, which makes a whole lot more sense than my whole "management training" angle.

Something I really enjoyed was the look of the monsters, who were CGI in the face, but were otherwise really intricate mascot suits that made the characters feel more "real" because I feel like we've been CGI-ed out a bit lately. Each of the monsters has a very unique personality that presents its own challenges to coexist with the group as they try and discover happiness despite all their different wants and desires.

I honestly think that older audiences will take a lot more out of this movie than its younger (we'd assume) target demographic. I saw this movie with a group of people all over 25 and we spent dinner discussing all the different themes and holes in the plot that made the movie much deeper than I think it should have been.

Michael Jackson's This Is It
½

While some have criticized that the movie is "unfinished" (I don't think anyone knew MJ was going to die and that they'd piece together a pseudo-doc on him), I still thought this was a great two hours of entertainment featuring one of the greatest music talents of our generation.

Most of "This Is It" is watching two separate rehearsals for what was to be Michael's final shows in London. It really is a ton of music, with very little in terms of interviews and filler, so if you're not a Michael Jackson fan, you might not enjoy sitting through a couple hours of his biggest hits. However, if you are a fan of live music and especially a fan of Michael Jackson, you'll love seeing him and his mind work through what he envisioned to be the greatest music experience anyone had ever seen. While Michael isn't performing at 100% the whole time because he's saving his voice and energy, it's obvious that he still has "it" when he's on stage and in his element.

I really loved the interviews with the dancers and other musicians and wish that there was more of that in the film. Again, it's not like the footage was built for a movie, but seeing how much MJ inspired the talents of so many others added a lot to the emotion and "wow factor" of the film. While some more interviews would have been nice to act as breaks in the music (it's almost like watching a concert), I still found it really fascinating to watch someone with MJ's talent and vision rehearse for his final show. His performance of "Man in the Mirror" is something to witness.

If you're at all a fan of Michael Jackson, you won't regret seeing "This Is It." It's heavier on the music side than I expected, but for some, that might be a good thing.

Good Hair
Good Hair(2009)
½

Not as funny as I would have thought, but I actually learned a lot about Black women's hair during the two hours I sat inside the theater as the only Asian in attendance.

Most of the movie centers around around a hair competition in the South that is pretty fascinating, but the most interesting parts of the movie are where Rock talks to celebrities or just regular people in barber shops about Black people's hair. You learn a lot about the chemicals used to straighten or "relax" hair and about different types of weaves and where they come from.

I fully enjoyed Good Hair, but more in a lighthearted educational sense than a laugh out loud fun kind of way.

The Hurt Locker

Really, really great movie with some of the best character development that I've seen in a long time. I was motion sick for the whole 2 hours+ of the movie because of the handheld camera, but still liked the movie enough to take the nonstop nausea, and I think that says a lot.

I'm not a big "war movie" guy, so I really enjoyed that this movie was much more about the characters than about shooting, explosions, screaming, and guts. Jeremy Renner was amazing in the film and turned out one of my favorite performances in recent memory. I didn't feel like any of the scenes were terribly suspenseful (I blame the motion sickness), but I was engaged throughout and found all the "big scenes" to be incredibly memorable. Without spelling it out for you, The Hurt Locker does a great job of letting you get to know the characters without any of the generic tactics that we've all become so accustomed to seeing.

If you couldn't take Blair Witch or Cloverfield, The Hurt Locker is of the same brand of shakiness, but I think the story and characters make it worth a barf bag.

Ultimate Fighting Championship - UFC 91: Couture vs. Lesnar
½

BROCK LESNARRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

Passing of the torch, worth seeing.

Black Christmas

While the title makes you think this is an ethnic movie about the celebration of Jesus' bday, this is a remake of a horror movie from the 1970's, a time when the world lived in black and white other than when people were walking around with enormous bongs (so I hear).

Once there was enough marijuana content in the sky from the 1960's and 1970's, the world turned to technicolor and with the recent popularity of medical marijuana, we are now living in full 1080P HD. Thank you, 1960's and 1970's.

Black Christmas is yet another movie that depends on gross imagery and visual shock factor instead of actual "scary," which is one of my biggest peeves in modern horror movies (looking at you, Rob Zombie and Eli Roth). The killer likes to use black Hefty bags (GET IT?!?! BLACK CHRISTMAS!!! kidding, I don't really know why it's called Black Christmas) to kill people, which is kind of terrifying because all of us have seen those "choking hazard" warnings on bags before, but we never think it can happen to us. IT CAN! And it will, on Christmas.

Black Christmas.

One of the redeeming parts of this movie is Katie Cassidy, who is probably the hottest girl in a horror movie in a rong rong time. While she is not the "I'm going to get naked so I can die" girl, she is definitely much more worthy of being a Hollywood crush than she gets credit for.

If you're looking for a new crush, give Black Christmas a whirl in the good ole' Betamax. If you're set with your herem of Hollywood wimmenz, good to mosey along past Black Christmas, which will not be one of your family's holiday favorites unless your family likes playing weird tricks on each other.

Havoc
Havoc(2005)

Unfortunately, not even Anne Hathaway's boobs can make this a good movie.

MTV's The Real World You Never Saw - Back To New York

This was an interesting season because it brought us two of The Real World's most well-known people - Coral and The Miz. It was fascinating to see how Mike (The Miz) learned all about minorities over the course of his time in the house. Since he had only known white people in his life, it was truly a transformation for him to be in the house.

Iron Man
Iron Man(2008)
½

I YAMMMM I-RONNNN MANNNNNN!!!

Great movie that actually made Gwyneth Paltrow attractive. Some laughs, some explosions, great metal suit, and laser beams.

Twilight
Twilight(2008)

No exaggeration, this was one of the most painful movies I've ever seen. I was rolling around in my bed trying to keep my blood moving because it was so terrible that it made my body want to die.

Was. Not. Dazzled.

Hills - The Complete First Season

FEEL THE RAIN ON YOUR SKIN!!

This is Lauren Conrad's triumphant return to television after Laguna Beach and it was well worth the wait. With a new cast of gals (Heidi, Audrina, and Whitney) taking the place of the girls in "The Real Orange County," Lauren begins her exciting life living in Hollywood (ok, West Hollywood, they lived in Park La Brea across the street from The Grove on 3rd and La Brea). There are some familiar faces like Jason Wahler from Laguna Beach, but this is where you get to see the beginnings of MTV's most popular franchise after Laguna Beach.

Lauren looks good. This is Heidi before her boob job. And you also get to see a lot of great restaurants to check out in the Los Angeles area.

Rocky Balboa
Rocky Balboa(2006)

A liiiiiiittle slow at times, but a really touching movie that was a great end to my favorite series of movies. There is one scene where Rocky confronts his son, who is tired of living under his father's shadow, that is especially touching and one of the most powerful moments in the whole series.

If you like the series at all, you need to watch Rocky Balboa. It'll put hair on your chest.

Hulk
Hulk(2003)
½

Hulk think this movie was boring.

Girls Gone Wild Platinum Edition - First Timers

This movie is not as good as you would think... or not as good as my friend would think... because he told me... because I didn't watch it... but he said that it was not as good as he thinks I would think it would be had I seen it.

Ah whatever, it's just not that good.

Crank
Crank(2006)

Better than I thought - kind of a wild movie, but gimmicky. I enjoyed it for what it was and Amy Smart looked good. There were some Asian people in it, but they were eating Chinese food and such, so nothing good for the advancement of our peepoh.

The House Bunny
½

This movie is pretty amazing just because Anna Faris makes herself the most likable character from a dumb comedy in a long, long time. Katharine McPhee looks good even though she's preggers and did I mention that Anna Faris is absurdly hot?

You know where the movie is going, but it's mindless fun that's worth a rental at least if you're into movies like this.

Friday Night Lights - The First Season

This is one of the greatest seasons of any network television show in the history of television. While the show is about high school football, there's a lot to like for people who aren't into football or people who are older.

Lyla Garrity (Minka Kelly) is also the hottest television character in the history of NBC.

Monsters vs. Aliens
½

If it wasn't for Reese Witherspoon playing a very hot 50 foot tall woman with silver hair, this movie would be almost below average. I wanted to love it, but the 3D felt gimmicky and it paled in comparison to even a movie like Bolt when it comes to tugging at your animated heartstrings.

Laguna Beach - The Complete First Season
½

This is the season we were first introduced to Lauren Conrad, Kristin Cavallari, and the rest of the Laguna Beach crew. The season is filled with drama, without the Speidi, Brody Bromance, and Audrina silliness of The Hills.

They deal with real issues, like parties, disfunctional high school relationships, and being incredibly hot. This is a must watch for any fan of The Hills!

The Mack
The Mack(1973)
½

If you say you like hip-hop, you have to at least watch The Mack once to say that you did. It's as essential as The Godfather to the history of hip-hop in cinema.

Girls Gone Wild - Horny Schoolgirls

This is an excellent film. The pacing is superb and the talent is top notch.

Role Models
Role Models(2008)

Charming characters from McLovin to Stiffler to the dreamy Elizabeth Banks. Lots to like and one of the few movies that can make you laugh at loud without resulting to gimmicky insults and dumb as rocks physical humor.

Up
Up(2009)
½

Other than the first Toy Story, which just boggled my mind at the time, Up is my favorite Pixar movie and is up there with The Lion King for my favorite animated movie of all time.

It makes me throw up a little to say this, but the movie has so much "heart" and the story, while outrageous, has just enough crazy to keep you entertained in the same way that James and The Giant Peach did back in the day.

I also love the strong Asian male lead.

Saved!
Saved!(2004)

Please excuse the delirium, but I'm a wee bit exhausted. Somehow, I got the idea in my head that I wanted to run a half-marathon in 2008, possibly a full marathon in 2008 if the half-marathon goes ok. Because of peer pressure, I'm not only going to run one, but apparently I'm going to run two. I haven't "run for fun" (AKA: I like to run for survival) in about a year, but I decided that today would be the day that training begins!

My mild first day of training turned into a 4.8 mile trek filled with sweat on my face, Carrie Underwood in my ears, and happy smiles from fellow Los Angeles area runners (I don't think I'll ever join their short shorts club). I figure if I could do nearly 5 miles while being completely out of shape and survive the rude awakening of my cellulite-ridden stumpy lower extremities, I think I can shoot for 10 miles next weekend. People will say that's not healthy, nor the right way to train. To that, I say, "Whatever works, bro." I didn't stop, so I was really proud of myself and I resisted the temptation to continue my run straight to McDonald's, as I'm trying to eat (slightly) healther in the new year.

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[b]I miss you guys already... Especially you, Grimace.

[/b][left]What were we talking about again? I am getting distracted by Hamburglar's tie. Ah yes, [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/saved/"][b]Saved! (60% on the Tomatometer)[/b][/url].

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[b] Loved it!![/b]

[left]I put Saved! on our Netflix queue because I remembered that my old college roommate/movie aficionado Sean RAVED about it after he saw it. However, Sean also liked [i]The Girl Next Door, [/i]which I thought was stupid, so I didn't necessarily jump to see any movie that he recommended. Alas, I thought it was worth a looksee and I saw it before I went on this run that I'm positive I'll be referring to as "Satan's Scamper" when I wake up sore tomorrow morning.

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[b]Yes! That's M. Culkin! KEVIN!!!![/b]
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Mandy Moore plays the part of Hilary Faye, who is basically the "Regina George" character from the better known [i]Mean Girls, [/i]which is also one of my favorite movies. There is Mandy singing, her being a bitchy moral compass, and plenty of moments that while mildly blasphemous, are hilarious and easy to understand to anyone who has grown up around people of the Christian faith.

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[b]Thank you for never turning slutty, Mandy.[/b]
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There aren't too many twists and turns along the way and the film just shoots into the climax of the film without a whole lot of warming up, but I thought the dialogue was very witty and felt like Mandy Moore did a perfect job playing the self-righteous good girl who ends up doing bad. It was kind of like her character in [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/walk_to_remember/"][i]A Walk to Remember[/i][/url], just mean, bitchy, and even more holy (and hotter, as she was a litttttttttttle dumpy in [i]Walk,[/i] if we're being honest).

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[b]27% on the Tomatometer for a movie that makes me cry??[/b]
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While I'm sure they were offensive to some, it was fun to see the caricatures that I have really grown up around in a film that poked fun at them without being malicious. The ending left a little bit to be desired, but not a whole lot. [i]Saved![/i] is one of my new favorite teen flicks and at 60% on the Tomatometer, it even passed with the critics. I believe the saying is "D's get Degrees?"

I am now going to apply Icy Hot to my whole body and cry in my bed.
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Superbad
Superbad(2007)

Before I head to bed, I just wanted to say that I really liked [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/superbad/"]Superbad[/url] (87% on the tomahtohmeter).

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[b]Tiramisu - The Way to a Girl's Heart... or just have a ton of money.[/b]

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While I have absolutely no desire to see Dewey Cox, I really enjoyed most everything about Superbad, which is like a less slap sticky, less perverted (kind of), more swear words, less cheesy, more edgy (but not), coming of age story along the lines of an [i]American Pie[/i] with a [i]Can't Hardly Wait [/i]sized party sans Melissa Joan Hart and a fantastic Jerry O'Connell cameo, but with less outrageous situations (almost).

I think it dragged a bit in the middle, but there were some legitimate laugh out loud parts and the characters are really endearing. Seth Rogen was a really nice cop that I wouldn't hate (which is saying a lot) and I found myself wishing that I could be more like McLovin (who is kind of like the nerd who turns cool in [i]Can't Hardly Wait[/i]... take me down to the paradise city where the grass is green and the girls are prettayyyyy) in my everyday life.

So hooray for McLovin and hooray for Superbad, a movie that lived up to the hype! I can't wait for what the Netflix queue will bring tomorrow... This 3 disc plan that [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/vine/journal_view.php?s=&journalid=465527"]Ryan[/url] and I are on is fantastic.

(this post was not sponsored by Netflix, but it should be)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
½

I'm not really feeling saucy, but I'm feeling very gassy after a dinner at Mario's Peruvian Seafood here in LA. A friend of mine wants to go to Don Antonio's of [i]The Hills[/i] fame later tonight for second dinner. We'll see if the stomach can handle it with the help of some Pepto (charming, I know. I use [i]The Vine [/i]as my subscription-free version of Match.com, if that wasn't obvious).

After that glorious introduction, I thought I would take a second to review some of the movies I've seen recently. I think one of the good parts about having an extremely addictive personality is that when you like something, you REALLY like something. There is no inbetween, no gray area, you are balls to the walls, in it to win it, in there like swim wear.

The bad part about having this kind of personality is that when you're "over" something, you're REALLY over it. Whether that's a food, person (or parent, in my case), celebrity, television show, when you declare you don't like it, you don't like it forever (this is why I don't like you, Sarah from my 11th grade science class. Call me weird again and see if I care).

A pleasant surprise to me is that my newest love is movies. I know that I haven't seen as many movies as "the next guy" (whoever he is and I'm sure he is well endowed), but with all the craziness that goes on in my underdeveloped dinosaur brain, I'm sure to catch up soon as a result of my addictive personality. As a result, I thought I'd take a second to rate some of the flicks that I've flocked (that makes no sense) over the past couple weeks.

[url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1183955-sweeney_todd_the_demon_barber_of_fleet_street/"][b]Sweeney Todd (87% on the Tomatometer, 7/10 for me)[/b][/url]

I'm linking to the Beta. Learn it. Love it.

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[/b][left][i]Sweeney [/i]wasn't really what I was expecting, but it was close. For some reason, I thought it was going to be a little bit spookier, less stomach curdling, with more haircuts (Barber!! Right?? Not beard shaver!!), and more bloody. I think that everyone who said that Mr. Todd's antics were bloody disgusting (I am too much sometimes! The wit! The cheap laughs!) has never seen [i]Hostel. [/i]

After you've seen Eli Roth's blood bath diarrhea fest (figuratively), nothing is that bloody. I did really enjoy the story because I had never seen the musical and I thought dreamboat Johnny Depp did a fantastic job as a stylist to the stars (look out, David Evangelista). There was even more singing in [i]Sweeney [/i]than there was in [i]Hairspray,[/i] which means it was a wee bit too much for me. I didn't find any of the songs particularly memorable, but I did really enjoy being transported into Todd's dark and dirty world courtesy of Senor Tim Burton. 'Twas good, but I was a wee bit emo after watching it, so I ate the additional $7 in parking fees so I could do the good ole' theater hop straight intooooooo....

[b][url="http://beta.rottentomatoes.com/m/national_treasure_book_of_secrets/"]National Treasure: Book of Secrets (35% on the Tomatometer, 4/10 for me)[/url]
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So the jump from [i]Sweeney [/i]straight into [i]Treasure [/i]was a weird one. I'll start this out by saying that I thought that [i]National Treasure [/i]was a National Grumper. In the first [i]Treasure[/i], I felt as though the dialogue was stupid (and not funny) and the things they came up with remind me of ideas that small children have while they're playing with their action figures and still have an hour to burn before dinner time.

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[b]Hey, let's make some money with a crappy movie![/b]

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However, what makes me hate [i]National [/i]as a series is that so many people LOVE IT and think that it is one of the greatest movie serieseseseses ever. I don't think it's the worst movie ever, but for people to list this movie on Facebook as one of their favorite movies of all time is worse than me listing [i]You Got Served [/i]on my favorite movie list (which I do). So for [i]Treasure [/i]hunting fans, have no fear! The tradition of ridiculous dialogue, semi-cool action scenes, and farfetched ideas about the history of the good ole' U S of A continues in the sequel. It is dumb, but it is dumb fun. I wouldn't watch it again, but it was watchable...but stupid.

