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Movies This Weekend! 2/1/08

January 30, 2008 by Joe · 5 Comments 

Hiiii everyone. Welcome back! It’s Tuesday, so its time to discuss what movies are coming out this weekend, so that YOU can make an informed decision when you go to the movies. Ok I’m just kidding, you don’t HAVE to listen to me, but you can leave comments!

This weekend is a bit weak in my opinion, but who knows, we might have a gem in there somewhere. I certainly didn’t expect Meet the Spartans to top the box office last weekend, but lo and behold, there it was. I give myself credit that I picked that movie to watch, and I did watch it so I’ll provide a review for ya tomorrow… just so this post can stay up top.

Here we go….

Strange Wilderness - Animal enthusiast Peter Gaulk and his buddy Fred Wolf host a nature show that is slowly dying. In an attempt to save his show, Peter and his colleagues set out to find the one creature that could save their show…. none other than Bigfoot.

Hows it gonna do? - Um… I’m not sure about this one. I’ve loved the trailer with the shark and found myself impersonating it many a time. However, I just don’t see this one doin it for me. I could be wrong, and I might end up catching a few minutes of it during work to see if I am wrong, but I don’t picture this one doing well at all. It’s rated R, so you know that it’s gonna be raunchy. (Gonna be a headache to babysit all the kids tryin to see this one, another reason I’m not looking forward to it)

Well.. that’s one down. Let’s look and see what else we got in store for us this week…..

Over Her Dead Body - Devastated by the loss of his fiancee, Kate, on their wedding day, Henry agrees to see a psychic (at the urging of his sister) to see if he can get some contact with Kate. Unable to speak to Kate through the psychic, Henry still finds himself falling for the psychic! However, she (the psychic) is now being haunted by Kate’s ghost, who decides its her duty to break up the two of them if its the last thing she does!

How’s It gonna do? - This one is a cute… date movie I think. I’m sure that some ladies will be dragging their men to this movie. Guys, Eva Longoria Parker is in this one, so that could be something to look forward to in the movie. It has a nice concept, but it doesn’t scream blockbuster at all. I think it’ll have enough in it to make it to #3 at the Box office at best.

Alright that’s two duds in my opinion. So what else to we got? One more major release, according to my source (Rotten Tomatoes). And that one is………

The Eye - Sydney Wells is an accomplished concert pianist. However, since she was young, she has been blind. However, her dreams come true when a set of eyes becomes available, and she has surgery to restore her sight. With the help of her sister, Sydney begins to learn how to see again. Soon afterwards, she begins seeing strange apparitions and images that no one else can see. People begin to question her sanity as she describes what she sees. However, she needs to figure out if these real or not. Sydney believes someone may have opened up her eyes to a world only she can see….

How’s it Gonna do? - Well, I think this one has an interesting concept, and it’s got Jessica Alba. Again, I don’t see blockbuster with this one, but Jessica will pull people into those seats. This thriller will be the one that the teens will come out in droves to see, much like One Missed Call before it.

Well, that’s it for our major releases this week. Again, there are several limited releases, and here they are:

Caramel
Vivere
Silence before Bach

Also coming out this week is the Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus in concert digital show. I know that this is/has been sold out for weeks, and tons of little critters (you may know them as “kids”) may be crowding your local theatre this week. Just keep that in mind.

All that being said, my pick of the week (Not that it’ll be #1) is…. The Eye. Sorry, I have a thing for Jessica Alba. :-) Here’s the trailer:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoA6dxLeWFo&rel=1]

There you have it.. movies this weekend! What are you going to see? Something new? or something Old?

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Joe’s Review: 27 Dresses

January 28, 2008 by Joe · 3 Comments 

Yay! I finally saw it. Well, we were late, and we missed about 15 minutes, but my girlfriend and I finally saw this movie. I have to say that it was pretty enjoyable, and had the same feel good theme that The Devil Wears Prada had. A very cute movie overall.

