Thursday, December 30, 2010

"American"

... movie with George Clooney as an American contracted by "covert operatives" to support their field activities.  In this case, build a weapon and deliver it on time per the specs provided.  A tired George Clooney accepts the assignment but indicates it is his last one then he is done.
 
Action in the first 5 minutes was fast, then it slowed down... A LOT!  To the point of skipping the ending and turning the DVD back in.  However, enduring the slow action, was able to see the movie to its end.  Too bad.... should have returned it.
 
Action was too slow to recommend as a first date movie.  Be wary of this one!

Friday, December 24, 2010

"Salt"

... Spy-Thriller with Angelina Jolie and Liev Schreiber as CIA Agents working on ferreting out a Russian mole.  That is, the Russian mole is Angelina Jolie.  Her mission is to kill the Russian President in order to place blame on the United States!

Fast action, lots of twists and turns, a safe first-date movie.  Just be prepared for an ending that sets the stage for sequels in the future - think "Salt" franchise.  Will see how the storyline plays out....

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

"Easy A"

... Emma Stone and a host of characters in a movie about a high school girl who gains a reputation as an "easy girl". Emma plays nice girl Olive who tells a little lie to her best friend in order to avoid a camping trip!  Olive lies about having a date that lasted the whole weekend... and loses here her virginity to a "Community College Guy".  The lie spreads, gets out of control, and the truth must get out.

Safe first date movie.  Glad to have rented it instead of watched at the Movies.  Ending was expected but still liked it mainly because I am an Emma Stone fan!

Monday, December 06, 2010

"Going the Distance"

... Drew Barrymore and Justin Long in another "Girl meets Boy Genre" movie.
Drew is a Newspaper Intern working in New York. Justin is a Music Promoter.
Over an incident at the Centipede Arcade Video Game they meet and become
fast friends, lovers, and .... yada, yada, yada! Funny moments, great
scenes with a funny Christina Applegate playing the married and more mature
sister. Even throw in Charley from "Always Sunny in Philadelphia" playing a
friend of Justin's. Liked the movie, especially the lovemaking scene in the
dining room. Safe first date movie, do rent this one!

Monday, November 29, 2010

"Karate Kid" (2010)

... remake of the 80's classic Karate Kid. This time Mr. Miyagi is played
by Jackie Chan and Danielson is played by Jaden Smith - son of Will and Jada
Pinkett Smith. Also, the setting is not Southern California; it is China.
Some similarities to the original storyline with changes made to better fit
the characters instead of the story! Does not have the charm of the
original but consider it a safe first date movie. (Still like the
original).

Friday, November 26, 2010

"Centurion"

... Picts attack a Roman frontier fort and kill everyone save for one Centurion named Quintus Dias.  He is tortured and beaten but somehow escape his captors.  While on the run he is saved by General Virilus' legendary Ninth Legion.  Quintus joins the Ninth Legion on its mission to attack the Picts and kills their leader, Gorlacon.  However, things don't turn out as planned.  Quintus survives a brutal Pict ambush that decimates the Ninth Legion.  Only a few survived the attack and must now evade the Picts....

Good movie with a lot of bloody fight seasons.  But,it is also the reason not to recommend it as a first date movie.  Do rent it though, just wait till you are past the first date!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

"Due Date"

Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis star in this comedy about a road
trip from Atlanta to Los Angeles. It started out to be a plane trip but
circumstances from an incident on the plane result in Robert's and Zach's
assignment to the "No-Fly List"! Robert must be home for his pregnant wife
is scheduled for a C Section on Friday; Zach offers to drive them in a
rental car as he is bound for Hollywood.

Funny pair, funny storyline,... a first date movie (save for a scene
involving "self-fulfillment")! Liked the one liners, especially Zach's
eulogy scene where he says, "Dad you were like a father to me...."!

Monday, November 22, 2010

"Grown Ups"

Comedy with Adam Sadler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob
Schneider as old school buddies getting together after the Basketball Coach
dies. All grown up and a long way from childhood, the five of them and
their families come together for the funeral. This turns into an
opportunity to relive their childhood, experience new and old feelings to
pass on to their children, and to resolve old rivalries!

Funny movie and a safe first date movie! Do rent it when you get a chance.

Monday, October 11, 2010

"The Back-Up Plan"

Jennifer Lopez plays Zoe, a single woman who is ready to start a family but has no husband.  Taking matters in to her own hands, she decides on having one by artificial insemination.  That done, she meets - by chance, her soul mate!  There chance meeting grows into love - yada, yada, yada.  Funny moments, understanding that love is forever, and that no one is leaving.... then, the expected happy ending.  Would save this one for later; hold off as a first date movie.  Tough to relate Jennifer Lopez in the role.  Better suited for Katherine Heigl or Kristen Bell.

