Monday, November 29, 2010

Go See: "Black Swan"

Man, oh man, where to begin? I went to a screening of "Black Swan" tonight and I'd just like to say that I truly believe that Director Darren Aronofsky is truly a cinematic genius. Having directed films from "The Wrestler" to "Requiem for a Dream", Aronofsky has the ability to get inside your head and play with your raw emotions psychologically and visually. With only just seeing a two minute trailer on the highly anticipated, Oscar buzzing film, "Black Swan", I went through such an incredible range of emotions, I'm almost left speechless. There is desire, fire, passion, gore and suspense in this film. And who knew that Ms. Winona Ryder was in this film? So lovely to see her back in action.

Natalie Portman most definitely will get an Oscar nomination for this film. You see her dead on performing difficult ballet steps, making you believe that she is this cowardly, delicate bird-like creature. She also looks like she lost about a million pounds - so teeny tiny. The rebellious Mila Kunis does a great job co-starring alongside the very handsome, ballet prick coach played by the french actor Vincent Cassel and lest we forget the actress Barbara Hershey who plays the kooky, over-protective mother of Natalie Portman's character.

I won't spoil anything for you but be prepared to be surprised by this film. Across the board!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Can't Wait: "Morning Glory"

I was such a news junkie when I was a kid. I even attempted to major in broadcast journalism and after landing an internship at a local news station, I still thought it was the dream job. There are so man fun politics and behind-the-scenes antics that go on in a newsroom which is why I'm excited to see "Morning Glory". I'd like to know how you could go wrong with the stars Diane Keaton, Harrison Ford, Rachel McAdams and Patrick Wilson. All incredibly talented actors just waiting to one-up each other in this film. Oh, and let's not forget "The Fly's" Jeff Goldblum.

But let's talk classic TV news movies. How about "To Die For", where Nicole Kidman plays the crazed weather gal. Speaking of crazed meteorologists, you can't forget "Groundhog's Day". That was a classic Bill Murray movie. Or the depressing flick, "The Weather Man" with Nicolas Cage. For those classic film aficionados, we can't forget the James L. Brooks classic film of the 80's, "Broadcast News", starring William Hurt, Holly Hunter and Albert Brooks. One of my personal favorites was Michelle Pfeiffer's "Up Close and Personal", with the amazing Robert Redford.

So, roll the entertaining trailer now for "Morning Glory". Enjoy folks!

Go See: "Life As We Know It"

I love a good romantic comedy! I can't help it and I surprisingly fell in love with this heavy-at-moments, RoCo "Life As We Know It", starring the RoCo queen Katherine Heigl and "Tad Hamilton's" Josh Duhamel. Whoa, be still my beating heart. That Fergie is one lucky lady.

This film touches you on so many levels, from romance to death to raising a child and balancing your life and falling in love. Okay, it sounds like a recent episode on "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" but you get the drift. The film begins (no, no, don't worry, this is not the beginning of a review...!) with the "perfect" couple played by Mad Men's Christina Hendricks and Hayes MacArthur. Ummm, is that his real name? Sounds like a President's name. And this couple has the perfect baby, Sophie, who in real life is played by triplets, Alexis, Brynn and Brooke Clagett. Now see, I bet the Octomom could hussle some Hollywood work if she wanted.

I loved the cast in this film - you've got the sarcastic and empathetic social worker played by Sarah Burns, and might I mention a now RoCo Alumni as she was in "I Love You, Man" and "Going The Distance", to funnyman comedian DeRay David who plays a baker in Holly's bakery, Fraiche, and the nosy but informative neighbor, DeeDee, played by Melissa McCarthy.

It was also a mini reunion for some actors in this film as Jean Smart (who seemed to have taken an uncredited role) and the suave southerner Josh Lucas are "reunited because it feels so good". Remember them playing mother and son in "Sweet Home Alabama".

But watch it, I honestly believe that you will enjoy and ladies, I even think your men will like it, too!

Take a peek...

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

One To Watch: Dan Fogler

You may have only noticed him for brief moments or smaller roles in various films, but I'm telling you, this guy could be the next Zach Galifianakis. And believe me, that is a compliment. I'm talking about Dan Fogler.

I just watched "Love Happens" with Aaron Eckhart and Jennifer Aniston.