So what is this movie about? Well, Jane is the main character. She is the assistant to the boss at a large outdoors company, and is in love with her boss. She has also been a bridesmaid at (you guessed it) 27 weddings. Jane has never found the confidence to tell her boss that she loves him, and has always felt a need to take care of everyone around her, including her younger sister Tess, who Jane tried to play mother for with their mother died. Jane also has a dream of one day being married in her mother’s dress, at the same Pier where her mom got married. An endless romantic, she has yet to make her dreams come true.

So it’s no surprise when Jane’s sister comes to stay with her for a few weeks, Jane finally decides that she has the confidence to tell her boss that she really likes him…. but there is a problem. Her boss, George runs into Tess at them moment Jane is about to tell him this… and him and Tess hit it off! Jane can do nothing but sit aside and watch as they go through a whirlwind courtship, and the next thing she knows, they are going to be married in three weeks, and she is left to plan the wedding!!!

Pretty crazy. Add to that Kevin, a guy who has been practically stalking Jane, and a committments writer at the New York Journal. Jane has secretly admired his writings, not knowing it was him. When he is called in to cover Tess’s wedding, Jane is forced to spend a lot of time with him, and she finds him completely annoying. Now not only does she have to watch her sister marry the man she loves, but also has to deal with the annoying “Jerk” Kevin.

Well, I’m sure you can imagine that this has a happy ending, but you’ll have to see it to be sure. All I can tell you is that I enjoyed it a lot… it was really good for a chick flick. Guys, there are a lot of attractive women in this one, and I’m sure your girlfriend/fiancee/wife will LOVE you for seeing this one with them.

This one is Joe approved! Here’s the trailer for those of you who want something more…

I wonder if I only see movies I know I’ll like or if I just like every movie….If you’ve seen it.. what did you think?

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Sold Out.

January 24, 2008 by Joe · 2 Comments 

Man. I really thought that this would never affect me again. For those of you who don’t know, I do work at a movie theatre, and I honestly thought that a sold out show was a thing of the past for me. I’ve always been able to get into movies even if they were close to selling out, as I always waited to see how many seats were left and moved people around. But for the second time this week, I got rejected by a movie. What I don’t understand about it is that the movie sold out the last time I was there, and they moved it to a smaller auditorium. Makes no sense at all. Read more

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Green Shoes

January 23, 2008 by Joe · Leave a Comment 

I just saw this opportunity, so I figured I’d take it and let you guys know about some Green Shoes! Po Zu is an environmentally-friendly shoe brand that is launching in the US. All of their products are naturally grown or tanned. They even have an edible shoe cream!! I’ve never even heard about that before.

If you’re looking for green shoes, give these guys a look. They seem to have a pretty interesting concept going on, and they’ve generated a lot of interest from large department stores such as Barneys. This is definitely one way to go green!

If you check it out, let me know what you think.

This is a Sp0nsored P0st.

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RIP Heath Ledger

January 23, 2008 by Joe · 5 Comments 

Being a movie blog, I feel that I should post on this. For those of you who don’t know, Actor Heath Ledger was found dead in his New York apartment today. The 28 year old actor is known especially for his role in the smash hit Brokeback Mountain. He is set to star as the Joker in the New Batman movie to be released later this year.

The details behind his death have not been released yet. It is not known whether drugs or other influences were involved.

It is quite a tragedy for such a young and successful actor to have his life ended. I don’t know if there was foul play or anything else involved, but it is extremely sad. It does show that no matter how successful or popular you are, there are things you can’t prevent. It’s unfortunate that this had to be one of them.

RIP Heath Ledger.

