Sunday, October 23, 2011

6 Months, 100 Movies! 5/5


20. Prince of Persia
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley
Synopsis: A young fugitive prince and princess must stop a villain who unknowingly threatens to destroy the world with a special dagger that enables time travel.
What I Liked: Twists and turns were perfect. Decent story, action.
What I Didn't Like: Not enough Prince of Persianess/video gameness. Kept reminding me of the Scorpion King... not a good thing.

19. Something Borrowed
Cast: Kate Hudson
Synopsis: Friendships are tested and secrets come to the surface when Rachel falls for Dex, her best friend's fiancé.
What I Liked: Engaging, entertaining. Leading actress is likable. Funny moments.
What I Didn't Like: Little too much back and forth between the love square.

18. Super 8
Cast: J.J. Abrams(D)
Synopsis: After witnessing a train crash, a group of friends begin noticing happenings going around in their small town, and begin to investigate into the phenomenon.
What I Liked: Kids steal the show. The side story. The ET Vibe.
What I Didn't Like: Loses it's way in the middle. Way too much hype for the alien we know is coming and is a let down.

17. Cowboys and Aliens
Cast: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde
Synopsis: A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region.
What I Liked: Ford was his awesome self. Wilde was gorgeous. Craig was also great.
What I Didn't Like: Wilde's character just creates nonsense. Not as guilty as Super 8 in the alien suspense let down. But halfway through the movie half the crew just leaves.

16. Kick Ass
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Synopsis: Dave is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a super-hero, even though he has no powers or training.
What I Liked: When hit girl enters scene the first time, it's an oh shit moment.
What I Didn't Like: Near the end a scene just doesn't fit and the rest of the movie goes south from there. The whole trying to set up another movie thing.

15. My Best Friends Girl
Cast: Kate Hudson, Dane Cook, Jason Biggs
Synopsis: Tank faces the ultimate test of friendship when his best friend hires him to take his ex-girlfriend out on a terrible date in order to make her realize how great her former boyfriend is.
What I Liked: Very creative story with Cook likeable and of course funny.
What I Didn't Like: Biggs is awful, Hudson is always annoying.

14. Horrible Bosses
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Charlie Day, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston
Synopsis: Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness.
What I Liked: Every character had something hilarious about them.
What I Didn't Like: Characters a little too cartoonish and one dimensional. Sitcom like.

13. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Cast: James Franco, Andy Serkis
Synopsis: During experiments to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease, a genetically-enhanced chimpanzee uses its improved intelligence to lead other apes to freedom.
What I Liked: Serkis stole the show as Caesar. You can feel for him and side with the apes. The father. Good story and characters.
What I Didn't Like: Ending doesn't go anywhere. And the whole trying to set up another movie.

12. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: 2
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes
Synopsis: Harry, Ron and Hermione search for Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord.
What I Liked: Action was the best of any movie, biggest stakes, fit conclusion.
What I Didn't Like: Ending was silly. The blonde kid doesn't pay up.

11. The Departed
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg
Synopsis: Two men from opposite sides of the law are undercover State Police and the mafia, but violence and bloodshed boil when discoveries are made.
What I Liked: Probably should be higher the more I think about it. A+ cast, story that goes anywhere.
What I Didn't Like: Story sometimes not completely straight what was going on. Not mission impossible bad but I could be due to watch it again.

10. There Will Be Blood
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano
Synopsis: A turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the oil business.
What I Liked: Lewis just makes this whole movie work.
What I Didn't Like: Slow in parts, ending jump feels exactly like that.

9. Easy A
Cast: Emma Stone, Thomas Haden Church, Lisa Kudrow
Synopsis: A high school student relies on the school's rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.
What I Liked: Emma Stone brings it. Hilarious parts.
What I Didn't Like: Several can't standable characters.

8. Green Lantern
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Tim Robbins
Synopsis: A test pilot is granted a ring that bestows him with powers, as well as membership into a squad tasked with keeping peace within the universe.
What I Liked: Special effects. Reynolds carrys most of it.
What I Didn't Like: Pretty long, but not enough middle movie. Every other actor was replaceable.

7. 50/50
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen
Synopsis: A comedy centered on a 27-year-old who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.
What I Liked: Emotional and funny, you can just get into all of the characters.
What I Didn't Like: Might suffer due to the fact I just saw it, so maybe it wouldn't normally be this high. Some parts were nonsense. Comedy centered around a not fun concept.

6. Pirates Of The Carribean 4
Cast: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush
Synopsis: Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard is after it too.
What I Liked: Depp doing his captain sparrow.
What I Didn't Like: Kinda feels like Austin Powers did at the end. Fantastic, but should it stop now? Expected more from non Depp characters. Mermaid side story.

5. Thor
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman
Synopsis: The powerful, arrogant Thor is cast out of the realm of Asgard and sent to live amongst humans on Earth, where he soon becomes one of their defenders.
What I Liked: Some funny stuff. Hemsworth and Hopkins do great.
What I Didn't Like: Two magical power items in one movie? Wasted Hawkeye cameo. Love story was forced. Not enough of a character arc for Thor. Not enough action scenes.

