This was a very entertaining, after Thanksgiving, treat at the theater! Two films, as the norm, were seen. I can say that I was pleased with both of them!
We started out with the much-anticipated Burlesque! I knew that Christina Aguilera could sing, I knew she was hot, but she did it, here! She stars as Ali, a young lady from rural Iowa who is looking for a better lead in life. Ali knows that she has talent, but she feels that she will get nowhere while remaining in her hometown. So, she packs her things, and catches a bus out to Los Angeles.
It is in the city of angels that Ali takes up residence. She begins working at an older bar that features burlesque dancers. It has a reputation for being a lead for young ladies becoming dazzling dancers, and it is run by the famous performer, Tess (Cher). Ali is a waitress/barhop, but seeing the dancers encourages her to follow through with her desire.
Ali makes efforts to show Tess that she has what it takes to be a part of the program. She finds herself encountering other dancers who get rather catty with her because they see that Tess is pretty, and they have heard that she has talent. However, she finds a friendly face through Georgia (Julianne Hough), who takes Ali under her wing, showing her some of the introductory ropes.
Ali finds the lead dancer named Nikki (Kristen Bell) as something of a nemesis. Nikki has clawed her way to a top spot in the club, wanting none of the other dancers to stand in her way. However, Ali gains support in the bartender, Jack (Cam Digandent), who wants to be a musician. It is one evening when the lead performer does not show that Ali gets a break, filling in through the helpful suggestion of the bar owner, Sean (Stanley Tucci).
Ali performs impromptu, and she blows the house down! She gains a friend through a fellow performer, Georgia (Julianne Hough). As well, Tess is delighted thoroughly by Ali’s presentation, opting to place the songstress-to-be in her show! Nikki is somewhat scorned, yet she and all of the dancers find themselves pulling together behind Tess, as the bar is in trouble of being bought out by an imposing businessman!
We entered Faster, second! Rock-daddy Dwayne Johnson leads the film, starring as Driver. He is released from jail after serving a ten-year sentence. He was jailed for this length of time because he and his brother made a failed attempt to rob a bank. Driver was arrested, with his brother being killed by an on-duty officer, and a hitman who happened to be involved with the shady activity.
Upon release, Driver makes a beeline for the men whom killed his brother. Yet, a policeman (Billy Bob Thornton) and a rouge killer (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), are out to stop him. Driver initially has trouble finding out just who was responsible for the death of his sibling. He is able to eliminate one man, yet the cop and the killer are hot on Driver’s trail. He does continue with the killings of several other involed men. Yet, each episode places the chasers hot behind Driver!
The killer is eager to confront Driver because he feels that he finally has found a worthwhile nemesis. After Driver finds and eliminates each person involved in the death of his brother, he learns that he has not gotten to every killer. He successfully avoids the cop and the killer. Yet, each time that they miss Driver, the killer becomes more anxious to get hold of him, and to kill him to satisfy his sadistic pleasures!
2010 is not finished! Natalie Portman has a hot role ready in Black Swan, opening December 3! December 10 will bring a triple treat of excitement, as The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Fighter, and The Tourist all open that day! The rest of the month includes How Do You Know, Little Fockers, Tron Legacy, True Grit, and Yogi Bear! Hottie Berry has a film ready for 2011, Frankie and Alice! Let’s go to the movies!!!
Christina was hot with song and dance!!!
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Yes! This was an evening at the theater for which we had been waiting! The first film of the final chapter of the Harry Potter series opened this week. As usual, we made Friday night our time for movie watching!
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part One begins with showing the three young magicians as blossoming post-teens. Hermoine (Emma Watson), Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), and Ron (Rupert Grint) have left Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, in search of the Horcruxes. These are the magical items that are providing the devious Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) with his power source, and destroying them means destroying him!
The friends have found refuge at the ample home of the Weasley family. Leaders from The Order of the Phoenix get there to inform Harry, Hermoine, the Weasleys, and friends that are with them about how they can proceed with possible success. Six of the friends choose to take a magic potion that turns them into identical copies of Harry, giving him protection from the ruthless Death Eaters.
