Archive for November, 2010


Tangled / Love and Other Drugs / Faster / Burlesque / The Next Three Days

Tangled / Love and Other Drugs / Faster / Burlesque / The Next Three Days

Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Today was Thanksgiving. For my Spartan Phoenix Movie Marathon Man Blog I knew I had to include my Thanksgiving Day tradition. I spent it with my girlfriend Jane and her family. She had her visiting 95-year-old grandmother and uncle visiting as well. Jane’s mom outdid herself with a wonderful feast. Traditionally no matter where I spent my Thanksgiving my tradition always included a movie theater visit sometime during the day. I asked Jane for three things for Thanksgiving so I could keep some of my traditions while I spent Thanksgiving with her and her family. I asked for mac and cheese and marshmallows to be present at dinner. And I asked her to accompany me at a movie for Turkey day. So after some football and dinner Jane made good on my third and last request and we went to the movies.

The movie we saw tonight was The Next Three Days 2010 starring Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks and Olivia Wilde. It’s about a married couple’s life that is turned upside down when the wife is accused of a murder. Russell Crowe’s character plans his wife’s escape from jail and their life on the run. This movie had promise. The idea was sound, but the overall execution failed badly when it came to the story line and the excessive running time of this movie. This movie was about two hours and 20 minutes long. The movie was 40 minutes too long. The movie took too long to get to the final escape plan. The end of the movie was good, but my god, it dragged out way to long to get there. I was very disappointed in this movie. Try again Russell Crowe.

Saturday November 27th, 2010

Today was movie marathon day. I was looking forward to spending some time by myself at my favorite movie theater with the cool custom soda machines. The first movie I saw was Burlesque (2010) starring Cher, Christina Aguilera, Eric Dane, Cam Gigandet. Kristen Bell and Stanley Tucci. A small-town girl ventures to Los Angeles and finds her place in a neo-burlesque club run by a former dancer. I’ll say straight up that I did enjoy and recommend this movie. Its got something for everyone. For the straight guys its got hot chicks in skimpy outfits doing sexy dances. The chicks will dig it cause, well its got lots of dancing, female stars and hot guys like Mc Steamy from “Grey’s Anatomy” and Cam Gigandet from Twilight. Come to think of it gay guys will like it for the same reason as the straight girls, plus not only does it star Cher but she also goes a couple of singing numbers. Cher and Stanley Tucci were the stand out characters in this film for me. Both were very entertaining to watch. Kristen Bell played the bitchy character, but she looked hot. I remember her from a very cool TV show Veronica Mars. Christina Aguilera was well…. Christina Aguilera. She can act but it felt like she was playing herself. Burlesque has some great singing, dancing numbers and hot chicks in skimpy outfits, I have to recommend it!

The second film I saw was Faster (2010) starring Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton and Carla Gugino. An ex-con sets out to avenge his brother’s death after they were double-crossed during a heist years ago. During his campaign, however, a veteran cop and an egocentric hit man track him. I was looking forward to this movie cause Dwayne Johnson was returning to an action film as he took a turning doing lame kid friendly flicks. With the exception of Race to Witch Mountain, he did crappy kid flicks like The Game Plan and Tooth Fairy. I so wanted to like this film, but I didn’t, it was disappointed. Here’s why. This is a revenge flick where the action fell short than expected. In action films you are suppose to like your leading character, as they should exude charisma, humor and some other likable quality. Well, Dwayne Johnson’s character didn’t have any of these qualities. His character was not likable at all. As he seeks his revenge he’s nothing but a cold-blooded executioner. He was like The Terminator. You don’t root for The Terminator, you root for Sarah and John Connor. I didn’t even consider this an action film. There was one scene in the film where he confronts one of the persons that didn’t kill his brother but was there and witnessed it. This character had regretted his decision and went straight to change his life. Dwayne Johnson’s character was going to kill him execution style. I told myself if he shoots him I’m walking out of this theater. Well it didn’t happen, but the movie never got better. Dwayne Johnson needs a do over for his next action film. Dwayne Johnson has great charisma; unfortunately he lost it in this film and needs to find it again.

