Sunday, October 24, 2010

Yet Another Disappointing Romantic Comedy

In the recent DVD release, Just Wright, Queen Latifah plays the role of a physical therapist, Leslie Wright, who has an unexpected encounter with Scott McKnight (Common), the star player for the NJ basketball team, The Nets. Soon after the encounter, he develops a romantic relationship with her friend, Morgan (Paula Patton), who has always wanted to be a NBA trophy wife. When Scott's basketball career is threatened due to a severe knee injury, Morgan leaves him. Meanwhile, Leslie helps him recover and get back into the game. During this time, romantic sparks fly between Leslie and Scott; however, Morgan returns.

Will Leslie and Scott be together or will Scott leave Leslie high and dry for the manipulative Morgan?  You can probably guess the answer if you are familiar with the pattern of a romantic comedy. If you can't guess, knowing the answer is not even worth it because this film was such a disappointment mainly due to Common's weak acting skills and the lack of onscreen chemistry between him and Queen Latifah. The trailer pretty much gives the story away and the actual movie doesn't really add too much else.

I am glad I didn't waste $12 on this film and hope you didn't either. If you added it on your Netflix queue, do yourself a favor and remove it.

Monday, October 11, 2010


Life As We Know It is the new Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel flick directed by Greg Berlanti, the writer and producer of the TV series, Dawson's CreekEverwood and Brothers & Sisters. The plot revolves around Holly Berenson (Heigl) and Eric Messer (Duhamel), who cannot stand each other but have to live in the same house while taking care of their goddaughter, Sophie, whose parents died in a car accident and named them her guardians in their will. Will they be able to take care of Sophie without driving each other nuts? How will their lives change when they take on the responsibility of parenting Sophie? Watch and find out.

According to Rotten Tomatoes, this film has a "formulaic plot and poorly written script." I agree that the movie had a "formulaic plot" but then again most romantic comedies do - girl and boy don't like each each other but eventually fall in love after spending time with each other. With romantic comedies, you have to keep your expectations really low and then you will not be disappointed. So I didn't mind the "formulaic plot" and liked the twist with the introduction of a baby into the mix.

This light-hearted fun film was a pleasant to watch because of  the lead actors, who gave good performances and had great on-screen chemistry. Duhamel looked extremely HOT in the movie and Heigl looked really pretty. I don't think the script was poorly written, it actually painted quite a true picture of how one's life changes with the presence of a baby. I think families especially couples who recently had babies will be able to relate to the film.

I recommend this movie to all chick flick lovers.

Monday, October 4, 2010

"You are not an asshole, you are just trying so hard to be one."

A story idea, whether original or an adaptation, could turn into a crappy movie if it is not executed well. That was certainly not the case with The Social Network, the recently released film about the founding of Facebook based on the non-fictional novel, "The Accidental Billionaires," written by Ben Mezrich. 

A well-adapted screenplay by Aaron Sorkin and the genius of director David Fincher surely made this movie a pleasure to watch. Editing is such a crucial part of the film-making process - it could make or break a movie. The technique of switching between the past and the present has been used before but it was executed so well by editors, Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall, by going back and forth between the law suits and the events that led to the law suits against Mark Zuckerburg, the Harvard student who founded Facebook. 

The supporting cast includes the good looking Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin, co-founder of Facebook and Zuckerberg's best friend and the hot Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker, the founder of Napster and Zuckerberg's mentor, in addition to Armie Hammer as Cameron Winklevoss/ Tyler Winklevoss and Max Minghella as Divya Narendra, the three Harvard students, who claimed that Zuckerberg stole their idea by inventing Facebook. All of these actors gave excellent performances but Jesse Eisenberg no doubt stole the show as the socially awkward but brilliant programmer, Zuckerberg, who invented this social phenomenon to become a somebody rather than remain a nobody all his life. 

If you are not Facebook by now, I must ask - which rock have you been hiding under!? However, regardless of whether you are on Facebook or not, go check out this impeccable movie and find out why you should never piss off computer geeks! It will surely be $12 well-spent. 

This film has some fictional aspects as outlined in the article at