They all leave the Weasley home, as Harry is safe with Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane). Yet, as they begin further searches, Death Eaters appear! Lord Voldemort is there, yet the use of Harry’s magic wand allows them to defeat the dark lord. The group continues, except for Harry, who was asked to remain behind for a wedding of George (Oliver Phelps), who is one of the Weasley twins, to Fleur Delacour (Clémence Poésy) , one of the champion sorceresses from a neighboring magic school.
The friends reconnect at a location where The Minister of Magic reads the last will and testament of prior Headmaster Albus Dumbledore. Each of them receives an item of special purpose, with Harry getting the lost Sword of Gryffindor. It is during the festivities that all of them learn that Hogwarts has been taken over! The Ministry of Magic has seized control of Hogwarts. Professor Minerva Macgonogall (Dame Maggie Smith) is now Headmistress, yet her power is bound by The Ministry.
Harry, Hermoine, and Ron have to flee to London, evading Death Eaters. They end up battling one at a London cafe, winning, then going to meet with Regulus Black (Tom Moorcroft). He is the younger brother of the murdered wizard Sirius, and the person with whom Harry was instructed to meet at the end of the last chapter. Regulus is one of Voldemort’s Death Eaters, also!
Harry gets further information from the hideous, and slightly friendly troll, Kreacher, about a magical locket that is needed in their fight. He has Kreacher to go after the locket, yet Kreacher (voice of Simon McBurney) reveals that the new and self-proclaimed headmistress of Hogwarts, Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton), has it. The friends choose to go to the school to steal it back from her!
Upon reaching Hogwarts, they use magic to appear as three ministers. They are forced to separate, pretending to be these people, while interacting with enemies within the school. Only Harry is alone, reaching Umbridge’s office to search for clues, then joined by Ron. Umbridge arrives, yet so does Hermoine, and a magical battle erupts. Their cover is blown, so they leave to a hidden forest location.
Ron is hurt while they travel. Harry and Hermoine watch over him, while trying to destroy this magical locket. They are not able to do so, and their attempts cause the locket to transfer some of it’s negative energy onto them. Yet, Harry gets a vision of Lord Voldemort while wearing his locket.
The group spreads apart into the rural area near the Weasley’s home. Ron has the locket with him, and it causes him to mistrust Harry and Hermoine. As he likes/dates Hermoine, Ron begins to have falsely based thoughts of mistrust about his best friend Harry and his girlfriend, Hermoine. Ron’s actions of envy cause the others to leave him behind, as they have to proceed after the sword without his jealous interference.
Harry and Hermoine get to Godric’s Hollow, where they meet Bathilda Bagshot (Hazel Douglas). She gives them details that lead them to a graveyard where they find details matching symbols on the necklace of Luna Lovegood (Evanna Lynch), and in a book given to Harry from Professor Dumbledore. A mysterious, elderly lady appears, who Harry believes to be someone named Bagshot. They follow her to her home, where she is revealed to be the humongous snake of Lord Voldemort! Harry and Hermoine get away, yet Harry loses his wand!
They have to hide overnight in a forest. A deer guards them, and Harry follows it to a frozen lake. He sees a sword at the bottom, and he dives into the lake (it is frigid…) to get hold of it. The magic locket that Harry has begins to display magical powers, causing Harry nearly to be drowned. Ron is able to rescue Harry, and he destroys the remaining Horcrux.Hermoine uses her increasing powers of sorcery to transform Harry into a facially disfigured person. She briefly has to deal with Ron being jealous of her time spent with Harry, as Ron is angry after having seen a ghost which told him that his mother would have preferred to have Harry as her son!
Ron destroys te magical locket, as the group deals with a minor situation of discomfort regarding personal details revealed. They proceed to the home of Luna Lovegood, where her father informs them about The Deathly Hallows. These are a magical wand, a stone of resurrection, and an invisibility cloak. They mean to get hold of these items, but Luna Lovegood’s father arrives to tell them that Luna has been taken by Death Eaters! Mr. Lovegood has to hold the friends as hostages if he wants to see his daughter alive.
