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Two Blondes Go to a Movie: Going the Distance

September 8, 2010

ALISON SAYS:

I was slightly anxious about going to see this movie.  A friend wrote the screenplay and the main female character is based on my old roommate’s best friend.  So I was worried about going to see this movie, not liking it (I was not in love with the trailer) and then having to write an honest review.  Luckily, I didn’t have anything to worry about and really enjoyed this flick.

I’m also not a romantic comedy kind of girl, but Going the Distance is not a typical romantic comedy kind of film.  First off, it’s a lot funnier than those types of films and it’s not forced humor like you usually see in chick flicks. And it’s not just for the ladies. Guys will like this film too, I swear.  The jokes are dirty, mostly smart and darn funny. It’s one of the more honest portrayals of what it’s like to date in this day and age. And also what’s it’s like to try and keep a relationship alive despite having 3000 miles keeping you apart. I also loved the relationship between Justin Long’s character, Garrett, and his guy friends. Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis were hysterical as Garrett’s disgusting, intrusive, loveable pals.

Drew Barrymore and Justin Long are really great in this film.  They make a cute couple, are funny together and brought a levity to some of the “sadder” scenes that I did not expect to find seeing this movie.  But for me, some of the best parts were what the supporting cast brought to the screen. I was so excited to see people like Kristen Schaal (in a minor part), Jim Gaffigan and Rob Riggle. This was also probably one of my favorite roles for Christina Applegate since The Sweetest Thing.  Kudos to the casting director.

Overall, I laughed a lot.

LA Viewers: I paid full price at Arclight and think it was worth it.

Translation for non-LA viewers: Wanna laugh?  Go see this movie.  Ladies, need a date movie your dude won’t hate? Go see this movie.

JESSICA SAYS:

I can tell before I even get started writing this that this review is going to be pretty short.  Between seeing Going the Distance last week and writing this review I came down with a bad case of some kind of stomach flu.  I’ll spare everyone the details, but I’m just now coming into the clear.  My post-flu haze is making it hard to remember the details of what I really thought of the movie.  What I do remember is it was one of those movies where you walk out and go, ‘That was enjoyable.  Not really challenging on any level, just an enjoyable story to watch.’  As Alison said in her review, I, too, know Alison’s old roommate—the girl who was the basis for one of the supporting characters in this movie.  I was a bit nervous of how to handle this review, if I ended up not liking the movie.  Luckily, I liked it.

My main thought coming out of Going the Distance was – it seems like it would be fun to hang out with Drew Barrymore and Justin Long.  They seem fun.  Plus, Jim Gaffigan and Christina Applegate are pret-ty funny.  There is a scene on a dining room table that made me laugh out loud, but I don’t want to ruin it for you (it’s in the trailers though).

Going the Distance is worth the full ticket price.  It would make the perfect date movie.

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Two Blondes Go to a Movie: He’s Just Not That into You

March 4, 2009

Two Blondes review a movie and mostly ramble about themselves:

JESSICA SAYS:

I was apprehensive about seeing this movie. You see, I like (well OK, more like love) romantic comedies. The problem is 80% of them aren’t even tolerable. I have paid good money to be bored to tears numerous times watching Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaghey’s chemistry fizzle in stories whose plots stretch the limits of logic. For every Bridget Jones’s Diary, there are 12 Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reasons. It’s just that when things go right, you get repaid with a classic like When Harry Met Sally (on my all-time top five movie list). When I saw the previews for He’s Just Not That into You, I had hopes for it to rival Love Actually, but fears it might end up like…well any Jennifer Lopez rom-com. It ends up landing somewhere in between.

Before I go any further on this specific movie, I want to take a moment to defend the romantic comedy. Are they predictable? Yes. Formulaic? Certainly. Completely unrealistic? Absolutely. However, they are no more predictable, formulaic, and unrealistic than action, horror, sci-fi, or any other genre films. My fear is that romantic comedies get such a bad wrap because they are ‘women’s’ movies and therefore deemed somehow less relevant in the grand pop culture scheme than say, the latest comic book adaptation. Is it asking too much, as an audience member, to wish that Hollywood would be willing to invest in more charming, smart, funny love stories and that those stories could actually be relevant and meaningful? Yes? Damn, because I and a lot of my friends would go see such a movie. To quote Pretty Woman, “I have all this money *sob* and nobody *sob* will help me.” OK, I’ll get off my soapbox now.

Surprising things about He’s Just Not That into You:

1.) Ben Affleck was charming and I even forgot I was watching Ben Affleck at times.

