Archive | September, 2011

In Theater: The Lion King 3D

30 Sep

The number one movie in the country this past weekend is–perhaps somewhat surprisingly–one that was released just about 17 years ago. Yep, I’m talking about The Lion King, one of the best Disney movies of all time. Do I love this movie a lot? Yes. Does it seem somewhat inappropriate for children to watch? That’s also an affirmative. Regardless, it’s a great story and definitely a movie I’d categorize as a Disney classic. To get you all kinds of riled up for The Lion King, take a look at the first wonderful moments (which gets me amped every.single.time) Yes. It’s the circle of life.

Is that or is that not the best movie opening ever?

For those of you who may not be familiar with the story of the lion king; get away from my blog. ASAP. But seriously, if you haven’t seen the Lion King, then you’re in luck: it’s playing in theaters RIGHT NOW! You can catch it in 3D or 2D.

Now, I saw it in 3D. Did I see it because it was in 3D? No. I saw it because it was a wonderful, nostalgic trip down memory lane. I am a self-admitted Lion King fanatic. I’ve seen the Broadway musical 3 times since it opened in ’97, have different versions of the soundtrack and got SO EXCITED when Modern Family busted out this scene in season 1:

Though this movie came out almost two decades ago, when I saw it last week, there was a completely full house! It was great to see all the kids seeing The Lion King for the first time; so what if some of them were cowering in fear from some of the scary parts (of which there are a few)? Kids are resilient!

The 3D in the movie was good; not overpowering or distracting which was well done, but I didn’t find that it added too much to the movie. If you’re looking for a dose of childhood, or if you want to introduce kids in your life to The Lion King, I’d head to the theaters NOW.

Oh, and if anyone has any movies with a more awesome beginning, I would love to hear about them!

Breaking Dawn Part 1 Trailer Makes a Splash!

15 Sep

Though there’s something mildly disturbing about seeing an 18 year old walking down the aisle at this lavish wedding, I still got pretty excited (read: giddy and smiley) when I saw the Breaking Dawn part 1 trailer, released yesterday.

Is this the corniest trailer ever? Possibly. But I do have to say, it looks really close to the book, which makes me happy! And yikes, does KStew look terrible as a preggo-with-a-likely-vamp-baby lady.

Who else is stoked to see Breaking Dawn? C’mon, I know I’m not the only one!

Your 84th Annual Academy Awards Host is…

7 Sep

This dude!

 Just kidding! Mr. Eddie Murphy (who is apparently reclusive, according to the Associated Press) will be lending his comedic talents to the role of Oscar emcee in February.

I think this is a fine choice; it’s clear the Academy felt pressure to name a stellar host for February’s show, after this year’s experiment with Anne Hathaway and James Franco. They could have gone with someone a little bit more relevant (Stephen Colbert or perhaps  Zach Galifianakis?), but I do think they made a smart choice going with an established comedian for the gig. Eddie is a very funny guy, no doubt about it, and it’ll be great to add some actual comedy to the show.

What do you think of the pick? Does Eddie Murphy as host make you more likely to tune in on February 26th?

Coming Soon: Fall Preview

1 Sep

After seeing a couple of movies in theater recently (like The Help, Crazy, Stupid, Love. and Rise of the Planet of the Apes), I’m all kinds of excited for the fall movie season! Some of these are definite Oscar contenders, while some aren’t, but all are movies I’m looking forward to seeing over the next few months!

First up is Contagion (in theaters on September 9). With a star studded cast, including Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne and Jude Law, this looks like a solid, suspenseful end of the world type movie, which I love, so this is a must-see for me!

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I Don’t Know How She Does It (out on September 17) is likely not on the ol’ Oscar list here, but what can I say? I’m a sucker for Sarah Jessica Parker and Christina Hendricks. Greg Kinnear and the fact that it was mostly filmed in Boston doesn’t hurt it either.

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I’m probably most excited about The Ides of March (in theaters October 7). Directed by and starring George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Evan Rachel Wood, Paul Giamatti and Philip Seymour Hoffman, this movie is already on many critics’ likely best picture nominees lists.

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What movies are you most excited about seeing this fall? Leave ’em in the comments!