It was great to see him in a more serious role as opposed to the sleazy, douchebag plastic surgeon sidekick in the Dane Cook film, "Good Luck Chuck".

I was even surprised to see him in Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock" starring Demetri Martin. Dan's character in this film, "Devon" is a hippie, experimental actor residing in Demitri's character's farm house during the big historical Woodstock event.

This guy is diverse and even lends his voice in two animated films as Councilman/Yummo Wickersham in "Horton Hears A Who!"...

...and as Zeng in "Kung Fu Panda".

And if that still isn't enough, you should know that Mr. Fogler is a veteran broadway actor. He starred in the role of William Barfee in the Broadway musical hit "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." His performance brought this talented actor a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor (Musical), a Theatre World Award, Outer Circle Award and a Drama Desk Award as part of the Outstanding Ensemble Performance. Talk about impressive! I would definitely keep my eyes and ears open for this guy in the upcoming year or two. He's lending his voice again in the upcoming animated film, "Mars Needs Mom's" and the comedy "Kids in America".

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Feel-Good Movie: "My Life in Ruins"

Don't you love those rocos (romantic comedies)or comedies that you can see over-and-over? I fell prey to one tonight - "My Life in Ruins". It follows the standard equation = quirky + cultural + romance + happy ending. And Nia Vardalos just eminates happiness. I'm always curious as to who are playing the greeks - are they american actors? or really greek actors? As my research hit, here's what I discovered...

...allow me to introduce you to a real Greek actor - Alexis Georgoulis. He plays the character and of course, love interest, Poupi Kakis. He's even from Larisa, Greece. It seems he was a regular on the greek tv show, "Eisai to tairi mou" ("You Are My Mate"), playing the character, Sotiris Bezentakos.

Busted! Playing Poupi's nephew, Doudi (Kakis) is Nacho Perez who is from Madrid. It was too good to be true! I see he was in Pedro Almodovar's "Bad Education".

Double busted and but of course, expected is Ian Gomez, who is Nia Vardalos's husband in real life. He did a great job playing a dirty, pervy hotel clerk. But come on, you know who HE is. He was a series regular on "Felicity" playing Javier, the gay Dean + Deluca manager with Keri Russell, "The Drew Carey Show" and now "Cougar Town". He's an old pro! And of course, he played John Corbett's best friend on "My Big Fat Greek Wedding".

Triple busted! Alistair McGowan, who plays Nia Vardalos's nemesis Nico is bloody british! Apparently his popularity was realized on the show, "Big Impression" in which Mr. McGowan can apparently do over one hundred impersonations, including such celebrities as Tony Blair and Prince Charles. Guess he had a greek tour guide down on his list, too!

Let's not forget the heavy hitter, Richard Dreyfus, who plays the "class" clown of the tour group. Or most notably known for Mr. Holland from "Mr. Holland's Opus" or come on - the dad on "What About Bob?". Even Rita Wilson makes a brief cameo as his deceased wife. (It helps when you're an executive producer on the film.)

Enjoy this film but also be on the lookout for the comedian Harland Williams, who I loved as the weirdo hitchhiker on "There's Something About Mary", Rachel Dratch (former SNL cast member), newcomer Jareb Dauplaise who's been on the MTV show, "The Hard Times of RJ Berger", Groundlings Alum Brian Palermo, and the lovely brit - Caroline Goodall.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Rent It! - "Letters to Juliet"

I just returned from the south and on my return flight, I decided to really veg out and watch the scheduled movie - "Letters to Juliet". I had remembered the trailer and thought it was probably one of those feel-good, romantic dramas and well, it was. It was directed by Gary Winick, who is also known for "Bride Wars" and "13 Going on 30", so I knew he was a credible director for the mood that I was in. It starred Amanda Seyfried - now I KNOW you remember her from "Mean Girls" and "Mama Mia", the amazing Vanessa Redgrave, newcomer Aussie actor Christopher Egan - he was on the show "Kings" and in the film "Resident Evil: Extinction" and OMG-I-had-no-idea-he-was-in-this-film, Gael Garcia Bernal. Be still my beating heart! That was the best part of the film, aside from the various beautiful countrysides of Italy that they ventured around to looking for one's true love. (I'm starting to sound like Giselle in "Enchanted". But Italy is now confirmed to be at the top my list of places to visit. Or to just bloody move to and get it over with! Come on ladies, how many of you read and saw "Under The Tuscan Sun".

