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  • earth

    Posted on April 26th, 2009 mr. fos Comments

    earthI have been away on a trip so I haven’t posted for a while…but it doesn’t matter, because I’m back and saw Disney’s Earth and thought it was fantastic!  I think it was well-executed and I honestly didn’t feel that it was too “Disneyfied” as others have said. I mean come on, it was from the BBC and Discovery – the same people who did Planet Earth and in fact, used some of the same recycled material, which in fact didn’t bother me also.  It was done well because it was done in the same vein as the Planet Earth series as well as interspersing enough enjoyable moments that can keep children entertained.  I mean come on, how entertained can a child be from seeing the earth spin and hearing about a 23 and half a degree tilt of the earth’s axis?  But the adults love the facts/story of our world, and everyone can enjoy the beautiful images playing out on the screen.  Then, interspersed between all of this is funny/hilarious moments that occur naturally in nature.  If you are squeamish about seeing video of animals that are hunted and end up being preyed upon by animals that are higher on the food chain- well this is the film for you since it was created with kids in mind.  It tells the story of these moments (because it is part of our world) but it doesn’t do it in a science film sort of way where they show every gory detail as it took place…it stops before anything too serious happens-just showing you the chase.  Oh and stay for the credits—they show incredible video of how they shot the film.

    Chance of Mr. Fos seeing this in theaters: 100% - Because I already did! But your answers could change other people’s decisions! Was it worth it?  Most Definitely!

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    Description: (2009) Follows the epic migratory journeys of four animal families as well as the earth’s journey around the sun and the massive influence it has on all life on the planet, from the Arctic spring to the Antarctic winter.

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  • the taking of pelham 123

    Posted on April 5th, 2009 mr. fos Comments

    Taking_of_pelham_one_two_threeThis is a combo post…how exciting!  The Taking of Pelham 123 is coming out this summer, and I just finished watching the original 1974 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three – and as if it couldn’t get any weirder, I took the train out of Grand Central to Pelham, NY today.  So I figured there could be no better time than this to review the original and look forward to the release of the 2009 Denzel Washington/John Travolta version.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Originally a thriller novel published in 1973, the film came out in 1974 starring some familiar faces, such as Walter Matthau, Jerry Stiller, and Hector Elizondo.

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    I also was fascinated to discover that it was also made into a television movie in 1998 starring none other than our good friend from Battlestar Galactica, Edward James Olmos as Detective Anthony Piscotti.

    ejo It also had Mr. Toby Ziegler from the West Wing Richard Schiff playing the part of Mr. Green, one of the hostage takers.  I have not seen this television adaptation, but I found it intriguing.

    For a film that came out in the mid-70’s, I found it well crafted.  The production value was high as I actually felt like it was the New York subway system.  (It must have been, right?)  It kept my attention all the way through.  The only thing I would have to say is that a couple of moments they took the cheesiness a little too far…but only once or twice.  The rest of the time it was well suited to the situation.  Whatever you do, don’t watch the trailer for the 1974 version, it makes you think it’s horrible!  It is actually quite thrilling.

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    It looks like they took quite a bit of liberty in the 2009 version as far as I can tell from the trailer.  And why wouldn’t they?  It is a remake, and we couldn’t have it end the same?  Well, hopefully it can live up to the same vein as the original, thrilling, exciting, with moments of laughter sprinkled in between.  June 12, I’m there!

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  • adventureland

    Posted on April 3rd, 2009 mr. fos Comments

    adventurelandLook – this is from the director of Superbad, which has to be- hands down the best, most hilarious crude humor film of modern time!  Lets hope that it is as good as Superbad because Miramax will have a sure winner on their hands.  From Sidney Kimmel production company – which made Death at a Funeral – Hilarious if you haven’t seen it!  (Which by the way they are remaking, set to come out next year- which has got to be the most redundant remake ever since the original came out only two years ago, and was completely in English.  Are UK films just too appalling for the American public that they can’t do well here?)  Anyway, we’ll have to see how this film does, and if it can live up to it’s name.  But I’m guessing there is a lot of fun to be had with young horny, wild and crazy college kids within an amusement park!