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Movies this Weekend! 1/25/08

January 23, 2008 by Joe · 2 Comments 

Woohoo, time to do this again! I was just watching some TV, and I realized that there are actualy a ton of movies that are coming out this week, some of which I am actually interested in seeing! You ever find that happening to you? You’re watching your favorite TV show, like House, then all of a sudden, a trailer comes on for a movie and you just think… I have to see that. Well, maybe it wasn’t that serious, but they did make me think about them again, so I guess their advertisement is working. Anyway, let’s get onto the movies! (I’ll try to find pictures that don’t get removed this time….where do you guys normally get yours?)

How She Move - An inspired story about a young woman, gifted in step dancing, who will do anything to get out of her tough neighborhood and find her big break. Featuring dancing choreographed by Hi Hat and an appearance by R&B sensation Keyshia Cole, this high energy feature looks to inspire and energize.

How’s it Gonna Do? - Eh. Not for me. I have been impressed with movies that feature step dancing before, namely Stomp the Yard, but for some reason, this one just doesn’t do it for me. They are aiming for a certain crowd though, and it could break out like the aforementioned Yard. It was a hit a Sundance, which is a good sign for it, but it does have a lot of competition this weekend. In my opinion, you should wait for the second Step Up movie, which is due to be released on Valentine’s Day. I know I’m going to.

Untraceable - Special Agent Jennifer Marsh works in the FBI’s Cyber Crime division, hunting down online criminals and predators. She’s seen and dealt with it all, until the division comes across a website that displays graphic murders, with the killings happening more quickly depending on how many people visit. Determined to track down this killer, the hunt becomes personal, with Marsh’s family in jeopardy along with her. She is in a race against the clock to find this untraceable killer.

How’s It Gonna Do? - I actually think this one will do pretty decently. It has a good viral premise, which appeals to me because I’ve been trying to create sites with viral content… haven’t succeeded yet. I am curious to know that if something like this really happened, how viral would it become. Would people actually visit more and more despite what is happening when they visit? I will probably check this one out. 50% chance of viewing. (Stealing the Fletch system again)

Rambo? - Sylvester Stallone returns to the big screen with one of his most popular characters , Rambo. After a long hiatus, Rambo is out for blood once again. Having retreated to Northern Thailand, and putting all the violence behind him, he is still in the middle of one of the longest Civil Wars of all time. After helping a missionary group bring aid and supplies to Burma, he is informed that the group did not return when they were supposed to, and that funds are being raised to hire mercenaries to help bring them back. Despite his training and wars being far behind him, John Rambo knows what he must do.

How’s It Gonna Do? - This one is quite a mystery. I know that it’s not going to be as good as the previous Rambo movies. While Rocky did work, since he was supposed to age and it was a blaze of glory going out movie. I don’t feel that this is the same thing. I think in this instance, Stallone is trying too hard to revive this character. Rambo’s time has passed… and I’ll pass too.

Meet the Spartans - A parody movie from the minds that brought you Epic Movie. Nuff Said.

How’s it Gonna Do? - Just like all the other ones. Some will love it, and others will wish it was never made.

So that’s it for all of the commercial releases this week. There ARE several other movies being released, with the U2:3D movie being of note. That being said, I do have catch-up to do with movies that I haven’t seen yet.

However, my pick of the week is: Meet the Spartans - I think it’s just going to be enjoyable!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onX8C05G-kA&rel=1]

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Joe’s Review: Juno

January 22, 2008 by Joe · 2 Comments 

Hi everyone, just returned from the movies! Didn’t get to see 27 Dresses as the girlfriend wanted to, but that’s only because it was sold out. Surprising that so many people would go to the movies on a day before work, but hey.. it happens. She was actually pretty disappointed and I’m going to try to get it in sometime this week. Don’t worry babe, we will be going to see it. You did watch the Patriots game with me… so I owe it to ya!

Anyway, after much debate between The Orphanage, National Treasure 2, and Juno, we ended up going to see Juno, even though she had already seen it. Hey, it is a benefit that we don’t pay for movies, right? Anyway, we didn’t see the first because the bulb in that theatre was dying (tip from the brother, who is a projectionist there), and neither of us had seen National Treasure, so we thought it rather pointless to see part two. I’m really glad we saw Juno though, because I thought it was excellent.

