MOVIE REVIEW: PUSS IN BOOTS

I have not seen any of the Shrek movies. I’m not purposely avoiding them, but usually I stick to the following genres: slasher, horror, thriller, supernatural, documentary.

I rarely watch comedies, and even further down on my ‘to-watch’ list are kiddie movies. Well, except for ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’. I freaking love those movies. ANYWAYS.

Seeing a cat wearing boots and a cape was very amusing to me so I decided to watch the movie.

I loved it!!

The movie starts with Puss running away from a bounty hunter. He arrives in a town and learns about some magical beans that outlaws Jack and Jill have in their possession. He finds out where they’re hiding and he decides to steal the beans. Upon arrival he notices another stealthy cat wants the beans too. Jack and Jill chase the two cats away and an angry Puss engages in a swordfight and dance-off with the other kitty. Turns out she is Kitty Softpaws.

Throughout the movie Puss gets re-acquainted with Humpty Alexander Dumpty, an egg that he first met in an orphanage. Puss’ backstory is so cute and hilarious that it’s actually my favorite part of the movie. It shows how Puss acquires his signature outfit and tenacious nature, and it also explains why a bounty hunter was chasing Puss.

There’s an awesome action sequence that takes place in a canyon. In one wagon we have  Humpty, Kitty, and Puss as they aim to jump into Jack and Jill’s wagon and steal the magic beans. Supposedly once the beans are planted a huge beanstalk will grow into the clouds where one can find a castle and the golden eggs that lay within it.

The pursuit of these eggs creates some tension among the threesome. This movie teaches a good lesson about cherishing your friendships, and don’t let greed or jealousy cause you to turn your back on people who love you and support you. I know that probably sounds cheesy but in the movie it sounds cool!

I definitely plan to buy “Puss in Boots” when it comes out on DVD. Maybe I’ll pick up the Shrek movies too. Maybe.

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SHORT FILM REVIEW: THE STRANGE THING ABOUT THE JOHNSONS

FYI: This 30-minute short film depicts some disturbing themes. I’ve included the trailer below: it shows only the first 2 minutes of the actual film. By the end of the clip you’ll know exactly what this film is about, but trust me, it’s NOT a spoiler. Be aware that I’m not posting a link to the film. You can easily find it on Youtube, or just Google it.

Ari Aster wrote and directed this award-winning film about a handsome, well to-do family that is hiding a dark secret. The abused, frightened father can’t deal with the burden anymore and he writes a memoir where he discusses in detail what’s happening within his family.

Aster wants people to view this as a dark comedy but in my opinion there’s nothing funny about this. Maybe this is me being overly sensitive but I don’t think there’s any humor in abuse or people ignoring abuse. There’s some other things that happen in this movie that aren’t funny but I won’t ruin it for you.

I suppose all I can say is this: the film has some shoddy acting and the directing was confusing at times, but overall I enjoyed the movie. I must admit that it took me awhile to shake the cringe-worthy ‘wtf’ moments.

Below you can see the poster. This film features a black family but there’s no racially defining moments in the movie. You can replace the characters with white people, Asian people, or talking dogs and I’m sure the film would have the same effect.

Notice the doormat reads ‘HELP’. Sometimes you never know what’s going on in someone’s home.


GEORGE THE WOMAN-EATER.

I understand the George Clooney appeal. He is the Cary Grant of our time, except he doesn’t have the gay rumors swirling around him. He is charming, handsome, and funny, and the Hollywood elite always rave about the parties that he hosts at his villa on Lake Como in Italy.

Also: we all know George is a successful actor and he’s not too shabby as a director, either. I’m sure his bank account is overflowing with money too. George, if you’re reading this, let me borrow a few dollars. When I say “a few” I mean ten thousand. I’ll pay you back.

So yes, Mr. Clooney is amazing in every way. He can have any woman he wants and he knows this and the women he dates know this. He rotates his women every two or three years, yet his exes always seem so surprised when he dumps them. Makes you wonder if each woman thinks she’ll be go down in Hollywood history as The One who got George to settle down.

I admittedly don’t know much about men. Generally men confuse me with some of their ideas regarding casual sex, dating, relationships, cheating, and marriage. Frankly I don’t have the energy nor the interest to attempt to understand so I just ignore it and happily do my own thing in life.

I do know this: if a man has beautiful women like Stacy Keibler waiting in line for the chance to date him, I can’t imagine many men who would give that up to get married and be monogamous:

Thanks Wireimage


101 in 1001. What?

A few years ago I was online looking for a way to better organize my important papers and bills. I found a process called The Tickler System and it led me to a broad time management concept called Getting Things Done (GTD).

