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MOVIE: 127 Hours (2010)

March 27, 2011

As you all know, I love horror movies.  I have absolutely no problem watching people have their heads chopped off by a maniac with an axe.  Spurting blood, gushing wounds, terrible maimings?  No sweat!  But realistic violence is a whole other game for me, and it’s why I didn’t go see this film in theaters.  I knew how the story ended — not only because of all the buzz about it, but because years and years ago I saw an episode of I Shouldn’t Be Alive about Aron Ralston, and I never, ever forgot it.  If I was going to watch this film, I needed to watch it at home with one finger over the fast-forward button.

So, let me jump to the end for those of you with similar concerns so I can tell you it’s all going to be okay.  Suck it up and go rent this movie.  Yes, he cuts his own hand off with a dull pocket knife, just like everybody says.  Yes, you see parts of this in the film.  But though I looked away a few times, I made it through that scene and I came out okay.  And, more importantly, so did Aron Ralston.

For those living under a rock, this is the true story about the day Aron Ralston was out biking and hiking in Utah and fell into a crevasse along with a very large rock.  On the plus side, the rock kept him from crashing all the way to the bottom.  On the minus side, however, it pinned him between the two walls of the crevasse, trapping his hand and leaving him dangling for — yep — 127 hours.

Low on water and food, Aron did what most of us would have done in the first 48 of those hours — he screamed for help, he thought about his family, he tried desperately to free himself.  But when it became clear no help was coming, and as he watched the exposed thumb of his trapped hand turn blue and die from lack of circulation, he knew there was only one thing left to do if he wanted to live — he had to get out.  And he had to do it himself.

This film is beautifully made and extremely well-told.  I’ve never been much of a James Franco fan — loved him in Freaks & Geeks but haven’t been terribly impressed by him since.  But now that I’ve seen this film, I get why everybody’s all ga-ga these days.  He was incredible.  I believed every minute.  His fear, his sadness, his regrets, his courage, and his incredible desire to live all came through with so much intensity I was almost startled at the end of the film to see an actual picture of the real Aron Ralston.  I forgot there WAS a real Aron Ralston.

So, inhale, pop in the DVD, exhale, and get ready for a truly amazing film.  Danny Boyle has long been one of my favorite directors, and movies like this are why.  Excellent!

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Genre:  Drama
Cast:  James Franco, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn, Sean Bott, Treat Williams

Fall TV Premiere Week . . .Wait, Which Week is This?

September 28, 2009

First, a quick recap of the new shows I’ve seen so far:

fiennesFlash Forward is a maybe for me, but it’s a strong maybe.  I found the pilot intriguing, and it’s full of great actors (loving John Cho and Joseph Fiennes), but segues to commercial breaks that feature an ominous voice telling me to do things like  “pay attention to the kangaroo — it might be important” kind of make me want to kick someone in the shins.  Don’t tell me what to do, you creepy bastard.  If I want to pay attention to the kangaroo, I’LL PAY ATTENTION TO THE KANGAROO.  (And if that’s not a Facebook status update of pure gold, I don’t know what is.)

NCIS: Los Angeles: [THIS PARAGRAPH CONTAINS A SPOILER] I love you, LL Cool J and Linda Hunt.  And okay, you too Chris O’Donnell, if I must.  However, your show is an absolute disaster.  I must have laughed out loud 15 times watching your pilot, and only 2 of those times were because you let LL Cool J tell a joke.  Plus, you know how at the end of the first episode, the bad guy is about to shoot “G” (O’Donnell) in the head, and just as he’s about to pull the trigger, G’s phone goes off,  and so the bad guy is all, “No, no, go ahead.  I’ll wait”?   Really?  I mean, REALLY really?   Also, poor, broken orphan who never had a first name, only a first initial?  And don’t even get me started on the rack of $300 designer jeans paid for with our tax dollars.  Bah.  One more episode and then I’m out.

