Monday, January 26, 2009

Movies I Saw This Past Week

On Saturday I saw Underworld: Rise of the Lycans. It was so good. I am glad that they decided to make this prequel because Lucian is just to intriguing a character to just ignore, and he is actually my favorite character from this franchise. Michael Sheen did a fantastic job and proves that he really is a great actor, and he's really hot too. He can do the popcorn movies (which I love) and the more serious movies also (I like a few of those too). I'd love to see this one again, and I am so buying it on DVD. I am a big werewolf fan, and I feel that they get the short-shrift in movies. They are usually the villains, or the movie is really bad and campy, or too gory to watch. This was a bad-A@@ werewolf movie. The special effects were good, but I felt it was also a character-driven movie. Michael Sheen carried this movie with no problems. As usual, I could not stand Viktor. I was very happy that Selene sliced his face after seeing this movie. He basically made things worse by being such a petty, cruel, racist tyrant, when his problems could have been solved by respecting the Lycan race for their strengths and instead of enslaving them. This movie wasn't that gory although it had blood. It was pretty watchable in that sense. Another plus because I am not a fan of gore. If you like werewolf movies (good ones, especially) check this one out. I'd love to see more intelligent, well done werewolf movies like this one.

I also saw Run, Fat Boy, Run, and it was funny and good. I really felt bad for Simon Pegg's character because he was dealing with his bad karma and self-hatred for leaving his pregnant girlfriend at the altar. I'm really glad that he decided to run the race because it gave him back his sense of self. So although this movie had its slapstick moments, it was also deep.


Tuesday, January 06, 2009

2009 New Years Resolutions (not in order of importance)

1. Watch more movies. I am rather ashamed to call myself a movie buff of late. But towards the end of the year I did a little better. I got this year off to a good start with Twilight. I think I will go back to keeping my movie-watching journal. Maybe this will help.
2. Take care of my health. I am not getting younger. I have a father who passed away of cancer, and a mother with chronic health issues. I want to live a long, healthy life, so I need to take care of this one body that God gave me.
3. Be more social. I am not exactly a social butterfly. I am a loner by nature. But no man is an island. I will try to go out more and socialize with other people (other than on the internet).
4. Cook more. Cooking at home is much healthier and you are often more satisfied. Plus I love cooking. So I will try to use more of my recipe books and do some homecooking.
5. To not let my job be my life. I need to draw back and look at work as just a part of my life. It's not my whole life.
6. Contribute more to society and the world. I will try to be better about donating my time and resources to worthy causes. I do recycle and try to be ecologically responsible. I will look for other ways to contribute.
7. Get my to be read pile down. I cannot lie and say I will stop buying books. Nor will I give away most of my books that I love. But at least I can try to read more of my books that I do own and think twice about buying just any book. I will try to come up with a list of questions to help me to be more responsible in my book buying habits.
8. Clean up the garage and get it organized. It really is a mess. I need to get the recycling done and go through some of my unwanted/unneeded stuff and take it to Goodwill.
9. Wash my car more often. My poor baby. She deserves it.
10. Submit a story for publication. It's worth it and I really want to be a published author. So I need to stop hesitating and go for it.
11. Blog more often. Blogging is so much fun and is very therapeutic. It's a great way to keep in touch with others around you. And it keeps one's writing skills nice and polished. Very good exercise in spontaneous writing.
12. Go to the gym/exercise more often. On the less active days at work, I will go to the gym and get back into my exercise routine. I feel better when I am well exercised.
13. Go to Great Britain in the next two years. The plan is to work on an early 2010 trip to Britain. I need to get planning!
14. Find and explore different ways to be creative, whether it's writing, cooking, building, gardening, or arts. I love being creative and I thrive off of it. I stifle when I don't have a creative outlet. I will make time for this so I can be fully self-actualized.
15. Figure out what I want in my life and go after it. Whatever it is I want.
16. Spend more time with my God. He is my life and sufficiency. Why do I stick him in the back of my closet?
17. Actually watch and enjoy my tv shows instead of them watching me or running off to do something else so much.
18.Home improvement. Work on doing stuff to keep my house up, and to improve my house. It's worth it. How can I be a renaissance woman if I don't work on this too?

Well, those are my 2009 resolutions. Lofty goals? Perhaps. Let see how this goes...


Life After Watching the Twilight Movie

It was a surreal experience watching Twilight. I have never seen a movie have more eroticism without a single moment of nudity. The scenes between Edward and Bella were almost embarrassing in their intensity. Their first kiss, oh my goodness, it was so hot. People have said that Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson had no chemistry. Well if they didn't have chemistry, then I don't know what chemistry is.

I must admit I was direly jealous of a seventeen year old girl. Boy would I love to have a guy as into me as Edward was. Edward adored Bella. And adored should be capitalized, italicized, underlined, and bolded. He was tortured by his love for her, and the knowledge that he should let her go. But he loved her enough to not want to turn her.

I admit that some parts made me giggle. It was more of a nervous giggle, I think, at the emotional intensity of the movie. And the thought that this was a movie for teens. Well this thirtysomething woman was touched in ways that few movies have touched me. I am an incurable romantic who usually does not like most romantic movies. But I loved this one. This movie is one that I enjoyed intensely and I imagine I could watch probably weekly, just to see the interactions between Edward and Bella. I am so buying it as soon as it comes out on DVD.

I also found the Cullen family fascinating. They are just so much fun to watch. They are so posh and almost inhumanely beautiful. I love their togetherness and their dedication to each other. I must give kudos to the casting directors and the actors. They really did a great job of playing vampires. No cheesiness, but very inhuman, yet in the guise of humans. And with excellent chemistry between the different actors who were part of the Cullen family.

I have heard people badmouth Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson's acting in this movie. I thought they were excellent. Now I haven't read the book, but I intend to soon. And from now on, Robert Pattinson will be my Edward.

Did I mention I am deeply in loved, fascinated, enthralled with Edward Cullen? All day yesterday, as I went through the actions of my job, my mind kept coming back to Edward. The boy/man has taken my heart away from me. I am definitely in Team Edward. I love looking at him, and thinking about him. If you read my book blog, then you know I have a thing for stalkerific heroes. These are the heroes that are completely obsessed with their heroines. Well, Edward is the king of the stalkerific heroes. I thought Robert did an excellent job of showing how focused on Bella Edward was. He would come and watch her sleep, just because he couldn't bear to be away from her. Initially her scent drove him almost made with longing. Sigh!!!! Again, jealous of a seventeen year old.

Hopefully as the story progresses, they won't separate Edward and Bella too much. Those two belong together, and are made for each other. I think seeing them apart will be bad for my health.

My sister mentioned going to see it again at the dollar movie. I can't wait. I would love to spend another couple of hours lost in this wonderful fictional reality.