Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Movie Review: The Green Hornet

Admit it. You were either:

  • All for this movie because it involved kickass weapons, villains, and badass superhoes and/or you saw Seth Rogen being … Seth Rogen and/or the trailer did a good job in pulling you in.
  • Skeptical because of the reasons above. Hello. ANOTHER superhero movie with kickass weapons that’ll probably reel the action fanatics in to save up for how bad the movie might be? And Seth Rogen playing the hero?

  • Wasn’t even TRYING to see this movie because of the above reasons. Done with superhero movies. Couldn’t care for the kickass weapons. And Seth Rogen typecasts himself. You already know what his character is all about and you won’t spend $15 to see it on a big ass screen.

Well … I’ll tell you now. I was all for #1 when I first saw the trailer. Then got to #2 when more trailers and promos came out for it. Then I was borderline #3. Didn’t get there, but I was close.

I was wrong for judging this movie so quickly. Because I will let you know that this movie WAS BOSS. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSSSSSSS. I loved it. Beginning to end. At first, I thought the beginning was a bit quick and not well executed. But as I continued to watch, I didn’t mind it as much.

You know what it’s about. The son of a major Editor-in-Chief of a popular family owned newspaper has to take over his father’s business when he dies. The son, Britt (played by Rogen) is a no good, party-hopping, whore sexing, money spending, stubborn ass guy who has NO CLUE how to take care of the company, not to mention he hated his father who was a Class A dick. He meets the guy that manages his fathers cars and makes Britt’s coffee, Kato (played by Jay Chou), an adorable martial arts trained guy and who helps Britt the most when it came to getting over his father’s death and going back to enjoying his life by becoming his friend and … sidekick. After a night of being reckless for the sake of it, Britt and Kato realize that with Kato’s amazing fighting skills, mechanic skills … well, skills in general, they can team up and do good while posing as villains (but who serve as heroes). Of course, this works out really well at the beginning, but easily goes downhill when they catch the attention of top notch druglord Chudnofsky, who does whatever he cans to stop The Green Hornet.


Pretty basic synopsis, but overall? Kickass film. Seth Rogen did play his usual self. Lazy, unmotivated, takes life not as serious as he should … yes. All so true. BUT … you can look past it because he did exactly what he can. If that’s all he’s capable of when it comes to acting, then so be it. But he delivered being that lazy guy. He was great. Not to mention he wrote and produced the film with Evan Goldberg, who wrote “Pineapple Express,” and “Superbad.” Cameron Diaz, who played Lenore Case, Britt’s secretary and the brains behind the heroes (…it’s complicated) was good. I was skeptical. I mean, Cameron’s okay. Not my favorite actress. I don’t mind her. But I didn’t think she would fit, you know? But watching her in the movie, I didn’t mind her at all. She did her part rather well. Even the villain, Chudnofsky (played by Christoph Waltz. You’ll recognize him as Col. Hands Landa in “Inglorious Basterds.” HELLO?!) was entertaining! His character had a knack for wanting to look cooler and more scary and intimidating to his victims because they always said he wasn’t scary enough. Sounds dumb, but the way he pulled it off … FUNNAAAAY.

But the person who stole the show. Hands down. Jay Chou. Jay. CHOU. I will remember this name. Because he made the movie. His character, Kato, was top notch. My gosh, there was no wrong that Kato can do in your eyes. He was adorable from his accent to his love for classical music to his charm right down to what he WORE. Ugh, I loved seeing him on screen. His kung fu was tight. His humor was on point. And he’s just a cutie. I wanna see more of him, though while looking at his resume, seems like there’s a lot of him I have to SEE. He’s played in A LOT of films and TV shows. Oh, Jay Chou.

Overall I loved the movie. The storyline was great, the action was saaaaaa-weet, the acting was spot on, the humor was excellent … everything was great. I walkedi n the theatre skeptical, came out wanting to see it 3 more times. There were some parts that, like I said, were fast. Like how Britt and Kato became friends. It was … BAM. Like, real quick.

But overall? LOVED IT.


SCORE: 8.5/10

MAC's Done It Again

MAC, MAC, MAC . . . you never fail us when it comes to your make-up, but when it comes to your collections, it's like Christmas! The excitement us make-up fiends get when you announce a collection that's either cute, sexy, raunchy, or just plain natural is top notch. So what have you surprised us with this time?

Well get your credit cards, piggy banks, and under-the-couch-pillow-coin-hunt ready, because MAC is coming out with a limited edition "Wonder Woman," collection!

Banish any thought of being a Plain Jane: M∙A∙C and Wonder Woman have joined forces! For Spring 2011, take a trip to Paradise Island with a legendary line up of super-sized Mineralize Skinfinish, bold Eye Shadow quads, Pigment, Opulash, Lipsticks and oversized Lipglass, jumbo-big Powder Blush and Penultimate Eye Liner, Nail Lacquer and Lash inspired by the larger-than-life Bold Babe. Dashing and dazzling, the iconic super heroine reminds us that inside every woman is a Mighty Aphrodite full of courage, confidence and charisma. Kaboom! Mission Accomplished!

