So the cable provider I can no longer afford, better known as AT&T UVerse, offered a free preview of all the movie channels and I think some sports channels that I don't currently have. Somehow though the Laker game tonight was still blacked out on FSW so thanks for that UVerse.
Basically I went through all the channels and DVRed a bunch of movies that I've been wanting to see. Will they still be on my DVR when this preview thing is over? No idea.
So without further ado, here are some reviews of the movies I watched this weekend:
Valentine's Day - This is the movie that has literally every popular celebrity today in it: Jennifer Garner, Jessica Biel, Jamie Foxx, Ashton Kutcher, Bradley Cooper, Julia Roberts... and that's not even half the cast. It was teeeeeerrible. Seriously don't bother with this one. Two thumbs down.
Postgrad - Rory from Gilmore Girls plays a girl who graduates from college and is denied a position at her dream job and so has to move back in with her parents while she tries to find work. She's a good actress, but it was too much like Gilmore Girls: The Sequel to be honest. The supporting cast however was pretty fantastic. Jane Lynch and Michael Keaton are hysterical as her wacky parents and the guy who plays Matt Sarasen on Friday Night Lights is in the role of her best friend slash boy she realizes she (of course) loves. He is smoking hot. The end. One thumb up, one thumb sideways.
Whip It - This was a lot better than I thought it was going to be and I actually pretty highly recommend it. Ellen Page is turning out to be a really good actress, although do you think she gets annoyed with the fact that she's like 26 but plays 16 year olds in all of her movies? She is really good in this movie as a girl who lives in the middle of nowhere Texas and is forced to suffer through beauty pageants and a part-time job at the local burger stand... until she discovers an all-girls roller derby league. The supporting cast was great in this one too with Drew Barrymore and Kristen Wiig from Saturday Night Live as her teammates. The action was good as was the plotline. Highly recommended. Two thumbs up.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona - Scarlet Johansson plays a girl who travels to Barcelona for the summer after college with her friend and ends up meeting Javier Bardem's character. Before you know it, she's caught up in a very different kind of romance with him and his ex-wife who's juuuuust a little bit on the crazy side. The synopsis of this one is kind of hard to explain as there are a few subplots mixed in. It was weird though. Penelope Cruz definitely steals the show and her performance is worth picking this one up. Guys will also like it because of Scarlet Johansson who annoys me to no end, but ladies don't worry. Javier Bardem is plenty of eye candy on his own. Two thumbs sideways.
I have a few more that I have yet to watch so stay tuned for more reviews:
The Time Traveler's Wife
Up in the Air
The Blind Side
X-Men Origins: Wolverine