Sunday, April 27, 2008

Monday Man-Romany Malco

Welcome to this week's edition of Monday Man.

Today I'll be spotlighting another talented actor who's worked with Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell and other SNL alum.

The handsome Romany Malco has been in some serious moneymakers.

In The 40 Year Old Virgin, Malco plays the overly boastful, and hilariously horny, Jay who tries to get Andy laid.

In Blades of Glory, he's the flexible and flamboyant choreographer, Jesse, to Chazz Michael Michaels (Will Ferrell) and Jimmy MacElroy (John Heder a.k.a. Napoleon Dynamite).

In Baby's Mama, Romany touches his Yoda side as an all-knowing door man to Tina Fey.

This summer Romany will co-star along with Mike Myers and Jessica Alba in the Love Guru.

See you next week.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Freaky Friday-Party Monster

Welcome to this week's edition of Freaky Friday.

Today's pick is Party Monster.

Set in the late 80's through 90's New York City, you're pushed into the world of Party Kid, Michael Alig (Macaulay Culkin).

Along with best frenemie, James St. James (Seth Green) and eye-candy Keoki (Wilmer Valerrama), Michael builds his underground empire of parties, boys, and brown (heroin).

Sadistic sarcasm and a mental meltdown are awaiting you.

Join the freaks and party monster tonight.

Until next week.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Wednesday Woman-Shirley Temple

Welcome to this week's edition of Wednesday Woman.

I'm spotlighting birthday girl, Shirley Temple, who turns 80 today!

During her career Shirley Temple made over 50 films, including Little Miss Marker, Curly Top, The Little Princess, and The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer.

After leaving Hollywood, Shirley went on to get married for a second time and became an ambassador for Ghana and Czechoslovakia.

Although, the Great Depression is over, I still enjoy watching a Shirley Temple flick because her spirit and beauty make you feel good.

Until next week!

Pajama Party Flick Picks - April 22, 2008

Welcome to the April 22, 2008 edition of pajama party flick picks.

Scott Nehring presents The Brave One (2007) posted at Good News Film Reviews.

Jake Riley presents Magic Tricks- Musical Minded posted at Free MAGIC TRICKS.

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Monday Man-Nick Swardson

Welcome to this week's edition of Monday Man.

Today's star of the moment is Nick Swardson.

If you're familiar with Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, or Will Ferrell then you've been exposed to Nick's offbeat and insane characters.

In Grandma's Boy, Nick plays a footy-pajama-wearing, weed smoking, virgin who sleeps in a childs car bed.

In Blades of Glory, Nick plays Hector, an obsessive stalker/fan of ice skater icon, Jimmy MacElroy.

In the film I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Nick is the fairy costume wearing friend of Chuck and Larry.

So pick up a flick with my boy Nick and enjoy the hilarity of stupidity.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Anything Goes & General Anything Carnival Posted

Hello everyone!

This week I have 6 articles featured in the Anything Goes & General Anything Carnival.

These posts feature articles from PJ's and A Movie and Blogger News Network.

Stop by and check them out!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Carnival of Cinema Posted

Two of my posts are featured in this week's edition of The Carnival of Cinema.

Go check it out and see what other gems are found.

Freaky Friday-Love In The Time Of Money

Welcome to this week's edition of Freaky Friday.

My spotlight focuses on the Peter Mattei drama, Love In The Time Of Money.

New York City is home to a quirky group of characters in search of love, lust, and loot.

Each scene foreshadows the next with no character being featured in more than two scenes.

Don't despair if it appears to be going nowhere. Soon you'll find yourself in the crazy, up-side-down world of weirdness and want.

With a cast of Rosario Dawson, Adrian Grenier, Steve Buscemi, Jill Hennessy, and Carol King, Love In The Time of Money entertains with a silent shock that'll keep you wanting more.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Wednesday Woman

Welcome to this week's edition of the Wednesday Woman.

This week I'm spotlighting up and coming actress Kelli Garner. Until yesterday I wasn't familiar with this fresh young face, but the film Lars and the Real Girl exposed me to her talent.

In the film Garner, plays the sweet and smitten Margo, who's obviously crushing on the socially handicapped Lars.

Throughout the film, Margo (Garner) tries to light Lars' fire, but is shut out due to a "real doll" named Bianca.

Go check out Lars and the Real Girl and find out which girl gets the boy.

Until next week!

Celebrity Birthdays

Peter Billingsley, star of my Favorite Holiday film, A Christmas Story, turns 37 today!

Happy Birthday Ralphie!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Pajama Party Flick Picks - April 15, 2008

Welcome to the April 15, 2008 edition of pajama party flick picks.