The third film I saw today was Love and Other Drugs (2010) starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Oliver Platt and Hank Azaria. Maggie (Hathaway) is an alluring free spirit who won’t let anyone – or anything – tie her down. But she meets her match in Jamie (Gyllenhaal). I’m a big fan of Anne Hathaway and was looking forward to seeing this movie. I had just seen her on Saturday Night Live and she mentioned that she did some nudity for this film. Bonus! Well she didn’t let me down. For you guys out there this movie gets the “boobie” alert. Its rated R for lots of Anne Hathaway boobage and more boobage in a party scene. But I digress. This movie was good. I enjoyed the chemistry between Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway. I also liked the movie for personal reasons. Jake Gyllenhaal’s character finds out that Anne Hathaway’s character has the first stages of Parkinson’s. This creates problems within the relationship, as Anne Hathaway’s character doesn’t want to burden him with her health issues. I understand what Jake Gyllenhaal’s character is going through as it hits home with me. The movie has a happy ending which I was relived with, so I recommend this film. Check it out.

The last film of the day I saw was the computer animated 3D showing of Tangled (2010) starring the voice talents of Zachary Levi, Mandy Moore, Donna Murphy and Ron Perlman. The longhaired Princess Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but when she falls in love with a bandit who was passing by she must venture into the outside world for the first time to find him. This movie was a lot of fun and very enjoyable in 3D. All of the characters including the bad buys where very entertaining to watch. The scene-stealer was Max the horse. There was some musical numbers that weren’t cheesy which I thought was cool. The movie was funny and very charming. While I was watching this film I kept thinking that I would love to take my girlfriends daughter who is five years old to see this film. There were a couple of scenes that she may find scary, but she is going to fall in love with Max the horse. I talked to Jane about it. Apparently they saw a TV trailer commercial of Tangled while I was at my movie marathon and her daughter really wants to see it. So we made plans to see it together this coming week.

So to sum up, The Next Three Days = suck, Burlesque = doesn’t suck, Faster = suck, Love and Other Drugs = doesn’t suck and Tangled = definitely doesn’t suck.

You know where to find me, till next time my movie peeps! – Spartan Phoenix       

Total movies seen in the theater to date since February 1st 2010:  158

  • February           2010: Movies Seen: 12
  • March              2010: Movies Seen: 14
  • April                 2010: Movies Seen: 16
  • May                  2010: Movies Seen: 18
  • June                 2010: Movies Seen: 19
  • July                  2010: Movies Seen: 14
  • August             2010: Movies Seen: 21
  • September       2010: Movies Seen: 17
  • October           2010: Movies Seen: 14
  • November       2010: Movies Seen: 13

Harry Potter Deathly Hallows / Unstoppable / Saw 3D / Morning Glory / Skyline

Harry Potter Deathly Hallows / Unstoppable / Saw 3D / Morning Glory / Skyline

Monday November 15th 2010

Today was an ugly day in Atlanta. It was raining, cold and gray outside. It was the perfect day for a Spartan Phoenix Movie Marathon. Today I headed to my favorite AMC multiplex. I love this theater cause its pretty clean and they have these awesome re-fill soda machines that have a wide variety of soft drinks to choose from.  I usually get my raspberry diet coke fill up first. My next refill is an orange diet coke; my third re-fill if any is the classic cherry diet coke. Today I targeted four brand new movies. 

The first movie I saw today was Unstoppable (2010) starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pine and Rosario Dawson. With an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train barreling toward a city, a veteran engineer and a young conductor race against the clock to prevent a catastrophe. This movie was awesome. It was thrilling, emotional and action packed. This movie was a lot more fun than I expected it to be. This movie was directed by Tony Scott who is famous for in your face action. Mostly because his shots of actors faces are close ups to give a more dramatic scene. The chemistry between the main cast was great. Even the supporting cast was a lot of fun to watch too. I also enjoyed the scenery and backdrop of the film. The overall look of the film was impressive. This movie is worth a looksee, check it out.