The friends manage to get away. As they get to a presumed safe area, people are waiting to trap them, and to take them back to the Ministry of Magic. They see Harry’s scar through the transformation of his face, and the friends are taken to the Malfoy home to receive a prize for capturing Harry!
They are at the Malfoy home, yet none of the wicked sorcerers can tell whether or not the disfigured person really is Harry. Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) recognizes the Sword of Gryffindor with the group, leading her to imprison Harry and Ron, and to torture Hermoine.
The troll Dobby is called by Harry, who frees them and Luna Lovegood. They all return to save Hermoine, but Dobby is killed by Bellatrix when they try to escape. The group gets away, mourning and burying Dobby. Part One ends with a reappearance of Lord Voldemort, who has entered the tomb of Professor Dumbledore, taking his wand!
Movie goers never get enough! We got into The Next Three Days, next! Russell Crowe stars as John Brennan, a successful and happily married man. Yet, his life is turned upside down when his wife Lara (Elizabeth Banks) is convicte and jailed for a murder that she claims she did not commit.
John progresses through three years of his life, desperately searching for evidence to clear his wife. He is devoted to finding this information, all while remaining a strong and dedicated father to the couple’s son. John does get to a point where he believes that he can use legal resources to prove his wife’s innocence, freeing her.
It is after Lara’s last appeal is rejected by legal officials that John nearly gives up hope. Now desperate, he sends their son to live with Lara’s parents. John sees that his wife now is depressed and suicidal, so he opts to concoct a plan to break her out of jail. Trial and much error do pay off, as John is able to free Lara after much trial, and nearly being caught, himself!
I got to see a trailer for X-Men: First Class, and it looked exciting! It is going to go back to when Professor Xavier first started his school, and how the mutants first united for training to become the famous team of superheroes! As well, the movie for Green Lantern looks good, as it will focus not only on the character from Earth, but Green Lanterns from across the universe will be shown! His arch-nemesis, Sinestro, will be the lead villian! The Transformers will be back in part three: Dark of the Moon, and Batman returns for the next sequel, The Dark Knight Rises!
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I can say that I was pleased by our movie picks for the evening. Sci-fi is kinda my thang, so I was looking forward to seeing the first movie. The second one encouraged enthusiasm also, having top-notch actors and an exciting story. Let me get into it….
The anticipation was at peak when we entered Skyline! The story is set in Los Angeles, with scary, yet spectacularly enormous beams of blue light shooting down from the night sky. Those whom gazed upon these light beams found their bodies heated internally, as if they were being drained, then they were taken away.
Twelve hours prior, Terry (Donald Faison) got to a luxury condo on his birthday, with his wife waiting for him. A surprise party is there awaiting him. It turns out to be a wild celebration that disrupts the confort of the condominium building. It gets to be 4:27 a.m., as Terry and his best friend Jarrod (Eric Balfour) wind things down.
Suddenly, beams of blue-white light descend from the sky! The ground begins to shake. A pal, Ray (Neil Hopkins) opens a window, and he is taken away! Jarrod is pulled next, but Terry grabs him. Jarrod goes into a hypnotic state with his skin damaged, yet he recovers. Terry attempts locking the window as they see the blue lights beaming to the ground.
Jarrod gets a telescope, and he sees people atop a roof. Terry has grabbed hold of a gun. They are vigilant through the night, with their girlfriends beside them. Finally, daylight arrives, and they go out to investigate. Reaching the rooftop, they see more streams of blue light descending from the sky. Suddenly, gigantic alien ships emerge from behind the lights, and bodies are sucked into them!
Jarrod and Terry rush inside, as one of their girlfriends is sucked out! They manage to save her, yet her skin is charred. Inside, they view a taping that showed people being pulled into the sky after viewing the blue light.
