Monthly Archives: January 2012

Underworld Awakening in 3D – Gross

What I liked:

The film opens with a quick recap of the previous movies in this ridiculous franchise so I was able to follow the plot without issue (and save myself 6 hours of viewing the first three films – much appreciated).  The action sequences were impressive – which is good because the acting was not.  Most of the film was devoted to gruesome battle scenes with minimal dialogue.  This suited me.  Finally, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) looked amazing in her black latex suit – which encouraged me to do my yoga workout this morning.

What I hated:

This film was another example of why I hate 3D.  The action sequences suffered because image quality was lost in 3D – it actually subtracted from the film’s only good point.  [Side note about 3D in general:  I wear glasses so having to wear two pairs of glasses sucked – oh and my ticket was $15.50.  I could puke.]

The lycans look ridiculous and should be called werewolves, the word “lycan” makes me think of green algae.

The plot, script, and acting were all terrible.  There were some gross parts in the film too — SPOILER ALERT — I closed my eyes for this but there’s a part where a needle gets shoved into someone’s eyeball, and it lasts longer than a second, which in my opinion is too long for an eye stabbing scene.

Favorite Character:

I liked Detective Sabastian played by Michael Ealy (figures, I enjoyed the only human in the film’s acting the most).

Favorite Line:

“My heart’s not cold, it’s broken.” – Selene

Bottom Line:

As with most franchises that produce more than three films (with the exception of Harry Potter) Underworld Awakening wasn’t my cup of tea, however I can see why it would be alluring to a certain demographic (males ages 15 – 30) and so it serves it’s purpose in that regard.  Kate looked hot, there was plenty of violence/CGI effects, and they left room for another film.  Goodie.


3 Reasons to Watch Downton Abbey

I stumbled upon Downton Abbey Season 1 on Netflix Instant Queue one evening last year when my husband was away on a business trip.  I’m a fan of Anne of Green Gables, North and South, and anything involving Jane Austen so I thought this series looked promising.

I was floored.

I had finished the entire season within a day (6 episodes) and was salivating for more.  Finally, Season 2 is now airing on PBS on Sundays at 9 p.m. EST

Why should you delve headfirst into the world of Downton Abbey?  I’ll give you three reasons:

1.  Dame Maggie Smith

Honestly, I shouldn’t even have to offer another reason to watch the show besides the fabulous Dame Maggie Smith.  She plays Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham.  Violet is the mother of Sir Robert, the Earl of Grantham played by Hugh Bonneville and frequently drops in on her son’s family to meddle and opine on the happenings at Downton – particularly with regards to her eldest granddaughter Lady Mary (played by Michelle Dockery).

Violet offers a charm and wit to many a dinner conversation and to viewers, she is an easy favorite since she has no issue speaking her mind.

“Don’t be defeatist, dear. It’s very middle class.” –Violet, Season 2

2. The family/servant dynamic

It’s fascinating to see how the Crawley family interacts with the servants of the manor.  Some are treated with reserve while others are confided in as family.  The servants are especially interesting because of their respective aspirations – for some, a life of service at Downton is all they could ever hope or for, for others they long to be elsewhere.  They bicker, meddle, scheme, and dream as they cook, clean, and wait on the Crawley’s – who are of course preoccupied with their own issues; issues that impact everyone.  I often find myself liking a character one episode and despising them the next (ahem I’m talking about you O’brien).

3.  It’s gorgeous

From the manor of Downton to the gardens, village, landscapes, horses, automobiles, right down to the dresses – this show transports you to another place and time.  I often find myself sitting up straighter and sipping tea while I watch the show.  It’s dazzinlingly beautiful.

Why Everyone in the Universe Should Watch Downton Abbey

Can you spot the Downton Abbey Stars?

The Underworld Movies

My husband insists I watch this series so we can double-date with a couple and see this latest film.  It appears the lovely Kate Beckinsale has saved me the trouble of having to watch all the preceding movies.  True? Thanks Kate.

Where is everybody?

With the advent of Facebook and Twitter I’m increasingly aware of what my “friends” are doing – and how often I’m not included.  Is everyone really hanging out without me?  I know Mindy has the answer to this and many other pressing questions.


“Up” Themed Engagement Photo

Awesome Engagement Photos Inspired by Disney Movies