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DVD Release Tuesday 10/26/10

26 Oct

So all of you hard-core movie fans out there know what every Tuesday is, right?  It is new DVD release day.  I look forward to this day every week and I always have my Netflix set up ahead of time to make sure I get the newest flicks that are out there.  Here’s a short list of what is coming out today:

Movies:
Sex and the City 2 – Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristen Davis
Winter’s Bone – Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes
The Girl Who Played with Fire – Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist

 

Television:
CSI: NY – Season 6

‘Sex and the City 2’ Review

30 May

Sex and the City 2

Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Catrall, Kristen Davis, Cynthia Nixon

Director: Michael Patrick King

Sometimes it’s just not necessary to make a movie.  Unfortunately, when a movie can bring in a lot of money with little story or effort, it seems like a scam.  Sex and the City 2 capitalized on its previous success, but forgot to tell a worthwhile story as well.

The last time viewers saw the four best friends from NYC, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) had finally married Big (Chris Noth), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) had patched up her marriage, Charlotte (Kristen Davis) had given birth and Samantha (Kim Catrall) had, well…returned to her single roots.  The first movie picked up right where fans of the HBO series had hoped they would. 

The second film deals with Carrie’s frustration with being a boring married couple.  After Samantha is given a free vacation in order to publicize a middle eastern resort, the girls pack up and leave for Abu Dhabi.  Samantha is going through menopause and is trying everything she can think of to postpone the inevitable.  Charlotte is struggling as a mother of two young children and is embarrassed to talk about it with her friends.  Miranda is at a career crossroads as she quits her job in search of a place where she will both feel fulfilled and appreciated.

While on vacation in the desert, Carrie runs into ex-fiance Aiden.  Surprised by the run-in, Carrie agrees to go to dinner with him and must toe the line if she wants to get back to Mr. Big in NYC.  Samantha is having a hard time with her lack of sexual desires and is worried that she’ll never be the same again.  Charlotte and Miranda bond over cocktails and they come to terms with what they really want from life.

I was so disappointed with this film.  I was a huge fan of the series and really enjoyed the first film, but this sequel just missed the mark.  Taking the girls out of NYC to vacation in the middle east for 80% of this movie was not good planning.  All four of the main actresses have said time and time again that NYC is the fifth character.  So basically, director Michael Patrick King decided to lose the fifth character in exchange for a boring location shoot.

The set up for this film was all wrong in my opinion.  A wedding opens the film and lasts entirely too long and then in the blink of an eye, the girls are half way around the world.  I didn’t find much humor in this film either.  Of course there are a couple good lines scattered throughout, but overall the funny has been left back in NYC.

I did enjoy that the majority of the film was more about the four girls this time, but I think that more storyline could have been created if they weren’t in the middle of the desert.  I loved the return of John Corbett as Aiden, but after seeing his scenes, I felt sort of jipped.  It was definitely a ploy to forward the plot, but he was such a likable character and fan favorite, that I wish he would have been used in a better capacity.

I missed seeing more of Steve (David Eigenberg), Harry (Evan Handler) and Smith (Jason Lewis).  Big definitely had the biggest male role, but again, it was just boring.  Much has been made out of the fact that the ladies are aging, which trust me – they are, so it would make sense to tackle that while in the place they came of age in.  There is so much entertaining material that could be brought out of that.

Sadly, I can’t recommend this film.  This is just another example of making a movie to make a movie.  Sure, making money is what Hollywood is all about, but when all the pieces are there to have an entertaining movie and it doesn’t materialize, it’s a major let down.

New Movie Friday 5/28/10

27 May

What are you doing this weekend?  Want to check out a new movie?

Here is what’s new in theaters on Friday 5/28/10:

Sex and the City 2 – Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Catrall, Kristen Davis 
                                          Michael Patrick King (director)
                                          *Released Thursday 5/27

 

Prince of Persia:
The Sands of Time – Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton
                                               Mike Newell (director)

 

George A. Romero’s
Survival of the Dead – Alan Van Spreng, Kenneth Welsh
                                                    George A. Romero (director)
                                                    *Limited Release
                                                                    

New ‘Sex and the City 2’ Trailer Shocker!

9 Apr

Carrie.  Miranda.  Samantha.  Charlotte.  And Aidan?

The newest trailer for Sex and the City 2 came out and a big surprise was revealed.  Carrie Bradshaw’s (Sarah Jessica Parker) former fiance, Aidan Shaw (John Corbett), is going to be in the film.  Corbett, a fan favorite, had been rumored to have a role in the latest film, premiering May 27.

The trailer didn’t give too much away, only showing that Carrie runs into her former flame while on a trip in Abu Dhabi with the rest of the girls.  The trailer also reveals that she’s having some romance issues in her marriage to Mr. Big (Chris Noth). 

Corbett looked amazing in the clip from the film and I am looking forward to seeing it more now than ever.  The film’s details have been on lockdown, most likely stemming from the fact that the first film’s storyline wasn’t a surprise to moviegoers.  This film is guaranteed to make money, but adding Aidan to the cast is a sure-fire way to make sure it’s a hit!

Did You Hear About the Morgans? Review

20 Mar

Did You Hear About The Morgans?

Starring: Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sam Elliott, Mary Steenburgen

Watching a movie and constantly checking how much longer until it’s over is never a good sign that the film is a winner.  Boring and contrived doesn’t even begin to describe what this movie felt like.

Did You Hear About the Morgans? is about Meryl and Paul (Sarah Jessica Parker, Hugh Grant), a married couple who are separated after Paul’s infidelity.  Paul is determined to win Meryl back and while out for dinner they witness the murder of one of Meryl’s real estate clients.  The murderer recognizes Meryl and sets out to find and kill her so she can’t identify him to the police.

It only takes one day for him to find where Meryl lives, so the police decide it would be best to put the couple in the witness protection program…in Wyoming.  They then are sent to stay with Clay and Ellen Wheeler (Sam Elliott, Mary Steenburgen) until the killer is caught.  During their short time in the middle of nowhere, the Morgan’s are forced to deal with their marital issues and decide whether they have a future together.

This movie was dreadfully boring.  I felt the beat was just off throughout this film.  Parker and Grant, fan favorites, were so wrong as a couple and it was painfully obvious.  They both have great comedic timing, but this movie did not showcase any of that.  Grant’s humor, especially, was not suited for “Morgans.”  As I watched him in this film, I couldn’t remember why he was charming in so many of his other film roles (i.e. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Notting Hill).

Many reviews claimed that the chemistry between Parker and Grant just wasn’t there, but I never imagined that statement could be so accurate.  It’s not just that they didn’t have chemistry, they didn’t have anything together.  I felt like they were two separate actors, reading lines from two separate locations and they were put together in post production.  That was how little I felt between these two.

Elliot stood out for me, he is so enjoyable to watch onscreen.  His look in this movie had me imagining him as the star of a coffee commercial or something similar.  His look is just so unique.  I found the supporting cast to be more interesting than the two leads.  Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Jesse Liebman, who play the assistants to Parker and Grant’s characters, were more comic relief in this film than anyone.  They were extremely charming and I wished there were more of them throughout the movie.

The ending scenes of this film were awful.  The penultimate scene was so contrived and I was at the point where I couldn’t even believe the words that were coming out of their mouths.  I felt they were simply reading lines given to them, the feeling behind them was absent.

This is a film that I think everyone should skip.  Parker and Grant are capable of so much more than what they were given.  When a joke about Sarah Palin and guns is one of the funnier moments in your movie, you should probably just pass and move on to another role.