December 30, 2010

Movie Review: Love and Other Drugs

The elegant Anne Hathaway plays Maggie, a free spirited artsy type, who is revealed to have a degenerative disease (early onset Parkinson's) which has caused her to switch from painting to photography due to her tremor. The rather attractive Jake Gyllenhaal plays Jamie, a sexed up salesman turned drug rep (not much of a change) who meets Maggie through one of his schemes to get a doctor to sell his drugs in place of Prozac.

One thing leads to another and they end up having crazy sex in her kitchen and then pretty much everywhere else (This movie is not for people with a sensitivity for nudity and sexytimes onscreen). Anyway, as you'd expect, they end up falling in love with each other.

Unlike the typical cookie-cutter romance movies this one lacks the sickly sweet single thread of storyline which would normally make me gag in horror. Rather, they've managed to bring together two similar characters of the opposite sex (bad girl meets bad boy) without the traditional roles of male and female that society impresses upon us. Add in an incurable degenerative disease and a person who is so in love that they'll give up everything for them (Think, A walk to remember without the Jesus bullshit) and you've got a movie.

4/5 Very watchable and sexy, a good date movie with lots of feelgood romance and bitter sweet angst in just the right doses.

December 6, 2010

Book in review: Dexter is Delicious

The fifth book from Jeff Lindsay is better than the last (which was pretty good too), get ready to be thrown to the lions in book five with Dexter juggling family and work and his secret hobby.

Jeff gets into Dexter's soul in this book, if he has one, messes with his emotions and has him kidnapped, beaten and almost eaten. Very very entertaining, definitely not one for the kiddies with the killing and the drug references and adult themes. Lindsay certainly has a gift for spinning a tale of mystery and suspense and feeds your own dark passenger with his gruesome line of thought.

The books at this point do not follow the storyline as seen on the TV series, and you really do have to read them in order. But it's well worth your cashola if you've got a strong stomach and a love of justice in its purest form.

10/10 I can't wait for the next book!

December 4, 2010

What's on TV: Dexter

One of my special fictional lusts loves in print and on the small screen is nearing the end of its fifth season, Dexter.

Miami's finest blood spatter expert and serial killer, Dexter Morgan, lights up my screen for twelve bloody good episodes each season, which is too few if you ask me. Anyone who likes seeing people get what they deserve, will appreciate Dexter's methods of dispatching with some of the worst offenders in his 'jurisdiction'.

Dexter is joined by his adoptive sister Debra, his father Harry (who's dead), Sergeant Batista, Vince Masouka, and various 'playmates' (or victims, if you prefer). Dexter is a killer with a code to kill killers, often times you'll wish he'd kill other people on the show too.

The books are worth reading (though book 3 is a bit wacky) and only follow parallel to the TV series in the first book, after that it's a dirty free for all. But it's the TV series that truly has my heart.

With season 4 ending heart wrenchingly with the death of a main character (which saw me crying at my desk at 1am watching the ep) season 5 has the delicious addition of Julia Stiles as Lumen Pierce has fans grinning at his new partner in crime.

10/10 every time >>Dexter has not lost its way in five seasons.

UPDATE: Dexter renewed for sixth season, Of course!

December 3, 2010

Movie in review: Due Date

Robert Downey Jr (Ironman) and Zach Galifianakis (from the hangover) star is this must-see comedy about an expectant father trying to get to the birth of his first child on time. A very similar concept to the 1987 hit 'Planes trains and automobiles' with Steve Martin and the late John Candy.

After being put on the no fly list and having his wallet and person effects stolen Peter Highman, an architect with a very short temper, is forced to accept the offer of a ride with the aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay.

From the very beginning to the very end you'll be doubled over laughing, clutching the armrest in anticipation (or horror) and you'll leave grinning and telling all your friends to go see it. Notable moments of hilarity (without spoiling it for you): The car accident, the coffee tin, when Peter punches a kid, the possible black father of his child, the escape from Mexico, and so so many others.

Zach is infuriatingly annoying but loyal and Robert is in a bug-eyed rage half the time.

Worth spending your money on, take a friend with a sense of humour and enjoy!