Twilight – My Obsession

I’ve joined the legions of fans world wide in loving the Twilight book series and now movie. It’s been a long time since I’ve gotten so involved in a book that I read it in one day, and then went and bought the next three the next day.

About to see the movie, posing like an idiot in front of the poster. Yes, I did love it!

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The Dark Knight

I was devastated when Heath Ledger died and have been looking forward to seeing this movie for a long time. I loved Batman Begins and was keen to see if the follow-up would be as good.

We decided to see the movie at Imax right in the middle of youth week. Not the best choice ever, but it was worth it! We did have to line up for a while to get in which was annoying. I don’t understand why iMax doesn’t sell numbered seats!

Back to the movie, Heath Ledger was undeniably amazing. He was such a cruel villain that he scared me and I had to look away several times. The movie is even darker than the first one and doesn’t leave the ending looking very positive for the future, it felt more realistic, if you can say that about a superhero movie.

Lots of people in line.

More people in line behind us!

Why hello there!

Ready for launch!

The Incredible Hulk

I hated the first Hulk movie. I watched it on TV and changed the channel. Alec, however, loves the Hulk, so off we went to watch the latest incarnation of the big green beast.

I was so pleasantly surprised to find that it was an enjoyable movie. Edward Norton is such a classy actor, so his performance alone was riveting. There was lots of action, a splattering of soul searching and a dash of true love – everything you want from a super hero movie.

Alec was stoked that there was a “Hulk … smash!” line that made the final cut, and I was happy to see that there are more super hero movies in the works!

SATC – The Movie

In the years since Sex & The City ended, I’ve watched all of the episodes many times over. I’ve been awaiting the return of these old friends for a long time!

I took some clients of mine to see the movie in Gold Glass for a treat – my first Gold Class experience. It’s pricey, but so worth it! The seats are like reclining lounge chairs and there is a lot of space between the chairs and rows so it almost feels like your own private theatre.

The movie itself was OK – not brilliant but enjoyable. It really was like catching up with old friends. I thought it could have been a lot wittier – they had a lot of jokes but they were cheap shots in my opinion. I also thought the over-riding themes of forgiveness were too strong. Miranda gets cheated on and Carrie gets left at the alter – but both are urged to forgive their partner. The feeling that was being portrayed was “you’re getting old, you have to compromise now” rather than feelings from their earlier episodes when they would have ditched the guys pronto.

I did however enjoy the movie in total and will watch it again. The clothes were great, Charlotte was fabulous and I always love seeing NY in movies.


The Chronicles of Narnia – Prince Caspian

I loved the Narnia books when I was young and read them many many times. Something that I never noticed before watching tis film was how battle-filled they are. C.S. Lewis has a talent for writing battle scenes in a way that makes them suitable for a young child to read. I think it has to do with the unemotional language he uses.

In a movie, however, it’s hard to have battle scenes that aren’t confronting in a movie that’s really for young people, so the movie ended up being quite dark. While there are no shots of any actual blood being shed, there are still scenes of mass slaughter.

What I did like about the movie was the character development of the eldest Pevensie boy, Peter, who is being treated like a child again in England and wants to be treated like a man. I also liked Prince Caspian himself – though I’m unsure about his French accent.

It’s hard to say exactly how much I liked the movie because it was extremely difficult to get lost in it. We were unfortunate enough to be seeing the movie in a cinema that was mostly booked out by a youth group, who talked, yelled, laughed as sad moments, screamed at romantic moments and ran up and down the aisles throughout the entire movie. It was disgraceful, selfish behaviour and I just wanted to stab them all with my huge umbrella I had rather than concentrate on the movie.

I guess I’ll just have to see it again before I make my mind up!

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This movie is based on the book Bringing Down The House, about team of students from MIT university who formed a card-counting team to make money at Black Jack. The book had a lot of fictional elements to it and the movie even more so – which made it more dramatic I imagine, and more interesting to first read, then watch.

