Bride Wars Movie Review

“Bride Wars” is centered around Liv, played by Kate Hudson, and Emma, who is played by Anne Hathaway. However, putting Anne Hathaway in a movie with Kate Hudson was a bad idea. They had absolutely no chemistry. Also, Anne Hathaway is pretty obnoxious in the movie. Her acting sucks, and it brings the rest of the cast down. However, those of us who love Kate Hudson can get past this.

The two start out as best friends. They are two completely different girls who just adore each other – isn’t that always how it works? Both women get proposed to by their boyfriends at around the same time, and they both want the same dream wedding in the same establishment. There’s a mistake in the computer, though, and their weddings, which should have been about two weeks apart, ended up being booked on the same day. They start bickering about this immediately. One of them would surely have to change their wedding date. However, neither of them were willing to do this.

They both tried to get a head start on sending out their pre-invitation “save the date” notices so everyone would attend their wedding and not the other. Then, since their friendship is now in shambles, they both decide that they want to destroy the other’s wedding. Once they are battling it out, the movie starts to get better. The two play pretty hilarious pranks on one another. Liv ends up with blue hair, and Emma ends up with orange skin. In between these funny moments are pretty boring ones, and I almost completely lost interest few times, but the funny moments sucked me back in.

Things calm down for them before the big day, but one decides to play one last huge prank on the other, essentially ruining the wedding. To find out whose wedding gets destroyed and who gets her “happily ever after”, go see the movie. Honestly, it made me smile, I laughed a little, and it wasn’t terrible. It isn’t the kind of thing I’d watch again, though.

War Movies Continue to Be Popular

If you’re looking to make a lot of money at the box office, there are several themes that are goldmines. Buddy comedies always seem to do well, as do romantic comedies. Big historical epics are a bit riskier, but if done right can pay off with huge dividends. Another type of movie that can be hard to create but has a huge audience is a war movie. Whether it’s based from the general’s perspective or if it’s told by frontline medics decked out in scrubs clothing, war movies are fertile ground for all sorts of topics. Sometimes the movie barely has to be about a war at all-the setting is enough to create a story. Other times there isn’t much story at all and the fighting takes center stage. Whatever the case, war movies have all sorts of built-in audiences like those who have served in the armed forces, history buffs, and those interested in watching a movie about an event that they remember happening in their life.

War movies come in all shapes and sizes. Some movies are technically proficient, showing the ins and outs of the actual battles. These movies tend to be high on special effects, but also strive to be historically accurate. Since books are written about many of the more high-profile battles, there are many out there that could tell if the facts were twisted around. It’d be like putting a scrubs uniform on a soldier rather than their fatigues. They’d stick out like a sore thumb.

But once you get past all the explosions, the fighting, and the adrenaline rush of being shot at, many war movies have a very personal touch at their core. The focus might be on the men and their families, the innocent caught in the crossfire, or the tough decisions those at the top need to make. There are even films that highlight those in scrubs uniforms that take wounded soldiers and try and put them back together again-or at least comfort them in their last moments. Thankfully, most of us have never been in a war, and maybe that’s why we’re so fascinated about war movies. It’s a subject that we’ve seen played out on the nightly news countless times, but that we have no first-hand knowledge of. For all our sake, let’s hope that our war experience stayed relegated to snippets we see on the news, rather than a first-hand account of what it’s like to be on the front lines. If we need more, we can always rent another war movie.

My Top Six Favorite War Movies

When it comes to movies, one of the most revered genres is War. War films have a certain prestige to them, and are expected to be great. It is not a coincidence that so many of the best award winning films of all time happen to be based around historical wars and battles.

This article will discuss some of the greatest movies of this genre to ever be released.

One film that I regretfully have to put on this list is Braveheart. Regardless of Mr. Gibson’s personality and beliefs in real life, he knocked it out of the park with this film. It is not a coincidence that it won the Academy Award for Best Picture of the Year.

Released in 1970, Patton was one of the best biopics of all time, about the controversial United States General of the same name. This film also won best picture of the year, and is considered a classic by any US film history enthusiast.

Schindler’s List is probably the most upsetting movie I have ever seen. Spielberg delivers on all accounts with this film that plays out more like a documentary than an original work. If you are looking for a World War II-based film that will change your way of thinking, this is it.

Saving Private Ryan is another movie that has to make my list. Also brought to us from the lens of Steven Spielberg, and based on the same war as Schindler’s List, this movie takes more of a look at the battle front. According to veterans of this war, the Battle of Normandy is depicted incredibly accurately in this film.

