Category: 2000s


About a Boy

So, remember back in January when everyone and their dog were talking about how Nicholas Hoult was the next “It” boy? You don’t? Okay, well maybe you don’t spend as much time on the internet as I do, but trust me, they were. I had seen X-Men Origins, so I knew he was the young version of Beast, but until I read all of these articles, I had no idea that he was the kid from About a Boy. Reading about it over and over again really made me want to watch About a Boy. Hence, today’s review.

About a Boy is a story about becoming an adult, even if age-wise you technically already are. Hugh Grant is Will, a playboy who has never had to work a day in his life. He decides that he wants to date single moms because the break-up is easier (read they all think he is wonderful, but they just need to focus on being a good mom). He takes this brilliant idea to the extreme by attending a single parent help group and inventing a little boy. This plan backfires when Marcus, one of the children at said single parent group, discovers that Will doesn’t have a kid and blackmails Will. Marcus’ mom has recently attempted suicide, so Marcus needs a place to go so he doesn’t have to be at home and Will’s suits his needs perfectly.

These two begin to bond and Will begins to grow up, just a little bit. He even meets Rachel and thinks he’s finally found love, except that Rachel believes Marcus is Will’s son. Watching the movie, you know this will eventually blow up in his face, but you still start to feel sorry for poor Will because he is finally starting to be a decent human being. I believe this is Hugh Grant’s gift to us moviegoers. He has this amazing knack at making undesirable characters seem absolutely charming and convinces us that we should root for them.

Nicholas Hoult is really good as Marcus. He is a sweet, messed up little guy and he totally sells it. When he starts singing in the middle of class, so sad and funny! Toni Collete is also quite good as Marcus’ mother and Rachel Weisz is lovely, but left with little to do. Let’s be honest though, this is really Hugh’s movie.

Butter London Gobsmacked

Butter London is one of K’s favorite brands of polish, so it is always a bit of a surprise when she lets me review one of their polishes.  Today, you’re getting Gobsmacked.  It’s interesting because it is a matte glitter polish.  I’m not crazy about mattes, but adding the glitter definitely helped.  This picture is three coats without a topcoat.  Although it’s not my favorite Butter London, Gobsmacked is still worth a look. ~E

Shrek the Third

Shrek the Third is the weakest entry into the Shrek franchise.  That’s not to say it’s terrible, but it was bad enough that it convinced me that I didn’t need to see Shrek Forever After, at least not in the theater.

This one starts off with Fiona and Shrek filling in for the queen and the ailing king.  Shrek is of course miserable and itching to get back to his swamp.  Things get complicated when the king dies, passing the kingdom off to Shrek, unless he can find Fiona’s cousin Arthur.  As Shrek heads off with Donkey and Puss to find the teenage Arthur, Fiona announces that she is pregnant.  While all this is going on, Prince Charming is plotting his revenge and gathering an army of villains eager to take back their happily ever afters.

Shrek eventually finds Arthur, who turns out to be a nerdy high school outcast with doubts about his ability to be king.  At the same time, Shrek is having serious doubts about his ability to be a father.  By the time Shrek finally makes it back to the kingdom, Prince Charming and his villains have taken over the kingdom, leaving Shrek and Arthur to save the day.

There’s fun there, but it just doesn’t have the same spirit as the first two, and even the fourth.  If there’s one Shrek movie to skip, this is the one.

BB Couture Prince Charming Blue

When K asked me what I thought of today’s polish, I informed her it was gorgeous and I loved it.  BB Couture’s Prince Charming Blue is a royal blue polish with lots of shimmer.  There’s some silver shimmer, some blue, and a hint of purple.  The polish was a little thin, but was opaque after three coats.  Like I said, this polish is gorgeous! ~E

Shrek 2

So sorry about the unexpected hiatus, ladies. The last few weeks have been a little rough on me, but hopefully things are looking up and we can continue with our reviews of the Shrek series. Shrek 2 is by far my favorite of the Shrek movies. In it, Shrek and Fiona are just settling into married life when they are summoned to the Kingdom of Far Far Away to receive her parents’ blessing. Unfortunately for King Harold (John Cleese) and Queen Lilian (Julie Andrews), they weren’t expecting their daughter to marry a big green ogre and permanently become an ogre herself. Also less than pleased is Fiona’s Fairy Godmother (Jennifer Saunders), who had big plans to marry Fiona off to her own son, Prince Charming (Rupert Everett). Adding to his odd assortment of groupies, Shrek befriends a swashbuckling kitty named Puss (Antonio Banderas), much to Donkey’s (Eddie Murphy) annoyance.