What did impress me was how smart the students are (which highlighted how very poor my own math skills are) and what a genius scheme it was.


We had dinner at Alec’s favourite Vietnamese place in Chatswood – Golden Bo. I had some kind of noodle and vege dish.

Alec’s sauce for his noodles.


Vermicelli noodles and spring rolls. Delish!

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

I just adored the Indiana Jones movies growing up. I still love them now and can watch them over and over, so I think there’s something special to these movies. Part of the magic lies in the casting of Harrison Ford as Indie. He is so dry and laid-back, and so incredibly grace-less that he’s more of an everyman representation rather than a superhero or even James Bond. Therein has always been the charm of Indie – charisma that women love and the everyman-ness that make guys feel like he’s a regular bloke just like them.

This latest movie comes some 17 years after The Last Crusade (which, incidentally, is my favourite of the trilogy). Indie is MUCH older and looks it, particularly in the beginning. When the bad guys start thumping on him, I wanted to jump in and yell “stop beating up the old man!”. In true Indie fashion though, he is tough, saves the day and doesn’t lose his hat.

I particularly enjoyed Shia LaBeouf as the young bad ass son of Indie’s former flame Marion (remember her from Raiders of the Lost Ark?). I really hope that the Indie movies continue, with Shia donning the famous hat.

I won’t go into the storyline – let’s just say there’s a mythical object, damsel needing to be saved and evil communists trying to take over the world. What it adds up to is another really enjoyable Indie movie.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

This movie is by the guys who did 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up (who are “the guys” anyway?)

The exposed female genitals in Knocked Up were really a warning of what “the guys” were warming up to … full-frontal male nudity in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. I was quite stunned by the frequent male nude shots – and equally surprised that there was no female nudity whatsoever – right on!

The movie started out quite slowly. Peter’s TV star girlfriend, Sarah, breaks up with him (cue male nudity shots numbers one, two and three). In order to get over her, he goes by himself on a holiday to Hawaii. Unfortunately, Sarah has also gone to Hawaii – with her new rock star boyfriend.

It’s here that the movie really gets funny, with cameos from the actors from the previously mentioned movies, Paul Rudd and Jonah Hill.

A really entertaining movie. Over and out!

Iron Man and Mr Wong’s Kitchen

I love a good action movie, particularly when it is based on a Marvel superhero. I had never heard of Iron Man before, but after hearing some early rave reviews I was more than keen to see the movie.

Robert Downey Jr stars in the main role of Tony Stark, a brilliant rich play boy who uses his amazing mind to create weapons for the USA to use for “homeland security” if you get my drift. He is captured by a group of terrorists who want him to build weapons for them. Stark builds a robot to escape instead, and is motivated by the experience to turn his life around and save people rather than building weapons.

I just realised writing this how bad the plot sounds, but I really enjoyed the movie. I found it exciting, smart and funny. Robert Downey Jr is an actor who has shown a lot of talent over the years – when he hasn’t been on drugs or in rehab. It’s a shame that he’s been so screwed up as this movie shows what a great actor he really is.


After the movie we went to Mr Wong’s Kitchen. I absolutely love this place and its cheap delicious food.

Tonight however the service was really slow and the spring rolls weren’t fabulous. The vege fried rice and mixed veges were delicious however, so the meal was redeemed and I will be back for more.



The Other Boleyn Girl

I love a good historical movie so grabbed Ro and Jules to see The Other Boleyn Girl with me tonight. I’ve just finished reading the book, which is excellent, but I’ve realised that I know way too much about the period to be able to fully enjoy movies that are not exceedingly historically accurate. 
That said, I still really enjoyed the movie. I don’t usually like Scarlett Johansson, but I thought she was good in this movie – not too much pouting required. I also thought Natalie Portman, as usual, was great. I was only disappointed that Eric Bana didn’t have a very well-developed role.
I also thought that the movie seemed like it had been put together in a rush. Editing is a fine art and great transitions and a strong musical score can really make all the difference.