"The Chosen One"

Rob Schneider in a more serious role than his norm - an alcoholic used car salesman with a monk for a brother.  Somehow Rob loses faith in himself.  This is made worse when his father commits suicide.  Then, out of South America a group of Shaman show up at his door; they say he is the Chosen One - the only person on earth who can save mankind from its own destruction.  Good movie, hold as a first date though.  Was expecting the comedy and slap stick that Rob is good at....

Thursday, September 30, 2010

"Get Him to the Greek"

.... Jonah Hill and Russell Brand team up in this comedy about a record company intern's troubles to bring famous rock star - Aldous Snow (Russell Brand), to Los Angeles for a concert!  A lot of funny scenes, especially liked Sean Combs portrayal of a "gangsta recording company President and Owner"!  Won't recommend as a first date movie mainly for the sexual references and heavy use of profanity.... But, it was still funny, even if you already know how it will end.

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid"

Jeff Kinney's illustrated novel about a sixth-grade student comes to life on the Big Screen.  Never heard about the books but heard from others that it is popular with elementary school kids.  Decided to check it out after hearing about it on a morning radio show that I listen to on my way to work.  Pleasantly surprised with the "Wimpy Kid's" antics and observations.  Specially liked the "cheese" scenes.  Safe first date movie that should show your "wimpy" side to your potential long-term friend!

"Cop Out"

... Movie with Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan as two cops struggling with their career, personal life, etc,.... Did not watch it all, funny moments but not enough to keep watching it.  Stopped the DVD after about 40".  Not a first date movie.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

"The Losers"

... movie with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, and Óscar Jaenada as a CIA Black Ops Team betrayed and left for dead by an evil mastermind named Max (Jason Patric).  Stuck in Bolivia, they work on plans to return to the US.  Fortune comes their way when they meet the sexy Zoe Saldana, who hires them to find and kill Max!
 
A lot of shooting, killing, and fighting.  But, something was missing. Better to skip as a first date movie!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

"The Other Guys"

... comedy with Will Ferrell and Mark Walberg as two "not so great" NYPD Cops.  Will is a transfer from the Accounting Department; Mark is the cop who shot a certain New York Yankee Baseball Player.  As partners, they are not in the same league as the dynamic duo played by Samuel Jackson and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.  However, things will changes once they solve a high-profile case that involves Wall Street, the SEC, and "foreign investors"!
 
Funny movie.... If you liked "Talladega Nights", then you will like this one.  Hold as a first date movie mainly for the reference to Will's side job that he had in college - a pimp!

Sunday, August 08, 2010

"Kick Ass"

... movie about a high school nerd who yearns to be a superhero. He has no super powers, he is not a genius, he just wants to be one.  As fate has it, he gets his chance when he is injured in attempt to be a superhero.  The injury heals but leaves him unable to feel pain - something about damaged nerve endings.  With this inability to feel pain, he uses it to fight villains.  That is, he keeps fighting relentlessly....
 
Funny moments, lots of cussing, would not consider a first date movie.  But, still liked it.  Really liked "Hit Girl" and "Red Mist".  Also, good to see Nicholas Cage as "Big Daddy".  For more details, check out IMDB.

"The Runaways"

... movie with Kristin Stewart and Dakota Fanning as female rock star Joan Jett and vocalist Cherie Currie, respectively.  Joan wants to be a rock star but has a hard time breaking in to the industry as a female.  However, when opportunity finds her way, she seizes it by convincing a local music producer/agent on an idea - an all girl rock band!
 
Good movie, did not know that Joan Jett started in the industry in her teens. Glad to see the she learned from "The Runaways" to launch the "Blackhearts"!  Read more at IMDB!

"The Hangover"

... comedy with a number of recognizable actors.  Sort of a Tom Hank's "Bachelor Party" movie with a twist...  Four good buddies head to Vegas for a last hurrah before one of them gets married.  Everything starts out well enough except they lose the groom, they cannot remember what they did last night, and a lot of strangers seem to have met them, partied with them, and even married one of them!
 
Funny movie, hold as a first date movie.  Don't want to give the wrong impression especially on a first date.  Read more about the movie at IMDB!

"Clash of the Titans"

Remake of the 1981 movie of the same name.  Storyline relates to Greek mythology and the anger of the Gods towards Man. So-so first date movie that builds on the original through current movie special effects, else glad to have waited to see this one till it came out on DVD.  For more details, check out the link to IMDB.

Friday, July 23, 2010

"From Paris With Love"

... shoot'm up action movie with John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Myers.  Jonathan is the US Ambassador's personal assistant assigned by a "Government Agency".  He longs for something more that involves more covert action.  After a comical stunt that involved planting a bug in a foreign diplomat's office, Jonathan is partnered with John Travolta, a Field Agent with attitude and lots of bullets!  Their mission is to thwart a terrorist attack on delegate to a summit being held in Paris.
 
Skip this one as a first date movie because of all the violent shoot'm up scenes.  But,for movie goers who enjoy action and shoot'm up scenes, check it out on your own.  Really liked the Myers-Travolta pairing and the "impossible" shots being made!

