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Leland saw The Lovely Bones

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

And her review of it as I suspected is epic in all her angry :)

The Lovely Bones

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

lovelybonesThis past Saturday, Katie & me were at the mall picking up some stuff for a few gifts she’s making for someone special in her life (please dont ask) when as we were walking across one of the intersections in the mall I noticed 2 or 3 girls with ‘The Lovely Bones’ tshirts on.

Totally ignoring what Katie was talking about, I picked up my speed and walked straight up to one lady since the other lady we walked by looked at me, snarled and pretty much jumped in front of a couple to talk to them. I went up to this other lady and before she could say anything I said, “yes i would like whatever it is you have.”

Which made her laugh and she was like ‘you would like tickets?’ and I pointed at her shirt and was like “To that….yes I would.” She then proceeded to give us instructions on how to obtain free tickets to see The Lovely Bones before it came out.

Yea so tonight was the free screening of The Lovely Bones (even though we showed up Monday for it, since she told us that, but that was totally wrong) and with as much hype as this movie is getting we decided to go almost 2 hours ahead of time in case there was a line. Which of course when we got there we felt dumb for doing so because we were like 6th in line when we showed up (which ended up being an hour before the movie started instead of the 2 we had planned on).

I pretty much was nervous as hell up until we got into the actual theater because we seemed to be the only people in line that DIDN’T have a ticket. The lady we talked to in the mall told us we were gonna be on a list, but we got in with no problems, thank god.

The people running it had a mini fight with the girl next to us because she was saving a seat for someone that went to the bathroom, but of course the 2 people arguing were too dumb to realize what the other one meant *shakes head*

After they teased us with walking in with a shitload of shirts………..for like a Q&A they usually do before a screening………they walk right back out.

No Q&A.

No Free Lovely Bones Shirts.


Whatever I got over it since this screening actually had a preview, which turned out to be Shuttle Island, one of Leo’s new movies. And that was the only trailer, which I made the comment, “Yea that’s all you really need.”

Movie started after that, so I put my game face on and tried to remember how the book went. I read the book like 2 or 3 years ago, before they had announced they were making it a movie, so I knew the main plot to it, but some of the details of the book I just couldn’t remember.

Needless to say, it didn’t even fucking matter, because the movie is good……… really good.

The Lovely Bones is about a 14 year old girl, Susie Salmon who gets murdered on her way home from school. The book is told from her POV and the movie beautifully portrays Susie being stuck between Heaven & Earth as she tries to somehow help her family cope with her murder & catch her murderer.

One of my major pet peeves with movies is having to pay to see a movie that is getting SO MUCH FUCKING HYPE. It always feels like I’m jumping on a bandwagon, so when I get wind of a free screening for a movie that is getting huge hype I jump on it.

With Lovely Bones I actually really wanted to see it because I read the book, but the hype it’s been getting had been turning me off from it. I’m really glad we got lucky enough to attend this free screening, because I definately would of waited til I earned free tix through my movie watcher card to see it. Then I would of been pissed at myself for waiting so long to see it, haha.

I’m not gonna lie to you I was a little critical towards Mark Walhberg (don’t get me wrong I LOVE Marky Mark) because he replaced Ryan Gosling who was the original actor casted as the dad. In the beginning of the movie Mark comes off as a little hokey/trying to hard, but once the emotional aspect of the movie kicks in, he’s on his A game.

Rachel Weiss, I’m not too fond of, but thankfully didn’t really had to pay her too much mind :)

Saoirse Ronan I knew would be excellent in this as soon as I heard she was casted as Susie and she really was. She brought Susie’s struggle with dealing with her life being over to the screen beautifully…..think Patrick Swayze in Ghost (R.I.P.), but better…………wait is that even possible?

There were a handful of times where it seriously was hard for me not to cry, but I’m not the type to wanna bawl like a baby in a room full of strangers, so I fought the tears back and just watched the movie.

I really loved how Peter Jackson pulled off the whole ‘caught in the middle’ between Earth & Heaven with Susie. Some of the scenery, shit ALL OF IT is just breath taking, I had to catch myself a few times day dreaming of having photo shoots in some of the places. Just sucks since they don’t actually exist, haha.

It’s just a really good movie and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you see it, if you’re looking for a good teary jerker movie to watch, then go see it.

I WILL be seeing it again………..maybe even 3 times, we’ll see.


