Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Can Sandra Bullock Bring Back The Funny?

Well.....she's made The Proposal, so I'm willing to accept it & hope that it makes me laugh.

I first saw the trailer for this flick a few months ago in the theater, and I have to admit....I let out a small groan.

The concept just didn't seem all that fresh or creative.
A mismatched couple who dislike each other, but pretend to love each order to win a prize (her Green Card, his job).

We've all seen variations on this story before, good AND bad, but I'm willing to hold on to a glimmer of hope because Bullock is still one of my faves (even AFTER a long...very long...string of disappointing flicks).

I also really like the tagline: "Here Comes The Bribe"
(Just hope that's not the best part of the flick)

And....I must admit that I have always liked Ryan Reynolds. No, not just because of THAT.....

Yes, he is a cutie....but he is also very funny, charming and smart.

Hey, I happen to like that in a guy....even better in a leading man.

From the looks of the trailer, the two of them seem to have good chemistry. Sometimes that makes up for lack of originality in the script.


I mean, don't we know that they're gonna end up together? Seriously, who are we kiddin' here? It's a romantic-comedy for goodness sake...with two very attractive leads, forced together in a somewhat silly quest.

Yeah, we know they're gonna be a couple in the end. Let's just hope the road getting there is as fun & charming as possible.

Speaking of fun, Betty White's supporting role looks to be pretty hilarious and against type. Let's just hope it's outrageous...but not uncomfortably so. Ya know what I mean?

Hey, granny sex jokes get old REAL quick.

I'm just sayin'.

OK, so I'm gonna give Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds and The Proposal a shot when it opens in theaters on June 19th.

Take a look at the trailer below and see what YOU think:

Oh yeah, before I forget -- I was tipped off that the Funny or Die website just posted a pretty funny, yet somewhat off-color "behind-the-scenes" video from The Proposal set.

There are more than a few choice curse words (bleeped out, I must add), and Betty White pretty much steals the show. If you're in the mood for something a little more funny & the link below to head over to that site and check it out:

"Behind-The-Scenes of The Proposal":

OK, that's all for now Movie Lovers -- as always, I love hearing your comments and feedback. Keep it comin'.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

OK, so I guess I AM a Trekkie.....

Because boy, oh boy.....did I ever LOVE this new Star Trek flick!

Wait, before you stop reading because you don't like Sci-Fi....listen up.

I wrote a few posts back that I was really psyched to see the new Star Trek prequel. I listed detailed reasons and I added some fun visuals.

I admitted that I had never been a "Trekkie", but all of the elements behind this new version had really made me sit up & take notice. I'd fallen for the fab trailer, and now I was hooked.

(If ya wanna know ALL of my reasons, skip back to 2 posts ago. Basically....I'm in love with director J.J. Abrams and all of his work, AND I think actor Chris Pine (young Capt. Kirk) is a cutie. So much for deep thoughts.)

Anyways -- I was all ready to go see this flick on opening weekend like any other self-respecting movie-lovin' geek like me would do.....but then something on Twitter caught my eye.

Yes, Twitter.

("Hello, my name is Kelly G. and I am a Twitter-holic.")

I know y'all are tired of hearin' me yammer on & on about Twitter. And now with Oprah & Ashton talkin' about it all the time, it seems like it's about to "jump the shark."

Believe me, it's not.

I happen to follow "ColumbusMovies" (duh....) on Twitter. Around midday Monday, ColumbusMovies tweets that anyone interested in seeing a free screening of Star Trek at the Campus Gateway Theater on Wednesday night, should email them for free passes.

Seriously, I never typed so fast in my life.

Long story short.....I successfully scored the free passes and I quickly rounded up a fun group of other Columbus Tweeps to attend the screening with me. Most, like me, were interested in the flick but not necessarily Trekkies.

Uh.....most, like me, were very interested in a FREE movie.

Here's (L to R) Jason Blanton (@Blantonious),
Clancy Bevington
Cheryl Harrison (@CherylHarrison) and Demetrius Hall (@DemetriusHall).
Julie Castell (@jujuburd), Rich Haynam (@Rehcmh) and Mike Gingery
(a non-tweep, who we allowed to join us) were there as well.

I must admit, I have been to more than a handful of movie screenings like this in my life. The best part (ya know, other than it being....FREE) is that most of the people in the audience are movie-lovers as well & just as excited to be there and seeing it early, before the general public.

For me, this always makes the movie-going experience SO much better. I don't know about y'all....but I do talk a lot here about my desire to see big flicks such as this with opening weekend crowds.

Not only is it important for me to support films I like & believe in on opening weekend (because those are the box office numbers that the Hollywood suits really pay attention to when deciding future projects), but it's also fun for me to experience a film with other movie lovers. Especially a fun, adventure flick such as this.

Helloooo.....this is a T-shirt that I created and often wear:

I have always loved the laughing, ooohing & ahhhing and most of all -- the audience applause when great movie moments occur.

Last night during Star Trek, we experienced all of the above.

So, I'm not gonna really review the flick here...heck, there are reviews (mostly great) ALL over the internet for you to read.

Instead, I'm just gonna say this:

I saw Star Trek last night.....and it was really great.
I'm not a Sci-Fi lover, just a good movie-lover.
I never really watched the series, but I understood it all.
It introduces all of the characters that we think we know so well.
It's a fun "popcorn" flick in the tradition of Star Wars & Indiana Jones.
(With a little Top Gun thrown in for good measure)
It can be enjoyed by all ages, men AND women.
Yes, things blow up and there are space chases & gunfights....
But there are very humorous & touching moments as well.
The casting is great (especially Kirk & Spock) --
And Dr. Bones & Scotty almost steal the show.
(And they say their famous lines, and we'd be mad if they didn't)
It's fun spotting a few interesting cameo appearances....
And one in particular gets a rousing round of applause.
If you do go see it...I recommend this weekend, with a fun crowd.
And if you do go see it, always, let me know what you think.

OK folks, those are my morning after thoughts....

(See Manolo? I spoilers.)

Basically, I realize that I am now proud to call myself a Trekkie, as I formally try to recruit others as well.

Hey, if ya wanna be a Trekkie AND join me on Twitter, you'd seriously make my day.

(Wait, that's a totally other flick.)


That's all I got for now.
So you know I gotta say it......

"Live Long And Prosper, y'all."