Week of Hart

For those of you that read my blog from time to time might know that I usually see a movie every weekend. The last two weeks have been no different and for some reason I have been in a very ‘Kevin Hart’ mood. Two weeks ago I went and saw “About Last Night” and last week I saw “Ride Along.” I am not a huge Kevin Hart fan but I think he is pretty funny and I’ve enjoyed the movies he has been in for the most part.
About Last Night
“About Last Night” is an adult romantic comedy about two couples, their meeting and progression of their relationship over the span of a year or so. This movie was a little different than I thought it would be. There was definitely comic aspects too, moments that were funny and light, but a lot of it was a little more serious. It showed a view of the different behaviors, moods, stresses and attitudes that men and women can carry into a relationship and situations. I was definitely surprised by the more heavy commentary that the film portrayed, as I was simply expecting a light, ridiculous, valentines comedy.    

So What?
     – This movie has jokes and light moments, it is funny and ridiculous at times, but is also more substantive than that. I enjoyed this film but it is not groundbreaking by any means. It is worth seeing (for adults, leave the kiddies at home) but go to a matinee or wait until it gets to the dollar theater (three dollar theater now, I am getting robbed!)

Ride Along
 “Ride Along” has been in theaters for several weeks now, but like I said, I was feeling Hart-y (get it? I know, not that clever) so I went to see it last week. This movie is about Hart’s character who is a security guard at a high school trying to get into the Atlanta police academy. He is living with his girlfriend who he plans to propose to as soon as he gets accepted into the academy. Meanwhile his soon-to-be brother in law is a no-nonsense detective for the Atlanta P.D. and doesn’t approve of Hart. The brother-in-law cop is played by Ice Cube. He is definitely the weakest aspect of this movie as his solution for delivering all of his lines is to say them all in a choppy, mean voice that was far from convincing. To prove himself to Ice Cube, Hart goes on a ride along with him and ends up embroiled in more than he expected.
So What? 

     – Although this movie was completely predictable and a little ridiculous at times, Hart was extremely funny in this role. Even though predictable, it was worth watching because it was laugh out loud funny.

How Did This Happen?

Good Morning my beautiful angel faces! I just got an email informing me that I have acquired 600 followers!! I am very excited and humbled by this. I started this blog because I was unemployed and needed to bring some responsibility into my life, some consistency and something to do. I love all forms of entertainment and figured it was the only subject in which I have an educated opinion. I never could have dreamed that so many people would support this little endeavor. THANK YOU!

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For this celebratory post I am going to share with you a few of my favorite celebrity quotes

1. Brittany Spears
— (Brittany Spears on Japan) “I’ve never really wanted to go to Japan simply because I don’t like eating fish and I know that’s very popular out there in Africa.”
2. Paris Hilton
— (Talking to the press about Wal-Mart) “Do they like, make walls there?”
3. Cameron Diaz

— (Talking about science) “I have been noticing gravity since I was very young.”
4. Mariah Carey
— “Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can’t help but cry,” Mariah Carey once said. “I mean, I’d love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff.”

5. Ryan Lochte
—“My philosophy is, if you’re a man at night, you gotta be a man in the morning.”
6.Justin Bieber
—“I’m not sure about the parties. But whatever they have in Korea, that’s bad.” (Justin Bieber on politics)

7. Gwyneth Paltrow
—“I’d rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a tin.”

Obligatory Valentines Day Post

Initially I was not going to do a blog post related to this holiday but I was informed by a blogger friend that I would be remiss if I did not. Most people have pretty strong feelings about Valentines day; they either love it or they hate it. I do not fit into either one of these camps, I think it can be nice but I also do not care about it much. For this, my required blogpost about Valentines day, I saw a couple internet cards (dealing with entertainment) I thought would be worth sharing.

