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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

“Give me sugar…in water.”

Remember that line? That big scary cockroach disguised as a human in the movie Men in Black sure did give me the willies, especially when all his fellow cockroaches came spilling out of the dumpster. Ew. The good news — we won’t have to deal with that guy again. The even better news — a third installment of Men in Black is set to be released in May of 2012.

Will Smith has just signed a contract to start production of the film. Rumor has it that most of the original cast and crew will be coming back for MIB III, as negotiations are in progress with Smith’s co-star, Tommy Lee Jones. According to the Christian Science Monitor, the movie will be executive produced by Steven Spielberg.

To me, it seems a little late to be releasing another sequel to the previous two. It was eight years ago that the last MIB came out. And if I remember correctly, it wasn’t received very well. Let’s hope the third romp with the aliens will really rock our solar system.

Oh, and did I mention it is going to be in 3D? This raises my expectations a little bit. When something goes 3D, I really want to see some great special effects..and of course, when aliens are involved, the creators of this film could really do some interesting stuff. I would like a close alien encounter, please.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Last night, I had the pleasure of seeing Guy Ritchie’s newest film Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey, Jr, Jude Law, and Rachel McAdams. The theater was packed, and rightly so, as the film just opened on Christmas Day. Indeed, it was a delightful holiday treat. The actors on the screen had me eating out of their hands.

Sherlock Holmes is a delicious detective flick, with twists and turns and odd characters the whole way through. The villain of the movie, Lord Blackwell (who is played by Mark Strong), has a menacing presence on the screen that demands your attention. Also, the fact that he’s into black magic helps his image, too.

I thought Robert Downey, Jr and Jude Law did great jobs at portraying their characters, although they might seem a bit like updated versions of characters you might have read about if you read the old Sherlock Holmes novels. That is one qualm people have had about the movie. They say the newest characters are too different. I have had no previous experience with the original, so this new version suits me just fine.

One of my absolute favorite qualities about this movie was the soundtrack, done by Hans Zimmer. The unique thing about the music was the swift player piano and heavy strings in each of the songs. But perhaps the best song comes when Sherlock walks on the street through a circus (also a great scene). It is interesting titled “I Never Woke Up in Handcuffs Before.” You can hear snippets of the soundtrack here.

Also, the cinematography was incredible. The way that Guy Ritchie chose to go about shooting this movie and the choices made within it were the right ones. It depicts the English city as a dirty, but respectable place, with a mix of good and bad people, elements, and professions.

Go see this movie in the theater or wait until it comes out on video — it’s your choice. Just go see it! To find out more and view a trailer for the movie, visit the Sherlock Holmes website.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Over the holidays, I was able to get back in touch with some of my roots. By roots, I mean the joy inducing movies that changed my life when I was a child. In my nostalgic phase, I watched one of my all time favorites: Disney’s Flight of the Navigator. How I loved the feeling of reliving something that meant so much to me when I was a kid.

Now, Disney is going to ruin all that. According to the Hollywood Reporter, they are slated to remake the wonderful 1986 science fiction adventure film.

For those of you having a hard time remembering, let me give you a quick recap. A 12-year-old boy named David falls down a ravine, only to wake up 8 years in the future. When he returns home, his parents are relieved to see that he is alright, but NASA asks that he stay with them on their base for 48 hours so they can conduct tests. You see, his reappearance has coincided with the finding of a slick metallic space craft, with which he seems to be communicating.

During his time on the base, the space craft calls out to him, so he sneaks out of his room and finds it. He is whisked away in the ship by a silly robotic alien computer, who he renames Max. They travel around the globe while Max gathers his start charts from David’s brain to get back to his planet. Along the way, they form a friendship.

As a product of the 1980s, this film meant a lot to me. It is filled with cheesy 80s quotes, videos, and hairdos. But not only that, it gives you a warm fuzzy feeling inside, too. The robot space alien becomes loveable…and David is certainly a character from my childhood that I will never forget.

This new, probably not so good, version of Flight of the Navigator is being written by Brad Copeland, the same writer who wrote Disney’s Wild Hogs. He has also done work on the television shows Arrested Development and My Name is Earl.

My question: Why can’t they let sleeping dogs lie? Everyone knows that remakes are never as good as their originals. Nonetheless, I just ordered Flight of the Navigator off ebay for $5.00. I’ll just bide my time with that…and maybe, just maybe, I will see the new one when it comes out.

Maybe.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Even though the movie Bruno came out a few months ago, I have just had the displeasure of seeing it recently. I say displeasure because, well, it was awful…and I completely understand why it was banned in several countries.

