New layout featuring Kara Thrace of Battlestar Galactica.

After much hemming and hawing and deciding what to do I’ve found a plugin to manage my movie list. I’m using WP Movie Ratings which keeps a handy list of movies I’ve seen along with a rating and review snippet. You have the option of linking to IMDB or your own link.

I’m going home now. Happy weekend all!

Top 5 in Movies

Movie meme which has taken me the better part of the day to decide on. Via grrliz.

The rules:

Once tagged by this entry, you list ten movies: your Five Favourites and your Five Guilty Pleasures. Then pick five of your friends and tag them. No tag-backs. This explanation should be included.

I will be ignoring the last part and tag anyone who’d like to participate.

I dusted off my list of ten favorite movies ever (written up in 2004) and updated it. Guilty pleasures were tough to decide on because it was a toss up between true guilty pleasures and dying from shame. I chose my true guilty pleasures.

My Top 5 Movies

  1. Aliens – This is the prime example of how to make a good action movie – fast paced, kick ass acting and moments of sheer terror – Ripley’s dream of being infected with one of the Alien spawn jolts me every time I watch Aliens. This is also where my deep affection and appreciation for Bill Paxton started and is one of the reasons why James Cameron is my favorite writer/director.
  2. Strictly Ballroom – It is one of the first movies I bought on VHS with my own money and I watched it at least 20 times. That moment when Scott’s father shouts “We lived our lives in fear” still gives me goosebumps when I think about it. There is such joy and freedom in this simple, funny tale of being different that has made me loved Strictly Ballroom since I saw in 1989. Who didn’t want to become a ballroom dancer after watching this movie?!
  3. Lord of the Rings – I have to include the trilogy as one because that’s how I appreciate it. Watching the extended edition I especially loved the transition of the landscape and the mood that Peter Jackson evokes with lighting and color. There is nothing more majestic than watching the Rohirrim and Rohan’s fighters descend on Pellinor Fields and when Aragon shouts “For Frodo”, I was on the verge of crying. I don’t think I’ll be able to watch another fantasy movie that will fill me with the same sense of wonder that the Lord of the Rings has stirred.
  4. Chasing Amy – Ben Affleck + Kevin Smith = OTP
  5. Sense and Sensibility – My favorite Jane Austen book translated onto screen. What I find funny now is that I absolutely loved Marianne but here I detested her. But then when she’s near death and Elinor is weeping at her bedside, damn, if I didn’t shed a tear or too myself. It’s hard to imagine that this was Ang Lee’s English language directorial debut.

My Top 5 Guilty Pleasures

  1. True Lies – Spies trying to stop Arab terrorists from nuking a major US city – could there be an action/comedy like this now? True Lies plays for laughs and that’s where the movie succeeds. I was giggling gleefully when Jamie Lee Curtis’s character asks if her codename could be “Natasha” and was told she would be called “Doris”. This is not your typical Arnold Schwarzenegger action flick or a James Cameron movie – it defies categorization but you’ll definately have fun watching this. And Bill Paxton is priceless as a weasley, cowardly car salesman.
  2. The Sound of Music – Come on! Don’t tell me you can’t recite even one song from The Sound of Music. I think I’ve seen this movie at least 30 times in my lifetime and I still don’t get bored. And seriously, singing “Raindrops on Roses” is a good way to learn how to speak with an upperclass Austrian British accent.
  3. Twister – If you’re stuck for something to watch on a Sunday afternoon, rent Twister. It’s not going to win major story awards but the action is decent, the effects are good and I’m sure you’ll derive a perverse pleasure in seeing Cary Elwes being sucked up a twister.
  4. a href=””>Armageddon (and any other Michael Bay movie except Pearl Harbor) – Probably one of Bay’s cheesiest movies but I don’t care. With a cast like Bruce Willis, Steve Buscemi, Owen Wilson, Billy Bob Thornton, Michael Duncan Clarke, Ben Affleck, Peter Stormare, William Fitchner and Liv Tyler you can’t go wrong! Check your head at the door, forget about plot holes and enjoy the slick action pieces.
  5. American Ninja – There is no real plot in this low-budget movie but I thought it was the bees-knees when I saw it as a kid. Here’s the synopsis from Wikipedia:

