Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Year’s Movie Marathon: New Year's Resolution Movies

We all have our goals, our New Year’s Resolutions. This year we’ll work out every day, this year we’ll stop eating the entire pie in one sitting, we’ll take longer than three months to finish a book, we’ll stop smoking (hint hint Shaun), and we’ll stop spending money on shoes. Well we’ll try at least. So, what a better way to start than to find inspiration in those people on screen trying to do the same, with some even succeeding. So, whether you are living vicariously through these characters or laughing at their failures, seeing your future unfold across the screen, here’s a helpful list of titles. So watch them all if you wish or just scroll down the list and find the appropriate title for your resolution {resolutions (goals) for each movie are provided under each title}. This list also serves as lovely time filler for an uneventful New Year’s Eve. Hope everyone has a great one.

Alfie (1966) & (2004)

Goal: “What’s it all about?”-life, that is

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

Goal: Stop drinking, stop shagging boss, stop smoking, lose weight, etc., ad nauseum.

Fireproof (2008)

Goal: Save marriage

Evan Almighty (2007)

Goal: Build an arc

Miss Congeniality (2000) & Beautiful (2000)

Goal: Become a pageant queen

Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber

Goal: Climb the social ladder

Beauty Shop

Goal: Open a salon.

Hot Rod

Goal: Save dad so you can kick his ass later

Zach & Miri Make A Porno

Goal: Make a porno

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Goal: Get out of debt

Wicker Park (2004)

Goal: Find long lost love

Can’t Hardly Wait

Goal: Finally tell that special someone you love them

Alex & Emma

Goal: Write a novel in 30 days

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Goal: Forget that special someone who broke your heart

Someone Like You (2001)

Goal: Figure out men & write a theory about them

The Proposal

Goal: Fool the INS

Audrey Hepburn Story

Goal: Become a actress/singer/dancer

28 Days

Goal: Kick that drinking habit


Goal: Win that case. -Any law film will do as well


Goal: Create the perfect actress

Reservoir Dogs

Goal: Steal those diamonds- Any heist/caper film will also do (not condoning this)


Goal: Revenge (not condoning this either)

Kill Bill vol.1 & 2

Goal: Kill Bill (again not condoning)

The Bourne Identity

Goal: Figure out identity

Cast Away

Goal: Survive on a deserted island/may also help in cases of wilderness survival

Gone in 60 Seconds

Goal: Steal 50 Cars in 1 Night (again with the not condoning)

Time Machine (1960) & (2002)

Goal: Build a time machine


Goal: Win a karaoke competition

August Rush

Goal: Find long lost relative

I Am Legend

Goal: Find a cure for a disease


Goal: Become an astronaut

Valkyrie (2008) & Inglorious Basterds (2009)

Goal: Kill Hitler (am definitely condoning this)

The Labyrinth

Goal: Solve a maze in 12 hours or less

Super Mario Brothers

Goal: Save Daisy from King Koopa

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Death Defying Acts

Looking at the cast and the subject, Harry Houdini, I was looking forward to this movie. For some reason, I really enjoy magician movies. The Illusionist and The Prestige were great. This movie was not. An interesting premise with some great ideas of character development with Harry just didn't add up to a complete movie. If this movie was supposed to be more of a character study, which I gather it was, there wasn't enough character development. If it was supposed to be a love story, a plot which took up a lot more of the story, it failed miserably because Houdini was married, and therefore, was cheating on his wife with the so called loved interest. Grrrrr. This film should have steered clear of the love angle and stayed with the character study. It would have been far more compelling. What a waste of the terrific Guy Pearce and Catherine Zeta Jones.
* for the acting.