Quote of the Week

When we got adopted by a bald guy, I thought it would be more like Annie.

Edith (Dana Gaier)

Despicable Me (2010)

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Review: About Time

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Very excited about this time traveling romance from Richard Curtis and I was not disappointed

I love most of what Curtis has written.  Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually, the screen play for Bridget Jones’ Diary, even a lovely little episode of Doctor Who (which I secretly hope got him thinking about time travel for this one).  I knew he’d bring heartwarming humor, romance, and poignancy with just the perfect amount of British snark. Read more

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Quote of the Week

I’ve got a purse full of hard candy and an empty bladder!  I can be here all night!

Jess (Zooey Deschanel)

New Girl (2013)

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Quote of the Week

Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.

Gandalf (Ian McKellan)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

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Quote of the Week

Photography’s an art.  You gotta have the right film.  You gotta have the right exposure.  And you gotta scream just before they get the food to their mouth.

Gonzo (Dave Goelz)

The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

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Review: Oz the Great and Powerful

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The idea of this movie always intrigued me.  Seemed like a good idea but the more I saw of the ads the more the movie itself seemed…meh.  Unfortunately, my suspicions were accurate.

First let me say that Oz is gorgeous.  The sets, costumes, and most of the visual effects are a treat.  There are a lot of great ideas here, some clever thoughts on how the Wizard came to be.  And I have to admit the final resolution was satisfying.  But getting there was a slow painful trip. Read more

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Quote of the Week

Love is a great beautician.

Madame Suzanne (Claire Maurier)

Amelie (2001)

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Short Takes: Safe Haven

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Overall Concept: B-   Saved a C by a slight twist at the end I actually didn’t see coming.  Otherwise, take Sparks’ same ole formula, insert new hot actors.  There is obviously something appealing about this tired old formula, because they keep making ‘em and we keep seeing ‘em.    

Acting:  B+  

Script: C    Sparks is not much for an in-depth backstory and wants to get straight to the luv.

Cinematography:  A    I always want to live in these charming Southern towns.

Hotness of Cast:  A++

Wardrobe: A   Realistic, but makes me want a coastal vacation.

Location/Setting:  A

Climax:  B-    Dramatic event without a lot of drama.

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Randomness: Oscar Notes 2013

Chick 1 says:Anne-Hathaway

I’m  foregoing the live blog this year as it keeps me from actually enjoying the show itself.  Instead I’m tracking random thoughts that pop up during the night.

5:34pm – While 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis is not short on attitude, I do love that she picked her dress because it was “sparkly and fluffy” and that she didn’t let a stylist talk her out of  carrying a puppy purse named Sammy.

5:45pm – It’s Daniel Radcliffe!  Cutiepie!  And, bless his heart, one of the few people shorter than Ryan Seacrest.

5:59pm – How cute is it that Joseph Gordon-Levitt came with Sally Fields?  I’m always surprised how low his voice is. Read more

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Randomness: Fresh Guacamole

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I was introduced to this little ditty by one of the animators at my office.  One of this year’s Oscar nominees for Animated Short Film, it’s a whimsical example of claymation at its finest.

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