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July 20, 2009

The Diary of Anne Frank ( 1959) – Film Review

Filed under: concentration camp,Film Review — smackamack @ 6:47 pm

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AnneFrank-1Plot: Based on Anne Frank’s diary, and the stage play that was adapted from it: In Nazi-occupied Holland, Otto Frank and his family have decided to go into hiding, because of the increasing persecutions against Jews. The businessman Kraler and his assistant Miep prepare a hiding place in the rooms above their place of business, and arrange for the Franks and another family, the Van Daans, to stay there. Later on, they are joined by the dentist Dussel. Together, they try to avoid detection while hoping for Holland to be liberated by the Allies, but even meeting basic needs can become a challenge, and even minor incidents could present a grave risk.

I read the book in…6th grade, and I have seen my fair share of made for TV films, but never this original classic.  Although this was a long film, I found it very enjoyable.  They even filmed several of the scenes at the actual house.  I went to see the house 2 years ago with Miriam, and it actually isn’t as small as they make it out to be.  Anne’s room was bigger than mine, but obviously never leaving an indoor space for several years would be hell on earth…constant fear of being found out.  

The acting was fantastic, my only big problem with this film was that the leading lady looked about 20, when she was supposed to be 13.  Also, I found it pretty hilarious that her love interest Peter was the same actor that plays Tony in West Side Story.  I just couldn’t stop thinking about him in that film!

 

The real Anne Frank

The real Anne Frank

 

 

I recommend this film for anyone and everyone and give it 3.5/5 stars.

The Song of Bernadette (1943) – Film Review

Filed under: Film Review,Uncategorized — smackamack @ 6:37 pm

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Plot: In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of “a beautiful lady” in the city dump. She never claims it to be anything other than this, but the townspeople all assume it to be the virgin Mary. The pompous government officials think she is nuts, and do their best to suppress the girl and her followers, and the church wants nothing to do with the whole matter. But as Bernadette attracts wider and wider attention, the phenomenon overtakes everyone in the the town, and transforms their lives.

BernadetteI was interested to see this film because I have always enjoyed the story.  I first heard about Saint Bernadette when they dug up her body and supposedly it wasn’t decompossed.  Miracle?  Magic?  Who knows! 

Anyway, the film was absolutely charming.  The story was magical, the acting was great, and the fact that it’s a true story is even better.

I highly recommend this film if you like old classics.  It is a little long, but it’s definitely worth it.  Not to mention, the actress who plays Bernadette (Jennifer Jones) is absolutely stunning!  The real Bernadette looks kinda fugly in pictures…

 

 

I give this movie 4/5 stars.   

 

 

The real Saint Bernadette...

The real Saint Bernadette...

July 9, 2009

Pneumonia

Filed under: Uncategorized — smackamack @ 9:28 pm

I’m sorry I have been missing in action…I have pneumonia, but will be back in about a week.

Thanks everyone!
Courtney

June 22, 2009

Another Divorce!

Filed under: Celebrity — smackamack @ 6:51 pm

I am sad to announce that Bradley Whitford (West Wing) and Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle) have filded for divorce 😦  They have split after 16 years of marriage with 3 children ages 12, 9, and 6.

I find this so sad 😦  I liked both of them and really thought they would make it!

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Alice in Wonderland First Look!

Filed under: Celebrity — smackamack @ 6:47 pm

Check out these awesome pictures of the up and coming Tim Burton remake Alice in Wonderland!  Below you can see Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen and Helena Boham Cater as Queen of Hearts.  I can’t wait!!!

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Emma Watson in Vogue

Filed under: Annie Leibovitz,Celebrity — smackamack @ 6:40 pm

Emma Watson really is turning into a stunning young woman.  Here are the pictures from her latest spread in Vogue.  Do you think it was shot by Annie?

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Is it just me, or does she look a lot like the Vicorias Secret model…I don’t know her name.

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June 19, 2009

Bride Wars – Film Review

Filed under: Film Review — smackamack @ 10:48 pm

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Plot: In Manhattan, the lawyer Liv and the school teacher Emma have been best friends since their childhood. They both are proposed to by their boyfriends on the same day and they plan their wedding parties in Plaza Hotel, using the services of the famous Marion St. Claire. However, due to Marion’s secretary’s mistake, their weddings are scheduled for the same day. None of them agrees to change the date and they become enemies, trying to sabotage the wedding party of the rival. 

The film stars Kate Hudson (who looks just like her mother!) and Anne Hathaway (who is going to star as Judy Garland soon!)…

My dad got this…I would never rent this.  At let me tell you…I was right.  This film was horrific.  Terrible acting, simplistic plot, shitty, shitty, shitty.  

I know there are some girls who fantasize about their wedding days…but come on, this is a little over the top and just plain sickening.  

I do not recommend this…1/5 stars.

Nurse Jackie – TV Review

Filed under: TV Review — smackamack @ 10:44 pm

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Plot: A nurse struggles to find a balance between the demands of her frenetic job at a New York City hospital and an array of personal dramas. 

My mum was randomly watching, so I decided to stick around…well, I’m glad I did!  I was really impressed with this new show starring Edie Falco (Sopranos).  The show centers around Falcos character Jackie, a nurse at a hospital in the center of NYC.  She is married, with kids, but sleeps with her coworker the pharmacist for her pain killers she snorts daily for her back.

The show is highly entertaining, provocative, well scripted, and high quality.  Nurse Jackie airs on Showtime Mondays at 10:30pm after Weeds.

Old Greg

Filed under: Uncategorized — smackamack @ 9:00 pm

Anyone want to play a little love game with Old Greg?

June 11, 2009

The Hangover – Film Review

Filed under: Film Review,Uncategorized — smackamack @ 10:29 pm

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the-hangover-01Plot: A blowout Las Vegas bachelor party turns into a race against time when three hung-over groomsmen awaken after a night of drunken debauchery to find that the groom has gone missing, and attempt to get him to the alter before his wedding day. In 48 hours, Doug is scheduled to walk down the aisle, effectively ending his reign as a rowdy bachelor. Realizing that this is their last blow out with their best friend, Doug’s groomsmen organize a Sin City bachelor bash he’ll never forget. The next morning, the groomsmen come to in their Caesar’s Palace suite to find a tiger in the bathroom and a six-month-old baby tucked away in the closet. Unfortunately, Doug is nowhere to be found. With no memory of the previous night’s transgressions and precious little time to spare, the trio sets out on a hazy attempt to retrace their steps and discover exactly where things went wrong. Will they find Doug in time to get him to the wedding back in Los Angeles, or will his bride experience the sharp sting of disappointment when she walks down the aisle to discover that her future husband is nowhere to be found?

thehangoverpic16This movie looked totally shit in the trailer…generic, stupid, etc.  However, I have to admit, I loved it!  The film was just a whole heap of fun!  I don’t want to give anything away, but the actors were great, the writing was funny, and it had some really clever pieces to it!

If you liked Old School you will probably like this film. The film is by the same director, and also about a group of adult men reconnecting with their wild teenage self.   I thought it was just hilarious.  I don’t recommend the film to anyone who doesn’t like stupid comedies…because that’s what it is in the end.  I recommend this film for anyone 16+ who enjoys films like Old School. 4/5 stars.

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