The voice cast is first rate (I’m particularly fond of Ms. Saunders and Mr. Everett as the baddies) and the story is vastly entertaining (and maybe a bit more believable than the story of the first movie). Hopefully I’m not spoiling anything when I mention how much I enjoy Shrek as a human. Stroke of genius on the writer’s part! Puss in Boots is also a great addition, I just find it a bit odd that he is bent on murdering Shrek one moment, then his best buddy in the whole world the next. A little convenient, right? Another great thing about this movie (and the Shrek movies in general) is the soundtrack. A fantastic listen.

All That Glitters Kissing on a Frog

This is 3 coats of All That Glitters Kissing on a Frog, a polish inspired by Disney’s Princess and the Frog, but I felt that it would work here (considering the ending) and I don’t regret choosing it for a moment. In fact, I pretty much LOVE this nail polish. It’s a shimmery gold/green base with a variety of different sized hex glitters in greens and periwinkle. The application was smooth and lovely and the glitter simply beautiful! My only quibbles are the sheerness of the base and the slight bending of the metallic glitters. Maybe that’s inevitable with metallic glitters, though. Although this polish is no longer available, All That Glitters has many other amazing polishes at their etsy shop here. ~K

Shrek

When the movie Shrek came out, I wasn’t terribly impressed.  I mean, it was everywhere and everyone quoted it (remember the gumdrop buttons?).  Not gonna lie, it got old fast.  Plus a crude ogre as a hero?  Um, just not my cup of tea.  Then the second Shrek movie came out, and I this time around, I actually found myself enjoying it.

What really sold me though was Shrek the Musical.  I had zero desire to see the play, but on a whim I checked out the soundtrack from the library and completely fell in love with it.  Even though I passed up the chance to see the musical in New York, I did eventually see it.  And it was fantastic.  I saw it again over the weekend, so in honor of that, K and I decided to watch all the Shrek movies.

For anyone who has never seen the first Shrek, the story centers on a reluctantly soft ogre, who just happens to be Scottish, his best friend Donkey, an unconventional princess names Fiona, who’s got her own curse to deal with, a maniacal and height challenged lord, and an assortment of fairy tale creatures.  In order to get said fairy tale creatures out of his swamp, Shrek agrees to rescue the princess from a dragon guarded tower so Lord Farquad can marry her and become king.  On the return journey, Shrek and Fiona discover they have a lot more in common than either of them would have thought.

This really is a great tale about being true to yourself and being open to true love, even if it isn’t exactly what you had in mind.

Barielle Polished Princess

Barielle’s Polished Princess is appropriate for this movie for a few different reasons.  First, Fiona starts off trying to live the perfect fairy tale, but kind of lets her guard down and becomes more human and less polished princess.  Second, it’s green and so is Shrek.

Anyway, the polish is quite nice.  It’s not my typical shade of green polish, but I still like it.  It’s kind of a sour apple green with multicolor shimmer.  The formula was okay, but it did require three coats.  Still, it’s a fun polish, and would be great for the right occasion.

For any musical theater fans out there, Shrek the Musical is a definite must.  If you get the chance to see it, do.  I saw it recently when it came to town. ~E

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Confession time. I know everyone on the planet pretty much loathed Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but I didn’t mind it so much. Yes, it’s a little weird with the whole inter-dimensional beings and all, but realistically, all of the Indiana Jones movies are a little on the heavy side when it comes to the super-natural. What it does have is the same manic energy as the original trilogy.

It’s 1957 and instead of Nazis, Indy has to contend with the Soviets, led by the slightly unhinged Dr. Spalko (Cate Blanchett). Joining him on this adventure is Mutt Williams (Shia LaBeouf), a young greaser; Harold Oxley (John Hurt), an old colleague of Indy’s, and Indy’s old flame Marion Ravenwood, who is now known as Mary Williams and is Mutt’s mother.  This rag-tag little group is trying to return a crystal skull Oxley found to a temple in Peru, while fighting off the Soviets who are hot on their trail.  Along the way there’s a fridge nuking, man eating ants, and a trip over three waterfalls.

The cast is first rate.  Harrison Ford is back in his element as the roguish archeologist and Karen Allen is just as feisty and beautiful as she was in Raiders.  Shia LeBeouf does his best Marlon Brando impression, but it works. Cate Blanchett’s Ukrainian accent seems pretty good, but her dark bobbed hair seems a little off, and it’s hard to take her too seriously as an evil villain.