[b][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bratz_the_movie/"]Bratz: The Movie (7% on the Tomatometer, 1/10 for me)[/url][/b]
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Effing. Kill. Me. This thought went through my head about five times over the course of the nearly two hours that I sat through [i]Bratz, [/i]which I had high hopes for. First, I didn't know that you could say "MySpace" so blatantly so many times during a movie ("I LOVE MYSPACE!!!" being my favorite subtle product placement line). Second, I never realized that a teen movie could be so bad that I thought it was beyond bad. Normally, I like most every teen movie because something about it is good - dancing, hotties, jokes, funny asians, pointless nudity, something! NOTHING about Bratz is good.

The girls are too good at everything. They're too smart, talented, and flawless for us to like them. They are all spoiled except for one girl who really needs a scholarship, but still has a walk-in closet (probably just a scholarship for hair products). I can't even begin to talk about this movie without getting annoyed at how incredibly bad it was. It wasn't funny, nor was anything about it cool. I will say that the movie was really colorful, which was nice to watch on my 40" LCD HDTV, but two girls one cup, this movie was awful.

[url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/fast_times_at_ridgemont_high/"][b]Fast Times at Ridgemont High (80% on the Tomatometer, 6/10 for me)[/b][/url]

As a teen movie lover, I had to see [i]Fast [/i]to see where a lot of the roots of teen movies came from. What I loved about [i]Fast [/i]was seeing and hearing a lot of the phrases that people still use today being used in the movie and finally realizing where they came from! From Sean Penn's classic portrayal of a surfer "dude" to Phoebe Cates' famous boobs, there was a lot to like at Ridgemont High. I really enjoyed the movie, though nothing was particularly hilarious about it. The film was entertaining from start to finish and I'm sure that it was very edgy and "hip" in its day.

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[b]Mullet! Mullet! Mullet![/b]

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And now, I'm off to watch [i]Superbad. [/i]Addictive personality for teh win!

And no, I didn't see Dewey Cox, though it would have noticeably helped its first weekend box office numbers.

Bratz: The Movie

I'm not really feeling saucy, but I'm feeling very gassy after a dinner at Mario's Peruvian Seafood here in LA. A friend of mine wants to go to Don Antonio's of [i]The Hills[/i] fame later tonight for second dinner. We'll see if the stomach can handle it with the help of some Pepto (charming, I know. I use [i]The Vine [/i]as my subscription-free version of Match.com, if that wasn't obvious).

After that glorious introduction, I thought I would take a second to review some of the movies I've seen recently. I think one of the good parts about having an extremely addictive personality is that when you like something, you REALLY like something. There is no inbetween, no gray area, you are balls to the walls, in it to win it, in there like swim wear.

The bad part about having this kind of personality is that when you're "over" something, you're REALLY over it. Whether that's a food, person (or parent, in my case), celebrity, television show, when you declare you don't like it, you don't like it forever (this is why I don't like you, Sarah from my 11th grade science class. Call me weird again and see if I care).

A pleasant surprise to me is that my newest love is movies. I know that I haven't seen as many movies as "the next guy" (whoever he is and I'm sure he is well endowed), but with all the craziness that goes on in my underdeveloped dinosaur brain, I'm sure to catch up soon as a result of my addictive personality. As a result, I thought I'd take a second to rate some of the flicks that I've flocked (that makes no sense) over the past couple weeks.

[url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1183955-sweeney_todd_the_demon_barber_of_fleet_street/"][b]Sweeney Todd (87% on the Tomatometer, 7/10 for me)[/b][/url]

I'm linking to the Beta. Learn it. Love it.

[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1183955/photo_41.jpg[/img]
[b]Why must I SIIiiiNggGG EVERyThinGGgGgg!! AlLlLLl THe TIMeeEEeEe, as IfFFff SpeaKINg Had GOnnNNNe Out OF FasshionNN~!~!!!! I NeEedddd to Get SomE Two PLyYYyy ToiLeTTTTt PAPpEEERRR!!!!

[/b][left][i]Sweeney [/i]wasn't really what I was expecting, but it was close. For some reason, I thought it was going to be a little bit spookier, less stomach curdling, with more haircuts (Barber!! Right?? Not beard shaver!!), and more bloody. I think that everyone who said that Mr. Todd's antics were bloody disgusting (I am too much sometimes! The wit! The cheap laughs!) has never seen [i]Hostel. [/i]

After you've seen Eli Roth's blood bath diarrhea fest (figuratively), nothing is that bloody. I did really enjoy the story because I had never seen the musical and I thought dreamboat Johnny Depp did a fantastic job as a stylist to the stars (look out, David Evangelista). There was even more singing in [i]Sweeney [/i]than there was in [i]Hairspray,[/i] which means it was a wee bit too much for me. I didn't find any of the songs particularly memorable, but I did really enjoy being transported into Todd's dark and dirty world courtesy of Senor Tim Burton. 'Twas good, but I was a wee bit emo after watching it, so I ate the additional $7 in parking fees so I could do the good ole' theater hop straight intooooooo....

[b][url="http://beta.rottentomatoes.com/m/national_treasure_book_of_secrets/"]National Treasure: Book of Secrets (35% on the Tomatometer, 4/10 for me)[/url]
[/b]
So the jump from [i]Sweeney [/i]straight into [i]Treasure [/i]was a weird one. I'll start this out by saying that I thought that [i]National Treasure [/i]was a National Grumper. In the first [i]Treasure[/i], I felt as though the dialogue was stupid (and not funny) and the things they came up with remind me of ideas that small children have while they're playing with their action figures and still have an hour to burn before dinner time.

[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1183763/photo_19.jpg[/img]
[b]Hey, let's make some money with a crappy movie![/b]

[/center]
However, what makes me hate [i]National [/i]as a series is that so many people LOVE IT and think that it is one of the greatest movie serieseseseses ever. I don't think it's the worst movie ever, but for people to list this movie on Facebook as one of their favorite movies of all time is worse than me listing [i]You Got Served [/i]on my favorite movie list (which I do). So for [i]Treasure [/i]hunting fans, have no fear! The tradition of ridiculous dialogue, semi-cool action scenes, and farfetched ideas about the history of the good ole' U S of A continues in the sequel. It is dumb, but it is dumb fun. I wouldn't watch it again, but it was watchable...but stupid.

[b][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bratz_the_movie/"]Bratz: The Movie (7% on the Tomatometer, 1/10 for me)[/url][/b]
[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1174762/photo_12.jpg[/img]
[/center]
[center][b]B-F-F's! [/b]
[/center]

Effing. Kill. Me. This thought went through my head about five times over the course of the nearly two hours that I sat through [i]Bratz, [/i]which I had high hopes for. First, I didn't know that you could say "MySpace" so blatantly so many times during a movie ("I LOVE MYSPACE!!!" being my favorite subtle product placement line). Second, I never realized that a teen movie could be so bad that I thought it was beyond bad. Normally, I like most every teen movie because something about it is good - dancing, hotties, jokes, funny asians, pointless nudity, something! NOTHING about Bratz is good.

The girls are too good at everything. They're too smart, talented, and flawless for us to like them. They are all spoiled except for one girl who really needs a scholarship, but still has a walk-in closet (probably just a scholarship for hair products). I can't even begin to talk about this movie without getting annoyed at how incredibly bad it was. It wasn't funny, nor was anything about it cool. I will say that the movie was really colorful, which was nice to watch on my 40" LCD HDTV, but two girls one cup, this movie was awful.

[url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/fast_times_at_ridgemont_high/"][b]Fast Times at Ridgemont High (80% on the Tomatometer, 6/10 for me)[/b][/url]

As a teen movie lover, I had to see [i]Fast [/i]to see where a lot of the roots of teen movies came from. What I loved about [i]Fast [/i]was seeing and hearing a lot of the phrases that people still use today being used in the movie and finally realizing where they came from! From Sean Penn's classic portrayal of a surfer "dude" to Phoebe Cates' famous boobs, there was a lot to like at Ridgemont High. I really enjoyed the movie, though nothing was particularly hilarious about it. The film was entertaining from start to finish and I'm sure that it was very edgy and "hip" in its day.

[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1007127/photo_02.jpg[/img]
[b]Mullet! Mullet! Mullet![/b]

[/center]
I wouldn't say it was one of my favorites, but if I saw the movie when it came out in 1982 (which would have been about a year and a half before I was conceived), I'm sure it would have been at the time. Cool movie and I'm happy that I saw it!
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And now, I'm off to watch [i]Superbad. [/i]Addictive personality for teh win!

And no, I didn't see Dewey Cox, though it would have noticeably helped its first weekend box office numbers.

National Treasure: Book of Secrets

I'm not really feeling saucy, but I'm feeling very gassy after a dinner at Mario's Peruvian Seafood here in LA. A friend of mine wants to go to Don Antonio's of [i]The Hills[/i] fame later tonight for second dinner. We'll see if the stomach can handle it with the help of some Pepto (charming, I know. I use [i]The Vine [/i]as my subscription-free version of Match.com, if that wasn't obvious).

After that glorious introduction, I thought I would take a second to review some of the movies I've seen recently. I think one of the good parts about having an extremely addictive personality is that when you like something, you REALLY like something. There is no inbetween, no gray area, you are balls to the walls, in it to win it, in there like swim wear.

The bad part about having this kind of personality is that when you're "over" something, you're REALLY over it. Whether that's a food, person (or parent, in my case), celebrity, television show, when you declare you don't like it, you don't like it forever (this is why I don't like you, Sarah from my 11th grade science class. Call me weird again and see if I care).

A pleasant surprise to me is that my newest love is movies. I know that I haven't seen as many movies as "the next guy" (whoever he is and I'm sure he is well endowed), but with all the craziness that goes on in my underdeveloped dinosaur brain, I'm sure to catch up soon as a result of my addictive personality. As a result, I thought I'd take a second to rate some of the flicks that I've flocked (that makes no sense) over the past couple weeks.

[url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1183955-sweeney_todd_the_demon_barber_of_fleet_street/"][b]Sweeney Todd (87% on the Tomatometer, 7/10 for me)[/b][/url]

I'm linking to the Beta. Learn it. Love it.

[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1183955/photo_41.jpg[/img]
[b]Why must I SIIiiiNggGG EVERyThinGGgGgg!! AlLlLLl THe TIMeeEEeEe, as IfFFff SpeaKINg Had GOnnNNNe Out OF FasshionNN~!~!!!! I NeEedddd to Get SomE Two PLyYYyy ToiLeTTTTt PAPpEEERRR!!!!

[/b][left][i]Sweeney [/i]wasn't really what I was expecting, but it was close. For some reason, I thought it was going to be a little bit spookier, less stomach curdling, with more haircuts (Barber!! Right?? Not beard shaver!!), and more bloody. I think that everyone who said that Mr. Todd's antics were bloody disgusting (I am too much sometimes! The wit! The cheap laughs!) has never seen [i]Hostel. [/i]

After you've seen Eli Roth's blood bath diarrhea fest (figuratively), nothing is that bloody. I did really enjoy the story because I had never seen the musical and I thought dreamboat Johnny Depp did a fantastic job as a stylist to the stars (look out, David Evangelista). There was even more singing in [i]Sweeney [/i]than there was in [i]Hairspray,[/i] which means it was a wee bit too much for me. I didn't find any of the songs particularly memorable, but I did really enjoy being transported into Todd's dark and dirty world courtesy of Senor Tim Burton. 'Twas good, but I was a wee bit emo after watching it, so I ate the additional $7 in parking fees so I could do the good ole' theater hop straight intooooooo....

[b][url="http://beta.rottentomatoes.com/m/national_treasure_book_of_secrets/"]National Treasure: Book of Secrets (35% on the Tomatometer, 4/10 for me)[/url]
[/b]
So the jump from [i]Sweeney [/i]straight into [i]Treasure [/i]was a weird one. I'll start this out by saying that I thought that [i]National Treasure [/i]was a National Grumper. In the first [i]Treasure[/i], I felt as though the dialogue was stupid (and not funny) and the things they came up with remind me of ideas that small children have while they're playing with their action figures and still have an hour to burn before dinner time.

[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1183763/photo_19.jpg[/img]
[b]Hey, let's make some money with a crappy movie![/b]

[/center]
However, what makes me hate [i]National [/i]as a series is that so many people LOVE IT and think that it is one of the greatest movie serieseseseses ever. I don't think it's the worst movie ever, but for people to list this movie on Facebook as one of their favorite movies of all time is worse than me listing [i]You Got Served [/i]on my favorite movie list (which I do). So for [i]Treasure [/i]hunting fans, have no fear! The tradition of ridiculous dialogue, semi-cool action scenes, and farfetched ideas about the history of the good ole' U S of A continues in the sequel. It is dumb, but it is dumb fun. I wouldn't watch it again, but it was watchable...but stupid.

[b][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bratz_the_movie/"]Bratz: The Movie (7% on the Tomatometer, 1/10 for me)[/url][/b]
[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1174762/photo_12.jpg[/img]
[/center]
[center][b]B-F-F's! [/b]
[/center]

Effing. Kill. Me. This thought went through my head about five times over the course of the nearly two hours that I sat through [i]Bratz, [/i]which I had high hopes for. First, I didn't know that you could say "MySpace" so blatantly so many times during a movie ("I LOVE MYSPACE!!!" being my favorite subtle product placement line). Second, I never realized that a teen movie could be so bad that I thought it was beyond bad. Normally, I like most every teen movie because something about it is good - dancing, hotties, jokes, funny asians, pointless nudity, something! NOTHING about Bratz is good.

The girls are too good at everything. They're too smart, talented, and flawless for us to like them. They are all spoiled except for one girl who really needs a scholarship, but still has a walk-in closet (probably just a scholarship for hair products). I can't even begin to talk about this movie without getting annoyed at how incredibly bad it was. It wasn't funny, nor was anything about it cool. I will say that the movie was really colorful, which was nice to watch on my 40" LCD HDTV, but two girls one cup, this movie was awful.

[url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/fast_times_at_ridgemont_high/"][b]Fast Times at Ridgemont High (80% on the Tomatometer, 6/10 for me)[/b][/url]

As a teen movie lover, I had to see [i]Fast [/i]to see where a lot of the roots of teen movies came from. What I loved about [i]Fast [/i]was seeing and hearing a lot of the phrases that people still use today being used in the movie and finally realizing where they came from! From Sean Penn's classic portrayal of a surfer "dude" to Phoebe Cates' famous boobs, there was a lot to like at Ridgemont High. I really enjoyed the movie, though nothing was particularly hilarious about it. The film was entertaining from start to finish and I'm sure that it was very edgy and "hip" in its day.

[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1007127/photo_02.jpg[/img]
[b]Mullet! Mullet! Mullet![/b]

[/center]
I wouldn't say it was one of my favorites, but if I saw the movie when it came out in 1982 (which would have been about a year and a half before I was conceived), I'm sure it would have been at the time. Cool movie and I'm happy that I saw it!
[/left]
[/center]

And now, I'm off to watch [i]Superbad. [/i]Addictive personality for teh win!

And no, I didn't see Dewey Cox, though it would have noticeably helped its first weekend box office numbers.

Fast Times At Ridgemont High

I'm not really feeling saucy, but I'm feeling very gassy after a dinner at Mario's Peruvian Seafood here in LA. A friend of mine wants to go to Don Antonio's of [i]The Hills[/i] fame later tonight for second dinner. We'll see if the stomach can handle it with the help of some Pepto (charming, I know. I use [i]The Vine [/i]as my subscription-free version of Match.com, if that wasn't obvious).

After that glorious introduction, I thought I would take a second to review some of the movies I've seen recently. I think one of the good parts about having an extremely addictive personality is that when you like something, you REALLY like something. There is no inbetween, no gray area, you are balls to the walls, in it to win it, in there like swim wear.

The bad part about having this kind of personality is that when you're "over" something, you're REALLY over it. Whether that's a food, person (or parent, in my case), celebrity, television show, when you declare you don't like it, you don't like it forever (this is why I don't like you, Sarah from my 11th grade science class. Call me weird again and see if I care).

A pleasant surprise to me is that my newest love is movies. I know that I haven't seen as many movies as "the next guy" (whoever he is and I'm sure he is well endowed), but with all the craziness that goes on in my underdeveloped dinosaur brain, I'm sure to catch up soon as a result of my addictive personality. As a result, I thought I'd take a second to rate some of the flicks that I've flocked (that makes no sense) over the past couple weeks.

[url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1183955-sweeney_todd_the_demon_barber_of_fleet_street/"][b]Sweeney Todd (87% on the Tomatometer, 7/10 for me)[/b][/url]

I'm linking to the Beta. Learn it. Love it.

[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1183955/photo_41.jpg[/img]
[b]Why must I SIIiiiNggGG EVERyThinGGgGgg!! AlLlLLl THe TIMeeEEeEe, as IfFFff SpeaKINg Had GOnnNNNe Out OF FasshionNN~!~!!!! I NeEedddd to Get SomE Two PLyYYyy ToiLeTTTTt PAPpEEERRR!!!!

