MOVIES, MOVIES, MOVIES!!

October 27, 2007

I worked last night at the theater. My favorite thing about working Fridays is that I get to watch all the trailers on the new movies. So I’m going to give you a heads up on some awesome looking movies coming out.

The Diving Bell and the Butteryfly

Why it looks good?

It looks touching, moving, endearing, depressing, and uplifting. But what struck me was the intense visual aspect. I think it will be one of those movies you remember specific freeze frames from, with amazing colors and emotional cinematography.

Be Kind, Rewind

Why it looks good?

**This trailer is being difficult, not sure why, but if it is not up, check it out on imdb.com**

First, let me say I hate Jack Black but want to see this, which means it must look hella good. I think Mos Def is an awesome versatile actor. It looks cute/funny and it just made me smile.

Reservation Road

Why it looks good?

I don’t really need to explain, it is an intense thriller.

Juno

Why it looks good?

Its an offbeat dark family comedy, the best kind. Good actors, great soundtrack, and fresh story line with solid one liner.

Wristcutters

Why it looks good?

I’m not sure it does. I have seen two different trailers, one I thought yes I def. want to see that and one where it looked so stupid I could barely stand watching the two minute trailer. I think it is going to be very hit or miss.

Sweeny todd

Why it looks good?

If I have to explain this to you, you probably shouldn’t be here.

There are some coming out shortly that good as well. Lion for Lambs, American Ganster, Martian Child, No Country for Old Men, Beowulf, and Love in the time of Cholera all look good. P2 looks like my worst fears realized.


Nicole’s Box Office

October 15, 2007

Here is the real box office results:

1 Why Did I Get Married? (2007) $21.5M $21.5M
2 The Game Plan (2007) $11.5M $59.4M
3 Michael Clayton (2007) $11M $12.1M
4 We Own the Night (2007) $11M $11M
5 The Heartbreak Kid (2007) $7.42M $26M
6 Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) $6.18M $6.18M

Here are my results, based on quality:

Elizabeth: The Golden Age $25 Million

Michael Clayton $23 Million

Jane Austen Book Club $ 20 Million

We Own the Night $15 Million

Darjeeling Limited/Why did I get Married? $0 -pulled from theaters


Breast Cancer Quotes

October 6, 2007

I figured I would put these up in honor of Breast Cancer awareness month. I keep seeing the pink ribbons everywhere and we are doing a lot at school for raising money for and awareness of cancer. Also we just did an interesting section of immunology in my infectious disease management class on potential treatments. It was more comprehensive than many schools would include, because it dared to talk about treatments other than chemo, radiation, and surgery. I think the teachers willingness to expose us to the latest science even if the scientific community is still debating it is one of the most positive things about Temple. Because more than likely during the course of our careers these new methods will be used in many places, so while it is important to know the standard treatments it is also important to be aware of new developments. http://www.unitedforpink.com/ has many interesting/inspiring stories, medical information, and support forums for Breast Cancer. And I was reading it today and it featured an article of quotes from survivors from all over the country.

Olga Smirnova from Latvia — Be brave, optimistic and never lose your sense of humour. Even bad things sometimes turn into advantages in our life.

Yoko Kameda from Japan — Accept and go through it! Everything is a gift.

Isabelle Traeger from Finland — There is always hope and if hope is trying to leave you, there is always a place for miracles.

Maret Maasalu from Estonia — Believe in yourself.

Olena Iurchenko from Ukraine — Life is beautiful. The greatest joy and value in any woman’s life.

Andrea Doreen Stuart from the United Kingdom — Routine mammograms work!

Ingrid Valles Po from United Arab Emirates — Breast cancer is curable! Enjoy UR Life

Erika Simonic from South Africa — The only thing I have lost is my breast. I have gained: Friends, Love, Opportunities and Weight!!

Nor Azah Adnan from Malaysia — Nothing is more important in life than life itself.

Egle Melinauskiene from Lithuania — I love all women from all the world. With the best wishes.

Kim Whiting from Australia — Ladies are like butterflies. So spread your wings and fly, fly, fly.


I wish I had two gay dads

October 3, 2007

It is times like these where I wish I had two gay dads.

Kinderen voor Kinderen is a Dutch children’s choir that is maintained by public broadcasting.  They release one album every year of songs that kids submitted and then professionals edited/developed.  It is extremely popular.  They have taken on some pretty serious topics.


And the doctor said, “Let’s get wasted!”

October 2, 2007

The age old debate, let your kids drink in moderation as they grow up or completely lock up the booze? I grew up in a combination home. When my parents drank they always offered me tastes, but the booze was in a closet that we were supposed to avoid. It worked; I rarely drank until I was old enough. After turning 21 I drank that semester a decent amount and now I am back to only drinking occasionally. I never drink and drive and I don’t think I would have unsafe sex while drinking either, so I got the important messages. I am just curious how everyone else grew up and how it affected their drinking patterns/behavior. This article is what got me back on the topic:

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN)

Experts say binge drinking continues to be a growing problem across the country. According to a recent report from the U.S. surgeon general, there are nearly 11 million underage drinkers in the United States. Nearly 7.2 million are considered binge drinkers, meaning they drank more than five drinks in one sitting. In this age of “just say no,” some people believe it is time for Americans to reconsider how they teach kids about alcohol.

“We taught them to drink in a civilized fashion, like a civilized human being,” says Stanton Peele, psychologist and author of “Addiction-Proof Your Child.” He says many of the programs set up to stop alcohol abuse contribute to the teen binge-drinking crisis. Any program that tells kids flatly not to drink creates temptation, he says. Peele says other cultures have figured it out. He points to Italy, Greece and Israel, where children are given small amounts of wine at religious celebrations or watered-down alcohol on special occasions.

But many other experts say the psychologist is off base. “That’s ridiculous,” says Calvina Fay, executive director of the Drug Free America Foundation. “By allowing teens to drink,” Fay says, “you are giving permission to your children to do harmful things.” In the spring of 2007, the U.S. surgeon general’s office issued its first “Call to Action” to stop underage drinking. “This is not something that is a rite of passage,” says acting Surgeon General Kenneth Moritsugu. “It has an impact, short term and long term.”

Fay also says Stanton Peele doesn’t take into account other consequences of teen drinking, such as unsafe sex and drunken driving. “You don’t have to be addicted to be harmed or die because of drugs and alcohol.” But the psychologist contends that kids are going to drink no matter what and that it is critical for parents to set the example. “I think the key to preventing all kinds of addiction is to make sure that your child values life, values himself and has purpose in life,” he says. “That’s the single most important thing.”

Drink Up!