michelleann68: (Panto Boots don't sell Boots)
2009-05-08 05:30 pm
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Its the most wonderful time of the year

And I ain't talkin Christmas.


Yep.. it is time for the Seattle International Film Festival. 4 weeks of independent and foreign film madness.

Last night the pre-planning kicked off with an evening introduction to the festival.

Dennis went with me. (He needs a nickname - NBF is taken.. I'll think on it)

Well.. we started at my place for a quick dinner, that turned into let's play with Milhouse. Milhouse was feeling very spunky and totally dug having someone new to play with. Once Dennis brought out 'DOT'(The red laser light of Lisa happiness) even Lisa came out to play.
got a little long winded :)  )
michelleann68: (Menswear: dirty hand print)
2009-05-08 01:51 pm
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motd 136, 137, 138

Hide Oh Christian what I do for you. This was on top of my Netflix view now queue, so.. I watched it.  It is not horrible, terrible. Christian actually gives a pretty strong performance. It is just that the movie makes NO sense, there are scenes in it that I dtill don't get. The BIG twist comes at the very end, actually with the last line, so you have to wait around to find out what is actually going on. Even when you get the twist, there are still several scenes that actually have no relevance to the overall plot (what there is of a plot). And do not get me started on the facial hair/feather in long hair thing he has going on at the start of the movie, OR the way it looks like some hedge clippers attacked his head in most of the movie (his hair was actually lopsided). 
Rating: 4. I only watched it for Christian Kane and it was NOT worth it
Scruff: More then I ever should have to see .. see above

Bon Cop, Bad Cop I had heard good things about this movie and it was a delight to watch, nothing really new- it is a buddy type movie. The twist (since there always has to be a twist) The Bon Cop is English speaking Martin Ward (Colm Feore), and the bad cop is French Speaking David Bouchard (Patrick Haurd). They are both over wrought stereotypes, but there is na sweetness to their chemistry that is wonderful. (Even David's ex wife who lives in the bottom of the house suggests Martin go upstairs and sleep in her ex-husband apartment). The best parts are not when they are trying to piece together a pretty sloppy plot, but when they are bantering in a mixture of French and English.  The whole movie plays on the differences of French and English and its usage.  I would love to see these 2 paired up again trying to get the bad guy.
Rating: 9. Would pick up DVD on Sale
Scruff: YES, both the David (since he is "bad" *rolls eyes) and of course the criminals

Alice Upside Down Luke Perry and Penny Marshall are in supporting roles in this tween journey story. Her mom is dead, her dad moved them to a new town and her brother is instantly popular, and that is just the start to what is wrong with Alison's life.  It is pretty standard fare, nothing OMG original. If you are a fan of Luke or Penny they both put in good performances with the material they are given.
Rating: 2. MEH
Scruff: NONE. but it is a tween movie. Luke is all smooth :)
michelleann68: (non fandom: Dorks)
2009-05-06 09:46 pm
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motd 133, 134, 135

OSS 117: Le Caire nid d'espions (OSS: 117 Nest of Spies) This is a fantastic spy spoof. It is shot in black and white and mocks it with great respect. So many tiny moments that made me laugh out loud, it is not politically correct and can be a bit offensive at times, but it really is a slice of the 1950's. If you love spy movies this is one to get in line to see. I know SIFF is having a free screening this month and the sequel is slated as the closing moving at SIFF this year. It is a spy movie. Bad guys kill good guy's (OSS117  yes that is his name) best friend (they seem really slashy in the flashbacks- like over the top subtext). He is sent down to find out who killed him. But you don't see this for the plot, you see it for the small details where it sends up the originals.
Rating: 9. Would pick up DVD on Sale
Scruff: NONE and I am a happy girl

Bella  This is the story about how one day can change your life. The lead male is sporting a mountain man beard and longish hair, but I could tell that they had ruined his good looks with all the additional hair. Sure enough Eduardo Verastrgui  was one a male model. without all the fur on his face, he is a handsome man. Here he is in the movie and here he is sans fur. Besides the fur, this is a beautiful delicate movie. The leads are well suited to each other. There is a bit of non straight forward story telling, and once or twice it was a little confusing, but over all this is a lovely movie and I would have liked a more concrete ending, but it was enough to complete the story.
Rating:  5. I would recommend this on a case by case basis
Scruff: see above enough said.

My Faraway Bride (My Bollywood Bride) Oh Jason Lewis how low have you sunk and how you need a few extra sandwiches.  Jason Lewis stars in this cultural fish out of water movie as a man who falls in love with an woman from India. She leaves and does not tell him why, so he stalks her follows her back to India and tries to win her heart. She happens to be a big star and engaged to the director that made her famous.  You know the rest. Lots of musical numbers and some iffy acting round out this predictable movie.
Rating:  2. MEH
Scruff: Yes, smattering of scruff on most of them Indian men. Jason was working the 5 o'clock shadow a few times.
michelleann68: (Menswear: dirty hand print)
2009-05-01 05:06 pm
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motd 129, 130, 131, 132