The Forgotten:  Same song, different verse — it’s actually just Cold Case all over again.  I really liked Slater in this, but everybody else is a total throwaway so far, and the plots are going to have to get WAY, WAY more interesting if this show wants to survive longer than mid-October.  My money’s on one more episode and then the boot.

Eastwick, Mercy:  I didn’t make it through their pilots, I’m afraid.  I’m out, and I bet the networks will be shortly out as well.

Let me know what you guys thought?  I still haven’t seen The Good Wife, but will try to catch that one this week.  So far, in terms of returning shows, Supernatural is still kicking everybody’s ass, by the way.  If you aren’t watching that series and you like smart, funny, clever, creative writing, DUDE.  Is all.

Monday, 9/28

lietomeLie to Me (FOX) — 8pm.  I watched this series last year and mostly enjoyed it, but it needs a lot of work if it’s going to keep me intrigued enough this year to keep going.  I confess the part I like the best is that I feel like I am learning skills I can apply whenever I suspect someone is lying to me.  Frankly, if they could just skip the character drama and turn this show into a TV-based training course in kinesics instead, I think I’d like it a lot better.  Sorry, Tim.  Maybe you can narrate?

Trauma (NBC) — 9pm.  Another show tries to fill the void left by ER.  But you know what, shows?  We don’t really need you to fill a void.  We sort of need you to do something new.  This one is about EMTs and trauma surgeons, and maybe, MAYBE the EMT stuff might be sort of interesting.  We’ll see, sigh.   The cast has a few familiar faces (dashing-Kiwi Cliff Curtis, guy-who-creeps-me-out Jamie Sheridan), but for the most part don’t look terribly inspiring.  Can you tell I’m really struggling to muster up ANY degree of enthusiasm for this one?  Yeah, that.  Go ahead, Trauma, make me eat my words.  DOUBLE-DOG DARE YOU.

Tuesday, 9/29

hkHell’s Kitchen (FOX) — 8pm.  You know what’s really weird?  Watching this show and then watching Gordon Ramsey’s British shows like Kitchen Nightmares and The F Word.   Why do we, as Americans, need to convert that guy into such an incredible jerk in order to make him entertaining and marketable here? I boggle, as does my mind.

Wednesday, 9/30

Hank (ABC) — 8pm and The Middle (ABC) — 8:30pm.  Whatever.

Thursday, 10/1

Private Practice (ABC) — 10pm.  This is still on?  AND EYES GOT CANCELED?  I hate you, ABC.  And yes, I will hold that grudge for all of eternity, thanks for asking.

Friday, 10/2

Til Death (FOX) – 8:30pm.  Watched half of season one of this one, actually — I know, surprise, right?  Yeah, it. . . meh.

Sunday 10/4

threeriversThree Rivers (CBS) —  Dammit, CBS, don’t fail me on this one, would you?  Of the three medical shows starting this fall, this is the only one that actually has a chance of being relatively not-that-sucky.  But here’s the problem — this series is about organ transplant doctors.  Remember that OTHER series about organ transplant doctors — Heartland?  The one with Treat Williams?  That show was a veritable croque monsieur of cheese.  This show needs to NOT BE LIKE THAT SHOW.  And that’s really the only advice I can give at this point.  Come on, Alex O’Loughlin, you mad-crazy hunkaroo, SAVE ME.

MOVIE: Taken (2009)

June 17, 2009

It’s a rare occasion when my husband expresses an interest to hang out and watch a DVD with me, so whenever it happens, I always drop everything and leap.  That said, it’s always a challenge to pick out a movie we both want to see, unless that movie happens to be any one of the three Lord of the Ring films or Zoolander.   At the video store, I tend to gravitate towards the crap  and he tends to gravitate towards the non-crap.  Sometimes I win, sometimes he wins, sometimes we meet somewhere in the middle.

This one fits into that latter category.  Neither full-on crap, nor full-on non-crap.