Like I said, it’s not the best of the series, but I don’t think it’s as terrible as it could have been.  My recommendation, give it a chance and don’t think too hard.

OPI Peru-B Ruby

OPI’s Peru-B-Ruby is a lovely polish, but it’s not very original.  In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve reviewed a similar polish several times before.  It’s almost a fuchsia pink with shimmer.  What did impress me was the coverage of this polish.  I find that shimmery polishes often take three coats, but this picture is only two coats, so not bad.  ~E

The Forbidden Kingdom

Jackie Chan and Jet Li in a movie together. You know I’m there. And The Forbidden Kingdom didn’t disappoint. It is the story of kung-fu obsessed teen (Michael Angarano, who I will always think of as Will Stronghold), who is drawn into a quest in an alternate, magical and ancient China. There he is befriended (which might be too strong a word) by a drunken Immortal (Jackie Chan), a stoic monk (Jet Li), and a knife throwing orphan girl (Yifei Liu). They set off to return a powerful staff to the cursed Monkey King (also Li, smiling more in one scene than I’ve ever seen him in all of his movies combined), the only person who is powerful enough to defeat the evil Jade Warlord (Collin Chou).

There are some wonderful action sequences here (obviously) and it’s great to see Chan’s and Li’s different fighting styles up against each other (I’m especially fond of Chan’s use of handy props in his fight choreography). The filmography is beautiful (I so want to visit China) and the acting if pretty darn good. The plot is perhaps the weakest point, but if you just turn off your brain (not too much, or you won’t understand what is going on) and just sit back, I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy the ride as much as I did.

China Glaze Adventure Red-y

This is China Glaze’s Adventure Red-y from last Fall’s On Safari Collection. It is a deep red/burgundy cream (trust me, it’s a lot darker and vampier in real life than it is in this picture) that applied beautifully. I almost got away with 1 coat, but needed 2 to even out some bald patches. A very flattering color, if a little boring. ~K

The Road to El Dorado

This is one of the movies I quote the most. I can’t help it. Kenneth Branagh and Kevin Kline have so much fun bantering and both are so witty that they can’t help but spew scads of quotable nonsense. Sure, The Road to El Dorado is a silly movie, but the two leads elevate it to something wonderful.

Miguel (Kenneth Branagh) and his partner Tulio (Kevin Kline) are Spanish conmen/adventurers. Through a series of misadventures (involving a pair of loaded dice, a treasure map and two barrels of pickles) they end up on a ship bound for the New World. Since Miguel is an optimistic dreamer and Tulio is a gold-hungry schemer, they go searching for the mythical city of gold, El Dorado. And wouldn’t you know it, they actually find the place! Due to an ancient prophecy, our hapless heroes are mistaken for gods by the natives, and with the help of a surprisingly streetsmart young lady named Chel (Rosie Perez), they struggle to keep the pretense going long enough to get a load of gold and escape back to Spain.

As I said before, the cast really makes this movie. I think they pretty much put Kevin and Kenneth in a room with props and a microphone and told them to go to town. It’s awesome. (On a side note: my friend Sarah and I used to call ourselves Miguel and Tulio…I was Tulio, not because I’m a ruthless schemer, but because I have dark hair…honestly…)

Catherine Arley 807

This is one of Catherine Arley’s fantastic holographic polishes, a shimmery gold. This picture is two coats and a topcoat. Gold really isn’t my color, but look at this! It’s just so pretty, right? The application was a little bit streaky, but once it dried, that pretty much disappeared. ~K

Enchanted

Enchanted was a very pleasant surprise for me. I knew I would like it, but I wasn’t expecting to love it (which I do). It starts out as a fairly traditional Disney princess movie, hand-drawn and musical. The lovely Giselle (Amy Adams) dreams of her true love, while the dashing Prince Edward (James Marsden) hunts trolls with his faithful servant Nathaniel (Timothy Spall). When these two crazy kids meet, it’s an instant love duet. Unfortunately, Edward’s stepmother, Queen Narissa (Susan Sarandon) is a nasty sorceress who wants to keep the kingdom all for herself and will prevent Edward from marrying at all costs. Disguised as an old crone, she sends Giselle to a place where there are no happily ever afters…New York City. At first, Giselle is hopelessly lost in our harsh, modern world, but luckily she is taken in by Robert (Patrick Dempsey), a soon-to-be engaged divorce attorney and single father. Giselle turns his world upside down and teaches him the meaning of true love.

