My husband and I had been talking one day and he made a reference to "Top Gun". I admitted to him that I had never seen the movie. He couldn't believe it. I was never a big Tom Cruise fan, so it wasn't on my list of priorities. And, when the movie came out in 1986, I didn't go on dates much; and going to the movies alone is no fun. Time went by, and I just never saw it, not even on television in the intervening years. So, on our next trip to the video store after I made my revelation, we were the proud owners of a "Top Gun" DVD.
Having just seen 'The Muppets' yesterday, I'm still dancing and singing.
Lily Tomlin is certainly a versatile actress. She is cast as flighty and whimsical, but also stern and unyielding--sometimes in the same movie. She's the ball buster, but she can also be the sweet sister.
Let's look back at some of Tomlin's most memorable roles in the past thirty years:
I'd like to retire by the time I'm 50. Wait, what am I saying? I AM 50. And, there's no way I can even think about retiring. I'm probably not going to be able to think about it until I'm at least 70. But that's just me. I'm happy for Brad; really, I am.
Breaking Dawn promises more of the formula that's made Twilight such a wildly successful book and movie franchise: drama, angst and super-hot vampires and werewolves (can't leave Taylor Lautner out of the mix, now can I?). Without giving anything away for those who haven't read the book: A lot of stuff happens in this one. And yes, I'm talking about the long-awaited Bella and Edward wedding and - ahem - honeymoon, but there's more, trust me.
The first half of John Carpenter's sci-fi movie “They Live,” before it becomes a straight-up action movie, is some of the most hilariously spot-on political satire I've ever seen. A homeless construction worker- played by Scottish-themed pro-wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper!- stumbles on a box of sunglasses left behind after a mysterious police raid on a nearby church. When he puts them on, he discovers the awful truth- the Earth has been colonized by exploitative aliens. Rich people and some cops are actually alien invaders.
Adam Sandler movies are always stupid. I can never really understand how people can feel good about themselves watching these movies because they're supposed to appeal to the lowest common denominator. Sandler's people so obviously say to themselves that their viewers blue-collar workers, young dudes and their girlfriends, and idiots, so the characters in these movies need to be even worse. Don't people have more self-respect than to see that they're being pandered to in the worst possible way?
The trailer itself is pretty ingenious; it follows the story from beginning to middle, succinctly giving moviegoers who haven’t read the books (hint: go read them. They are amazing!) a good idea about what the film is about. It also gave fans a glimpse into most of what we were craving: the reaping, the Capitol, a peek at Effie, Peeta, Rue, and Cinna (as well as Thresh, Cato, and Clove—not to mention President Snow), some of Katniss’s outfits, and of course, the Cornucopia scene. But that’s where it ends, which is pretty perfect; the trailer concludes with a countdown as the tributes size each other up, ready to be released into the actual arena—and then, as they make their dash into that horrible bloodbath, it cuts out and all we can hear is Rue’s four-note song.
Dear Adam Sandler: I adore you. I thought you were brilliant in Punch-Drunk Love. I actually really enjoyed your Happy Madison Productions movies Anger Management and The House Bunny. Heck, I even giggled more than once during Billy Madison. But (and this is a big, big but) I can't stay a fan if you continue to put out terrible movies year after year. I just can't. Movies are simply too expensive and in this economy, I've got to be super careful about where I spend my money. So I implore you, please stop with the assembly line junk. At the moment, I've just finished perusing reviews for your latest Happy Madison movie Jack and Jill. And they're horrible. I like a good slapstick comedy as much as anyone, but I can't risk spending my hard-earned cash on something that's (apparently) this awful.
“The Edge” was the first movie David Mamet wrote specifically for Hollywood rather than as an adaptation of a play, so it still has some of the elements of a play such as a relatively small cast. Most of the movie is centered around just three of the characters, who have to try to walk to civilization through the Alaskan wilderness after a birdstrike downs their small plane. All of this is made much more difficult by the giant Kodiak grizzly bear relentlessly stalking them through the mountains, determined to eat every last one of them.
Our choices this week were Courageous, Harold and Kumar's Christmas, Tower Heist and Puss n Boots. Neither one of us were familiar with Courageous, and neither of us had seen any of Harold and Kumar's earlier adventures, so that left us with Tower Heist or Puss n Boots. If Puss n Boots had been offered in 3D at our theater, the feisty kitty would have won hands down. As it was, we debated which one to see.
As I’ve said before, I love dancing movies, and I’m way, way too nostalgic these days about my childhood. That’s why Save the Last Dance was the perfect movie to quell both of these silly inclinations with one stone: it obviously includes dancing and was released when I was thirteen.
I have never seen the 1979 Meryl Streep/Dustin Hoffmann classic film, Kramer vs. Kramer, even though I know that it skyrocketed Streep to stardom, nominated a little kid for the Oscar, and even won a few. It looked too sad.