The next film I saw was Saw 3D (2010) starring Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Cary Elwes and Sean Patrick Flanery. As a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw’s brutal legacy, a group of Jigsaw survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen, a man whose own dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror. OK, the only reason I went to see a Saw film was because this one was in 3D. I have tried to see most 3D movies released this year cause after all it is the year of “3D”. I have not seen any of the previous SAW films in their entirety. I’m not a fan of most horror films and especially torture horror which the category these Saw films fall under. I don’t really see the appeal of these films, but after seeing this recent installment of the Saw franchise its obvious there is a market for these films. There has also an ongoing continuity storyline between these films and returning characters that does add a mystery who done it aspect to it. As for the 3D aspect to this film it really didn’t add anything to the movie for me. There were a couple of in your face scenes that tried to take advantage of the 3D technology but fell flat for me. The most interesting thing about these movies is the complicated human death traps that the victims find themselves in. It always involves someone having to make a bloody self-sacrifice to stop the machine from completing its own bloody conclusion. The torture machine always wins out. When I saw these machines at work in the movie I kept thinking about the elaborate cartoon drawings of self help machines by Rube Goldberg that my mom introduced to me as a child.

Here is a link to Rube Goldberg and his comically involved complicated inventions: Rube might be turning over in his grave if he knew what the Saw movies were up too. As for Saw 3D I don’t get it, but maybe you do.

Morning Glory (2010) starring Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson and Jeff Goldblum. An upstart television producer accepts the challenge of reviving a struggling morning show program with warring co-hosts. This movie was kind of cute. It reminded me of Working Girl (1988). Lead star Rachel McAdams was very charming. Like Working Girl Harrison Ford costars, but as a very different character. He plays an accomplished but very grumpy newsman not too happy to be anchoring a local New Jersey morning show. My favorite part of the film was the chemistry between Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton who plays the co-anchor. The movie was predictable but like I said… cute. Its not a must see but maybe a wait for home video.

Spoiler Warning!

Skyline (2010) starring Eric Balfour, Donald Faison, Brittany Daniel and David Zayas. Strange lights descend on the city of Los Angeles, drawing people outside like moths to a flame where an extraterrestrial force threatens to swallow the entire human population off the face of the Earth. After seeing the trailers for this alien invasion film that doesn’t star any A-list actors I didn’t have high expectations. I guess this was a good thing, cause I did find myself enjoying this movie… somewhat. I liked the concept of the movie and the design of the aliens. Being from Southern California I also enjoyed watching the destruction of Los Angeles. The effects were pretty good. I give no acting awards here, but I wasn’t expecting it and the acting wasn’t bad anyways. What I liked best about this film was the way it ended. Most alien invasion films end on hope or the defeat of the invaders. This movie does not. It seems there is no hope and they were not afraid to kill off most of the cast. I’m curious if a sequel is being planned cause they way it did end it I was wondering where they would go with the continuing story. I recommend this movie, check it out when you can.

Saturday November 20th, 2010

Today I saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Ralph Fiennes. As Harry races against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, he uncovers the existence of three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows. I dropped the ball on seeing this movie sooner than I did. I was under the weather this week and didn’t plan accordingly to try to plan ahead and see a midnight showing. It was Thursday night when I was working till 10pm and a co-worker of mine had already bought their midnight tickets for the midnight show that was two hours away. I was told that all of the showings at this theater were sold out. After work I went to another theater that had multiple midnight showings. When I got there they were all sold out too. Damn. I had a wonderful date Friday night with my girlfriend so I planed to see an early evening showing on Saturday.

When I showed up at the theater, it was packed with theatergoers and many showings of the Harry Potter movie. But I had no trouble getting into the 6:40pm showing and finding a good seat. What I love about the release of big blockbuster films is the premier of new movie trailers for upcoming big movies. The two coolest trailers were of Green Lantern (2011) starring Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively and Cowboys & Aliens (2011) starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford.

As for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 It was very dark, but I liked it. This is one of those movies that you have to treat the books and the movies as two different entities. Don’t expect the book to translate exactly into the movie. Enjoy the movie for what it is, just a movie. The same goes for movie remakes. Check out an older post I did that covers that subject on the new Karate Kid film: What I like best about watching the Harry Potter films for the first time is what I’m gonna see in the film and how they may change or add scenes that are not written in the books. I was pleased with the casting of the new characters with the exception of the character Mundungus Fletcher. I liked the casting of Xenophilius Lovegood played by actor Rhys Ifans. I only wish they made him look older. The perfect casting award goes to Helena Bonham Carter for her portrayal of the evil Bellatrix Lestrange. Although she’s been in the earlier films, she shines more in this one. The scene that was very touching and was done well was the death of the character of Dobby voiced by Toby Jones. The other thing I really liked about this film was the country locations they shot a lot of the camping scenes while Harry and friends were on the run. These locations were very beautiful. But my favorite scene was the telling of the story of the Deathly Hallows through some really cool an imaginative animation while being voiced by Hermione Granger played by Emma Watson.

