Go see Birthday Girl!

Caught this at the $3 dollar show yesterday. Was pleasantly surprised at how good it was.

Ben and Nicole both turn in outstanding performances and the film keeps you constantly asking the question:

“What Will Happen?”

This is a sleeper that should have gotten more attention, but did not. I suppose an English speaking film that is not made in Hollywood does not deserve it?!?!?

Ben Chaplin’s eyes and his facial expressions are priceless.

I give it a A-

Cheers … Ted S.

another ea alternative

i have two stories in movie fanfiction…hopefully will be able to add to soon..will be an original only it will be a different kind of cinderella story…

meanwhile you can read On the Day We First Met and Detective and the Thief in movie fanfiction…

thanks for all the support and encourgement you have given in the past…enjoy.. 😀

Which actor is most overrated and overrexposed?

Ok, I created a separate poll for this question, but I’d like to also get some opinions and comments, because it’s been bugging me lately seeing the same 5 or 7 people in almost every GD movie. Especially when they aren’t that good to begin with. And I’m talking about

Josh Hartnett
Chris Klein
Matt Damon
Ben Affleck
Guy Pearce (although I kinda like
Guy)

And with the prospect of seeing at least two more films this year by these over exposed actors, I want to scream. What happened to the concept of actors doing one film a year or one every couple of years, thus making their movies something to truly look forward to? Now that they are doing two, three, and even five films a year, they cease to be special films and something to truly look forward to. Just, oh lookie, there’s Josh Hartnett in his 2nd war movie in less than five months, and wow, there he is again doing a “comedy”. Or look there’s Ben Affleck playing a preppie again, yay!

I’m BACK!!!!

Your fearless leader is back from the internet dungeon known as crappy NETZERO. It was horrible, my connection got dropped, literally, every two minutes.

My DSL account was activated this afternoon. Yey!!!!! I’ll probably be bitching about Verizon at some point in the near future, but seeing what the alternative was (I mean I’ve been on DSL for the last three years, so it was painful to see what dial up was like), yulch. It’ll make me appreciate this more.

And look for a new EM Design next week, this current design isn’t as compatible with other browsers as I would like and it’s painfully slow on dial up. So as much as I like this design, it’s going to need to change.

Anyhoo, gots to go and check out Showtime tonight.

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Showtime

With “Showtime,” director Tom Dey proves that his first foray – the lively “Shanghai Noon” – was no fluke. In fact, if he’s not careful, Dey may be confused as Hollywood’s new “buddy cop” director in certain circles, which would be an insult if he didn’t comprehend the formula so well.

This time around, mismatched cops Trey Sellars (Eddie Murphy) and Mitch Preston (Robert De Niro) are recruited for the latest reality-based TV show, a “Cops” clone fashioned by an optimistic producer (Rene Russo) for an out-of-touch network. An actor by day, Sellars appears to have studied the “Police Academy” movies instead of his training manual. He sees the program – dubbed “Showtime” – as his ticket to stardom. Straight-laced Mitch, however, merely seeks to solve his current case, a thin set-up involving a generic Eastern European thug who’s manufacturing hand cannons for drug dealers.Despite the intended dynamic duo motif, “Showtime” is Murphy’s vehicle from the get-go. Sly, sharp and frequently funny, Murphy displays a rare return to “48 Hours” form, channeling the cocksure attitude of Reggie Hammond, or the playful confidence of Axel Foley. Meanwhile, the film’s screenplay (credited to three writers) allows De Niro to linger behind and voice the sentiments we’ve always thought during these formulaic buddy cop dramas. By feigning interest, he draws us in. He’s the perfect foil to Murphy’s raw enthusiasm.When “Showtime” attempts to actually further its story – as opposed to pointing a camera at an improvising Murphy – it relies on many of the clich

Ice Age

Months – even years – after Disney (“”Toy Story””) and DreamWorks (“”Shrek””) refined the formula, 20th Century Fox finally dips its feet into the CGI pool and finds the water a bit chilly. “”Ice Age,”” the studio’s first effort, travels approximately 200,000 years into the past, as a mammoth (Ray Romano), sloth (John Leguizamo) and saber tooth tiger (Denis Leary) form an unlikely alliance to return an orphaned Eskimo child to its family.

Unfortunately, the setting these characters inhabit isn’t the only prehistoric element smothering this picture. Boxy animation reminiscent of the God-toting morality play “”Davey & Goliath”” feels decidedly retro, while the by-the-numbers screenplay fails to take one risk, trudging safely through pre-planned hoops towards a painfully vanilla finale that addresses family units you form when you’ve been discarded by your own herd.Moving at the breakneck pace of a two-ton glacier, the film’s flat jokes take forever to materialize. One perceptive child sitting behind me in the screening had ample time to tell his friend what was about to happen next (“”That nut’s gonna land on the squirrel’s head!””), yet the two still broke up at the inevitable punch line. Ah, to be young and desensitized again. Adults, however, will grow weary of the screechy, cartoonish, and unbearably sadistic “”Tom and Jerry”” slapstick humor, which only goes to show how far the filmmakers behind “”Ice Age”” have regressed. Trimmed to a scant 87 minutes, the film can’t complete two frames without cracking a character in the skull (Sid the Sloth, in particular) with a stray icicle or a tumbling rock. As far as I can recall, no one got kicked in the nuts. Color me surprised. ”Ice Age” needs a hit of Ritalin as much as it needs an original idea. One sequence, a wild ride down a frozen slide, generates a spark, but little heat. If you do manage to find a nugget of humor in this wasteland, cherish it, as the film’s agitated squirrel cherishes his prized acorn. In emaciated times such as these, you never know if and when we’re ever going to laugh again.Grade: DBy Sean O’ConnellMarch 15, 2002

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