Archive for June, 2010

“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” is actually not too bad

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

I was at Patriot Place today (yes I am a big New England Patriot fan, and Tom Brady is my favorite), and decided to see “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” at the Showtime Cinema in Patriot Place.  The movie is actually pretty good for a movie of this genre.  You may be thinking my rating is not very complimentary, but considering I am as far from the intended target audience for this movie as possible, it is actually a compliment.  I was not bored, and actually thought the storyline was interesting, although a bit silly at times.  The CGI for the wolves was excellent, and the Cullen vampire family come across as nice, or as nice as a vampires can be.

Judging by the applause the movie received at the end from the many tweens in the audience, the movie is a hit with its target audience.  If your daughter wants you to see the movie with her (I know big chance of that happening 😉 ), see it.  You won’t be bored, and you will get to spend valuable time with your daughter.

Lost 72 pounds since November 29, 2009

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Did my end of month weigh-in today, and I have lost 72 pounds since November 29, 2009.  I am very happy with the loss, and am close to attaining 50% of my weight loss goal.   I lost 8 pounds in June which is OK, but I will monitor my weight closely to ensure my pace does not fall below the 8 to 10 pounds a month rate.

I realize I may have to make additional eating changes to ensure my weight loss continues, and I am determined to make the required changes.   I may falter on the occasional day, but will continue the weight loss by making the necessary adjustments.  So far, eliminating in-between meal snacks, desserts, popcorn / candy at movies, and limiting my evening snack to an apple have served me very well.

“Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky” is actually pretty good!

Monday, June 28th, 2010

When I go to the Landmark Kendall, I usually see two movies since the theater is such a long walk from the subway.  After seeing “Iodine”, which I liked better than the reviews, I only had a choice of two movies I had not seen – the new Joan Rivers documentary, and “Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky”.  I did not have any particular interest in either movie, but when I saw the notice about the AC being broken (it was in the 90’s, and humid outside) in the theater showing the Joan Rivers documentary, my decision was made for me.

Being a guy, the only thing I knew about Coco Chanel was the No. 5 perfume which I had purchased for female friends over the years.  She was an interesting character, and successful boutique dressmaker before the perfume success.  The movie revolves around her liking the new form of music / art by Igor Stravinsky, and offering to have him, and his family live in her very nice “house” to nurture his creativity.  At first, all is well, but as expected, Coco, and Igor hit the sheets which did not go over too well with Mrs. Stravinsky.   Like all affairs that are found out, the tension is high, and the wife / kids decide to leave the posh home of Coco while Igor stays hoping to get more between the sheets time.

Overall, the movie was interesting, the performances were all fine, but I did feel bad for Mrs. Stravinsky who was portrayed as a loving, sweet, loyal wife.

“Ondine” is a good story, and Colin Farrell gave a fine performance

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Went to the Kendall , and saw “Ondine”.   I had seen mixed reviews for this movie, so I was not sure what to expect.  I like Colin Farrell, he usually gives fine performances, and he did not disappoint in this movie.  The movie revolves around an Irish fisherman who finds a woman in his fishing net.  He is fortunately able to revive her, and takes care of her for awhile since she does not want to be seen by other people for a reason that is evident near the end of the movie.  The fisherman’s daughter believes the woman her father found in the nets has magical powers, but in the end, it is just a child’s imagination.  At first it was difficult to follow the movie due to Colin’s deep brogue.  After awhile, you get used to the brogue, and the brogue was not an issue.

Overall, I enjoyed the movie, Colin gave a fine performance, and the Irish coast looked beautiful.

“Grown Ups” is enjoyable, entertaining with some laughs thrown in

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Saw “Grown Ups” at the Regal tonight.  I usually like Adam Sandler movies, and “Grown Ups” met the challenge.   Part of the reason I enjoyed this movie is I am close to the intended target audience.  I can relate to seeing childhood friends many years later, and for a weekend or so, trying to relive those childhood memories.   Although there were laughs, the laughter was not constant like it was during “Take Him to the Greek”.  There are enough laughs to prevent boredom, the story overall was interesting, and all the stars gave the quality performances you expect.  I am usually not a fan of Chris Rock because he goes a bit overboard for my taste.  I did enjoy Chris Rock in this subdued role (for him) in this movie.