Hit and Runway Not the point of the movie- but I had to laugh at Kerr Smith (Justice and Eli Stone) and Peter Jacobson (House) playing boyfriends. Kerr looks sooo young.  The point is of this movie is more the friendship that develops between gay Elliot (Peter Jacobson) and  straight Alex (Michael Parducci). Elliot is a writer and just undiscovered, Alex wants to write a screen play but he has little idea how to put his concepts to paper. They end up as writing partners and the movie cooks along. The fist hour and 20 mins are funny and  just joyous to watch, all the characters are engaging and even with low production value it is still a fun movie. Then the last 30 mins it takes a much darker turn and the pace totally changes, it was a little jarring, but still gave us a nice ending, even if it was awkward to get to it.
Rating:  5. I would recommend this on a case by case basis
Scruff:  The gay characters are smooth and the straight characters sport bits of scruff

Beaten I can't say much without giving away any of the twists in this examination of a marriage falling apart. Robson Green stars and as usual he is just perfect and wonderful in this role of a man making tough decisions. This is really dark and not for people who don't love the angst.
Rating:  5. I would recommend this on a case by case basis
Scruff: None.. Robson avoids  scruff and I love him for it- even though he is a very furry guy

Inspector Lewis (Lewis) This marks the return of Inspector Morse's partner after his death. A really good case that begins when a young girl is shot in the sleep lab. Just a crackin' good mystery, as the suspects and bodies begin to pile up Inspector Lewis tries to adapt to his return home and a new partner who is also full of surprises.
Rating:  7. Would watch again with friends
Scruff: Thankfully none

Bollywood/Hollywood  I think this was meant to be a comedy of manners, but it was just weird. It was very much a Bollywood movie, and it switched between English and Indian without subtitles at times, other times they subtitle heavily accented English, it just seems like a mess. It is a pretty straight forward movie
Rating:  3. I watched it so you don't have to
Scruff: Bits here and there nothing too much

Got my DVD of Ten Inch Hero  today (let's just say that Blockbuster does not make it easy- but they do make it cheap.  *sigh* I really do love this movie- one of the better straight up indy RomCom's made lately. Hard to believe it was filmed in 2006 and was released last year and now finally on DVD.
michelleann68: (Scotland Secret Garden)
2009-04-29 09:41 pm
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motd 124, 125, 126, 127, 128

WOW it's James McAvoy day and I did not even plan that.

Becoming Jane Wow, I did not enjoy this movie at all. Anne could not save this movie. She reminded me so much of Elizabeth Bennett, that I could not see her as Jane Austen.  James McAvoy was just annoying all the way around and at times seemed very Wickham like and was sporting some serious Mr. Collins hair.  The story ambled along and drug itself out and was just not something I could engage with or enjoy. I will stick to the Austen movies.
Rating::  2. MEH
Scruff:  Not much .. it is the Regency period (a few of the unsavory men sported scruff)

Penelope James McAvoy again and again a movie I could not love.  The premise is cute. And the resolution is adorable, but most of the cast bordered on shrill and annoying. Christiana Ricci is Penelope, she is cursed with a pig face and her mom hides her from the world so they will not judge her. Once she find "one of her own" to accept her and promise to love her forever the curse will be broken. It is probably 20 mins too long. It is not as bad as all the critics say, but it is weak and could do with a better edit. Some of the set up shots looked great, but it did not stay in flow with the movie.
Rating: 5. I would recommend this on a case by case basis
Scruff: Minimal amounts over all

Vanity Fair Of all the movies I saw today this is the one I disliked the most. It is very dark and the plot crawls along, not even Reese being ultra cute could not save this overly heavy and weighted film.  At over 2 hours long it is way too long. It also seemed to have like 6 endings, I was so ready for it just to be done.  I considered a few times just turning it off, but I wanted credit for sitting through it.
Scruff: Here and there, not too much.

Love Song  Oh Christian Kane what I do for you. This movie is begging for a perv edit, of just the singing. It is a cute premise, but the female lead could not carry her part at all. She is a great singer, but she was like a piece of dry bread next to Christian, who was really working it.  Christian plays well and sings pretty and does the charming rouge really well.  I could do without the longish hair (just an aside that s2 Angel hair about ep 7 - that is the hair he needs to keep).
Rating:  7. Would watch again with friend  (looks at [livejournal.com profile] evila_elf)
Scruff: None that I noticed. Chris might have been covered in grease with long ass hair, but he was shaved.

Coming Soon:  The cast is fairly insane in this little 1999 movie. Just check out IMDB (be sure to see the full cast to get a few extra little cameos). James Roday (Psych) sporting a massive amount of Hugh Grant floppy wedge like hair is a bit of a romantic rival to Ryan Reynolds, who has questionable fashion sense, a headband and chin pubes. This movie is about 3 rich girls who are trying to have an orgasm.  It is a sweet movie, with some questionable acting and a pretty low budget. It is quirky and sweet in the best ways. Just a sweet movie that does not go for cheap jokes, but lets the humor develop and flow.
Rating: Would watch again with friend  (looks at [livejournal.com profile] evila_elf)
Scruff: See above . Chin pubes, I say no more

I think I have a tiny cushion now, so no need to mainline films daily. :)
michelleann68: (Menswear: putting together cuffs)
2009-04-28 10:06 pm
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motd 120, 121, 122, 123

The Ant Bully Ugh .. nothing new here just a swift shovel to the back of my head telling me that it is wrong to judge people that before you know them, or to make assumptions about people you don't know.  The animation was okay, but overall I was not impressed.
Rating:  3. I watched it so you don't have to
Scruff: Only one guy had some.

