Day 106 : Tin Man (2007)


When I was a kid, one of the major networks (I can’t remember which one, but we didn’t have cable, so it had to be one of the Big Three) aired The Wizard of Oz once a year. It was always an event at my house. We would adjust the foil-capped rabbit ears to optimize the picture and settle in for an evening of entertainment. Eventually, we got a VCR (I know, what’s that?) and bought The Wizard of Oz on tape. However, when the time of year rolled around for it to air on TV, we would still watch. It didn’t matter that the film was strewn with commercial breaks or that we could have watched it without interruption on VHS. There was something special about watching it on television. Maybe it was the feeling of a shared experience with other viewers around the nation who were watching the same thing. Or perhaps it evoked a sense of nostalgia and tradition. It could be that then, as now, I was a sucker for just about anything on the old tube. Your pick. Whatever it was, I was drawn into this film every time it was on.

 

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Day 80: The Last Airbender (2010)


I watch a lot of films and television shows. A lot. I will be the first to admit that many of these would be considered of questionable quality at best. I have seen (and at least somewhat enjoyed) The Scorpion King (dude, it’s just like the WWE set in ancient Egypt), The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (uh, Nicholas Cage shoots magic missiles in NYC. Yeah, he probably rolled 20s), Full House (was anyone else upset that Kimmy Gibbler didn’t get her own spin-off series?), and any given reality show. Basically, the bar to entertain me is set pretty low. That being said, The Last Airbender fell way short of this extremely low standard—even from the director who brought me The Happening (*involuntarily shivers*).

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Day 76: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010)


Sometimes I watch Nicholas Cage in films and wonder if he is really acting. The crazed looks, the wild hair, the erratic actions—are these merely components of a true method actor’s repertoire, or has Cage gone off the deep end? When I really think about it, I like to imagine a Tropic Thunder-esque scenario where the crew is in on it, but the actors (or actor in this case) believes that what is happening is real. This not only makes many films immensely more enjoyable, but does a lot to explain certain hair and wardrobe choices. A lot.

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Day 73: How to Train Your Dragon (2010)


You can thank me in advance here. A slew of Ron Jeremy jokes popped in my head when I was typing the title of this review, but I have decided to take the high road and leave it up to your own imagination if you want to make crude jokes. Did you do it? For shame! Is that anyway to start out a discussion of a “G” rated movie? Probably not.

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Day 72 (part 2): Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010 [part 4])


Ah, what Thanksgiving Day would be complete without trekking to the movie theater and watching a recently opened blockbuster? Like many others (and the Pilgrims before me), I celebrated the holiday by eating a lot of food and watching Harry Potter. Classic. So, my siblings and I ate our way through the turkey, homemade chicken and noodles, red cabbage, cheese potatoes, and corn pudding. We all passed on the scalloped oysters, though. It’s not my bag, baby. Then, as if we weren’t full enough, we partook of the pies. Oh the pies: pumpkin, strawberry-rhubarb, apple, and chocolate pecan. Did I mention all of this food was for about twelve people? Ridiculously delicious. After we were super stuffed, we sat around the house, mulling over if we had enough energy and motivation to actually make the drive to the theater in the next town. Turns out, we did.

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Day 61: Ink (2009)


There is an upscale grocery store about a block from where I live. I am totally addicted to it (probably because its just so darn convenient!). Every time I go to the store, I am enticed by their bakery. The cute little tarts, perfect slices of pie, fancy mousse desserts, and the delectable cookies look amazing; perfectly displayed in the case. Each of the baked goods appear delightful; and when I feel like splurging, I have been known to buy one of these treats. On the occasion that I do indulge, I am always disappointed by the product. The treats never quite live up to my expectations. Funny enough, I had similar feelings when I saw Ink today.

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