Aric Mitchell
presents Passion of the Robocop: Christian Imagery and Corporate Greed in Sci-Fi's Greatest Film posted at A WRITER'S BLOG, saying, "In this article, blogger Aric Mitchell explores a modern retelling of the Crucifixion in Paul Verhoeven's ROBOCOP. (Originally published in column "Special Edition" for Scryptic Studios.)"

presents Family Fun On Nim's Island posted at Observations from Missy's Window, saying, "The latest Abigail Breslin film is fun for the whole family."

presents Life lessons learned from "The Babysitting Blues" -- Guest blog by Steve! posted at SARAHSPY.

Holly Ord presents No Trespassing, My First Short Film posted at Menstrual Poetry, saying, "The trailer for 'No Trespassing,' A film about child abuse, healing and having the courage to let go. From a vignette written by Holly Ord."

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Celebrity Birthdays

Emma Thompson, star of Love Actually, Harry Potter the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Harry Potter the Order of the Phoenix turns 49 today. Happy Birthday Professor Trelawney!

Emma Watson, star of all the Harry Potter films, turns 18 today. Happy Birthday Hermione!

Thanks IMDB!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Monday Man

Hello everyone.

Welcome to this week's edition of Monday Man.

Over the weekend I was fortunate enough to watch Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married.

Not only was this a strong, intelligent comedy/drama, it also starred an incredible cast.

In a perfect world this film would have been the It Hollywood movie had it's stars been of the caucasian persuasion. No I'm not hating on white people, I'm merely stating a point.

Race issues aside this film centers on a group of well-educated black couples who go on a weekend retreat. Singer Jill Scott plays the low self-esteem wife of a self-absorbed asshole, who not only makes her drive up the snowy mountain alone, he also brings his side-line ho along for the weekend.

While trying her best to make it to the house filled with Janet Jackson, Malik Yoba, and Tyler Perry, Sheila (Scott) befriends Sheriff Troy, played by the beautiful Lamman Rucker.

Rucker's role isn't large, however, he makes due with what he's given. In each scene Rucker is able to make his character a real person. He's sensitive, thoughtful, and intelligent. Not the stereotypical black man usually portrayed on the silver screen.

Between Perry's wonderful script and Rucker's natural talent, you're sure to enjoy the universal issues all married couples face with a good laugh and cry.

That's all for this week. Have a pleasant Monday!

Movie Monday Carnival Posted!

Two of my features from PJ's and A Movie is posted on the Movie Monday Carnival over at Observations from Missy's Window. Please take a moment to check it out if you haven't read my posts lately.

Have a good day!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Freaky Friday-There Will Be Blood

Welcome to this week's edition of Freaky Friday.

This week I'm spotlighting Paul Thomas Anderson's, There Will Be Blood.

I watched this film not knowing much about it, except that the director of Punch Drunk Love and Boogie Nights had once again done cinematic magic and Oscar winner, Daniel Day Lewis played the lead.

Set against the backdrop of turn of the 20th century California, we meet Daniel Plainview, a struggling silver miner.

Through hard work and luck Daniel begins a career in oil, not the most glamorous job, but lucrative.

On his journey for wealth and power he acquires a orphan boy named H.W., played as a child by Dillon Freasier and adulthood by Russell Harvard, an actual deaf actor.

The two are business partners and seem to share a loving bond.

Enter Paul Sunday. He comes to Plainview with a business tip. Paul wants Plainview to come and save his family's ranch by pumping oil from the land.

Plainview and H.W. pay a visit and soon the wheels of greed and expansion are turning.

Plainview tells the people of Little Boston, California that the oil will bring in business, money, and renovation.

Along the way there is an accident that leaves H.W. deaf, automatically prompting dad to ship him off to an asylum.

However, the climax of the film, with the sanctimonious psycho, Eli Sunday, forces Plainview to send for his boy and resume the old father-son facade.

The malicious acts of the characters are fueled by the menacing music.

Daniel Day Lewis is superb with his American Accent, porno 'stache, and cold-blooded ethics.

I won't spoil the end of this incredible flick.

Just know that the freaks come out at night. So watch this one tonight.

Till next week!

Carnival of Cinema Posted!

Hello everyone.

Just thought I'd give a shout out to the Carnival of Cinema that was hosted over at Single Sentence Movie Review this week.

My tribute to Charlton Heston in this week's Monday Man is included.

So if you haven't gotten a chance to read it or if you're in the market for another review to read check out this Carnival. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Money Isn’t Everything In The Nanny Diaries

Annie Braddock, played terrifically by Scarlett Johansson, is fresh out of college and low on funds. She attempts to begin her career with an interview to a typical Fortune 500 company. But when asked to describe herself to the interviewer she chokes and bolts.

Enter Mrs. X.