2.) I identified most with a male character (I’ll let you guess which one). This caused a teensy bit of what’s-wrong-with-me self-examination, but then I ate some ice cream from the container, sang ABBA into a hairbrush with my girlfriends while trying on different outfits, and forgot all about it.

3.) Other audience members are dumber than I think they are. There is a moment when it is officially revealed that Bradley Cooper’s and Jennifer Connelly’s characters are married to each other. This fact was obvious to me within the first few minutes of the film. The woman next to me audibly gasped when it was officially confirmed at least an hour later.

In short, if you like romantic comedies, rent this one or go to a matinee. It’s entertaining enough for a Sunday afternoon. Also, Lisa Schwarzbaum wrote an interesting piece on chick flicks for Entertainment Weekly, check it out.

ALISON SAYS:

I’m the kind of girl who chooses to go see a movie like Taken on Valentine’s Day, the kind of girl who owns and repeatedly watches the Die Hard movies.  I’m not a romantic comedy gal.  But I agreed to go see He’s Just Not That Into You.   I had seen previews and was super annoyed by the scene where Drew Barrymore says, “He MySpaced me.”  My reaction: “Did I just teleport back to 2005 when MySpace was relevant?”  It seems crazy to me that studio executives couldn’t update that line for the release (Ever heard of Facebook?).  Despite that,  I’ll admit I was actually pretty charmed by the movie and laughed out loud numerous times.  It was a more realistic, modern take on love than I expected.

My favorite part was Ginnifer Goodwin.  I already had immense respect for her, because of her work on Big Love, but now I absolutely adore her.  She was charming, vulnerable and incredibly funny.  I also thought Jennifer Aniston was great.  Despite it being a rather fluffy film, Aniston’s performance showed some depth and emotional range that I hadn’t seen from her since The Good Girl.  I’m a huge fan of Jennifer Connelly.  I thought she was incredible in Requiem for a Dream, but her dramatic skills felt constrained in a movie like this.  For lack of a better metaphor, it felt like a bull in a china shop.

Justin Long was charming and funny, but he’s just still not my type as a leading man.  Watching him kiss Ginnifer Goodwin was one of the most awkward, chemistry-lacking kisses I’ve seen, even worse than some I witnessed at a 5th grade roller skating party.  In regards to Kevin Connolly…. eh.  He’s not a terrible actor, but he’s just not who I care about winning the girl.  Ben Affleck was actually pretty darn good, in an understated way.  SPOILER ALERT: But I was really disappointed when his character proposed at the end to Jennifer Aniston.  I had been really moved by what he had to say about love and not needing the label of marriage and Aniston’s character realizing he was already more of a husband than her sisters’ ever would be.  But I think I’m in the minority with being miffed over that plot point, since all the women in the audience “ooh’d” and “ahhh’d” when Aniston found the ring.

Speaking of audience reactions… Scarlett Johansson plays a young, beautiful, carefree girl.  And she is damn hot (though someone should talk to her about bad hair extensions).  In one scene, where Connelly’s husband (played by Bradley Cooper) grabs Miss Johanson’s magnificent bosom, a guy sitting next to me in the movie theater actually yelled out, “Oh!”  I guess he was excited.  My point is, there’s something in this movie for both the girls and the guys.

My mom also saw this film.  She did not really enjoy it.  Here’s what she had to say: “I wouldn’t waste the money going, but I already did.”

LA Viewers: A matinee at the Grove or Landmark with girlfriends is recommended.  But maybe leave your mom at home.

Translation for non-LA natives: If you’re suffering from the recession, wait for the DVD.  But if you’re suffering from not enough girl time or want to be charmed by Ginnifer Goodwin, go catch a matinee.

Two Blondes Watch Their Tivo: The Golden Globes

January 12, 2009

Two blondes watch their TiVo and pass judgment on Hollywood:

ALISON SAYS:

MEGAN FOX
Did anyone else notice Megan Fox’s nervous blabbering on the on red carpet during the pre-show?  She said her boyfriend, Brian Austin Green, wouldn’t attend the Golden Globes with her because: “He’s a man.”  Sounds to me like a certain TV actor is jealous of their significant other’s movie career and rising level of fame.

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS
There was one point during the show where NPH gave the camera a big wink.  I chose to believe that wink was directed at me and meant that NPH and I will be best friends forever and share laughs over why Renee Zellweger wore such a crazy dress.

KATE WINSLET

Kate Winslet = awards and awesomeness.  She’s always classy both on the red carpet and when accepting her multiple much deserved awards.