Side Note: OMG I saw the Remember Me poster on my way to the theater to see Lovely Bones tonight and it just made the night even better. Seeing the poster in person made it real I guess? Cuz it’s weird you see a movie’s poster online, it’s just a picture, right? Well it is until you see it in a display case with ‘coming soon’ under it. Man the first half of this year is gonna be awesome with movies :)

P.S. – Sorry for the randomness & jumping around of things in this blog, I was doing 3 or 4 different things as I wrote this and that always results in half ass/sucky written blogs, haha.


This Is It

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

thisisitposterFirst off let me just say that I AM a Michael Jackson fan.

So before even seeing this movie I knew I was gonna love it, but even with that knowledge I still went in it as someone that might just be going to see it so they can ’say’ that they ’saw that Michael Jackson’ movie in theaters. Since this movie is only having a 2 week movie theater run before it’s gone from theaters and HOPEFULLY they release it on DVD.

But back to the movie itself. I would like to say that me and my friends Leilani & Katie were lucky with the audience we saw this movie with. On the way to the movie theater I was kinda sitting on the fence on what to expect. Half of me thought OH SHIT ITS GONNA BE MADNESS, where the other half felt that it probably wouldnt be bad at all, because it’s the midnight showing on a Tuesday night. People gotta go to work in the morning, right?

We get there, get our tickets – which was my first time EVER using haha, kinda a cool way to buy tickets, but I really don’t see me using it all that much – went to the concession stand to get something to drink since we made a quick stop at our favorite BK Lounge and figured I’d need something to drink with my food :)

Ordered my New Moon cup (which the cashier hated her life, cuz for some reason she didnt understand that I wanted fruit punch with some blue rasberry icee mixed *shakes head*) and went to our theater, which on the way to it we passed the other midnight showing for ‘This Is It’ and was immediately like ‘oh shit’ because there was a HUGE GROUP of people standing in the aisles arguing with their friends on where to sit. Which instantly told me there was a shitload of people already seated in that theater.

Walk into our theater and there’s MAYBE 8 people spread out in one of the largest theaters they have in this AMC Theater, haha. Katie had a few set backs with getting her ticket, but got it solved and then joined us in our theater as well. We ended up having MAYBE 20 people in our theater for the movie. Which was great because that meant no distractions :)

One thing I wasn’t expecting was movie previews, because to be honest this movie for me has been presented more as a special engagement/memorial type of thing and not a movie. So when actually movie trailers/previews started playing I couldn’t help but get lost in them like I always do to the point that when they end you’re like “wait what are we watching again?”.

But the realization hits you as soon as the beginning of the movie begins and you read the name ‘Michael Jackson’ in the scrolling text. Not gonna lie to you, I almost started crying by just what you read in the beginning of the movie, let alone the introduction into the actual show.

The movie as a whole, for me I thought was great, it jumps right into the rehearsal of the ‘This Is It’ tour with ‘Gotta Be Starting Something’ so immediately you’re wanting to get up and dance, if not just sing along. That’s mostly how the whole movie is, fighting urges to wanna dance, sing and cry, because this genius is no longer with us.

There’s also very cute & funny parts of the movie, because let’s face it, the fans that really truely saw the heart of Michael Jackson through his dancing & more importantly heard it in his music. We knew he was a kind, caring, gentle person just by that and it truely shows in this movie. All the perfection & hard work he put into everything.

Like I said before, being a Michael Jackson fan I knew I was gonna love all 2 hours of this movie, I mean it’s the behind the scenes of GENIUS, this movie could of been 6 hours for all I cared and I still would of loved the shit out of all the singing and dancing…however I really don’t see EVERYONE enjoying this movie.

It might ‘drag’ or be ‘boring’ to them, because this truely is a ‘rehearsal’/behind the scenes movie. Think the MTV show ‘making the tour’ with NSYNC back in the day, except minus seeing how everything looked as a finish project at the end of the show. There is no finished project to this movie and that’s where the sad part of the movie comes in.

You witness the making of such an amazing show and then at the end when it fades to black you realize that no one will ever know how this would of looked as a finished project and that’s just heartbreaking.

Micheal Jackson was truely an amazing form of life. And i’ve loved & been a fan of his ever since I was a little girl learning the Thriller dance in my living room. So to be able to watch this movie which consisted of his last few weeks & even days of his life, hard at work, doing what he does best……is all the closure I can ask for.

