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Look closely and you’ll see me in this film… by Finally Famous Films.

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See the outtakes…

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Alice In Wonderland The Movie Review – F For Fun

by Jon Pinney on March 12, 2010

Alice In Wonderland Theatrical PosterTwo nights ago I went and saw the new Alice In Wonderland movie at the IMAX 3D in Sacramento.  While I mostly enjoyed the experience and the movie, I don’t think I’d actually score the movie very well.

In fact, while I’d say it was fun and amusing, I’d also say that that the IMAX was distracting, the acting was only mediocre, and the story was a little dull.

Johnny Depp, who played the mad hatter, was mostly a bore.  His characters of late all remind me of each other, and it would have been much more exciting for me to see Tom Cruise or Morgan Freeman play this role.  At least that would’ve been something new.

Anne Hathaway, who played the White Queen, was by far the worst casting decision in the entire film.  Besides the fact that her makeup looked horrible, her acting was shallow and unbelievable and her character was unlikeable.  Every time she was on screen I cringed.

Helena Bonham Carter, admittedly one of my favorite all-time actresses, did a great job as the queen, though her oversized head was almost too distracting.

The star of the show, Alice (played by Mia Wasikowska), was the single breath of fresh air in the entire film.  Her character, looks, and acting were the main reason I enjoyed this movie.

Overall, I’d say this movie is worth seeing.  Though, if I had it to do over again, I would not have watched it in IMAX 3D.  And if you’d told me I couldn’t see it till it came out on DVD, I don’t think I’d complain.


Avatar The Movie Review – S For Spectacular

by Jon Pinney on January 22, 2010

Avatar The MovieWell, if you haven’t seen it yet, you’re one of the few.  Avatar the movie (directed by James Cameron) has already grossed more than any other film in box office history other than Titanic, Cameron’s other most successful movie to date.  At approx 1.7 billion dollars after only 1 month (go here to see current stats), Avatar is on pace to beat Titanic.

I saw it opening night (against my will) and again 2 days later.  I also saw it in IMAX 3D about a week ago.  It is one of the most visually stunning films I have ever seen – despite the fact that the majority of the visual elements in the film were computer generated.  And the creativity involved in this movie (from a visual and world-creation standpoint – characters, creatures, plants, etc.) is spectacular.

Sam Worthington plays the lead male role and performs admirably.  But the star of the show by far (in my opinion) is Zoe Saldana.  Her physical grace and emotional depth come across beautifully even through her CGI blue alien form.  Mention should also be made of the CGI experts that made blue skin not only attractive, but very real.

The only weak point in the film is the story, which follows other similar plots previously explored in Pocahontas and Fern Gully.  In my opinion, the story is told well enough with good enough special effects and acting that the unoriginal plot line doesn’t bother me.  In fact, I enjoyed it thoroughly.

In short, if you haven’t seen this film, I suggest you do.


Labor Day: Lots of Fun. Little Labor.

by Jon Pinney on September 8, 2009

Happy Labor Day! :)

Today was an awesome day.  I slept in.

Then I got up and headed over to my parent’s house to go swimming.  I invited some friends over, and we had a nice enjoyable day by the pool.

The best part was when one of them pulled out the camera… We started taking a ton of crazy pictures.  I’ve included some of my favorites here.  I hope you enjoy.

Our Best Group Jump

Our Best Group Jump

Pep Talk: Getting Ready to Do Tricks

Pep Talk: Getting Ready to Do Tricks

My First Trick:  Going Vertical

My First Trick: Going Vertical

Oh ow, ah hot hot... Should I go in or not?

Oh ow, ah hot hot... Should I go in or not?

Second Trick 1st Attempt: Superman

Second Trick 1st Attempt: Superman

Trick 2 Success:  Superman!

Trick 2 Success: Superman!

And finally the women attacked us.

And finally the women attacked us.

At this point, we decided it was time to do something else.  We went and ate at Quizno’s (I got the Turkey Bacon Guacamole… yum) and then headed to my place for smoothies, a movie, and a nap.  The movie we chose:  Far and Away–with Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise.  I have to say that’s one of my favorite movies, though it is really long.  We thought we’d take a nap while watching the movie (there were 8 of us) though I don’t think anyone ever fell asleep.