Terry proceeds to a friend’s apartment while carrying a gun. The friend is not there, but Terry has to hide with an elderly neighbor as an alien scout ship is approaching. A tentacled, alien machine emerges, and it gets into their apartment complex. Terry shoots at it as an elderly neighbor is abducted. He runs, telling the others what happened, as they all see that L.A. now is covered by hovering spacecraft!
Jarrod and Terry leave the apartment, looking to find answers and safety. Terry tries driving out of the complex, yet his car is stomped by a giant alien leg! He manages to escape, yet he is captured by giant tentacles! The others try to escape in cars, yet they are met by tentacled alien beings! One person tries to run from the complex, yet he is caught by the head and decapitated!
The group runs outside, as other people see them. Alien tentacles are snatching people, and they are shown fully as gigantic alien quadrupeds with enormous, glowing blue eyes! The surrounding city is shown as covered by massive spaceships, so the group choses to hide inside.
Time passes, and all seems quiet. The group then sees that tentacled creatures are attacking outside, as people are fighting back. Other forms of the aliens appear.
The next day arrives, as Terry notices that he has blemishes over his body. Jarrod wants to go outside, yet the group does not like that idea. They see military jets flying in, attacking, as alien drone ships emerge. Some stealth bombers have minimal success before the alien ships destroy them!
An alien mother ship self-destructs, taking a large part of L.A. with it! The remains crash, and aliens emerge for battle. Terry is ready to flee, but the others discuss whether ornot to assist the military with battle. Terry seems to be transforming, and the others do not know whether or not they can trust him.
A female in the group is beginning to change, also. She leaves the complex, and she is taken by the aliens. More fighting between the aliens and the military occurs, as humans are being sucked upward, continuously! Terry is nearly taken, as he has gone to the roof. Here, a man is captured, but he gets free with a bomb that kills aliens, and ultimately himself!
Jerry now is fighting aliens, then he and his girlfriend try to run. Large creatures emerge from the spaceships, yet military fighter jets counter-attack. All of Los Angeles is ravaged, as the alien mothership moves into a fighting position. Terry winds up being sucked upward by an alien force, as people are seen inside of the alien ships. Everything seems to show no signs of hope, as the captured people are being slime-harvested, and more people are being sucked into the sky!
Unstoppable was the exciting second film seen! It began in New Stanton, Pennsylvania, with Will (Chris Pine) leaving home, and heading for work. He arrives at his job, looking to meet Frank Barnes (Denzel Washington). A man there named Colson (Dylan Bruce) is having a disagreement with workers.
A train in a suburban Pennsylvania town is boarding school children. Meanwhile, Will and Frank are prepping their daily train tasks. They board a train, as it is being tested on the tracks. Another train is there, out of order and off-track, as it’s conductor tries stopping it. Yet, a malfunction causes it to switch tracks, speeding ahead.
Frank is at his station, distracted by a phone chat with his daughter. Will is on the tracks, working, and making minor errors. The two are somewhat at odds with one another because of uncertainty about who is in charge.
A train station operator named Connie (Rosario Dawson) learns of the malfunctioning train. It is speeding toward a train filled with school children. Connie contacts a supervisor to try getting the loose train stopped. Yet, as it is in motion, the children’s train is speeding toward it!
As Frank and Will are not aware of what is happening yet, Connie is negotiating-arguing with safety inspectors. It is made clear that the speeding train is carrying hazardous chemicals, so Connie tries contacting other operators. The other train that has the children on board will collide with the runaway train if nothing is done to stop it!
Will is distracted from work because of family problems. He has received a restraining order, keeping him from seeing his children. Meanwhile, Connie is speaking with area police, as attempts at stopping the speeding train have failed.
Frank and Will are arguing about an error that Will made when they are contacted about the speeder heading directly toward them. The story now is on the local news, and train supervisors are taking frustrations out on Connie. She tells them that the speeding train is loaded with explosive chemicals, it is a half-mile long, and that it is running on diesel fuel. Connie recommends derailing the train, yet te supervisors disagree with this plan.
