Archive for December, 2009

Lost 22 pounds since November 29, I’m happy, but a lot more to go!

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

I have lost 22 pounds since November 29, 2009. Although ecstatic about the loss, I realize this is just a start, and I still have major weight to loose.

I have had no desserts, no in-between meal snacks, and no snacks at the movies. My evening snack is limited to one apple which is significantly less than I used to inhale in the evening while watching TV, and / or using the computer.

On December 31, 2009, I was only 1 pound heavier than on December 31 last year. Although disappointed that I did not loose major weight during all of 2009, I am very pleased about loosing 22 pounds in the last 33 days of the year.

Now I have to maintain focus, and continue a steady, consistent weight loss. I will be happy with an additional loss of 100 pounds in 2010, and 40 pounds or so in 2011.

“Sherlock Holmes” – excellent

Friday, December 25th, 2009

What better movie to see on Christmas night than “Sherlock Holmes”.  I am a big fan of Robert Downey Jr, and he did not disappoint in this movie.  Although a little bit on the long side, the movie maintained my interest throughout, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.   The storyline was interesting, the acting superb (of course), and the scene backgrounds seemed to maintain the time period’s authenticity.    Overall, I recommend this movie.  You will enjoy the Downey spin on the Sherlock character, as only Downey could portray it.

“Alvin and the Chipmunks” – enjoyable

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Saw “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel” at the Regal Fenway tonight.  I ate at the Longhorn, and felt like a movie.  The only movie I had not seen that I had any interest in was Alvin and the Chipmunks.   Although geared to children, the movie can be enjoyed by adults.  The storyline is heartwarming, and the chipmunk animation is top notch.  It was interesting to see “Chuck” (Zachary Levi)  in a movie as opposed to being the geek spy.

“Did You Hear About The Morgans” is entertaining

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Saw “Did You Hear About The Morgans?” at the AMC Boston Common.  The movie is entertaining, has a nice storyline, and I like both of the major stars.  The time went by quickly, there were a few laughs, and the storyline is heartwarming.  I do not expect any Oscars for this movie, but it is a nice way to spend an afternoon, or evening without being bombarded with overused CGI special effects.  Some may classify this movie as a “chick flick”, I would not – all audience demographics can enjoy this entertaining movie.

Avatar: 3D – technically great, story ok

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Saw Avatar: 3D at the Regal Fenway tonight.  The quality of animation, 3D, and overall CGI were all phenomenal.  From a technical pov, this is one of the best movies made.  Storyline is another matter at least for me.  I am tired of the usual corporate greed theme that seems to permeate movies lately.  I know it is “in” to attack corporations, but like anything else, too much gets sickening after awhile.   The bonding  between the two main characters is fine, just let’s stop with all the constant corporation bashing.  Although I wasn’t crazy about the storyline, I still recommend this movie based on the technical aspects you will see.  I can not recall a movie with better animation,  CGI, or 3D.  Avatar is a must see if you have any interest in cinema technology, and definitely see it in 3D.

“Me & Orson Welles” is a very good movie, I enjoyed it

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Saw “Me & Orson Welles” at the AMC Boston Common tonight.  The story was excellent, the acting fine, and its nice when a movie relies on storyline, and “acting” rather than expensive CGI.  I was very impressed with Christian McKay as Welles, and Zac Efron did a fine job in a role not geared to causing tweens to shriek.   Orson was quite the character, and this movie captures it from start to finish.  Claire Danes was fine as well.   If you enjoy a good movie with storyline, and character development, give “Me & Orson Welles” a watch.

Saw “The Princess and the Frog” tonight – good for its target audience

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

I ate at the Longhorn, and felt like a movie at the Regal Fenway next door.  The available movies were limited, I had seen just about all I had any interest in seeing.  I did see “The Princess and the Frog”.  I, of course, am not the target audience, but I did enjoy the movie.  The animation is fine (although not Pixar quality), the story line heartwarming, and the voices fine.  For kids, should be enjoyable.

Lost 15 pounds between Nov. 29 and Dec. 15

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

As you know from earlier posts, I set a record for my highest weight ever on November 29, 2009.  I was determined that day to start loosing significant weight.   I have lost 15 pounds between November 29 and December 15.  I still eat a big combo lunch / dinner each day;  however, I have eliminated desserts, in between meal snacks, solid snacks at movies, and limited my evening snack to an apple.  I know I will not continue to loose close to a pound a day, but it is a good start.  I have to loose significant weight, and this 15 pound loss is just the tip of the iceberg.

“The Road” – interesting, depressing, but a pretty good movie

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Saw “The Road” at the Boston Common.  Interesting movie – the subject is depressing, but the story solid.  The main actors, none familiar to me, all played their roles stupendously.   In spite of the depressing subject, I did enjoy the movie, the time went by fine, and the movie does inspire some questions for you to ponder on the way home.  Overall, a good movie.  Not sure I would bring anyone under 18 to see it due to the overall subject matter, not due to any particular scene.

“Armored” – just ok

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Saw “Armored” at the Regal Fenway.  The movie was just ok.  I have enjoyed all the major actors from “Armored” in other movies quite a bit, but “Armored” just did not work for me.  I found the story very predictable, and boring at times.   I kept looking at my watch, and waiting for the movie to end.  I was disappointed because with the actors in the lineup, I thought it would be much better.