[/b][left][i]Sweeney [/i]wasn't really what I was expecting, but it was close. For some reason, I thought it was going to be a little bit spookier, less stomach curdling, with more haircuts (Barber!! Right?? Not beard shaver!!), and more bloody. I think that everyone who said that Mr. Todd's antics were bloody disgusting (I am too much sometimes! The wit! The cheap laughs!) has never seen [i]Hostel. [/i]

After you've seen Eli Roth's blood bath diarrhea fest (figuratively), nothing is that bloody. I did really enjoy the story because I had never seen the musical and I thought dreamboat Johnny Depp did a fantastic job as a stylist to the stars (look out, David Evangelista). There was even more singing in [i]Sweeney [/i]than there was in [i]Hairspray,[/i] which means it was a wee bit too much for me. I didn't find any of the songs particularly memorable, but I did really enjoy being transported into Todd's dark and dirty world courtesy of Senor Tim Burton. 'Twas good, but I was a wee bit emo after watching it, so I ate the additional $7 in parking fees so I could do the good ole' theater hop straight intooooooo....

[b][url="http://beta.rottentomatoes.com/m/national_treasure_book_of_secrets/"]National Treasure: Book of Secrets (35% on the Tomatometer, 4/10 for me)[/url]
[/b]
So the jump from [i]Sweeney [/i]straight into [i]Treasure [/i]was a weird one. I'll start this out by saying that I thought that [i]National Treasure [/i]was a National Grumper. In the first [i]Treasure[/i], I felt as though the dialogue was stupid (and not funny) and the things they came up with remind me of ideas that small children have while they're playing with their action figures and still have an hour to burn before dinner time.

[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1183763/photo_19.jpg[/img]
[b]Hey, let's make some money with a crappy movie![/b]

[/center]
However, what makes me hate [i]National [/i]as a series is that so many people LOVE IT and think that it is one of the greatest movie serieseseseses ever. I don't think it's the worst movie ever, but for people to list this movie on Facebook as one of their favorite movies of all time is worse than me listing [i]You Got Served [/i]on my favorite movie list (which I do). So for [i]Treasure [/i]hunting fans, have no fear! The tradition of ridiculous dialogue, semi-cool action scenes, and farfetched ideas about the history of the good ole' U S of A continues in the sequel. It is dumb, but it is dumb fun. I wouldn't watch it again, but it was watchable...but stupid.

[b][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bratz_the_movie/"]Bratz: The Movie (7% on the Tomatometer, 1/10 for me)[/url][/b]
[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1174762/photo_12.jpg[/img]
[/center]
[center][b]B-F-F's! [/b]
[/center]

Effing. Kill. Me. This thought went through my head about five times over the course of the nearly two hours that I sat through [i]Bratz, [/i]which I had high hopes for. First, I didn't know that you could say "MySpace" so blatantly so many times during a movie ("I LOVE MYSPACE!!!" being my favorite subtle product placement line). Second, I never realized that a teen movie could be so bad that I thought it was beyond bad. Normally, I like most every teen movie because something about it is good - dancing, hotties, jokes, funny asians, pointless nudity, something! NOTHING about Bratz is good.

The girls are too good at everything. They're too smart, talented, and flawless for us to like them. They are all spoiled except for one girl who really needs a scholarship, but still has a walk-in closet (probably just a scholarship for hair products). I can't even begin to talk about this movie without getting annoyed at how incredibly bad it was. It wasn't funny, nor was anything about it cool. I will say that the movie was really colorful, which was nice to watch on my 40" LCD HDTV, but two girls one cup, this movie was awful.

[url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/fast_times_at_ridgemont_high/"][b]Fast Times at Ridgemont High (80% on the Tomatometer, 6/10 for me)[/b][/url]

As a teen movie lover, I had to see [i]Fast [/i]to see where a lot of the roots of teen movies came from. What I loved about [i]Fast [/i]was seeing and hearing a lot of the phrases that people still use today being used in the movie and finally realizing where they came from! From Sean Penn's classic portrayal of a surfer "dude" to Phoebe Cates' famous boobs, there was a lot to like at Ridgemont High. I really enjoyed the movie, though nothing was particularly hilarious about it. The film was entertaining from start to finish and I'm sure that it was very edgy and "hip" in its day.

[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1007127/photo_02.jpg[/img]
[b]Mullet! Mullet! Mullet![/b]

[/center]
I wouldn't say it was one of my favorites, but if I saw the movie when it came out in 1982 (which would have been about a year and a half before I was conceived), I'm sure it would have been at the time. Cool movie and I'm happy that I saw it!
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[/center]

And now, I'm off to watch [i]Superbad. [/i]Addictive personality for teh win!

And no, I didn't see Dewey Cox, though it would have noticeably helped its first weekend box office numbers.

Knocked Up
Knocked Up(2007)

Diddy once said, "A yo, the sun don't shine forever, but as long as it's here then we might as well shine together." When he said this, I think he meant that we should share our favorite movies of 2007 with our RT brethren.

While I didn't see as many movies this year compared to last, it was a pretty monumental year in terms of my moviegoing identity.

Why, you ask? (I will pretend)

Because 2007 was the year that I finally realized that I am beginning to get a little squeamish in horror movies. I think it was Eli Roth's [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hostel/"][i]Hostel[/i][/url] a few years back that finally rattled my desensitized self into this shell of my former tin man self.

[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1154714/photo_13.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]Ok, one wellington rare, two risotto, and three lobster spaghetti.
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Pre-2007, a time that some of my guy friends would call the "good ole' days," I used to sit on the couch or in the theater like a Raggedy Ann doll while watching horror movies - emotionless, never scared, smiling, with dreadlocks, all while wearing a flowing satin Vera Wang original with my name stitched to the front.

[center][img]http://www.adorablekidsdressup.com/Cloud%20Nine%20Images/Raggedy_Ann/Ann_DM.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]What's good, homey? You wanna start something?? Hold my earrings.[/b][/center]

2007 also marked the year when my disgustingly over-the-top optimism successfully managed to seep into every media-related aspect of my life.

From music (Carrie Underwood), to television (I get weepy watching The Amazing Race and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), and finally, movies, I have officially (like) turned into a (like) sappy, (like) teen-queen (like) movie-loving testicle of an alpha male (in a munchkin-like package).

Appropriately, I think that my favorite movies of the year not only reflect this change, but the theme of my blog here on Rotten Tomatoes, and ultimately, my movie identity.

So here we go, my top 5 movies of 2007!

[b]5) [/b][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/freedom_writers/"][b]Freedom Writers (69%)[/b][/url]

Nothing about this movie made me think that I was going to like it. Well nothing, if you don't count its uplifting storyline, inclusion of young R&B stars (what up, Mario!), abundance of minorities, socioeconomic clash of a white suburban teacher trying to make it in the hood, and its ridiculously easy comparison to one of my childhood favorite flicks [i][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dangerous_minds/"]Dangerous Minds[/url][/i] (Big ups to my man Coolio, who I hear plays at the same golf course as I, which almost makes me gangsta. But I put on moisturizer everyday, so I'm not allowed to be).

[center][img]http://www.artistdirect.com/Images/artd/amg/music/bio/417234_coolio_200x200.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]Slide. Slide. Slippity-slide.[/b][/center]

[left]Pretty much, this movie was made for me. If I wanted a 5 course meal prepared exactly how I wanted it, Director and Producer [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/richard_lagravenese/"]Richard LaGravenese[/url] was my Iron Chef, just with nice, but rough around the edges waiters from the hood who enjoy learning, and the sounds of today's hottest hip-hop and R&B artists (I listen to country, but don't act like I won't crank that Soulja boy). [/left]

[left]Even better, Hilary Swank, who is one of my favorite actresses from one of the "good" movies that I genuinely enjoyed, [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/million_dollar_baby/"]Million Dollar Baby (91%)[/url], plays a very believable teacher in real-life teacher Erin Gruwell, who just wants to make a difference in the lives of these students who come from broken homes and an environment that is anything but conducive to getting an education. The kids don't care about learning, but why should they? [i]Freedom [/i]shows that struggle and does it in a way that doesn't feel forced. The sappy, but eventful storyline flows well and naturally, like a Dulcolax party, but better.[/left]

[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1162772/photo_21.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]More diversity than an episode of Sesame Street.
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[left]What gave the film its extra "umph" (not a good word after Dulcolax reference) was that it was based on the real life diaries of students affected by the L.A. riots, which gave the movie some substance beyond that of other movies of this type. Thankfully, the drama wasn't unrealistic, nor were we hit over the head with moral themes throughout. Hilary Swank was still the same person by the end of the movie that she was from the beginning, without a Power Ranger-like transformation into the White Mother Theresa in the hood wearing a starter jacket and some Jordans. I appreciated that.[/left]

[left]The film was heartfelt and felt genuine at the same time. Honestly, I wish more hip-hop themed films would have the heart that this [i]Freedom Writers[/i] did, instead of just getting the message drowned by over the top killings and all too graphic language. I know, I know. It's an MTV movie, but I promise this one has more depth than an episode of Newport Harbor: Home for the Holidays.[/left]

[center][img]http://l.yimg.com/img.tv.yahoo.com/tv/us/img/site/21/54/0000042154_20070816115823.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]OMG, that wasn't very nice. [/b][/center]
[center][b]THEN WHY DID YOU CHEAT ON CLAY, CHRISSY?!?! EXPLAIN THAT!![/b][/center]

[left][b]4) [/b][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/sydney_white/"][b]Sydney White (40%)[/b][/url][/left]

[left]I joke about how much I adored [i]Sydney White[/i] and people like to make fun of me for it. Other people say, "What's [i]Sydney White[/i]?" This makes me feel like I have just unearthed some unknown indie classic. Behind every exaggeration, I like to believe there is a smidgen of truth. Truth be told, [i]Sydney White[/i] was one of my favorite movies of 2007. [/left]

[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1175180/photo_19.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]We made the list?? OMG!!!![/b][/center]

[left]Not only did the movie affirm my love for Amanda Bynes as one of my favorite (and funniest) actresses today, it was actually a really great teen movie. Predictable? Yes. Entertaining? The whole time.[/left]

[left]Sydney White is what happens when one of my favorite movies, [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mean_girls/"]Mean Girls[/url], meets Amanda Bynes, goes to college, gets obsessed with Snow White, and unsuccessfully tries to join a sorority (though with Rachel McAdams, I'm pretty sure she'd get a bid to any house), only to befriend a bunch of nerds (a la the outcasts from a safari-like Tina Fey-created high school). [/left]

[left]By far, the main draw to the film is Bynes, who I find to be one of the most charming teen leads out there today. Despite the fact that she generally plays the same character in every movie, it's a good character and one that you love to love. [/left]

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[center][b]Oh yeah, there's some teen romance. Gross.[/b][/center]

[left]The movie is sappy and the message is the same as [i]Mean Girls [/i](so fetch!), [i][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bratz_the_movie/"]Bratz: The Movie[/url][/i] (BFFs! Woo!!!), and even [i][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/high_school_musical/"]High School Musical[/url][/i] (I'm soarin', flyin'...), but there's something charming about watching Bynes build the confidence of the "Seven Dorks" that she lives with in the Vortex, an eyesore on the Row for students with no friends. In an attempt to break out of the social confines that say otherwise, Sydney White and her seven dorks (get it???) try to become leaders to take down student body president and Kappa Phi Nu president Rachel Witchburn (Sara Paxton), while changing students' attitudes at the same time.[/left]

[left]Like all teen movies, you know the result, but it doesn't make it any less enjoyable to watch unfold. It's better than you think! Really![/left]

[left][b][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/knocked_up/"]3) Knocked Up (90%)[/url][/b][/left]
[left]Let's forget about [i]Cool Runnings[/i] or even [i]Rocky[/i] for a second, if you want to see an underdog movie, [i]Knocked Up [/i]just might be the ultimate.

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[center][b]Make us proud, Seth. Make. Us. Proud.[/b][/center]

[left]There was a lot to like about [i]Knocked Up.[/i] Not only did the movie remind me that the website [i]Mr. Skin [/i]existed (thank you, Mr. Skin), it was a comedy that was as funny as I wanted it to be. [/left]

[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1174220/photo_20.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]What's good, ma?[/b][/center]

[left]After a one-night stand between Alison (Katherine Heigl), an up and coming talent at E!, and Ben (Seth Rogen), a pot smoking softcore enthusiast, goes awry, the two are faced with a dilemma by way of the stork. Since the two characters couldn't be any more different and the baby any more unexpected, there are more than a few laughs along the way. [/left]

[left]What really sets the movie apart is how the Judd Apatow film ends up having a lot of heart. Instead of just thinking of the movie as a couple hours filled with ridiculous gags that don't really go anywhere, you develop a parasocial relationship with both Heigl and Rogen. Somehow, you actually feel their frustrations and become genuinely disappointed when something doesn't go the way you're envisioning as the movie goes on. I feel like that's rare in the "outrageous comedy" genre.[/left]

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[center][b]Just like that out the box...[/b][/center]

[left]Best of all, it is a comedy that is funny. There are laugh out loud moments and Heigl proved that she can be more than just quirky and neurotic at this point in her young career (it's ok if you and George don't have chemistry, Izzy! Damn!). There was a lot of hype around this one and I didn't leave the capacity-filled theater disappointed. Even Jamie Lynn Spears wouldn't be able to watch this one without cracking a smile at its humor and warmth.[/left]

[left][b][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hairspray/"]2) Hairspray (92%)[/url][/b][/left]

[left]YOU CAN'T STOP THE BEAAAAAAAT!!! *spins around in his colorful frilly dress...*, nor could "you" (I don't know who that refers to) stop musical turned movie [i]Hairspray [/i]from making my top 5 for 2007 list. [/left]

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[center][b]Good morning, Baltimore. (Not DDR, folks)[/b][/center]

[left]Hairspray marked Hollywood's introduction to Nikki Blonsky, who plays the big-boneded (that's spelled phonetically) girl with the moves, Tracy Turnblad, alongside what I feel like was one of the most enjoyable ensemble casts on screen this year.[/left]

[left]*Deep inhale* The cast includes: Michelle Pfeiffer (Velma Von Tussle), a surprisingly good Zac Efron (Link Larkin), Queen Latifah (Motormouth Maybelle), James Marsden (Corny Collins), Amanda Bynes (Penny Pingleton), and Christopher Walken (Wilbur Turnblad), and a cross-dressing John Travolta (Edna Turnblad) *big exhale*. [/left]

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[center][b]If you try and hold me down, I'm gonna spit in your eye and say, "You can't stop the beat!!!"
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[left]While much was made of Travolta's role as Tracy's mother, I actually found him to be like Mrs. Doubtfire gone horribly wrong. Making up for the awkwardness (which some enjoyed) that was Travolta, was Blonsky being just borderline annoying enough not to drive anyone crazy as the energetic lead.[/left]

[left]By now, the story is classic. For any guys who were "too manly" to see it, or couldn't find any homeys who wanted to come with (same problem here, bro. That's why I found girls!), the story tackles issues on racial integration through a local television dance show called the Corny Collins Show (and Amanda Bynes' love interest). After Tracy makes the cast of the show with her sweet dance moves, producer Tussle is so upset at her inclusion on the show that she decides to put an end to "Negro Day" (really), a monthly event when the show for the White man gets down with its bad self to the funky fresh moves of the 1960's. Tracy doesn't believe this is right, nor does she think it's fair that "Negro Day," is only once a month, so she risks everything to integrate her favorite television program to make everyday a "Negro/White man spectacular." And spectacular it is!
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[center][b]Thanks, guys![/b][/center]

[left]The music is great, along with the choreography, but the ensemble cast is so good from top to bottom that it really sets the movie apart from many of the other musicals that fill theaters with 90% women and 10% eye-rolling men. It's no [i]Rambo, [/i]but [i]Hairspray [/i]is not only a good musical and a good family film; it is a just a good film. [/left]

[left]Too self-conscious to shake and shimmy your way into the theater for this one? Good news, [url="http://http://www.rottentomatoes.com/features/special/2007/holiday_buyers_guide/?spotlight_banner=1"]it's out on DVD.[/url][/left]

[left][b][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/enchanted/"]1) Enchanted (93%)[/url][/b][/left]

[left]Since I've already ranted and raved about [i]Enchanted,[/i] I'll just repost and slightly modify my thoughts on my favorite film of 2007.[/left]

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[center][b]Do yo thang, Enchanted.

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I saw [i][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/enchanted/"]Enchanted[/url] [/i]on its November 21, 2007 release date at 10:45AM in a theater filled with parents and excited pre-teen girls who already knew the whole plot of the movie from spoilers before they even stepped foot in the theater. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if that was their second time watching it by then.


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[center][b]Cha-ching!

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I knew that the movie mixed live action and animation, looked funny, starred a hot Amy Adams, was Disney's next great hope for a franchise (unless Zac Efron stays in high school forever, which I think fellow RTer [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/vine/journal_view.php?s=&journalid=209023"]Jen Yamato[/url] would be ok with to the point that it would be "Jentastic!"), and featured my favorite celebrity hottie Carrie Underwood on the soundtrack.


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[center][b]Animated Carrie...[/b][/center]

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[center][b]Meet tanned and underexposed real-life Carrie...

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It's been years since I've loved an animated movie that came out of the Disney studios.

[left]I didn't like fellow Certified Fresh fraternity member [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/ratatouille/"][i]Ratatouille[/i][/url] (97%) because I didn't feel like anything happened (and I thought the rats should sing a number or two). And while it was good, I really wasn't crazy about another Certified Fresh film [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/incredibles/"][i]The Incredibles[/i][/url] (97%), though I attribute this to the fact that I saw it on an airplane and wasn't able to give it my full attention due to the narcolepsy I experience the second I snap on my awkward airplane seatbelt. The last Disney movie that I can remember really liking was [i][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/finding_nemo/"]Finding Nemo[/url] [/i](98%), even though it had no singing fish.

