Archive for December, 2010

“The Piano Teacher” is interesting, but very strange

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

“The Piano Teacher”

3 1/2 out of 5 stars

Seen all movies playing at mainstream cinemas.
Went to favorite art house theater, Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
“The Piano Teacher” sounded intersting so braved remants of Blizzard, and off to Huntington Ave.
Strange bordering on weird.
French with English subtitles.
Female piano teacher with kinky bondage fantasies, and an almost affair with a younger student, very strange ending.
Not for all, but some make like.

“If You Are The One II” is an interesting story

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

“If You Are The One II”

4 out of 5 stars.

Although billed as a comedy / romance, this movie has a very interesting storyline ranging from funny to sad. There were some laughs, but its claim to fame is the quality of the story.
In Chinese with English subtitles.
As best you can tell with subtitles, the performances were all excellent.
Story maintained interest throughout – very funny divorce ceremony at the beginning, very sad farewell scene at the end.
Minimum CGI, did not need more.

If you like good stories, and don’t mind subtitles, check out this movie.

Had a dessert after Christmas dinner, and then a popcorn at the movies

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Since it was Christmas, I celebrated by having a dessert after dinner. I usually reserve a dessert for when I attain a milestone weight loss ending in a zero. However, in the spirit of Christmas, a dessert was in order after a nice turkey dinner.

At the movies, I included a popcorn along with my usual diet soda. This was the first popcorn I have purchased at a cinema, and only my second popcorn since I started my weight loss in November, 2009. Again, a Christmas celebration was in order. I devoured that popcorn, boy was it good. Ironically, before starting my weight loss, I was more prone to purchasing candy, Butterfingers or M&M’s, not popcorn at the cinema.

Now that Christmas is over, no more popcorn for awhile. It was so good, I could easily get in the habit every time I go to movie, and I will not let that happen. I may consider one popcorn a month if my weight loss is progressing as planned. If the weight is not where it should be, no more popcorn until the weight meets goals. Desserts will also be reserved for weight milestones, my birthday, and of course, next Christmas.

“Gulliver’s Travels 3D” is entertaining, enjoyable

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

“Gulliver’s Travel”

3 1/2 out of 5 stars.

Movie was entertaining, and an enjoyable end to a nice Christmas Day.
Jack Black gave his usual fine performance. If you like Jack, you will like this movie.
Remember this movie is light entertainment geared for children, not a serious movie for adults, although adults can enjoy it.

As long as you remember it is light entertainment, you should enjoy this movie.

“Rabbit Hole” is sad, but very good

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

“Rabbit Hole”

4 out of 5 stars.

Although depicting a bad situation, this movie is very good overall.
Nicole Kidman, and Aaron Eckhart both gave excellent performances.
Story was interesting, minimum CGI, and fine performances by all supporting cast.

If you like a good story, and don’t mind a very sad subject, see this movie.

“True Grit” is good, not great

Friday, December 24th, 2010

“True Grit”

3 1/2 out of 5 stars.

Movie is good, not great.
Jeff Bridges is excellent.
Matt Damon was – well I am not a fan.
The actress who played the 14 year old girl is fantastic.
Nice to see a Western for a change.

“Little Fockers” is OK

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

“Little Fockers”

3 1/2 out of 5 stars

Huge fan of Robert De Niro, and he gave his usual excellent performance.
The other stars gave fine performances as well.
Although comical at times, the movie did leave me a bit flat – I expected more.
If you enjoyed prior Fockers movies, you’ll probably enjoy this one as well, but maybe not as much.

Recommended with reservations.

“Yogi Bear 3D” is better than reviews

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

“Yogi Bear 3D”

3 out of 5 stars

Although not the best animated film this year (Despicable Me), Yogi Bear 3D is better than the reviews.
Animation is fine albeit without all the bells and whistles.
I like Dan Ackroyd, but his voice as Yogi seemed too unnatural.
Justin Timberlake was fine as BooBoo.
3D was a nice enhancement without being overbearing.
Children in audience seemed to enjoy the movie.

Although not great, much better than revews indicated.

“The King’s Speech” is excellent

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

“The King’s Speech”

5 out of 5 stars

Enjoy British period pieces.
Looked forward to seeing this movie since I saw the previews.
Thoroughly enjoyed this movie.
Colin Firth, and Geoffrey Rush were both outstanding.
Story was very interesting.
Even though a serious subject, there were more laughs than some comedies I attended.

Highly recommended.

“Tron: Legacy 3D” is excellent

Friday, December 17th, 2010

“Tron: Legacy 3D”

4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

Won’t appeal to all, but for tech enthusiasts (like me), it is an excellent movie.

Special effects are fantastic.

3D is nice, but not overbearing.

The performances are fine for this type of movie.

Saw it in Regal RPX which added to the positive experience.

Jeff Bridges gave an excellent performance.

Storyline was very interesting, and time passed quickly.