She’s everything Annie has heard you should aspire to be, rich, fashionably dressed, and too busy for anyone, except chasing after Mr. X.

Lured by the thought of money and an Upper Eastside address, Annie sells out for the nanny gig.

It isn’t long before the job Annie took, is revealed to be completely different, from the job she thought she took.

Grayer, played wonderfully by Nicholas Art, is Mrs. X’s anti-Christ son. He’s rude, violent, and acts out whenever he’s not getting his way. Yet, his wall comes down and pain soothes as he and Annie bond over Peanut Butter and Jelly.

Annie’s life is on-call 24/7 to the X’s, but she still manages to hang out with best friend Lynette, played naturally by Alicia Keys.

Lynette offers both ethnicity and sound advice since Annie keeps her nanny job a secret from her mother, a nurse.

However, lies have a way of bursting in your face, especially when the child you’re watching has a 104 fever.

I expected a showdown between Judy (Annie’s mother) and Mrs. X, after the I-don’t-give-a-crap-reaction of Mrs. X, to the news her son is seriously ill, but justice arrives later.

The next move of this Upper Eastside Addams Family is to escape to the Hamptons.

Surprisingly Mr. X, crisply played by Paul Giamatti, joins them on their journey.

His company is not welcome as he fulfills his slime-ball role and tries to grab a handful of Annie.

We all know how this turns out, even if you haven’t seen the film, but rest assured Annie gets the last laugh.

Why do I love this film?

Back in December of 2004 I entered the real world with a college degree and a mother battling breast cancer.

My whole life I had written and thought I would go on to be a professional writer. Unfortunately, life and duty came first. So instead of applying to Grad School, I opted for the first job I could get, substitute teaching.

Teaching can be one of the scariest jobs on the planet, especially when you’re doing it in a school district with a bad reputation. Although, I grew to like the school I worked for, I realized subbing wasn’t for me.

My next job was for a family center that dealt with kids with mental and behavioral disabilities.

Each day I tried my best to be the stability in a storm of chaos. My co-workers constantly complained. My boss was a cross between Cruella DeVil and a gypsy. Not to mention the kids all wanted one thing, your attention.

We weren’t encouraged to pick up and hold the kids, but who’s going to walk away from a neglected or abused 3 year-old who wants a hug?

Eventually the kids seemed more excited to see me than their parents, who were also trying to get help.

While I enjoyed my job initially, the repetition of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of pre-schoolers was not my idea of a good career move. So I eventually transferred to a different department.

But my time at the center taught me that life doesn’t always follow a straight line. Sometimes you have to walk a curve before reaching your destination.

In the case of Annie the Nanny, her journey into the world of the elite let her know that the Devil does wear Prada.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Carnival Posting

My Monday Man post on Charlton Heston can be seen on the Catholic Carnival this week.

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Wednesday Woman

Welcome to this week's edition of Wednesday Woman.

Today I'm spotlighting a woman who has captured the music world, but also dips her feet into Hollywood as well.

Yes, I'm talking about the one and only Alicia Keys.

Sassy, soulful Ms. Keys hails from the musical mecca of New York City.

With the debut of her first album, Songs In A Minor, Alicia was thrust into the world of stardom with the acquirement of five Grammys.

Her second album, Diary, won four Grammys.

With the music industry clamoring to get a piece of Alicia's action it's no surprise she has decided to try her hand at acting.

At the age of 5, Alicia played a bit part on the Cosby Show in the episode titled, Slumber Party. I remember this episode because I was a huge Rudy fan back in the day. Hey don't hate.

Years later Alicia has gone on to perform on TV shows like Charmed, American Dreams, and the Backyardigans.

Recently Alicia has appeared in Smokin Aces, The Nanny Diaries and the upcoming, The Secret Life of Bees starring Queen Latifah and Dakota Fanning.

Although, no one can ever predict the success or failure of a singer turned actress, it's clear that Alicia Keys hits all the right notes on or off the screen.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Pajama Party Flick Picks - April 8, 2008

Welcome to the April 8, 2008 edition of Pajama Party Flick Picks.

John Brown presents Movie Review: Quigley Down Under (1990)... John Brown loves westerns... posted at Prepare Yourselves for a Settlement, saying, "A review of Quigley Down Under... Because sometimes it's nice to remember things like cold nights in warm theaters when you have so much less past than future with Tom Selleck looming 10 feet tall, rolling his own and Laura San Giacomo's breasts heaving."

Missy presents Letters Reveal the Real Jane Austen posted at Observations from Missy's Window, saying, "Enjoying sadness with Becoming Jane."

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Monday, April 7, 2008

Monday Man

Welcome to this week's edition of Monday Man.

My pick was actually chosen for me. When I learned of Charlton Heston's death I couldn't resist sharing my opinion on him and the Ten Commandments.