"Wolfman"

Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt, and Anthony Hopkins play main characters in this rendition of a werewolf movie.  Storyline was promising but the movie tended to be slow and long winded.  Wait on this one as a first date movie rental.  PS: Pay attention to the Inspector's voice, it is the actor that played Mr. Smith in the Matrix.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

"She's Out Of My League"

... comedy about a young "nerdy" man who meets, dates, and eventually becomes the love interested of a hot blond woman!  His buddies, family, and strangers cannot believe she is with him.  Her friends, family, and others think the same.  That said, there is chemistry in their relationship.


Funny movie and a safe first date movie especially how everything works out in the end.  Check it out when you get a chance!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

"Despicable Me"

Animated movie with Steve Carrel playing the evil villain Gru.  On a quest to steal the moon, Gru concocts a plan:
  • Steal a Shrinking Gun,
  • Fly to the moon in a rocket
  • Shrink the moon
  • And then, ransom it for money.
Things start out well when he steals the Shrinking Gun; however, he soon loses it to a rival villain named Vector!  To steal it back, Gru enlists three orphaned girls who sell cookies.... Cookies that Vector likes!
 
Funny movie that the kids will like.  Enjoyed the storyline, really liked the "Minions", and the girls' characters play well against Gru's evilness.  Safe first date movie.  Just be ready to watch in a theater with lots of children.

"The Spy Next Door"

Jackie Chan plays a Chinese spy on loan to the CIA.  Robin Wright Penn is his significant other or at least, soon to be wife!  That is, if he can get past her three kids who think he is a "geek" pen salesman - Jackie's cover while he waits for his assignments.
 
Funny story with an expected happy ending since it is a Disney movie.  Not a bad rental but would wait for a rainy day to watch this one.  PS:  George Lopez and Billy Ray Cyrus play CIA agents that Jackie works with....

"Green Zone"

Matt Damon plays an Army Warrant Officer and ordinance expert on a mission to find weapons of mass destruction.  Together with his team, they search location after location without success.  Parallel to this effort is a cover up by a Government Agency led by Greg Kinnear.
 
Was hoping for a Jason Bourne movie pace given the movie director is the same one from the franchise.  Came away with a slow and plodding storyline.  Would hold on watching this one as a first date movie.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

"Knight and Day"

Conspiracy meets comedy in this movie with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. A chance meeting in an airport grows into a series of "complications" as Tom and Cameron match wits and bullets with a rogue agent.  Framed by his partner, Tom must escape the agency that seeks to "secure" him.  Cameron is unwittingly pulled into the situation by Tom.

Tom and Cameron make a great team in this movie.  A lot of action shoot'em up scenes and humorous moments provide for an entertaining storyline.  Really like the characters they played.  A recommended first date movie.  Do check this one out soon!

Sunday, June 06, 2010

"Killers"

Movie with Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher on a fairy-tale romance and marriage, except that Ashton has a past... a contract killer for hire by a certain government agency.  Funny movie with a lot of good laughs.  The couple make good movie partners.  A good first date movie!

Monday, May 31, 2010

"Invictus"

... movie directed by Clint Eastwood with Morgan Freeman as President Nelson Mandela of South Africa and Matt Damon as the Rugby Coach and Manager of the South African Rugby Team.  With his election as President, Morgan must bring a country together as one.  To do so, he inspires the country to unite in the Rugby Team's pursuit of the World Cup Title.
 
Good movie that was entertaining despite knowing its ending. Check it out some time!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

"Letters to Juliet"

... movie about lost love and the chance to find it after 50 years.  Amanda Seyfried discovers a lost letter to Juliet while on vacation with her fiancé in Italy.  She answers the letter; one week later an elderly woman (Vanessa Redgrave) and her grandson (Christopher Egan) come to Italy to find her Romeo!  Amanda gets caught up in the adventure and joins them on their quest.
 
A chick flick and confirmed first date movie!

"Legion"

... movie with Paul Bettany as the angel Michael on a mission to save a baby - a baby that was not meant to live.  A lot of fighting and cool effects but was a tough one to watch.  Skip this one.... as a first date movie.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

"Robin Hood"

Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett play Robin Hood and Lady Merriam in the latest version of the legend of Robin Hood.  Liked the events leading up to Robin's and Merriam's meeting, made for a good storyline on how Robin (Longstride) became Robin of Loxley, who became Robin of the Hood!

Good movie but would hold off as a first date mainly for its length - over 2 hours.  Not a good way to begin a relationship - sitting for two hours in a dark movie theater with no interaction with one another!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

"Iron Man 2"

Sequel to Iron Man with Robert Downey Jr., Gwenyth Paltrow, and Don Cheadle returning and Mickey Rourke, Scarlett Johansson, and Samuel Jackson appearing this round.

Safe first date movie that was entertaining as a sequel can go. If you wait till all the credits are done after the movie, you will see a short scene that preps you for the next movie.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

"How to Train Your Dragon"

... animated movie with familiar voices mixed throughout the characters. A not the normal viking named Hiccup tinkers with dragon slaying devices. He manages to take one down but is unable to kill it.

