cinematic roots of: ‘Life as We Know It’

In Life as We Know It, Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel can’t stand each other, but agree to raise the orphaned child of their friends anyway, because an environment of seething resentment and hatred is hardly different from what other kids grow up in. This flick sprang from (among other films)…

Life as We Know It (review)

First of all, any movie that kills off the smashing Christina Hendricks in the opening 20 minutes deserves to be shot down on the basis of that alone. But that’s only the tiniest of the many cinematic crimes of Life as We Know It, which pretends to be something hip and fresh and is in fact relentlessly conventional, even retrograde.

female gazing at: Josh Duhamel

Josh Duhamel isn’t a guy who’s ever done it for me before, but he is so sweetly rated-G romantic in Ramona and Beezus that it suddenly occured to me how cute he is. Though I do confess that all the military gear he sported in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen did pique my interest just … more…

Ramona and Beezus (review)

Oh, America. Keep your little girls away from *Ramona and Beezus.* For your little girls might get ideas into their heads. You know, dangerous ideas about using their imaginations. And about not giving in to bullies or the pressure to be predictable and conventional. And about the value and fun of being their own funky, original selves.

When in Rome (review)

Hello, *sigh*! Enough of those “smart” romantic comedies that force down our throats the preposterous notions that women can be competent at work — sorta — without being idiots at everything else, or that men can ever be adults, or that humiliating old ladies and priests isn’t hilarious.

trailer break: ‘When in Rome’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer… OMG! Kristen Bell is soooo cute! It’s always adorable when cute little blondes are klutzes! OMG! It’s so true that cute little blondes have sooooo much trouble attracting men! OMG! Thank god for magic, which is the only way a cute little blonde could get a date, … more…