During my GTD research I found the Day Zero project. The idea is to make a list of 101 things that you’ve always wanted to do. Then you have 1,001 days to complete each item on the list. Ideally you’ll create a blog to track and document your progress, and you can also use your experiences to encourage others to start their own 101 project.

Right now I’m working on my second 101 project! My first one ended in early February 2011 and I completed a measly 15 tasks 😦 I learned a huge lesson from my first 101, though. First I learned that some of my tasks were just too big and I should’ve broken them down into smaller ones. Second, I learned that I should check my task list at least once a week so I can keep myself motivated. And third, I realized this project is a great way to find out who you are, what’s important to you, and how you’ve changed in just a couple of years.

When I created my first 101 in back in 2008 or 2009, I was determined to go to graduate school. Now I’m in 2011 and I still haven’t followed through on those plans because I want to pursue a different career path. Now I’m interested to see what kind of job and what kind of life I’ll have in 2014 when my second 101 is complete.

Enough talk, here’s my 101!


BLACK FRIDAY IS MY STAY-AT-HOME FRIDAY.

I never ever shop on Black Friday. Sometimes I don’t even leave the house. People are crazy and will run you over just to get that last pair of $5 jeans that isn’t even their size. By the way, I didn’t just make that up. A friend who works in retail shared that story with me last year.

Today I read that Target will open its stores at midnight on Black Friday. Not to be out-done, Walmart decided to open their stores at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day!

Whaaat? I’m waiting for some stores to declare that they’ll be open the entire Thanksgiving Day. I’m sure I’ll see that happen in my lifetime.

Feel free to call me old-fashioned, but I think shopping stores should close early the day before Thanksgiving, close on Thanksgiving Day, and open late on the following day.

Everyone, stay home with your family and loved ones. I don’t mean to be sappy here but just take some time to really enjoy the company of the people who mean the most to you. Don’t wake up at the crack of dawn of Black Friday just to run out to a store and stand in massive lines holding merchandise that you know damn well you don’t need!


TV REVIEW: AMERICAN HORROR STORY

Yes, this is a man in a rubber suit hovering over a woman who is pregnant and wearing sexy undergarments. If you are a faithful viewer of the show (like me!) this photo will make sense to you.

If you haven’t watched American Horror Story I strongly suggest you catch an FX marathon of the show, turn on all of the lights in your house and sit down for some evil delightfulness. New episodes of AHS air every Wednesday night at 10pm ET on FX. It’s an hour long.

Guess what? I learned something new today:

Turns out the guys behind AHS are Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck. They also gave unto the world some incredibly popular shows named ‘Glee’ and ‘Nip/Tuck’.

When I first heard about AHS I was worried because I didn’t understand how a show can carry a creepy, scary, and thrilling tone from one week to the next. This show proves it can be done.

Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton, and Taissa Farmiga respectively star as the Harmon family: Ben (husband and psychiatrist), Vivien (wife), and Violet (angsty teen daughter). The Harmons move from Boston to Los Angeles after struggling through a stillbirth and Ben’s subsequent affair. There’s a lot of hostility in the new L.A. home and it’s not just from the ghosts. Vivien is SUPER angry at Ben. I feel like Violet is the most underdeveloped character in the show: it’s established in the first episode that she’s the typical, angry teenager, and she says or does stupid emo things in every episode so it’s easy to ignore her.

After moving into their spacious mansion the Harmons learn two hard lessons: 1) the house is haunted,  and 2) the locals call it The Murder House. I’d hate to give up any details here because each spirit in the house has its own mini-storyline.

If “scary” isn’t your thing then this show is not for you. The ghost action and the creepy characters are on full assault in each episode and it rarely lets up. Pretty soon the show starts to blur the line between who is human and who is a ghost but I’m sure this will sort itself out by the season finale.

There’s a lot of supporting and recurring characters who often steal the show from the three Harmon characters. There’s Addie (Jamie Brewer) who lives next door to the Harmons and likes to invite herself into their home; Tate (Evan Peters) an emotionally unstable and destructive teen who is receiving psychiatric help from Ben and then develops an attachment to Violet; and Jessica Lange (left!) as Constance, who is Addie’s mother and an aging Southern Belle who has a violent past with the Murder House.

I think Jessica Lange is a shoo-in for an Emmy nomination. Her character Constance is flat out crazy. She is sexy and has a young boy toy to prove it. Don’t cross her because she WILL kill a bitch. And strangely enough sometimes she appears to be so sweet and charming that you would love to sit down and have a cup of coffee with her, but only if it’s in a public place. I love it! Go Jessica!

As I mentioned earlier, it’s not too late to catch up with the series. I think we’re about halfway through the season and if you can’t catch it on FX then run over to Hulu and see if the previous episodes are still there. This show is creepy, sexy, and entertaining overall so go check it out.