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Can't Wait: "Freakonomics" - Releases Oct. 1st

Documentaries are rarely on the top of my "to watch" movie list but once I start watching one, I wish I would think to watch them more frequently. Now, I just watched the trailer to "Freakonomics" and it definitely caught my eye. I had always heard about this book and I was intrigued because the word alone is alarming. I know what a "freak" is and I know what "economics" are but trying to combine this word, well, now that just doesn't make sense. So the duo author team of Stephen J. Dubner (NY author and journalist) and Steven D. Levitt (professor of economics at the University of Chicago) combined their intellect and wrote this book where to me (based on the review) says that everything has a reason and structure behind why it is what it is. But they just describe it more nerdy and scientifically.

This little doc-y flick has quite a star-studded filmmaker roster. It has perhaps more directors than producers. Ha, ha! I worked in indie film so I have grounds and proof to say that! I digress, now here's the rolling credits list - six directors collaborated on this film and they are the following...Alex Gibney - among a laundry list of films he produced, he notiably produced "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" and is working on an upcoming "Untitled Lance Armstrong Documentary"; Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady - known for "Jesus Camp"; Seth Gordon - who directed the ro-co (romantic comedy) "Four Christmases"; Eugene Jarecki - "Why We Fight"; and Morgan Spurlock - "Super Size Me". Whew, now that really is quite an impressive list. With all those heavy hitters behind this film, it is a win-win situation.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Seriously Can't Wait: Avatar Back in the Theaters

For a long time, I thought I was really the last person on this planet, in this universe to have not seen "Avatar". It wasn't until about a month ago, at my boyfriend's who had already seen it, that I watched it in 2D. And yet, I still thought it was amazing. I have been told that 3D really does this film justice, especially all of the flying and action scenes.

So, I would like to share that it has been announced that "Avatar" is being re-released back into theaters starting August 26th, which is tomorrow for us folks on the west coast. I'm actually really excited as I feel that the universe has given me a second chance on being a true filmgoer. It also helps James Cameron and the studios bank a lot more money for this film. Enjoy, er, again!

Can't Wait: The Social Network

If you aren't on it, then what is your freaking problem? I'm talking about Facebook people. Geesh, get your minds out of the gutter. With over 300 million active users (and that was a statistic from last year!), Facebook is so popular that they've made a film out of it. Surprise, surprise. Allow me to introduce you to "The Social Network" starring newcomer Jesse Eisenberg, brit newcomer Andrew Garfield, Rashida Jones, Brenda Song and Justin Timberlake. Oh yeah, awesome cast!

This film was directed by David Fincher. Sound familiar? He directed the oscar-nominated film, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons" and will be directing the swedish-now-US film, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo".

I can not wait until this film releases on October 1st.

Go See: Eat, Pray, Love

Well, well, well, where have I been, you say? It seems I decided to take the summer off. And there's really no excuse for that! I have been catching up with a few films and am very excited about the films coming out this fall. It's always the good ones that get released before the end of the year, in hopes to snap those Oscar nominations. Let me just start off by saying that I finally saw the much-anticipated, "Eat, Pray, Love".

I devoured the book a couple of years ago and knew it was just a matter of time before I knew that they would make a film out of this wonderful memoir. Oh Elizabeth Gilbert, you amaze us with your words.

I don't need to say much more except that Julia Roberts, Richard Jenkins, Javier Bardem and a newcomer Swede, Tuva Novotny. Please, if for no other reason, watch this film because of the food in Italy. It looks so delectable that you will crave pasta after watching. Food Stylist Susan Spungen makes it look so easy. Find out a little more about her and her movie food secrets.

I am off to read Ms. Gilbert's follow-up, "Committed". I hope there's a sequel film to be made.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Go See: "I Am Love"

What a wonderful departure from a big Hollywood blockbuster hit. May I introduce you to, "I Am Love"? This italian subtitled film, which was directed by Luca Guadagnino, (who also directed Tilda Swinton in two other films), is probably one of the most beautifully shot films that I have seen in ages, with thanks to cinematographer Yorick Le Saux. If his name doesn't sound familiar to you, well, you're not alone as I'm not privy to as many foreign films, particularly french films as I'd like but he was the Director of Photography on the film, "Swimming Pool", starring the british actress Charlotte Rampling. Even the music caught my attention, and it normally doesn't, so cheers to composer John Adams.

