Pirates of the Carribean on Stranger Tides…

Captain Jack Sparrow is back and once he doesn’t disappoint with his charm!

I have always been a huge fan of the franchise but deep down I have always believed that the first film has been the best. With Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom out of this new venture I couldn’t help wondering if Jack Sparrow would be able to deliver in a new film with a new heroine and a new villain.

However the course has been altered and there’s definitely treasure here. Depp trips, teeters from chandeliers, hangs from rafters, performs his sloshy walk and slurry speech and keeps us in stitches.

In this edition Capt. Sparrow and his ‘friends’ race to find the Fountain of Youth. Barbosa is back but is working for the King and he too is looking for the Fountain to compete against the Spanish.

With the conclusion of the Elizabeth Swann /Will Turner love story — a new love angle is added between Penelope and Johnny.

Penelope plays Angelica, daughter of devil worshipping Blackbeard (Ian McShane)and a pirate in her own.

There’s also a subplot that makes you feel warm and fuzzy where a mermaid (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) falls in love with a missionary (Sam Claflin).

Highlights are Jack’s escape scene, the flight of the mermaids and the somewhat cliff hanger end. Special appearances from Judi Dench and keith Richards who delivers the hilarious line: “Does                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       this face look like it’s been to the fountain of youth?” give the film exciting thrills.

I loved every minute of it and waved my Jolly Roger as the tale got darker, the characters creepier and the plot more dramatic. And I can’t wait for the next one!

Pub May 2011 The Star

 

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BEST SHOW EVER!! Suits rocks!!

So i have been sicker than sick for the last 2 weeks with a cough that won’t go away no matter what I do and I have been miserable, Mopey and delirious!

But yesterday Deejay Hypnotique made my evening. As i choked my way through the show, Hypno looked at me with his eyes gleaming and said “I have the perfect cure”!

“Hallelujah, Praise The Lord- The deejay found a cure that no doc could”! I thought to myself happily. “What is it??” I gleefully rasped?

And he proceeded to show me a trailer for a show called ‘Suits’.

“Seriously?” I exclaimed in disbelief?

“Did you not want to relax and feel better?” He asked me patiently like I was a child of 2, which i have to admit, i was acting like…

“Fine!” i brattily replied and proceeded to dial up my ‘DVD hook up’ who delivered the show to me in less than an hour- you gotta love Steve!

That evening as i lay in bed swaddled in my duvets, hot tea, loving calls from my fiance and family I decided to slip that into the machine as i wheezed and choked!

And man how my spirits were uplifted!

I haven’t watched a show that got me this excited since Mad Men or Boardwalk… and while it isn’t ‘Sex and the City’, man it’s good!!!

It stars Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adam and the uber funny Rick Hoffman.

 

Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) is a brilliant law college dropout with an eidetic memory.

 

Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) is one of New York City’s top attorneys who has recently been promoted to senior partner at his firm, and is forced by company policy to hire an associate.

Mike and Harvey bump into each other and due to his brilliance, Harvey gives him a shot! There’s so much that goes on that I don’t want to tell you more and spoil it for you!

 

It is amazing and believe me this description of the show doesn’t even begin to capture the plot of the story!!

Check it out- truly going to be worth your while!



 

 

‘Sixteen Wishes’ quite cute

 

I have a thing for teenage films (loved Easy A) and Freud probably has a lot to say about this fixation but whatever!

So when my friend Steve passed this 1 on to me i clapped my hands in excitement as I couldn’t wait to go home, put on a face mask and indulge in a tub of ice cream as I zoned out in front of the TV.

The film revolves around Abby Jensen, who is finally 16,  and she wants it to be the perfect day.

Things start out all wrong, but her luck changes when a random woman offers her a box full of magical candles that have the power to make all of her birthday wishes come true.

For once, her arch rival Krista Cook (who also has her same birthday) won’t be able to one up her on everything from the presents to the party. For once, people will notice her, and people won’t treat her like a kid anymore.

She and her best friend Jay (a very cute kid and the cougar in me really flexed them claws only to be reprimanded by my other half,lol) start off on a wild ride as Abby lights the candles, closes her eyes, and blows them out one by one. Turning 16 is sweet when 16 wishes come true — or is it?