 I liked this film much better than the previous film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009). Whether I recommend it or not, if you like the Harry potter series you will see this film. I did like it and can’t wait for the final movie.

I did want to give a high recommendation of the Harry Potter audio books even if you already read the books. The audio books are the best there is, and trust me I know. I have an extensive audio book collection cause I did a lot of traveling and love listening to audio books in the car. The audio books are read by Jim Dale Jim is an accomplished actor and voice actor. His performance on the Harry Potter audio books is superb. He does such a great job with the different voices of all of the characters; his work is next to magical. He has won several Grammy awards for his work on the Harry Potter audio books. Listening to Jim read the books are like sitting next to a warm fire and hearing someone tell you a great story. In 2006 Jim was the first person inducted into the American Audio Publishers Hall of Fame. Do yourself a favor and check out the Harry Potter audio books. 

More to come my movie nerds stay tuned! – Spartan Phoenix

Total movies seen in the theater to date since February 1st 2010:  153

  • February           2010: Movies Seen: 12
  • March              2010: Movies Seen: 14
  • April                 2010: Movies Seen: 16
  • May                  2010: Movies Seen: 18
  • June                 2010: Movies Seen: 19
  • July                  2010: Movies Seen: 14
  • August             2010: Movies Seen: 21
  • September       2010: Movies Seen: 17
  • October           2010: Movies Seen: 14
  • November       2010: Movies Seen: 8

Megamind / Due Date / Paranormal Activity 2 / Sucker Punch

Megamind / Due Date / Paranormal Activity 2 / Sucker Punch

As November starts to roll along so does the winter weather and the push for holiday movie blockbusters. Holiday movie season has always been appealing for me. In a way it’s like the summer movie blockbuster push by the major movie studios, but during Thanksgiving and Christmas. For me it’s become a tradition to go to the movies on Thanksgiving and or Christmas because big movies are released on these days. I’m very much looking forward to this movie holiday season.

Tuesday November 9th, 2010

Today’s first movie was the IMAX 3D showing of Megamind (2010) starring the voice talents of: Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey and Jonah Hill. The super villain Megamind finally conquers his nemesis, the hero Metro Man… but finds his life pointless without a hero to fight. This movie was awesome to see in 3D especially on the IMAX screen. My only problem was that it wasn’t as funny as I thought it would be. But it was still very entertaining. The best part of the film for me was the character Roxanne Ritchi voiced by Tina Fey. Tina Fey‘s delivery of her characters lines was spot on and very funny. Not to mention, but her character Roxanne Ritchi was pretty hot in CG animation, it was kind of distracting actually, in a tingle down there good way.

The next film I saw was Due Date (2010) starring: Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan and Jamie Foxx. High-strung father-to-be Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr.) is forced to hitch a ride with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis) on a road trip in order to make it to his child’s birth on time. And of course the road trip turns into a trip from hell for Peter. This movie was directed by Todd Phillips who directed last years big comedy hit The Hangover, and other hits like Old School and Road Trip. Zach Galifianakis who also starred in The Hangover was somewhat funny in this film but he’s being typecast as the same weird dorky bearded dude in everything I’m seeing him in nowadays. This movie was disappointing cause I wanted a Road Trip 2 type of movie but didn’t get it. I found myself feeling sorry for Robert Downey Jr.’s character instead of laughing along with him. The movie took too many serious turns instead of staying lighthearted and funny. This movie falls short, wait for video if you must see it.