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[center][b]Everyone likes Ratatouille, stupid.[/b][/center]

[left]Why the long intro? Because I think many dismiss people who enjoy Disney movies as being Disney fanboys who cannot live without sleeping with cuddled up next to our Pumbaa doll, listening to "Be Our Guest" a couple times a week, while wearing our Ariel-replica shell bikini top made out of two pieces of purple construction paper that resembles an elementary school Thanksgiving hand-turkey. I am not one of these fanboys.[/left]

[left]*slyly removes his Ariel bikini top*[/left]

[left]I just like to dress up.[/left]

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[center][b]Watch me be awkward and watch you love it.

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After seeing [i]Enchanted[/i], I can say that this was definitively my favorite movie of 2007. I will now present my reasons why I loved the movie and why the common man might find The Mouse's latest franchise worthwhile.

[b]1) [/b][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/amy_adams/"][b]Amy Adams[/b][/url] - At this point, this is a no brainer. Critics and movie watchers alike have been raving about Amy Adams' performance as Giselle, the new hottest Disney princess, dethroning [i]Beauty and the Beast's [/i]Belle[i]. [/i]At a time when the word "awkward..." is a favorite amongst college girls and awkward humor, situations, and silences are some of the most popular and well-received gags in television and movies today, Amy Adams personifies the idea of being lovingly awkward as Princess-to-be Giselle.


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[center][b]There's a new hottie in town.[/b][/center]

[left]From her hilarious interactions with real life animals to her disgustingly sweet aura taking on the streets of Manhattan in a flowing princess dress, everything about Giselle is awkward. For that reason, everything about her is great. She is exactly what you would envision when you wondered, "What would happen if Cinderella/Belle/Ariel/Nala/Jasmine/Snow White ever really existed in real life?" on many a sleepless night. Her acting is spot-on and they play with the gag just enough that it doesn't get old.

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[b]2) Eye Candy[/b] - Beyond Amy Adams, who is beyond attractive, the kind of eye candy that I'm talking about is the musical portions of [i]Enchanted [/i]coming to life and bringing all the choreographed and synchronized dancing magic of a Disney movie together in a way that is a visual feast.


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[center][b]Much less cheesy than this picture would indicate.[/b][/center]

[left]Picture all the magic of a "Be Our Guest" or a "Just Can't Wait to be King" (but in New York) brought to life. Pair the dancing and choreography with some catchy songs and the confused expressions of people not participating in the fun and you get a fantastic display of Disney showing that it really is possible to bring animation to life. If you've ever seen [i]Wicked[/i], or any other musical that has some pretty big dance numbers and props, and couldn't help but smile at the spectacle of it, that's what I would compare my feelings toward many of the numbers in [i]Enchanted.

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[b]3) Disney Poking Fun at Itself[/b] - In a way, [i]Enchanted [/i]does its own version of B. Rabbit's final freestyle in [i][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/8_mile/"]8 Mile[/url] [/i]by taking all the jokes and ribbing that people throw at its films and using them before anyone else can use them toward its latest effort.

From the disgustingly sweet princesses to the lavish wardrobes and talking animals, Disney weaves them all into the story in a way that doesn't feel forced, nor obnoxious at any time. While you know that Disney values its franchises and wants them to remain pure ([i]Little Mermaid [/i]boners and "SEX GRASS" from [i]The Lion King [/i]aside), it's a lot of fun to see The Mouse making fun of itself in an upbeat way that didn't have any attitude behind it. Even if you hate Disney movies, you'll like the way that Disney addresses the idea that its movies aren't really for everyone.


[left][b]4) [/b][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/susan_sarandon/"][b]Susan Sarandon's [/b][/url][b]Refusal to Age[/b] - While this list can go on and on, this last one couldn't go without mention. The well-decorated actress plays the role of the "The Evil Stepmother" in this one and seems to have somehow gotten younger. It's weird to say it, but not only did her face look great, but her boobs looked great.[/left]

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[center][b]Yep, I said it. Twice.
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[left]There you have it, my top 5 for 2007. [/left]

Freedom Writers
½

Diddy once said, "A yo, the sun don't shine forever, but as long as it's here then we might as well shine together." When he said this, I think he meant that we should share our favorite movies of 2007 with our RT brethren.

While I didn't see as many movies this year compared to last, it was a pretty monumental year in terms of my moviegoing identity.

Why, you ask? (I will pretend)

Because 2007 was the year that I finally realized that I am beginning to get a little squeamish in horror movies. I think it was Eli Roth's [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hostel/"][i]Hostel[/i][/url] a few years back that finally rattled my desensitized self into this shell of my former tin man self.

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[center][b]Ok, one wellington rare, two risotto, and three lobster spaghetti.
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Pre-2007, a time that some of my guy friends would call the "good ole' days," I used to sit on the couch or in the theater like a Raggedy Ann doll while watching horror movies - emotionless, never scared, smiling, with dreadlocks, all while wearing a flowing satin Vera Wang original with my name stitched to the front.

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[center][b]What's good, homey? You wanna start something?? Hold my earrings.[/b][/center]

2007 also marked the year when my disgustingly over-the-top optimism successfully managed to seep into every media-related aspect of my life.

From music (Carrie Underwood), to television (I get weepy watching The Amazing Race and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), and finally, movies, I have officially (like) turned into a (like) sappy, (like) teen-queen (like) movie-loving testicle of an alpha male (in a munchkin-like package).

Appropriately, I think that my favorite movies of the year not only reflect this change, but the theme of my blog here on Rotten Tomatoes, and ultimately, my movie identity.

So here we go, my top 5 movies of 2007!

[b]5) [/b][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/freedom_writers/"][b]Freedom Writers (69%)[/b][/url]

Nothing about this movie made me think that I was going to like it. Well nothing, if you don't count its uplifting storyline, inclusion of young R&B stars (what up, Mario!), abundance of minorities, socioeconomic clash of a white suburban teacher trying to make it in the hood, and its ridiculously easy comparison to one of my childhood favorite flicks [i][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dangerous_minds/"]Dangerous Minds[/url][/i] (Big ups to my man Coolio, who I hear plays at the same golf course as I, which almost makes me gangsta. But I put on moisturizer everyday, so I'm not allowed to be).

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[center][b]Slide. Slide. Slippity-slide.[/b][/center]

[left]Pretty much, this movie was made for me. If I wanted a 5 course meal prepared exactly how I wanted it, Director and Producer [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/richard_lagravenese/"]Richard LaGravenese[/url] was my Iron Chef, just with nice, but rough around the edges waiters from the hood who enjoy learning, and the sounds of today's hottest hip-hop and R&B artists (I listen to country, but don't act like I won't crank that Soulja boy). [/left]

[left]Even better, Hilary Swank, who is one of my favorite actresses from one of the "good" movies that I genuinely enjoyed, [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/million_dollar_baby/"]Million Dollar Baby (91%)[/url], plays a very believable teacher in real-life teacher Erin Gruwell, who just wants to make a difference in the lives of these students who come from broken homes and an environment that is anything but conducive to getting an education. The kids don't care about learning, but why should they? [i]Freedom [/i]shows that struggle and does it in a way that doesn't feel forced. The sappy, but eventful storyline flows well and naturally, like a Dulcolax party, but better.[/left]

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[center][b]More diversity than an episode of Sesame Street.
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[left]What gave the film its extra "umph" (not a good word after Dulcolax reference) was that it was based on the real life diaries of students affected by the L.A. riots, which gave the movie some substance beyond that of other movies of this type. Thankfully, the drama wasn't unrealistic, nor were we hit over the head with moral themes throughout. Hilary Swank was still the same person by the end of the movie that she was from the beginning, without a Power Ranger-like transformation into the White Mother Theresa in the hood wearing a starter jacket and some Jordans. I appreciated that.[/left]

[left]The film was heartfelt and felt genuine at the same time. Honestly, I wish more hip-hop themed films would have the heart that this [i]Freedom Writers[/i] did, instead of just getting the message drowned by over the top killings and all too graphic language. I know, I know. It's an MTV movie, but I promise this one has more depth than an episode of Newport Harbor: Home for the Holidays.[/left]

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[center][b]OMG, that wasn't very nice. [/b][/center]
[center][b]THEN WHY DID YOU CHEAT ON CLAY, CHRISSY?!?! EXPLAIN THAT!![/b][/center]

[left][b]4) [/b][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/sydney_white/"][b]Sydney White (40%)[/b][/url][/left]

[left]I joke about how much I adored [i]Sydney White[/i] and people like to make fun of me for it. Other people say, "What's [i]Sydney White[/i]?" This makes me feel like I have just unearthed some unknown indie classic. Behind every exaggeration, I like to believe there is a smidgen of truth. Truth be told, [i]Sydney White[/i] was one of my favorite movies of 2007. [/left]

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[center][b]We made the list?? OMG!!!![/b][/center]

[left]Not only did the movie affirm my love for Amanda Bynes as one of my favorite (and funniest) actresses today, it was actually a really great teen movie. Predictable? Yes. Entertaining? The whole time.[/left]

[left]Sydney White is what happens when one of my favorite movies, [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mean_girls/"]Mean Girls[/url], meets Amanda Bynes, goes to college, gets obsessed with Snow White, and unsuccessfully tries to join a sorority (though with Rachel McAdams, I'm pretty sure she'd get a bid to any house), only to befriend a bunch of nerds (a la the outcasts from a safari-like Tina Fey-created high school). [/left]

[left]By far, the main draw to the film is Bynes, who I find to be one of the most charming teen leads out there today. Despite the fact that she generally plays the same character in every movie, it's a good character and one that you love to love. [/left]

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[center][b]Oh yeah, there's some teen romance. Gross.[/b][/center]

[left]The movie is sappy and the message is the same as [i]Mean Girls [/i](so fetch!), [i][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bratz_the_movie/"]Bratz: The Movie[/url][/i] (BFFs! Woo!!!), and even [i][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/high_school_musical/"]High School Musical[/url][/i] (I'm soarin', flyin'...), but there's something charming about watching Bynes build the confidence of the "Seven Dorks" that she lives with in the Vortex, an eyesore on the Row for students with no friends. In an attempt to break out of the social confines that say otherwise, Sydney White and her seven dorks (get it???) try to become leaders to take down student body president and Kappa Phi Nu president Rachel Witchburn (Sara Paxton), while changing students' attitudes at the same time.[/left]

[left]Like all teen movies, you know the result, but it doesn't make it any less enjoyable to watch unfold. It's better than you think! Really![/left]

[left][b][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/knocked_up/"]3) Knocked Up (90%)[/url][/b][/left]
[left]Let's forget about [i]Cool Runnings[/i] or even [i]Rocky[/i] for a second, if you want to see an underdog movie, [i]Knocked Up [/i]just might be the ultimate.

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[center][b]Make us proud, Seth. Make. Us. Proud.[/b][/center]

[left]There was a lot to like about [i]Knocked Up.[/i] Not only did the movie remind me that the website [i]Mr. Skin [/i]existed (thank you, Mr. Skin), it was a comedy that was as funny as I wanted it to be. [/left]

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[center][b]What's good, ma?[/b][/center]

[left]After a one-night stand between Alison (Katherine Heigl), an up and coming talent at E!, and Ben (Seth Rogen), a pot smoking softcore enthusiast, goes awry, the two are faced with a dilemma by way of the stork. Since the two characters couldn't be any more different and the baby any more unexpected, there are more than a few laughs along the way. [/left]

[left]What really sets the movie apart is how the Judd Apatow film ends up having a lot of heart. Instead of just thinking of the movie as a couple hours filled with ridiculous gags that don't really go anywhere, you develop a parasocial relationship with both Heigl and Rogen. Somehow, you actually feel their frustrations and become genuinely disappointed when something doesn't go the way you're envisioning as the movie goes on. I feel like that's rare in the "outrageous comedy" genre.[/left]

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[center][b]Just like that out the box...[/b][/center]

[left]Best of all, it is a comedy that is funny. There are laugh out loud moments and Heigl proved that she can be more than just quirky and neurotic at this point in her young career (it's ok if you and George don't have chemistry, Izzy! Damn!). There was a lot of hype around this one and I didn't leave the capacity-filled theater disappointed. Even Jamie Lynn Spears wouldn't be able to watch this one without cracking a smile at its humor and warmth.[/left]

[left][b][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hairspray/"]2) Hairspray (92%)[/url][/b][/left]

[left]YOU CAN'T STOP THE BEAAAAAAAT!!! *spins around in his colorful frilly dress...*, nor could "you" (I don't know who that refers to) stop musical turned movie [i]Hairspray [/i]from making my top 5 for 2007 list. [/left]

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[center][b]Good morning, Baltimore. (Not DDR, folks)[/b][/center]

[left]Hairspray marked Hollywood's introduction to Nikki Blonsky, who plays the big-boneded (that's spelled phonetically) girl with the moves, Tracy Turnblad, alongside what I feel like was one of the most enjoyable ensemble casts on screen this year.[/left]

[left]*Deep inhale* The cast includes: Michelle Pfeiffer (Velma Von Tussle), a surprisingly good Zac Efron (Link Larkin), Queen Latifah (Motormouth Maybelle), James Marsden (Corny Collins), Amanda Bynes (Penny Pingleton), and Christopher Walken (Wilbur Turnblad), and a cross-dressing John Travolta (Edna Turnblad) *big exhale*. [/left]

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[center][b]If you try and hold me down, I'm gonna spit in your eye and say, "You can't stop the beat!!!"
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[left]While much was made of Travolta's role as Tracy's mother, I actually found him to be like Mrs. Doubtfire gone horribly wrong. Making up for the awkwardness (which some enjoyed) that was Travolta, was Blonsky being just borderline annoying enough not to drive anyone crazy as the energetic lead.[/left]

[left]By now, the story is classic. For any guys who were "too manly" to see it, or couldn't find any homeys who wanted to come with (same problem here, bro. That's why I found girls!), the story tackles issues on racial integration through a local television dance show called the Corny Collins Show (and Amanda Bynes' love interest). After Tracy makes the cast of the show with her sweet dance moves, producer Tussle is so upset at her inclusion on the show that she decides to put an end to "Negro Day" (really), a monthly event when the show for the White man gets down with its bad self to the funky fresh moves of the 1960's. Tracy doesn't believe this is right, nor does she think it's fair that "Negro Day," is only once a month, so she risks everything to integrate her favorite television program to make everyday a "Negro/White man spectacular." And spectacular it is!
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[center][b]Thanks, guys![/b][/center]

[left]The music is great, along with the choreography, but the ensemble cast is so good from top to bottom that it really sets the movie apart from many of the other musicals that fill theaters with 90% women and 10% eye-rolling men. It's no [i]Rambo, [/i]but [i]Hairspray [/i]is not only a good musical and a good family film; it is a just a good film. [/left]

[left]Too self-conscious to shake and shimmy your way into the theater for this one? Good news, [url="http://http://www.rottentomatoes.com/features/special/2007/holiday_buyers_guide/?spotlight_banner=1"]it's out on DVD.[/url][/left]

[left][b][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/enchanted/"]1) Enchanted (93%)[/url][/b][/left]

[left]Since I've already ranted and raved about [i]Enchanted,[/i] I'll just repost and slightly modify my thoughts on my favorite film of 2007.[/left]

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[center][b]Do yo thang, Enchanted.

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I saw [i][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/enchanted/"]Enchanted[/url] [/i]on its November 21, 2007 release date at 10:45AM in a theater filled with parents and excited pre-teen girls who already knew the whole plot of the movie from spoilers before they even stepped foot in the theater. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if that was their second time watching it by then.


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[center][b]Cha-ching!

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I knew that the movie mixed live action and animation, looked funny, starred a hot Amy Adams, was Disney's next great hope for a franchise (unless Zac Efron stays in high school forever, which I think fellow RTer [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/vine/journal_view.php?s=&journalid=209023"]Jen Yamato[/url] would be ok with to the point that it would be "Jentastic!"), and featured my favorite celebrity hottie Carrie Underwood on the soundtrack.


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[center][b]Animated Carrie...[/b][/center]

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[center][b]Meet tanned and underexposed real-life Carrie...

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It's been years since I've loved an animated movie that came out of the Disney studios.

[left]I didn't like fellow Certified Fresh fraternity member [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/ratatouille/"][i]Ratatouille[/i][/url] (97%) because I didn't feel like anything happened (and I thought the rats should sing a number or two). And while it was good, I really wasn't crazy about another Certified Fresh film [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/incredibles/"][i]The Incredibles[/i][/url] (97%), though I attribute this to the fact that I saw it on an airplane and wasn't able to give it my full attention due to the narcolepsy I experience the second I snap on my awkward airplane seatbelt. The last Disney movie that I can remember really liking was [i][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/finding_nemo/"]Finding Nemo[/url] [/i](98%), even though it had no singing fish.

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[center][b]Everyone likes Ratatouille, stupid.[/b][/center]

[left]Why the long intro? Because I think many dismiss people who enjoy Disney movies as being Disney fanboys who cannot live without sleeping with cuddled up next to our Pumbaa doll, listening to "Be Our Guest" a couple times a week, while wearing our Ariel-replica shell bikini top made out of two pieces of purple construction paper that resembles an elementary school Thanksgiving hand-turkey. I am not one of these fanboys.[/left]

[left]*slyly removes his Ariel bikini top*[/left]

[left]I just like to dress up.[/left]

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[center][b]Watch me be awkward and watch you love it.

