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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Happy Birthday Julia Roberts!

This beloved actress is 45 today, and to celebrate todays subject is Mirror Mirror, and in my other blog is her many looks throughout the years.

A fresh new take on the classic tale, beloved by so many....

Julia Roberts character is hilarious as well as Nathan Lane's! Prince Charming (Armie Hammer), and quite handsome and once he is given a love potion he is hysterical! Before then he's funny but not as funny as with the potion. Many innovative ideas are in this movie, from how they play chess, their clothing, to their amazing monsters, if you will...

Lily Collins is left with her evil stepmother who despises everything about her after her father dies. Not too long into the movie she decides to grow some balls and leave the castle to tour her kingdom but gets a rude awakening! Her kingdom is awful! Everyone is poor and starving, so she eventually teams up with the dwarves to steal the queens money and return it to the people. (Technically it's the people's money because of taxes, and they take it back on the road while the royals are in carriages.)

Very funny, amazing, and well, creative! Nothing like this on the market!

Hurry while it is still on Netflix! You won't regret it :)

Much Love,

Avg Girl

Mirror Mirror

Friday, October 26, 2012

Happy birthday Cary Elwes!

In honor of his big day, todays' movie is The Princess Bride, still one of my favorite movies. One of the most quoted movies, and most beloved. If you haven't seen the movie, shame on you! lol.

Now, we all dream for our prince charming; handsome, strong, brave, and the rest is just based on our own personal interests. But what about a poor farmhand who would do anything with a sweet phrase, "As you wish" as he looks deep into your eyes.

Well Princess Buttercup (Sean Penn's ex-wife, Robin Wright-Penn), has such a man, and his name is Wesley. He is absolutely charming, and well, i know I had a crush on him! lol!

This movie features an all-star cast: Besides the ones listed above, Billy Crystal, Andre The Giant, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, Mandy Patinkin, Fred Savage, Peter Falk, Carol Kane, Mel Smith, etc....

Screenwriter William Goldman's novel The Princess Bride earned its own loyal audience on the strength of its narrative voice and its gently satirical, hyperbolic spin on swashbuckled adventure that seemed almost purely literary. For all its derring-do and vivid over-the-top characters, the book's joy was dictated as much by the deadpan tone of its narrator and a winking acknowledgement of the clich├ęs being sent up. Miraculously, director Rob Reiner and Goldman himself managed to visualize this romantic fable while keeping that external voice largely intact: using a storytelling framework, avuncular Grandpa (Peter Falk) gradually seduces his skeptical grandson (Fred Savage) into the absurd, irresistible melodrama of the title story. And what a story: a lowly stable boy, Westley (Cary Elwes), pledges his love to the beautiful Buttercup (Robin Wright), only to be abducted and reportedly killed by pirates while Buttercup is betrothed to the evil Prince Humperdinck. Even as Buttercup herself is kidnapped by a giant, a scheming criminal mastermind, and a master Spanish swordsman, a mysterious masked pirate (could it be Westley?) follows in pursuit. As they sail toward the Cliffs of Insanity... The wild and woolly arcs of the story, the sudden twists of fate, and, above all, the cartoon-scaled characters all work because of Goldman's very funny script, Reiner's confident direction, and a terrific cast. Elwes and Wright, both sporting their best English accents, juggle romantic fervor and physical slapstick effortlessly, while supporting roles boast Mandy Patinkin (the swordsman Inigo Montoya), Wallace Shawn (the incredulous schemer Vizzini), and Christopher Guest (evil Count Rugen) with brief but funny cameos from Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, and Peter Cook. --Sam Sutherland    (Amazon.com)

4*'s

Much Love, Avg Girl


 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Hotel Transylvania

This also was a huge surprise, I expected this film to suck, no pun intended :). However, It was a thrill from start to finish, and very, very funny. Admittedly, I am such a little wimp these days I was on the brink of crying a little here and there... It was exciting, a great family movie, and is the best Halloween cartoon film I have seen to date. (and in my opinion, better than The Nightmare Before Christmas).

This film features an all-star cast from Selena Gomez, to Adam Sandler, Andy Samburg, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Kevin James, David Spade, Chris Parnell, CeeLo Green, Molly Shannon, and John Lovitz.

A young vampire comes of age.... at 118.... and wants to see the world! Her father is afraid of losing her like he lost his wife (thanks to us horrible humans) and does everything in his power to prevent anything from happening to her. Meanwhile, a human finds this hotel which should be impossible for humans. And of course, it is the vamps bday so all the monsters are in for her big day. Dracula tries to get rid of the human, rather comically, and well.... I can't say much else except. Dracula and the other monsters realize us humans aren't as awful as we used to be, and that we accept who they are!

A must see! And if all that doesn't entice you, let me say, It's a Tim Burton film! .... Is your car running yet? lol!              5*'s

Much Love,

Avg Girl

Dark Shadows

I was very disappointed with this film. I was expecting it to be great and much more funny than it actually was. I am so glad i didn't waste money on it in theaters, even though i kept bugging my significant other about it. True, has Johnny Depp, Michele Pfeifer, Helena Bonham Carter, and well, more. But OY. Such a huge disappointment.

3*'s. maybe 2 1/2. Sorry I sound dull, and boring but I just don't know how to liven it up here.

Much Love,

Avg Girl

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

It's Mean Girls Day, So in honor of that...

Mean girls! [technically it's 12:05 am, and that day was yesterday, but if you don't tell, I won't ;) ]

Mean Girls is the new Clueless, and no doubt one of the most quoted movies (according to everyone, but I have only quoted it a few times.) I am sure most of you have seen this, and yet, I am still posting. Deal with it. And if you haven't seen it, well then hop on to netflix because they added it last month.

This movie is great and is a comedic take on high school with the vicious animal sounds, and all the pranks. It pretty much launched Rachel McAdams', Lizzy Caplan's, and Amanda Seyfried's career. As well as the boy both Lindsay Lohan and Rachel M want, but his quickly faded off the radar. Lacey Chabert has done more low-key film i.e. abc family. Other memorable names are Tiny Fey, Amy Poehler, Tim Meadows, Ana Gasteyer. Also known as most of the cast from the 2000's SNL. Another familiar face is Neil Flynn, a.k.a. The Janitor from scrubs. Neil and Ana play Katie's parents.

Katie (LiLo), has been homeschooled all her life and has just moved from Africa with her parents and goes to a public school for the first time, and lucky for her... it's high school. She is quickly made aware of all the cliques, and of course. The Plastics. She is welcomed into their circle and with her cohorts she devises to a plan to divide The Plastics, and ruin Regina George's life (Rachel McAdams). Along the way, she becomes their leader, Regina well... I'm sure you can guess, and Katie becomes full-on, hard, plastic. (No, not literally.)

I found it very frustrating that I love LiLo movies but hate her. Love Parent Trap, Mean Girls, Georgia Rules, Freaky Friday. Don't love but like Just My Luck and Herbie: Fully Loaded. What a predicament! lol.

Thoughts?

Much Love,

Avg Girl

Mean Girls (Widescreen Edition)