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Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows Part 2 – REVIEW

15 Jul

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the midnight premiere of the final installment of the Harry Potter movie series, the Deathly Hallows Part 2. 

We saw it in 3D, in the VIP section, and so, it was bound to be good, regardless. But – as a “Potter” virgin (yes, I’ve NEVER read the books or seen the other films!) I didn’t know just what to expect.

To my (pleasant) surprise, I enjoyed the film! It was action-packed and entertaining, and I knew enough about the franchise to be able to understand the plot and catch on to what was going on. So, even being a newbie, this is a movie that, if you like movies, you’ll enjoy.

Definitely of “blockbuster” caliber (I mean, it SHATTERED midnight box office records!) this is a must-see for the whole family. It made me want to go back and watch the other films, too. The crowd was great, many donning costumes and/or decked out head-to-toe in Harry Potter gear — and I am sure that it was a bittersweet experience for these loyal fans.

But, even for “bandwagon” fans like myself, it was a great experience. The movie was playing on multiple screens and was completely sold out. I never thought at 2:35am that I’d be stuck in “Harry Potter traffic” — but, alas, I was.  The movie garnered $32 million in advance ticket sales alone, all-in-all grossing a whopping $43.5 million last night — an astonishing new record.

I’d say that it is definitely worth checking out; and the 3-D experience on this one added to the fun.

Enjoy — let me know if you “get your Potter on” this weekend, and what you think of the flick!

Read more from Pittsburgh Business Journal, here  and check out Entertainment Weekly’s review, here.

3-D Glasses, Harry Potter-style! 🙂

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part II, VIP Midnight Premiere

Movie Review – An “A” for Easy A!

25 Sep

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending an advance screening of the new movie, Easy A.

One never knows what to expect when going to a “sneak peak” because, typically, we have no “word-of-mouth” reviews from “actual” people to base our expectations on.

Nonetheless, I must say, though, that I give Easy A an “A” grade!

Yes, it was, at points, quite predictable and some of the jokes fell flat. But, overall, the humor was fresh, the story was, in some twisted way, timeless. Amanda Bynes is a great supporting character (I guess she didn’t “retire” from acting, after all?) and Emma Stone and Penn Badgley had adorable chemistry.

In fact, Emma Stone made the movie! Reminicscient of a not-yet-ruined Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls, she was charming, disarming, quirky, and cute…all the while kind of being an oddly vulnerable badass. I’d go so far as to say that Emma Stone will be the new “It Girl” in Hollywood. She already seems to be an up-and-coming “darling” and I wish her a career that goes far. (I just hope she won’t meet the same fate as in-jail-again LiLo.)

The jist of Easy A is this: It is a story that’s semi-inspired by “The Scarlet Letter.” A relatively goody-goody girl (Olive, played by Stone) says she lost her virginity to be “cool.”  She then manipulates the rumor mill for her own social advancement, “pretending” to sleep with guys to keep her reputation, all the while wearing a scarlet “A” emblazoned on her wardrobe, not caring if she loses friends – or self-respect – along the way.

She lives in the mindset that many people share: that it’s better to be talked about, than to have no one notice you at all. Of course, the plan backfires.

But will Olive redeem herself? I guess you’ll have to see for yourself.

SATC2 Premiere – A Sex & the City 2 Glitzburgh Movie Review!

27 May

Last night, I was lucky enough to attend the 96.1 KISS fm VIP Private Midnight Screening and “Pink Carpet” Party for”Sex & the City 2″ with 3 of my girlfriends. (In a Private VIP Box, equipped with leather recliners, free refreshments, and a concierge, I might add! We won that at random, which was a lovely way to cap off an already-fabulous evening of martinis and sushi)

Let me preface this review by saying that I’ve been “training”  for this movie release for a couple of weeks now: shopping, catching up on the first AND last seasons (gotta have all your bases covered) and, of course, re-watching the first movie which I’ve seen a gazillion times (and also saw on opening night.) That being said, I’m obviously a diehard SATC fan. Just a warning.

So, while I was beyond excited to see this movie, and even more excited that a friend gave me the chance to go to this premiere so that I could see the midnight screening, I also didn’t want to have super-high expectations or “set the bar” too high in my head. (I did, however, pick out my outfit a week in advance, an LC Lauren Conrad black sequin boyfriend blazer that I’m in love with. Chose it before I even knew I was going to this event.) Anyway, back to the point: sequels are never as good as the original. I knew that, I expected that, and while I was pumped, I sort of wasn’t going to psych myself out about it. Just putting that out there.

I was smart to do that. Don’t get me wrong – the movie was GOOD. It was entertaining. It was fabulous. As always, the fashions were to die for. The location was amazing. I want to be best friends with Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda. (Especially Carrie. I’m SO CARRIE!) I still find Big to be impeccably smooth, charming. How could any woman NOT love Sex and the City?

That being said….it WAS a sequel. The first one WAS better. And, in my humble opinion, NOTHING will top the show! SATC2 was lacking a little of the hilarity of the first movie, and, to me, didn’t have as much heart. I don’t do spoilers, but I will say that Miranda was a little too “happy” and Charlotte was a little too “not happy” and so that was a little confusing to me as a viewer.

And one HUGE character was missing:

New York City.

While Abu Dhabi was beyond fabulosity, and the glam and decadence was SO “right” for these gals (and it kind of made me want to hop on a camel and visit there!)….there just wasn’t enough of the Big Apple. I know, I know, we got enough of it in the series and the other movie, but, I don’t know – it was just like an old friend was missing, and it was almost absurd to see so much of these girls, who ARE New York, not IN New York — the city that became the 5th character of the show.

Some other items to take note of: Carrie’s wardrobe is still outrageous, but in her own oh-so-fantastic way, girlfriend can still WORK IT! Samantha, despite having obvious work done, has NEVER LOOKED BETTER! Softer, prettier, but still the  inappropriate, crazy, Samantha that viewers either love or hate, but, mostly love! Carrie’s body is to-die-for. Charlotte and Miranda have a particularly touching moment, as they bond over martinis, that had the audience racoucsly laughing-out-loud – but, as LOL-worthy as it was, it was also a genuine moment that moms everywhere – and really, women everywhere, will be able to relate to. And yes, as seen in previews, there’s an Aiden moment.

Duh.

There’s so much to talk about, but so much that can’t be said, because, I don’t want to ruin it for you all and the general jist of this review is this: if you are looking for a lighthearted and fun flick to check out – I do encourage you all to go see this film – ESPECIALLY if you’re a Sex and the City fan. Listen, I said it wasn’t as good as the first, but, with this cast, those writers, this location, this franchise – how could it NOT be a fun and fabulous adventure? Pure entertainment. It won’t be a letdown. It’s hard to top something as stellar as the TV show and the first film.

Sex and the City ….

“It isn’t like anyone else….”

( You’ll get that after seeing the movie 😉  )

PS:  Mini-spoiler: Thumbs down – Watch out for corny and cliche karaoke scene! And a horrible cameo/song by Liza Minelli. I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. The soundtrack would get far worse reviews than the movie. The much-talked-about 80’s flashback is barely a blip on the radar. On the other hand – a thumbs up – super-fun shoes that Carrie scores for $20.00 at the spice market! You have to have the GUSTO to pull those suckers off, though! 🙂


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