Monday, August 25, 2008

I LOVE This Video! -- "Target Women: Chick Flicks"

Hey there Movie Lovers --

Happy Monday!

Well, if you're a regular reader of this blog (of course you are!) then you're familiar with the very funny Sarah Haskins and the periodic "Target Women" pieces she does for the weekly news parody web show Info Mania on Current TV.

Guess what?

Lucky for us, she's posted a new one and it's right up our movie-lovin' alley!

Sarah takes a few well-deserved digs at the "Chick Flick" genre......and even picks on an upcoming film that I've been looking forward to for about 10 years: The Women. for a fun Monday mornin' chuckle, click below to check out --
"Target Women: Chick Flicks"

(I have a few comments afterward)

Yep, gotta love it.

Two things:

1. If you enjoy Sarah and her Target Women series as much as I do, you can click this link: Sarah Haskins/Target Women and head on over to current tv to watch all of her previous work. I highly recommend the bridezilla/wedding shows piece and the one about marketing yogurt to women. Funny stuff.

2. I must say to Sarah (and all of the other avid Colin Firth fans out there....), unfortunately the handsome & sensitive Mr. Firth is currently off the market......totally taken, happily married.


At least, that's what his wife's recent red (ooops, I mean blue) carpet attire at the London Mamma Mia premiere would have us believe:



Let's look more closely, shall we?

OK....YOU be the judge:

Yep, she certainly looks "HAPPY."

She's totally rockin' that yellow sparkle-sequined shift with the "Have A Nice Day" logo on it.

(I'm somewhat bothered by the unfortunate placement of the eyes, aren't you?)

Well, you know what they say, "A picture is worth a thousand words."

(And the picture of that dress is definitely sayin' somethin'.)

I happen to think it's sayin': "I need to buy a mirror."

But hey, that's just me.

OK, that's all for now Movie Lovers.......

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

A New "Mamma Mia!"....Yes, A Sing-Along Edition Debuts In Theaters Next Week!


I guess I'm gonna have to round up some gal-pals and go see it again now.


I just read on the USA Today website that a sing-along version of Mamma Mia! is set to be released (for a limited time) in selected theaters nationwide on Friday, August 29th.

Click Here: USA Today-Lifeline Live: "Sing-Along With Meryl"

What a fun idea for the legions of ABBA & Mamma Mia! fans that have shown their loyalty and love for the film version of this musical phenomenon -- to the tune of $320 million worldwide (and counting.....).

Ya know, if you've never been to a sing-along flick before.....I highly recommend it.

I must admit, I count my multiple midnight viewings of the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show as my first real taste of a sing-along flick experience.

Even though the lyrics weren't flashed upon the big screen -- there we all were at the Graceland Shopping Center Cinema....dressed up, throwin' rice & toast and singin' & dancin' the "Time Warp" like crazy.

Ahhhh.....the memories of my misspent middle school years!

Click Here: Our 70's Hangout -- Graceland Shopping Center -- Clintonville, OH

More recently, I attended a sing-along screening of The Sound of Music.......complete with a rather humorous costume contest.

I seem to recall that a lovely young lass dressed as "Liesl" beat out a somewhat stocky and surly fella dressed as the "Mother Superior".

("Mother" wasn't too thrilled about that.)

I must say, you haven't truly experienced the Von Trapp Family Singers.....until you've joined them in a rousing rendition of "So Long, Farewell."

("Adieu, yuh and yuh and yu-uh.")

Ooops.......I digress.

Back to the
"Mamma" at hand.

If you're interested in the
Mamma Mia! sing-along -- selected cities, theaters and times will be posted on the official movie site within the next few days.

Click Here: Mamma Mia -- The Official Movie Site

Even if you don't plan on might want to check out the movie website.

It's full of fun and campy visuals
(I would expect no less....) and of course, the wonderful movie music is featured prominently.

So....if you're like me, and just
itchin' to sing-along with Meryl & the Mamma Mia! gang -- make sure to check the official site first, for the theater nearest you.

Oh yeah......and if you happen to attend a screening in central Ohio and hear a somewhat off-key note or two during "SOS" --

Please don't put all the blame on
Brave Mr. Brosnan.

I'm just sayin'........

It's been a looong time since high school choir practice for yours truly.

( let's see, where did I put that blue spandex bodysuit?)

OK Movie Lovers......