Wonder Woman has always known the importance of astounding accessories. For her collaboration with M∙A∙C, we’ve infused her sense and fantasy and wonder into a vivid collection of awe-inspiring accessories as fierce and feminine as the heroine herself. Bright, bold, superhuman designs in Makeup Bags – from radiant Red to Bulletproof Blue, Utility Belt Brush Sets, and exclusively online, the WW T-Shirt andInvincible Mirror. Shazam!

SHAZAM! Oooh, I love it. Who's excited? Are you excited? Because I'm ecstatic right about now. That Utility Belt? Come on.

Golden Lariat Mineralize Skinfinish, $35.00

Wonder Woman Utility Belt Face Brush Set, $49.50

Eye Quad in Lady Justice, $40.00.

Lipstick in Spitfire, $15.50


Visit Temptalia.com by clicking here to see the rest of the products featured in the collection, for all I have given you is a snippet.

For all those years I couldn't be Wonder Woman for Halloween, this is the closest I am to living my fantasy as being the sexy heroine we've grown to love and admire!

Monday, January 3, 2011

What Do You Want?

Last night, for the first time I watched “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” starring the very handsome and charming Javier Bardem, simple and sexy Scarlet Johannson and the absolutely beautiful Penelope Cruz. And I really liked it. It was simple yet complex and there wasn’t a happy or terrible ending. It ended as people wouldn’t expect it to: in a realistic way. Plus it helps that Woody Allen wrote & directed it. Psh. Me love Woody.

But what got to me was Scarlet Johannson’s character, Cristina, who’s spontaneous but not in a loud and rambunctious way. She was always calm and did things just to do them but in a chill manner. Though I liked that fact and how simply gorgeous she looked being simply spontaneous, I couldn’t wrap around what she said to Javier Bardem’s character, Juan Antonio. She said, “I don’t know what I want, but I know what I don’t want.” And every time she thinks she’s found something she’s comfortable with, she gets that feeling. That feeling that she’s bored; that what she’s doing isn’t what she wants. Penelope Cruz’s character, María Lena, called it compulsive unsatisfaction and that she was sick lol (she said it in spanish in the movie. Sounds much better in español, of course).

I mean … I know what I don’t want. Sure. We all do. But then again, we know what we want, right? Or we at least have a clue, don’t we? Is it bad to live that life of uncertainty? We start something big, right? We think this is it. This will be what I want. I’m satisfied with this… But then, just a few months or years later… It’s not enough. You’re bored. You don’t want it anymore. You want something else. Isn’t that … bad? And if it’s good, how so, beside the fact that your meeting new people, learning and seeing new things, participating in new activities?

Many say those who are, as María Lena puts it ‘compulsively unsatisfied’, are unhappy. That they’re lost. I wouldn’t say that’s a terrible thing. I mean, these people are trying to find what they want, y’know? They’re traveling and engaging themselves into the world. They’re seeing it more than those who know what they want are. It may take them a while or a long time, but they’re open to whatever comes their way hoping that this might be it. They go with the flow because planning doesn’t go well with them. Doing something just to do it works wonders.

I don’t know… That’s just something that had me pondering for quite some time. To be compulsively unsatisfied… Should we live life a BIT compulsively unsatisfied? We’re young. When we tie ourselves down at a young age and we don’t explore… Are we holding ourselves back? Should we be like Cristina? Or is it OK to already have a plan. To be satisfied with not seeing and doing things because something in our plan permits us to…

Just a thought. I’m not satisfied with what I’m doing right now, but that’s because I have a plan and I’m doing what I can to get there. I’ll go with the flow once in a while…but I’m also taking step by step. There are things I KNOW I want and things I’m not sure I want yet. But one day I’ll know. And from there, I can be a bit more spontaneous.


2010 was very emotional and educational. For me at least. In 2010, I cried, I laughed, I felt complete sadness, I felt stress. I felt a level of depression I had never felt before. It was scary. I felt utter happiness. I felt love. I felt abandonment. I realized I’m selfish. I need attention. I crave affection. I’m giving. I’m caring. I’m lazy. I’m passive. I’m aggressive. I’m quiet for certain things… I learned a lot.

But one thing I realized last night, the day before the New Year, was that I have never given myself the chance to love myself. CUE THE “Oh, geez…” Shaddap. It’s the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

You know how people wanna make a better THEM? Yeah, well, that ties down to loving yourself. Because it starts from there. I NEED. Need. Need. Need. Need. Need to focus on me. I need to love the body my soul is in. Jesus, I really need that. I’m getting older. Not getting in touch with myself is NOT good. Should have done this a while ago, but I’m glad I’m wanting to do it now rather than later, you know?

That’s my only goal for 2011 and for forever. To love me. Because at the end of the day, I’m alone. I was born alone, and I will die alone. I am my biggest supporter. I am my best friend. I am my lover. I am my parents. I have to take care of myself. Sure I have people around me who will help, but they won’t be with me at all times to hold my hand and guide me through it. I can’t rely on people. At all. It’s just the honest truth. All I have is me. So if I can’t rely on myself, got dammit. Who do I have?

SO … Me, Cynthia F., solemnly swear to take better care of the person I am. Because I’m all I have. In loving myself, only good can come my way. I will feel no depression, no stress, no sadness, no anger, no abandonment, no need to crave attention or affection … none of that. Just good. All good.


Happy New Years, guys.
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