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Movie Madness

Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a bicycle messenger in “Premium Rush.”

Just because I haven’t written a movie review since August 20 doesn’t mean that our family hasn’t seen any films. The evidence? Our soon-to-be worn-out AMC Stubs card.

Between the end of August and yesterday, we’ve mostly enjoyed “Sparkle,” “Premium Rush,” “The Words,” “Trouble With the Curve,” “Looper,” “Won’t Back Down,” “Here Comes the Boom,” “Argo,” and “Flight.” Two flicks not included in that list? “Fun Size,” which we saw with the boys when we visited our older son in San Antonio (meh), and “The Expendables 2,” which just might be the worst movie I’ve ever seen. Ever! Save yourself the agony and don’t even rent this dud.

Bruce Willis talks to his younger self (Gordon-Levitt) in “Looper.”

Here’s what we learned during those 11 weeks:

1) Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“Premium Rush” and “Looper”) is great in any movie as long as that awful Seth Rogen isn’t involved.

2) Bruce Willis (“Looper”) is wonderful as long as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone (“The Expendables 2”) aren’t involved.

3) Schwarzenegger and Stallone still can’t act.

4) “Won’t Back Down” deserved a better fate. It didn’t do well at the box office, even though it was a worthwhile movie with fine acting by Viola Davis (who will earn an Oscar one day) and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Amy Adams and Clint Eastwood (as her father) star in “Trouble With the Curve.”

5) We love baseball movies, so we thoroughly enjoyed “Trouble With the Curve.” Amy Adams and Clint Eastwood shone in this daughter-misunderstood father account. I even liked Justin Timberlake in it, but mostly because he’s so cute.

6) The Mister and I saw “Flight” yesterday. I was so glad I had him to hold on to during the realistic, scary plane crash. I hate to fly, so that didn’t help my mindset at all! Although a little too long as well as easily earning its R rating (nudity, drugs, drinking, and many f-bombs), “Flight” is excellent, mostly because of Denzel Washington, who plays the flawed pilot. It really makes you think.

7) Without a doubt, “Argo” was the best movie of the bunch. We were on the edge of our seats the entire time. We almost forgot that Ben Affleck really can’t act . . . almost.

Bradley Cooper. ’nough said!

8) Bradley Cooper’s eyes are so mesmerizing that anything he said or did took a back seat in “The Words.” And in every other movie he’s been in. With this latest flick, as a writer, I was able to relate to his character’s conflict (passing off a manuscript he didn’t write as his own).

In fact, Cooper wrote this blog post!

(Just kidding!)

Just “In Time”

Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried star in the movie.

I was looking forward to seeing “In Time,” Justin Timberlake’s new movie, because the premise intrigued me. What if time literally was money? Could you earn enough to keep yourself alive every day?

Now that we’ve seen the flick, I can honestly say . . . meh. Just not my cup of java, I guess.

Olivia Wilde plays Timberlake’s perpetually 25-year-old mother.

“In Time” is a sci-fi film set in the future where life starts and stops at age 25: That’s when people stop physically aging, but it’s also when their “life clock” starts working. They have to earn time by working or stealing those precious minutes, hours, and years (time can be transferred by hand). People live in time zones according to their wealth . . . or lack of it.

Your time clock is permanently imprinted on your arm.

Will Salas, Timberlake’s character, lives with his mom, Rachel (Olivia Wilde), in a low-class time zone. A time millionaire, Henry Hamilton (Matt Borner), shifts a century of his life to Will because he’s 105 years old and tired of living, and then times himself out (commits suicide).

Note Seyfried’s “appropriate” running-all-over-the-country attire.

Will thinks he’s got it made, but, of course, a twist must happen: His mom tragically runs out of time before her son can give her the minutes she needs to save her life. Naturally, that makes him mad. Time to stick it to The Man!

All those transferred years mean that Will can travel through a bunch of time zones to New Greenwich where the rich live. However, Will was seen on a surveillance camera near Hamilton’s body and is accused of stealing those precious years. Soon he’s on the run from a tenacious Timekeeper (Cillian Murphy) who wants to bring Will to justice.

After the Timekeeper catches him and confiscates all but two hours of his life, Will kidnaps Sylvia (Amanda Seyfried), a mogul’s daughter, and escapes back to the ghetto. The two of them run all over tarnation . . . while Sylvia wears that ever-practical track ensemble of a short dress and three-inch heels . . . robbing her father’s Time Banks and, like Robin Hood, giving the richness of time back to the poor.

Why didn’t they stop to steal casual clothes and comfortable shoes from a JC Penney while they were at it?

The main reason I didn’t think “In Time” was all that and a bag of chips was because the acting was uninspiring and boring. Too bad Meryl Streep and Morgan Freeman don’t look like they’re 25!

If time truly is money, should you spend both on this movie? I’d advise waiting for the rental.

Facebookin’ It at the Movies

This page looks familiar.

Do you Facebook? Even better, do you think that “Facebook” should be used as a verb?

Friends and enemies

Yesterday the Mister, our #2 son, and I saw “The Social Network” at the $5 show. It was a good movie, well worth seeing for anyone who is into Facebook and wonders about how Mark Zuckerberg started the company. The back-and-forth (past-present-past-present) storytelling was a little confusing, but it was interesting to see how a social misfit like the Harvard-dropout Zuckerberg created his empire.

Mark Zuckerberg: The man behind Facebook

I think we all remember characters like Zuckerberg especially from our high school days—that geeky kid who never seemed to fit in anywhere especially due to the lack of a social filter. Ably played by Jesse Eisenberg, the tactless computer science nerd ironically designs the ultimate social networking tool, but, unfortunately, tramples over a close friendship with Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) along the way.

Justin Timberlake (here with Jesse Eisenberg) adds star power to the flick.

Zuckerberg’s head and good sense eventually get turned by Sean Parker, the broke Napster founder who helps drive the wedge between Mark and Eduardo. Justin Timberlake’s portrayal of Parker is excellent—as one reviewer put it, it was so good that we forget that it’s Timberlake in the role.

What’s especially nice about this almost-documentary is that it makes you think about what is intellectual property. Zuckerberg possibly stole the basic idea for Facebook. But, as he said, does “a guy who makes a really good chair owe money to anyone who ever made a chair?” Interesting question . . . and you probably will come to your own conclusion by the end of the movie.

“The Social Network” is rated PG-13. This is a flick that would’ve been rated R back in the day. It’s totally inappropriate for young teens due to language, drug use, and sexual images.

So what did I do after we saw the movie? Naturally, I Facebooked about it!