Sunday, October 23, 2011

6 Months, 100 Movies! 5/5

Finale!

20. Prince of Persia
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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19. Baklava
Amazing pastry, gotta be the sweet kind though.
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18. Benihana Fried Rice
Chicken Fried Rice is amazing, but at this place they do magical things to it.
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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.
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16. Carmel Apples
Always good, but by design always a mess.
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15. Cornbread
"Cornbread! Aint nothing wrong with that." - Chris Rock
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14. Pie
French Silk is my favorite, Cherry and Apple are acceptable if made correctly. Don't understand Pumpkin!
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13. Calzone
Pizza pockets when I was in elementary were good even then.
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12. Buffalo Wild Wings
So many sauces, most are excellent. My four favorite are Asian Zing, Parmesan Garlic, Mango Habanero and Medium.
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11. Subs
Pizza subs are great, but the greatest sub ever is the Tubby's Pizza Steak Sub.
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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.
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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...
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8. Cookies
Might be higher if they stood on their own without milk, but lets be honest sometimes milk makes cookies so much better.
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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.
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6. Taco Bell
My favorite fast food. Never feel right after eating it, but always seems like a good idea at the time.
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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
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4. Donuts
Basically portable cake. Homer wouldn't be happy that I have this so low...doh!
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3. Popcorn
I will say is better with a Cherry Coke, trying to forget how bad this really is for you.
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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!
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1. Pizza
Even the worst pizza like a frozen one, or little ceasars hot and ready, I would still consider for many a meal.
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