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Review – Life

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Review – Life

So, when I was a kid I always wanted to be an astronaut. Even though I was great at math and science I was lazy, so here I am just writing about a space movie. When I saw the preview for Life I just knew I had to see it. Now that I’ve seen this movie let me just say that I never, ever want to go to space. Ever.

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Review: Deadpool

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Review: Deadpool

After years of waiting the fans can finally stand up and lose their minds: Deadpool has arrived. The disfigured and mentally unstable mercenary with a superhuman healing factor, the “Merc with a Mouth” as he is called, has been let loose. He’s ridiculous, rude, funny, loud, tends to break the fourth wall and talk to viewers a lot, and pretty much will shoot anything. Add in some Ryan Reynolds, a few X-Men and you have the next big thing on your hands.

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Comic Issues: Green Lantern Review

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Comic Issues: Green Lantern Review

Despite lackluster romantic chemistry and self-depreciating special effects, an attractive cast, excellent writing, and just the right amount of cheese shines together in time to save Green Lantern from it’s greatest fear: bombing the box-office. The film is a refreshing change from the usual cynicism of contemporary film, a rarely enjoyable experience due uniquely to its goodness in nature, something most filmmakers have been out of touch with for quite a while. The central plot revolves around the fight between light and dark, represented by the power of “will” and “fear,” a perspective rarely done in film.

In general, Green Lantern presents itself well. Although some performances leave little to the imagination, the movie’s casting for look-a-like talent is spot-on, and its volley between immaturity and seriousness are clear triumphs. However, the real victory of Green Lantern is in its humor — this movie is never lacking in clever one-liners that keep an audience chuckling. Add that to a proven winner of a story plot and who could go wrong?

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‘Green Lantern’ Trailer to Debut with Next ‘Harry Potter’

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‘Green Lantern’ Trailer to Debut with Next ‘Harry Potter’

Just announced, Green Lantern trailer will debut with the latest installment of Harry Potter in November. The announcement was made at New York Comic Con by DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, dispelling any rumors that the trailer would be shown at NYCC. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is set to be released November 19. Make sure you arrive early to catch the trailer for Green Lantern starring Ryan Reynolds, which is set to be released next June.

The Proposal

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Everyone loves Sandra Bullock.  How can we not?  She’s adorable and accessible and funny and beautiful and cool.  Casting her as a Prada-Wearing Devil (at a publishing company, no less) was actually quite a stretch, but the manages to fill the spiky Manolos of much more plausible screen harridans.  At first we just assume she said or did that horrible thing and then will feel remorse, or show some vulnerability, but no — she really, really meant it.  It’s like seeing Jimmy Stewart in a Nazi uniform.  So, props to Sandy for playing the movie cliché harpy role that for most women paints them into an unsympathetic corner, and still coming out lovable and redeemable.

Now, this is a romantic comedy, titled The Proposal, no less — it’s impossible to spoil: the pleasure as always is in the journey.  Bullock’s character’s assistant is Ryan Reynolds, an adorable, earthy, genuine fellow, compromising himself as her lackey to be able to build a base for his dream career of an editor.  He’s miserable but kind, and he, of course, hates her.  He knows her better than anyone, but no one knows the real her.  Not even her.  And the real her is Sandra Freaking Bullock.  Of course there’s romance.  Reynolds and Bullock have terrific hatred chemistry together and implausibly sexy, fit bodies.  She is 44!  I must join a gym.

Because of their intimate-but-one-sided working relationship, the requisite farce of them trying to make their sham relationship look real is funny and snarky.  In fact, seeing Reynolds rise to the occasion of behaving as her peer after three years of being terrorized by her is quite delicious and even serves an unnecessary side story with his father.  It’s a nice slice of evil boss revenge fantasy.  These actors are so insanely lovable, of course, that they can’t help but show their characters’ likeable vulnerabilities, and it’s sweet and smileworthy.

Directed by film dancer/choreographer Anne Fletcher, and written by first-time screenwriter Pete Chiarelli, The Proposal feels both new and familiar.  It’s new, in that it doesn’t obey a lot of rules of romantic comedies, while not breaking with tradition, and familiar in that it is reminiscent of some of the best romantic comedies without seeming too derivative.

Bullock and Reynolds are supported by a nice ensemble of funny faces, including Aasif Mandvi, Oscar Nunez (from The Office; a kooky treasure in this film), Mary Steenburgen and Craig T. Nelson, and previous romantic-comedy-harridan Malin Akerman.  Oh, and of course the glory that is Betty White.  Throw in some father-son conflict, a drizzle of Bullock’s lonely-soul-tasting-family-again-after-so-long (see: While You Were Sleeping), and a romantic family heirloom undeservedly bestowed, and you have a pleasant, charming, sweet movie to enjoy.

MPAA Rating PG-13
Release date 6/19/09
Time in minutes 108
Director Anne Fletcher
Studio Touchstone Pictures