Juno follows the story of our little heroine, Juno MacGuff, as she deals with teen pregnancy. Her child is fathered by Paulie Bleeker, who is played by the always good Michael Cera. Juno goes through all the stages of teen pregnancy, from wanting an abortion, not being able to go through with it, to telling her parents and finding suitable adoptive parents for her child. Also along the journey, she becomes good friends with the father who is going to adopt her child, and realizes that she has actually found her true love. Of course, there are many other things that happen, and also some truly hilarious things. I don’t want to ruin this one at all, and I really suggest that you head out and go see this one! Here’s the trailer if you need some more persuasion…..

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0SKf0K3bxg&rel=1]

Her father is played by the hilarious J.K. Simmons… I always seem to like his character in movies. I really liked how everyone in the movie just seemed to work.. they all reall embraced their roles. :-)

It’s a complete movie from beginning to end, and you can really relate to the characters in it. I only wish I had seen it earlier.. it’s excellent! This one gets a 9 out of 10 in Joe’s world. That’s two 9s in the row this year, with Cloverfield, and now Juno!

Did anyone see Juno? What did you think?

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Joe’s Review: Cloverfield

January 21, 2008 by Joe · 2 Comments 

How many of you have been aware of the hype behind the Cloverfield movie? I myself have been really intrigued, and after seeing it for the second time last night, I should probably write a review about it. For a quick, gritty review (I’ll go into more detail below), this movie is great for what it was. While being extremely short (99 minutes with previews), I’d say that this movie was great fora bout 94 of it. The ending just didn’t do it for me, though. I can picture many people saying that the movie was great but the ending was bad. If you disagree, please let me know why.

Anyway, the basic plot of the movie was that a going away party for one of the main characters (Rob) is being videotaped by one of his best friends (Hud). Hud goes through the party, gathering testimonials and video goodbyes of everyone at the party. The party takes a bit of a sour note when Elizabeth McIntyre, who Rob realizes he actually cares about, shows up to the party with another guy. Rob appears devastated, and after arguing with her, he heads back to the party and she leaves with her new friend. Hud and Rob’s Brother try to make him feel better, and let him know that he should just try to make up with her, and are discussing it when an earthquake like shaking rocks the city.

Everyone at the party starts to panic, but it quickly subsides. After turning on the TV to find out what happened, everyone heads to the roof to see if they can get a better look. As they are up there trying to figure out what happened, an explosion is seen in the distance. Fearing a terrorist attack, everyone panics and heads back into the building.

Soon they realize that it’s not a terrorist attack, but something else altogether.

Not going to spoil the movie, so there’s just an intro as to what starts the movie. It’s actually very intense, and I really enjoyed the way that they used handheld digicams for the entire filming of the movie. It made it seem more real, and showed you how people would really act in that kind of situation. I believed that a lot of that could happen if we were stuck in the same situation. Of course, being a movie it did have parts that you know would never happen, but at the same time this movie made it work.

JJ Abrams does a really good job at making you “feel” what the characters are feeling. You get frustrated, and are taken on quite an intense ride. I know I’ve said it before, but that’s what it is. It’s not really a horror movie, so you don’t really have too much of the jump out of your seat being scared. It’s more of an implied fear… as in a “what if this happened to us” kind of scared. It was really well done… but I wish that the ending was different.

The cinematography has made some people motion sick, so I do warn against that. Also, I found it very interesting that there was no music in this film. The only music is the music from the party, which I don’t really consider part of the music for the movie, as it was really for the party. It brought up the suspense, as there was nothing to set the mood except for the characters themselves.

For those adventurous folks, there is a bit (no video) at the end that can clear things up a bit. The credits are really long though.

Overall, I’d give this movie a 9, and say that it’s IAW approved. (I should make banners for this stuff, like Fletch…)

If you’ve seen it, let me know what you think!