4. Captain America
Cast: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving
Synopsis: After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into a superhero dedicated to defending America.
What I Liked: The cgi in the beginning is awesome, Evans does a great job. TLJ is hilarious.
What I Didn't Like: Red skull didn't end up doing anything and never seemed very threatening. Bucky storyline was hastily done.

3. Bridesmaids
Cast: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph
Synopsis: Picked as her best friend's maid of honor, lovelorn and broke Annie looks to bluff her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals with an odd group of bridesmaids.
What I Liked: Unexpected hilarious scenes.
What I Didn't Like: Some cringe moments for sure. Might be a postive that the movie could do those things though.

2. Transformers 3
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, John Turturro
Synopsis: The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it.
What I Liked: Action and special effects are great. Finally as much of a robot movie as it was a LaBeouf movie.
What I Didn't Like: The main bad guy just wasn't the bad ass robot he should have been.

1. X-Men First Class
Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender
Synopsis: The United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a club who is determined to start world war III.
What I Liked: Fassbender and Bacon are fantastic in every scene. Training montages were cool. McAvoy is pretty great as well.
What I Didn't Like: Weak women characters. Too many forced moments.

Friday, October 21, 2011

6 Months, 100 Movies! 4/5

40. Wanted
Cast: Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman
Synopsis: A frustrated office worker learns that he is the son of a professional assassin, and that he shares his father's superhuman killing abilities.
What I Liked: McAvoy was engaging. Action scenes were cool. Story unique.
What I Didn't Like: Ending was down and then up. Freeman was not a good choice.

39. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman
Synopsis: It's Harry's third year at Hogwarts. Convicted murderer Sirius Black has escaped Prison and is coming after Harry.
What I Liked: Time travel! I did kinda dig the ending. Twists about. Gary Oldman
What I Didn't Like: Werewolves and time travel? At this point it seemed like fantasy elements were just randomly added.

38. Predators
Cast: Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace
Synopsis: A group of different warriors are hunted by Predators on a different world.
What I Liked: The beginning when they try to discover everything. Predator vs Predator violence.
What I Didn't Like: Topher Grace was just out of place. Not enough of those Predator POVs.

37. Apocalypse Now
Cast: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando
Synopsis: During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a Green Beret who has set himself up as a God among a local tribe.
What I Liked: I was okay with longer scenes when Brando was on.
What I Didn't Like: Lots of parts dragged for me though. Being told it's one of the greatest movies, my expectations were unrealistic.

36. Stardust
Cast: Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ian McKellen, Robert De Niro
Synopsis: In a countryside bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his love that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the realm.
What I Liked: Unique storyline. I liked not having any idea where the movie was going or could go.
What I Didn't Like: Humorous parts. Characters make strange decisions. Too many fantasy elements perhaps?

35. Hurt Locker
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Guy Pearce
Synopsis: Forced to play a game of cat-and-mouse in a war, an Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy.
What I Liked: Sniper shootout is awesome as well as the intense bomb diffusing scenes.
What I Didn't Like: Kind of a depressing maybe too realistic end. Not enough Guy Pearce. Too many chase scenes.

34. Hot Tub Time Machine
Cast: John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Chevy Chase
Synopsis: A malfunctioning time machine at a ski resort takes a man back to 1986 with his two friends and nephew, where they must relive a fateful night.
What I Liked: Goes relatively quick. Every subplot had something funny about it.
What I Didn't Like: Not enough 80's jokes. Too many blah jokes.

33. Good Luck Chuck
Cast: Dane Cook, Jessica Alba
Synopsis: In order to keep the woman of his dreams from falling for another guy, Charlie has to break the curse that has made him popular with women.
What I Liked: When Cook does his thing. The hook was entertaining. Alba of course.
What I Didn't Like: Alba's character was not based in any kind of reality that Cook's character is in.

32. American Gangster
Cast: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe
Synopsis: In 1970s America, a detective works to bring down the drug empire of a heroin kingpin from Manhattan.
What I Liked: Great ending. Washington is his fantastic self. Nice seeing Crowe do something different.
What I Didn't Like: Just pales in comparison to the later matchups like Man on Fire or Deja-Vu.

31. Diehard 3
Cast: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson
Synopsis: McClane and a store owner must play a bomber's game as they race around New York while trying to stop him.
What I Liked: Samuel is a great addition. The NY background is excellent.
What I Didn't Like: Ending fell flat after the beginning's promise.

30. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: 1
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes
Synopsis: As Harry races against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, he uncovers the existence of three most powerful objects in the world: the Deathly Hallows.
What I Liked: Builds up more tension. Ends on a good spot(of course).
What I Didn't Like: Slower than usual, they were talking in a tent for like 45 minutes. There is way too much to wrap up even after 7 movies.

29. The Fly
Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis
Synopsis: A scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.
What I Liked: Goes quick and story flows very well. Goldblum does wonderful.
What I Didn't Like: The Geena Davis side ex boyfriend story was unnecessary.

28. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson
Synopsis: Harry ignores warnings not to return to Hogwarts, only to find the school plagued by a series of attacks and a voice haunting him.
What I Liked: Good pacing and story flow. Not the little kids as in the first one.
What I Didn't Like: Too many mysteries and several groan moments.

27. Diehard 1
Cast: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman
Synopsis: McClane fights terrorists as they hold hostages in an office building.
What I Liked: Good villian, tension. Clear plot, action.
What I Didn't Like: Everyone besides the two main heroes just seem abnormally dumb.

26. The A Team
Cast: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley
Synopsis: A group of war veterans looks to clear their name with the U.S. military, who suspect the four men of committing a crime for which they were framed.
What I Liked: Entertaining throughout, how they ended the movie where the show begins.
What I Didn't Like: Parts were too forced. Little plot, uninspired twist/plot.

25. Black Hawk Down
Cast: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Eric Bana
Synopsis: 123 U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two lieutenants of warlord and find themselves in a battle with a large heavily-armed force.
What I Liked: Cast. Made me actually feel horrible when a pilot was killed.
What I Didn't Like: Wish it was longer, you don't really see how it ends. Not always clear what is happening, needed more birds eye views.

24. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Robert Pattinson
Synopsis: Harry finds himself selected as a competitor in a dangerous multi-school competition.
What I Liked: General focus to the movie. Loved the plot arc, action, payoff, effects. Enjoyed the ending.
What I Didn't Like: Storyline wise this might have been weak.

23. Capitalism: a Love Story
Cast: Michael Moore
Synopsis: Documentary examines the impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans.
What I Liked: Moore at his best since Bowling for Columbine.
What I Didn't Like: Kind of dated even only 3 years removed.

22. No Country for Old Men
Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem
Synopsis: Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon some dead bodies, heroin and more than $2 million in cash.
What I Liked: Bardem is just so creepy. Jones in engaging.
What I Didn't Like: I didn't like how it ended. I get that it was the whole point of the movie but still.

21. Bad Teacher
Cast: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Justin Timberlake
Synopsis: A junior high teacher who, after being dumped by her sugar daddy, begins to woo a colleague - a move that pits her against a fellow teacher.
What I Liked: Different story. Funny moments.
What I Didn't Like: Liked the actors though the characters all weren't relateable.

Friday, October 14, 2011

My Favorite 15 Foods

Have I got food problems? Have I gone too far with this?

Check and Check.

20. Sushi
I am pretty picky with my sushi. It can be too much raw fish at times, store bought usually isn't good. But load me up with soy sauce and yum.

19. Baklava
Amazing pastry, gotta be the sweet kind though.

18. Benihana Fried Rice
Chicken Fried Rice is amazing, but at this place they do magical things to it.

17. Arby's
Ignoring all the side effects, their roast beef sandwiches are amazing, cheese sticks, curly fries and a shake are the way to go.

16. Carmel Apples
Always good, but by design always a mess.

15. Cornbread
"Cornbread! Aint nothing wrong with that." - Chris Rock

14. Pie
French Silk is my favorite, Cherry and Apple are acceptable if made correctly. Don't understand Pumpkin!

13. Calzone
Pizza pockets when I was in elementary were good even then.

12. Buffalo Wild Wings
So many sauces, most are excellent. My four favorite are Asian Zing, Parmesan Garlic, Mango Habanero and Medium.

11. Subs
Pizza subs are great, but the greatest sub ever is the Tubby's Pizza Steak Sub.

Here's where it gets real hard:

10. Ice Cream
Coldstone has been amazing the last few years. Peanut Butter Cup, Cookies and Cream, Mint Chocolate Chip and Cookie Dough were each the bests thing to happen.

9. Generals Chicken
If there were more than one kind that I really enjoyed then we would be having a different conversation. Chinese food(rice, soup, egg rolls) goes together like "love and marriage" though. Can't have one without the other...

8. Cookies
Might be higher if they stood on their own without milk, but lets be honest sometimes milk makes cookies so much better.

7. Chipotle
Would be higher if I had known what Chipotle was 6 years ago. This list is cumulative, or at least now it is.

6. Taco Bell
My favorite fast food. Never feel right after eating it, but always seems like a good idea at the time.

5. Cake
Cupcakes, muffins, cheese cake, coffee cake, twinkies, zebra cakes, ho-ho-s, chocolate chip cake, oreo cake --- all fall under this category...
My favorite - the confetti-birthday cake
"fruit good, cake great...fruit cake, nasty crap" - Jim Gaffigan

4. Donuts
Basically portable cake. Homer wouldn't be happy that I have this so low...doh!

3. Popcorn
I will say is better with a Cherry Coke, trying to forget how bad this really is for you.

2. Breakfast Food
Couldn't decide between Waffles and Pancakes. French Toast is good too. Also throwing in scrambled eggs, sausage and of course: Bacon!

1. Pizza
Even the worst pizza like a frozen one, or little ceasars hot and ready, I would still consider for many a meal.