100 Women (Girl Fever) Cute idea, horrible execution. Boy and Girl have "encounter" in dark elevator, he decides he loves her, but he has no idea who she is, so he is determined to figure out who she is. Since he is the maintenance man he finds ways to break into their dorm rooms and check out their bras (since he has a pair and is looking for the match).  He ends up beating up a bully (who likes to beat up women), and helps out his sex obsessed roommate (well he is more dick obsessed (as in his own) then sex)  You are suppose to be surprised by who the girl is (but I had called it pretty early on) It is okay- but would be better with a little tighter script and a new cast.
Rating: 3. I watched it so you don't have to
Scruff: various degrees of frat scruff.

Terra (Battle for Terra 3D)  You know, it seems like good and bad movies come in streaks. This was not a very good movie. The opening credits were beautiful and breathtaking. The plot- well it suffered from trying to do too much. The human side was pretty well explained, but the Terra side got lost. They were a very peaceful race, but they had a secret army just in case they were attacked (WTF) A couple other things happened that made me 0.o, but I will not spoil specific plot points. If they would have just done the Terra side it would have been a better film, bringing in the humans screwed things up - LOL  
Rating:  2. MEH
Scruff: none all military guys or aliens

My Girlfriend's Boyfriend AGAIN, interesting idea and low budget and really bad supporting cast made it hard to watch.  Deborah Gibson was cute as the photographer. I was surprised that we have not seen more of Sean Runnette he was great. TALL, he kept hitting the tops of doorways, he looked a lot like Zachery Levi  (Chuck), but had the physical comedy of John Ritter or Dick VanDyke. He was great with the prat falls, but he did not have the rest of the cast supporting him.  The overall premise is that this guy and girl are getting married (Cory and Cliff), Cliff is gay and is in love with Wes. The maid of honor is  Liberty and her boyfriend is Jake (Sean Runnette). With much contrived plot, Jake is trying to design a new tennis shoe and needs to get to a meeting so Wes tells him to pretend to be gay and break up with Liberty and go to the meeting, and that is when things get really complicated. Sadly, the most chemistry in the movie was between the bride and maid of honor, I was so waiting for a "We are gay too" announcement, but never got that. I have wasted way too much time on this movie now. But Sean Runnette - he was by far the best thing, and sadly he has been in very little since this movie.

Rating:  3. I watched it so you don't have to
Scruff: none- everyone was clean shaven for the wedding
michelleann68: (Scotland White window box)
2009-04-26 08:59 pm
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motd 118, 119

The Pleasure of your Company (Wedding Daze)  What a delightful RomCom with Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher. They are perfectly matched. There are some cringe worthy scenes, but at the end of the movie I had a smile plastered to my face, this quirky group of characters. Everyone is a little stretched personality wise, but somehow it all seems to work together to create a lovely group. The cast includes: Michael Weston, Joe Pantoliano, Joanna Gleason, Edward Hermann, Mark Consuelos, Rob Coddry.  I even went to Swapadvd.com to add it to my wish list as soon as the credits were over. oh the premise, guess that helps. Jason Biggs proposes to his girlfriend and she promptly dies. After a while of depression, he decides to propose to the next girl he sees (Isla Fisher) and this charts their rocky walk to the church.  

Rating:  9. Would pick up DVD on Sale  (I actually already have it on its way from DVDswap.com
Scruff: Sloppy boys = lots of scruff and that makes me cry a little on the inside.

Love and other Disasters Catherine Tate squeeeeee.... Matthew Rhys squeeeee What a delightful movie, again it left me grinning from ear to ear, the ending was clever and fun and wrapped up all the story lines  Brittney Murphy is "Jacks" a Brit/American hybrid who has a collection of crazy friends who she loves muchly. She spends so much time helping then navigate their love lives that she forgets she deserves on as well.  She is really working the Audrey look, like WHOA.. (but you can see where her extensions start, or it is a sloppy dye job and that is distracting) 

Rating:  9. Would pick up DVD on Sale  (on my wish list at DVDswap.com)
Scruff: Sadly all the men had some scruff and to compound that transgression. Matthew Rhys' hair is long- not a good look for him.

I must thank Streaming Netflix for helping me catch up this weekend, it makes it so easy to cram in a ton of movies :)
michelleann68: (Olympics Lezak arm pump)
2009-04-26 05:29 pm
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motd 115, 116, 117

The Ten Ten stories designed to explain the 10 commandments are introduced by Paul Rudd and there are too many known names to list them all, but each story brought another - HEY IT'S....  I expected this to be horrible, and besides one story that contained a bunch of shit jokes, it was pretty well balanced and enjoyable overall. If you like Paul Rudd or the guys in The State, then you will most likely enjoy this.

