June 7, 2011

Super 8 Movie Review

I just returned from a pre-screening of the new summer blockbuster "Super 8".  Let me preface this review by saying I don't normally see "scary" movies, I just don't like them.  I got a free preview ticket to see this and it has been so hyped I had to go.  I mean it's JJ Abrams and Steven Speildberg!  I'm not going to write too much about the actual movie until after it hits the theaters for all to see but I want to post this to say that the movie lives up to the hype.  This is going to be one of the big summer movies this year.  I don't even want to tell you what the movie is about because part of the hype of the movie is that no one really knows what it is about so I'll leave that for you to find out when you watch.  What I will say is this: It feels like a classic Speildberg movie!  It combines action/scary/funny/friends movies all in to one.  I'll give you a few movie titles that have a similar feel to parts of this movie: "Stand By Me", "Jurrasic Park", "ET", "Alien", and any movie where there are huge explosions....I also like that it didn't end the way I expected it to...things aren't always as they seem (which is classic JJ Abrams).  Abrams wrote and directed an incredible film and I expect nothing less from him...and when was the last time Speildberg's name was attached to a disappointment?  Basically go see this movie if you like comedy, action, suspense or a good story about a group of friends who stumble upon the unexpected.

The dialogue is so smart and funny...the language definitely feels like "Stand By Me" and the kid who plays Charles is like a clone of a young Chris O'Donnell...Joel Courtney does an amazing job in his acting debut as the lead of Joe Lamb...Elle Fanning does a great job here, she's got a great flick here to bring her out of the shadows of her older sister Dakota, could be her breakout movie...Kyle Chandler plays Joe's dad and the deputy sheriff in the fictional town of Lillian, Ohio (which is supposed to be near Dayton, Ohio) who goes digging into things that others don't want him looking in to.

There's a great little back story about 2 families that are connected by a tragedy which just adds a great touch to the main plot as well.

I highly recommend this movie and hope you all go see it and post comments below and let me know what you think.  After the film has been out for a few weeks I'll include more of what I think of the plot but I don't want to give any of the surprises away to you.

January 18, 2011

Reege is Retiring!

Ok first off let me say I know I haven't posted anything since like November and I'm such a slacker but I was traveling so much during the last 2 months I didn't have time to keep up with TV and movies and the media but I'm going to try to get better.  I never did write a review of Promises, Promises...maybe someday soon I'll get to it but for now here's the entertainment news I got for you...

Can you believe it? After close to 30 years on the air with LIVE Regis Philbin is actually leaving the show! Tuesday live on the air Regis announced that sometime later this year he would be leaving the show.  This makes me very sad because I love Live with Regis and Kelly.  I'm sure the show will go on and they will find someone to step in as the new co-hose with Kelly but it will not be the same.  Also this makes me very sad that the one time I was able to go see a taping of LIVE, Regis was not there :(  Jeff Probst filled in as the co-host for the day and I must say he's a good choice to step in.  Among some other choices would be the obvious Mark Consuelos (Ripa's husband) who fills in often and one of my favorite co-hosts, Anderson Cooper although I think he's kinda busy what with his show on CNN plush his new gig on Broadway's "How to Succeed in Business".

Anyway here is Tuesday's host chat when Regis announces his retirement.  Just look at Kelly's face, she is so sad he is leaving, and you can tell when she talks she's fighting back tears.  I love this show and will miss Regis dearly despite his allegiance to that crappy football team from northern Indiana...