16 Wishes

It is Sappy and sweet with a feel good message to make moms and kids happy, 16 Wishes is your typical Disney Channel Original movie.

Abby Jensen starts her day with a bit of a bad teenage attitude and typical focus on clothes, parties, and popularity — not to mention an ongoing bitter rivalry with the girl across the street. But, she ends the day an enlightened girl who is happy with who she is and what she has. Young girls will enjoy this celebration of sweet 16 and the light mix of comedy, sentimentality, and a touch of romance.

16 Wishes conveys positive messages about being a good friend, being careful what you wish for, and remembering the important things in life. Also, Abby learns that being a kid has its perks, and there is no need to grow up too fast. The movie contains no profanity or other offensive content. No sweet 16 movie would be complete without a little romance, though, and there is one scene in which a boy and girl kiss.

Sigh, now I’m gonna hole up with ‘Clueless” and ‘She’s all that’ oooh and ‘Sixteen Candles’!

Boardwalk Empire ROCKS!!What a show!

Talk about an awesome show! I have always been a fan of Steve Buscemi so when I found out he would be in a series I was quite excited but not too jazzed that it would be based in the 1920s and on Prohibition.

But when I heard that Michael Scorcese directed the first episode, that was it, I was in hook, line and sinker!

Boardwalk Empire is set in Atlantic City and adapted from a chapter about historical criminal kingpin Enoch “Nucky” Johnson!

Nucky

Nucky is based on a real man. He is a political figure who rose to prominence and controlled Atlantic City, New Jersey during the Prohibition period of the 1920s and 1930s and it’s all about his interactions with various gangs and people.

BE rvolves around bootlegging, gang wars, murders and The federal government who also take an interest in the bootlegging and other illegal activities in the area.

With memorable, realistic characters, excellent direction and brilliant acting it’s like watching a movie rather than a series!

Check it out, it’s awesome!


5/5 stars!

Film Review: Narnia- The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Voyage of the Dawn treader certainly does a better job than its predecessor- Prince Caspian and while it might not be as fantastic as The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe it definitely won’t induce you into a coma.

Unfortunately it won’t dazzle you either but it will mildly entertain you, especially if you are an avid reader of the books.

This third installment in the adventures of the Pevensie children finds the two youngest, Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and Lucy (Georgie Henley) forced to live with their aunt and uncle, the Scrubbs, and their unpleasant, despicable and snotty cousin Eustace (Will Poulter) in WW2 London while their older siblings Susan and Peter are away with the parents.

Eustace thinks their talk of Narnia is hogwash – until, he finds himself transported to Narnia, along with his cousins, via a painting hanging in their bedroom. The three find themselves on the Dawn Treader, King Caspian’s (Ben Barnes) vessel, which has set out to find seven lords banished from Caspian’s land. They must retrieve seven swords and place them at Aslan’s table, which will rid Narnia of evil and the green mist.

As expected Aslan the lion (Liam Neeson) makes an appearance, as does Reepicheep (Simon Pegg), the talking rodent.

Unfortunately good acting doesn’t.  It’s very sad when Aslan in his two seconds of roaring glory steals the limelight of the film but you can’t blame Neeson for that as the kids couldn’t act to save their lives! At least the Twilight brats and Potter Kids learnt how to act as the films progressed.

Then again you also can’t blame them for acting badly as the pointless, meandering plot where the characters shuffle from one heavily -embossed -in religious symbolism scene to the next is quite tedious to watch.

The film’s plot is also very slow and I blame the pace on the numerous fighting scenes  that are jerky, sloppy and boredom stirring.

In the end while keeping somewhat true to the novel the film remains dull despite excellent special effects (watch out for the dragon, a true highlight). But I couldn’t help wishing Johnny Depp and his pirates would jump on board and save me from the mundane and imagination-numbing plot. It should have been named the voyage to boredom or Voyage of Yawn Tredder.

3 stars

Published in The Star-20th January 2011

Easy A gets an Easy A for being an awesome film!

