Monday, March 16, 2009

They don't make 'em like they used to...or do they?

My thrilling weekend consisted of watching these movies. Woo hoo!

When fluffy, bubble gum movie star Megan Valentine (Jessica Simpson) suddenly finds herself broke and humiliated in the public eye, she wanders from the wreckage of a car accident and witlessly enlists in the U.S. Army hoping in vain that it will change her life. The spoiled actress immediately finds herself at odds with her tough drill sergeants and the harsh discipline of Army life. It leads to many humerous situations. In the end, however, Valentine wins the respect of her fellow trainees and they all graduate together. This movie is set at Fort Jackson, which is a real Army training base.

** I have never seen Jessica Simpson in any movie before. This movie is basically a remake of Private Benjamin (which I loved) ,this one was watchable though. It's a chick flick for sure.Her male Sargent is cute and her friends are familiar. The "candy bar" scene is ludicrous.
I give it 2 STARS.

Author: Wolf30x from Cincinnati, OH

The Strangers is a movie that delivers everything it promises it would. It scares you. Simple as that. Instead of relying on buckets of gore and an over-contrived premise, it keeps things simple and thats what makes it work. For an hour and a half, the viewer is subjected to a slowly mounting sense of dread that just keeps building without ever pulling back. The story never falls victim to the usual horror movie clichés, but at the same time , it doesn't make any ridiculous attempts to go against them. Perhaps the best thing that the movie has going for it is it's believability. There isn't really any thing to distract the viewer from buying into the premise wholeheartedly. Considering that this is the director's first ever movie, it's a feat that's even more impressive. This is the kind of movie you shouldn't watch at home alone in the dark.

*** I had wanted to see this one when it came out at the theater but never made it.I DID watch it all alone in the house and it WAS scary. Based on a true story. Which is why it was so believable and had me screaming out loud a few times.
I give it 3 STARS.

is the story of Lady Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman), an English, aristocratic woman who leaves England to follow her husband to Australia. He is in Australia with the intention of selling his cattle station the size of Belgium. However, Lady Ashley believes he is having an affair and travels out there to confront him. The property is in the north of Australia, and she embarks on an African Queen type journey, accompanied by a rough, hewn cattle drover (Hugh Jackman). Ultimately, Lady Ashley finds herself inheriting the cattle station and, in order to save it, she and the drover must undertake an epic cattle drive to Darwin. In the course of that journey, she falls in love with the drover, and the Australian landscape, and realizes that her life is not over, and there’s always a new life to be had. The title Australia is intended to sum up the story of her life - her journey, the landscape, and the people she meets - all of which transform her life forever.

*****I LOVED this movie!This movie was like an old movie. The way they USED to make them. The scenery was beautiful. The little boy is adorable. Hugh Jackman is smokin' hot and Nicole Kidman is realistic in her role.I may have even shed a few tears. It is LONG though so get your snacks ready and dig in ,you won't want to miss a second of it.
I give it 5 STARS.

And some new Inclined 2 decline, it's ok this one is safe. Brown eyed girl!

Happy Monday Peeps!


Creative Problem Solver said...

That Ian guy sure makes a good rockstar. Maybe he doesn't need a real job afterall :)

desert dirt diva said...

the movie australia did rock both times i watched it, its one i am glad i bought...first then watched, and that little boy is soooooo friggin adorable.. yes i alo give it 5 + stars

Anonymous said...

Agree that Australia is a 5 star. It is the best movie we saw last year. Jessica is a box of rocks but did see her in the movie version of "The Dukes of Hazzard', wherein she didnt wear much. We have a DVD of "Gran Torino" with Clint Eastwood if you would like to borry it. It is a terrific movie and shoulda won over "Slumdog Millionaire". G5