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RUMER, DEMI & ASHTON
When Rumer Willis was introduced as the Golden Globe gal, the camera cut to Demi and Ashton, who each waved in a loving, parental way.  I think it’s awesome Demi found a hot, younger man.  I think more women should.  But once that younger man waves to your daughter in a dad kind of way(who isn’t much younger than him), it loses the sexy appeal and just feels weird and icky.

MARISA TOMEI

What was up with the flouncy blouse?  After seeing The Wrestler, we all know you have a kicking body.  Why not show it off?  We also now know you have immense talent, so you don’t need to hide your hotness to be taken seriously.

MEN WITH EARRINGS
A lot of men still seem to have earrings, especially ones who were attending the Golden Globes.  Bruce Springsteen, the guy who directed the movie from Israel, Colin Farrel.  And those earrings aren’t doing them any good.  It just makes them seem that much older and like they’re hanging on to a fad from decades ago.

DOWNEY AND HIS SUNGLASSES

Why was Robert Downey Jr wearing sunglasses while sitting inside?  That’s Jack’s schtick.

30 ROCK

I am wiping a tear of joy from my eye and sighing with deep content.  Sure, the economy is tanking and the world may go up in flames at some near point in the future, but we still live in a world where 30 Rock exists.  I was very happy to watch their many wins.  One of my favorite parts had to be when Alec Baldwin won and they cut to the 30 Rock table and there was Kenneth clapping.  Okay, I know he’s an actor and has a name, but he was clapping just the way Kenneth would over excitedly clap and smile.  And it made me all warm inside.

HUGGING P DIDDY

Is he still called P Diddy?  Either way, how adorable was it when that tiny composer from Slumdog Milionaire hugged Sean Combs?  So cute.

DREW BARRYMORE
Drew Barrymore’s hair was just a tad too tousled, where it kinda made her look crazy.Drew's crazy hair


DEXTER

Michael C. Hall was robbed. He should have won for Dexter.

RICKY GERVAIS

I had kind thought I was a little sick of Ricky Gervais, but after his hilarious performance and commentary tonight, I remembered why I loved him in the first place.

JONAS BROTHERS

Are they attractive?  I’m too distracted by their chastity bracelets and waxed to perfection eyebrows to tell.  I know they have legions of screaming fans who would disagree with me, but I find them so incredibly boring and lacking any kind of charisma.

WALL-E
I personally think WALL-E should have won for best feature film, not just best animated feature film.  It is the best film I have ever seen and probably ever will see.  And I loved this quote from Andrew Stanton’s acceptance speech, in regards to his children: “You inspire every emotion I ever try to capture on screen.”

THE DEPPSTER
Johnny Depp seemed like someone doing an impersonation of Johnny Depp.

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

I haven’t seen it, but I’m now going to get my ass to the theater ASAP.

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MICKEY ROURKE
After seeing The Wrestler (review to follow), I do agree with the Hollywood Foreign Press that Mickey Rourke deserved Best Actor.  His performance was amazing.  Sure, his win was a little soured by the fact that he was wearing sparkles, a wallet chain and blond streaks on purpose and not as part of a costume for a character.  The man may be strange and tacky, but he’s also very talented.

JESSICA SAYS:

OK, I just got off work and the red carpet show has already been happening for 30min.  Thank goodness for TiVo.  First up…

JONAS BROTHERS
Nancy O’Dell, I’ll take your last question to the brothers, what keeps the ladies from them?  Vows of chastity.

RAINN WILSON

Love the shades.

MILEY CYRUS
Try not to adjust your boobs when you’re standing in front of a camera.  Just a tip from me to you.  I know you’re young and still learning.

AMERICA FERRERA

She looks v. pretty. Thank you, America, for holding it down for the girls who aren’t a size zero.

By the way, why is Tiki Barber one of the hosts for this?  I mean, he is handsome and looks good in a tux, but he’s a football player.  It’s not like they need someone to break down the spread offense at the Golden Globes.

AMANDA SEYFRIED

None of the women are wearing any color to speak of so far.  Amanda is, what, the fifth woman onscreen so far and no colors.  She looks pretty, but I’m getting bored.

STEVE CARRELL
I love you, but lose the beard.

BLAIR UNDERWOOD

I hope my sister, T, is watching this because she had the biggest crush on him back in the LA Law days.  He still looks good, T.

OK, I’ve just noticed that they have fake camera flashes set up.  There are, what appear to be, strobe lights set up on stands.  Were the actual camera flashes inadequate in some way?  Is it just to make people feel more famous than they actually are?