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After seeing [i]Enchanted[/i], I can say that this was definitively my favorite movie of 2007. I will now present my reasons why I loved the movie and why the common man might find The Mouse's latest franchise worthwhile.

[b]1) [/b][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/amy_adams/"][b]Amy Adams[/b][/url] - At this point, this is a no brainer. Critics and movie watchers alike have been raving about Amy Adams' performance as Giselle, the new hottest Disney princess, dethroning [i]Beauty and the Beast's [/i]Belle[i]. [/i]At a time when the word "awkward..." is a favorite amongst college girls and awkward humor, situations, and silences are some of the most popular and well-received gags in television and movies today, Amy Adams personifies the idea of being lovingly awkward as Princess-to-be Giselle.


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[center][b]There's a new hottie in town.[/b][/center]

[left]From her hilarious interactions with real life animals to her disgustingly sweet aura taking on the streets of Manhattan in a flowing princess dress, everything about Giselle is awkward. For that reason, everything about her is great. She is exactly what you would envision when you wondered, "What would happen if Cinderella/Belle/Ariel/Nala/Jasmine/Snow White ever really existed in real life?" on many a sleepless night. Her acting is spot-on and they play with the gag just enough that it doesn't get old.

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[b]2) Eye Candy[/b] - Beyond Amy Adams, who is beyond attractive, the kind of eye candy that I'm talking about is the musical portions of [i]Enchanted [/i]coming to life and bringing all the choreographed and synchronized dancing magic of a Disney movie together in a way that is a visual feast.


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[center][b]Much less cheesy than this picture would indicate.[/b][/center]

[left]Picture all the magic of a "Be Our Guest" or a "Just Can't Wait to be King" (but in New York) brought to life. Pair the dancing and choreography with some catchy songs and the confused expressions of people not participating in the fun and you get a fantastic display of Disney showing that it really is possible to bring animation to life. If you've ever seen [i]Wicked[/i], or any other musical that has some pretty big dance numbers and props, and couldn't help but smile at the spectacle of it, that's what I would compare my feelings toward many of the numbers in [i]Enchanted.

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[b]3) Disney Poking Fun at Itself[/b] - In a way, [i]Enchanted [/i]does its own version of B. Rabbit's final freestyle in [i][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/8_mile/"]8 Mile[/url] [/i]by taking all the jokes and ribbing that people throw at its films and using them before anyone else can use them toward its latest effort.

From the disgustingly sweet princesses to the lavish wardrobes and talking animals, Disney weaves them all into the story in a way that doesn't feel forced, nor obnoxious at any time. While you know that Disney values its franchises and wants them to remain pure ([i]Little Mermaid [/i]boners and "SEX GRASS" from [i]The Lion King [/i]aside), it's a lot of fun to see The Mouse making fun of itself in an upbeat way that didn't have any attitude behind it. Even if you hate Disney movies, you'll like the way that Disney addresses the idea that its movies aren't really for everyone.


[left][b]4) [/b][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/susan_sarandon/"][b]Susan Sarandon's [/b][/url][b]Refusal to Age[/b] - While this list can go on and on, this last one couldn't go without mention. The well-decorated actress plays the role of the "The Evil Stepmother" in this one and seems to have somehow gotten younger. It's weird to say it, but not only did her face look great, but her boobs looked great.[/left]

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[center][b]Yep, I said it. Twice.
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Bring It On: In It to Win It

Thanks to our [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/vine/journal_view.php?s=&journalid=459777"]Editor in Chief Matt Atchity[/url], I got my hands on an advance copy of the direct to DVD release, [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1187453-bring_it_on_in_it_to_win_it/"][i]Bring It On: In It to Win It[/i][/url] at our Secret Santa gift exchange last Friday.

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[b]Thanks, Matt!
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It comes out tomorrow, so I actually had it a full 4 days in advance and who knows for how long Matt had this one tucked away in his RT lair (which I presume looks a lot like the bat cave, just with tomatoes all over the place instead of bats).

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[b]Somewhere in there was [i]Bring It On III[/i], hence the rope[i] .[/i][/b]
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Honestly, I've only seen one direct to DVD release in my whole life. Maybe two because I'm not sure if [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/leprechaun_5_in_the_hood/"][i]Leprechaun 5 - In the Hood[/i][/url] ever came out in theaters. I never saw [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/american_pie_5_the_naked_mile/"][i]American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile[/i][/url] (though I'd like to), nor have I even seen [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lion_king_2_simbas_pride_special_edition/"][i]The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride[/i][/url] or [i]R[url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/return_of_jafar/"]eturn of Jafar[/url][/i].

The only direct to DVD release I've ever seen? [i][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bring_it_on_all_or_nothing/"]Bring It On: All or Nothing[/url] [/i]starring everyone's favorite cheerleader [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/hayden_panettiere/"]Hayden Panettiere[/url]. It was god awful. Not even Hayden's awkward cheerleader movements (which were much better than Kirsten Dunst's ultimate White girl impression) could save that one from being disgustingly predictable and boring... [size=1]I've seen it 3 times on Disney channel... [/size]

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[b]Yes, Solange Knowles is that annoying.[/b]
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Just how bad was [i]All or Nothing[/i]? Hilary Duff's [i][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/raise_your_voice/"]Raise Your Voice (16%)[/url] [/i]was incredible in comparison (and Hayden is way hotter). Take that for what it's worth.

But not only was this a direct to DVD release, this was the third edition of the [i]Bring It On [/i]series, after the second film stumbled to recreate the magic created by [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/eliza_dushku/"]Eliza Dushku[/url] and I guess some people like Dunst, but she doesn't get a picture in my blog.

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[center][b]No Hayden. [/b]
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[center][b]No Eliza. [/b]
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[u]What's the verdict on [i]Bring It On: In It to Win It?[/i][/u]

All joking aside, it was pretty good! Why? Because it was different.

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[b]Is there substance beyond a new Ashley Tisdale music video?[/b]

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Not only did we have cheer squads that weren't broken out my "white people" and "ghetto minorities," although predictable, an interesting twist made the movie a lot of fun.

The film sets out to be a battle between technique (East Coast Jets) and "flava" (West Coast Sharks). The Jets captain is Brooke, a bitchy (at one point called the "Olymbitch champion") blonde captain who has led her squad to the national championship for three years running. The Sharks captain is Carson, another little blonde hottie with confidence issues, but an attitude that will accept nothing less than a successful cheer championship after coming in second to the Jets for three years in a row.

The Jets are traditional cheer, while the Sharks are "inspired by music videos," so let's just say they dance a little more urban. What makes this different is that there are a lot of White people on the Sharks! Already, a twist!

Anyways, there's a tale of star-crossed lovers as Carson falls for Penn, a member of the Jets who doesn't understand why the rivalry should effect their relationship. A cheer rumble inspired by Westside Story leads to some circumstances that force the Jets and Sharks to come together to become????

[b]The Shets. [/b]Believe it.

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[b]I don't know what this is, but when you Google "Shets" it comes up [/b]

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I know a lot of people are rolling their eyes by now. If you're afraid of spoilers, I don't feel like I'm giving away anything (are there really "spoilers" in teen movies?). You see it coming, but it doesn't make it any less magical to see the two squads come together. There were moments when I literally got goosebumps watching Brooke and Carson cheer together, putting aside their differences to mix their styles together like Omarion and Marques Houston in quite possibly the hottest dance movie of all time: [i][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/you_got_served/"]You Got Served (17%)[/url][/i], a film that also provided one of the greatest lines in Hollywood history...

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[center][b]"STOP ACTIN' LIKE A HO!" - Marques Houston

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There are a lot of sexually charged jokes (very borderline), jailbait girls, and the movie is actually pretty well shot. It's bright, colorful, and they did a great job capturing the action sequences without using a ton of jump cuts that make you think "Wait a second, is anyone even dancing?" like they did in [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/stomp_the_yard/"][i]Stomp the Yard (27%)[/i][/url], which was probably the biggest let down dance movie of all time. The highlight of this film is the dancing.

I'm not talking about the Salsa dancing between Carson and Penn, along with the other cheerleaders, that I will easily outdo this Saturday night in Hollywood (really, I wish I was joking), but the cheer competition routines are some of the most visually "wow-ing" dance sequences I've ever seen! Maybe it's the former gymnast in me (again, really, I wish I was joking), but there's something pretty incredible about seeing 20 people do back tucks at the same time or watching a group of tumblers doing Arabians all in unison. The stunts are pretty amazing and they're definitely the best of the [i]Bring It [/i]series (especially after [i]All or Nothing [/i]brought a whole lot of the latter and Kirsten Dunst decided to take a role without being able to dance in the original).

So what if the story was predictable? The girls are all really attractive. The simple storyline is easy to follow with a few twists and turns along the way courtesy of the DVD's very entertaining "token gay cheerleader" and the "token black girl" that make it more than watchable. The one liners are too good for me to ruin because of their complete and utter teen ridiculousness. Best of all? The dancing is hot.

And really, the movie moves quick and it made me smile. I'll be watching it again.

Another thing I really liked was that this film was about a competition, not a forbidden romance or the drama of lying to your friends. This movie was about winning a competition, which was appropriate with the subtitle of [i]In It to Win It. [/i]

And it was much better than Bratz: The Movie. Somehow, Bratz made it to the big screen. Life isn't fair.

The Golden Compass
½

It finally arrived.

[url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/his_dark_materials_the_golden_compass/"]The Golden Compass[/url] (44%) hit theaters (or theatres) this weekend and I dragged myself out of my hermit-cave to see it today with next to no idea what the movie was about. I knew there were bears, a little girl, some snow, a Golden Compass, and Nicole Kidman with some very healthy blonde locks mixed together in what I'm sure New Line will hope to be a franchise to follow in the financially successful footsteps of a little series known as [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lord_of_the_rings_the_fellowship_of_the_ring/"]The Lord of the Rings[/url].

So after a bevy of previews that all looked like they were for the same movie, which I will call "Harry Potter and the Lord of the Wrinkle in Time Chasing Stardust in Jumanjii Narnia....dot com," it was time for the epic to begin!

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[center][b]He roars to wake you up.[/b][/center]

What I didn't know about the film was that I was going to be bored out of my mind for the first half of the movie with a very unclear story, annoyed at animals whose sole purpose was to repeat lines in the script while being not nearly as funny as the Dwarf or Samwise Gamgee from LOTR, and that I was going to be held hostage by the ridiculous repetition of characters' first and last names in hopes of the film making me want to care and remember these characters that I had no attachment to even by the end of the film.

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[center][b]Way better. Even if you can't understand any of it. [/b][/center]
[center][b]More Golden Compass? Nein danke.[/b][/center]

Imagine Frodo saying "Oh Samwise Gamgee, isn't it wonderful that we have Gandolf the Grey and Legolas the brave elf here to protect us from the evil red eyeball?" You know why you can't imagine it? Because they didn't have to do it. Why? Because the story made sense!

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[center][b]Be more entertaining so the movie will make money, ok?[/b][/center]

After discussing the film with my movie companion for the day, we still didn't really have any idea just what exactly was going on (why do I not care about "dust?"). However, I came to some conclusions and had some questions:

1) Lyra is an effing genius - For her being such a small girl with a little too much 'tude to not get slapped around a little by the baddies, she is quite the genius who comes up with escape plans that put Kevin from Home Alone to shame. Effing. Genius.

2) Daniel Craig doesn't really do a whole lot.

3) Nicole Kidman is a great actress.

4) The Bear sounds like Gandolf. The witches are all Legolases. The hot air balloon guy is the Dwarf from LOTR (but he's not funny). Daniel Craig has a beard like another human hero from LOTR. The little bugger who Lyra wants to rescue is her not cool Samwise Gamgee.

5) The movie is a little Star Wars, a little Wild Wild West, and a LOT of Lord of the Rings. If I saw Narnia, I'm sure it would be like that too, but I didn't see it. However, I'm positive they have tons of similarities.

6) Little kids won't see the holes in the story because they'll be distracted by Coca-Cola bears.


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[center][b]Go see The Golden Compass... Or we'll drink all your soda![/b][/center]

7) How the hell does the bear's armor magically go from place to place when he clearly runs without wearing it? Do the people carry it? Does that make the bear lazy?

8) The bear community is one led by a fascist dictator and the other bears have no thought, like lemmings, or teenagers when their class president is a hot girl named Ali or Nikki.

9) This girl needs to be an FBI negotiator or something. She is so smart!

10) Why did I, a 23 year old with a Master's Degree, have no idea what they were talking about when they were looking at some guy and some "dust" in the film's outset?

11) If you don't want to have blood in your movie, disappearing animals with glittery effects is a good way to go.

12) You want a sequel. We get it.

13) If the compass is so cool, why isn't a REAL bad guy after it?

14) How come the CGI fight scenes are so well done at the end of the film, but the real-life parts with explosions look like they were from an episode of the Original Star Trek series with Captain James T. Kirk? I thought tribbles were going to fall out of the ceiling.

15) I still don't remember anyone's name other than Lyra (who is the girl).

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[center][b]I AM A CGI MONSTER!! BUY THE STUFFED VERSIONS OF ME FOR YOUR CHILDREN THIS HOLIDAY SEASON AT WAL-MART!!![/center]
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The movie drags for so much of the beginning that I couldn't even enjoy the subpar finish. While I'm sure bears will come in the second movie to help little Lyra, just like the trees helped Frodo in the second LOTR movie, these little "demon"/Chicken Little/Sonic and Tails/Stuart Little suckers have got to go. Just. Not. Feeling. Them.

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[center][b]After a while, he gets annoying.[/b][/center]

If it's an epic, let it be an epic without shoving cats that look like Antonio Banderas' Puss in Boots from Shrek 2 in our face to make us like someone (because the main character Lyra is annoying).

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[center][b]Shrek? Or Golden Compass?[/b][/center]

It's hard for me to give the splat/booger, but to me, at the risk of [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/vine/journal_view.php?s=&journalid=465516"]disagreeing with my fellow blogger and signer of my paychecks Mickster[/url], The Golden Compass was more rotten than tunasalad left under your car seat in June, only to emerge in November. I think I'm going to watch [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/rocky_balboa/"]Rocky Balboa (Certified Fresh @76%)[/url] tonight to get this taste of poorly done bear out of my mouth.

Cop Land
Cop Land(1997)
½

Have you ever gone to the good ole' Cineplex with a group of friends with a movie in mind, but one particularly strong-minded friend keeps insisting on seeing a different movie?

Despite any amount of annoyance, you give in for the greater good so that everyone will be happy. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

In a situation like this, it's a little unfair because you're pretty much setting up whatever movie you feel bitter about being near-forced into seeing for failure and I understand that this makes you make some horrible judgments about movies.

Nonetheless, this has happened twice to me.

I wanted to see: [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/my_best_friends_wedding/"][b]My Best Friend's Wedding[/b][/url] (Certified Fresh @ 77%)

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[center][b]WHY DO YOU FILL ME UP!?!?!? BUTTERCUP BABY, JUST TO LET ME DOWN!?!?!?!?!? ANSWER THE QUESTION!!![/b][/center]

My brother's friend wanted to see: [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cop_land/"][b]Cop Land[/b][/url] (Fresh @ 79%)
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[center][b]Worst. Amusement Park. Ever.[/b][/center]

To me, Cop Land sounds like a really crappy amusement park where you would just have to try and fight through bureaucracy and lost paperwork while waiting in line to get food from vendors who look pissed off to be at work (ok, so I didn't loathe the police like I do now at that impressionable age). If you're lucky, a celebrity would come in and between projectile throw ups while fighting security he/she would be screaming, "Do you know who I am??? Do you know who I am?!?!?!"

Since it was getting 3 and 4 star ratings from the local newspapers (ew, like paper? gross), it sounded like a safe bet, though "La Boda de mi Mejor Amigo" was getting similar ratings as well. I conceded and it was off to Cop Land with my dad in tow because it was Rated R and we were still in pampers as rapper Jay-Z would say.

It was boring as balls, which is saying lot considering I loved Sylvester Stallone because I love Rocky (and still do to this day!).

Even my dad, who likes movies like that, thought it sucked (but he tried to spin it like it was ok because he paid for our tickets). All I wanted to see was some singing and hilarity courtesy of Julia Roberts' lovely personality and some fun wedding gags. Instead, I got a $8.50 nap.

Later in life, I saw "La Boda" on VHS (everyone under the age of 18 says "What's VHS? Vagisil Hot Sauce?") and I loved it. It would have been even better on the big screen... *sigh*

Next up, a more lopsided battle at the Omniplexicon.

I wanted to see: [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/halloween_resurrection/"][b]Halloween: Resurrection[/b][/url] (not just rotten, Two Girls One Cup Rotten @ 11%)

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[center][b]"Trick or treat, motha f*cka" - Busta Rhymes, 2002[/b][/center]


[left]One of my homeys (yes, I do say that in real life, homey) wanted to see [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/road_to_perdition/"][b]Road to Perdition[/b][/url] (Certified Fresh @ 82%), which I thought was a gangsta movie along the lines of a life of Tupac Shakur, or at least Above the Rim. With its great reviews, we were down to check it out anyways because it HAD to be not just good, but GREAT![/left]


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[center][b]Mmm...moustaches and serious faces...no fun...[/b][/center]

With its good ratings, we had high hopes! But this snoozer that may have been too "good" for its own good made us do the unthinkable:

We snuck into Halloween: Resurrrection right after.