Taken is about a former spy named Bryan (Liam Neeson) who recently retired so he could spend more time with his teenage daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace).   Just as they are beginning to reconnect, Kim asks for his permission to spend a few weeks in Paris with her friends.  Bryan initially refuses — he’s seen a lot in his career, and it’s made him a bit on the overprotective side.  But when his ex-wife (Famke Janssen) tells him he’s going to lose Kim if he doesn’t lighten up, Bryan reluctantly comes around, signs her paperwork, and lets her leave the country.

And so, OF COURSE, as soon as she gets to Paris, she’s promptly kidnapped by a group of Albanians who specialize in human trafficking and the sex trade.  Ain’t that always the frakkin’ way. . .

That’s about all you really need to know about the plot — unless you were born yesterday, you already know exactly where this flick is headed.   To wit: Bryan goes after her, anybody who gets in his way gets their asses kicked or killed, and blah blah blah happy ending, etc.  This movie is ridiculously predictable and, even worse, it doesn’t have much in the way of character to hold its shabby little pieces together either.

That said, it’s not completely unwatchable.  It’s sort of fun to watch Liam Neeson pretend to be Chuck Norris, for one thing, and even though I hate Maggie Grace (haaaaaate, actually), she’s not too unbearably annoying in this.  Plus, I’ll just say it:  I love Famke Janssen.  I love her.  I. Love. Her.  I have loved her ever since I first saw her in the movie Deep Rising, where she spent 106 minutes verbally sparring with ex-Boyfriend Treat Williams and physically sparring with a sea monster.  A SEA MONSTER, I said.  That’s brains and brawn, people.  Brains and brawn are my favorite.

Anyway, the husband’s comment on the movie?  “Not bad.”

I probably could’ve just made that the whole of this review and called it a day.

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Genre:  Thriller
Cast:  Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Xander Berkeley

Alex O’Loughlin returning to primetime TV!

May 18, 2009

alexoloughlinToday in good Boyfriend site news: Alex O’Loughlin has landed a role in a new series for the Fall 2009 TV season.  The show will air on CBS and is entitled Three Rivers. It’ll be about the various people involved in organ transplants, from the medical team to the patient to the families of the donors.

Today in bad Boyfriend site news: That’s the same concept behind the 2007 Treat Williams series Heartland (on TNT) which got the boot after only nine episodes.

Look, I worry.  It’s just what I do.

Today in good Boyfriend site news: I’m halfway done with the next Boyfriend of the Week write-up.  You know, the one I said would be up two weeks ago?

Today in bad Boyfriend site news: But I’m about 3 books behind in book reviews, and 2 movies behind in movie reviews.

Ah, Mondays.

Man vs. Wild is back!

June 18, 2007

Bear GryllsBest news from last week: Man vs. Wild is back and all-new! This season’s pilot featured ex-Boyfriend Bear Grylls dropping into the middle of the Florida Everglades, causing me to add THAT location to my list of vacation spots to avoid. Watching Bear suffer as he attempted to trek to high ground via the swamp and some razor-sharp grass, we learned the following things:

  1. Do not taunt the crocodiles.
  2. Tie your shoelaces together to scale slippery trees.
  3. Filter muddy water through your shirt before drinking.
  4. Diving into quicksand makes you really, really dirty.
  5. You don’t have to kill the frogs before you eat them, nor do you have to deshell the tortoise before baking.
  6. Getting sand in your underwear is, and I quote, “not ideal.”
  7. Bear Grylls has a nice ass. It even looks good covered in mosquito bites (thanks for the view, Bear!).

Great episode! Welcome back, Mr. Grylls!

In other Boyfriend-related news, Treat Williams reenters our lives tonight on TNT in the new series Heartland, which premieres after the always-terrific series The Closer. Apparently, he plays a cranky heart surgeon — doesn’t sound terribly original (Hi, Dr. House!), but it might still be fun. I do confess I liked it better when Treat was making lots of bad sci-fi and monster movies (long live Deep Rising and Gale Force!), but I’ll take what I can get.