I also have to mention Lawrence of Arabia. Peter O’Toole stars as P.E. Lawrence in this film about a controversial British military figure and his inner conflicts during war. This film is the definition of a classic.

Platoon also is worth mentioning, even if I do not care for Oliver Stone. Charlie Sheen delivers in this Vietnam War epic.

Star Wars Holiday Special – It Really Happened!

The Star Wars Holiday Special was long thought to be just a myth. It couldn’t possibly be true, could it? Could George Lucas really have forced his stars to go on prime time television to act in a musical story about Chewbaca’s family? It had to be a lie. And even if it was true, it couldn’t have been as bad as the rumors said. George Lucas is a genius, after all.

And then came the internet, along with computers that could convert analog VHS tapes to digital video. And finally: YouTube. The world rejoiced even as Darth Lucas braced himself for the worst: The Holiday Special was going to be discovered after all!

Most people I talk to have still never heard of the Star Wars Holiday Special. This is a healthy fact, actually, because the film was every bit as awful as was reported. Worse, actually. But still, the world needs to know! You do, too.

In a nutshell, The Holiday Special was half variety show, half story. The “story” was about a Christmasy Wookie holiday called Life Day. No explanation is given as to the origin of Life Day. One can only assume it had to do with a Jedi coming to save the residents of Hoth in the form of an Ewok. “The Banthas are lowing, the baby awakes…”

Anyway, Chewbaca is doing his best to get home to his family in time for the Life Day Snuggy Rituals, but he is delayed by Vader’s forces. If the footage of Vader and the pursuit looks familiar, that’s because it was lifted directly out of the original Star Wars film. Why Lucas thought this was a good idea is anyone’s guess. The original blockbuster Star Wars movie had only just left the theaters, so audiences couldn’t possibly have been fooled.

While the Millenium Falcon is fighting its way through the bad guys, we the viewers are left waiting with Chewey’s mind-numbingly boring family. They have names like “Itchy,” Lumpy,” and “Farty.” Okay, not Farty, but it isn’t that far fetched is it? Chewy’s family is worried sick about him, so Art Carney brings in a horde of 1970’s celebrities to entertain them. Among these are Bea Arthur and Jefferson Starship, in some of the least inspired performances ever witnessed in that part of the galaxy. There is also a Star Wars cartoon, a circus full of miniature acrobats, and a holographic dancing woman who “entertains” Chewy’s dad. Itchy is a dirty old Wookie.

When Chewy and Han Solo finally arrive, they have to hustle to get to the festival as soon as possible, because they discover Princess Leah will be performing the annual Life Day Carol. The song is sung to the tune of John Williams’s famous Star Wars Theme Music. And just when it is all getting really confusing, the participants start marching single file through outer space. Only then does the hurting comes to an end.

Now that the Star Wars Holiday Special is so readily available, I think we all owe it to ourselves to sample it. If nothing else, let’s do it for George, who is still frightfully embarrassed over it, and would rather we all forget it. But until he offers the public an apology for Jar Jar Binx, I cannot take his feelings too seriously. Happy Life Day, Mr. Lucas! And thanks for the laughs.

Top 10 Best War Movies

This list comprises the war films that got us immersed in the action as well as in deep thought. There have been countless war films throughout the century, but these ones seem to stand above the rest. This list if geared for the films with more action rather than emotional stories (Schindler’s List).

10. Braveheart: We’ll never forget the cry “freedom” at the end of the film. Mel Gibson gives one his best performances as the freedom fighting Scot who leads the Scottish in uprising against the British in 1298. Their are so many memorable lines and battles you feel like you took part in the action.

9. 300: This breath taking film directed by Zach Snyder is one of the more memorable war films of the past five years. He takes you along for the ride as 300 Spartans face of against a million Persians in the battle of Thermopylae. Xerxes tries to get King Leonidas (the main character) to submit, but Leonidas will fight to the death before bowing to a foreign king. Stunning cinematography alongside astonishing choreography, filmed completely on green screen.

8. Enemy At The Gates: One of the better sniper films there is and an exceptional tale. The main characters are loosely based on events. It is about two Russian snipers against the best German sniper. The main Russian sniper is Vassili Zaitsev played by Jude Law. His German counterpart Major Konig is played by Ed Harris. It is an intense cat and mouse game where your never quite sure where the devious Nazi major is hiding. The sniper hunt takes place during the Battle of Stalingrad where the fighting is fierce.