Dying for some kind of visual stimulation and excitement beyond a couple tommy gun heavy actions scenes, we went into Resurrection and came up with many more smiles and satisfied faces than we left Perdition.

Call me crazy, but call these true stories.

Road to Perdition

Have you ever gone to the good ole' Cineplex with a group of friends with a movie in mind, but one particularly strong-minded friend keeps insisting on seeing a different movie?

Despite any amount of annoyance, you give in for the greater good so that everyone will be happy. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

In a situation like this, it's a little unfair because you're pretty much setting up whatever movie you feel bitter about being near-forced into seeing for failure and I understand that this makes you make some horrible judgments about movies.

Nonetheless, this has happened twice to me.

I wanted to see: [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/my_best_friends_wedding/"][b]My Best Friend's Wedding[/b][/url] (Certified Fresh @ 77%)

[center][img]http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s112/ajlobster/mybestfriendswedding.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]WHY DO YOU FILL ME UP!?!?!? BUTTERCUP BABY, JUST TO LET ME DOWN!?!?!?!?!? ANSWER THE QUESTION!!![/b][/center]

My brother's friend wanted to see: [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cop_land/"][b]Cop Land[/b][/url] (Fresh @ 79%)
[center][img]http://henancius.martin-scorsese.net/copland/images/coplan05.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]Worst. Amusement Park. Ever.[/b][/center]

To me, Cop Land sounds like a really crappy amusement park where you would just have to try and fight through bureaucracy and lost paperwork while waiting in line to get food from vendors who look pissed off to be at work (ok, so I didn't loathe the police like I do now at that impressionable age). If you're lucky, a celebrity would come in and between projectile throw ups while fighting security he/she would be screaming, "Do you know who I am??? Do you know who I am?!?!?!"

Since it was getting 3 and 4 star ratings from the local newspapers (ew, like paper? gross), it sounded like a safe bet, though "La Boda de mi Mejor Amigo" was getting similar ratings as well. I conceded and it was off to Cop Land with my dad in tow because it was Rated R and we were still in pampers as rapper Jay-Z would say.

It was boring as balls, which is saying lot considering I loved Sylvester Stallone because I love Rocky (and still do to this day!).

Even my dad, who likes movies like that, thought it sucked (but he tried to spin it like it was ok because he paid for our tickets). All I wanted to see was some singing and hilarity courtesy of Julia Roberts' lovely personality and some fun wedding gags. Instead, I got a $8.50 nap.

Later in life, I saw "La Boda" on VHS (everyone under the age of 18 says "What's VHS? Vagisil Hot Sauce?") and I loved it. It would have been even better on the big screen... *sigh*

Next up, a more lopsided battle at the Omniplexicon.

I wanted to see: [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/halloween_resurrection/"][b]Halloween: Resurrection[/b][/url] (not just rotten, Two Girls One Cup Rotten @ 11%)

[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1115307/photo_02.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]"Trick or treat, motha f*cka" - Busta Rhymes, 2002[/b][/center]


[left]One of my homeys (yes, I do say that in real life, homey) wanted to see [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/road_to_perdition/"][b]Road to Perdition[/b][/url] (Certified Fresh @ 82%), which I thought was a gangsta movie along the lines of a life of Tupac Shakur, or at least Above the Rim. With its great reviews, we were down to check it out anyways because it HAD to be not just good, but GREAT![/left]


[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1114614/photo_20.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]Mmm...moustaches and serious faces...no fun...[/b][/center]

With its good ratings, we had high hopes! But this snoozer that may have been too "good" for its own good made us do the unthinkable:

We snuck into Halloween: Resurrrection right after.

Dying for some kind of visual stimulation and excitement beyond a couple tommy gun heavy actions scenes, we went into Resurrection and came up with many more smiles and satisfied faces than we left Perdition.

Call me crazy, but call these true stories.

Halloween: Resurrection

Have you ever gone to the good ole' Cineplex with a group of friends with a movie in mind, but one particularly strong-minded friend keeps insisting on seeing a different movie?

Despite any amount of annoyance, you give in for the greater good so that everyone will be happy. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

In a situation like this, it's a little unfair because you're pretty much setting up whatever movie you feel bitter about being near-forced into seeing for failure and I understand that this makes you make some horrible judgments about movies.

Nonetheless, this has happened twice to me.

I wanted to see: [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/my_best_friends_wedding/"][b]My Best Friend's Wedding[/b][/url] (Certified Fresh @ 77%)

[center][img]http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s112/ajlobster/mybestfriendswedding.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]WHY DO YOU FILL ME UP!?!?!? BUTTERCUP BABY, JUST TO LET ME DOWN!?!?!?!?!? ANSWER THE QUESTION!!![/b][/center]

My brother's friend wanted to see: [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cop_land/"][b]Cop Land[/b][/url] (Fresh @ 79%)
[center][img]http://henancius.martin-scorsese.net/copland/images/coplan05.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]Worst. Amusement Park. Ever.[/b][/center]

To me, Cop Land sounds like a really crappy amusement park where you would just have to try and fight through bureaucracy and lost paperwork while waiting in line to get food from vendors who look pissed off to be at work (ok, so I didn't loathe the police like I do now at that impressionable age). If you're lucky, a celebrity would come in and between projectile throw ups while fighting security he/she would be screaming, "Do you know who I am??? Do you know who I am?!?!?!"

Since it was getting 3 and 4 star ratings from the local newspapers (ew, like paper? gross), it sounded like a safe bet, though "La Boda de mi Mejor Amigo" was getting similar ratings as well. I conceded and it was off to Cop Land with my dad in tow because it was Rated R and we were still in pampers as rapper Jay-Z would say.

It was boring as balls, which is saying lot considering I loved Sylvester Stallone because I love Rocky (and still do to this day!).

Even my dad, who likes movies like that, thought it sucked (but he tried to spin it like it was ok because he paid for our tickets). All I wanted to see was some singing and hilarity courtesy of Julia Roberts' lovely personality and some fun wedding gags. Instead, I got a $8.50 nap.

Later in life, I saw "La Boda" on VHS (everyone under the age of 18 says "What's VHS? Vagisil Hot Sauce?") and I loved it. It would have been even better on the big screen... *sigh*

Next up, a more lopsided battle at the Omniplexicon.

I wanted to see: [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/halloween_resurrection/"][b]Halloween: Resurrection[/b][/url] (not just rotten, Two Girls One Cup Rotten @ 11%)

[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1115307/photo_02.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]"Trick or treat, motha f*cka" - Busta Rhymes, 2002[/b][/center]


[left]One of my homeys (yes, I do say that in real life, homey) wanted to see [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/road_to_perdition/"][b]Road to Perdition[/b][/url] (Certified Fresh @ 82%), which I thought was a gangsta movie along the lines of a life of Tupac Shakur, or at least Above the Rim. With its great reviews, we were down to check it out anyways because it HAD to be not just good, but GREAT![/left]


[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1114614/photo_20.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]Mmm...moustaches and serious faces...no fun...[/b][/center]

With its good ratings, we had high hopes! But this snoozer that may have been too "good" for its own good made us do the unthinkable:

We snuck into Halloween: Resurrrection right after.

Dying for some kind of visual stimulation and excitement beyond a couple tommy gun heavy actions scenes, we went into Resurrection and came up with many more smiles and satisfied faces than we left Perdition.

Call me crazy, but call these true stories.

My Best Friend's Wedding
½

Have you ever gone to the good ole' Cineplex with a group of friends with a movie in mind, but one particularly strong-minded friend keeps insisting on seeing a different movie?

Despite any amount of annoyance, you give in for the greater good so that everyone will be happy. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

In a situation like this, it's a little unfair because you're pretty much setting up whatever movie you feel bitter about being near-forced into seeing for failure and I understand that this makes you make some horrible judgments about movies.

Nonetheless, this has happened twice to me.

I wanted to see: [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/my_best_friends_wedding/"][b]My Best Friend's Wedding[/b][/url] (Certified Fresh @ 77%)

[center][img]http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s112/ajlobster/mybestfriendswedding.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]WHY DO YOU FILL ME UP!?!?!? BUTTERCUP BABY, JUST TO LET ME DOWN!?!?!?!?!? ANSWER THE QUESTION!!![/b][/center]

My brother's friend wanted to see: [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cop_land/"][b]Cop Land[/b][/url] (Fresh @ 79%)
[center][img]http://henancius.martin-scorsese.net/copland/images/coplan05.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]Worst. Amusement Park. Ever.[/b][/center]

To me, Cop Land sounds like a really crappy amusement park where you would just have to try and fight through bureaucracy and lost paperwork while waiting in line to get food from vendors who look pissed off to be at work (ok, so I didn't loathe the police like I do now at that impressionable age). If you're lucky, a celebrity would come in and between projectile throw ups while fighting security he/she would be screaming, "Do you know who I am??? Do you know who I am?!?!?!"

Since it was getting 3 and 4 star ratings from the local newspapers (ew, like paper? gross), it sounded like a safe bet, though "La Boda de mi Mejor Amigo" was getting similar ratings as well. I conceded and it was off to Cop Land with my dad in tow because it was Rated R and we were still in pampers as rapper Jay-Z would say.

It was boring as balls, which is saying lot considering I loved Sylvester Stallone because I love Rocky (and still do to this day!).

Even my dad, who likes movies like that, thought it sucked (but he tried to spin it like it was ok because he paid for our tickets). All I wanted to see was some singing and hilarity courtesy of Julia Roberts' lovely personality and some fun wedding gags. Instead, I got a $8.50 nap.

Later in life, I saw "La Boda" on VHS (everyone under the age of 18 says "What's VHS? Vagisil Hot Sauce?") and I loved it. It would have been even better on the big screen... *sigh*

Next up, a more lopsided battle at the Omniplexicon.

I wanted to see: [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/halloween_resurrection/"][b]Halloween: Resurrection[/b][/url] (not just rotten, Two Girls One Cup Rotten @ 11%)

[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1115307/photo_02.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]"Trick or treat, motha f*cka" - Busta Rhymes, 2002[/b][/center]


[left]One of my homeys (yes, I do say that in real life, homey) wanted to see [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/road_to_perdition/"][b]Road to Perdition[/b][/url] (Certified Fresh @ 82%), which I thought was a gangsta movie along the lines of a life of Tupac Shakur, or at least Above the Rim. With its great reviews, we were down to check it out anyways because it HAD to be not just good, but GREAT![/left]


[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1114614/photo_20.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]Mmm...moustaches and serious faces...no fun...[/b][/center]

With its good ratings, we had high hopes! But this snoozer that may have been too "good" for its own good made us do the unthinkable:

We snuck into Halloween: Resurrrection right after.

Dying for some kind of visual stimulation and excitement beyond a couple tommy gun heavy actions scenes, we went into Resurrection and came up with many more smiles and satisfied faces than we left Perdition.

Call me crazy, but call these true stories.

Mean Girls
Mean Girls(2004)
½

To be honest, I had a bit of an emotionally and physically draining day yesterday. But as an eternal optimist, I always love to pretend that everything is ok, so it is. If I believe it and act it, my very soft and pliable brain (which is as smooth as a dolphin's ass) is convinced that "it" is indeed "it."

While superlatives increasingly become things of the past as we get older and are things that we rarely ever say with any kind of relative sincerity ("Best. Movie. Evarrrrr." vs. "This is my best best friend in the whole worlddddd!!!" years ago) after we've received our high school yearbooks (once upon a time, I was "Best Personality" of my 2002 high school graduating class), I thought I would take a trip back into a time when it was cool to say what were your favorite things in the world.

[b]My favorite actress: [/b][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/rachel_mcadams/photos.php"][b]Rachel McAdams[/b][/url]

A perennial mainstay on my list of hottest celebrities, Rachel McAdams (and her flawless skin and shiny hair) pretty much manages to play a dreamboat in every movie that she's in, whether she's supposed to or not. I don't think the girl can help it. When people hear that R-Mac is my favorite, they tell me that it makes sense because I seem to love happy girls with "cute personalities," and brown hair, which is more rare than you'd expect.

In [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/wedding_crashers/"][b]Wedding Crashers[/b][/url] (Certified Fresh @ 75%), she plays Claire, the perfect woman.

[center][img]http://ithacaishome.typepad.com/ithaca_is_home/images/rachel_mcadams.jpg[/img][/center]

[center][b]Dreamboat as a brunette... Oh to be a glass on that table...[/b][/center]
[center][b]And yes, I am creepy...[/b][/center]

In [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mean_girls/"][b]Mean Girls[/b][/url] (Certified Fresh @ 85%), even as the "Queen Bee" Regina George, McAdams is so likable in her over-the-top bougie meanness that she is completely irresistible as an antagonist turned glorious teen queen by the movie's conclusion. LiLo, who?

[center][img]http://www.aolcdn.com/aolr/rachel-mcadams-mean-girls-400a010807.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]I just want to lose 5 pounds...[/b] [/center]
[center](a little less dreamy as a blonde)[/center]

[left]While most love story loving women would say it's her best role, R-Mac played Allie, a girl who just LOVES to make out all the time, in girl-favorite flick [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/notebook/about.php"][b]The Notebook[/b][/url] (51%), a movie with no balls at all. Somehow, because of McAdams, I still own it (as I do every movie on this list other than Wedding Crashers, which I'll probably get this weekend now that I have realized this).[/left]

[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1133507/photo_25.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]Dude, we effing got it. Stop.[/b] [/center]

[left]Even in [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/red_eye/"][b]Red Eye[/b][/url] (Certified Fresh @ 79%), a movie that I don't think that many people saw (yet, I still bought on DVD without seeing it because she was in it), McAdams plays a amazingly cool under pressure hotel concierge-ish manager / supervisor / something / hospitality goddess. [/left]

[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1149496/photo_15.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]Haha, oh you're so funnyyyy... YOU PSYCHO KILLER!! [/b][/center]

[left]Even as she's running for her life, it turns out that R-Mac was once a (hot) field hockey player! Not only is she a girly girl who likes to make out, she's athletic too! What made McAdams so great in Red Eye is that it showed that she can play "the smart" just as well as she can play "the spoiled, bratty ditz." And clearly, by the bevy of Certified Fresh medallions that are dangling from her talented neck, at least she's in good movies![/left]

[left]So yes, my favorite actress is [b]Rachel McAdams[/b] - a dreamboat by any name.[/left]

The Notebook
The Notebook(2004)

To be honest, I had a bit of an emotionally and physically draining day yesterday. But as an eternal optimist, I always love to pretend that everything is ok, so it is. If I believe it and act it, my very soft and pliable brain (which is as smooth as a dolphin's ass) is convinced that "it" is indeed "it."

While superlatives increasingly become things of the past as we get older and are things that we rarely ever say with any kind of relative sincerity ("Best. Movie. Evarrrrr." vs. "This is my best best friend in the whole worlddddd!!!" years ago) after we've received our high school yearbooks (once upon a time, I was "Best Personality" of my 2002 high school graduating class), I thought I would take a trip back into a time when it was cool to say what were your favorite things in the world.

[b]My favorite actress: [/b][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/rachel_mcadams/photos.php"][b]Rachel McAdams[/b][/url]

A perennial mainstay on my list of hottest celebrities, Rachel McAdams (and her flawless skin and shiny hair) pretty much manages to play a dreamboat in every movie that she's in, whether she's supposed to or not. I don't think the girl can help it. When people hear that R-Mac is my favorite, they tell me that it makes sense because I seem to love happy girls with "cute personalities," and brown hair, which is more rare than you'd expect.

In [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/wedding_crashers/"][b]Wedding Crashers[/b][/url] (Certified Fresh @ 75%), she plays Claire, the perfect woman.

[center][img]http://ithacaishome.typepad.com/ithaca_is_home/images/rachel_mcadams.jpg[/img][/center]

[center][b]Dreamboat as a brunette... Oh to be a glass on that table...[/b][/center]
[center][b]And yes, I am creepy...[/b][/center]

In [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mean_girls/"][b]Mean Girls[/b][/url] (Certified Fresh @ 85%), even as the "Queen Bee" Regina George, McAdams is so likable in her over-the-top bougie meanness that she is completely irresistible as an antagonist turned glorious teen queen by the movie's conclusion. LiLo, who?

[center][img]http://www.aolcdn.com/aolr/rachel-mcadams-mean-girls-400a010807.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]I just want to lose 5 pounds...[/b] [/center]
[center](a little less dreamy as a blonde)[/center]

[left]While most love story loving women would say it's her best role, R-Mac played Allie, a girl who just LOVES to make out all the time, in girl-favorite flick [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/notebook/about.php"][b]The Notebook[/b][/url] (51%), a movie with no balls at all. Somehow, because of McAdams, I still own it (as I do every movie on this list other than Wedding Crashers, which I'll probably get this weekend now that I have realized this).[/left]

[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1133507/photo_25.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]Dude, we effing got it. Stop.[/b] [/center]

[left]Even in [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/red_eye/"][b]Red Eye[/b][/url] (Certified Fresh @ 79%), a movie that I don't think that many people saw (yet, I still bought on DVD without seeing it because she was in it), McAdams plays a amazingly cool under pressure hotel concierge-ish manager / supervisor / something / hospitality goddess. [/left]

[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1149496/photo_15.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]Haha, oh you're so funnyyyy... YOU PSYCHO KILLER!! [/b][/center]

[left]Even as she's running for her life, it turns out that R-Mac was once a (hot) field hockey player! Not only is she a girly girl who likes to make out, she's athletic too! What made McAdams so great in Red Eye is that it showed that she can play "the smart" just as well as she can play "the spoiled, bratty ditz." And clearly, by the bevy of Certified Fresh medallions that are dangling from her talented neck, at least she's in good movies![/left]

[left]So yes, my favorite actress is [b]Rachel McAdams[/b] - a dreamboat by any name.[/left]

Red Eye
Red Eye(2005)

To be honest, I had a bit of an emotionally and physically draining day yesterday. But as an eternal optimist, I always love to pretend that everything is ok, so it is. If I believe it and act it, my very soft and pliable brain (which is as smooth as a dolphin's ass) is convinced that "it" is indeed "it."

