Archive for September, 2007

The Kingdom

SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read if you intend to see this movie The Kingdom and don’t want to be spoiled.

My mother and I went to see Peter Berg’s new film The Kingdom yesterday and I only halfway agree with some of the reviews I’ve seen. I did like it. I liked it a lot, actually. It was a high suspense, well written/directed/acted movie that kept me interested throughout the two hours I was watching it.

Of course, I don’t even need to say that I loved Jason Bateman. He was very Michael Bluth in that he was a total smart ass. Don’t be fooled by the previews either. He is just as big in the movie as Jennifer Garner and Chris Cooper. Jamie Foxx is the real lead of the movie and he rocked it, as he usually does.

My only criticism of the movie is the main criticism of most of the reviews I read in that the movie went a little too action instead of staying more true to life. There is a huge blow ’em up, shooting scene towards the end of the movie and is went very Hollywood cliche in that the “bad” guys couldn’t hit anybody with machine guns and the lead actors use one bullet to bring a guy down. But it was intense and satisfying for an action movie. And poor Jason Bateman. He gets taken hostage and is brutally beaten and all that. I just kept saying to myself “Don’t kill Jason Bateman, Don’t kill Jason Bateman”. What his character’s name was, I have no idea.

I just realized that I have said nothing about what this movie is actually about. In very basic terms, it is about a terrorist cell in Saudi Arabia that, in a series of shootings and suicide bombings, killed 100 people at a contractor’s picnic function in Saudi Arabia. Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner, and Jason Bateman are with the FBI and they secretely go to the bombing site to get evidence to track down the cell that did this. They are helped by a colonel in the Saudi army who was easily the best character and best actor in the entire movie. That guy was awesome. I’m sure you can already guess what happened to him.

The opening sequence of this film was incredibly disturbing. We’re talking men, women, and children being gunned down by machine guns, a suicide bomber who posing as a police officer and blew up the supposedly safe place that everyone was running to, and then a third, insano big bomb that basically blew everyone else who survived away. Very graphic and it seemed to be fairly realistic as far as the chaos and violence that I assume happens in these situations. That was what was so disturbing. That these types of things actually do happen. It isn’t Hollywood writing.

The best part about the movie was the parallel that was made between the Americans and the Saudis. The Colonel was shown with his wife and kids, doing the same kind of family activities that Americans do. The so-called “bad” guys were faceless terrorists but real people that were given actual motivation for what they were doing. Was still wrong, but it made you think twice about how you felt about it.

There was a great line at the end of the movie (I told you this was going to be spoilery). Right before the group of four went to Saudi Arabia, Jamie Foxx whispers something to Jennifer Garner. Right before the big bad guy died from his multiple gun shot wounds he whispers something to his grandson. The very last scene of the movie, we find out that the same thing was said in both cases: “We’re going to kill them all”.

Really does make you think about all the terrorism and war and atrocities and bombings happening in the world. We think that we all are so different. Maybe in religious beliefs we are, but when you get down to it, we all have the same motivation: “We’re going to kill them all”. Retaliation, revenge, the idea that I am better than you so you need to be stopped. Makes me very sad.


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SPOILER ALERT!: If you have not watched the first episode of Season 4 of Grey’s Anatomy and you want to, do not read this. Go watch the episode and then come back and read this. 🙂

I didn’t realize how much I missed Grey’s Anatomy over the summer until I watched the premiere episode (which I had to watch on my Ipod since I have no way to tape anything on my television and The Office isn’t on ITunes.) As soon as I heard Meredith’s still annoying narration, I knew that all was right with the world again. My shows are back (with one notable exception. Lost, why won’t you come back already?)

Last season ended with Burke leaving Christina on their wedding day, proving that both the character of Burke and the actor who portrayed him, Issaih Washington, are asses. I’m so happy he’s gone from the show. Poor Christina, but she is much more fierce with doing the mushy love stuff and I love it.

 I wanted to just slap Izzy and tell her to get over the whole George thing. He’s married! Happily married? No. But married all the same. Leave him alone. I used to love Izzy and I still like the actress, but the character is driving me nuts. Plus, I am not on board with this whole Gizzy thing (George and Izzy hooking up). George is a thousand times better off with the wonderful Callie and he is absolutely going to break her heart. And that ending?!!! George comes to the house and tells Izzy he loves her? What the hell! Another wonderful thing about this show is that is such the soap opera. Having grown up on All My Children, I love every minute of it.

The scenes between McDreamy and McSteamy were awesome. When McSteamy (I cannot even think of that character’s actual name) told Derek that he came to Seattle to get him back, that was such a scene for the McDreamy/McSteamy shippers. You gotta admit, that would be hot.

Which leads me to the mega couple of the show, McDreamy and Meredith. We waited what seemed like forever, through unknown wives and pet doctors, for these two to get together. They do for about half a season and then they break up? Was anyone else confused by that? They agreed to break up and then had sex? Are they done or not? If they are, we need to move on and hook Merideth up with someone else. This is either the absolute end of Derek and Meredith or they are together for the rest of the show.

As always, I love Alex.

And the new sister is…okay. Too new to have a firm opinion, but she didn’t annoy me so I guess that is good.

What I hate the most is that my two favorite shows on television right now, The Office and Grey’s Anatomy, are on at the same time and I can’t record either. So annoying. Guess I’ll be spending a lot of money on Itunes.

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Is anyone else really sad that we have to wait another day for the Patriots game? Granted, Monday Night Football is always a little extra special, but I really need my Tom Brady fix (bye week is going to be a bitch).

So, until tomorrow…tombrady.jpg

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Effing Apartment

Ugh, as if I couldn’t be more stressed out from this past week, I get home tonight at 11pm to find a note on my door from my super Alfred. Apparently my smoke alarms are going off AGAIN. This is getting so fucking ridiculous. Not only do I have to deal with big nasty scary bugs almost every single night which is affecting my sleep, but now I don’t even have smoke alarms that function properly. Is that too much to ask? I’m seriously at my breaking point with this place.

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Firth Class


Because I can and I haven’t in a long time…

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Quickie Post

Quickie Post about The Office last night. I really loved that episode and will definitely be re-watching on NBC.com. The whole part about Jim and Pam holding hands was just too adorable.

That’s all I got. The Office article from Entertainment Weekly is on their website (part of it anyway).

🙂 Yay Friday.

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Office Goodness

Thank God I have The Office television show to look forward to after my lovely time here at my office.

There is so much Office goodness out there right now. EW is doing a special, 4 cover Office issue. There is a behind the scenes video with Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski, which is utterly adorable. And Steve Carell was insano funny last night on The Tonight Show. All of this can be found at Office Tally (see blogroll).

This was a totally useless post as everyone is posting about this stuff right now, but I just had to do it. 🙂

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