My favorite line and moment from the movie…  Joseph (Tom Cruise) says to Stephen (Thomas Gibson) right after he throws him from his horse into the river:  “We’re not in Ireland anymore, you arrogant bastard.”


All About Steve Review… H For Humorous

by Jon Pinney on September 6, 2009

all-about-steve-posterI went and saw All About Steve tonight.  It was a much better movie-going experience than the one I had last night.  Plus, surprise surprise, the movie takes place in Sacramento! :)

Sandra Bullock played a quirky crossword puzzle maker, and Bradley Cooper played a news cameraman.  He was the object Sandra Bullock’s character stalked throughout the movie.

I went thinking this would be a romantic comedy, but it was more just a comedy about believing in yourself and being okay with who you are.  Sandra Bullock’s character was different, and everyone knew it.  The best part is that she didn’t try to change who she was.  She was okay with her quirkiness and accepted it.  By the end of the movie, so was I.  In fact, I thought she was wonderful–despite her quirkiness.

It’s interesting how movies make me think.  I’ve often thought that we all need to learn to be okay with who we are.  I used to have major issues with who I was, and even hated certain things about me.  It was very unhealthy and self-destructive.  I think I’m much happier now…  In fact, I love who I am.  I know there are things I need to work on, but that’s okay.  I’m human, and as I learn and grow, I will be able to smooth out some of my imperfections.

Anyway, I would suggest this movie to anyone who’s in the mood to see a good comedy.  I wouldn’t say it was great, but it was entertaining and worth my time and money. Here’s the trailer…

If you see this movie, I’d love to know what you think about it.  What was your favorite part?


Zac Efron and 17 Again Inspirational!

by Jon Pinney on April 19, 2009

Zac Efron in 17 Again

Zac Efron in 17 Again

Last night I went and saw 17 Again starring Zac Efron… It was a great movie… Inspirational even :)

I loved the story and how it was told, even though it used an idea that has been used in other movies like Freaky Friday, Big, and 13 Going On 30.  Knowing what was ultimately going to happen didn’t change the fact that the movie was well-written, well-acted, and very funny.  Zac Efron showed that he could act in a more serious role, as he played the father of two teenagers and a husband of 18 years.

And having an amazing cast to support and fill out the rest of the movie made it overall a very entertaining movie.  Particularly of note were the characters played by Thomas Lennon and Melora Hardin.  Their romance was humorous and quarky to a pleasant extreme.

If you haven’t seen this movie, I highly suggest that you do.  It will make you feel good.


Christian Bale In Equilibrium

by Jon Pinney on April 18, 2009

Christian Bale in Equilibrium Sunrise Scene

Christian Bale in Equilibrium Sunrise Scene

I just finished watching the movie Equilibrium starring Christian Bale, and it inspired me.

After getting home from the airport, I got onto my twitter account and wanted something to watch as I tweeted.  I hadn’t seen Equilibrium in a while…

My favorite scene in the entire movie is when Christian Bale’s character wakes up and gets to feel what it’s like to see a sunrise for the first time… It is beautiful, and his acting and expressions in the scene are so real…

It reminds me that there are so many wondrous things in this world that I take for granted.  I can feel that same wonder and amazement when I look around too… It’s a choice I get to make.  :)


There is also a great quote that I like from the movie by William Butler Yeats:

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

If you haven’t seen this movie, I highly recommend it.  Although, be ready for some great action and some violence as well.


Will Smith in Seven Pounds

by Jon Pinney on April 18, 2009

seven-poundsSo I was on a plane from Chicago back to Sacramento today…  While I was flying home, they played a movie.  I was reading a book so I didn’t really watch, but I did catch that the movie was Seven Pounds starring Will Smith.  (I also didn’t have any headphones so I couldn’t listen even if I wanted to).

I hadn’t seen it before, but I had heard about it.  Throughout the movie there were times when I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen–and remember, I couldn’t hear anything.  It was so rivetting, and Will Smith’s acting seemed to be amazing (and so did everyone else’s).

By the end of the movie, I was watching it with all of my attention.  I had to hold back tears… and a couple escaped.  I still don’t know exactly what happened, but I do know it was beautiful and I will see it again with sound.

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