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Knight and Day

Posted by james on Jan. 6, 2011

As I mentioned before, the preview for this movie was basically a copy of "Killers". Substitute this movie's Tom Cruise & Cameron Diaz for Killer's Ashton Kutcher & Katherine Heigl, and you really wouldn't be able to tell one trailer from the other.

However, Knight and Day had 54% on Rotten Tomatoes, vs. Killers' 11%, so I figured that Killers was the knock-off and this was the "real" movie. Neither had great ratings, but it seemed like Knight and Day would at least be a lot better.

The action scenes were noticeably better, and some pretty good fight choreography. But whenever someone opened their mouth to talk, it's like they were drugged. Spaced out, lethargic, detached. Really weird. I'm not a fan of Cruise or Diaz, but neither really surprised me here... I didn't really like them again. Then again, I didn't really like anyone in this movie.

The whole thing was pretty confusing. It's like they threw in every stereotype/trope without transition, add in stoned-out dialog, and Tom Cruise's eyebrows. Disappointing.

In the end, I have to admit I liked Killers better. That was still a pretty awful movie, confusing, strange. But at least it had a (very campy) heart to it. This one just seemed... lacking.

Christmas Cards From ShutterFly

Posted by james on Nov. 27, 2010

Lauren saw a free promotion - mention ShutterFly's Christmas cards on your blog, and get 50 free cards. And when she asked me, I jumped at the chance to become a corporate shill.



This year we *definitely* plan on making & sending Christmas cards. That differs from last year where we thought about it, wanted to do it, then got lazy and forgot all about it. The one thing we have going for us this year is that we've finally got amazing pictures of our new baby that'll make sure we have the best cards this year.

ShutterFly's cards actually look pretty decent - not as cheesy as most create-your-own cards. I can't wait to see how the print quality is for these.

They even have "religious" Christmas cards, though I'm not sure if we'll go with those. Lauren has a very low tolerance for lame quotes.

At any rate, I'll post a review of the quality once we get them.

PS. Bloggers get 50 free holiday cards from Shutterfly. Sign up: http://bit.ly/sfly2010

Cirque du Freak

Posted by james on Nov. 23, 2010

I saw previews for this one - it looked like it would be a crazy comedy about real-life monster/freaks in a circus. Even the lead (John Reilly) I know from other comedies.

But the movie stunk. It was unimaginative - you can pretty much guess what's going to happen after the trailer, and anything else is inconsequential anyway. Besides the bad dialog, the most annoying thing was that it felt like everyone everyone took high-school acting lessons. Remember to enunciate and speak robotically. Make sure you pause awkwardly when someone's supposed to interrupt you.

But two things really killed it. The lead kid sounds like he took lessons from the early-Val Kilmer (or Keanu Reaves) acting school, and the worst part - it was just boring. Nothing really funny here, nothing really good enough to take seriously. It decidedly wasn't a comedy at all.

So all the camp of a parody and none of the humor or cleverness. Too bad.


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