Rating:  7. Would watch again with friends
Scruff: yes.. lots Men trying to appear manly for some reason means scruff

Meet the Robinsons I did not really like this movie most of the way through, but it redeemed itself quite a bit with the ending.  Premise is this little orphan is trying to find a family and he wants to know why his mom dropped him off on the step of the orphanage.  He is a boy genius and tends to blow things up. The animation style is allot like 'The Incredible's'.  There is a villain and an evil hat and time travel, but I really did not find myself caring until the very end, then it was sappy and sentimental and syrupy. So, not bad, I have seen worse cartoons but I have also seen WAY better ones too.

Rating:  5. I would reccomend this on a case by case basis
Scruff: Just of the evil variety

BachelorMan This movie was HORRIBLE, I probably did not get the joke, but the premise is this single guy sees himself as this super hero known as "Bachelor Man" (complete with cartoon inserts and a nifty uniform). He falls in love with his neighbor and works to change so that she will love him too.  It is just terrible with huge road blocks placed in front of the couple not for actual plot development, but for the cheap laugh.

Scruff: A fair amount, but I did not care, b/c I did not care about the movie
michelleann68: (Cycling: Mark Cavendish  color)
2009-04-26 09:24 am
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motd 112, 113, 114

Made of Honor A cute rom com, kinda what you expect. Kevin McKidd was a nice change of pace. Patrick Dempsey is a womanizer and has a set of rules in regards to women - ie never sleep with the same woman 2x in the same week.  When his BBF goes off to Scotland, he realizes he is in love with her and when she gets back, she is engaged to the perfect man (Kevin McKidd). Patrick then vows to be the best Maid of Honor ever so he can win her heart. Lovely Scottish Countryside, but I thought some of the Scottish stereo types were a little over done at times.  It is a cute movie.

Rating: 7. Would watch again with friends
Scruff: a bit here and there, but nothing too horrible

The Jane Austen Book Club  I loved this movie. It made me want to have my own Jane Austen book club, just as an excuse to re-read all the books and talk about them. *sigh*  I do also want a Grigg (Hugh Dancy with an odd American accent) of my own as well.  No. Seriously. Really. I would have liked if they went into to more discussion about each of the books, I think some were way under appreciated, but overall a strong cast and a contrived but good plot. I kinda remember this movie not getting a lot of love, but I really enjoyed the whole thing.
Rating:  9. Would pick up DVD on Sale
Scruff: None that I noticed, but then I was probably at Grigg's hair and eyes too much. Did I mention I want one JUST LIKE that with the bad American accent and everything.

The Big Tease  A sweet mockumentary with Craig Ferguson as a Scottish hair stylist who wants to compete in the "Platinum Scissors" competition. First he needs a invite.  This is played for laughs but is a sweet movie about believing in yourself no matter how much stuff is stacked against you . TONS of stars make appearances through out the show and I had to smile that Mary McCormack (she is Mary on IPS) made an important appearance. Fun movie to watch.

Rating: 5. I would recommend this on a case by case basis 
Scruff: yes .. and messy scruff at that.

michelleann68: (B&S Scotty  Kevin happy)
2009-04-25 04:50 pm
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motd 107, 108, 109, 110 ,111

Simple Men  A very independent movie - it is about 2 brothers who are looking for their father, but they are both also running away from things. The script does some interesting things with repetition and circular dialog. But overall I never cared for any of the characters too deeply. It is well shot and if you like quirky movies, where the dialog and emotions are not very much like real life, but stylized- you will enjoy this movie

Rating:  5. I would recommend this on a case by case basis
Scruff- mostly scruff free, but a few of the guys sneak in beards

School of Life Ryan Reynolds is pretty. Chris Gauthier (Vince on Eureka) is made of awesome, especially  as an PE coach. The movie is pretty heart warming. John Astin show up briefly and sets the tone for the movie. David Paymer plays Matt Werner. Matt's dad,  Stormin' Norman Werner (John Astin) has won teacher of the year for 42 years straight and then he dies. Matt decides to try to win the next year, but ultra cool teacher Mr. D (Ryan Reynolds) shows up and works his own kind of magic with the students. This movie became much more then a silly little comedy about 1/2 way through and left me crying for the last 1/3. It is a sweet under appreciated effort.
Rating:  7. Would watch again with friends
Scruff: a tiny bit but for the most part smooth

Superbad I thought Nick and Nora was a much better movie. I just never really cared about any of the characters. I kinda liked McLovin for all of his dorkness, but the overacting and cheap jokes wore on me after a while. If I were a boy I think I  might have been able to relate to the movie, but since I never was male and never saw the big deal about alcohol, I had trouble relating.

Rating: 2. MEH
Scruff: None really they are H.S. Students

The Alibi (Lies & Alibis) The first scene is Jerry O'Connell in an American  flag thong - please put some clothes on that boy and show him to the buffet- he was way way too thin.  This is a good caper story, it takes a while for it to all build and come together and at times is a weee bit confusing, but if you like Leverage, or Hustle, I think you would enjoy the movie. It is not flawless - but is a fun ride. Steve Coogan is awesome in it.

