Review: Easy A (2010)

I saw Easy A recently. And, before I continue with this review, I have a confession to make: I love inspirational teen and/or school-based movies. I loved the wit and emotion of Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger in 10 Things I Hate About You as much as I loved the choreography of Bring It On. I loved every moment of She’s All That, and movies like A Walk to Remember tug hard at my heartstrings. Remembering great entertainment like The New Guy and the television series Freaks and Geeks makes me miss the pre-Cera age when teen comedies were either overtly slapstick or genuinely relatable. And any inspirational teen movie list wouldn’t be complete without movies like The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Mean Girls.

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So, of course I loved Easy A. It was witty, fun, and it even tugged at my emotions a bit. In a world filled with hopelessly awkward teen comedies and hopelessly angst-filled teen dramas, Easy A was a refreshing change of pace. I won’t rush to place it on the same level as Mean Girls, but I was pleasantly entertained and frequently inspired by the charm of the movie. And the dialogue, though not quite as fast-paced, occasionally reminded me of that wonderful Gilmore Girls banter. (Admittedly, I’m easily pleased by fast-paced talking, which is why I thoroughly enjoy 30 Rock, The West Wing, and, of course, Gilmore Girls.)

Also, I’ve adored Stanley Tucci, who plays Emma Stone’s father, ever since I first saw The Devil Wears Prada.

Review: Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus (2009)

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Brilliant. Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus, starring Deborah Gibson and Lorenzo Lamas, is a thrilling trip to the edge of belief and back. When computer generated titans resembling the prehistoric megalodon and the octopus from Game & Watch’s repertoire attack a plane, a submarine, and a bridge (not sure why the bridge), a few scientists rush to humanity’s rescue. Their solution: Trick the two monsters into fighting each other by promising them love and passion. (Actually, that was Plan B. Plan A was a flop.)

Eventually, the shark and the octopus do fight. Either the scientists did something good, or the two giant sea creatures (who escaped from ice in the movie’s opening scenes) were just a little restless. Either way, something went terribly right, and the movie ends happily, especially for some of the scientists who managed to hook up sometime between the appearance of an oddly aggressive octopus and the somewhat anti-climactic demise of the two majestic creatures.

All in all, bravo Jack Perez (director). You’ve managed, in one movie, to revive my fear of the ocean and dismiss my apprehensions toward scientists who drink alcohol from bottles wrapped in small paper bags.