Thursday, February 25, 2010

Julie & Julia (2009)

Julie_and_juliaJulie & Julia is a 2009 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Nora Ephron and starred by Meryl Streep and Amy Adams.

In 2002, Julie Powell (Amy Adams) is a young writer trapped in a rather unpleasant job at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation's call center, where she answers telephone calls from victims of the September 11 attacks, as well as members of the general public calling to complain about the LMDC's controversial plans for rebuilding the World Trade Center. To enliven her dreary life, she attempts to cook every recipe in Julia Child's cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, which was published in 1961, and writes a blog to document her progress.

Woven into her story is the story of Julia Child's time in Paris, in the 1950s, in which she learns about French cooking. The plot structure carefully highlights similarities in the challenges encountered by both Julie and Julia. Both women get much support from their husbands, although at one point Powell's husband is fed up with her excessive devotion to her hobby and leaves her briefly for a few days.

Eventually, Julie's blog is highlighted in a story published in the New York Times, after which her project finally begins to receive the attention of journalists, literary agents, and publishers, as well as a dismissive response from Child herself. After Julia's book is initially rejected by Houghton Mifflin, it is eventually accepted and published by Alfred A. Knopf. The last scene shows Julia Child receiving a first print of her cookbook and celebrating the event with her husband.

*Summary from Wikipedia

Planet 51 (2009)

International 1-SheetPlanet 51 is a 2009 animated film directed by Jorge Blanco, written by Joe Stillman and starring Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin Long, Seann William Scott, Gary Oldman and John Cleese.

American astronaut Captain Charles "Chuck" Baker, lands on Planet 51 thinking he's the first person to step foot on it. To his surprise, he finds that this planet is inhabited by little green people who are happily living in a white picket fence world reminiscent of a cheerfully innocent 1950s America, and whose only fear is that it will be overrun by alien invaders--like Chuck! With the help of his robot companion "Rover" and his new friend Lem, Chuck must navigate his way through the dazzling, but bewildering, landscape of Planet 51 in order to escape becoming a permanent part of the Planet 51 Alien Invaders Space Museum.

*Summary from Yahoo! Movies

Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Confessions of a Shopaholic is a 2009 film adaptation of the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella. The film is directed by P. J. Hogan and starred by Isla Fisher and Hugh Dancy.

Rebecca Bloomwood is a sweet and charming New York City girl who has a tiny, little problem that is rapidly turning into a big problem: she's hopelessly addicted to shopping and drowning in a sea of debt. While Rebecca has dreams of working for a top fashion magazine, she can't quite get her foot in the door -- that is, until she snags a job as an advice columnist for a new financial magazine published by the same company. Overnight, her column becomes hugely popular, turning her into an overnight celebrity, but when her compulsive shopping and growing debt issues threaten to destroy her love life and derail her career, she struggles to keep it all from spiraling out of control--and is ultimately forced to reevaluate what's really important in life.

*Summary from Yahoo! Movies

Saturday, February 06, 2010

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

The Princess and the Frog

The Princess and the Frog is a 2009 animated family film featuring the voices of Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Jennifer Cody, Jennifer Lewis, Jim Cummings, Michael-Leon Wooley and Oprah Winfrey.

This is the first 2D animated film from Disney created since 2004’s Home on the Range. The story is new. I was expecting that Disney will be producing a 2D animation on the novel “The Frog Prince” but they made a modern twist of the story instead making it unpredictable. While watching, you would think you know what follows next. But in this movie, you’re wrong. Everything is new and the breaking of the spell of the frog is also somehow different. Watch the movie ‘cause I’m sure that you and you’re family will enjoy this.

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Shorts (2009)

Shorts 

Shorts is a 2009 family comedy/adventure film written and directed by Robert Rodriguez and starred by Jimmy Bennett, Kat Dennings, Trevor Gagnon, Jon Cryer, Leslie Mann, William H. Macy, and James Spader.

The movie is very entertaining and is advisable to be viewed by kids. It’s funny although the Booger monster is quite disgusting. The lead kid, Jimmy Bennett, seems to me to grow up to be a very handsome kid. In the movie, he looks very cute. The movie though is kind of crazy because it’s not arrange in a chronological order. Instead, the chapters are arranged in 0,2,1,4,3,5. You’ll enjoy watching the film for sure.