There’s plenty of inside jokes going on here to keep a Disney fanatic like myself entertained, like cameos by several previous princesses (like Ariel, Belle and Pocahontas…which begs the question, where’s Jasmine?). The musical numbers are all first-rate, although why they cast Idina Menzel (as Robert’s girlfriend, Nancy) and then didn’t give her a song to sing is beyond me. This is such a fun little movie and the cast is all fantastic with special mention going out to Amy Adams and James Marsden, both of whom commit to their characters fully and seem to be having a downright blast doing so (I think Amy was robbed of an Oscar nomination that year). If you haven’t seen Enchanted, stop reading this blog immediately and go watch it. Now!

BB Couture Kiss of True Love

This is BB Couture’s Kiss of a True Love, a shimmery coral pink which isn’t really my style but looks amazing with my pale skin. This picture is two coats and applied wonderfully, like all of the BB Couture polished I’ve tried so far. ~K

The Mummy 3

Okay, so maybe a third Mummy movie wasn’t the greatest idea, especially since it doesn’t have Rachel Weisz in it, but when you throw Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh in, does that even the balance? Maybe…because they’re awesome. And don’t get me wrong, Maria Bello is quite good as Evelyn, I just can’t think of her as the same Evelyn, you know? And that changes my perspective on all of the other characters, like Rick and Jonathan and even Alex (although Alex as an adult is a whole other issue).

The mummy this time around is the original Chinese Emperor played by Jet Li (who should never play a villain with that adorable baby face) who, in his search for immortality, seriously pissed off a witch (Michelle Yeoh) and was cursed to become a terracotta monstrosity. Enter the O’Connells who wake him up (as they usually do) and then have to do their best to stop him from destroying the world (all in a days’ work for them).

Despite its best efforts, this is the least funny of the three movies and the father/son conflict between Rick and Alex (how did he grow up so fast???) seems forced and unnecessary. I’m so glad that John Hannah came back for this, because it really wouldn’t be a Mummy movie without Jonathan. All in all, this one is probably a pass because it makes me want to watch other, better movies (like Hero for my Jet Li fix).

BB Couture Dragon's Breath

This is BB Couture’s Dragon’s Breath, a gorgeous fuchsia polish with blue and red glitter. I used 2 coats for this picture and a topcoat (because the glitter makes it just a little bit rough without topcoat). This is so pretty, BB Couture is such a wonderful (is somewhat price-y) company. ~K

The Mummy Returns

Sometimes, a movie sequel can improve on the original (see Toy Story 2), but other times, it can be a little bit of a letdown.  I really, really enjoy The Mummy (okay, not so much the gruesome mummy and bug bits, but pretty much everything else) and I’ve seen it a bajillion times.  I can probably count the number of times I have seen The Mummy Returns on one hand.  This one just didn’t do it for me.  Are there funny bits? Yes.  Is there still a ton of action and craziness? Yes.  So why don’t I like it?

Well, there’s not much of a love story.  Yes, Rick and Evelyn are all sickly sweet and romantical, but I really miss the whole watching two people fall in love aspect.  Also, I don’t believe Egyptians believe in reincarnation, so that whole plot line is a bit wacky for me as well.  And did it have to be the same mummy?  Don’t get me wrong, Arnold Vosloo is terrific as Imhotep, but it would really tick me off to have to save the world from a mummy I had already killed. Props to the O’Connells for not being like me and actually saving the world for the second time.

So, the plot goes like this: Evelyn is now a respected archeologist/Egyptologist and she and Rick have an eight or nine year old son.  He’s got his mother’s brains and clumsiness, but he also has his father’s guts. Anyway, a reincarnated Anck-Su-Namun decides to raise Imhotep again so he can defeat the Scorpion King.  Alex, the little boy, gets caught up in this plot when he is kidnapped because he put on a bracelet that shows the way to the Oasis where Imhotep will have to kill the Scorpion King, which will grant him power over the king’s army.  Rick, Evelyn, and Jonathon first have to save Alex, and then the world.  Again.

I have to mention that I do love that they were able to reunite the entire cast from the first movie. That’s one of my big beefs with the third mummy movie.

Pretty Serious Mummy Mush 3

Pretty Serious has some really fun Halloween polishes, including their Monster Mash Collection.  Mummy Mush is a part of this collection, and the connection to the movie is fairly obvious.  This was a nice polish, but not really my thing.  This picture is two coats and is impressive coverage, considering it is a glitter polish.  I’m not crazy about gold, nor am I particularly fond of polishes that are pretty much just glitter.  They can be beastly to get off, and I tend to have bits of glitter all over the edges of my nails for days after. ~E

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