    Chance of Mr. Fos seeing this in theaters: 63% But your answers could change that! (For myself and for others!)

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    Description: (2009) When an uptight recent college graduate realizes he cannot afford his European dream vacation, he is forced to take a minimum-wage job at a local amusement park.

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  • fast & furious

    Posted on April 2nd, 2009 mr. fos Comments

    fast-and-furiousHmmm…let’s see, maybe they just didn’t realize we were smart enough to catch on that they’ve pulled this trick on us before.  Maybe, just maybe they thought that we would forget about…. let’s see here:

    The Fast and the Furious

    2 Fast 2 Furious

    The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

    I mean what more can we do but say…done before!  Well anyway, if you are into this sort of thing, go right ahead and strap on your seatbelt this weekend.  I for one will say “no thanks”!

    Chance of Mr. Fos seeing this in theaters: 4% But your answers could change that! (For myself and for others!)

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    Description: (2009) When a crime brings them back to L.A., fugitive ex-con Dom Toretto reignites his feud with agent Brian O’Conner. But as they are forced to confront a shared enemy, Dom and Brian must give in to an uncertain new trust if they hope to outmanuever him. And from convoy heists to precision tunnel crawls across international lines, two men will find the best way to get revenge: push the limits of what’s possible behind the wheel.

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  • ANTM is getting exciting!

    Posted on March 31st, 2009 mrs. fos Comments

    My favorite time during a cycle of America’s Next Top Model is when enough girls have been kicked off that there is a manageable number of names to remember, yet it isn’t serious yet.  I think that time has arrived.  Here are some of the highlights:

     

    America's Next Top Model Sandra: I love how the episode began with her looking at her picture in the house that had won the previous week.  She wins Most Conceded so far.  All she does is talk about how she is the best model, she is the only one there who knows what she is doing, how hot she is, and so on.  As the episode continues it is so very obvious that she actually one of the most clueless girls there.  Her poses during the challenge were awful, and the worst part was she didn’t even seem to realize it.  Maybe now that she was in the bottom two she might finally get it.  I understand that not everyone wants to go there and make friends with all the other girls, but that doesn’t mean that you have to alienate everyone else and talk yourself up the entire time.  She will only last because they know she will boost ratings.  Once it really matters she will be gone.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    America's Next Top Model Celia: Does anyone else think that this girl might really be a guy?  I get that models aren’t necessarily pretty, and I actually like that, but she really kind of creeps me out.  A lot of the girls on ANTM will look strange, but then take really cool pictures, but not with Celia.  She looks very strange in her pictures too.  Now, at least this girl has some talent.  She was good at the posing challenge, and she seemed to do alright during the photo shoot, but still, if you look that masculine it is kind of hard to cover up!  The best part of the episode, though, was when Celia decided to be the queen bee and stand up to Tyra, trying to tell her that Tahlia wanted to go home, so Kortnie should stay.  When she mentioned maybe doing that before the elimination it was one thing, but then when Tahlia is the first one to be called up, meaning she had the very best picture of the week, it seems a little idiotic to try and argue with the judges.  I would think she would have some sense to see that before she went and basically put a big red target on her back for both the judges and the other girls.

     

    Allison Allison:  Now here is an example of a strange looking girl that makes a good m odel!  I don’t know what was up with her whole “I’m jealous you had a bloody nose” thing, but she has seemed pretty normal now that the show is actually going on.  Maybe that was just a ploy to get casted.  In any case, she actually is one of my favorites.  I would say she has a pretty good chance of being in the final three if she keep improving.  And who isn’t fascinated by those ginormous eyes?!

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  • One Tree Bore

    Posted on March 29th, 2009 mrs. fos Comments

    onetreehillI have become very frustrated with One Tree Hill lately.  It seems that they are repeating the same stories over and over again.  Dan is trying to make amends for his life while we wait to see if he will get a new heart.  Haley and Nathan are balancing music and basketball careers (will their relationship survive…again).  Peyton and Lucas are together, but there is some depressing, life changing event happening to put a melancholy twist on their relationship.  And does anyone really think they are going to kill off Peyton?  Brooke is in another relationship where lack of communication has left a strain…but wait, there may be hope after all…or not.  Does anyone see this show going anywhere?  I am waiting for a real story line (that hasn’t been done before) to move the show forward, but I’m not going to wait for long.

