Kingsman was Kick Ass!!

Finally, a movie that was so wonderfully executed, I’m itching all over to get back to the theater to see it again. Kingsman, my friends, was THAT good.

*I should tell you that since writing the first paragraph, I DID go see it again. And I loved it, just as much as the first time.

Here’s what you need to know.

Young boy’s father dies. Wife is told the death was honorable. She is presented with a medal, that she does not want, which ends up in the hands of the young boy, Eggsy.

Fast forward 17 years.

Eggs has grown into quite the hoodlum. Who can blame him though since is mother turned rogue and started sleeping with everyone in town. Step in Harry Hart (played by Colin Firth) who offers Eggsy a chance to protect his country by becoming a Kingsman ( that Medal of Honor comes in handy around this time).
Welcome to Kingsman, tailor by day, and a secret spy agency by night. Very posh.

Obviously there’s also a global plot to take over the word by my favorite super villain Valentine (played by Samuel L. Jackson) which fast tracks Eggsy training.

This movie had the laughs. It had the fighting. But most importantly, newcomer Taron Egerton was shirtless and o-so sexy throughout. I might even need to see it again.

I wish more emphasis was put on the actually training of Eggsy to become a Kingsman, but we can’t have everything now can we?

Great flick. It felt a lot like Kick Ass, which just happens to be another favorite film of mine.

Recommended for everyone over the age of 15. It’s a bloody movie folks, but well worth it. Two thumbs up.


Garth Brooks @ The TD Garden, Boston

Garth Brooks with Trisha Yearwood -

I saw Garth Brooks in 1998, right before he tried that alter-ego bit (Chris Gaines), which led to his disappearance for the last 15 years.

Oh, he Trisha Yearwood married and probably had kids too, but whatevs, Garth is back and I couldn’t be more excited.

There is absolutely nothing negative I can say about this show - Garth didn’t disappoint and played to the sold out crowd every hit his team has ever produced. Trisha even sang 4 songs (3 of which I recognized).
It was such a magical concert. I felt like I had flashed back to good-ol 1998, which was a fantastic year. A really great year. I was 20 years old then.

*best compliment ever, Garth - best compliment ever*

If only I could buy Garth’s music on iTunes. That People Lovin’ People song was fire.
And that’s all I have to say about that.


Farewell Liam

Taken 3 -

(spoiler alert)
Liam Neeson is too old to play this role. He did great in the first movie, was slightly tired looking in the second film, but Taken 3 took the cake - Liam Neeson (aka Bryan Mills) looked like he was 105 years old. Especially during those chase scenes featuring Forest Whitaker as the chief of police, who’s invested a whole lot of time accusing Liam’s character of killing his wife (that’s right ladies and gents - Famke Janssen is killed in the beginning of the film). Her death is very anticlimactic and yet it is the catalyst that propels Liam back into his world of violence and espionage etc.

His daughter is still around too, but she is pretty useless. She just cries ALL THE FUCKING TIME.

I love Liam, but this movie didn’t need to happen.


Into the Woods was wickedly fun!

It was a full blown musical. From start to finish. Every actor had a singing role. *sings that last part

Here’s what I liked most. The original writers of the tale get mad props.
-James Lapine wrote the book
-Steven Sondheim wrote the music
James took four popular Brothers Grimm tales and wove them into one, single, extravagant fairytale. Ingenious really. More on the Brothers Grimm stuff in a minute.

The central character of the musical is the feisty old witch, played by the ever-so radiant Meryl Steep. I don’t think Meryl can do any wrong.

In order to reverse a curse she once set on the bakers house years ago, the baker (played by James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) must go into the woods to find four outrageous and completely random items. They have just three days.

For my super curious readers, the items I speak of are …
a white cow,
a red cape,
a golden slipper, and
hair as yellow as corn.

The reversed curse will assure Emily Blunts character gets pregnant.

And into the woods they go … *sings that last part

We all know the story of Cinderella, and Rapunzel, and Jack & the Beanstalk, and Little Red Riding Hood, right? Think Brothers Grimm (See? I told you I’d mention them again). James Lapine intertwined all four of those stories. Here’s what you really need to know:

The girl who played Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford) was tremendous. Johnny Depp as the big bad wolf - a complete disappointment - borderline creepy.

Chris Pine as Prince Charming was positively a dream come true. And that song he sang with that other Prince guy, was pretty special.

I also really liked Emily Blunt. There’s something ├╝ber fascinating about her.

That’s all there really is to say about this one folks. Meryl Streep wasn’t all she was cracked up to be. I think the hype might have eliminated any of the rawness that I was expecting from her brilliant acting self. Oh well.

I must must must see the theatrical production. MUST. *sings that last part

End review