Rating:  8. Would Watch again by myself
Scruff: A little bit of scruff but not too much

You Don't Mess with the Zohan  if all the racial stereo types were not bad enough, the dick jokes, Mariah Carey trying to act, the part that I hated the most was Cat hacky sack. This is just a terrible movie with a ton of known names.  I liked Zoolander, but this movie was just a lame and terrible movie,  I would have to suspend my disbelief sooo much that it would no longer exist (that makes no sense and neither does the movie)

Rating:  3. I watched it so you don't have to
Scruff: Lots and lots ..
michelleann68: (non fandom: Getty Flowers)
2009-04-23 10:51 pm
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motd 105, 106

The Accidental Husband Sweet sappy and adorable. Colin is lovely with his suits and his chivalry and his Britishness. The movie is contrived and over worked with an odd Bollywood tribute in the center. If you like Uma Thurman , Jeffery Dean Morgan, or Colin Firth then it is at least worth a sick day in bed or a giggle with girlfriends
Rating:  8. Would Watch again by myself
Scruff- I doubt JDM would be in a movie w/o scruff. Colin - nice and smooth *sigh*

Star Trek Okay- I sold my soul and attended the free screening that was for SIFF members only- so it was full but not oppressively so. (there were a few seats here and there.) It was not horrible and I did jump a few time. I even grabbed NBF's hand once, lucky he is use to that from me.  I was surprised to see Jennifer Morrison in a small roll. Simon Pegg as Scotty was awesome casting.  I thought that the story telling was clunky and a bit of a mess. McCoy's (Karl Urban) dialog made me cringe every time he showed up.  I wanted to blame the actor (he does seem out of place at times), but I am going to blame the script writer. (They seemed to add "Dammit Jim" when every they could - even if it really did not fit the scene). They worked really hard to get some of the catch phrases in, and a few times I cringed, and the audience laughed. There are some overly contrived twists to get to the ending that sets up a sequel, but I will not spoil them.

Rating:  7. Would watch again with friends
Scruff- totally missing - hey it is Starfleet

I am so gonna need to catch up on movies this weekend.
michelleann68: (Cycling: Mark Cavendish  color)
2009-04-14 01:33 pm
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motd 101, 102, 103, 104

Seventeen Again  Nope not the Zac Efron movie that is "17 Again",  Watched this with the nieces on Friday.  Tia and Tamera Mowry star in this tale of regression. Due to an experiment gone wrong, Grandma and Grandpa go back to  age 17 and  have to work out the reasons why they got divorced and rebuild their relationship movie.  It is cute and a nice movie to watch with kids. Nothing scary or too sexy- ends well - a cute little fantasy
Rating:  5. I would recommend this on a case by case basis
Scruff: none at all

First Shot  Mariel Hemingway is the head of Presidential security. (Yeah I know - just go with me here). She is newly married to Doug Savant  and since she works so hard they have delayed their honeymoon.  Sebastian Spence is newly hired and when he first arrives and Courtney  (Michelle Harrison) sees him she says "that is the hottest man I have ever seen"  (He would have looked better in suits that FIT - he looked like he was wearing his daddies clothes.) The President's daughter also commented on his relative hotness. Then the plot thickens - he comes to work and a nice looking guy straightens Sebastian's tie and hugs him, the whole staff figure with the "I left my ex in San Fran to take this job" that he is gay.  Is he is isn't he .. well watch the movie - ;).  Oh yeah .. there was a point to the movie-  Some guys get shot, and the President goes to pay his respects, he gets shot and Mariel, Sebastian and the rest of the crew head out to find the bad guys.  This is a good movie actually - it had an interesting plot and moved along well. It is one that I would actually watch again.
Rating:  8. Would Watch again by myself
Scruff- Doug was sporting a full beard (ick) but Sebastian was nice and smooth

Bulgarian Lovers (Los novios bulgaros) This was an odd movie- It is in Spanish and tells the story of Daniel and his Bulgarian boyfriend and his boyfriends girlfriend. Yep, it is complicated. It seems that Kyril (the boyfriend) does not really love Daniel, but he has some connection to him and is more then willing to have sex with him, b/c that is not cheating on his girlfriend.  Besides the jacked up relationship, there is an undercurrent of refugees and arms deals.  A few times Daniel has these weird fantasies- that are on the edge of surreal and I don't think they help the movie at all.  The entire movie you know things are going south, Daniel is in way too deep and his knows it is bad, but he keeps giving of himself and you know he is going to feel the pain.
Rating:  5. I would recommend this on a case by case basis
Scruff: yes and lots of it, like lots all over the place- they even tease us with a shaving scene where no one actually shaves.