This film displayed a major distinction between the uber, uber rich Recchi family to all of the many white gloved servants they had that ran their household. This film was passionate, sexy and the ending was filled with build-up upon build-up. It had a steady pace to it which is ideal for weighty films and overall, I think I'm newly obsessed with the filmmaker and the whole breadth of the story.

If you opt for a more refined review than mine, check out Todd Eberle's review on the Vanity Fair's website.

But take a look at this elegant trailer...!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Go See: "Sex and the City 2"

It was every girl's dream come true, for the second time...bringing back the lives of four women who we emulated and lived vicariously through every Sunday night and for a full two hours. Yes, I'm talking about "Sex and the City 2", which was definitely enjoyed more for the clothes, than for the storyline. It's so hard to outdo the original and that goes for just about anything. But seriously, ladies (and gents who were forced to go with their significant others or gay men), can we just say that they had us at the "Liza Minnelli" hello, dulled us with the cheesy humor in the middle and wrapped it up at the end? I almost believe that the highlight of "Sex and the City 2", was the Liza Minnelli dance performance of "Single Ladies" at Stanford and Anthony's wedding. She still has legs that go for miles and can move! Take a look and no, you can obviously tell that this is not an official clip of the film. Shhhhh...! But you will love it!

Don't despair, there are new discoveries in this film such as the hot desert hunk, Max Ryan who plays Samantha's love interest in the desert, and the exciting and bra-less Alice Eve, who plays Charlotte's nanny. And let's not forget cameos by Penelope Cruz and Miley Cyrus playing, well, Miley Cyrus. If you loved the original "Sex and the City", then get your closure and see the sequel. You will still love it, I promise!

Monday, June 7, 2010

'Summer Vacation' Movies

Every day I learn something new and if I don't, you might as just declare me as D.O.A. In the entertainment industry, I am often reminded of the ups and downs of people's behaviors. Who you think someone is, isn't always who they appear? But maybe they're just "acting". Welcome to Hollywood, baby!

It is at those moments where I want to consult my inspirational daily cheerleader, TUT which are little Notes from the Universe. They are daily affirmations that tell me how amazing and great I am. Aw, squish!

And to take my mind off of those excruciating moments, I let my mind reminisce about my fondest memories of summer vacation (can you just hear the song - "Summertime" by Will Smith - lingering in your head?) themed movies such as National Lampoon's Vacation with Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo. Not everyone can have flirty moments with Christie Brinkley or have a crazy cousin Eddie. Okay, can you tell I'm a child of the '80's?

Or what about those crazy/reject kids who had to go to "Summer School" with the hottie Mark Harmon or the skinny actress Kirstie Alley. If summer school was that entertaining, I would've gone by choice every year.

Quite honestly, though, I grew up around cornfields and trans-ams in the suburbs of Grove City, Ohio (a small town southwest of Columbus) so my childhood summers were more reminiscent of this film, "Children of the Corn". But don't think we actually killed people for our summertime fun, it was more like cruising the malls or swimming at a friend's house. Please, as if!

President Obama Receives Peace

I thought I'd switch around our gears and think politically, which I rarely do and I admit, I'm embarrassed to admit it. So, food for thought - what do we think about President Obama accepting a Nobel Peace Award...?

He is the 4th president to receive the Nobel Prize, after Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Jimmy Carter. After only having been in the presidential throne for less than a year, perhaps it was a bit quick and hasty to honor the Prez. But overcoming the fact that he's the first african american president promising a "change" for the American people, brought about a new wave of hope for the future of this country.

In Obama's words, he said, "Let me be clear. I do not view it as recognition of my own accomplishments but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations."