The next movie I saw was Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) starring Brian Boland, Molly Ephraim, Sprague Grayden and Katie Featherston. After experiencing what they think are a series of “break-ins”, a family sets up security cameras around their home, only to realize that the events unfolding before them are more sinister than they seem. I was curious about seeing these movies but as I have mentioned before I’m not much of a horror movie fan. But I had a different feeling about these films. It wasn’t for my friend Frank at work I wouldn’t have entertained the thought of seeing these films. But I was told that I must see the first one Paranormal Activity (2007) before Paranormal Activity 2 because of the related story line and characters. So the night before I saw Paranormal Activity 2 I saw Paranormal Activity. I did enjoy the first one and was looking forward to seeing the second one. After seeing the second one I actually liked it better than the first one. The second one does a great job extending the story line and giving a back-story plot line. I don’t know if the writers from the first film had a story written beyond the first film at the time of its release not knowing it was gonna be a hit. But the continuing story was very cool and I think the second one was creepier too. Again my only problem like most films was that a trailer I had seen for this movie showed a scene not in the film when it was released. I hate when that do that. These are good movies and I recommend them. Especially since this second movie ends with the doors wide open for a third film.

Every now and then I like to give you guys a heads up a movie trailer for an upcoming film not yet showing in the theaters. The trailer I speak of this time is the movie Sucker Punch (2011) starring: Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens and Carla Gugino. Its about a girls wicked stepfather institutionalizes her. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan, which will help her escape from the facility. My nerd radar is on big time for this film for many reasons. First off, it got hot chicks blowing shit up. Its directed by Zack Snyder who also directed kick ass films like Watchmen, 300 and is directing the new Superman: Man of Steel. After seeing the trailer it looks like Vanessa Hudgens is trying to shed off her squeaky clean High School Musical Disney kid clone persona by playing one of the kick ass chicks in this film. Check out the trailer here and tell me if your nerd radar doesn’t go off:

I see more movies than you so stay tuned! – Spartan Phoenix

Total movies seen in the theater to date since February 1st 2010:  148

  • February           2010: Movies Seen: 12
  • March              2010: Movies Seen: 14
  • April                 2010: Movies Seen: 16
  • May                  2010: Movies Seen: 18
  • June                 2010: Movies Seen: 19
  • July                  2010: Movies Seen: 14
  • August             2010: Movies Seen: 21
  • September       2010: Movies Seen: 17
  • October           2010: Movies Seen: 14
  • November       2010: Movies Seen: 3

Celebrity Top 5 Freebee Sex Pass List.

Celebrity Top 5 Freebee Sex Pass List.

 November 2010

So I thought an interesting article for my Spartan Phoenix Movie Marathon Man Blog would be what five celebrities would you like to sleep with? Or if you have a boyfriend/girlfriend or spouse, what five celebrities would be on your “freebie sex list”–people you can sleep with without anyone getting upset. 

This idea came to me from the famous “Friends” episode “The One With Frank Jr.” where the gang considers what five celebrities would be on their freebie list. The episode ends when Ross finally narrows his list down by eliminating Isabella Rossellini… then he bumps into her. Chandler picks: Kim Basinger, Cindy Crawford, Halle Berry, Yasmine Bleeth, and Jessica Rabbit. All good picks for back in the 90’s if you ask me. However I think Cindy Crawford, Halle Berry and Jessica Rabbit still hold up for 2010.

Well I recently had my one-year anniversary with my girlfriend Jane. I talked to her about it. She was game. So I thought it would be fun to not only do my celebrity top five sex freebie list, but to do hers as well. I will include our top 5 list and honorable mention 6th place and our sleeper picks. We also thought it would be fun to do the “go gay for” honorable mention as well or as I like to call it, my “man crush”.

Here is my top five-freebee celebrity sex pass list starting with my honorable mention.

Honorable mention: Miranda Kerr

This Aussie Victoria Secret model first got my attention when she did one of her Victoria Secret commercials like this one below.

I’ve seen her interviewed and she’s a natural in front of the camera. I see her going the Cindy Crawford route and having a successful career after he modeling years. She is currently married to Orlando Bloom and expecting a child.

#5: Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek 2009, The Losers)

Zoe Saldana first got my attention in the movie Vantage Point. But when she was cast as Uhura in the new Star Trek reboot she got on my nerd crush radar. She also starred in the mega hit Avatar and recently Death at a Funeral and The Losers. She is expected to return in the Untitled Star Trek Sequel.