Good movie.... safe first date movie but save it for the Kids and pick another one.

"The Eye"

... movie with Jessica Alba as blind violinst who has eye surgery to regain her sight. However, issues result when she begins to see ghosts!

Scary moments but one that has a decent storyline. Hold for a first date but do check it out when you get a chance!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

"Crazy Heart"

... IFC style movie with Jeff Bridges as Bad Blake, an aging Country Singer and Songwriter, living on the road and the hard life.  Somewhere along the way he meets a young reporter played by Maggie Gyllenhall, who changes his life.  Good movie with an ending that made sense - not the storybook Hollywood norm.  Also like the support cast with Colin Farrell and Robert Duvall.  Check it out, safe first date movie.

PS:  Liked the tunes....!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

"It's Complicated"


... comedy with Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and others.  Meryl and Alec are a long-time divorced couple coming together to celebrate their son's college graduation.  Although Alec cheated on Meryl and then married his mistress, things get out of hand when Alec and Meryl begin an affair.

Funny movie with a great supporting cast that includes Steve Martin as the nerdy Architect and the Office's John Krasinski as the nice soon-to-be Son-in-Law.  Safe first date movie, check it out when you get a chance!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

"Pirate Radio"

... movie inspired by true events and set in 60's Great Britain.  A Rock and Roll Radio Station, located on a ship anchored offshore, broadcasts music to the delight of the Country.  However, a Government Agency seeks to shut the Station down.  After several unsuccessful attempts, the Agency succeeds in passing a law that makes the Station illegal.  Subsequently, the Station must do something to keep on air.

Funny moments with a strong cast of characters and an entertaining story.  But, suggest watching another movie for a first date.  This one can wait as well.

"Men Who Stare At Goats"

... true story with George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, and Kevin Spacey.  George, Jeff, and Kevin are New Earth Army Jedi Warriors - a secret unit of the US Army.  Able to use their psychic ability to locate, predict, and even kill... goats.  Ewan is a small town reporter who wants to get into the Iraq War and see action so his wife will come back to him.  She left him for another man.  Somehow Ewan and George meet in Iraq, and then they suffer through a series of misadventures stemming from George's quest to locate "something".
 
Funny moments, a little quirky, with an ending that could have been done better.... save for another day and pick a different one for a first date.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

"Law Abiding Citizen"

... Drama about a plea-bargain agreement that sets a killer free.  Stars Jamie Foxx as Assistant DA Nick Rice and Gerard Butler as the vengeful victim Clyde Shelton.  Clyde and his family are attacked in their house by two thugs.  One thug brutally rapes and kills Clyde's wife, then kills his daughter. Later, they are caught and tried; the killer/rapist goes to jail for 5 years, his accomplice is sentenced to death.  Clyde learns of this and decides to make things right - especially with his background...!
 
Good movie, liked the victim's manipulation and detailed planning to act his revenge to make things right!  Hold as a first date movie but definitely check this one out.  Look for a more light-hearted comedy before bringing this one in.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

"The Blind Side"

... checked out Sandra Bullock's Oscar winning performance in the movie "The Blind Side".  Enjoyed the true story of Balimore Raven's Left Tackle Michael Oher.  Great movie, acting was excellent with Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, and Quinton Aaron making a true story all the more believable!  A definite first date movie!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

"Date Night"

... comedy with Steve Carell and Tina Fey as a suburban couple with kids. Stuck in the daily grind of married life, they long for something. On a whim, they decide to go into the city for a nice dinner at a popular restaurant. Without dinner reservations, the inevitable happens - no table. But, siezing the moment they take someone elses reservations and have a nice dinner. Until they are pulled in to a scandal that has them running for their lives....

Funny movie. Safe first date movie. Check it out some time!

Sunday, April 04, 2010

"Edge of Love"

... movie with Kiera Knightley, Sienna Miller, Matthew Rhys, and Cillian Murphy.  Complex story that involves famous poet Dylan Thomas.  Not a first date movie, skip this one altogether.... 'nuff said!

"Heartlands"

... IFC style movie that starts out slow but grows on you as the story progresses.  Would not recommend as a first date movie but would recommend watching it some time.  If you like IFC movies, a character who is dealing with issues but eventually comes out in the end for the better, then watch this one.  Liked the acting, liked the story, liked the ending.  For more details, check it out on IMDB.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

"The Last Song"

... a Nicholas Spark's genre movie with Miley Cyrus, Greg Kinnear, and Bobby Coleman.  Miley and her younger brother spend the summer with their estranged father played by Greg Kinnear.  Their father-daughter relationship is strained since Greg and their mother, played by Kelly Preston, divorced several years ago.  However, things seem to turn around when Miley meets a handsome boy (Bobby Coleman) by accident.  A chance meeting followed by circumstances resulting from saving Sea Turtle eggs and soon after Miley and Bobby become more than friends....
 