    Joe Armstrong, an orphaned amnesiac drifter with little respect for much other than martial arts, finds himself on an American Army base in the Philippines after a judge gives him a choice of enlistment or prison. The base comes under repeated attacks by local rebels who are after the military equipment that their leader, Ortega, plans to sell to the highest bidder. His top henchman is Black Star Ninja, who runs a training camp to train Ortega’s private ninja army. In the end, Joe must use his secret martial arts skills to defeat the bad guys and rescue his girlfriend, with the help of his new buddies in the army and his long-lost mentor.

    I have one word: Mwahahahahahahaha.


Eragon: Rated - GO

Eragon, a 17-year old boy comes into possession of a dragon, the last of its kind. He journeys to become a dragon rider and fights with the Varden rebels to stand up to the evil king, Galbatorix.

  1. I want a baby dragon. Baby Safira is adorable with her wide eyes and long eyelashes but definately a fully grown dragon would be such a chore to feed. I wonder how many rats it would take to keep a dragon full.
  2. Jeremy Iron totally pwns in this movie. He did the best he could with the dialogue that was given to him and made me care about him. Both Pia and I were disappointed that he died 50 minutes in.
  3. Robert Carlyle was in it! I saw a glimpse of his character, Durza, in the beginning of the film and thought to myself, “Is that Robert Carlyle?” 30 minutes later Pia leans in and says, “Doesn’t he look like Robert Carlyle?” And not 5 minutes later, Loi, Rabang’s sister turns to Pia and asks, “Is that Robert Carlyle?” A testimony to the make-up that he looked familiar but not obviously himself.
  4. Special effects were great. The flying scenes with the dragon gave me a serious case of vertigo.

And now the not so good…

  1. Damn! A lot Most of the dialogue was sooooooo cliched. Lots of eye-rolling and groaning at some of the things being said. Everything seemed so obvious and aimed at a way younger crowd which is a shame because the general plot and characterization are both decent.
  2. Continuity Alert: In one part, Eragon decides that he’s going to save Arya, a rebel princess and goes to the Durza’s stronghold to rescue her. Where did he get cloak? How did he get into this evil guy’s lair without being seen? And on escaping, where did the horses come from? So many questions, so few answers.
  3. John Malkovich is barely in the movie for 5 minutes! He’s just there to demand for Eragon to be caught and then at the end he slices through the map to reveal his own dragon. That’s it!!!
    And to add insult to injury, he’s playing an evil King called Galbatorix! What is he? A left over from the Asterix comics?
  4. Julius kept turning to me and going “Lord of the Rings wannabe” which i half-agree. Some of the scenery evoked a sense of the Lord of the Rings but it need not have been the case.

[rate 2.5]

However, both Pia and I agreed that we enjoyed it more than Pirates of the Caribbean 2. Watch it at the cinema only if there’s nothing better showing.

Nancy Drew Movie

I heard a while back that a Nancy Drew movie was being planned and I was really, really excited because I’m a huge Nancy Drew fan.

Well folks, it looks like the movie will be out this year and I’m disappointed that the producers have chosen to go the teeny-bop route with Emma Roberts (Julia Roberts’ niece is playing the titian-haired detective). For some reason I had Kristen Bell (of Veronica Mars fame) in mind.

The trailer makes Miss Drew out to be a obsessive compulsive, hoity-toity, smarmy know-it-all kid.

Check out the images and the trailer for yourself.

I’ll probably wait for it to come out on DVD to watch it. Do you think the Nancy Drew tv series starring Pamela Sue Martin is out on DVD?