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Blackmail, Blood and Stupidity

Ladies and gentlemen this weekend I was blackmailed. It was an uncomfortable and humiliating experience. I was forced, against my will, to participate in a horrific endeavor. It happened like this…
It was Saturday night, a friend and I were sitting on the couch trying to think of something fun to do. At that moment she turned to me and suggested we go see the new film “Vampire Academy.” My response was a flat out refusal. I have never read the books but the premise seemed ridiculous and the movie previews were obviously ludicrous. Her response was to enumerate the many things she had done with me that she did not want to do, apparently I owed her. So very begrudgingly I went to this movie. As we were sitting in the dark, right before the movie was going to start, my friend leans over to me laughing and whispers “I haven’t even seen a preview for this movie yet, I have no idea what this is going to be like.” By this point it was too late to escape and I had to sit through the horror that was this movie.
Vampire Academy:

This film is ridiculous. The acting is not good at all; the actors are awkward, choppy and lack believe-ability in their performance. The writing was noticeably bad with the lines being cheesy and hackneyed. Throughout most of the movie I was laughing, but not because I was supposed to be. The lines and acting were just so cheesy I couldn’t help it. I would make a direct comparison between this movie and the first Twilight film. They are just so bad, they’re funny. Do not go see this unless it is free and you want a good laugh.

Pompeii:

I have to take a second and talk about this movie coming out in a few weeks on February 21. This film just stupefies me. From the short preview I have seen it appears to be a love story based in Pompeii which was a Roman city. For those of you out there who do not know the history of Pompeii, let me take a minute and tell you.
They all die— the end. A nearby volcano erupts without warning, killing everyone in Pompeii.
The title of this movie has given away its entire premise. This movie is obviously about some kind of forbidden love, Romeo and Juliet style. But guess what the ending is……. they will all die. No need to go see this movie now, nobody escaped from Pompeii. Bad title planning for this movie folks!

Men And Balls: Sports Mania

The biggest event in American sports took place yesterday night. I am of course talking about the man touching, butt squeezing, Super Bowl. For how homophobic a lot of male professional athletes are they sure do slap each others butts a lot. I have found several things to be true about those who watch this game. Most people fall into one of a few categories of  the Super Bowl audience.

The Party Go’er:

(Wrong Football: I love these guys!)

— This person usually knows very little, if anything, about football whatsoever let alone the teams that are playing in the game. The only reason they are “watching” the Super Bowl is because of the free food, free booze and friends to talk to. These viewers usually have no idea what is actually going on in the game, they are just there for the party and food.
The Commercial Watcher:
— I have found that the people in this category are usually girls. For a large number of women they resign themselves to watch the Super Bowl because they want to see the commercials and the half time show (depending on who is performing). It is widely understood that the commercials for the Super Bowl are famously funny and quirky.
The Way too Intense Guy:
— I think all of us knows at least one of these people. The person who becomes the insanely annoying
sports fan. A few things this type might do is: Yell at the T.V, throw things, get way too upset over small events that happen during the game. These people take this way too seriously. They will usually tell the people around them that at some point in their life they played football, so they are the expert and everyone else just doesn’t understand. Uhh no buddy, playing in middle school or high school doesn’t make you a member of the Seattle Seahawks… sorry.

The Fan:  
— This person is a fan of one of the teams playing. This usually means that they watch most of the game (if it is close and worth watching.) They get upset when bad things happen but they don’t freak out like “The Way Too Intense Guy.” They want their team to win and are bummed if they don’t, but they do not let it ruin their week.
Football Viewers:
—These people are what I would call “casual watchers.” They enjoy football, so of course they are going to watch the Super Bowl, but their team isn’t in it so they don’t care enough to really get overly involved in the game. These people will go to the parties, enjoy the free food and friends while keeping track of what’s happening in the game, but not religiously watching it.
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Footnote:
The morning of the Super Bowl I found out that Phillip Seymour Hoffman had died of a heroine overdose. Hoffman had struggled with drugs for a while and had been in and out of rehabilitation facilities. In these cases usually judgement is heaped on the one who has passed because of their addiction. I feel that this is a real shame. Drug addiction is a very serious issue that Hoffman struggled with, a fight he lost but that doesn’t mean he should be condemned. He was an amazing actor who produced inspired work. He will be greatly missed.