Good movie, expect tragedy with a lot of underlying issues hidden from the viewer.  Would not recommend this one as a first date movie as it may bring a tear to your eyes which cannot happen on a first date.  Better wait till your relationship has a chance to grow before checking this one out.

Friday, April 02, 2010

"The Box"

... movie with Cameron Diaz and James Marsden, a suburban couple living in Richmond Virginia.  Cameron is a Teacher.  James is a NASA Engineer.  They have a son and appear to be a normal family.  That is, until a stranger shows.  A stranger played by Frank Langella, offering a million dollar for pushing a button housed a box.  Push the button, you get the money.  But, a person will die.
 
Interesting storyline that speaks of conspiracy and human behavior experiments.  Would hold off as a first date movie. Moreover, ending leaves you feeling as if a sequel will be forthcoming.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

"Bounty Hunter"

... comedy with Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston as a divorced couple brought together when Jennifer misses a court date and a warrant for arrest is issued.  Gerard, a former cop and now a bounty hunter, accepts the assignment to bring Jennifer in!  Needless to say, the two find they still have feelings for one another; more so when the two must deal with the mob, bad cops, and a "boyfriend".
 
Funny storyline that flows well, safe first date movie!  Check it out, theater was packed this opening weekend.

"New Moon - The Twilight Saga"

Second movie in the Twilight Series that brings back the same players from the first movie. Bella and Edward struggle with their relationship to the point that Edward leaves. Jacob comes into the picture as a friend, then possible love interest, and then protector. Victoria continues on her quest for revenge but is foiled by Bella's protectors. Ultimately, things come to a climax just in time to leave room for the next movie.

Safe first date movie given the love theme and strong emotions that the main characters are dealing with, just be ready for the "beau hunk" viewers to enjoy it more than others!

Friday, March 19, 2010

"The Reader"

 ... movie with Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes.  Kate plays Hanna Schmitz, a former S.S. concentration camp guard.  Ralph plays Michael Berg, a lawyer who had an affair with Hanna when he was fifteen and she was thirty-six.  Their affair lasts a summer and consists of reading and sex and more reading and sex.  Michael is unaware of Hanna's past falling hopelessly in love with her.  However, they eventually part their separate ways when Hanna decides to end the affair by leaving unexpectedly.  Later, while Michael is attending law school, he observes a war crimes trial of six female S.S. concentration camp guards, one of whom is Hanna.  While listening to the testimony, Michael realizes that he has information that can make a difference in the outcome of the trial and its impact on Hanna.

Good movie, was surprised by the amount of "skin" shown.  Would hold off as a first date movie but would check it out later as your relationship matures!

"Purple Violets"

... movie with Selma Blair, Edward Burns, Debra Messing, and Patrick Wilson.  The four were once close college friends but years later they lose touch with their mates.  Selma is Patti Petalson and is coupled with Patrick playing popular writer Brian Callahan.  Debra Messing is Kate Scott, Selma's best friend.  Edward Burns is Michael Murphy (or the "Murph"), Brian's lawyer and best friend and once was Kate's boyfriend. In a chance meeting while having dinner at restaurant, they meet and what follows is the rekindling of second chance love!
 
A chick flick movie that may squeak by as a first date one.  Only because (spoiler...) they couples get together for the long term.  More an IFC style movie than a main stream movie.  Still, enjoyed the way things played out.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

"Up In the Air"

... movie with George Clooney as "corporate downsizer" Ryan Bingham, Vera Farmiga as Ryan's acquaintance Alex Goran, Anna Kendrick as his business peer Natalie Keener, and Jason Bateman as Ryan's and Natalie's boss Craig Gregory.
 
Ryan Bingham is on the road a lot, logging over 250k miles a year.  His job is to fire people.  He does it well.  So much so, that he has amassed a significant amount of frequent flyer miles and is well on his way to the magic goal of 10 million miles.  Only 6 others have reached that goal, he will make every effort to be number 7!  Things seem to be going okay for Ryan, more so when he meets a Alex Goran, a female version of him, that he gets along with.  However, Ryan's plans are sidestepped when hotshot Cornell graduate Natalie Keener proposes and gets buy in to rollout a new business model - firing people over the internet using a video teleconference!
 
Not a bad movie but would hold off as a first date one, mainly because of the non-committal character that George plays in this movie.  Do check it out, was entertaining!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

"Did You Hear About The Morgans?"

... comedy with Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker as a couple with marital issues brought to a halt when they witness a murder.  Pulled in to the Witness Protection Program, they are whisked away from New York to Wyoming.  "Big City" meets "Small Town America"....
 
Funny moments and quips with an expected happy outcome.  Liked the supporting roles of Sam Elliott, Mary Steenburgen, and Wilford Brimley.... Safe first date movie!