Anyone over 30, and children should enjoy this movie since they can directly relate.  Don’t expect your belly to be sore from constant laughter (it won’t), but there are enough laughs to ensure enjoyment.  If you are in your 20’s, you should enjoy the movie as well if you like an enjoyable story with some memorable lines.

“Winter’s Bone” is a bit dark, and an interesting story with fine performances

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Saw “Winter’s Bone” at the Coolidge tonight.  The movie is interesting, a bit dark / depressing, but overall pretty good.  The story revolves around a 17 year old girl caring for her younger siblings due to a sick mother, and a father who flew the coop.  He put up their house, and land as a bail bond, but the family may loose the house / land due to his missing his court appearance.  The only way to save the house (and the family) is to prove the reason the dad missed his court date was he was dead.  The story does get a bit weird with how the girl proved her dad was deceased, but overall the movie is fine for an independent film.  All the actors (none known to me) were fine, and added to the movie’s enjoyment.

“Jonah Hex”is a bit weird, but actually pretty good

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

The only mainstream movie I had not seen was “Jonah Hill”, so after dinner off I went to the Regal Fenway.    The movie has received less than stellar reviews which does not stop me from seeing a movie since some of the best movies I have seen were dissed by “professional” reviewers.

It is a nice change to see a movie in which a horse is still the major transportation,  When I was a kid, Westerns were still a major genre.   Although not a classic Western,  “Jonah Hill is interesting, a bit weird at times, lots of action, and very good special effects.  The movie is not great, but is a lot better than the reviews I have seen indicated it would be.   Both Josh Brolin, and John Malkovich were excellent.

“Knight & Day” is fine entertainment

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

A sneak preview of “Knight & Day” was scheduled for the Boston Common tonight;  hence the AMC Boston Common was my destination as well.  “Knight & Day”  is entertaining with a plethora of action, multiple stunts, some humor throughout, and fine performances by all the stars.   Tom and Cameron had a nice screen chemistry.  Much of the movie was shot in Boston so the sets were very familiar to me which added to my enjoyment.

If you enjoy an evening of entertainment with a movie that has an action filled storyline, and doesn’t take itself too serious, put “Knight & Day” on your movie list.

“Toy Story 3: in Disney Digital 3-D” disappointed me

Friday, June 18th, 2010

I enjoyed the prior Toy Story movies even though I am not the target demographic for these movies.  The animation, and 3D in “Toy Story 3: in Disney Digital 3-D” are typical top notch Pixar quality, but I was disappointed with the movie overall.  I found myself bored for quite a bit of the movie except for the Barbie and Ken segments.   The voices were fine, basically the same voice assignments as the prior movies.  The storyline, and overall movie just left me wanting, and a bit bored.

I realize I am not the target demographic for this movie, and the younger audience members seemed to enjoy the movie quite a bit. Although I did not enjoy it that much, it does seem to click with the target demographic.

Hit the 70 pound weight loss target today, I am ecstatic

Friday, June 18th, 2010

My weigh-in this morning was a very pleasant experience, I finally hit the 70 pound weight loss target.  Seventy pounds lost  in a little less than 7 months is a significant achievement.  Not only is a 70 pound loss a great goal to meet in its own right, but it is also significant because a 70 pound loss matches my highest weight loss from prior weight loss campaigns.  I lost 70 pounds between February 1, 1999, and August 18, 1999.  Although I wanted to loose more weight in 1999, I went on vacation starting August 18, and except for a few sporadic pounds in the Fall of 1999, my weight loss ended.  I then proceeded to regain the 70 pounds I lost in 1999, and added a 55 pound bonus as well.   Similar to 1999, I still have more weight to loose.  Unfortunately, I have a lot more weight to loose now than in 1999 due to that pesky 55 pound bonus I added when regaining the 1999 loss.

Although thrilled with the 70 pound loss, I have at least another 80 pounds to loose, and even more vital, I must ensure I keep the weight off permanently this time.  I do add my usual caveat about realizing I could be under the 70 pound weight loss goal tomorrow due to temporary fluid fluctuations, but also realize I will be exceeding the 70 pound goal permanently within a few days.