I love to get a different perspective of the news from across the globe, which is particularly why I am a bit obsessed with the BBC. In this article from The Times, you can tell it already started with a slight bias as the article is titled, "Barack Obama's peace prize starts a fight". "Gasps" were heard in the audience when they made the announcement. Lech Walesa (the former president of Poland) who won the Peace Prize in 1983, delcared: “So soon? Too early. He has no contribution so far.” And our own US-born Rush Limbaugh stabbed Obama in the back by saying, “This fully exposes the illusion that is Barack Obama."

They can say what they will, but I believe it was an honorable award to bestow upon the Prez. He does signal a new belief system that was so badly tarnished by George W. But seriously, in all honestly, don't you think we'd all feel better if our President was someone noble and compassionate, who helped save our land from aliens? Like Bill Pullman in "Independence Day",

or the romantic president portrayed by Michael Douglas in "The American President".

If only we could really vote on this...!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Go See: "Get Him To The Greek"

It's rare when that really funny movie comes along that almost evokes tears because you're laughing so hard. And while I tried not to have high expectations for this film, "Get Him To The Greek" it pretty much met all of my funny bone expectations and more. I was wondering how they were going to cross-over from the origination of the character, "Aldous Snow" who was artfully played by Russell Brand in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall", but the writers handled it quite well.

Now, it's almost a policy of mine to never read a review of any film before I see it. I generally want to see a film because of the talent, director or subject matter and not because it had a good or bad review. To me, it's all bollocks because I see everything. But after I saw this film, I ended up reading a review by writer Andrew O'Hehehir in titled "Get Him To The Greek": 30's screwball bromance. I actually agree with him in most of his point of views of this comedy. O'Hehehir makes a good point that in the big blockbuster comedies these days - the celebrity cameos become the ringers of the show. From "Today Show's" Meredith Vieira to Metallica's Lars Ullrich and Nobel-winning economist and NY Times Columnist Paul Krugman, (and yes, I had to wikipedia who that was!), these star-studded cameos sometimes make the film. Do we need to bring up "Iron Mike" aka Mike Tyson in "The Hangover"?

O'Hehehir equates this film to 1930's slapstick style of comedy (think Preston Sturges or Ernst Lubitsch) sans the over-the-top partying, sex with girls in the bathroom and drug and drunken displays of bromance comraderie. However I would agree with him when he said - "If jokes like that had been conceivable back then, wouldn't Sturges have used them?"

See for yourself - but don't take my review for it. Go see for yourself!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend Mourns Two Stars

Another Hollywood star, rather, stars, fell over Memorial Day Weekend this year. Dennis Hopper, actor, director, philanthropist and photographer, passed away on May 29th.

Hopper directed and starred in the film, "Easy Rider with Peter Fonda, where he won an award at the Cannes Film Festival and then nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. It wasn't until a featured role in the film, "Apocalypse Now", that he gained much more attention. He went on to work in various films including "Blue Velvet" and "Hoosiers" which won him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Role.

He was a bit of rebel in the 60's as an actor and turned to photography. He became quite accomplished and his work has been in galleries and in various forms of the media over the past 40 years. Take a look at Douglas Kelley's interview at a gallery displaying his photography.

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As a child of the 80's, how could I forget one of my favorite shows, "Diff'rent Strokes". Who could resist that lovable kid, Arnold?

Gary Coleman, was always a fighter and on May 28th, he fought his last fight after struggling for years with a congenital kidney disease.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tropic Thunder = Non-Stop Laughter

It really never ceases to amaze me that every time this crazy flick called, "Tropic Thunder" is on cable, I can not stop watching it. The cast of characters is just too much for one to handle. From actor and director, Ben Stiller, to Robert Downey, Jr. to the scene-stealing Brandon T. Jackson. Oh, and did you recall that the special effects, prosthetic wearing actor, Tom Cruise. Hilarious!!!

Each character plays the stereo-typical mockery of themselves as actors. It's great and especially those who work in the industry and live and breath Hollywood, definitely know what I'm talking about.

Oscar Catch-up

So, I'm still trying to catch up on all of this year's Oscar nominees and winners. I recently watched "Crazy Heart" on a flight from NY to LA on Delta. Loving those individual monitors on the backs of the seats. I was really impressed by Jeff Bridges's performance. I always knew he was talented but man, get him onstage with a guitar and he really becomes that country singer we never knew existed within him. The wonderful Maggie Gyllenhaal played such a raw but loving character that I just really don't want to go any further.

