Revolver (2005) D+

The hazard of mail in Blockbuster DVDs is that sometimes you get DVDs in the mail that you forget you even wanted to watch in the first place. Kudos to whoever created the trailer for Revolver (2005), they did what the filmmakers couldn’t – made it interesting. Why don’t more trailer people make movies? That’s what I want to know! I mean, seriously, is there anything worse than seeing a CAPTIVATING movie trailer then to be disappointed when the movie sucks?! No. There is nothing worse. It makes me want to go and kick the trailer makers in the balls for being so good at their job. That’s not fair, I know, but neither is raising my hopes.

The film felt like watching two different equally mediocre films. It’s one of those movies where just when you think the plot is making sense to you it does something completely retarded like randomly make small characters important to the crux of the entire movie and rotoscoping. Yes, there is even random rotoscoping. I love a good rotoscope, but it should make sense and not be RANDOM! The individual scenes of this film are great. And it *could* have been fabulous, but it wasn’t. It just wasn’t. The only reason I gave it a plus was the fact that Ray Liotta was in it, but even that isn’t much of a saving grace.
There were some really cool trailers on it, though…

Katy Perry

Every so often, a new musician comes out that I get excited about. The thing with me is that I’ll sit and watch any movie or TV show at least once, but music has got to have some sort of real hook that gets me interested. Well, with song titles like, ‘I Kissed a Girl’ and ‘UR So Gay’ and Aaron telling me, “You are gonna love this!”, Katy Perry caught my attention.

A comment on emo “bois” and metrosexuals, ‘UR So Gay’ is a fun breakup song that is joyfully bitter as she sings, “You’re so gay and you don’t even like boys” with the most sarcastic of smiles and a twinkle of “f*** you” in her eyes. The snarkiness makes her truly a girl after my own heart.

‘I Kissed a Girl’ is a fun pop song (I know, pop POP?!… I can’t believe I willingly have it stuck in my head either). She has a very bold and signature look and graphic style and is different. She’s pop, but has a certain edge that makes her appeal to chicks like me – the smart, classy ones who aren’t afraid to stand out. She also has a genuinely fabulous voice. Her album, One of the Boys, comes out on June 17th and I can’t wait to hear it!

((Oh, and keep your eye out for my upcoming review of it))

Recount (2008) A+

Recount dramatizes the behind-the-scenes actions that took place during the historical 2000 election. This film is a timely reminder of the highly politicized and partisan legal machine that runs the United States and how much of a sham it is. From the very beginning, this film invites you to be a fly on the wall of Florida’s Election 2000 recount.

Despite the seriousness of the subject matter, Recount is punctuated with moments of wit and fantastically written dialog. Kevin Spacey, Dennis Leary and Laura Dern all give very enjoyable performances. Kevin Spacey’s portrayal of Ron Klain as the story’s determined hero pulled me in immediately and I knew that this political film would be anything but boring. Laura Dern’s performance of Katherine Harris would have been a hilarious caricature, if it wasn’t so on the nose accurate.

Recount is just like that movie that you watch in your high school history class that inspires you to learn more about American government. I applaud the decision to use archival news footage throughout as it really pulled me back to the year 2000 and added crucial credibility to the historic accuracy.

Whether you are Democrat or Republican, Conservative or Liberal Recount speaks to the American public as a country, not two parties as the film states in more than one instance. It reminds us that no matter who the players are what is most important is the fairness and objectivity of the process rather than the politics of the winning candidate. Its broadcast in this crucial election year is very timely and I hope that any American who sees this carries away a message of hope for the coming election. Hopefully, the politicos of all parties who will be involved in the 2008 election take from this film an important lesson in what it means to truly serve the people and stay true to the process of Democracy that should be something we can be proud of.