Just Married  This was actually better then I thought it would be. It was actually a cute little movie about marriage and a hellish honeymoon. Ashton Kutcher and Brittney Murphy star in the movie, with Christian Kane  as the foil to the movie. Christian is sporting the short hair (which is nice) and they actually put him in clothes that fit is body (always nice).
Rating:  7. Would watch again with friends
Scruff: a little bit but not so much that it is distracting
michelleann68: (Scotland Sailte)
2009-04-05 07:04 pm
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motd 99, 100

Yippee one milestone reached

The Grocer's Son ( Le Fils de L'epicier) Antoine left home 10 years ago and never looked back, but he also never moved forward.  He has a crush on Claire who lives next door and has never made a move on her. When his dad gets sick, he is asked by his mother to come home and take care of the family grocery business. He does and his life all begins to fall into place. I rented it for Stephan Guerin-Tillie (He was Cedric in 'Just a Question of Love') he plays the brother Francois, who is not all that he appears to be.  This was a lovely little movie, no huge melt downs or misplaced angst, just a simple evolving story of finding where you belong, no matter how hard you fight it. Beautifully shot, a simple French movie.

Rating:  6. I would recommend this to my friends
Scruff: Way more then is healthy Especially from Stephan *shakes head in despair* .

Keeping Mum Rowan Atkinson and Kristin Scott Thomas star as a married couple who are not exactly madly in love any more.  Maggie Smith is the housekeeper with a secret who might be able to save this family in this very dark comedy.  It was okay, I appreciated the subtle performances from all involved but it was still overly contrived and seemed to offer no consequences to any kind of bad behavior. It was cute, nothing amazing or fantastic. Patrick Swayze makes a cameo as a sleazy golf pro, and I saw more of him then I ever wanted to.
Rating: 2. MEH
Scruff: bits here and there noting overwhelming

W00T Cycling is on :)  off to take a break and watch.

michelleann68: (Menswear: tux with scarf and hat)
2009-04-04 06:56 pm
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motd 95, 96, 97, 98

Easy Virture This movie is more or less bout, Jessica Biel as an adventurous American woman, Ben Barnes as her stuff English husband. They come home to meet the parents (Kristin Scott Thomas and Colin Firth). The parents fell out of love when he was disillusioned by the war (WWI)  and mom has tried to keep things afloat at the family estate. This movie had little point, at the end of the day it is about a journey of Father and Son, but it follows the son's wife throughout the journey, so I think we miss allot of the story telling.  Colin Firth and Jessica Biel dance to a tango, and that is the highlight of the entire movie.  But Colin is scruffy through most of the movie, so that loses points for it.
Rating:  2. MEH
Scruff: Just on Colin, but it is so not a good look for him

Coraline in 3d  I wanted to like it, I heard great things about it and was all excited, I found it pretty flat with the story telling. visually it was cool and at times stunning, but the plot plodded along and at one point I considered walking out.  I turned to NBF and he asked me if I wanted to leave, since he was totally bored. I said no, we can see how it all ends, and made it to the ending, but it was just not magical to me, maybe I expected too much, but I really did not care if Coraline actually came out on top or not. Saunder and French do some voice work and were great as two old biddies past their prime.
Rating:  2. MEH
Scruff: none.. they were cartoons

King of Hearts (Le, Roi do Coeur)   Cute French/German/English movie about a Brit who is sent to save a French village. Only the villagers all left and the residents of a Mental Institution have moved in.  They crown him The King of the village and he has to try to find and diffuse the bomb before midnight. It is brightly colored and a hoot, you really need to suspend your belief in reality.  Cute movie with some nice performances
 5. I would reccomend this on a case by case basis
Scruff: nope the 60's seemed not to believe in it.

Only Human (Seres queridos)  Sort of a Jewish/Palestinian/Spanish Meet the Parents. Rafi is off to meet Leni's family and  everything that can go wrong does and them some, this movie has good energy and a nice cast, but you just really want one thing to go right, since nothing does, at all. Blame is places, ducks are lost, soup is dropped 7 stories, as the whole plot evolves things get crazier and crazier and then boom its over and it was a fun romp, but nothing too memorable.
Rating:  5. I would reccomend this on a case by case basis
Scruff- oh yes, Rafi sports a ton of unmanaged scruff.

only 2 more to 100 .. woot

michelleann68: (Cycling: Mark Cavendish)
2009-04-04 10:45 am
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motd 93, 94

Regular Guys (Echte Kerle) What a wonderful happy (mostly) movie. The larger story gets ignored at the end, but I don't really care. Christoph's life is going bad fast. His macho ways has him out on the street. His fiance chucked him for a newer and more turbo charged model.  As he walks dazed through the streets he looses all of his belongings and ends up first in a gay club and then he wakes up in arms of hunky Edgar. But Chris swears he is straight and Edgar offers him a place to stay till he gets back on his feet. As the story tumbles along, nothing that you expect is true and everyone's first impressions are turned to something different. A fun romp through the murky maze of who likes who and why.
Rating:  8. Would Watch again by myself
Scruff: very little to none

Life or Something Like it  It was not horrible, good cast, lovely location (yes - it was filmed in Seattle), but it was to cute for its own good and got bogged down in the small stories and never fully flushed out the main story.
Rating:  3. I watched it so you don't have to
Scruff: Then men were sporting some scruff - :(

