"Friday the 13th" ** (out of four): This latest installment in the venerable franchise doesn't aspire to be a great film, just a good slasher pic, and that's exactly what it is.
Assuming that you have not been sequestered on the slopes of Mount Athos for the past twenty-nine years the general premise of the "Friday the 13th" series is probably at least somewhat familiar, to wit: Jason Voorhees, understandably upset at having been allowed to drown by a bunch of feckless camp counselors, seeks revenge on anyone in the vicinity. Since Mr. Voorhees first stalked the woods around Camp Crystal Lake way back in 1980 [note to purists: poetic license is being invoked], he has returned from the dead no fewer than 10 times, bringing his special brand of murder and mayhem to such far-flung locations as Manhattan, Elm Street, and low-Earth orbit.
Barbie is turning 50! And we all know 50-year-women are saggy-boobed skanks who prey on college boys.
(via Bits and Pieces)
"The International" ***1/2 (out of four): Taut conspiracy thriller is elevated above the ordinary thanks to Tom Tykwer's sharp direction and a typically rock solid performance by Clive Owen.
As America's hate-hate relationship with money continues, there may not be a better time to see "The International", a taut conspiracy thriller from "Run, Lola, Run" director Tom Tykwer. Though the ads tout the photogenic pairing of Clive Owen and Naomi Watts, this is really Mr. Owen's movie. The actor plays Lou Salinger, an Interpol agent who, in the opening minutes, witnesses the mysterious death of his partner. This incident, and the requisite misdiagnosis by the coroner, sends Lou down the rabbit hole where he discovers and elaborate conspiracy leading to the titular organization, the International Bank of Business and Credit (or IBBC).
A kitten book as narrated by a 6 year old.
I love the way she thinks!
Did anyone see when Gordon Ramsay stopped by the show on Tuesday? I was cracking up! They need more cooking shows like this and I'd be hooked on the Food Network (way more than I already am). Oh, and Norm McDonald is the sous chef. Cussing and hilarity ensue.... (clip courtesy of Videogum.com)
a touch more after the jump