Archive for September, 2010

Lost 98 pounds since November 29, 2009

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

End of month weigh-in showed another 3 pound loss for a total of 98 pounds lost since November 29, 2009. Ecstatic with the loss, and pumped up to loose another 52 pounds. I know it will be tougher to loose the remaining weight, but I am focused.

Usual caveat about weight fluctuations, but the magical 100 pound target should be just around the corner.

“Jack Goes Boating” is a bit strange, but good

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

I am a fan of Philip Seymour Hoffman, so my second treat at the Kendall tonight was “Jack Goes Boating” starring, and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman.  The movie is definitely a bit strange with a dysfunctional couple fixing up work friends who have many issues themselves.  All the actors gave fine performance, Philip was excellent, the story emotional at times, and both couples needed serious help.  Philip likes the girl he is fixed up with, and ends up promising to cook her a dinner, and take her boating.  Problem is he does not know how to cook, or swim.  His male work friend who fixed him up offers to teach him to swim, and his work friend’s wife also planned the fix-up since the girl Philip is fixed up with works with her.  In the past, the wife of the work friend had a two year affair with a Plaza chef which her husband never got over.  So guess who hubby decides to enlist to teach Philip how to cook – yep the chef his wife had a long affair with some five years ago.  As expected things don’t go too well for the married couple, but work out fairly well for the fixed-up couple.

If you like a good story, albeit a bit weird at times, check this out.

“Never Let Me Go” is very good

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

A rainy day in beantown so off to the Landmark Kendall for a double.  The first treat was “Never Let Me Go”, a British movie which almost a guarantees I will like the movie.  Although you could loosely classify this movie as a British period piece (one of my favorite genres), it is more SciFi.

The story revolves around a group of DNA cloned students whose sole reason for being cloned is to donate vital organs to “real humans” who need the organs to continue living.  The students know they are cloned, and are expected to donate organs once they are adults until “completion” (death).  That does not prevent them from acting like all humans do, and falling in love with each other.  A widely believed myth is clones who are truly in love can request a deferral of their donations to allow them quality time together before multiple donations lead to their death.  Unfortunately, like many myths, that is all it is – a myth.

Although not a positive ending for the clones, overall the movie is interesting, the performances top notch, and if you like a good story, you should enjoy this movie.

“Legend of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga’Hoole 3D IMAX Experience is very good technically

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

The only mainstream movie I had not seen was “Legend of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga’Hoole” in IMAX 3D so off to the Boston Common I went to see the owls after the Patriot’s game ended. Although the movie is targeted at children, I enjoyed the movie overall although it bordered on boring a few times. The story is interesting, the 3D nice but not overbearing, the IMAX presentation super sharp / detailed, and the movie has the typical feel good ending for this genre.

If you enjoy IMAX, and a movie geared for general audiences, consider this movie.

“You Again” is very good

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

After dinner, I felt like a movie since I was next door to the Regal Fenway.  The only movie I had not seen which had a convenient starting time was “You Again”.   I was not sure if this movie was too much of a “chick flick” for a guy to enjoy, or a movie that welcomed all demographics.  I did like all the major actresses, so I bought the ticket.  I am glad I did attend because the movie was entertaining.

All the leading actresses gave top notch performances, there were many laughs, and the men’s roles were dignified.  Betty White’s role was small, but she was excellent.  I have been a fan of Betty White since she played Sue Ann in Mary Tyler Moore’s TV series.

If your significant other wants you to see this movie with them guys, see it, you should enjoy the fine performance by all the stars.

“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” is very good

Friday, September 24th, 2010

I am a fan of Michael Douglas, and enjoyed him in all his movies particularly when he plays a somewhat greedy, shady businessman. Although a bit too long, overall “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” is very good.  The acting is top notch, the story interesting, and the CGI minimal. Michael, as expected, was excellent, and Shia LaBeouf was better than I expected.

If you like a good greedy businessman story, you will like this movie.

“Alpha and Omega 3D” is great for kids, OK for adults

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

I went to Patriot Place for the car show since the weather was great for late September, and the excellent weather would bring out many fantastic rods / supercars to the Cruise Night.  Although I was just there last month, and two shows are scheduled for October, today was the best day to go since the weather in October probably would not be as nice.  There were about 1200 cars, and since I am big car fan, I thoroughly enjoyed the show.

After the car show, I felt like a movie since there is also a very nice cinema in Patriot Place.  The only movie I had not seen was “Alpha and Omega 3D” whose target audience is children.  Even though I am far removed from the target audience, I did enjoy the movie.  It had the typical children’s movie nice, positive ending, the animation was top notch, the 3D enjoyable but not overbearing, the voices familiar (Dennis Hopper’s last film, voice only) and the story was overall interesting.

If you child wants to see this movie, go with him / her,  you may enjoy it as well.

“Welcome to the Rileys” is an emotional story, and also excellent

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

I had seen the “Welcome to the Rileys” previews at the Landmark Kendall, and put it on my “to see” list.  I was impressed with James Gandolfini in the Sopranos, and the previews indicated he gave another excellent performance in this movie.  When the movie was advertised as having its East Coast premiere at the Boston Film Festival, off I went to the Stuart Street Playhouse even though I was just there last night.

The movie is about an intense topic, but is also well written, superbly acted, and very emotional at times.  James did not disappoint, he was as good as I anticipated, and I had very high expectations.  Mellisa Leo gave an excellent performance as well.  Melissa was at the screening, and did a Q & A for 20 minutes after the movie.

The story involves a happy couple loosing their teenage daughter in a car accident, the drifting apart that naturally occurs after an event of that magnitude, the couple’s befriending a girl in New Orleans who is about the same age as the daughter when she was killed, and the emotional roller coaster those ingredients would ignite.   Oh, and the befriended girl is totally mixed-up and a stripper / prostitute.

If you like an excellent story with superb acting, see this movie.

“Cherry” is excellent

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Saw “Cherry” at the Stuart Street Playhouse which is host for the 2010 Boston Film Festival. “Cherry” is excellent. The storyline is very interesting, the actors superb, minimal CGI, and the cinematography / editing top notch.  The movie is about a young, brilliant engineering student who, although very smart, has little experience with the opposite sex.  He is befriended by an older woman student that he ultimately falls for, and the story revolves heavily around his “friendship” with the dysfunctional older woman, and her mixed-up 14 year old daughter.

This is a “becoming a man” story; however, it is more about maturing emotionally than a typical “getting your first” story that has been done many times before. “Cherry” is definitely a refreshing change for this topic.

Kyle Gallinger earns the highest kudos for his role in this movie.  He is very talented, and a joy to watch.  I would like to see him in more Hollywood movies in place of the current crop of young stars, he is much more talented than most of the younger Hollywood stars you see in the mainstream movies.

If you enjoy a movie with an excellent storyline, and fine acting, put this on your short list of must see movies.

“Easy A” is very good

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Although I am certainly not the target audience, I enjoyed “Easy A” a lot. Usually high school movies are not my cup of tea, but this modern pretend Scarlet Letter themed movie was funny, interesting, and enjoyable with a few surprise twists at the end. Although the girl is a virgin, she helps some “not popular with the ladies” guys out by agreeing to say she had sex with them even though she did not. Hence, she develops quite a reputation while the Scarlet Letter is being studied in one of her classes.

If you like light hearted movies with quite a few laughs, consider seeing “Easy A”.