5 stars


I love teenage films despite not being a teenager and I would rate ‘Mean Girls’ ‘Juno’, and

‘Clueless’as some of the best teenage films of our time.

‘Easy A’ doesn’t disappoint either. High school is tough enough with the Barbie wannabes and the ridiculous jocks, so imagine if you are at the centre of a rumor that you concocted unintentionally-popularity suicide? I think so.

Witty Olive (Emma Stone) tells her friend, Rhiannon about (Alyson Michalka) a secret rendezvous with a college friend of her brothesr and the uptight Christian totter Marianne (Amanda Bynes) overhears them, and starts the rumors flying.

Sadly the rendezvous is fake and was only told to impress her friend. But Olive is soon termed the school harlot. Rather than curling up in a hole and dying she uses her tarnished image to help a friend out.

The friend in question is incessantly bullied for being a homosexual and so she puts on a show at a party where the two pretend they are having mad sex which increases the boy’s popularity. Things get worse for her as every unpopular guy begs her to help improve their weak social status- and with gift cards in payment, Olive uses her tarnished image to increase their popularity.

Unfortunately her poor reputation leads to Olive’s friends ditching her or turning against her and she becomes a social pariah. Feeling lost and alone she decides to come clean but none of the boys want to come clean and so she shares her story in an original way by letting it all out via webcast.

I loved it for its clever sharpness and its funny twists and turns kept me thoroughly entertained. Dialogue and scenes are snappy, quick and fun. Stone plays Olive brilliantly pulling of the sassy, sarcastic role and her dry humour certainly made the film for me. She managed to make an unlikable character someone you’d want to be friends with and root for and kind of relate to.

It’s a great story that will fit any age (well not for your little folks as it is about sex) as viewers will be entertained by references to classic ’80s movies and music from the 1970s and 1980s.

Also watch out for a great supporting cast-my favorite being Lisa Kudrow and Stanley Tucci.

I’d give it an Easy A for being a joy to watch and I suggest you gather your girlfriends together and enjoy it for what it is-a teenage film without the angst that ‘Juno’ brought.

 

I might be termed a cougar for the statement I’m about to make, but I have to come clean- I have a serious crush on Zac Efron. I have followed his career since he played Cameron in ‘Summerland’, to his gig in ‘hairspray’ , to the underrated hit ’17 Again’ and I can’t believe I’m going to admit this, to his singing days in ‘High School Musical’ ( I now sound like a stalking cougar). While I enjoyed him in ‘Me and Orson Welles’ I couldn’t wait to see if Efron would deliver in Charlie St Cloud.

The film basically revolves  around Zac Efron’s character, Charlie St Cloud who see’s dead people-nope in the ‘Sixth Sense’ kind of way but close-he plays baseball with his dead brother whose death he feels is his fault. If that sounded corny to you, then wait till I tell you how his classmate (the hot Amanda Crew who is also an ace sailor) comes in to set him free of the guilt- who he also ends up snogging.

The less I tell you about the film the more you will enjoy it in the end. In fact if you enjoyed ‘The Sixth Sense’, ‘Ghost’, ‘Field of Dreams’ or bits and bobs of ‘Twilight’ then check it out as it’s all about a sensitive teen coming to terms with his guilt, tossed with some romantic fluff and tear jerking moments.

It tries to sell you a tortured soul and lots of sentimentality but for some reason I just couldn’t buy it and kept gagging into my popcorn. Plus the fact that Efron kept popping up shirtless everywhere actually might have hindered me from buying the seriousness and sentimentality of the plot.

Ray Liotta and Kim Basinger have little to do in their adult roles and Liotta is somewhat laughable in his role and very forgettable (I’m clearly not his fan).

So will you be able to tolerate this cheesy mush of a film? You might if you think Efron is dreamy or are a teenager. Sadly while he does bring his acting chops to the table the film sucks. Make like the wind and follow the film’s tagline- “Life is for living” and don’t waste 1 and half hours on it as you won’t get them back-then again you could always head to a cemetery and play baseball with the dead folks.

 

(Yum-the highlight of the film…)

2.5 stars

I’d rather read the book

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