While superlatives increasingly become things of the past as we get older and are things that we rarely ever say with any kind of relative sincerity ("Best. Movie. Evarrrrr." vs. "This is my best best friend in the whole worlddddd!!!" years ago) after we've received our high school yearbooks (once upon a time, I was "Best Personality" of my 2002 high school graduating class), I thought I would take a trip back into a time when it was cool to say what were your favorite things in the world.

[b]My favorite actress: [/b][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/rachel_mcadams/photos.php"][b]Rachel McAdams[/b][/url]

A perennial mainstay on my list of hottest celebrities, Rachel McAdams (and her flawless skin and shiny hair) pretty much manages to play a dreamboat in every movie that she's in, whether she's supposed to or not. I don't think the girl can help it. When people hear that R-Mac is my favorite, they tell me that it makes sense because I seem to love happy girls with "cute personalities," and brown hair, which is more rare than you'd expect.

In [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/wedding_crashers/"][b]Wedding Crashers[/b][/url] (Certified Fresh @ 75%), she plays Claire, the perfect woman.

[center][img]http://ithacaishome.typepad.com/ithaca_is_home/images/rachel_mcadams.jpg[/img][/center]

[center][b]Dreamboat as a brunette... Oh to be a glass on that table...[/b][/center]
[center][b]And yes, I am creepy...[/b][/center]

In [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mean_girls/"][b]Mean Girls[/b][/url] (Certified Fresh @ 85%), even as the "Queen Bee" Regina George, McAdams is so likable in her over-the-top bougie meanness that she is completely irresistible as an antagonist turned glorious teen queen by the movie's conclusion. LiLo, who?

[center][img]http://www.aolcdn.com/aolr/rachel-mcadams-mean-girls-400a010807.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]I just want to lose 5 pounds...[/b] [/center]
[center](a little less dreamy as a blonde)[/center]

[left]While most love story loving women would say it's her best role, R-Mac played Allie, a girl who just LOVES to make out all the time, in girl-favorite flick [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/notebook/about.php"][b]The Notebook[/b][/url] (51%), a movie with no balls at all. Somehow, because of McAdams, I still own it (as I do every movie on this list other than Wedding Crashers, which I'll probably get this weekend now that I have realized this).[/left]

[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1133507/photo_25.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]Dude, we effing got it. Stop.[/b] [/center]

[left]Even in [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/red_eye/"][b]Red Eye[/b][/url] (Certified Fresh @ 79%), a movie that I don't think that many people saw (yet, I still bought on DVD without seeing it because she was in it), McAdams plays a amazingly cool under pressure hotel concierge-ish manager / supervisor / something / hospitality goddess. [/left]

[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1149496/photo_15.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]Haha, oh you're so funnyyyy... YOU PSYCHO KILLER!! [/b][/center]

[left]Even as she's running for her life, it turns out that R-Mac was once a (hot) field hockey player! Not only is she a girly girl who likes to make out, she's athletic too! What made McAdams so great in Red Eye is that it showed that she can play "the smart" just as well as she can play "the spoiled, bratty ditz." And clearly, by the bevy of Certified Fresh medallions that are dangling from her talented neck, at least she's in good movies![/left]

[left]So yes, my favorite actress is [b]Rachel McAdams[/b] - a dreamboat by any name.[/left]

Wedding Crashers
½

To be honest, I had a bit of an emotionally and physically draining day yesterday. But as an eternal optimist, I always love to pretend that everything is ok, so it is. If I believe it and act it, my very soft and pliable brain (which is as smooth as a dolphin's ass) is convinced that "it" is indeed "it."

While superlatives increasingly become things of the past as we get older and are things that we rarely ever say with any kind of relative sincerity ("Best. Movie. Evarrrrr." vs. "This is my best best friend in the whole worlddddd!!!" years ago) after we've received our high school yearbooks (once upon a time, I was "Best Personality" of my 2002 high school graduating class), I thought I would take a trip back into a time when it was cool to say what were your favorite things in the world.

[b]My favorite actress: [/b][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/rachel_mcadams/photos.php"][b]Rachel McAdams[/b][/url]

A perennial mainstay on my list of hottest celebrities, Rachel McAdams (and her flawless skin and shiny hair) pretty much manages to play a dreamboat in every movie that she's in, whether she's supposed to or not. I don't think the girl can help it. When people hear that R-Mac is my favorite, they tell me that it makes sense because I seem to love happy girls with "cute personalities," and brown hair, which is more rare than you'd expect.

In [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/wedding_crashers/"][b]Wedding Crashers[/b][/url] (Certified Fresh @ 75%), she plays Claire, the perfect woman.

[center][img]http://ithacaishome.typepad.com/ithaca_is_home/images/rachel_mcadams.jpg[/img][/center]

[center][b]Dreamboat as a brunette... Oh to be a glass on that table...[/b][/center]
[center][b]And yes, I am creepy...[/b][/center]

In [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mean_girls/"][b]Mean Girls[/b][/url] (Certified Fresh @ 85%), even as the "Queen Bee" Regina George, McAdams is so likable in her over-the-top bougie meanness that she is completely irresistible as an antagonist turned glorious teen queen by the movie's conclusion. LiLo, who?

[center][img]http://www.aolcdn.com/aolr/rachel-mcadams-mean-girls-400a010807.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]I just want to lose 5 pounds...[/b] [/center]
[center](a little less dreamy as a blonde)[/center]

[left]While most love story loving women would say it's her best role, R-Mac played Allie, a girl who just LOVES to make out all the time, in girl-favorite flick [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/notebook/about.php"][b]The Notebook[/b][/url] (51%), a movie with no balls at all. Somehow, because of McAdams, I still own it (as I do every movie on this list other than Wedding Crashers, which I'll probably get this weekend now that I have realized this).[/left]

[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1133507/photo_25.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]Dude, we effing got it. Stop.[/b] [/center]

[left]Even in [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/red_eye/"][b]Red Eye[/b][/url] (Certified Fresh @ 79%), a movie that I don't think that many people saw (yet, I still bought on DVD without seeing it because she was in it), McAdams plays a amazingly cool under pressure hotel concierge-ish manager / supervisor / something / hospitality goddess. [/left]

[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1149496/photo_15.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]Haha, oh you're so funnyyyy... YOU PSYCHO KILLER!! [/b][/center]

[left]Even as she's running for her life, it turns out that R-Mac was once a (hot) field hockey player! Not only is she a girly girl who likes to make out, she's athletic too! What made McAdams so great in Red Eye is that it showed that she can play "the smart" just as well as she can play "the spoiled, bratty ditz." And clearly, by the bevy of Certified Fresh medallions that are dangling from her talented neck, at least she's in good movies![/left]

[left]So yes, my favorite actress is [b]Rachel McAdams[/b] - a dreamboat by any name.[/left]

Bug
Bug(2006)

In my life, I've walked out of two movies.

It would have been three as I was recently very tempted to walk out of another, but it's two in my lifetime. This doesn't count [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/blair_witch_project/"]Blair Witch Project[/url], where I just got really motion sick and had to turn it off. So no, I still haven't seen the AWESOMEEEE ending, though I pretend that I saw it when people bring it up.

While my movie taste is suspect because of my disgustingly optimistic nature and love for teen dramedies and reality TV, I thought I would take a trip down memory lane to look at these movies and see how they ranked in RT history.

[url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mummy_returns/"]Walk out #1: The Mummy Returns[/url] (47%)
Peter Travers called it a "piss poor mummy movie that doesn't deliver a damn thing worth preserving." I wholly agree with that statement. In a time where I was working at Toys R Us to have some social life dollars, it was a big deal for me to spend the $7 or so to catch a matinee of The Mummy sequel, which I don't know why I saw considering I didn't even like the first one.

[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1107715/photo_10.jpg[/img][/center]

[center][b]BAH!! THIS MOVIE $UX0R$!!![/b][/center]

[center][b]I made this same face while I was walking out to the parking lot.[/b][/center]

I remember the moment I walked out was when some alleged protagonist exclaimed "HORAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!" after a fierce eagle/bff/messenger pigeon was killed in battle.

Man, that movie sucked. I still refer to it as one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Better than the movie? The Burger King we ended up having after we departed the theater. Ugh.

[url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dracula_2000/"]Walk out #2: Dracula 2000[/url] (15%)
This is legitimately the worst movie I have ever seen.

Not even so bad that it was good, it was abso-freakin-lutely horrible and I am a big fan of vampires. This movie was filled with perverted vampires (I guess vampires are horny, at least the movies make me think that way) that hooked up with girls, which was fine. But they got hunted and there was no real story - screaming, fire, death, blood, and vamps - which one would think would be enough to carry a film, but I cannot even begin to talk about all the shortcomings of this movie that was less entertaining than watching me take a dump in an all white bathroom.

[center][img]http://www.cartelia.net/fotos/d/dracula2001.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]In any language, it's still poop in a pillowcase.[/b][/center]

[left]Perhaps what made the movie so horrible was how we had to keep watching the vampires get dragged out into the sun, catch on fire, scream, thrash around like they had athlete's foot all over their bodies, and then die - over and OVER again. I was gone within 30 minutes and the girls we watched the movie with were horrified.[/left]

[left][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bug/"]Near Walk Out: Bug[/url] (58%)[/left]
Bug asks you, "How many times can you watch a paranoid man dig holes into his own body in graphic fashion and bleed profusely all over the place while Ashley Judd manages to not look hot at all?" See Bug and see if you think this wacko fest is worth walking out of. Half the theater I saw the movie with thought it was worth their effort to stand up and get out. In hindsight, I wish I had joined them.

[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1159437/photo_07.jpg[/img][/center]

[center][b]Jesus, take the wheel....Take it from my hands.... la la laaaaa.... Wait, I just feel like..... RIPPING OUT MY TEEEEEETH AND TEARING MY SKIN OFF!!! AAAAH!!!.... Cuz I can't do this onnn my own.....[/b][/center]

This was almost cathartic.

Dracula 2000
Dracula 2000(2000)

In my life, I've walked out of two movies.

It would have been three as I was recently very tempted to walk out of another, but it's two in my lifetime. This doesn't count [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/blair_witch_project/"]Blair Witch Project[/url], where I just got really motion sick and had to turn it off. So no, I still haven't seen the AWESOMEEEE ending, though I pretend that I saw it when people bring it up.

While my movie taste is suspect because of my disgustingly optimistic nature and love for teen dramedies and reality TV, I thought I would take a trip down memory lane to look at these movies and see how they ranked in RT history.

[url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mummy_returns/"]Walk out #1: The Mummy Returns[/url] (47%)
Peter Travers called it a "piss poor mummy movie that doesn't deliver a damn thing worth preserving." I wholly agree with that statement. In a time where I was working at Toys R Us to have some social life dollars, it was a big deal for me to spend the $7 or so to catch a matinee of The Mummy sequel, which I don't know why I saw considering I didn't even like the first one.

[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1107715/photo_10.jpg[/img][/center]

[center][b]BAH!! THIS MOVIE $UX0R$!!![/b][/center]

[center][b]I made this same face while I was walking out to the parking lot.[/b][/center]

I remember the moment I walked out was when some alleged protagonist exclaimed "HORAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!" after a fierce eagle/bff/messenger pigeon was killed in battle.

Man, that movie sucked. I still refer to it as one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Better than the movie? The Burger King we ended up having after we departed the theater. Ugh.

[url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dracula_2000/"]Walk out #2: Dracula 2000[/url] (15%)
This is legitimately the worst movie I have ever seen.

Not even so bad that it was good, it was abso-freakin-lutely horrible and I am a big fan of vampires. This movie was filled with perverted vampires (I guess vampires are horny, at least the movies make me think that way) that hooked up with girls, which was fine. But they got hunted and there was no real story - screaming, fire, death, blood, and vamps - which one would think would be enough to carry a film, but I cannot even begin to talk about all the shortcomings of this movie that was less entertaining than watching me take a dump in an all white bathroom.

[center][img]http://www.cartelia.net/fotos/d/dracula2001.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]In any language, it's still poop in a pillowcase.[/b][/center]

[left]Perhaps what made the movie so horrible was how we had to keep watching the vampires get dragged out into the sun, catch on fire, scream, thrash around like they had athlete's foot all over their bodies, and then die - over and OVER again. I was gone within 30 minutes and the girls we watched the movie with were horrified.[/left]

[left][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bug/"]Near Walk Out: Bug[/url] (58%)[/left]
Bug asks you, "How many times can you watch a paranoid man dig holes into his own body in graphic fashion and bleed profusely all over the place while Ashley Judd manages to not look hot at all?" See Bug and see if you think this wacko fest is worth walking out of. Half the theater I saw the movie with thought it was worth their effort to stand up and get out. In hindsight, I wish I had joined them.

[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1159437/photo_07.jpg[/img][/center]

[center][b]Jesus, take the wheel....Take it from my hands.... la la laaaaa.... Wait, I just feel like..... RIPPING OUT MY TEEEEEETH AND TEARING MY SKIN OFF!!! AAAAH!!!.... Cuz I can't do this onnn my own.....[/b][/center]

This was almost cathartic.

The Mummy Returns

In my life, I've walked out of two movies.

It would have been three as I was recently very tempted to walk out of another, but it's two in my lifetime. This doesn't count [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/blair_witch_project/"]Blair Witch Project[/url], where I just got really motion sick and had to turn it off. So no, I still haven't seen the AWESOMEEEE ending, though I pretend that I saw it when people bring it up.

While my movie taste is suspect because of my disgustingly optimistic nature and love for teen dramedies and reality TV, I thought I would take a trip down memory lane to look at these movies and see how they ranked in RT history.

[url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mummy_returns/"]Walk out #1: The Mummy Returns[/url] (47%)
Peter Travers called it a "piss poor mummy movie that doesn't deliver a damn thing worth preserving." I wholly agree with that statement. In a time where I was working at Toys R Us to have some social life dollars, it was a big deal for me to spend the $7 or so to catch a matinee of The Mummy sequel, which I don't know why I saw considering I didn't even like the first one.

[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1107715/photo_10.jpg[/img][/center]

[center][b]BAH!! THIS MOVIE $UX0R$!!![/b][/center]

[center][b]I made this same face while I was walking out to the parking lot.[/b][/center]

I remember the moment I walked out was when some alleged protagonist exclaimed "HORAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!" after a fierce eagle/bff/messenger pigeon was killed in battle.

Man, that movie sucked. I still refer to it as one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Better than the movie? The Burger King we ended up having after we departed the theater. Ugh.

[url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dracula_2000/"]Walk out #2: Dracula 2000[/url] (15%)
This is legitimately the worst movie I have ever seen.

Not even so bad that it was good, it was abso-freakin-lutely horrible and I am a big fan of vampires. This movie was filled with perverted vampires (I guess vampires are horny, at least the movies make me think that way) that hooked up with girls, which was fine. But they got hunted and there was no real story - screaming, fire, death, blood, and vamps - which one would think would be enough to carry a film, but I cannot even begin to talk about all the shortcomings of this movie that was less entertaining than watching me take a dump in an all white bathroom.

[center][img]http://www.cartelia.net/fotos/d/dracula2001.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]In any language, it's still poop in a pillowcase.[/b][/center]

[left]Perhaps what made the movie so horrible was how we had to keep watching the vampires get dragged out into the sun, catch on fire, scream, thrash around like they had athlete's foot all over their bodies, and then die - over and OVER again. I was gone within 30 minutes and the girls we watched the movie with were horrified.[/left]

[left][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bug/"]Near Walk Out: Bug[/url] (58%)[/left]
Bug asks you, "How many times can you watch a paranoid man dig holes into his own body in graphic fashion and bleed profusely all over the place while Ashley Judd manages to not look hot at all?" See Bug and see if you think this wacko fest is worth walking out of. Half the theater I saw the movie with thought it was worth their effort to stand up and get out. In hindsight, I wish I had joined them.

[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/gallery/1159437/photo_07.jpg[/img][/center]

[center][b]Jesus, take the wheel....Take it from my hands.... la la laaaaa.... Wait, I just feel like..... RIPPING OUT MY TEEEEEETH AND TEARING MY SKIN OFF!!! AAAAH!!!.... Cuz I can't do this onnn my own.....[/b][/center]

This was almost cathartic.

Sydney White
Sydney White(2007)
½

There are good actresses, hotties, good tear-shedders, dudes with big muscles, people with nice hair, eyes, guys with low voices (what up, Prison Break), well-endowed blondes who die in horror movies, and beyond. However, there are certain actors/actresses that I feel like are completely visually irresistible - whether it be as a result of their personality, looks, performances, or overall persona.