#4: Grace Park (Battlestar Galactica 2004-2009, Hawaii Five-0 2010 

When I first heard that the SyFy channel was going to do a new re-imagined Battlestar Galactica TV series I was excited and skeptical especially since when two of the main male characters from the original series where going to be re-cast as woman. One of those characters was Boomer. Grace Park was cast in this role. Not only did she own this role but she turned out to be a sexy Cylon as well. She currently stars in the new Hawaii Five-0 series.

#3: Katy Perry (Pop Singer)

I’ve had a little crush on Katy Perry ever since she admitted to kissing a girl. I’m a rock music type of guy. But Katy Perry’s songs are so damn catchy I just can’t help but like her music. The other reason I like her is that she was born in my hometown of Santa Barbara California. She even when to high school there too. Here is a video from a recent performance when she played a secrete show at her old high school Dos Pueblos In Santa Barbara on September 14th 2010:

 She recently married Russell Brand, which I just don’t get. Oh well.

#2: Kate Walsh (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice)

Kate Walsh first got my attention when I caught her on some episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice. It also helps that she’s a red head. I’ve got a thing for red heads. I like sexy freckles, and red heads have the best freckles. But Kate Walsh jumped on to my top five list when she did the famous 2008 Cadillac commercial. Here is the extended version of that commercial:

She says I quote: “The real question is, when you turn your car on, does it return the favor?” That’s sexy!

#1: Kate Beckinsale (Underworld)

Kate Beckinsale has been my number one on my top 5 list consistently now for a long time. When I saw the Underworld vampire series she’s captivated my nerd crush ever since. I’ve always preferred brunettes to most blondes and she embodies the perfect brunette. She’s from England so she’s got the sexy accent going on. She’s starred in one of my favorite romantic comedies Serendipity with John Cusack. She’s also starred in Van Helsing and The Aviator. I’m excited that she is returning as her iconic character Selene in Underworld 4. She married her Underworld director Len Wiseman Which I don’t have a problem with. Lucky bastard.

So that’s my top 5 “freebee” list 

  1. Kate Beckinsale (Underworld)
  2. Kate Walsh (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice)
  3. Katy Perry (Pop Singer)
  4. Grace Park (Battlestar Galactica 2004-2009, Hawaii Five-0 2010)
  5. Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek 2009, The Losers)
  6. Miranda Kerr (model) Honorable mention

Now for my girlfriend Jane’s top 5 “freebee” list. I was surprised by some of her choices, but hey, it’s her list. In that famous Friends episode Rachel picked her top 5. They are: Chris O’Donnel, John F. Kennedy, Jr., Daniel Day Lewis, Sting, and Parker Stevenson. Here are Jane’s picks:

Jane’s Honorable mention: Jonathan Antin (Shear Genius”)

I didn’t know who this guy was at first. Jane has seen him on his show Shear Genius”. I use to work for a beauty supply company as their trade show coordinator. So I get the straight hot guy hair salon dude. He’s married with two kids and owns a successful salon and has his own hair care line.

Jane’s #5: Anderson Cooper (Anderson Cooper 360°, The Mole 2001-2002)

Anderson Cooper is a good-looking silver fox man. I can see him being a lady crush. But he’s gay right? I don’t think he’s ever come out of the closet but the fact that he may be gay doesn’t mean that he can’t be man candy for the ladies. He has a very successful TV show that he hosts. But do you remember when he hosted the first two seasons of The Mole? I loved that show. It sucked after he left.

Jane’s #4: Ben Affleck (The Town, Good Will Hunting)

I can see this. Ben’s a good-looking guy with nice chompers and a decent acting career. His directing career is taking off with his recent movie The Town and Gone Baby Gone. I think the real reason Jane likes Ben is the fact that he’s married to Jennifer Garner. Jane is a big fan of Jennifer Garner’s old TV series Alias. We both like her and want to see her return in an Alias movie or some more ass kicking movie roles.