Friday, March 12, 2010

"Gray Matters"

... Romantic comedy with Heather Graham and Tom Cavanagh as sister and brother Gray and Sam Baldwin.  They share the same loft apartment, they enjoy the same things, and are best friends!  At times, people think they are dating.  Given this, they decide to find dates for one another.  Subsequently, Heather finds Charlie Kelsey played by Bridget Moynahan.  Charlie shares the same likes and dislikes as Gray and Sam and immediately befriends the two.  So much so that Sam and Charlie decide to marry.  But, confusion results during a bachelorette weekend in Vegas when Charlie and Sam have one too many drinks that leads to a passionate kiss between the soon to be bride and the groom's sister!
 
Slow to start, light hearted comedy with an expected happy ending.  Has it moments and should be a safe first date movie. But, would not place it on the "must see" list.  Save it for a rainy day.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

"Saint Ralph"

... movie set in 1950's Canada.  Ralph Walker, a high school freshman at St. Magnus Catholic School, is dealing with many complex issues like experimenting with smoking and a preoccupation with the opposite sex.  In trouble one too many times by the school's principal Father Fitzpatrick, Ralph is ordered to join the school's cross country running team.  The storyline looks to follow the normal path until viewers learn that Ralph lives by himself in the family home; has been lying to the school saying he is living with his grandparents, who are already deceased; and telling his widowed hospitalized mother that he is staying with a friend. However, Ralph changes his focus once his mother falls into a coma. Through a chain of circumstances, Ralph believes that winning the Boston Marathon will help his mother to come out of a coma!
 
Safe first date movie, really enjoyed this one!  Was expecting less having rented it on a whim; was extremely pleased the choice turned out to be a winner!

Monday, March 08, 2010

"Bella"

... IFC style movie with Tammy Blanchard, Eduardo Verastegui, and Manny Perez.  Tammy and Eduardo work as a waitress and a cook at Manny's restaurant, respectively.  Manny and Eduardo are brothers and seems the more hot-tempered of the two.  His temper comes to light when Manny fires Tammy for being late one too many times.  Eduardo decides to comfort Tammy when he learns she was late because she is pregnant. Without notices, Eduardo takes the day off and spends the rest of the day with Tammy.  They spend their time together getting to know each other and ultimately make plans for the future.
 
Good movie with an interesting ending and an underlying story that brings the two main characters together.  Safe first date movie!

"Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist"

... comedy with Michael Cera and Kat Denning.  Michael plays Nick, a high-school senior from New Jersey.  Kat plays Norah, a friend of Nick's ex-girlfriend. The two meet at a club when Norah pretends that Nick is her boyfriend.  From there, the fun begins as Nick and Norah, share a love of music, hunt for a band scheduled to play somewhere that night, lose Norah's drunk friend Caroline, and then search for her with the help of Nick's gay band mates (Nick plays guitar for a garage band where he is the only straight guy).  Throw in a beat up Yugo car, an obsessive ex-girlfriend, and some decent tunes, then you get a movie that can grow on you. 
 
Safe first date movie, check it out some time!

Saturday, March 06, 2010

"Guitar"

... movie about a woman who finds out she has a tumor and only has two months to live.  Soon after finding out about the tumor, she loses her job and is given 4 weeks severance pay.  With little time left to live, she uses her severance pay to rent a penthouse loft and goes on a spending spree using her credit cards to make purchases over the telephone.  One purchase is a guitar that she does not know how to play but is motivated to learn.  Alone at first, she manages to sulk in the "buff" for a while.  However, she soon becomes friends with the girl that deliver pizza and the man that delivers packages of things she ordered.  Yada, yada, yada,... love and sex results with pizza girl, with delivery guy,.... yada, yada, yada,... ménage' trios' ensues,.... yada, yada, yada,... epiphany results.  Won't say more other than she lives!
 
Would hold off on this movie for a first date, main reason are in the "buff" moments.  Else, liked the ending.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

"Hamlet 2"

... comedy about a 'less than famous" actor Dana Marschz, played by Steve Coogan.  Dana has placed his acting career on hold and is working as a drama teacher for a High School in Tucson.  Dana writes and produces stage versions of popular movies that are not very good.  Things don't seem to be going his way.  More so, when he is told the Drama Class is cancelled due to budget cuts.  So, to call attention to the Class, he writes an zany original play called Hamlet 2.
 
Funny movie once you get past the profanity and Jesus-references.  Hold off as a first-date movie though, let's not push the profanity and Jesus-references so early in a relationship.  Check it out later some time, you should get a chuckle or two!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

"Casablanca"

... Movie Classic with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.  Never watched the movie after so many years.  Decided to rent it at the local video store.  Great movie!  Mark this one as a definite first date movie.  Tough guy Humphrey Bogart runs into an old flame who left him standing alone at the train station.  Ingrid is the old flame with a past that has caught up with her.  Add the brief but important role played by Peter Lorre, a quirky and corrupt French Police Captain with a heart, and Sam the piano player.  What do you have, a timeless movie for romantics!  Check this one out if you never have seen it!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

"Beer League"

... comedy with Artie Lange and Ralph Macchio as lifelong buddies who have a passion for softball.  Last in their league, they have a tendency to drink beer and not practice as well as fight with the league's number one team.  First game of the season ends in a fight and jail.  Luckily no one has to do hard time because a deal is struck.  The team that wins the most games between the two gets to stay in the league.  The other must leave and find somewhere else to play.
 
