Saturday, October 23, 2010

life as we know it

the lowdown: Holly Berenson (Katherine Heigl) and Eric Messe (Josh Duhamel) are two single adults . Their mutual best friends tried to set them up but after a disastrous first date, the only thing they have in common is their dislike for each other and their love for their goddaughter, Sophie. When their friends dies in an accident, these two become caregivers to an orphaned baby girl.

what's the buzz?: One couple. Josh Duhamel and Katherine Heigl. These two have a good chemistry on screen. The movie is fairly predictable but luckily its filled with quirky supporting cast. Melissa McCarthy is great as the seen-it-all Mom on the block. Andrew Daly and Bill Brochtrup are funny as the gay parents who fawn over Duhamel. Sarah Burns was an absolute awesome social worker Janine Groff, who warns Holly and Messer about complicating their relationship. She was hysterically touching to watch!

what's the fuzz?: Predictability. You can spot a mile away. The formulaic high jinx involving the baby, from poop to babysitting duty.

roundup: Life as We Know It, is an upside to predictability. We know who the characters are and we cheers for them. They are a family. The movie has heart. Even with its foreseen plotline, I enjoyed myself. Sometimes, with all the rom-com cliches, you just have to go along for the ride :)

rating: popcorn fluff

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

wall street: money never sleeps

the lowdown: This movie is a sequel to the 1987 movie Wall Street by Oliver Stone. We follow the 2008 financial crisis with a reformed Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) who was behind bars for eight years. Now, Gordon Gekko finds himself on the outside of a world he once dominated. Looking to repair his relationship with his daughter, Winnie (Carey Mulligan), Gekko forms an alliance with her fiance Jacob, a young  proprietary trader (Shia LaBeouf). In return, Gekko helps Jacob get revenge on the man he blames for his mentor's death. But, soon  Jacob learns the real truth of Gekko and his plans.

what's the buzz?: Michael Douglas brought his A game. He shows us the multiple facets of Gekko in a credible way. Shia LaBeouf did well, transitioning from Steven Gets Even and Transformers. I also like the performance by Josh Brolin and the great Frank Langella. I was impressed with the way the director created artistically directed shots of skylines with stock performances against its backdrop and the hurried interaction of stock traders and brokers. Stone succeeded in depicting the frenzied pace of Wall Street.

what's the fuzz?: The movie moves at a snail pace towards to second half act. The financial stuff may still seem foreign to most of us but we get the idea. And the writing is fairly unpredictable that everything seems to be tied into a nice bundle near the end.

roundup:  The movie has little connection to the first one besides its main character, Gordon Gekko. Overall,  it is a story that centers around the recent financial crisis and how its affects the elite financiers.

rating: slippery spaghetti

Sunday, October 3, 2010

new posters for the final harry potter movie

check out the poster for part one of harry potter and the deathly hallows!

all the posters have dark themes, reflecting the mood perfectly for the final movie.
what a rush!! now, i really cannot wait for the movie. bring on the magic!

take a peek into the latest trailer :)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

renesmee cullen: mackenzie foy?

Renesmee Cullen, the lovechild of Edward and Bella in Twilight.

Entertainment Weekly has reported that nine year old Mackenzie Foy is close to signing on the role to play human/ vampire Renesmee Cullen in the final installment of Twilight saga. She has appeared in an episode of 'Til Death and Flash Forward.

If this child actress is chosen, she will be playing a pivotal role in the film. A character that ages 17 years in just seven. Sources are saying that there will similar digital effects like the ones used in the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Maggie Grace, best known for playing Shannon Rutherford on the tv series Lost has joined the cast of Twilight. She will apparently play "vegetarian vampire" Irina who becomes an ally of the Cullen family in the final book.

Filming of the two-part final is due to start in November, with the first film scheduled to hit theatres at the end of 2011.