Totally Confused  I tried but 30 mins into it... I did not care about anything in the movie at all. I think if you lived in Chicago in the 90's you would like where it was filmed, but really there was no clear anything to the movie. The guys were all boring and non-engaging totally .. ugh had to turn it off and try something new.. so it does not count towards my count - since I never completed it.
michelleann68: (Default)
2009-04-03 02:57 pm
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motd 89, 90, 91, 92

Cerberus Oh Sebastian what I do for you. The oversize suit in his first appearance, actually made me cringe.  Honestly, the edge of the cuff hit the second joint in his thumb (yes, I checked carefully). Things did look up when he showed up with sleeveless tank, jeans and a gun holster. The boy has some serious guns on him *sigh*  Oh yeah, plot.  There is a sword that is possessed will give you lots of power. It belonged to Attila the Hun, and is now guarded by Cerberus (the 3 headed  guard dog of Hades). Insert a contrived plot to get Sebastian and a happy team out to find the sword and keep it from the bad guys who have suitcase nukes and want to take over the world, and you know how this 2005 TV movies goes.  The smart chick you know has to fall for the rough and tough Jake (Sebastian) is  Dr. Samantha Gaines (Emmanuelle Vaugier aka Det. Jennifer Angell  from CSI NY). Nothing surprising - well no romance surprised me - lol.

Rating:  4. I only watched it for Sebastian and was worth the giggle. I would show it to people just to see his arms. /shallow
Scruff- Smooth sailing the baddies and the goodies

Happy Endings  Wandering through the lives of about 10 people, their search for a happy ending or maybe just a happier ending all intertwines and weaves together to tell a story of normal people's quest to find happy.  A huge cast does a great job. Lisa Kudrow, Steve Coogan, Bobby Cannavale, Maggie Gyllenhallm, Jason Ritter, Tom Arnold, Sarah Clarke and Laura Dern.  It is a nice movie, nothing too angsty or happy, kinda like life.

Rating:  5. I would reccomend this on a case by case basis
Scruff - Bits here and there, a couple of guys are extra scruffy and a couple are extra smooth

Victim: 1961 film about a man blackmailing gay men to keep quiet.  A prominent lawyer goes after the blackmailer himself, risking everything b/c he is gay and could be exposed.  It was a really good movie, Noirish. The music was a little too dramatic for its own self at times.  Some of the shooting angles and long shots were funny. But over all it was a really interesting and engaging if emotionally distant movie. Dirk Bogarde gives a really strong performance as the barrister in the middle of everything.
Rating:  9. Would pick up DVD on Sale
Scruff: 1961- before scruff was ever invented.

Adventureland I really wanted to love this, and go along for the ride. But .. it is a better rental. I think Nick and Nora was a better version of "Geeky guy who is screw up gets hot girl to love him"  then this.  I was trying to figure out who the chick was, she was certainly emo and grumpy and the credits revealed all.  Kristen Stewart (Twilight). She kinda pulled the movie down for me, and I am not sure if it is Twilight backlash from me or not, but her performance seemed confusing. She has these "big bad secrets" and we never learned what they are or why the screwed her up so much, her angst seemed misplaced, and she did alot to screw up her own life, with no one else's help.   Jesse Eisenberg is fine as our geeky hero with a heart, and brings the needed heart to the movie, but he of course does things to screwed up his life and the lives around him, but we expect that. The music is awesome, and Ryan Reynolds plays a great loser.  It drags at times and there are some long shots that go nowhere, but not a bad movie.

Rating:  5. I would reccomend this on a case by case basis
Scruff: 1987 pretty scruff free overall.

ohh maybe I can make it to 100 this weekend, that is a fun test. Seeing Coraline 3D tomorrow with Kurt.
michelleann68: (B&S Scotty  Kevin happy)
2009-04-01 03:53 pm
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motd 86, 87, 88

Decided to watch a trilogy today .. with Charles Bronson ... and Sebastian Spence:)

Family of Cops I picked up this series for 2 reasons, One- Sebastian Spence - I am a sucker for him and 2- I read reviews that it was not Citizen Kane but an admirable collection of movies.   In the first movie we get introduced to the dysfunctional family Paul Fein (Charles Bronson) is the family patricarch, windowed and a cop, he is pretty tough but has a little soft spot for his kids. Oldest Daughter Jackie, is a public defender and unmarried, she is tough and had to raise her brothers and sister, when mom died.  Brother Ben (Daniel Baldwin) is a tough cop with a wife and 4 kids, he is not really a dedicated family man, but he is faithful to his wife and his family. Sweet, floppy haired Eddie (Sebastian Spence) is the younger son, he became a cop and has a med school student as a girlfriend, he is pretty level headed and reasonable. Baby sister Melanie, is the typical screw up. She slept with everyone in  Milwaukee and so, she moved to CA to be a loser there as well. She gets dragged back for dad's . Once back she ends up sleeping with this guy who ends up dead next to her. The family bands together to prove baby sister is innocent.  It plays out with an interesting plot and pretty good performances. It does veer clear of any "romance" or "Lifetimeness" and ends up playing like a crime drama straight up.