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  • Jon & Kate Plus 8 Season Finale

    Posted on March 29th, 2009 mrs. fos Comments

    If you watched the Season 4 Finale of Jon & Kate Plus 8 last week you may have been left with an uneasy feeling as I was.  The main part of the show was the usual…kids go do some activity, we watch the cute antics, the parents wrap it up for us in an interview.  Added to the end of this episode was a little post-season interview with the parents as well.  It seemed that there is a lot of tension between Jon and Kate about how to continue on from this point.  Jon basically said that he does not want to do the show anymore and he almost seemed regretful that they did it to start with.  Basically he feels that he has no privacy now.  Kate seems to be happier than ever to do the show.  She made it sound like there was no question they would be back next season.  It was a little weird how they were so open with their differing views.  I know their lives are filmed for everyone to see, but it seems that some aspects of your life should stay private, such as their conversation about whether or not to continue with the show.  I am a little worried.  I think that we may have seen the last of the Gosslin family.  What do you think?

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  • Top 15 Craziest Celebrity Name Changes!

    Posted on March 29th, 2009 mr. fos Comments


    Celebrities have been changing their names since the term “marketable” was invented.  Agents have helped their clients formulate other alias’s in the hot pursuit of making their names sizzle in print, word-of-mouth, and of course, on screen.  Let’s take a look at some of the more extreme cases of name changes, and I’m not talking about changing your name from say Thomas Cruise Mapother IV to Tom Cruise—I’m talking about completely switching it up to the extreme!  Well…you’ll see below.

     carmenelectra Carmen Electra (Tara Leigh Patrick)

    There just is something not as umm…electric about Tara as there is about Carmen Electra.  It begs the question, would she be where she is today if she hadn’t changed her name?  Or maybe that’s not it at all.

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    Bono (Paul Hewson)

    Can you be a rock god with a name like Paul Hewson?  Paul certainly didn’t think so! 
    Plus, why have two names when one can do?

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    Michael Caine (Maurice Micklewhite)

    I mean, M2, or M(Squared) could have worked out just fine for double-M Maurice Micklewhite. 
    Micklewhite?  Sounds like some pale faced friend of Mickey Mouse.

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    Jennifer Aniston (Jennifer Anastassakis)

    Here is a rare example of a celebrity at least keeping one of their names.  Which one?  THE NORMAL ONE OF COURSE!  Look, you can’t go wrong with Jennifer, but come on, Anastassakis!  Yowzer!

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    Gene Wilder (Jerome Silberman)

    For some reason the name Jerome just doesn’t conjure up the image of Gene Wilder above.  But maybe I wouldn’t feel this way if he had kept the name his parents gave him!

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    Marilyn Manson (Brian Warner)

    Brian Warner…something just isn’t as hard rock/scary or controversial about this name.  Of course his celebrity name is formed by combining Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson.

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    Tiger Woods (Eldrick Tont Woods)

    Go get ‘em … Eldrick?!?!
    It just doesn’t have the same ring to it, now does it?

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    Gene Simmons (Chaim Witz)

    Talk about a name change!  Chaim Witz just doesn’t have the proper ring
    for a-stick out your tongue and let’s get rockin’ member of KISS. 
    By the way, did anyone see when he was on Celebrity Apprentice?  Hilarious!

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    Miley Cyrus (Destiny Hope Cyrus)

    Now it seems to me that Disney star Miley Cyrus could have just as easily kept the name Destiny…I mean that sounds like the sort of name you switch to-not from if you are a teen idol.  But what do I know?

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    John Wayne (Marion Morrison)

    Oh John Wayne—or should I say double M?  Maybe we could have wrapped our heads around this, but it just doesn’t seem western enough to have the great cowboy be called Marion Morrison.

