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Rock Star

Drama No Comments »

Watching Rock Star and wondering if this is what hometown hero Jason had to go through to get into Kasabian. Except instead of losing his girlfriend and ending up in the cafe grunge scene, he gained a Lee Starkey and twins. By the way, one of my new year’s resolutions is to date someone that I don’t keep track of through tabloids.

(video Rock Star! acting cute in HD originally uploaded by Watchcaddy)

Rotten tomatoes rating: 52%

Good Will Hunting

Drama, Sci Fi No Comments »

I am starting a Calculus class on Thursday at a CUNY school. When I decided on enrolling, I thought why have I overlooked this great NY resource for a decade? I could have been taking inexpensive classes for years. Then I went through the bureaucracy of trying to enroll. I am almost there, after 1 trip to NYU health services, 1 trip to the Baruch registrar, 2 trips to Baruch admissions and several emails and calls. Now I am watching Good Will Hunting and I’m wondering what was I thinking? I aint no super genius. In fact looking over my high school transcript, math classes were the only classes I got Bs in. Well except for gym class once, but I swear that was just ill will and not my nerddom. I was a fit nerd. Anyways, I just looked up the syllabus and apparently there is homework before the class starts on Thursday and I can’t even understand the homework assignment:

Review Precalculus
The appendix is only available at the publishers web site http://college.hmco.com
1 P. D8: 1, 3, 5, 15, 29, 45, 49, 59
2 P. D15: 1, 7, 9, 17, 29, 33, 35, 45
3 P. 8: 3, 5, 7, 9, 30, 53, 54, 61, 62
4 P. 16: 1-7 odd, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 25, 39, 40, 43, 44, 45
5 P. 27: 1-11 odd, 13-18, 25-28, 39, 41, 42, 59, 61, 62

This is going to be a long semester.

(image good_will_hunting.jpg originally uploaded by stephen.saine)

Rotten tomatoes rating: 97%

The Express

Based on a True Story, Ding, Drama, Football, Movies That Made Me Cry, Sports No Comments »

When I did gymnastics, I never did that well in competition. I showed up, did some routines, fell off the beam, and went home. The night before my second-to-last meet, I watched The Natural on tv. The next day at the meet, I felt inspired. As the national anthem played, my courage rose and I resolved to do my best. I tied for second on bars and placed overall qualifying me for states.

Tomorrow I am running the NY City Half Marathon. I am pretty sure that I won’t win any awards or qualify for anything (except for maybe a free Jamba juice), but I think watching The Express right now does improve my chances at winning the Heisman. At the very least, it will give me something to occupy my mind during the (fingers crossed) 2 hour run.

By the way, if you watch The Express on an airplane, you will cry.

Football season officially begins in 30 days!

(image Walt Disney World Monorail System – Your Express Highway in the Sky originally uploaded by Matt Pasant)

Rotten tomatoes rating: 61%

A Room with a View

Drama, Girl Movies, Romance 1 Comment »

A Room with a View really can’t compare at all with the book. It rushes through the whole story just to get to the romantic ending with Lucy and George, which is of course the best part. I was thinking, though, about the casting of Daniel Day-Lewis as Lucy’s odious fiance Cecil Vyse. Daniel Day-Lewis is known for staying in character for the entire duration of a movie. I was just thinking how awful it must have been when he was Cecil Vyse for a month. I wonder if he traveled by carriage and insulted everyone he met.

(image A room with a view………. originally uploaded by MarceloRuiz)

Rotten tomatoes rating: 100%

Eastern Promises

Action, Drama, Thriller 1 Comment »

Viggo Mortensen is like a fortunately unfortunately story. A fortunately unfortunately story is a book where the plot is alternating positive and negative events. My sister wrote one in elementary school and it has really set my understanding of the genre. Anyway, Viggo is fortunately unfortunately. Unfortunately he was in G.I. Jane. Fortunately he was the hot guy in A Walk on the Moon. Fortunately he was Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings movies. Unfortunately he was in A History of Violence, but fortunately… he was in Eastern Promises. What a crazy f-ed up movie. Any actor or director that would go for a naked fight scene really has something crazy going on. His next movie is really going to be horrible because Eastern Promises was so good. Good thing he has five movies in the works.

(Image The barbershop from Eastern Promises originally uploaded by Catfunt

Rotten tomatoes rating: 89%

The Interpreter

Drama, Thriller No Comments »

Maybe it is all the bad movies I have been watching lately or because James has been away too long, but I just watch The Interpreter and I didn’t even think it sucked.  Normally I hate Nicole Kidman (although she smiled at me at the gym once) and I usually refer to Sean Penn as a windy gas bag, but they were both fine.  I think it was the first Sean Penn movie where I haven’t thought about Spicoli.  Well, except for when I thought about how I hadn’t thought about him.  So, I guess I better give Sean Penn a second chance.  That’s a lot of movies to watch.

(image interpretor originally uploaded by max116)

Rotten tomatoes rating: 59%

Choke

Comedy, Drama, Sundance 1 Comment »

Choke is a movie directed by Clark Gregg based on a novel by Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club.  Choke is exactly like Fight Club except the main character works at a historical theme park instead of an office.  And rather than visit support groups for ailments he doesn’t have, the main character Victor attends sexual addiction meetings that he does need.  So imagine Fight Club with a sex addicted historical theme park worker with a best friend instead of a split personality.

The movie isn’t really as bad as that makes it sound.  And the main character isn’t mad at the world like Tyler Durden, he is just mad at his mother. I might not watch this movie a second time, but I also didn’t find Sam Rockwell annoying.  So it is win win.

(image Larry Bird Choking Julius Erving originally uploaded by The Smoking Section)

Rotten tomatoes rating: 83%

The Untouchables

Action, Drama No Comments »

James and I watched The Untouchables over the holidays.  We both forgot how good the movie is.  What stuck with me the most this time is how clueless Eliot Ness is.  His buddy Jim Malone (Sean Connery) does all the good thinking.  George Stone (Andy Garcia) is the biggest bad ass in Chicago outside of their accountant (Charles Martin Smith).  Ever since we watched it, James keeps mentioning this accountant character.  If anyone knows an accountant who can really kick ass, let me know.

(Image Eliot Ness & the Untouchables originally uploaded by JBoone)

Rotten tomatoes rating: 81%

16 Blocks

Action, Drama No Comments »

I watched 16 Blocks on tv the other day. I’m not sure how much I like the down and out and tired Bruce Willis over the down and out and tough as nails Bruce Willis, but it was still better than watching anything else that was on. (What? I have been sick and the holidays are boring.) I had really low expectations for the movie, but it really isn’t bad once you get past Mos Def playing his role as some sort of autistic crack head. I usually like Mos Def, but in this role he lacks the charm of both Hoffman as Raymond Babbitt and Dave Chapelle’s Tyrone Biggums.

(Image 16 Blocks originally uploaded by lokiv7)

Rotten tomatoes rating: 56%

Brazil

Comedy, Drama, Fantasy 1 Comment »

With the boring holidays, I have been going through all the movies on demand. I was surprised to see Brazil on demand. I forgot, but Brazil is actually a Christmas movie. The whole thing takes place during Christmas. One thing I noticed this time around is that all the characters have different accents and it doesn’t matter. Sam Lowry has an english accent and his mother played by Katherine Helmond is 100% american. It is such a good movie it doesn’t even matter. From now on, I am watching Brazil every Christmas… tradition is important.

(Image Only in Brazil is this possible originally uploaded by joaobambu)

Rotten tomatoes rating: 97%