Discussion: What happens next?

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Movies this Weekend! 1/18/08

January 16, 2008 by Joe · 7 Comments 

Hey everyone, sorry for the lack of posting recently. I need to update a lot of things, I know, and I hope that you’ll be patient with me! I feel like I’m asking that a lot, but my internet has been less than cooperative lately. I promise that this will change when I move over to our new home, and I get some kick butt internet. Posting will definitely increase then.

Anyway, I hope that I am able to post this tonight. This is a pretty big movie weekend, with three major releases, and quite a few notable limited releases. Let’s get started. Pictures to come later.

27 Dresses - Starring Katherine Heigl as a “forever bridesmaid”. Jane (Heigl) has been a bridesmaid 27 different times, and has never found a love of her own. (I keep misspelling bridesmaid as bridge… I don’ know why) Things change when her sister (Tess) gets introduced to Jane’s boss, who Jane is secretly in love with. As she helps to plan her sister’s wedding, Jane begins to re-evaluate her life, and try to find the love of her life that she is looking for.

How’s it Gonna do? - Well, I mentioned before that I’ll probably have to see this one. I think that this one could actually perform pretty decently, and be a pretty good movie too. It’s from the same people that brought us the smash hit The Devil Wears Prada, which I admit I enjoyed very much. That, and it has the always spunky Katherine Heigl, who has been on fire since she made Knocked Up. I’m going to say that this one hits number 2 this weekend, as it faces stiff competition.

Mad Money - Starring Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, and Katie Holmes. These three women play characters who form an unlikely bond when they work as janitors, unable to find better jobs, and without the ability to advance. They scheme and amass a large sum of money, and think that they have pulled off the perfect scheme until a misstep alerts the authorities. The women are forced to use all of their ingenuity to stay one step ahead of the law.

How’s it Gonna Do? - I dunno about this one. It’s got an ok concept, and could work as a straight comedy, which is what I think they’re aiming for. However, I’m not sure it’s got what it takes, especially with the competition that they have to face this week. I just don’t think this trio works well together, and I’m not particularly looking forward to Katie Holmes’ return to the big screen. I used to have a thing for her, but I just don’t see it anymore.

Cloverfield - A viral movie starring…. who knows what! All you know is that whatever it is, it’s winning. The people of New York (I think) are being terrorized by an unknown creature. Follow the journey of a group of people as they try to survive the terrifying ordeal.

How’s it Gonna Do? - I think this is the clear cut winner for the week. There’s been so much viral hype about it… a lot of which you can check out on Film School Rejects. I’m dying to know what the creature really is, and I’m willing to bet that a lot of other people are as well! The number one movie of the week, hands down. I’ve heard that it could be another Godzilla movie… which could be a good or a bad thing.

In addition to these great offerings, there’s also Teeth, which is supposed to be quite interesting as well. I don’t know too much about it, but I’ve seen the trailer for it and it was a little disturbing…. it could be really good though.

What are you planning on seeing this weekend?

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You can do Better

January 16, 2008 by Joe · Leave a Comment 

Well, at least your computer can. How can it do this, you might ask? Well, you can just go visit PC Ask Me. They offer a ton of services to make sure that your computer is always performing in tip-top shape, such as virus and spyware protection, and also diagnostics and upgrades to your computer. Have you ever had trouble installing a peripheral on your computer? If you have, you might want to consider calling these guys and gals so that you can get some help.

I’m sure that you’ve had issues withTech Support before. Having dealt with a lot of customer service in my day, I know that these guys have to provide great service or they won’t be getting anyone coming back. That being said, I’m sure that they do, because they are very confident in their product, which is an important thing. If you’re not confident in your product, then most likely it isn’t very good. Going out to get it promoted like this means that you probably want to get the word out on your product, which means you must think you have something good.

So give them a look, and let me know what you think!

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