Frozen (2013)

After a nice dinner with one of my good friends, we decided to stay in and watch a movie.  The spontaneous choice landed on Frozen.  We’re both massive Disney animation fans so why not, right? Plus, I’m pretty behind already with this.  Everyone else seems to have seen it.  I’m feeling a bit left out…

FrozenDirector: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Cast: Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana, Alan Tudyk, Ciaran Hinds

Princess Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell) have been shut off from the rest of the world for most of their childhood lives.  Elsa is about to become of age to take over the throne and all her life, her parents have tried to teach her to conceal her magical powers.  However, a little run-in with Anna causes her to lose grip of her powers and she ends up freezing over Arendelle and causing the inhabitants to be scared of her.  Elsa escapes to hide in the mountains while she doesn’t realize the lasting effect of what she has done.  Anna goes to pursue her and gets a little help from a young ice vendor Kristoff.

Elsa Frozen

Based on the Hans Christian Anderson story The Snow Queen, Disney turns Frozen into a very charming, cute and enjoyable musical piece. I’m huge on musicals and this one had so little dialogue and so many lovely songs to carry the story that I fell in love instantly. I don’t argue that Let It Go is a powerful song because Idina Menzel is an amazing singer and she does a fine job as Elsa.  However, there were many other songs that were so much more fun.  I mean how do you get “Do You Want To Build A Snowman?” our of your head? Its been in my head on and off and I’m so glad that winter is over.

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As with many Disney movies, we have our princess.  In this case, we have the more frequently on screen Princess Anna.  She is the more laid back and naive sister.  She longs to have company after years and years of solitude.  It just makes sense that she falls for the charming Prince Hans.  He’s gentlemanly and sweet and just perfect.  Aren’t we always looking for our Prince Charming? Hans was actually one of the only questions that I’ve made about Disney movies ever. Its a bit of a **spoiler** so skip to the next paragraph where the asterisks come back to signal it, ok? I know that Elsa and Anna have no one so when Elsa runs off and Anna goes to get her, does it really make sense to trust it to Hans, a dude you just met like a few hours ago? I like the guy but I mean, she does have a lot of money and a throne so I just found it kind of weird that there was no hesitation. Anyways, I can see why she did it also because who else would she ask, right? Not “Weaseltown” for sure 😉

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**We’re back on! Now that I’ve had my little ramble. Whats an animation without talking about the actual art? Frozen was beautiful. Do I need to elaborate? The characters are done nice. The background with snow and scenery, even before the snow, Arendelle looked beautiful.  The colors were used perfectly.  It was just so pretty to look at.

Disney Frozen

Aside from Elsa, Anna and Hans, we have some pretty fun characters.  Our silly character was Olaf.  Sure, he’s fun to see but nothing quite beats how much I love the reindeer, Sven.  He’s just the best ever.  He has all these dorky moments and paired up with Olaf or his wordless moments with Kristoff always brought a nice little giggle out of me.  Kristoff himself had an awesome voice work matched with a great character that matched really well with Princess Anna.  The bickering was thoroughly entertaining and helped me connect with them.  Of course, it goes without saying that I love the trolls and that song they sang is the other song thats stuck in my head.

Sometimes, a movie is just done really well and I love it when that happens with animations, especially Disney ones. Frozen is one of those.  There really isn’t anything to criticize except one illogical moment that I can oversee because this is a princess movie.  In a nutshell, Frozen is a beautiful animation with witty dialogue, fun and funny moments wrapped in catchy tunes and a lovely story that makes you fall in love with the characters.  I am thoroughly impressed, Disney! Awesome job! 🙂

On a side note, before I let you all go and tell me what you thought about the movie, I’d like to direct you to my new segment on my newer blog called Out of This World Travels set for every Tuesday.  This past one was the first and it was to Arendelle. Check it out HERE! Maybe you’d like to join me in some fun travels over there 🙂

Have you seen Frozen? What did you think about it? What song was your favorite?