Funny moments and as long as you understand it is a comedy and not in the running for an Oscar, you should be okay.  However, would not consider this a first date movie, especially because of the bachelor party scene.  Better chose another movie!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

"Nomad: The Warrior"

... movie that looks back to Mongolia and the tribal conflict between two tribes - the Jungar and Kazakh. Prophecy describes a descendant of Genghis Khan will unite the Kazakh and defeat the Jungar. Oraz the Wise, played by Jason Scott Lee, searches for the child (named Erali) who will fulfill the prophecy, finds the infant, and vows to protect him from the Jungar. As time passes, Oraz recruits boys - to include Erali, from each Kazakh tribe and schools them in the art of war. The two best are Erali and his best friend Mansur. Things appear to on the right path to fulfilling prophecy but both Erali and Mansur fall in love with the same woman!

Wait on this one; it is not a first date movie. For those who don't like subtitles, more reason to skip this movie completely!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

"Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief"

.... movie that brings a "Harry Potter"-like genre brought to the big screen.  This time it is based on Greek Mythology, how their Gods fit in modern times, and how their children play into humanity.  Protagonist is Percy, son of Poseidon.  Antagonist is another God's son.  Zeus' Lightning Bolt is stolen. Guess who took it?  If it cannot be found, the Greek Gods will have a war between one another.  See more details in the IMDB link.
 
Consider it a harmless first date movie, if and only if your date enjoys this genre.  Else, stay away.  It can be a tedious 2 hours.  FYI: Stay around for the credit; there is a closing scene that involves Percy's mother, boyfriend, and fridge!

Friday, February 19, 2010

"Meet Bill"

... movie with Aaron Eckhart and Elizabeth Banks.  Aaron plays Bill, and unhappy banker married to bank president's daughter.  Elizabeth Banks is his unfaithful wife Jess.  Bill is constantly eating candy bars and dreaming about owning a donut franchise.  He yearns to breakaway from his father-in-law and the bank.  However, before he can get started, Bill is assigned to a mentoring program that includes a smart-mouthed kid who seems to show up when least expected. Worse yet, his wife has an affair with a local TV personality and even includes videos posted online.  So, Bill, the kid, and the kid's friend played by Jessica Alba are on a mission to win back Bill's wife.

A yawner for this movie viewer.  Hold this one for another time and definitely not for a first date.

"Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day"

... light-hearted comedy with Frances McDormand and Amy Adams.  Frances is Miss Pettigrew, a down on her luck governess.  Amy Adams is Delysia Lafosse, a singer-actress using her "skills" to win a part in an upcoming movie by a famed producer.  While doing so, Delysia is juggling other men like Nick, a nightclub owner, and Michael, her piano player who really loves her!  Miss Pettigrew somehow lands a job as Delysia's social secretary to make sure Delysia gets the part. Over 24 hours, Miss Pettigrew is also called on to help an unfaithful fashion editor patch things up with her boyfriend, a lingerie designer.
 
Funny moments and a safe first date movie.  But, would not put it on the list as a first choice when picking out a movie with your "potential significant other"!  Go pick a romantic comedy, better yet a tear jerker.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

"Sideways"

... movie with Paul Giamatti, Thomas Hayden Church, Sandra Oh, and Virginia Madsen.  Paul is an English Teacher, recent divorce, and aspiring writer - yet to be published.  Thomas is an somewhat famous actor who wants one more fling before his wedding. So, Paul and Thomas plan a trip to California Wine Country to golf, enjoy the scenery, taste the many wines offered by the different vineyards. While on their trip, they meet Sandra Oh and Virginia Madsen.  One thing leads to another and things happen - wink, wink, wink....
 
A long movie that has its moments but not a first date movie - a divorced man and a bachelor cheating the week before his wedding does not set the right tone for a first date.  Wait a little before watching this one with your potential "significant other".
 
PS:  Did like a few of the lines in the movie - especially, "Did you drink and dial?"

Monday, February 15, 2010

"The Last Word"

... dark comedy with Wes Bentley, Winona Ryder, and Ray Romano.  Sundance style movie that is slow with a lot of "meanings" built into the storyline.  Wes is a writer hired by suicidal people to write their epitaphs.  Winona is the sister of one of Wes' recently deceased clients.  Ray is a depressed musician who hires Wes.
 
Wes and Winona meet at her brother's funeral.  Wes lies about how he met Winona's brother, and she takes a liking to him.  They eventually start dating, have issues, and then breakup. In parallel, Wes and Ray keep working on Ray's "last words", also have troubles, and then come to an understanding.
 
Complex movie that is not a first date movie.  Would hold on this one.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

"Roman Holiday"

... classic movie that stands the test of time.  Stars Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck with Eddie Albert doing a great job in his supporting role.  Audrey is Princess Anne, on a European tour. Gregory is Joe Bradley, a correspondent for the American News Service in Rome, and Eddie is a photographer and friend to Gregory.
 