When I was a little girl my grandfather and I would watch this film every year for Easter.

Over the years more people have celebrated Easter and Passover with the annual ABC broadcast of the Cecil B. Demille classic.

When I became an adult I took several classes in college that allowed me to view the Bible from a literary stance and not as the word of God.

When I took the class The Old Testament and Film, we spent many weeks studying the story of Moses with more than one version of the Bible. Once we completed the readings, we moved on to the films.

We watched the Prince of Egypt, the animated story of Moses, and the Burt Lancaster, 1970's, Moses the Lawgiver, version. Although, I really like the Prince of Egypt, and tolerated Lancaster's mini-series, it still didn't have the same appeal as The Ten Commandments.

I mean who can resist the technicolor splendor of water turning to blood and the outlandish costumes and monumental sets.

Not to mention that Moses' hair becomes a character of its own. As he ages his hair brightens and becomes larger than life.

Charlton may have overacted somewhat, but it was the style of the time and adds to cathartic effect of "Let My People Go."

So on this first Monday after the death of this powerful icon, don't shed a tear. Let us remember that Charlton Heston gave us an unforgettable performance that would make the real Moses proud and envy his stylist.

Till next week!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Coming Soon!

It's official. I have finally joined millions of Americans by signing up for Netflix!

I'm so excited. This membership will enable me to add a new feature to the site with reviews of New DVD's.

Now the fun can really begin.

Have a great Sunday everyone!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Celebrity Birthdays

I don't usually celebrate the birthdays of deceased celebrities, but these two actors were worth mentioning.

Anthony Perkins, star of the Hitchcock classic, Psycho, was born on this day in 1932. He would have been 76.

Heath Ledger, star of Ten Things I Hate About You, Candy, Lords Of Dogtown, Brokeback Mountain, and the upcoming Dark Knight was born on this day in 1979. He would have been 29 today.

Robert Downey Jr., star of Soapdish, Chaplin, Only You, Home For The Holidays, Charlie Bartlett, and the upcoming Iron Man turns 43 today.

Happy Birthday!

Thanks IMDB!

Freaky Friday

Welcome to this week's edition of Freaky Friday!

Today I will be spotlighting Billy Wilder's film, Sunset Boulevard starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson.

I discovered this film a few years ago. Not sure why I watched it, but I'd seen Sabrina and liked it enough.

The film begins with the police covering a murder and the narrator giving some background on the schlemele that died.

Within minutes we are taken back to the beginning where a male writer (Holden) sits in his crappy apartment trying to create magic with his mind. Soon he finds himself a gigolo to a screen legend, Norma Desmond, played brilliantly by Gloria Swanson.

The twists and turns of the Hollyweird romance of this mismatched couple will keep you wondering where's this going next.

Filled with old school film royalty like Swanson, Holden, Cecil B. DeMille (The Ten Commandments ring a bell), and Buster Keaton, Sunset Boulevard will leave you ready for your close up.

PS By a strange coincidence Gloria Swanson passed away on April 4, 1983.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Stop and Stare Photos Up and Running!

Thank you for being patient as the people at Blogger handle this safety issue.

My online album, Stop and Stare Photos, is up and running again.

I am on my way to adding some new pics.

Come check them out!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Blame Blogger For the Inconvenience

I am sorry to those of you I directed to my new photo album blog Stop and Stare Photos!

Apparently Blogger suspects my blog is a SPAM Blog!!!! So they have locked it until a "real person" can go look it over and prove I'm not a computer.

When this situation is resolved, and I hope it is soon, I will let you all know.


PJ's and A Movie!

Pajama Party Flick Picks - April 1, 2008

Welcome to the April 1, 2008 edition of Pajama Party Flick Picks.

Daniel Lafleche presents The "Other" Movie Industry: How TOMI Brought Indie Urban Film to the NBA All Star Weekend posted at The IPEX VIEW Blog, saying, "An interview with Tonisha Johnson, who started TOMI (The Other Movie Industry) Enterprises, which includes the TOMI Film Festival. This traveling festival is going into its second year and it is one that any minority/underground filmmaker should know about."

presents posted at SARAHSPY.

presents You Are Encouraged to Laugh Out Loud at a Funeral posted at Observations from Missy's Window, saying, "Death at a Funeral takes the most somber of events, peppers it with unexpected circumstances and unleashes it to the public."

William "Sandy" Smillie
presents Movie Review - Twofer: Crash and Little Miss Sunshine posted at William "Sandy" Smillie - Chicago Actor, saying, "This one is a twofer and these movies really couldn't be more different unless they were Crash and Inside Seka."

Vaprak presents Movie Review: Witless Protection (2008) | The Critical Critics posted at The Critical Critics.

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