Christmas Marathon: Lady Gaga & The Muppets Holiday Spectacular (2013)

Saturday mornings, bad weather and all apparently lead to me making weird choices.  Its not really a movie but it was still on Netflix so I guess its considered a show/special, whatnot. Lady Gaga and The Muppets Holiday Spectacular was something that fit perfectly into my schedule.

lady gaga and the muppets holiday spectacular poster

I’m not a huge Lady Gaga fan but I’m not a hater.  I think she likes to stand out in her own awkward way and plus, this was pretty much a cross promotion of Lady Gaga’s new album Artpop and The Muppets upcoming movie.  Its like a little concert with a few guests from Elton John, Kristen Bell, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Yup, you read that, right?) and RuPaul.

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I have to admit that I really enjoyed this. One of the best parts was that I acknowledged that Lady Gaga does have a fabulous voice, very strong and pretty great.  But her performance was pretty funny because she made some weird expressions.  My boyfriend thought the same thing so I’m not being picky.  The Muppets was really around to help out with the comedy with some random sketches.

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BUT, note one thing, with Lady Gaga and her costumes, this one is definitely NOT for kids.  Do not watch them with children.  Don’t let the Muppets fool you. However, the musical content is quite good.  I like her new album. It has some catchy tunes and some nice songs.  On top of that, JGL was part of the guests and they did a reverse roles version of Baby Its Cold Outside.

JGL is handsome as always and thats already good enough for me 🙂 An expected part of this!

Overall, it was a fun little show with a little bit of Muppets and some good music.  They added a few dashes of Christmas and some funny and others, sweet moments.  🙂

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

Earlier this year, I wrote a review for Bad Teacher (find it HERE) and talked about how I really liked my first experience of watching Jason Segel.  Thats when my actual friend and fellow blogger, Jelliefishie, suggested that I should check out Forgetting Sarah Marshall.  I hesitated on this one a while but then after horror and action lined up, I felt like it would be good to get some comedy in, even if it included the annoying Russell Brand.  Let’s check it out!

forgetting sarah marshall posterDirector: Nicholas Stoller

Cast: Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Bill Hader, Jonah Hill

Struggling musician Peter (Jason Segel) gets dumped by his 5 year TV celebrity girlfriend Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell).  To escape from his pains, he goes to a Hawaiian resort where he coincidentially ends up at the same time with Sarah Marshall and his new boyfriend Aldous Snow.   (Russell Brand).  As he makes friends and tries to move on, he meets the resort front desk employee, Rachel (Mila Kunis) who helps cover up and encourage him to break out of his shell and embrace life.

I had no idea what to expect from this mostly because Jelliefishie recommends awkward humor movies.  Last time was The House Bunny which I grew to like a lot.  Funny enough, when Forgetting Sarah Marshall started, I had that feeling.  I should mention that I watched the Unrated version, since Rotten Tomatoes seem to view it as two different films.  Anyways, as the movie progressed, it actually had a lot of really funny moments and turned into a nice balance between romance and comedy.  I ended up having a really good time with this.

forgetting sarah marshall group

Jason Segel is a pretty awesome actor.  He has this silly adorable vibe.  Sometimes, thats just the charm that brings out the right level of not too sappy romance.  Maybe he was a tad overexaggerated, (or do guys that break up really act that way?) and in this unrated version, we saw him fully naked.  Did they do that in the original theatrical version? Either way, he had great chemistry with Mila Kunis.  On that note, I have seen Mila Kunis a few times in movies.  She’s actually a pretty fun actress and in this one, even I thought she had really nice style.

forgetting sarah marshall mila kunis

On the other side, Kristen Bell fit right into the role of the crazy ex girlfriend who is super full of themselves matched with the very well-deserved (still annoying) boyfriend in the form of Russell Brand.  Honestly, I don’t like him anymore after this.  I walked away halfway through one of the scenes because it was just ridiculous… That was the only downside for me.  I can see how if that type of humor was your type of thing then he was supposed to be the comedic relief.  I found many other parts funnier.   However, in the parts with him and Jonah Hill (as the waiter), those scenes were pretty epic.

forgetting sarah marshall kristen bell

Jelliefishie definitely gave me a decent recommendation.  Will it be my fave comedy? Probably not but it sure was fun! It was what I needed to lighten my mood. It had a good amount of hilarious moments, a solid cast with Jason Segel, Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell and a great supporting cast with Jonah Hill and even a cameo with Kristen Wiig.  Plus, the girls had a beautiful wardrobe and even I started wondering, how can I get Kristen Bell’s core… That aside, c’mon its in HAWAII! Who is in for a vacation Hawaii? I know I’d go in a heartbeat (if I had the money)!

