arabian: (What's not to Love? (Logan))
Sometimes, I seriously do not understand critics and other movie-going public members. Although I'm a Will Smith fan, I held off on watching Hancock until now even though it came out last summer. I did so because I heard nothing good about it from critics, friends, random moviegoers, pretty much everyone, you know. I know there were a handful of good reviews, but overall, I just heard nothing but stink about the film despite the box office. And even most of the good reviews didn't seem to quite get it. A few did which is appreciated. As for me, well, I just finished it and ...

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arabian: (What's not to Love? (Logan))
Seriously. Over at Confessions of a Shop-aholic got a measly 21% fresh in the review-o-meter. But I like the actors, and the bit I've seen in the ads, and one positive review (from the LA Times) said it was romantic, the leads had chemistry and that P.J.Hogan (writer/director of Muriel's Wedding and My Best Friend's Wedding) directed it, and so I told my sister: 'Screw it! Ignore the critics, we're going!' So we went.

And it was DELIGHTFUL! It was hilarious, frothy, fluffy, romantic. Isla Fisher was amazing (she and Amy Adams totally need to play sisters in some movie!), Hugh Dancy was delicious, and all of the supporting players (except Leslie Bibb, who was meh) were OUTSTANDING ... especially John Goodman and Joan Cusack as Rebecca's parents. Plus, for VM-fans, Krysten Ritter (Gia from the second season) was in it substantially and was wonderful. FABULOUS MOVIE!!!!!!
arabian: (BrOtp (OhMyGod) - cap by buffyx)
I'll probably do a BBT write-up -- meh episode -- later tonight, and 24 tomorrow -- too awesome, did it tonight. But for now, the awesomeness that continues to be How I Met Your Mother.

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arabian: (Mr. & Mrs. Connelly)
Seriously. Too adorable for words. I absolutely loved it; and it's the first thing I've seen Billie in other than Who and Secret Diary that I want to own* ... and she was barely in it. I actually believe that she had only four lines, maybe five, but I'm really thinking it was only four. Anyhoo, if you have Netflix, haven't watched this, don't mind non-overly-angsty movies and like Orlando Bloom ... WATCH THIS!!

Spoilers for the film behind the cut. )

* Sniff, sniff, and the damn thing's not available in the region1 format anywhere. WAH!!!!
arabian: (Dr Who (Ten))
So I *finally* watched "Voyage of the Damned." I know why I initially waited to watch it. I was skipping through series three of Who and then read a note about Billie Piper's appearance in "Partners in Crime" being a very rare BBC secret so that it shocked everyone and was like "AAAHHH! Rose!!! Must get to series four!!!"

So when I finished series three, I knew that the Christmas episode didn't really impact what happened in four, so yeah, that's why I passed it over. Now I had intended to go back and watch it once I was caught up (mid-season four), but I had gotten more and more into the Doctor/Rose relationship, and I read not so nice commentary about the episode and Astrid/Kylie Minogue. Then I saw brief flashes here and there of the interaction between the Doctor and Astrid that my newly Doctor/Rose-loving heart rebelled against. So yeah, didn't watch it forever.

Well, I finally did. The verdict? )

ETA: A few more thoughts upon reading/responding to comments. )
arabian: (Billie Piper_05)
Just watched Shakespeare Re-told: Much Ado About Nothing ... it was great getting some Damian Lewis along with my Billie fix. (Along with four, count 'em FOUR!, Doctor Who guest stars. Honestly, I think my favorite thing about watching BBC productions is the number of actors I recognize from Who, LOL!) Anyhoo, on with my thoughts ...

Man, Martha just can't catch a break. Rose is always getting the man first! )
arabian: (Christopher Eccleston_02)
Still going through the Eccleston, Piper, Tennant and Tate filmography (as listed in this this post) and I got Perfect Parents with Christopher Eccleston from Netflix this weekend. I really had no interest in this beyond Eccleston's appearance, and was honestly expecting it to be kinda lame. I dunno why, I just did. I was wrong. )
arabian: (Epic)
So as a celebration for getting the new job (yay!), my sister took me out to Australia, the new Baz Lurhmann movie starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. As I've adored every Baz Lurhmann film I've ever seen, and Kidman and Jackman are two of my absolute favorite actors (top ten material for years), I was very, very looking forward to it. However, reviews were mixed so I was a little worried. (Spoilers below the cut.)

Not epic, my ass! )

Non-spoiler comments: I ADORED it!

- If you love Baz Lurhmann, go see this movie.
- If you love Nicole Kidman, GO see this movie.
- If you love Hugh Jackman, go see this move.
- If you love epic romances, go see this movie.
- If you like sweeping dramas beautifully written and directed, go see this movie.

But be warned! It's about two and a half-hour long. But so worth it!
arabian: (Christopher Eccleston_02)
I *was* going to do the rewatch-review of "Bad Wolf" today, but blame David Tennant for the lack as I simply had to watch Einstein and Eddington. I figured I'd share my thoughts on it, as well as some Eccleston and Tate stuff I've watched as I go through my list of Eccleston, Piper, Tennant and Tate filmographies.

Einstein and Eddington )

The Catherine Tate Show (series 1) )

Starter for Ten )

Lewis & Clark and Other Great Adventures )

A Price Above Rubies )

The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising )

Shallow Grave )
arabian: (Billie Piper_04)
Okay, seriously? Is Billie Piper not THE cutest thing like ever!?!? I totally think she is. She's just so frickin' adorable!!!!!!!!!!!

