Category: Movies Music & Tv

Up In The Air

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Up In The Air follows Ryan Bingham through several major life changes and how he deals with these changes. Ryan Bingham works for a company that fires people for other companies. He is also a motivational speaker on the side.

The theme behind his speeches seems to be one of happiness through isolation with the big question being what is in your backpack and what weight are you carrying around on your shoulders. Bingham’s happiest times are in the air while traveling for his work and to his speeches. Bingham’ s life choice as a bachelor comes into question when he meets a woman much like himself and eventually falls for her. He must choose to follow his chosen path or to follow his feelings.

The other major change in his life is at work where they want to try firing people over web cam instead of in person, which means no more travel for Bingham. This is where we meet Natalie Keener a hot shot just out of college who wants to revolutionize the way their company fires people. Keener doesn’t understand the personal side of what Bingham does. He takes her on the road with him to try to show her that the personal touch is indeed required for what they do.

I don’t want to give away too much here, but Up In The Air is definatly a must see. You can really feel the humanity of the characters and the conflicts that arise when they are forced to make decisions that go against who they think they are. This is a well acted and beautifully shot movie.

 

DVD: Up in the Air
Blueray: Up in the Air [Blu-ray]

 

I give Up In The Air 5 out of 5 Monkeys:

Being Erica

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A few weeks ago one of our friends suggested that Tracy and I should watch a show called Being Erica. We did and we liked it. For those that do not know, Being Erica is a show about love, life, regrets, and time travel.

The show follows the life of Erica Strange, a 30 something MBA who works in call center. The show opens with her getting fired, getting an allergic reaction to hazel nuts in her coffee and winding up in the hospital where she meets her therapist Dr. Tom.

For therapy Dr. Tom sends Erica back in time to re-live her biggest regrets. This is where we learn that our actions and what we do in our lives help us to become the people we are today. Try as she might, Erica can’t always change what happens, but she can change how she reacted to what happened.

The show aired originally in Canada and is a Canadian based show. The story takes place in Toronto.  You can catch Being Erica on SOAPnet and on DVD : Being Erica: Season One

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I give Being Erica 5 out of 5 Monkeys:

Avatar

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Went to see Avatar this afternoon, and it was great, probably the best movie I have seen in a while. Despite all the hype I went into this movie with no expectations, I just wanted to see a movie. Saw it in 3d and enjoyed that as well. This was my first modern 3d movie. I like how they didn’t go overboard with the ooo look you can touch it 3d effects, the 3d was used more for layering the scenes.

The plot of the movie as most of you know is the humans visiting an alien world and trying to take what they want first by negotiations and then when that fails by force. We get characters that we can care about, a great good guy and a great bad guy. The special effects were top notch. It felt like I was watching a live action animated movie. Everything was blended together well. It never felt like you were watching cgi effects and people on a green screen, everything just worked mixed together. If you have not seen Avatar yet, go see it.

I give Avatar 5 out of 5 Monkeys:

Jennifer’s Body

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Brought to us by the same team behind Juno, Jennifer’s Body, is surprisingly decent movie with a great soundtrack. Let’s take Meghan Fox and let her do what she does best, play the hottie… toss in some demonic plot, great music, and we have a movie.

Jennifer’s Body is about a high hot and popular high school girl who gets sacrificed to the devil by a indie rock band who thinks she is a virgin. The band gets fame and fortune and Jennifer, not being a virgin gets possessed by a demon. Jennifer comes back from this incident pretty much back to normal. I say pretty much because she has to eat human flesh to get back up to full strength every month or so. Jennifer picks out boys, rips them apart, eats parts of them and leaves the rest for the town folk to find.

Opposite to Jennifer is Anita her best and somewhat mousey looking best friend. Jennifer comes to her as a demon her first night back and freaks her out. Further events lead Anita to figure out what is going on with Jennifer and how to put an end to her evil ways.

So what is better than the movie? The soundtrack, a mix of indie rock, emo, and punk.

From the Wikipedia Entry:

Tracklist [58] # Title Writer(s) Original artist Length

1. “Kiss with a Fist” Matt Allchin, Florence Welch Florence + The Machine 2:04

2. “New Perspective” John Feldmann, Brendon Urie Panic! at the Disco 3:47

3. “Teenagers” Hayley Williams Hayley Williams 2:45

4. “New in Town” Victoria Hesketh, Greg Kurstin Little Boots 3:16

5. “Finishing School” Chris Carrabba Dashboard Confessional 3:25

6. “Through the Trees” Andrew Ampaya, Ryan Levine Low Shoulder 5:04

7. “Time” Cute Is What We Aim For, Feldmann, Shaant Cute is What We Aim For 3:57

8. “I Can See Clearly Now” Johnny Nash Screeching Weasel 2:17

9. “Chew Me Up & Spit Me Out” Cobra Starship, Sam Hollander, Dave Katz Cobra Starship 3:57

10. “Toxic Valentine” Alex Gaskarth, Jimmy Harry, Tony Kanal All Time Low 2:52

11. “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You” Black Kids Black Kids 3:37

12. “Death” Jack Brown, Charles Cave, Harry McVeigh White Lies 5:00

13. “Celestial Crown” JD Cronise The Sword 5:00

14. “Little Lover’s So Polite” Brian Aubert, Christopher Guanlao, Joseph Lester, Nicole Monninger Silversun Pickups 4:59

15. “Ready for the Floor” Alexis Benjamin Taylor, Owen Clarke, Al Doyle, Joseph Goddard, Felix Martin Lissy Trullie, Hot Chip 4:00

I give Jennifer’s Body 4 out of 5 monkeys.

Need For Speed Shift

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I recently had the chance to play some of the latest Need For Speed game, Need for Speed Shift on the Playstation 3. Shift is a departure from the regular need for speed series of games in that it takes you off the streets and puts you on the track. Before shift the most recent game in the series that I have played is Need For Speed Carbon, which is a pretty much open world street racing game. The older NFS games had you roaming the countryside keeping away from cops and such. The car selection is great, customization is there.

The actual racing is fun and the game includes a helpful guide while driving which tells you when to go full speed, when to break, and when to let up on the gas. I liked Shift and through it was a great track racing game, that was until I started playing Forza Motorsport 3. All the advancements in the racing game genre that Shift added, Forza Motorsport 3 takes to the next level. If you don’t have an xbox 360, then Need For Speed Shift is your game.

I give Need For Speed Shift 3 Out 5 Monkeys

Zombieland

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Those of you that know me, know that I am a big fan of zombies. Having said that I really enjoyed Zombieland. I wan’t expecting much from the movie, but it proved to be quite enjoyable. It is a movie of the same ilk as Shaun of the Dead, a zombie comedy. Where Shaun aims more at the comedy of the people trying to survive in the zombiefest, Zombieland takes a look at the comedic ways of taking out the zombies. Zombies have taken over the world.

Our main characters start out looking for a safe place to ride out their lives, but end up seeing how many zombies they can take out along the way using various tools of destruction. Woody Harrelson plays a great role as Tallahassee the bad ass zombie hunter. Jesse Eisenberg plays Columbus, to tell the truth it could have been any one of the teenish stars of the present day. Emma Stone plays the part of Wichita and she comes across well as a strong yet brooding female lead. Abigail Breslin plays Little Rock and does well at the little sister role.

I loved the visual effects as Columbus goes over his zombie rules throughout the movie. We could all use some zombie life lesson tips just in case the swine flu gets out of hand. If you are a fan of zombies in general this is a must see.

I give Zombieland 5 out of 5 monkeys.