As the chemical train proceeds, Frank tries to get it onto switched tracks. He is instructed to speed up, reaching a separate track that will avoid a collision. Yet, supervisors argue, focusing on losing the $100 million loss accompanying the chemicals on the loose speeder, if it derails.
While Connie continues speaking with officials, firemen and policemen arrive at the designated area. An idea is put into place, using an empty train to block the speeding train. As well, the idea of having a man placed on top of the speeder by helicopter to get inside of it, stopping it. That idea has both trains connecting, possibly slowing the speeder. It is used, but it fails, killing the man that tried to make it work!
Now, Frank is aboard train106, and he contacts Connie. She tells Frank that the runaway still is loose, barrelling toward them. Frank calls his daughter to tell her that he loves her, then he coordinates with Will. The two men narrowly pass the speeding train, yet it snags their train’s caboose.
Frank and Will come up with another idea to stop the speeding train. They want to try derailing it carefully, as Connie tells Frank that the speeder is carrying toxic chemicals. She has trouble getting support from inside officials who see derailing not as a viable option. Yet, supervisors above Connie do push the idea of derailment.
Frank and Will now have chosen to ignore orders from dispatch. They have Connie helping them from the office, letting them know the exact speed and location of the loose train. The story of the train now is all across the news, with police actually trying to stop it by boarding it. Yet, those plans failed, and the train continues speeding through Pennsylvania!
Frank’s young daughters learn of the train story from local news. At this time, he is receiving messages from the dispatch headquarters, seeming to stall him before he can make actions. Will makes a daring move to get onto the train that is heading toward Frank. He gives assisting directions, as his train nears the speeder.
Efforts are made to connect the trains. A first attempt fails, and a second attempt did not produce a secured connection. Will tries physically linking the moving trains, yet he gets stuck between the connection areas of both trains. He recovers, but he has injured a foot!
Frank and Will now try slowing one train before it reaches an elevated curve over a populated area. They have managed to slow it to forty-five miles per hour, but a declining slope is causing them to gain speed, again! Frank and Will use an alternate plan, with Frank trying to detach the links from the speeding cars, manually.
As Will is able to reduce some of the speed, Frank is able to detach some of the cars. However, a malfunction occurs, causing Will to lose control of the brakes. It increases speed, reaching a populated area at the elevated curve!
Will strikes release controls that drop heavy pipes from the train. This lets them navigate through the curve without derailing. Yet, the train has picked up more speed! Will is able to jump into the engine cab, reaching the controls. He finally is able to slow the train, averting any manner of destructive or deadly accident!
Yes! Monsters is supposed to open, and we return to Hogwarts next week! The first film of the final book of the Harry Potter series opens next Friday! Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – Part One, promises to be very entertaining! We have watched Harry and the Hogwarts group grow, and their story is coming to an exciting, two-part conclusion!
2010 is winding down. Trailers for movies to conclude the year, and those proceeding into 2011 are being posted now! Look forward to seeing exciting films that include Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, Black Swan, The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Little Fockers, Men in Black III, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Sanctum, Tron: Legacy, and X-Men: First Class!
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I am just-now getting around to discussing this topic. The subject emerged durng the summer, yet talk about it has been random. I got tired of hearing about Sarah Palin trying to run for President (she could be a female W, so watch out, people. I see Obama’s numbers falling, too…), and reading texts, so I did a little online browsing.
Regarding topics of astronomy, a topic arose in regard to something that had been observed during the summer. It seems that sky-eying viewers have spotted a distant star that seems to defy reason. It is enormous, even by the definitions of a star. This one in particular is 265 times as massive as The Sun!
It is located within The Tarantula Nebula of The Large Magellanic Cloud. This is one of the suburb galaxies of our Milky Way, which is roughly fifty parsecs away. Astronomers whom have been viewing this region of space have labeled the star as R136a1.
This star is 100 times the mass of the largest star that has been discovered, so far. R136a1 is over one million times as brilliant as The Sun, and it is estimated to have been nearly 300 times The Sun’s mass during it’s lifetime. This is twice the size of what astronomers thought was the limit of sizes for stars!