Ahem, spoilers (including mini-picspam) for tonight's SDoaCG behind the cut. )
arabian: (David & Billie Dancing)
So, I'm beginning to go through my scads of Billie Piper, David Tennant, Christopher Eccleston and Catherine Tate filmographies. I've already discussed (ad nauseum) Secret Diary of a Call Girl and, no doubt, will continue to do so, but here are some older projects, one with Billie, the other with David. (I've got Second Coming with Chris Eccleston, and Starter for Ten with Catherine Tate next.) Anyhoo, on with my thoughts on both productions below, obviously spoilers (especially for the plot/ending of SS.)

Secret Smile )

Mansfield Park )
arabian: (Billie Piper_02)
Oh, Hannah. And yes, I'm totally specifically addressing Hannah and not Belle at all.

Spoilers for tonight's episode of 'Secret Diary of a Call Girl.' )

And I can NOT believe I wrote this much about a 22-minute episode. Oy!
arabian: (Billie Piper_02)
Yeah, so it's official. I love Billie Piper. Obviously I'm a fan of her work on Doctor Who, and I love her music too. Well, tonight I sat down and watched every episode of Secret Diary of a Call Girl and ... (spoilers behind the cut)

Isn't she the most adorable whore ever?! )
arabian: (Mulder and Scully)
Massive movie spoilers in the comments now.

I really liked the first X-Files movie, and I loved parts of it ... but this one? Oh, I just loved EVERYTHING about it! It was AWESOME!!! Ignore the stupid critics, it was kick-kick-ass!!! As a Mulder fan, I loved every moment, so in character, so him. As a Sculy fan, I loved every moment, so in character, so her. As a Mulder/Scully shipper, I loved every moment. Spoiler about their relationship. )

As an X-Files fan, I loved it. It was creepy, freaky, out there, funny, serious, dramatic, with the pieces all tying together perfectly like a kick-ass two parter of the series itself. Which is a high compliment because I thought that every kick-ass two-parter was better than most movies. The performances were fabulous, the writing fabulous, the direction (go CHRIS!) fabulous.


A few episode-related spoilers in the movie that delighted the X-phile in me, and few non-plot essential thingies from the film. )

Finally, I'm not putting this behind the cut as a spoiler because I REFUSE to spoil it. Stay past the credits. Period. And don't let anyone tell you not to. It was awesome, wonderful, fabulous, beyond anything I could have imagined and brought a near-shout of glee from me in the theater as I clapped and grinned with unadulterated joy. It was a perfect, lovely gift and it was completely unexpected. And, yes, even with all I just wrote, I honestly can not expect anyone -- who is in no way spoiled -- to figure out what is SO fabulous about it. Just stay past the credits. You will not regret it if you're a fan.

GO SEE THIS MOVIE!! It's awesome. My sister watched the show on and off, and she really, really liked it. Seriously, I want this movie in my hands NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I loved it!!!!!!
arabian: (Epic)
I totally get the critical love for it. I probably would rewatch the Toy Story's, Cars, Monster Inc., A Bug's Life, Finding Nemo more (Not too big a fan of The Incredibles) for humor value, but in terms of the overall quality? I'd give it to Ratatouille hands down. I thought it was beautiful. Unrealistic, of course, but the core of the story, the message (be true to yourself) was beautifully written, executed and conveyed. I don't mind confessing that I cried at the end.

Beautiful, beautiful work. This is a great film. A truly great film.

Pixar hits ANOTHER one out of the park.
arabian: (Will & Elizabeth)
So I watched the first PotC movie in theaters, liked enough to buy it when it came out. Watched the second in the theaters and was one of the few I knew of who liked it as much as the first. However, by the time it came out on DVD, I was a tad low on funds and so couldn't buy it. And by the time that the third movie came out in theaters and went to DVD, I was REALLY low on funds and so didn't even see it.

Flashforward to getting my income tax last week (woohoo!), I treated myself by buying the second and third movie (even though I hadn't seen the third, I figured I'd like it). I was wrong ... I LOVED IT!! ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!! Yes, it was convoluted, yes, it was long, yes, it stretched incredulity in quite a ridiculous fashion, but ... I guess I should put a spoiler cut ... )
arabian: (Allison Janney)
Never have I been more happy to be a fan of Allison Janney. I never would have watched the movie were she not in it, and I'm so glad I did (and my sister is too). It was so much fun, so boppy and bouncy and utterly delightful. All of the casting was spot-on and wonderful.

Nikki Blonsky - delightful and a MUCH better singer than the Broadway version.
John Travolta - PERFECT!!!
Michelle Pfeiffer - Divine and in the last scene together with Travolta I whispered to my sister "Grease 1 and Grease 2!!"
Zac Efron - I remember that I did find him charming in High School Musical and he was here as well.
James Marsden - LOVE. HIM!!!!!!!
Brittany Snow - Susan from Guiding Light is all grown-up. And to think? She and Hayden Panetierre played step-siblings on GL once upon a time.
Queen Latifah - I simply bow to her (pun intended)
Allison Janney - Small role, but she sold every second.

The whole cast was wonderful. The movie was just utterly fabulous. If you want some light, fun, funny entertainment that will make you grin from ear to ear and tap your toes (and shimmy your body) ... GO SEE THIS MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!
arabian: (Jason_Say No)
This won't be long because there's not much to say. I will say before the cut that throughout the movie I could not help but comment on how frickin' GOOD Jason looked ... because he looked really, really good. Super-pretty. Super-hot. Super-handsome. GO-OOD! Yummy!

On with the film. )

A long note on Jason's looks. Yes, totally shallow, I know. )
arabian: (The Constant Gardener)
Ralph Fiennes is my favorite actor and I wanted very much to see TGC while it played in theaters due to him and the wonderful reviews, but it just never happened. Well, I got it yesterday and watched it. The film was so absorbing, so compelling.

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