While I don't think my list will be a typical list, here's my first scene stealer:

[b][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/amanda_bynes/"]Amanda Bynes[/url][/b]

[center][img]http://www.freshdames.com/images/uploads/amanda_bynes_2.jpg[/img][/center]

[left]Say what you will about the former [i]All That[/i] cast member and the quality of movies that she participates in, but I think that Amanda Bynes is one of the more hilarious and irresistable actresses in the industry today. [/left]

[left]With her dorky personality, funny faces, and ability to play the same character in different movies, but still have it not get anywhere close to old, Bynes is not only one of my favorite actresses, but a Hollywood starlet and teen queen that refreshingly hasn't been arrested or undergone a custody battle with her parents. [/left]


[center][img]http://www.starpulse.com/pictures/2007/07/12/previews/Amanda%20Bynes-SGG-072385.jpg[/img][/center]
[center]Good morning, Baltimore[/center]


[left]It's true. [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10006166-shes_the_man/"]She's the Man[/url] (43%) was not nearly as good as I thought it was. [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/sydney_white/"]Sydney White[/url] (40%) was also not nearly as good as I thought it was. And [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hairspray/"]Hairspray[/url] (93%)... ok that one was pretty good AND Bynes was great in it. Despite the quality of the aforementioned flicks, the reality is that Bynes made these teen movies watchable, funny, and (with the exception of Hairspray, which was good) borderline good (many will disagree and I'm ok with that). Films seem to be made with Bynes in mind because she manages to completely take over the roles and make every character that she plays effectively and uniquely hers.[/left]


[center][img]http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u284/Fashion_Critic_/MTV%20Movie%20Awards/AmandaBynesMTV.jpg[/img][/center]
[center]I think she's pretty hot too.[/center]


[left]Amanda Bynes is not [i]the hottest[/i] girl in Hollywood, but on screen, she appears to be everyone's weird, quirky, yet fun and pretty female friend that they had growing up. She's warm and can pull off physical humor in a way that doesn't feel forced or annoying (see early to mid-career Jim Carrey faces). While an Oscar doesn't appear to be in Bynes' immediate future with the roles that she ends up playing, her charm makes her movies and even the television show [i]What I Like About You [/i]worth watching. [/left]


[left]When Bynes is on screen, through her teenage silliness, upbeat craziness in her voice and hilarious [font=Calibri][size=3][font=Verdana][size=2]portrayed naiveté, it's impossible to look away. She possesses a magnetic quality that many try and achieve in teen movies, but end up failing miserably and turning to the teen hottie to carry the movie. A user reviewer on Amazon.com called Bynes "[/size][/font][url="http://www.amazon.com/review/RRE2K9QBMTJN2/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm"][font=Verdana][size=2]one of the funniest teen actresses since Patty Duke[/size][/font][/url][font=Verdana][size=2]" and I wholeheartedly agree.[/size][/font] [/size][/font][/left]


[left]So Amanda Bynes, you're my first Scene Stealer![/left]

Hairspray
Hairspray(2007)

There are good actresses, hotties, good tear-shedders, dudes with big muscles, people with nice hair, eyes, guys with low voices (what up, Prison Break), well-endowed blondes who die in horror movies, and beyond. However, there are certain actors/actresses that I feel like are completely visually irresistible - whether it be as a result of their personality, looks, performances, or overall persona.

While I don't think my list will be a typical list, here's my first scene stealer:

[b][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/amanda_bynes/"]Amanda Bynes[/url][/b]

[center][img]http://www.freshdames.com/images/uploads/amanda_bynes_2.jpg[/img][/center]

[left]Say what you will about the former [i]All That[/i] cast member and the quality of movies that she participates in, but I think that Amanda Bynes is one of the more hilarious and irresistable actresses in the industry today. [/left]

[left]With her dorky personality, funny faces, and ability to play the same character in different movies, but still have it not get anywhere close to old, Bynes is not only one of my favorite actresses, but a Hollywood starlet and teen queen that refreshingly hasn't been arrested or undergone a custody battle with her parents. [/left]


[center][img]http://www.starpulse.com/pictures/2007/07/12/previews/Amanda%20Bynes-SGG-072385.jpg[/img][/center]
[center]Good morning, Baltimore[/center]


[left]It's true. [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10006166-shes_the_man/"]She's the Man[/url] (43%) was not nearly as good as I thought it was. [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/sydney_white/"]Sydney White[/url] (40%) was also not nearly as good as I thought it was. And [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hairspray/"]Hairspray[/url] (93%)... ok that one was pretty good AND Bynes was great in it. Despite the quality of the aforementioned flicks, the reality is that Bynes made these teen movies watchable, funny, and (with the exception of Hairspray, which was good) borderline good (many will disagree and I'm ok with that). Films seem to be made with Bynes in mind because she manages to completely take over the roles and make every character that she plays effectively and uniquely hers.[/left]


[center][img]http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u284/Fashion_Critic_/MTV%20Movie%20Awards/AmandaBynesMTV.jpg[/img][/center]
[center]I think she's pretty hot too.[/center]


[left]Amanda Bynes is not [i]the hottest[/i] girl in Hollywood, but on screen, she appears to be everyone's weird, quirky, yet fun and pretty female friend that they had growing up. She's warm and can pull off physical humor in a way that doesn't feel forced or annoying (see early to mid-career Jim Carrey faces). While an Oscar doesn't appear to be in Bynes' immediate future with the roles that she ends up playing, her charm makes her movies and even the television show [i]What I Like About You [/i]worth watching. [/left]


[left]When Bynes is on screen, through her teenage silliness, upbeat craziness in her voice and hilarious [font=Calibri][size=3][font=Verdana][size=2]portrayed naiveté, it's impossible to look away. She possesses a magnetic quality that many try and achieve in teen movies, but end up failing miserably and turning to the teen hottie to carry the movie. A user reviewer on Amazon.com called Bynes "[/size][/font][url="http://www.amazon.com/review/RRE2K9QBMTJN2/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm"][font=Verdana][size=2]one of the funniest teen actresses since Patty Duke[/size][/font][/url][font=Verdana][size=2]" and I wholeheartedly agree.[/size][/font] [/size][/font][/left]


[left]So Amanda Bynes, you're my first Scene Stealer![/left]

She's the Man
½

There are good actresses, hotties, good tear-shedders, dudes with big muscles, people with nice hair, eyes, guys with low voices (what up, Prison Break), well-endowed blondes who die in horror movies, and beyond. However, there are certain actors/actresses that I feel like are completely visually irresistible - whether it be as a result of their personality, looks, performances, or overall persona.

While I don't think my list will be a typical list, here's my first scene stealer:

[b][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/amanda_bynes/"]Amanda Bynes[/url][/b]

[center][img]http://www.freshdames.com/images/uploads/amanda_bynes_2.jpg[/img][/center]

[left]Say what you will about the former [i]All That[/i] cast member and the quality of movies that she participates in, but I think that Amanda Bynes is one of the more hilarious and irresistable actresses in the industry today. [/left]

[left]With her dorky personality, funny faces, and ability to play the same character in different movies, but still have it not get anywhere close to old, Bynes is not only one of my favorite actresses, but a Hollywood starlet and teen queen that refreshingly hasn't been arrested or undergone a custody battle with her parents. [/left]


[center][img]http://www.starpulse.com/pictures/2007/07/12/previews/Amanda%20Bynes-SGG-072385.jpg[/img][/center]
[center]Good morning, Baltimore[/center]


[left]It's true. [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10006166-shes_the_man/"]She's the Man[/url] (43%) was not nearly as good as I thought it was. [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/sydney_white/"]Sydney White[/url] (40%) was also not nearly as good as I thought it was. And [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/hairspray/"]Hairspray[/url] (93%)... ok that one was pretty good AND Bynes was great in it. Despite the quality of the aforementioned flicks, the reality is that Bynes made these teen movies watchable, funny, and (with the exception of Hairspray, which was good) borderline good (many will disagree and I'm ok with that). Films seem to be made with Bynes in mind because she manages to completely take over the roles and make every character that she plays effectively and uniquely hers.[/left]


[center][img]http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u284/Fashion_Critic_/MTV%20Movie%20Awards/AmandaBynesMTV.jpg[/img][/center]
[center]I think she's pretty hot too.[/center]


[left]Amanda Bynes is not [i]the hottest[/i] girl in Hollywood, but on screen, she appears to be everyone's weird, quirky, yet fun and pretty female friend that they had growing up. She's warm and can pull off physical humor in a way that doesn't feel forced or annoying (see early to mid-career Jim Carrey faces). While an Oscar doesn't appear to be in Bynes' immediate future with the roles that she ends up playing, her charm makes her movies and even the television show [i]What I Like About You [/i]worth watching. [/left]


[left]When Bynes is on screen, through her teenage silliness, upbeat craziness in her voice and hilarious [font=Calibri][size=3][font=Verdana][size=2]portrayed naiveté, it's impossible to look away. She possesses a magnetic quality that many try and achieve in teen movies, but end up failing miserably and turning to the teen hottie to carry the movie. A user reviewer on Amazon.com called Bynes "[/size][/font][url="http://www.amazon.com/review/RRE2K9QBMTJN2/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm"][font=Verdana][size=2]one of the funniest teen actresses since Patty Duke[/size][/font][/url][font=Verdana][size=2]" and I wholeheartedly agree.[/size][/font] [/size][/font][/left]


[left]So Amanda Bynes, you're my first Scene Stealer![/left]

The Dark Knight

So I checked out one of the [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/batman_begins_2_the_dark_knight/news/1693632/"]newest news items [/url]here on RT on [i][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/batman_begins_2_the_dark_knight/"]The Dark Knight[/url] [/i]and I have mixed feelings about the photos.

[b]The Good: Batman[/b]

[center][img]http://www.slashfilm.com/wp/wp-content/images/tdk1.jpg[/img][/center]


[left][b]Why good?:[/b] Because he is wearing the same suit as one of my favorite Batman action figures that I used to play with as a wee lad in my bathtub as he battled with Mr. Sinister, Juggernaut, Krang from TMNT, and other assorted baddies (clearly, this is subjective). Because this action figure had the coolest suit, he was always one of the stars of the inter-comic world Royal Rumble - less muscles, more armor. Of course, the picture cuts off before what I'm sure is an enormous codpiece on the costume, which makes me like the picture more. I do love the stylish belt and powder container for Batman's cosmetics on his left side as well.[/left]


[left][b]The bad: Joker (AKA: Ethel, the scenile grandma)[/b][/left]
[center][img]http://www.slashfilm.com/wp/wp-content/images/tdk2.jpg[/img][/center]


[left][b]Why bad?: [/b]Where is the happy Joker? Where is the green hair and stylish persona with the devilish grin? This new Joker looks like an old lady who forgot how to put on makeup and pushes a shopping cart around town while finding it impossible to cover up her grays (but still tries). While I'm sure the new Joker will be great, these pictures seem to represent a much different Joker than I'm used to. This version looks like one of the Insane Clown Posse's grandmas who got a gift certificate to a horrible thrift store and forgot how to use shampoo. [/left]

[left]Split ends, yuck![/left]

Enchanted
Enchanted(2007)

Twelve days and $70 million later, it looks like much of the world agrees with the 93% and RT [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/movies/certified_fresh.php"]Certified Fresh[/url] stamp given to the latest effort from The Mouse factory.
[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/certified_fresh.gif[/img][/center]
[center][b]Baaaallinnnnn'[/b][/center]

I was in line buying tickets to [i][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/enchanted/"]Enchanted[/url] [/i]on its November 21, 2007 release date at 10:45AM (who knew theaters opened that early?) in a theater filled with parents and excited pre-teen girls who already knew the whole plot of the movie from Intarweb spoilers before they even stepped foot in the theater.

[center][img]http://www.wildaboutmovies.com/images_4/EnchantedMoviePoster_001.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]Cha-ching![/b][/center]

In comparison, I knew that the movie mixed live action and animation, looked funny, starred a hot Amy Adams, was Disney's next great hope for a franchise (that Zac Efron can't stay in High School forever... I won't get started on Vanessa Anne Hudgens), and featured my favorite celebrity hottie Carrie Underwood ("Ever Ever After") on the soundtrack.

[center][img]http://bp0.blogger.com/_oGz5KG4h5K8/R0sPBMN3mvI/AAAAAAAAAgM/m3nYdGu3m2w/s320/Animated+Carrie.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]Animated Carrie...[/b][/center]

[center][img]http://www.foxnews.com/images/243843/0_62_120406_underwood.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]Meet tanned and underexposed real-life Carrie...[/b][/center]

[center][img]http://www.latimes.com/media/photo/2007-10/33399918.jpg[/img][/center]
[center][b]Sorry, just one more.[/b][/center]

[left]Let me just say that it's been years since I've loved an animated movie that came out of the Disney studios. I didn't like fellow Certified Fresh fraternity member [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/ratatouille/"][i]Ratatouille[/i][/url] (97%)because I didn't feel like anything happened (and I thought the rats should sing a number or two, to which everyone says "THERE'S NO SINGING IN PIXAR MOVIES, STUPID!!!" It makes me sad when they say that). And while it was good, I really wasn't crazy about another Certified Fresh ballerific film [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/incredibles/"][i]The Incredibles[/i][/url] (97%), though I attribute this to the fact that I saw it on an airplane and wasn't able to give it my full attention due to the narcolepsy I experience the second I snap on my awkward airplane seatbelt. The last Disney movie that I can remember really liking was [i][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/finding_nemo/"]Finding Nemo[/url] [/i](98%), even though it had no singing fish. [/left]


[left]Why the long intro? Because I think many dismiss people who enjoy Disney movies as being Disney fanboys who cannot live without sleeping with cuddled up next to our Pumbaa doll, listening to "Be Our Guest" a couple times a week, while wearing our Ariel-replica shell bikini top made out of two pieces of purple construction paper that resembles an elementary school Thanksgiving hand-turkey. I am not one of these fanboys.[/left]

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[center][b]Watch me be awkward and watch you love it.[/b][/center]

[left]However, after seeing [i]Enchanted[/i], I will admit that I have turned into an [i]Enchanted[/i] fanboy. While any Disney fanboy could rattle off reason after reason why they thought the movie was "fab," I present reasons why the common man might find The Mouse's latest franchise worthwhile.[/left]


[left][b]1) [/b][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/amy_adams/"][b]Amy Adams[/b][/url] - At this point, this is a no brainer. Critics and movie watchers alike have been raving about Amy Adams' performance as Giselle, the new hottest Disney princess (dethroning [i]Beauty and the Beast's [/i]Belle[i]). [/i]At a time when the word "awkward..." is a favorite amongst college girls and awkward humor, situations, and silences are some of the most popular and well-received gags in television and movies today, Amy Adams personifies the idea of being lovingly awkward as Princess-to-be Giselle. [/left]

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[center][b]You got nothing, Belle. Get back to your books. There's a new hottie in town.[/b][/center]

[left]From her hilarious interactions with real life animals to her disgustingly sweet nature taking on the streets of Manhattan in a flowing princess dress, everything about Giselle is awkward and for that reason, everything about her is great. She is exactly what you would envision when you wondered, "What would happen if Cinderella/Belle/Ariel/Nala/Jasmine/Snow White ever really existed in real life?" on many a sleepless night while lying in your bed trying to figure out this mystery. Her acting is spot-on and they play with the gag just enough that it doesn't get old.[/left]


[left][b]2) Eye Candy[/b] - We're done talking about Amy Adams and how I think she is hot along the same lines as Jenna Fischer from [i]The Office [/i](ok, tough to promise).The kind of eye candy that I'm talking about is how the musical portions of [i]Enchanted [/i]come to life and bring all the choreographed and synchronized dancing magic of a Disney movie together in a way that is as irresistible as it is a visual feast. [/left]

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[center][b]Much less cheesy than this picture would indicate.[/b][/center]

[left]Picture all the magic of a "Be Our Guest" or a "Just Can't Wait to be King" (minus the large animals) brought to life and that is many of the scenes of [i]Enchanted[/i]. Pair the dancing and choreography with some catchy songs and the confused expressions of those humans not participating in the Giselle-led dancing fun and you get a fantastic display of Disney showing that it really is possible to bring animation to life, instead of pseudo-life through its Pixar tag-teamed animated films. If you've ever seen [i]Wicked[/i], or any other musical that has some pretty big dance numbers and props, and couldn't help but smile at the spectacle of it, that's what I would compare my feelings toward many of the numbers in [i]Enchanted.[/i][/left]


[left][b]3) Disney Poking Fun at Itself[/b] - In a way, [i]Enchanted [/i]does its own version of B. Rabbit's final freestyle in [i][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/8_mile/"]8 Mile[/url] [/i]by taking all the jokes and ribbing that people throw at its films and using them before anyone else can use them toward its latest effort. From the disgustingly sweet princesses to the lavish wardrobes and talking animals, Disney weaves them all into the story in a way that doesn't feel forced, nor obnoxious at any time. While you know that Disney values its franchises and wants them to remain pure ([i]Little Mermaid [/i]boners and "SEX GRASS" from [i]The Lion King [/i]aside), it's a lot of fun to see The Mouse making fun of itself in an upbeat way that didn't have any attitude behind it. Even if you hate Disney movies, you'll like the way that Disney addresses the idea that its movies aren't really for everyone.[/left]

[left][b]4) [/b][url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/susan_sarandon/"][b]Susan Sarandon's [/b][/url][b]Refusal to Age[/b] - While this list can go on and on, this last one couldn't go without mention. The well-decorated actress plays the role of the "The Evil Stepmother" in this one and seems to have somehow gotten younger. It's weird to say it, but not only did her face look great, but her boobs looked great.[/left]

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[left]On that note, I'm out. Go see Enchanted. It's Certified Fresh and it should be. [/left]