OK, that’s it for the red carpet show.  My verdict:  boring.  Everyone looked pretty, but I wasn’t wowed by anyone.

I’m totally adopting, “Hello?  Mamma talking, mamma talking,” from Jennifer Lopez to use when I want people to be quiet.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Motion Picture
Yay!  Kate Winslet won!  I haven’t seen The Reader yet, but I LOVE Kate Winslet.  Marisa Tomei was awesome in The Wrestler too.  Plus, I love to see people get so emotional and to hear the crowd really erupt for someone like they did.

Best Original Song
If Miley Cyrus wins an award over Peter Gabriel and Bruce Springsteen, then the Hollywood Foreign Press Assoc. has no taste in music…pfew!  The Boss won.  All is right with the world.

Best Supporting Actor – TV
*fingers crossed*please be NPH, please be NPH, please be NPH…Tom Wilkinson.  OK, he’s a very fine actor, but I didn’t see John Adams, as I don’t get HBO (I know, pity me).  It’s just that I have a serious crush on Neil Patrick Harris, and yes I know he likes boys.  I don’t care).

Whoa!  Renee Zellweger’s hair!  Crazy.  What happened?  It looks like she slept in those pink foam curlers my mom used to have from the 1960’s.

Don Cheadle is introduced as the star of Hotel Dogs?  Really?  I get they are trying to promote that movie, but they mention Hotel Dogs and not Hotel Rwanda?

Actor TV Series – Drama
Oh, John Hamm is sexy.

I love that Ricky Gervais scolded the crowd again for being noisy.  Plus, in this one instance, I think the Holocaust jokes were funny and not too cringe worthy.

Best Actress Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
How cute was Sally Hawkins?  I haven’t seen Happy-Go-Lucky yet, but it’s at the top of my list (but yes, the speech did drag a bit).

Best Supporting Actor Motion Picture
Heath Ledger.  An extraordinary performance and I truly think he would have won if he was still with us.

Best Actor – Television
Yay!  Alec Baldwin!  Two in a row.  He may be a little crazy in real life, but he is hilarious in the show.  If I was foreign, a journalist, and a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assoc., he totally would have had my vote.

Seriously, what the hell is Renee Zellweger wearing?  Is she in mourning over something that I don’t know about?  It could explain her hairstyle, as I believe some people cover all the mirrors when in mourning.

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Best TV Series – Musical or Comedy
Yay!  30 Rock.  Like I doubted it would win for a minute.  Hahah!  “Deal with it Cate Blanchett!”

I wonder who makes the seating chart for this show.  Like, what happens if you are the only person from your show nominated?  Next to whom do they seat you?  I think I just saw Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?) sitting next to Sally Field (Brothers & Sisters).  Could that be a left-over table?

Best Actress in a TV Series – Musical or Comedy
Seriously.  Tina Fey is adorable and I worship her.  “You can find a lot of people there that don’t like you and I would like to address some of them now…DianeFan, you can suck it.”

Cecil B. DeMille

Honestly, has Steven Speilberg been someway involved in every film in the last 30 years?  That’s what it felt like watching his montage.  I bet he has had a hand in at least one film on everyone’s top 10 list.

Sacha Baron Coen, you should know better.  Hollywood can’t take a joke about itself.  Don’t you remember what happened to Chris Rock at the Oscars when he made a joke about Jude Law?

Best Actress Motion Picture – Drama

Kate again!  I really love her.  She is smart, funny, pretty, and very good at what she does.

Best TV Drama

Well, they didn’t nominate my top two choices, Lost and Friday Night Lights, so Mad Men comes in third in my mind.  If you haven’t seen it, give it a gander, it’s worth it—smart, compelling stories shot in a visually interesting way.  Plus, you can marvel at Christina Hendricks’ figure.  Wowza.

Best Actor Motion Picture – Drama

Mickey Rourke, I just saw The Wrestler (review to follow soon).  He really is remarkable in that film.  Plus, his personal story at this point is almost equally compelling.  I can not imagine anyone else being able to play that part.  Winner for most uses of the word ‘balls’ in a thank you speech, Mickey Rourke!  My picture went blank there for a few seconds at the end of his speech.  Did he say something that bad or was that just a technical glitch?

Best Motion Picture – Drama

Slumdog Millionaire.  I haven’t seen it yet, so I can’t really comment.  It looks good.  I hear they end the film with jazz hands, so that sounds fun.  I feel like a see a fair amount of films, but I haven’t seen this or Vicky Christina Barcelona.