Stay tuned.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Gotta Love It....Paris Responds To McCain Ad

Attention, attention dear Movie Lovers:

This blog is strictly for entertainment purposes only.

So -- during the next few months, in the lead-up to the upcoming presidential election....Movie Lovers Only is remaining strictly neutral.


It DOES have a funny bone.

So, if you haven't seen the video below yet -- you better check it out:

See more funny videos at Funny or Die

Seriously......Paris Hilton intelligently talkin' about an energy plan?

Her best acting evah!

We're Back From Hollywood....

And it was awesome!

The Universal Studios Tour, Shrek, VIP behind-the-scenes at Paramount, Santa Monica Beach, fine dining & meeting Wolfgang Puck, Muscle Beach, shopping & the paparazzi....and even a kiss from the King himself!


To see more Hollywood pix, check out the photos on my Facebook page.

Stay Tuned Movie Lovers......

Monday, August 4, 2008

Check Out This Flick: "Man On Wire"

Man on Wire


It's Monday and I'm in the mood to share.

I just came across the trailer for a movie I had previously heard nothing about:

Man On Wire.

That in itself is not necessarily unique, but this film's subject matter truly is.

I will warn you ahead of time, this flick is a documentary.

Now hold on, don't write it off so quickly (I'm talkin' to my husband and daughter right there). From all that I've read (this morning, by the way), this is a documentary totally worth your time -- and effort.....ya see, ya gotta try to find a theater that is actually showing it.

Click here for the Man On Wire release schedule (dates & theaters)

Here's a little info on the flick, from the Man On Wire website:
On August 7th 1974, a young Frenchman called Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire suspended between New York's twin towers, then the world’s tallest buildings. After an hour dancing on the wire, with no safety net or harness, he was arrested and thrown into an underground prison. Until that moment no one but Petit and his team of accomplices, who had spent months planning their illegal 'coup' (as they referred to it amongst themselves) knew anything about it.

Born out of a dream and an idea, Petit and his team of accomplices spent eight months planning the execution of their 'coup' in the most intricate detail. Like a team of professional bank robbers planning their most ambitious heist, the tasks they faced seemed virtually insurmountable: they would have to find a way to bypass the WTC's security; to smuggle the wire and rigging equipment into the towers; to suspend the wire between the two towers; to secure the wire at the correct tension to withstand the winds and the swaying of the buildings; to rig it secretly by night – all without being caught. Not to mention the walk itself...

Directed by James Marsh (The King, Wisconsin Death Trip), Man on Wire brings Petit's extraordinary adventure to life through the testimony of all the co-conspirators who created the single, beautiful spectacle that became known as "the artistic crime of the century".

OK.......sounds pretty cool to me.


This French guy walked on a tightrope wire between the Twin Towers in broad daylight....and no one saw him set it up? All the equipment, rigs, etc.? This guy is some serious crazy.....and I love it! I'm there, baby....with an extra large popcorn and a regular Coke.

Ya know, I think I vaguely remember this event.....but I was only 10 in 1974, and much more concerned with The Partridge Family, brushing my hair "just right"....and singing along to "Billy, Don't Be A Hero" by Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods.

So, this crazy wire-walking event is new to me.....and I am suddenly fascinated by it.

Small confession: As an adult, I've become somewhat "height-aversive" (is that a term?) watching parts of this flick is gonna be a challenge, but I really think this is one that must been seen in a theater. Somehow, I think sitting on my couch or lounging in bed, just won't have the same impact. how about watching the trailer below
, and see if you think it looks as interesting as I do:

Hey....writer Christopher Campbell from Cinematical is definitely into this flick, in fact -- I first found out about Man on Wire from reading one of his posts this morning.

Campbell writes:

.....last week I went to see Man on Wire, and I wanted to immediately watch it again. Unlike 12 years ago, however, I don't have so much free time on my hands.

Still, I've been recommending the documentary, which is by far my favorite film of this year so far, to everyone I know (it opens wider this Friday, August 8. Go if you live near any of the cinemas showing it). And more than simply trying to send people to the theater to see it, I want to tag along, too. I'd love to see the look on my non-cinephile friends' faces when they first discover how entertaining it actually is (in theory, a documentary about a tightrope walker doesn't sound all that exciting).

Yep, reading that pretty much sold it for me.

So I found out that Man On Wire opens in a small theater near me on Friday, August 22nd. I'll probably try to attend that weekend (and drag the hub and kids).