Audrey frustrated with the formality and obligations as a Princess, runs away for 24 hours.  She meets Gregory, who does not recognize her highness at first, but seizes the opportunity for a news scoop once he discovers who she is.
 
A must see movie. Consider this a first date movie with a storyline that does not need sex or foul language to make you watch it!

"All About Steve"

... comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper with Thomas Haden Church, DJ Qualls, and others.  Sandra plays Mary Horowitz, crossword puzzle creator for the Sacramento Herald.  Bradley Cooper plays Steve, news camera man.  Sandra and Bradley are setup by their parents for a blind date.   Things get hot and heavy before they date gets started, and then quickly sours.
 
Funny moments with a decent ending.  Entertaining move but glad to have waited for DVD.  That said, would not pick this one as a first date movie; wait a little bit longer for the relationship to grow.  And then, have a chuckle or two together.  Decided this based on the movie's funny moments do not overcome the underlying theme - a "freaky woman" stalking someone.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

"Love Happens"

... drama with Aaron Eckhart and Jennifer Aniston. Aaron plays a self-help author Burke Ryan; Jennifer is Eloise, a quirky florist.  While on a trip in Seattle, Aaron chances on Eloise in the hallway of his hotel.  Soon after they agree to dinner which starts out terrible but could eventually grow into something more.  Except, Aaron has failed to come to terms with the death of his wife; he portrays himself as a self-help guru but could use therapy himself; and he is living a façade that will catch with him.
 
Slow start and its deep emotional message are too much for a first date movie recommendation.  However, it is a good movie with a decent ending.  Especially liked the father-in-law played by Martin Sheen and the "Parrot"; they played cameo roles but were important to the movie's message.

Friday, February 05, 2010

"Gamer"

... Action movie with Gerard Butler from "The 300" as a convicted death row inmate with a chance for freedom.  All he has to do is survive 30 games.  That is, survive 30 games where convicts are "human Sims" controlled by people who pay to play (or control) the "human Sims".  Standard good versus bad guy scenario; just throw in the software game developer character into the mix.  Liked the movie because the action made me want to see how the movie played out.  But, would not call this one a first date movie due to the blood and guts violence.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

"When In Rome"

... Lighthearted comedy about love and love spells. Beth, played by Kristen Bell, is a young, unlucky in love, professional living in New York. However, on a trip to Rome for her sister's wedding, she meets a love interest.  Or, thought she did.  Angry with love and romance, she decides to take four coins and a poker chip from a fountain of love.  The result... she is aggressively pursued by a five suitors, each pledging their love!
 
A lot of laughs, happy ending, and a safe first date movie.  Enjoyed the cast of stars that you will easily recognize.  Check it out some time!  See IMDB for more details about the movie.

"The Invention Of Lying"

... comedy with Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, and a cast of others.  Ricky Gervais plays a down on his luck, just fired single man. Made even worse in a world where people don't lie.  That is, until he stumbles on how to lie.  Movie starts out slow and the brutal truth telling quips get old after awhile.  Would wait to see this one.  Even skip it as a first date movie, especially the opening scene with Ricky and Jennifer meeting on their first date - very awkward situation.

Friday, January 29, 2010

"Surrogates"

... SIMs goes Hollywood.  Movie with Bruce Willis playing an FBI Agent investigating murders in a world of Surrogates.  Surrogates are machines that humans control to live out their lives.  You can customize them, they are indestructible, and they keep you safe as you control them remotely from your own home!  That is, until a weapon is developed that destroys Surrogates and kills the human operating it.  Good movie, liked Bruce in this role, check it out when you get a chance.  Another safe first date movie!

"Whip It"

... IFC-style movie about a young 17 year old girl named Bliss Cavendar from a small-town in Texas.  Unhappy with her life, she longs for something else but is not sure what.  That is, until a shopping trip to Austin opens up an opportunity - Roller Derby!  "Yada, yada, yada",... introducing Babe Ruthless, Bliss' alter-ego roller derby character!  Liked the story, entertaining with an expected outcome.  Especially liked the Roller Derby Team coach - Razor, played by Andrew Wilson (did not know his brothers are Luke and Owen Wilson).  Safe first date movie!

Friday, January 08, 2010

"Leap Year"

... romantic comedy with Amy Adams and Matthew Goode.  Amy is disappointed when her longtime boyfriend (played by Adam Scott) does not propose to her. Fortunately, she sees her chance for marital bliss when he travels to Ireland on business during a leap year.  Supposedly, Irish folklore allows women to propose to men on February 29!  However, nature and other forces, including a handsome Irish beau (Matthew Goode), make Amy's rendezvous with her boyfriend difficult.
 
Solid first date movie with an ending that was expected.  Entertaining in how the storyline played out even with a bias view as a fan of Amy Adams. Check it out when you get a chance!

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