Jane’s #3: Michael Vartan (Hawthorne, Alias)

Speaking of Alias, this explains Jane’s Michael Vartan pic. Michael Vartan co-starred with Jennifer Garner as her love interest in the Alias series. Michael Vartan currently stars in the TV series Hawthorne. He also co-starred in the cute romantic comedy Never Been Kissed with Drew Barrymore

Jane’s #2: Taye Diggs (Private Practice)

Jane’s got a little crush on Taye Diggs cause he stars in one of her favorite TV shows Private Practice. I have to admit; he’s a good-looking dude with perfect teeth. I thought it was funny that she was disappointed that Taye Diggs takes his shirt off less now than he use too when Private Practice was in its first season. I guess is acting had taken center stage over his perfect man pecks. She refers to him as “Take it off Taye”.

Jane’s #1: Christopher Meloni  (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)

I don’t watch any of the Law and Order shows so this pick by Jane threw me for a loop. I didn’t think anyone that starred in the Law and Order shows were attractive. But I was wrong. Chicks dig these shows and this Christopher Meloni guy is some lady man candy. He’s got that blue-eyed, brawny Italian, cocky “tough guy” thing going on. So I may not have a chance if Christopher Meloni, Jane and I are ever in the same room together.

So that’s Jen’s Top 5

  1. Christopher Meloni  (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
  2. Taye Diggs (Private Practice)
  3. Michael Vartan (Hawthorne, Alias)
  4. Ben Affleck (The Town, Good Will Hunting)
  5. Anderson Cooper
  6. Honorable Mention: Jonathan Antin (Shear Genius”)

What’s funny is that I just got off the phone with Jane and she wanted to add a sleeper pick. Her sleeper pick is Hugh Laurie from House M.D..

If I had a sleeper pick it would be Tina Fey from “30 Rock” and Saturday Night Live. There is something about her nerdy glasses that I find kind of sexy. She is funny as hell, which makes her sexy too.

As for our “go gay for”, my man crush is Nathan Fillion (Serenity, Firefly, Castle), 

I remember him in a small re-occurring role in the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” TV series. But it wasn’t till he starred in the cancelled to soon series Firefly and the sequel movie Serenity that my man crush started. His character in the series Firefly as Captain Malcolm ‘Mal’ Reynolds was not only cool but one of the funniest too. His character always had the best lines. His stars in his recent TV hit Castle. In a Halloween episode of Castle he dressed up as a space cowboy, which looked exactly like his Firefly character.

Jane’s “go gay for” is Kate Walsh who is on my top 5-freebee list

Kate Walsh is on Jane’s “go gay for” cause she stars in one of her favorite shows Private Practice. But Kate is also Jane’s girl crush because of that famous Cadillac commercial. Damn that’s a sexy commercial.  Jane said I would get to watch this encounter with her Kate, maybe even a three way. Woot!

So that’s our Celebrity Top 5 Freebee Sex Pass List. My thanks go to Jane for going along with this silly but fun blog post. Feel free to post your top 5-celebrity freebee sex pass.

Stay tuned for more Spartan Phoenix Movie Marathon Man Blog posts!

– Spartan Phoenix


The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest / Buried / Nowhere Boy / Grandma’s Boy

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest / Buried / Nowhere Boy / Grandma’s Boy

Saturday October 30th, 2010

I want to thank all of my Spartan Phoenix Movie Marathon Man fans that check in on my blog weekly. Also thanks to my blog on my Tallahassee costume here: and my props to the Tallahassee tarp hat makers: I have a bunch of new friends checking out my blog. And for some reason when you have “Lindsay Lohan boobage Update” in your blog title you get a lot of hits, go figure.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (2009) starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist

After taking a bullet to the head, Lizbeth Salander is under close supervision in a hospital and is set to face trial for attempted murder on her eventual release. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his researchers at Millennium magazine, Salander must prove her innocence. In doing this she plays against powerful enemies and her own past. So this is the final movie of the “Millennium” trilogy. Which started with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2009) and The Girl Who Played With Fire (2009). I was very much looking to seeing this final chapter of this excellent European thriller trilogy. It was great to see the character of Lizbeth Salander eventually get her revenge and redemption from all who did her wrong. There was a great supporting cast too. My only issue with this final installment was that it was more drama than thriller. There was a little less action than I was expecting. Most of the drama centered around the court hearing scenes which put Lizbeth Salander front in center answering for her charges. I guess I was a little disappointed with the lack of action with this film but the previous two had. I haven’t read the books so I’m curious if the third book has more to it, I still recommend seeing this film and the previous two. These films are brilliantly acted especially by lead actress Noomi Rapace. I think she’s going to be a big international star. She already has been cast in the Untitled Sherlock Holmes Sequel and rumored to be in the Untitled Alien Prequel #1. Lead actor Michael Nyqvist also is getting international attention and has been cast in the Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol movie. Before the American production version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara hits the theater do yourself a favor and check out this original international made trilogy.

