Entertainment

My top 10 movies to see in 2011

2011 looks to be better then 2010 when it comes to movies and it is time to see which ones are worth spending that $10 on. Warning, these are the top ten films I am looking forward to this year and you might not agree on them!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

#1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, July 15

After watching part I in November of 2010, I wanted to continue onto part II right then. I couldn’t get enough of Deathly Hallows and it is going to be a long wait for July 15. This seventh Potter book is the best of the series and the first movie may have left out some things, but none of those things were too critical. Part I had emotion, action, suspense and heart and part II should be no disappointment if it keeps the same elements and stays as true to the book as it can.

Girl with Dragon Tattoo with Daniel Craig

 

 

#2.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, December 21

This movie has the potential to be either good or ruined by us Americans trying to copy the Swedish version. As I was reading the book, I could picture Daniel Craig as Blomkvist and wasn’t surprised when David Fincher cast him. It helps that it is being filmed in Sweden and the cast is good too with Stellan Skarsgard as Martin Vanger, Robin Wright as Erika Berger and Christopher Plummer as Henrik Vanger. The question mark belongs to Rooney Mara as Lisbeth. She will have some big shoes to fill since Noomi Rapace did so well in the Swedish movies. Love the book, like the Swedish films, hopefully this version will not disappoint.

Noomi Rapace, Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law get into trouble

#3. Sherlock Holmes 2, December 16

Speaking of Noomi Rapace, she got so popular from Dragon Tattoo that many studios started to court her to star in their movies with Sherlock Holmes 2 coming out the winner. I loved the first one and Robert Downey Jr. will always bring me to the theatre. Jude Law is also back, but not sure of Rachel McAdams. The plot is being kept under wraps and all that is known is Holmes and Watson are after Professor Moriaty, the mysterious character from the first movie. The first one was fun, hoping this one will be too.

Cowboys and Aliens

#4. Cowboys and Aliens, July 29

Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford with Jon Favreau as director, what more could you ask for? A western that involves aliens is intriguing and the trailer looks pretty good. Olivia Wilde is also in the cast and has broken out thanks to Tron and House.

Captain America

#5. Captain America: The First Avenger, July 22

This is just one of the many comic book movies of the year and I think it looks to be the most interesting of them. I like era movies and this one will be set during World War II with Captain America (Chris Evans) taking on Red Skull (Hugo Weaving).

Captain Jack is back

 

 

#6. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, May 20

I am a sucker for these kinds of movies, the ones that you can sit back, relax and just have fun. On Stranger Tides got rid of Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, replacing them with Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane. Johnny Depp is awesome as Jack Sparrow and I think this fourth installment will be a lot different with the new cast and a new adventure.

Chris Hemsworth as Thor

#7. Thor, May 6

I missed out on the panel at Comic-Con, but after watching the trailer for the first time I am more interested in the movie. Chris Hemsworth seems like he is going to make a good Thor and having Natalie Portman as the leading lady isn’t so bad either.

Natalie Portman, Danny McBride, James Franco and Zooey Deschanel in Your Highness

#8. Your Highness, April 8

R rated comedies are always better than PG 13 ones (see the Hangover, Wedding Crashers and Due Date) so this should be no exception. The cast is stellar with James Franco and Danny McBride at the lead with Natalie Portman (she is going to have a good year) and Zooey Deschanel as the women in their lives. The trailer looks funny and the fantasy element should make it a little more intriguing.

Jason Segal and the Muppets

#9. The Muppets, November 23

The kid in me is excited for this movie. It has been a long time since we have seen the Muppets and Kermit the Frog is not one to forget. Jason Segal and Amy Adams join the gang for their first film in a long time.

Jeremy Renner, Tom Cruise and Paula Patton of Mission Impossible 4

 

#10. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, December 16

I am a fan of the Mission Impossible movies and am looking forward to this new one. I am one of the few that don’t really have a problem with Tom Cruise these days. The cast adds to the appeal of the movie with Jeremy Renner, Josh Holloway, Simon Pegg and Michael Nyqvist (from the Swedish Dragon Tattoo) added to the mix. Having JJ Abrams as a writer doesn’t hurt either.

Other notable releases:

Scream 4, April 15: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette are back for the fourth installment of the series as the ghost face killer comes back to Woodsboro. Fans of the original will probably watch this new one with younger people being appealed by Kristen Bell and Emma Roberts.

Water for Elephants, April 15: This is Robert Pattinson’s role outside of Edward Cullen and I think he might have a chance to prove himself here. The movie is from the best-selling novel from Sara Gruen. With Reese Witherspooin and Christoph Waltz also in the cast I think this is going to be a hit.

The Hangover Part II, May 26: The Hangover was a success at the box office and was pretty darn funny. Hopefully this one can be as funny and has the potential with all the guys from the first one coming back.

X-Men First Class, June 3: This may be a chance for the X-Men franchise to have a good re-boot. X3 was terrible and the X-Men need to do something to erase it from out memories. James McAvoy leads as Professor Xavier.

The Green Lantern, June 17:  Ryan Reynolds is the lead with Blake Lively as his love in, once again, another comic book movie. I am not 100% sure about it, but most likely will watch.