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    Elton John (Reginald Kenneth Dwight)

    Oh Reginald Kenneth Dwight—now that’s a mouthful! 
    He decided to switch to the lesser – 3 syllable version.

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    Demi Moore (Demetria Gene Guynes)

    Demetria?  Wow, that’s creative…well, at least part of the roots of the name were retained. 
    When I think of Demi now, all I can think of is Ashton.

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    Jamie Foxx (Eric Bishop)

    Why do standup comedy with a name like Eric Bishop
    when you can have a sweet double “x” name like Foxx?  Plus, how many words even
    contain the letter x?  And to have two in your last name back to back! 
    Man, no one could pass up a chance like that!

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    Wynonna Judd (Christina Claire Ciminella)

    Well her stage name could have been C3 or C to the third power! 
    But no, Wynonna Judd it is, which is in no way like Christina Claire Ciminella…wow, what were they thinking?  Did anyone see her on Kath & Kim…oh wait, no one watches that show.

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    Judy Garland (Frances Gumm)

    Would we have the same fond memories of little Dorothy – Judy Garland
    if she had kept her name Frances Gumm?  I mean what kind of name is that? 
    Drop one single solitary M and it’s something you put in your mouth and chew!


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  • monsters vs. aliens

    Posted on March 27th, 2009 mr. fos Comments

    monstersvsaliens_sixth_mainbg It’s time for a 3d weekend-o-fun!  Put on those glasses and get ready for the newest release from Dreamworks studios.  The question always remains with these films though – will it be good enough to keep the kids as well as the parents happy?  I mean are these types of films still being catered to the young and the old alike?  With such names as Reese Witherspoon, Will Arnett, Seth Rogen, Stephen Colbert, and Kiefer Sutherland – let’s hope that the voice-acting stars aren’t the only thing adults can appreciate from this film.  Monsters Vs. Aliens?  More like Dreamworks Vs. the US public for the last 10 bucks in their wallets!  But let’s see…what do you think?

    Chance of Mr. Fos seeing this in theaters: 56% But your answers could change that! (For myself and for others!)

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    Description: (2009) When California girl Susan Murphy is unwittingly clobbered by a meteor full of outer space gunk on her wedding day, she mysteriously grows to 49-feet-11-inches tall. Alerted to the threat of this new monster, the military jumps into action and Susan is captured and secreted away to a covert government compound. There, she is renamed Ginormica and placed in confinement with a ragtag group of other monsters: the brilliant but insect-headed Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D.; the macho half-ape, half-fish The Missing Link; the gelatinous and indestructible B.O.B.; and the 350-foot grub called Insectosaurus. Their confinement is cut short, however, when a mysterious alien robot lands on Earth and begins storming the country. In a moment of desperation, The President is persuaded by General W.R. Monger to enlist the motley crew of Monsters to combat the Alien Robot and save the world from imminent destruction.

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  • duplicity

    Posted on March 21st, 2009 mr. fos Comments

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    It’s the return of Julia Roberts! Who can’t help but lover her! She hasn’t been in very big film since Charlie Wilson’s War in 2007 and before that (besides a couple voice-acting roles) Ocean’s Twelve in 2004! Wow- Some of my Julia Fav’s:

    Mona Lisa Smile
    Runaway Bride
    Notting Hill
    My Best Friend’s Wedding
    Pretty Woman

    I haven’t seen Mystic Pizza- but need to! What are some of your favorite Julia Roberts films?

    Chance of Mr. Fos seeing this in theaters: 62% But your answers could change that! (For myself and for others!)

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    Description: (2009) CIA officer Claire Stenwick and MI6 agent Ray Koval have left the world of government intelligence to cash in on the highly profitable cold war raging between two rival multinational corporations. Their mission? Secure the formula for a product that will bring a fortune to the company that patents it first. For their employers–industry titan Howard Tully and buccaneer CEO Dick Garsik–nothing is out of bounds. But as the stakes rise, the mystery deepens and the tactics get dirtier, the trickiest secret for Claire and Ray is their growing attraction. And as they each try to stay one double-cross ahead, two career loners find their schemes endangered by the only thing they can’t cheat their way out of: love.

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