I had to say I had no idea that Colin Farrell was in this film and then to find him singing, I have to say - again, I was impressed. And not bad for the first time director Scott Cooper.

Go See: "Ondine"

Oooh, it's good to be back! I went to a screening of the film, "Ondine" tonight in Beverly Hills. Did you know that on Tuesday nights at the Laemmle Music Hall, they offer popcorn deals. I'm talking getting a medium tub of popcorn for $1.50. It made my day - and my dinner.

So, what better way to start off with is with this indie foreign film starring Colin Farrell speaking in his native Irish tongue. "Ondine" is directed by fellow irishman Neil Jordan who is also known most recently for directing "The Brave One", starring Jodie Foster. This is an almost enchanting tale about a fisherman who discovers a woman in his fishing net. His imaginative daughter believes that she's a mermaid but a larger secret is revealed.

Let's see if this intrigues you!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Go See: "Clash of the Titans" 3D

I am still pondering about this film, "Clash of the Titans" in 3D. Maybe it's that I just can't get over how hot Sam Worthington looked in a short roman soldier costume. I kept waiting for a good breeze but it never happened. If you saw the 1981 version, starring Harry Hamlin, you'll find that it's a tad different. Perhaps it's the special effects instead of stop motion, or the fancy plastic 3D glasses that are offered (with a lovely recycling bin at the exit, very eco-friendly!). Sadly, the last 3D film I saw "Jaws 3-D" and they gave us cardboard glasses like these

I won't spoil anything for you as that is not my thing. I specifically don't read reviews for the very purpose that I like to be surprised and don't like preconceived notions about a film. It was well cast, from Liam Neeson as Zeus, Ralph Fiennes as Hades, Mads Mikkelsen as Draco, and Gemma Arterton as lo.

Here's a sneak peek - enjoy!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Can't Wait: Eat, Pray, Love

I absolutely LOVED the book, written by Elizabeth Gilbert. With such an incredible story to tell based on true life events, it's no wonder that Hollywood snatched it up to make it into a film.

"Eat, Pray, Love" is directed by Ryan Murphy who has written and directed several episodes of "Nip/Tuck" and "Glee", and he also directed the Augusten Burroughs memoir, "Running with Scissors".

"Eat, Pray, Love" has an amazing cast starring none other than, Julia Roberts, with James Franco as a love interest, as well as the hunky Javier Bardem. Billy Crudup once again, plays the bad guy, while Richard Jenkens plays the good guy. However, I feel that I've already told you too much about the storyline...! You will have to wait and see for yourself. Unfortunately we have to wait until August 13th. Bummer!

In the meantime, check out the trailer:

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Day!

It's embarrassing how long it's been since I've written in here. But, I'm back! I just saw the amazingly adorable "Valentine's Day" on, ta-dah....Valentine's Day. It was well cast but what else would you expect from Director Garry Marshall, or shall we call him Dr. Feelgood. He's responsible for romantic comedies such as "Pretty Woman" and "The Princess Diaries". There were so many cute moments and even a shocker (gasp!) moment towards the end. But almost the best part is when you watch the credits. Be on the lookout for a killer comment by Julia Roberts.

Hope everyone had a happy heart day!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Happy New Year!

Okay, I'm a little late in wishing ya'll a happy new year but I'm still within the first week back near the 1st and well, in my opinion, it's still okay. Now if I tried that tomorrow, then it'd be a different story. I wish that I could say I saw a load of films over the holidays but unfortunately I didn't. I am happy to report that I did see "Nine" finally. Perhaps I hyped myself up and expected a major grandiose film but I found that it was missing tiny pizazz or oomph that transports you out of your seat and doesn't remind you that you're sitting for two hours and your right knee doesn't hurt from cramping up. It makes me sad to say that I didn't LOVE this film because I am the gayest of gay men. I am, however, obsessed with the soundtrack and immediately went home to download various songs from itunes such as Penelope Cruz singing "A Call From the Vatican".

...and Fergie singing "Be Italian".

And, last but not least, Kate Hudson singing "Cinema Italiano."

Suffice it to say, I loved the music and choreagraphy with such big named stars. So I would highly recommend getting the soundtrack. Happy Listening! (Jazz Hands!)