Cars 2, June 24: Lightning McQueen and Mater are back in a race around the world. Cars was a huge success for Pixar and they are looking to repeat that success. Hopefully this one will be as charming as the first.
Edward gives Bella the business

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I, November 18: As a reader of Twilight you would think this would be on my ten must see list. The problem is I loathed this book and am not really dying to see the movie. The plot was week and there is not enough source material to make two movies. It will be interesting to see what they come up with to fill the time. Plus, there is no way that they will show the supposedly mind blowing sex that Edward and Bella have. Damn these books for appealing to teenagers!

Chris Evans may win the battle of abs

It will definitely be an entertaining year for movies. It will be interesting to see what stars will break out and which comic book adaptation will rule. I think Thor and Captain America will duke it out with Chris Evan’s chest becoming the winner.

 

 
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Looking back on 2010/Looking forward to 2011

Goodbye 2010, hello 2011

Happy New Year! It is already that time where we think about what happened in the past year and look ahead to things that we want to happen in the new year.  2011 has already started off as a deja vu and it has made me realize there are some things I would like to change.

Looking back on 2010:

2010 was definitely an up and down year. It started off with my personal life taking a tumble and having to adjust to living alone again. I think I am still adjusting to it and it is hard to go back to something that you have a hard time with. I got back on my feet and decided that I wanted to go back to school to get a degree in Communication. As I have always said I want to be an entertainment writer and I have spent the last ten months trying to figure out how. I decided on school again because I wanted to get better at being a writer and learn the fundamentals of communication. To help with my career journey I joined Examiner.com as the Portland TV Examiner just to get my name out there and add a little experience to any resumes. By September I had been asked to join another website called TV Geek Army to recap and do news pieces on TV shows that interested me. So far it has been a fun experience and hopefully it will somehow help me down the road.  

Standing outside of Epcot

My ups of 2010 definitely were my travels. In May I spent a week in Florida with some family and friends and it was one of the best trips that I have taken. We spent most of our time at Disney World with a side trip to Cocoa Beach. I saw some amazing things and had the best time; Disney World was just an experience by itself! You definitely need to spend a week there to enjoy it all. My only disappointment from the trip was not being able to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We arrived about a couple of weeks too early! It is on my must see list and a future trip is in the back of my mind.

My favorite Comic-Con moment

 In July a couple of friends and I attened the San Diego Comic-Con. I had always wanted to do this so I was able to talk my fellow geeks into going. We bought our tickets in October of 2009 and waited a long nine months for the event. Comic-Con was probably the coolest thing that I have done in my life. We got to meet celebrities and attended panels for anticipated movies. My favorite moments were meeting Nathan Fillion and getting to go to the Entertainment Weekly party where I got to meet my favorite writers. I think this is one trip where I  hardly had any bad moments and all the people I met were really nice.  There is nothing quite like a visit to Comic-Con and always be glad I got to attend. It was a chance for the geek in me to be fully let loose! I do want to go again, but would be satisfied with just the one experience.

I ended my travels with a trip to Maui with my father and stepmother. They had invited me to go earlier in the year and who could say no to Hawaii? We had an amazing time and so far I have not seen a place as beautiful as Maui. We got to see the sunrise at almost 10,000 feet, swam with a turtle and experienced some of the best food that I have ever had. I think Hawaii will always be on my “must go back” list.

My downer of the year was losing my stepfather in August. This was the first personal death that I have experienced in my life and it was very hard on the family because it was unexpected. I have lost grandfathers, aunts and uncles, but nothing compares to losing a parent. As of now it is still a fresh wound and it is hard not to think about it every day. For me it was a wake up call and it made me realize that nothing is certain in life and it is not something we should take advantage of. It helped me realize that one of my goals in life is to experience as much as possible.

Looking forward to 2011:

For the last couple of days I have been thinking about the changes that I would like to make in my life. I haven’t really been myself for the last couple of months and I would like to get back to being me. I think the stress of  trying to figure out what I want to do with my life, finances and personal loss have taken a toll on me mentally.

My first step has been to take winter term off from my communication studies and figure out what I really want to do. School is stressful and expensive and I want to figure out if it will be worth it in the long run.  It was a last-minute decision where I dropped my classes a day before they were suppose to start, but I think a little less stress will make me feel better. I will probably go back in the spring time, but at least have the next three months to figure some stuff out.

My next goal is to see how I can lower my expenses and get to the financial position that I would like to be in.  Last years moving and travel expenses left me with less than I wanted, so my goal is to get back to a good financial position. So far, this is what I have to improve things. I think day by day my list  will be longer, but don’t want to start out with too much on my plate.

Another Disney trip in the works

One thing that I am looking forward to this year is a family vacation to Disneyland in June. My nephews are very excited to go to Mickey Mouse’s house and it is going to be fun to go with the whole family. Yes I know I go to Disneyland way too much, but it is my favorite place to go. It will be even more fun experiencing it with some family members who have never been before.

 I don’t really have anything else planned right now, but it is still early in the year! There are places I would like to go, but I think I am going to wait until 2012 so I can save up for the things I have always wanted to do like an out of the country experience.

I am hoping that 2011 will be better than 2010. It can’t promise me anything, but the least I can do is to be hopeful about it.