It is believed that R136a1 is too large to sustain itself for an extended length of time. Researchers think that it will explode in what is being called a pair-instability supernova. This is when massive and supermassive stars have pressure drops within their cores. Atomic collisions increase, causing an explosion of the star that does not result in a remaining black hole, merely left-over debris particles.
Studying astronomers believe that R136a1 will be the largest star ever discovered with our current technology. Already, they have deduced that the star is 265 times as massive as The Sun. It likely was 320 times as massive over a million years ago, when it was born.
Cygnus OB2-12 was the most luminous star prior to this observation. It is a blue hypergiant, more than six million times The Sun’s brightness. It is situated within our Milky Way, yet at a distance of roughly 5,000 light years away. Cygnus OB2-12 is the standout star of the constellation Cygnus, having a cluster of stars named for it in a region called The Cyg OB2 Association!
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The regular Friday evening activity, but this week included eagerly anticipated treats! I wanted to see both of these movies, and I did find each one to be entertaining. Albeit the excitement was delivered at very different levels, both films were worthwhile!
The exciting For Colored Girls was the first movie viewed! The film is taken from the poetic work “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enough”. It was written in 1975, followed by a live stage production, and a television movie.
The film surrounds a group of residents living in an apartment building. Nine African-American women living in this Harlem residence are shown, with intricate depictions of their life issues. Each woman is facing, or has faced, an intense experience that has changed the definitions of their lives.
Whoopi Goldberg is Alice (White), the highly religious matron of the Harlem apartment building. She observes as female residents experience ordeals that redefine their lives while depicting their capacities for surviving through hardships.
Each lady is identified by a color, which gives some level of definition to their live situations. Janet Jackson is Jo (Red), Thandie Newton is Tangie (Orange), Anika Noni Rose is Yasmine (Yellow), Loretta Devine is Juanita (Green), Kerry Washington is Kelly (Blue), and Tessa Thompson is Nyla (Purple). Additionally, intense roles are played by Kimberly Elise as Crystal (Brown), along with Phylicia Rashad as Gilda, Macy Gray as Rose, Hill Harper as Donald, and Michael Ealy as Beau Willie.
Alice watches seven women in particular. Each woman endures different and possibly devastating experiences. Topics are touched upon that include domestic abuse, drugs, alcoholism, sexual violation, disloyal romantic partners, disease, and the loss of children. Alice is able to observe the issues of each woman, all while dealing with her own problems that stem from her extreme/possessive devotion to religious beliefs.
We followed this with a lighter setting from the amusing animation, Megamind! Will Ferrell voices the villainous lead character named Megamind, who is in a state of emotional despair. His attempts to conquer Metro City all have been failures, and Megamind now has come to the conclusion that he can be a hero.
Once he finally wins over his arch enemy, the heroic Metro Man (voice of Brad Pitt). Then, Megamind finds himself depressed. He choses to change his life, becoming a hero! Yet, his attempts at justice are trumped suddenly by the emergence of Tighten (voice of Jonah Hill). At first, he was a good young man. Then, he felt dejected after Metro Man did not want him as a sidekick.
As Metro Man has disappeared from the public, in a state of depression, Tighten makes his presence known through evil actions throughout Metro City. Ironically, it is former villain Megamind who has chosen to turn to goodness, bringing Metro Man back. They find themselves working together to defeat Tighten, and to save Metro City.
Skyline AND Unstoppable open next week! As one is an exciting science fiction tale about a seemingly undefeatable alien invasion of Earth, the other is an action-packed adventure surrounding two men who chose to try stopping a speeding train that is loaded with bombs! Both of these movies are on the must-see list!
This year has more excitement on the movie screen before it is over! Burlesque, Faster, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part One open before November ends. The December films include Black Swan, The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Little Fockers, Tron: Legacy, and Yogi Bear. Several good films are to be seen before 2010 ends!
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