Breach of Faith: Family of Cops II We are back with the Fein Family. This time Joe Penny replaces Daniel Baldwin as brother Ben. Sebastian is back as Eddie, and he lost the floppy hair (thanks goodness). They could of subtitled this " This time it's personal" - During the investigation of a priest's murder, the Fein family gets targeted by the Russian Mafia.  And it is up to Daddy to keep them all alive and together.  It was not bad, had an interesting storyline. Seeing all the movies in order helps keep track of what dysfunction belongs to what kid.

Family of Cops III: Under Suspicion  Same cast as II are back again. Once again the family is targeted by bad guys,  and once again Sebastian  Eddie gets the snot beat out of him (very much up your alley [livejournal.com profile] evila_elf)  It is nice to see the relationships change over time and the case held my interest, ( I actually paused when I got 2 phone calls)  Charles Bronson, shows his age and sometimes his lines lack any punch at all, but it is forgivable, the rest of the cast does a nice job.
michelleann68: (OZ: Pod kiss)
2009-03-27 06:40 pm
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motd 84, 85

The Man I love(Homme que j'aime, L' Netflix billed this as kinda a light romance, well they were wrong. It is a story of Straight Lucas and gay HIV+ Martin. Martin is in love with Lucas, but Lucas is straight and lives with his girlfriend. Over the course of the movie the 2 boys develop a romance against the backdrop of Martin getting sicker and sicker. It is a really well crafted movie, that is very sad and had me in tears at the end. Not something I would generally subject myself too.. but it was a really good movie. I thought Jean-Michael Portal who plays Lucas did an amazing job as a man who is torn in several directions. I thought a few of the characters were too good to be true, but it is all balanced well in this gentle movie [livejournal.com profile] kalarynamery this is one of the "gay for you" stories.

Rating:  6. I would recommend this to my friends (too sad for me to watch again, but a really good movie)
Scruff - not bad. Lucas has a permanent scruff working but Martin is clean shaven.

The Man of my Life (Homme de sa vie, L') Yes, it is French film day. :) Charles Berling who plays Hugo is just a beautiful and mostly scruff free person. Just Beautiful. Brenard Campan who is Frederic is heartbreaking in his struggles. The movie is about a family man on summer break in the countryside with his wife, son and assorted relatives. He invites his neighbor, Hugo, over for dinner one night and thus begins a friendship that changes both men forever. The story is not told in order, but it evolves, and then reverses revealing more of what these 2 share. There is no physical contact, the relationship evolves and matures, placing both men on different courses from where they were heading. Visually this movie is beautiful, the director lets scenes evolve and develop slowly, he keeps a third party distance, so you are never really sure what the guys are thinking or where they are. And then as it comes to a crashing end, you are still left wondering what they will do next. Really a deeply beautiful film, about all types of love, beautiful and ugly, resentful and forgiving.

Rating: 9. Would pick up DVD on Sale
Scruff: there is some, they are on vacation, but for the most part they stay smooth and siky.
michelleann68: (non fandom: felt cupcake)
2009-03-27 02:22 pm
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motd 83

Wow it has been a long time, I miss movies, but have been catching up on a ton of TV.

Queens aka Reinas This was a really fun Spanish movie. With the impending marriage of 30 gay couples, history is about to be made, but the real story is follows how the parents of 5 of the couples cope meeting each other. It is a little bit fairy-taleish in the conflict resolution, but a really fun film, happy and all conflict gets resolved one way or another. The mothers are the real treat, all neurotic and a little crazy.There are some heaving story lines that are really treated lightly, and some HUGE jumps in logic to get to the resolutions, but overall I enjoyed it and would enjoy watching it again.
Rating :  8. Would Watch again by myself
Scruff Meter: WHOA high, not quite Grizzly Adams, but many many scruffy men amongst the coulples.
michelleann68: (RSL cap from the_odd_one)
2009-03-15 09:55 pm
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motd 80,81,82

Finally saw the end of Her Minor Thing (click to read review)

Oh Happy Day Uptight Jonathan and more chilled out David meet one night and end up sleeping together. The next day at work Jonathan meets his new client - David.  Jonathan's boss has a strict no dating policy and if Jonathan gets caught he will loose his job.  They try to hide their attraction but a weekend in Sussex changes all that.  Jonathan's up tightness of course pushes the plot and the angst along.  It is a beautifully filmed movie, with some really seductive set ups.  There is one song I need to own, but thus far I can't find it.  A pretty predictable, but it has a sweet and tender ending.
Rating:  7. Would watch again with friends
Very Scruff Free.. perhaps not total smooth sailing, just a few examples of scruff

Times Have Been Better (Ciel sur la tete, Le) What a wonderful French drama. When Jeremy, the perfect son,  comes out to his parents the drama has just begun.  This is not a coming out story, it studies the impact that the revelation has on the rest of the family. A family that has been held together by their fantasy of their perfect son being all perfect.  You don't see much of Jeremy and Marc (even though they are the cover and DVD art), but you dive into the hollow lives that remain when his parents and younger (non-perfect) son, have to live without Jeremy's perfection (in their eyes) anymore. A really well acted drama that was interesting and held my attention.
Rating:  9. Would pick up DVD on Sale
Scruff: Pretty much scruff free. But really not many "pretties" to look at.