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Welcoming 2011, Movie Marathon Style

7.January.2011

I didn’t really plan on welcoming 2011 with a six-movie marathon, but my parents had the whole family stay at my grandmother’s place from New Year’s Eve up to the whole of New Year’s Day. Though this is actually the first time this happened, I figured I’d be bored to insanity if I didn’t help myself, so I decided to download some flicks that I wasn’t able to see when they were shown in theaters and watch them to help pass the time.

I started with Angels & Demons (2009). Nothing like a little conspiracy to spice up the lead up to the new year, though I was disappointed the writers/producers decided to deviate (and thus, the movie sucks) from the novel pretty much or even more than The Da Vinci Code did. Still, Tom Hanks delivers his usual superb acting, and even though the movie doesn’t show Vittoria Vetra in her khaki shorts traipsing around Vatican City, Ayelet Zurer still manages to sizzle as Langdon’s smokin’ hot sidekick.

Nothing like a moral absolutist, unadulterated right-wing, sans superpowers vigilante. (Credit: 4iphonewallpapers.com)

Second on the movie list: Watchmen (2009)—one of two movies in this six-movie marathon that I felt I should’ve watched in a kickass movie theater. The cinematography is topnotch, and I’m perfectly satisfied with the amount of violence, blood and gore (and sex) it features—though I have never seen any of the comic books. Malin Akerman is the bomb! Apparently, I’m kicking off 2011 with babes.

Rounding up halftime is Denzel Washington’s Unstoppable (2010). A movie marathon ain’t one if there’s not one Denzel flick in it. My parents saw it on the big screen, and they said it was kind of boring and not really worth the time and money, but I decided to watch it anyway, just to see if they got it right. They sure did. The only bright spots in the movie (at least to me) were Denzel’s great acting (Is there any other type with him?) and Rosario Dawson as a hot, stressed-out yardmaster.

This has got to be one of the funniest scenes in Date Night. (Credit: tinafeyfan.com)

Date Night (2010) led the second half of movies,  and is also the only comedy in the marathon. Anything with Tina Fey in it will always entertain me. Add Steve Carell and it becomes an incredibly hilarious roller coaster ride, with the ups and downs quite literal—as in going up and down in your seat laughing your ass off and/or rolling up and down the floor laughing hysterically.

Next up, Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)—action-packed, but also plot holes-packed. It is a zombie movie, after all, so what can one expect? On the other hand, it is visually stunning (even without 3D), the special effects is as well as an ordinary Resident Evil fan like me could hope for, and the action scenes and matching blood and gore effects are awesome.

Front L-R: Tim McGraw (Sean Tuohy), Jae Head (SJ Tuohy), Sandra Bullock (Leigh Anne Tuohy) Back L-R: Lily Collins (Collins Tuohy), Quinton Aaron (Michael Oher) (Credit: collider.com)

Concluding the marathon is The Blindside (2009). Sandra Bullock’s performance made my eyes well up with tears, that, thankfully, didn’t fall. And quite frankly, I don’t think the creators of The Blindside intended to move its audience to tears, but simply to move and inspire them, and for the movie to be a testament to all the mothers on this earth whose efforts, compassion, and love go unnoticed and unrequited. Moved and inspired I was—I immediately went to my mom and gave her a big hug and a kiss as soon as the movie ended. Also, thanks to this movie, I’ve come across Chances by Five For Fighting, which uplifts my spirit every time I listen to it.

(On a related note: The Blindside left me all warm and fuzzy inside I had to download and watch Silence of the Lambs (1991) and Hannibal (2001) right after, just to balance out my state of mind.)

L-R: Sean Tuohy, Leigh Anne Tuohy, Michael Oher, Collins Tuohy, Sean "SJ" Tuohy Jr. (Credit: sheknows.com)

In hindsight, no other flick would have been a better concluding movie for a movie marathon intended to start the new year.

How about you? How did you welcome 2011?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. 15.January.2011 1:14 am

    Everytime I see stalls selling pirated CD’s, I always wanted to buy a copy of DATE NIGHT because Steve Carell is a comedy genius and Tina Fey has a special place in my heart (lol). But I keep ending up buying some other movie. Maybe its my gut-feel that its not really that good. Maybe I should give it a chance anyway. hehe.

    • 15.January.2011 1:34 am

      Hello, mate. For what it’s worth, I don’t recommend buying a copy of Date Night. Well, unless you’re collecting Steve Carell or Tina Fey movies, or if said copy includes a one-hour feature on Tina Fey, her sultry comedic mind, and her smokin’ hot body. 😛

      But I still think you should watch it, so, how about downloading it? I could tell you about the site where I download movies and how to download all sorts of videos without much fuss (if you’re not familiar with that type of thing). 😀

  2. irishprecious permalink
    31.January.2011 12:26 pm

    The Blindside is one the best tear-jerker movies I watched last year. 🙂

    • 31.January.2011 11:41 pm

      Hi Irish! 🙂

      No doubt. I think The Blindside is one of the better movies of the previous year.

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting! 😀

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