7. Kingdom of Heaven: Set in the medieval era this film is the story of a young man who ends up in the middle of the Crusade battles in Jerusalem. This takes place just before Richard the Lionheart sets out on his last crusade. It does have Saladin in it which makes for some amazing battles. There is an epic final battle that everyone should watch. The special effects and siege machines are spectacular in this film. One of the most realistic siege battles to date.

6. Gettysburg: The bloodiest battle on U.S. soil, Gettysburg has thousands of re-enacters marching over the exact ground that the federal army and the army of North Virginia fought on. It shows the three day battle that was a turning point in the Civil War is shown from the perspectives of both sides, highlighting the fight for Little Round Top, and Pickett’s Charge. Other focuses include Longstreet and Lee’s relationship as they have differing strategic opinions, Armistead fighting on the opposite side of his old friend Hancock, and the Chamberlain brothers.

5. The Last Samurai: A journey of a man who trains soldiers for the U.S. and their new ally Japan ends up in the enemy’s camp. As he learns the Samurai’s ways he finds them enduring and is at peace among them. A conflict arises where he must choose between his former people and the Japanese Imperial Regime and the Samurai who are being suppressed. This film has amazingly choreographed Samurai battles and plenty of bokken (wooden sword) training and kitana wielding action. It is set at the end of the Tokugawa era towards the start of the Meji era. Starring Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe.

4. Full Metal Jacket: A Dark Comedy/War film set in the Vietnam war. With many memorable characters such as Pvt. Joker, Pvt. cowboy, Animal Mother, Pvt. Pyle, Eightball, and R. Lee Ermey as none other than Gny. Sgt. Hartman. With Ermey having real experience as a Gunnery Sergeant the boot camp scenes look very true to life. Stanley Kubrick directs a dark film of soldiers that are under lots of mental stress and how they deal with it.

3. Letters from Iwo Jima: Directed by Clint Eastwood who also directed the American side first in “Flags of Our Fathers”. Shockingly this film was more impressive and had better acting thanks to Ken Watanabe. Watanabe played General Kuribayashi and gives a stellar performance of honor and courage under fire. Obviously this story is the battle of Iwo Jima told through the eyes of the Japanese. It is always peculiar to think what our enemies were trying to do simultaneous to our military actions.

2. Patton: Never was there a more bolder, brazen, fired up General than George S. Patton. This is the film that depicts Patton with his glorious victories as well as some set backs. It gives us a little bit of insight into what the great General was like and how he thought. The film begins with Patton’s career in North Africa and progresses through the invasion of Germany and the fall of the Third Reich. The film may be a little long (3 1/2 hours i think) but it’s worth watching if you have the time. Oddly enough George C. Scott plays Patton, I find the name resemblance an strange and funny coincidence.

1. Saving Private Ryan: Set during the D-Day invasion at Normandy. This story directed by Spielberg tells a compelling story of a squad of Army Rangers that set out to find a Private Ryan whose three brothers have been killed. They are to rescue him so he can go home, so that his mother can find some solace. Capt. Miller (Tom Hanks) leads this squad and they fight through multiple battles from machine gun nests to Panzer attacks, this film has all the war you could fit in a 2 hour film. The famous Omaha Beach scene is so life like you feel like you have to duck for cover.

The Star Wars Movies Will Come to Life in Your Living Room With the Star Wars Lego Sets!

When I was a kid Lego toys were nothing but some building block toys that were a little better than similar toys like the Lincoln logs, but nowhere near as cool as the video game consoles that were starting to become available like the Atari 2600! However, this has now changed and Lego, are the most popular and famous toys all over the world!

In the late nineties Lego saw their profits plummet so they decided that they needed to do something to get the public’s attention again They thought that the best way to achieve that would be to team up with one of the most popular and beloved franchises in cinematic history: Star Wars! This is how the Star Wars Lego Sets were born!

Star Wars is by far the most successful and popular movie franchise of all time so Lego’s decision to make toys based on it was really smart and it really paid off! Star Wars Lego Sets are now much more than just toys or collections of Lego bricks, they have become valuable collector’s items!

Practically every major event, character and spaceship from the movies has been recreated in Lego form in the Star Wars Lego sets! One of the most popular sets for example is the extremely movie accurate Millennium Falcon Lego! Then there’s the Imperial Cruiser set, the gigantic Death Star Set and of course a model based one the most iconic star-fighter ever created, the legendary X-Wing fighter!

The attention to detail and craftsmanship on the Star Wars Lego sets is awesome and like all Lego toys, building them is extremely fun! They’d also be a great father and son project!