Sacha Baron Cohen is hilarious. I love the sick and twisted humor he brought in his two earlier movies, Ali G Indahouse and Borat. But I think that perhaps he went a little overboard in Bruno. I don’t know too many people who can handle watching two men have sex, let alone watching one of them being catapulted into the other one’s bum.

I’ve watched Bruno’s character on the Ali G show many times and was highly amused, but I’m rethinking that now. He’s good in small doses, but when you have to sit through an hour and a half of his nonsense, things can get a little old. Throughout the movie, I kept getting progressively more annoyed at his character. I even tried to watch some of the extra features at the end, but then sourly gave up.

As far as the actual plot of the movie goes, it’s pretty much the same as Borat. A foreign celebrity travels to America to become famous. He meets all different kinds of people and makes a huge ass out of himself in the process. He deeply offends costars and audience members. Yep, sounds like the same plot line to me.

It’s also amusing that Bruno is following in the footsteps of Borat in that Cohen has been sued. According to the Wall Street Journal, ‘Ayman Abu Aita filed a lawsuit in the District of Columbia federal court last week against Cohen, talk show host David Letterman and others for slander and libel. Abu Aita is seeking $110 million dollars in damages after Cohen appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and spoke about finding and meeting a terrorist in a secret location. Cohen’s film “Bruno” identified Aita as a ”terrorist group leader al-aqsa martyrs brigade,” which Aita says isn’t true.’

So, to conclude…if you are in any way offended by homosexuality, don’t see this movie. Perhaps if you’re one of those sick individuals with a twisted sense of humor, you might enjoy. As for me, I’m saying “No thanks, Bruno.”

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

I may be a bit late in posting a review about the new Star Trek. It is not all that new, but I have just recently seen it. My review summed up in one sentence? I don’t get it.

Not being a star trek fan (trekkie) and having never seen any of the television shows put me at a great disadvantage. I’m sure many of you in my position feel the same way. The movie feeds off of the show…and if you don’t know anything about that, well then you’re out of luck with this one.

The main idea of the film is that you get to see how Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock first met. You see them as young children, then as the middle aged space warriors everyone knows and loves. (At least I understood that much.)

I pretty much sat on the couch in a daze of confusion for the movie’s drawn out two and a half hours while my counterpart sang a snippet from Adam Sandler’s “Hannukah Song” over and over again…Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock — both jewish! We were thoroughly befuddled.

There was a lot of good action though! The special effects blew up the screen, officially making this a flick for the trekkie action film lover. I’m sure you trekkies had your hands full on this one.

P.S. I miss Shatner.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

“Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?”

That seems to be the number one question out of everyone’s mouths these days. I can easily answer that question — no. This year feels different than many other holidays past. People have less money to spend. (Although I did see a young woman drop $500 on dvds in Best Buy last week. What does she do for a living?!)

It also seems that many people aren’t in the holiday spirit. They aren’t in the mood to go out and shop for gifts. With that, let me go back to a previous statement — people have less money to spend. However, the lady in Best Buy certainly had the right idea. Movies make great gifts. Snuggling up in my blankets and pillows and watching movies is certainly one of my favorite things to do when the winter hits.

Here’s amazon.com’s list of popular and new movies to give to your friends and family this holiday season:

10. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

9. Gran Torino

8. Slumdog Millionaire

7. Quantum of Solace

6. Terminator Salvation

5. The Hangover

4. Star Trek

3. Up

2. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

1. Twilight

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

You know, even though I’m not an avid Oprah Winfrey Show lover, I have to say that it’s a real shame the show is ending in a few months. The star announced her departure from her afternoon television slot on November 19. I mean, it’s something that I watched on and off here and there (mostly with female family members), but also something that I’m sure many people see as a staple of American television.

See ya!

It seems like whatever Oprah has said over all these years, certainly goes. She has, in a certain way, led a great part of American culture. Think about all the books you’ve ever read with an Oprah book club seal of approval on the front cover. Whoever she endorses is sure to be a celebrity. She’s shown us that she’s up with the times and has had a sympathetic voice for those in need. People like her.

The sad thing is thinking about all those people who will miss having her in their living rooms on weekday afternoons. I’m thinking mostly about all those old ladies who have had her show as a staple of each and every day…or about working moms who just get home from work, kick off their shoes, and see what Oprah has to say about life. Just a few examples.

However, I’m sure that even though the show is disappearing, Oprah won’t. She is a strong voice in this country, and will still make that voice known. What will she do next?

 

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