Posts Tagged ‘kelsey bennett’

I don’t know if I’ve ever watched a black and white movie before because a movie without color kind of seems unnatural to me. That is, until I got to watch Casablanca in class.

It was as good as everyone says it is. Most of the accents were pretty horrible, but otherwise it was a classic love story about a guy that I wish existed in real life. (more…)

I don’t know why, but I feel like I’ve been hearing a lot about dodgeball lately. It’s been a theme in my friends’ facebook statuses, they were playing dodge rock on an episode of the Fairly OddParents ealier (yes, I still watch that show) and, you guessed it, the movie was on this afternoon. (more…)

With an all-star comedic cast, Couples Retreat was destined for greatness from the get-go.

Vince Vaughn, John Favreau, and Jason Bateman are as hilarious as I expected them to be together. The crowded theatre roared with laughter as Jason (Bateman) pulled an imaginary gun on his therapist, Dave (Vaughn) got bitten by a shark, and Joey (Favreau) tried to seduce his masseuse (needless to say, he wasn’t successful). Oh yeah, and let’s not forget when they were all violated by a man in a banana hammock (Carlos Ponce).

The movie begins with four couples that get a great deal on a vacation, but their island paradise quickly turns into hell when they find out they have to participate in couples therapy and attempt to save their failing marriages in order to stay.

"Is his junk out? Now it's a party"

"Is his junk out? Now it's a party"

So it is a tad predictable, but what romantic comedy isn’t? Let’s face it, we’d be mad if they didn’t end up the way we wanted them to, and yet we still complain about being able to guess the ending as soon as we see a preview.  When you think about it, romantic comedies can only end in one of two ways anyway: either the boy gets the girl or he doesn’t. And we all know what a piece a crap the movie turns into when he doesn’t (cough, cough, The Break-Up, cough). I guess Vince learned his lesson.

All in all, Couples Retreat made for a wonderful afternoon out (hooray for matinees and poor college students), and I suggest you see it if you’re looking for a laugh with a little romance on the side.

~Kelsey Benett

Let’s get musical. I’m not a huge fan of musicals, but sometimes they’re just forced upon me. Mamma Mia was somewhat forced. I say somewhat because a part of me thinks that anything with Meryl Streep (even a musical) is worth seeing mostly because she’s, well, one of the most amazing actors of all time. And to be honest, it wasn’t that bad.

Mamma Mia is about a young girl (Amanda Seyfried from Mean Girls) who recently became engaged. After going her entire life without a father, she is determined to solve the mystery so that he can walk her down the aisle. After reading her mother’s (Meryl Streep) diary, she narrows it down to three men and invites them all to the wedding; much to her mother’s dismay. (more…)

 

When you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way

When you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way

Big news people: I finally watched West Side Story for the first time. I know, I know, as a self-proclaimed movie fanatic, it’s about time right?

Now that I bit the bullet, I must say the film was pretty good. Aside from the occasional boring and extremely corny parts (I mean who really falls head-over-heels in love to the point where they are planning their wedding after one day?), it made some valid points about how dumb gangs and violence can be.

Even though I disagree with the extremely tight pants worn by all of the men in the film, (thank God I didn’t live during the 50s) everything is a bit clearer now.

I finally understand the parody West Bank Story and realized that it is, in fact, a parody. Yes, the title similarity was lost on me.

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I’ll admit, I’m a lover of all movies. In fact, I can only think of a handful of movies that I’ve seen that I really didn’t like (and I’ve seen a lot of movies). Well surprise, surprise, I fell in love with another movie this week.

My beloved Paul Rudd strikes again with the movie Role Models. This brilliant comedy addresses the idea that community service is not only good for staying out of jail, but for brightening your spirit.

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Have you ever wished that you were so good at something that it was blatantly obvious what you were supposed to do with your life? Welcome to my life.

In the movie August Rush, it is clear that August is meant to create music from the second his tiny, newborn fingers wave in the air as if they are conducting the lullaby playing in the nursery.

I guess prodigies are just lucky like that. Us “normal” people would be lucky enough to get into Julliard or compose our own rhapsody when we are fully-grown, let alone when we were only 11 years old. (more…)

 

...on the road again...

...on the road again...

This one goes out to all you kids out there. No matter what age you may be, if you can still enjoy a nice cold glass chocolate milk and the occasional animated movie, this one is for you.

Yes, I realize that because I only have a few short months left of my teenage years, I may seem a bit old for cartoons, but let me let you in on a little secret: you’re never too old.

Miley Cyrus - the downfall of the movie

Miley Cyrus - the downfall of the movie

Bolt, for example, may be a cartoon, but it is also cinematic genius and the work of some very famous, world-renowned actors (and no, I am not talking about Miley Cyrus). John Travolta, Nick Swardson and Greg Germann all join the film’s cast to become animated and test out their voice acting abilities.

In fact, many very popular actors have decided to go cartoon, making “kid” movies almost impossible to stay away from. Jack Black’s rendition of Kung Fu Panda was awe-inspiring, as was basically the entire cast’s performance in Madagascar (and from what I hear, Madagascar 2). The new movie Monsters vs. Aliens with Seth Rogen and Reese Witherspoon looks like a gem that I plan to see as soon as I find someone comfortable enough in their maturity to see it with me. (more…)

How Bromantic...

How Bromantic...

Bromance. The word in itself epitomizes our obsession as a society to combine words such as bootylicious, sexting, ginormous, Brangelina, and so many more.

Once there was the hip, catchy name, there was no stopping bromances from spreading like wildfire. What started out as a faint whisper following male-on-male hugs, has become a cultural phenomenon, spreading to an MTV reality show, a holiday (Bromance Day just happens to be six months after Valentine’s Day) and a movie entitled I Love You, Man.

Like these two, Peter and Sydney were not shy about their feelings for each other

Like these two, Peter and Sydney were not shy about their feelings for each other

According to urbandictionary.com, a bromance “describes the complicated love and affection shared by two straight males.” While some men may be ashamed of their bromance, Paul Rudd and Jason Segel embrace their characters’ uber close relationship. From “slapping the base” to walking the dog, those two did everything together, including professing their undying love for each other. (more…)

The reason I am in college...and one of Yahoo! Movies top 100

The reason I am in college...and one of Yahoo! Movies' top 100

Recently, Yahoo! Movies produced a list of movies entitled 100 Movies To See Before You Die. As a self-proclaimed movie fanatic, I am truly embarrassed to report that I have only seen 21 of them.

How many have you seen?

I know, I know, it sounds terrible, but I have an explanation. I was not born into a family of movie lovers.

In fact, whenever I would watch a movie more than once, my dad would come into the room and say “Haven’t we seen this?” Yes dad, we have. Several times in fact, but as a budding movie lover, I never let that stop me.

I mean, what if Beethoven stopped playing the piano after his parents said “Haven’t we heard this?” We would not have the enchanting music of one of the most famous composers of all time, and you, my friends, would not have this blog.

However, it means that I never got a chance to watch some of the classics that debuted before my time such as Annie Hall, Apocalypse Now, Casablanca, and apparently, many, many more. (more…)