I talked about Jason Segel before.  What do you think of Russell Brand? Are you into his comedy style? How about the two beautiful girls in this: Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell? Do you like them? Any notable performances that come to mind? Did you see this flick? Love to hear your thoughts 🙂

Remember to go check out Jelliefishie’s awesome blog! She’s very artistic and take awesome photos and she writes awesome stuff, even recently dipping into the world of movie reviews 🙂 I linked her up on top!

Burlesque (2010)

I’m sorry for the back to back reviews.  I watched this on the weekend before Fast 6 (but I wanted to get that one out first).  This one has been sitting on my shelf for a while.  I bought it because its a musical but I also was reluctant to see it because I have zero confidence in Christina Aguilera’s acting.  Somehow, watching Mamma Mia made me want to continue on with musicals and I figured I might as well continue working on the unseen movies in my shelf before it grows anymore 😉

burlesque posterDirector: Steve Antin

Cast: Cher, Christina Aguilera, Cam Gigandet, Peter Gallagher, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell, Eric Dane, Dianna Agron

Iowa girl Ali (Christina Aguilera) wants to do more with her talents and heads out to Los Angeles.  There she spontaneously walks into Burlesque Lounge owned by Tess (Cher).  Through the recommendation of bartender Jack (Cam Gigandet) and her own perseverance, she gets a job as a waitress there.  However, her dream is to be on stage dancing.  In the meantime, the club is under the danger of being foreclosed due to not being able to pay their mortgage.  Tess needs to figure out a way to make up the money by the end of the month, if not, she will have to possibly consider selling it to persistant millionaire Marcus (Eric Dane).  At this time, when one of the dancers Georgia (Julianne Hough) gets pregnant, Ali gets the chance to replace her at the dismay of another dancer, Nikki (Kristen Bell).  It is this chance that Ali shows that she not only can dance but she can sing also.  Can she save the club from closing?

burlesque ali

Let’s just start by saying that I didn’t hate the movie.  It wasn’t something I wanted to kill myself to get through.  For one, as a musical, it felt like I was watching a Burlesque style Christina Aguilera concert for a good part of it.  I think she has a great voice so I’m cool with that.  Plus, the grandiose of the Burlesque dancing numbers were fun to watch.  Cher had a few singing opportunities as well and I’m cool with her as well.  Singing and dancing plus a group of attractive girls really helps this movie.

burlesque georgia nikki

Plus, Christina Aguilera is surprisingly a decent actress.  It was refreshing to see her on stage.  I would choose her over Justin Timberlake, even if she only has this one in her filmography.  It wasn’t an incredibly hard movie to act I would suppose though.  She was working with Cher, who I’ve never seen on screen either.  However, they are helped with a few actors and actresses that I like.  Eric Dane playing Marcus was great.  I always like a little bit of McSteamy in the mix 😉 Stanley Tucci always does fantastic at the role of a background makeup/clothing stylist.  He did a similar role in Devil Wears Prada. Peter Gallagher is great as Tess’s ex-husband who freaks out over the finances.  I’ve always enjoyed him on screen.

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How can something like this be without some form of a love story, right? Jack played by Cam Gigandet is the guy here. I first saw Cam in the OC and I fell in love with him and his character, maybe its the bad boy things he had going on.  After that, he appeared in Easy A and I absolutely adore that movie, mostly for Emma Stone but you’ll see soon that my next movie made my  Sunday into a Cam Gigandet double feature. He’s decent and he had some funny moments.  Plus, his chemistry with Christina Aguilera was pretty fun.

burlesque tess

This was an average movie.  Although it is predictable (and boring at times), it offers some beautiful singing with the talent of Christina Aguilera and some fun dancing from a group of pretty girls like Kristen Bell and Julianne Hough.  It has a decent supporting cast and could be enjoyable if you are attracted to the Burlesque atmosphere that it brings. 🙂