I just hope that now people will see this movie – fan or not – and be reminded of the genius he really was and not the monster people tend to have too much fun trying to make him seem; even after his death.

So if you’re a fan or not, I suggest you go see this on the BIG SCREEN, because lets face it, you know at some point in your life at least ONE of his songs hit that ‘dance nerve’ in you and whenever you hear that ONE song of his you just have to get up and let go. If anything go see this movie FOR THAT one song, it’ll be worth it, i promise you.


Stay through the credits, there’s a cute clip of MJ at the end ;)

Martian Child

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

martianchildSo last night after I was informed that there was chinese food waiting for me in the kitchen I came back into my room, plate full of food and started trying to think of a movie to watch.

Yea I have to watch a movie while I’m eating dinner, it’s just a habit I picked up on my own over the years.

With my crazy large DVD collection I knew I didn’t wanna go through it a million times and end up frustrated with not feeling like watching any of them *shakes head* it happens EVERYTIME. So this time I just turned the tv on and checked what was on Demand.

For some reason and I think that reason being mainly because I was talking to my friend Nikki about John Cusack the other day and was surprised to learn that I hadn’t seen Martian Child yet (which I’ve always wanted to); that when the movie title popped up on my screen I immediately hit play.

For those that haven’t seen this movie, it’s about a sci-fi author who’s wife has died years before and he’s still struggling to cope with it decides that he wants to adopt a child. The child he adopts, Dennis says he’s from Mars and hates the sun so he stays in a huge cardboard box.

The entire movie is John Cusack’s character coming to turns with his new son that steals & takes endless pictures of everything for ‘his mission’ and loving him regardless.

It’s a really cute film and I enjoyed it alot.

I just love that John Cusack hasn’t disappeared like most 80s film actors and that he’s still getting roles. One thing I always can count on and think is so awesome/cute is that his sister, Joan Cusack always either plays his sister or one of his close friends. I love that shit! haha

One of my favorite parts of the movie was in the beginning where before John has adopted Dennis; Dennis is sitting out in the rain playing a video game inside his huge cardboard box, in the pouring rain. When the social worker comes out yelling for him to come inside and he doesnt, she asks him why & he says that he was waiting for John’s character, i thought that was so fucking cute.

Because up until that point in the movie you think that this kid didn’t want anything to do with John Cusack. Which I must add that little boy scared the crap out of me, he was in fact very alien looking. He looked like a more alien version of the Culkin brothers, haha.

I also liked the part where Dennis tried to hold John’s hand, but John put his hand in his pocket without realizing what happened, very sad part but it was just done so well.

Either way its a good movie & you should see it if you wanna uplifting tear jerker :)


Sunday, October 4th, 2009

zombielandposterI remember seeing the trailer for this a few weeks ago and was torn with seeing it, because in the trailer it looked funny but also stupid as hell. So I didn’t know if it was gonna be one of those movies I just wait til I have a free movie ticket for or sneak into to go see.

The one thing I knew that was helping me wanna see it was the fact that Woody Harrelson is in it. I love that kid, he’s just hilarious in everything he does, plus after seeing Adventureland I like Jesse Eisenberg’s style of humor, so that was the main reason I wanted to see it. The thought of them interacting with one another plus adding in zombies, just seemed funny as hell.

Well since there seems to not be ANYTHING in theaters right now that I wanna see (besides Toy Story) me & Leilani decided to just cave in and go see Zombieland.

Boy was I glad we did.

Woody & Jesse are HILARIOUS in this movie. The movie from start to finish is just one big round of amazing quotes & situations.

The plot of the movie is the US (and maybe even the world) has fallen to a virus turning everyone into flesh eating zombies (which they very graphically show). So like any other zombie movie there’s survivors who haven’t fallen to this virus trying to find zombie-less areas and other survivors.

Well in this story Woody’s & Jesse’s characters are loners and have been for awhile fighting off the Zombies and just trying to survive, when they randomly cross each others paths. Jesse on his way to Ohio to see if his parents survived and Woody just looking for zombies to kill AND for a very tastey treat.

The whole movie is pretty much them trying to get along, fighting zombies and running into two sisters that are on their way to Pacific Playground where there are no Zombies.

It’s an all around fun movie.

I will admit when it was over I felt like there was something missing to it, for it to be just INCREDIBLY EPIC but I still enjoyed it alot and recommend everyone to go see it :)

Also if you do go see it, make sure to stay after the credits for a scene with Bob Marley :)