Spoiler Alert! I’m going to spoil the shit out of this next movie Buried (2010) cause I have to get some things off my chest. Scroll past it to my next movie take if you don’t want spoilers.

Buried (2010) starring Ryan Reynolds. Paul is a U.S. contractor working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it’s a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap. When I first heard about this flick when most of the movie involves the lead character stuck in a wooden coffin I was intrigued. Up and coming super star Ryan Reynolds plays the lead. Ryan Reynolds will be starring as the Green Lantern 2011 next summer. This movie opens up with his character waking from unconsciousness to find himself buried alive inside a cheaply made wood coffin box. Inside the box with him he has a cell phone, Zippo lighter, a flickering flashlight, a couple of snap glow rods, a flask filled with flammable alcohol and a folding buck knife. Later a snake makes an appearance as it slithers through a small crack in the box. Most of the film involves our lead actor talking with his captors on the cell phone they provided as they try to get ransom money from him or his company. He also has conversations with his employers, the US military as they try to find him, the FBI and later his wife. Most of his phone calls end with frustration and don’t help him out of his situation. He does get to see a cell phone video of a co-worker getting shot in the head from his captors. This whole movie takes place in the coffin with Ryan Reynolds character trapped in this fucking box! To make it worse, at the end of the film his coffin is starting to fill up with dirt when there was a failed military bombing nearby. As his coffin fills up with dirt our lead starts to accept his death. At this time your thinking maybe someone will find him at the last moment and he lives, or maybe there is a twist that we didn’t see coming. Nope, the light goes out when the sand fills up the coffin and then silence and then the movie credits. I guess he dies. I stayed till the end of the credits to see of there was a hidden scene. When the credits ended it looked like there was a shot from inside the coffin as if you were Ryan Reynolds character looking at the top of the inside of the box, then the scene faded to black. What the fuck? Was that it? Yep. Depressing shit. That’s the movie for you, don’t see it.

Instead rent this movie: Grandma’s Boy (2006).

This movie is very funny! If you like to smoke weed and play video games Grandma’s Boy is for you. This movie has become somewhat of a cult classic now. It’s made by Adam Sandler’s production company and stars many of his friends that he has had in his films. It’s one of my favorite comedies. Check it out!

Nowhere Boy (2009) starring Aaron Johnson and Kristin Scott Thomas. A chronicle of John Lennon’s childhood. Nowhere Boy is about John Lennon’s adolescence, the creation of his first band, The Quarrymen, and its evolution into The Beatles. The movie is based on a biography written by Lennon’s half-sister Julia Baird. Lead actor Aaron Johnson who plays the young John Lennon was very good as the lead. I thought the movie did a good job shedding some light on John Lennon’s background and musical influence. The movie was OK, but it fell kinda flat for me. I guess I was expecting something else and I found myself leaving the theater unfulfilled with this film. I wanted to see more musical performances than what the movie showed. Lead actor Aaron Johnson caught my attention due to his previous lead role in Kick-Ass 2010. Its good to know he’s doing the sequel Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall 2012. As for Nowhere Boy (2009), you should take a pass.

Stay tuned movie fans I’ll have more for ya soon!

– Spartan Phoenix

Total movies seen in the theater to date since February 1st 2010:  145

  • February           2010: Movies Seen: 12
  • March              2010: Movies Seen: 14
  • April                 2010: Movies Seen: 16
  • May                  2010: Movies Seen: 18
  • June                 2010: Movies Seen: 19
  • July                  2010: Movies Seen: 14
  • August             2010: Movies Seen: 21
  • September       2010: Movies Seen: 17
  • October           2010: Movies Seen: 14