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The Maven and The Blonde Review Summer Movies

Aaron Eckhart and Catherine Zeta-Jones in Warner Bros. Pictures' No Reservations - 2007

“No Reservations”
There are so many good "food" reality shows, such as “Top Chef” and anything Gordon Ramsey does, as well as “Iron Chef,” that it was just a matter of time before a movie where the main character is a chef would be put onto the big screen. The beautiful Catherine Zeta-Jones (The “Zorro” movies and “Chicago”) is Kate, top chef at 22 Bleeker Street Restaurant. She runs her kitchen with an iron fist and a secret saffron sauce. Circumstances unexpectedly put her eleven-year-old niece in her lap. Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine”) plays Zoe, Kate's orphaned niece. Kate may be a brilliant chef, but she feels out of her element as a mother. To the rescue comes Nick, played by Aaron Eckhart (“Erin Brokovitch”). Nick is an easy-going, up-and-coming chef who wants to work with the brilliant Kate to learn more of his craft. Unfortunately, the owner of the restaurant is so impressed with Nick as a chef, she offers him Kate's job. Amidst this drama is the budding romance between Kate and Nick, as well as Zoe and her grief of being an orphan. Scott Hicks (“Shine” and “Snow Falling on Cedars”) directed this film.
The Blonde: “No Reservations” is not only a remake, but an adorable, charming, sweet film. It was like “Baby Boom” meets “Raising Helen.” This film reminds us of why we go to the movies. I had such a great time that I didn’t want it to end. Catherine played such a different role than usual, and her makeup and wardrobe were less glamorous, too. Although she is a wonderful actress in all her roles, I found myself enjoying her performance in this role. Aaron is a hunk and so real in this character. Abigail is a phenomenal and talented actress who will, no doubt, enjoy a long career. Okay, I don’t mean to be catty -- okay, yes, I do – but when did Catherine get her boobs done?
The Maven: Catherine sure looked great. We don’t actually know if she did for sure, but she certainly has the money to do what WE wanted to do after WE had our children!

The Blonde: EXCUSE ME, I didn’t need mine done and still don’t, THANK YOU VERY MUCH! Speak for yourself!

The Maven: OH YEAH RIGHT! Anyway, Aaron looked great as well. I didn't feel any sparks, though. The only time I was moved was when Abigail was on screen. She is really good! Her face is so expressive. Something was missing from this movie, however the food looked delicious. That is the problem with these shows dealing with the preparation of food. I want to eat what is prepared! My craving for scallops was not satisfied by my trip to Steak & Shake after the movie.
The Blonde: I wasn't aware that Steak & Shake served scallops. Couldn't you find a Red Lobster or a Legal Seafood?
The Maven: They don't have a drive-thru window. I don't like to eat in a restaurant alone.
The Blonde: There is a service called "To Go," you know.
The Maven: I would still be walking into the place alone and ordering a single meal.
The Blonde: Aren't you ordering a single meal at Steak & Shake drive-thru?
The Maven: Yes, but I am anonymous in my car. Could we please stop discussing my drive-thru eating habits?
The Blonde: Sure! Now a Starbuck’s drive-thru is heaven and a good topic!
“The Bourne Ultimatum”

Matt Damon in Universal Pictures' The Bourne Ultimatum - 2007

Amnesiac Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is still seeking clues about his past and possibly his future. He races around the globe -- to Moscow, London, Paris and Madrid -- while being pursued by a mysterious assassin (Edgar Ramirez).
The Maven: I would like to give a thumbs up, on “The Bourne Ultimatum!” I thought it was very good. Matt Damon is perfect in this installment. The live action chase scenes were exciting to watch and I have to mention Joan Allen. She is perfect in the role of Pamela Landy. I am glad they gave Julia Stiles more to do this time around. What I really like is that they stay with the story and don't deviate for a romance. The movie was good from beginning to the end.
The Blonde: This was a total, non-stop action flick! I don’t agree with the Mav, as there is NOT a lot of story or dialogue. And although interesting to watch, this two-hour chase it is NOT a chick flick, but will win points if you sit through it for your man. I rate it a C+. However, it is a good film and most will enjoy it.
The Maven: Hey Blonde, TALK ABOUT SEEKING ACTION? NOW, I have to ask if you have been up to your old tricks again! I recently read that Camilla was upset that Charles had not been home much. Knowing that you were on a European cruise recently, I deduced that you spent some time in England. Just because you CAN do something, does not mean that you SHOULD do something. Those boys have been through enough. Stay away from Charles. Let go of that Royal dream of yours!
The Blonde: Jealousy looks so ugly on you, my dear! LET ME JUST SAY, IT IS NO LONGER A DREAM!

“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” 

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter and Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood in Warner Bros Pictures' Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - 2007 

The Maven: With “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” the filmmakers made another hit. The actors have grown into their roles very well. Having read ALL of the novels now, I can tell you that the next two films will be great if the filmmakers stay true to the stories. Even with so much of the book that has to be left out, the films still tell a good tale.
The Blonde: Even though this episode was not the favorite of most of the Potter fans, I actually enjoyed it the best so far. It is very entertaining, with a good storyline. I rate it a B+.

The Maven: Back to “No Reservations,” I was only mildly impressed. It's a pleasant enough movie, a good date movie, but no oomph to speak of. I rate it a C for "come on, let's see something more exciting."

The Blonde: I thought it had plenty of oomph and rate it a B! You must have been hungry!
“I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry”
The Blonde: If you are a die-hard Adam Sandler fan, then you will go with the flow and even enjoy this little, but poignant, film. I rate it a C.
“You Kill Me”
The Blonde: Well, the Mav made me see this when I came to Florida to visit with her because she was dying to see the new Lindsay Lohan film. After waiting for Lindsay’s grand entrance for over and hour and a half, we discovered that even the MAVEN CAN BE WRONG NOW AND THEN! The film she thought we were going to see was “I Know Who Killed Me!” “You kill Me” was a fun dark comedy starring Ben Kingsley and Téa Leoni; slow, but entertaining. I rate this film a C.
The Maven: Well, one could see how I made that mistake. “You Kill Me,” “I Know Who Killed Me”…so close! You gotta admit, it was fun waiting for Lindsay to show up! I enjoyed this movie better than the Blonde did, OBVIOUSLY! I would have given it a B!
“I Know Who Killed Me”
The Blonde: AAAHHH, the Lindsay film. I am ashamed of her mom for even allowing Lindsay to be in this film. No wonder she wound up back in rehab! This film was probably trying, disturbing and traumatic for a young girl to film. I rate it a D+.
“The Simpsons Movie”
The Blonde: A huge treat for all of the ‘Simpsonatics’! Very, very cute film, but more for grow-up kids and parents than it is for the little ones. Enjoyable and fun! I rate it a B.
“Hot Rod”
The Blonde:  Can we just say STUPID! This “wanna-be” comedy is far fetched, ridiculous and even an insult for teenagers. I feel embarrassed for poor SISSY SPACEK for being in this film. What a come-down! I rate this film (if you can call it that) a D--!

The Blonde: See you next month at the movies! GO AND HAVE SOME FUN!

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