I'm thinkin' I may have to bring along some Dramamine as well.

I'll let you know if it makes me any dizzier than usual.

Stay tuned.....

Sunday, August 3, 2008

"Mamma Mia"....I Finally Got To See Ya!

Yes, I finally got to see Mamma Mia over a week ago....and I just have the chance to write about it here now.

I had the pleasure of attending a showing with 5 good girlfriends......definitely the way to see a flick like this.

My friend Betsy was hosting our monthly "card club" that night ( we don't actually play cards anymore -- we really just eat, drink and gab. Gotta problem with that?).

I had emailed a bunch of them to see if there were any takers to attend a future showing of Mamma Mia, and Betsy suggested that we combine it with our "cards night".

What a great idea.

So it turns out, because it's summer and people are on vacations, etc......that it ended up being only 6 of us doin' the ABBA action that evening.

That's OK......a fun time was had by all.

Check us all out here afterward, posin' in the lobby with the movie poster:

(Left to right: Marla, Mary, Me, Betsy, Stephanie and Marri)

In hindsight, I should have also taken a pic of the long line of young sci-fi die-hards (waiting to get into a midnight showing of the X-Files sequel).

I seriously think they thought we were all crazy, and much too old to be acting that way.

Huh. Kids today.

OK, back to Mamma Mia.

It was fun and frothy, silly and sweet and definitely enjoyable.

I liked it.

I didn't love it, but I really, really liked it.

I wasn't a hard sell, mind you. I've never seen the stage show.... but I loved ABBA in my youth and have their greatest hits CD on permanant rotation, so to speak.

Seriously, if you're in a funky mood or just havin' a bad day......pop in some ABBA and start groovin' to "Take A Chance On Me."

Guaranteed to help cure what ails ya.

So, about the movie.

Here's the deal:

--Meryl is awesome, she can totally sing and should do it more often. She glows.

--The young actress (Amanda Seyfried) who plays her daughter is charming & beautiful, sings like an angel and the camera loves her. She could be a pop star, an actress or both (watch out Hillary Duff --is that chick still around?) She is one to watch, mark my words.

--The entire supporting cast is awesome and totally in it for the fun.

--Special mention: the gals who play Meryl's good old friends and former bandmates....hilarious.

--The guys (the 3 "potential fathers") are fun and totally up to the musical challenge.

--Ooops, one teeny, tiny criticism.......Brosnan, Pierce Brosnan.

--First off, let me say.....he wasn't as bad as everyone is saying. Seriously, I think people are having such a problem with his performance (well, his singing performance) because it is such a disconnect to see James Bond bellow out a ballad.

I admit, when he first opens his mouth to sounds a But I truly believe that part of the blame belongs with the director. She doesn't seem to do 'ol Pierce any favors by shooting him in tight close-up, as he so clearly struggles with a few stanzas.

That aside, once you get used to seeing 007 crooning a tune.....he gets better, much better. I mean, let's face it.....this is one seriously handsome and charismatic guy. That he even took the chance with this flick and the obvious campiness -- well, he gets 2 thumbs up in my book.

I'll just say this : "Hey Pierce....I was shaken, not stirred."

(Ugh, sorry for that.)

--Finally, while I really enjoyed Mamma Mia, I wish it would have been photographed (shot, whatever) just a little bit better. It looked somewhat "fuzzy" to me. Kinda low budget. I can't quite put my finger on it. I mean, watching this flick is probably the closest I'm ever gonna come to visiting a Greek island.....I want that view to be crystal clear, baby!

--OK, to sum up....if you like ABBA and sometimes catch yourself dancing in the living room to "Super Trouper" or "Money, Money, Money" (I'm not sayin' that I do that, it's just a hypothetical doncha know) will like Mamma Mia.

And if you get a kick out of seeing a bunch of great actors (and some great singers) having a fun time will like Mamma Mia.

One final note: If you do go, make sure that you stay through the end credits. I know, I have to go to the bathroom -- but you'll thank me later.

The entire cast dresses up and does a music video. Believe me, it's worth the wait.
(I don't wanna give too much away, but let's just say......there's a lot of spandex involved.)

It makes ya want to get up and sing & dance your way out of the theater. Totally fun and worth the price of admission.

If you still aren't sold, watch the video below and listen to Meryl Streep sing "Mamma Mia" to a montage of clips from the film:

Mamma Mia
.......I'm so glad I got to see ya.