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Across the Universe - LOVED IT! Heartbreak Kid - HATED IT!

By Joy A. Kennelly

Let it be. Let it be. Let it be. Let it be. Whisper words of wisdom. Let it be. There will be an answer. Let it be. Let it be. Let it be. Let it be. There will be an answer. Let it be. Let it be. Let it be. Whisper words of wisdom.

I never knew how profound all the Beatles music really was until I watched Across the Universe tonight.

Come together. beat. Right now. OVER ME.

I ran out and bought the soundtrack (I know why not just download it - but I wanted it now) and am listening to it as I write.

Come together right now. OVER ME.

Joe Cocker's singing. Awesome vibe. For those purist Beattle fans you're going to hate it, but I appreciate music in all forms if it's done well and this film is amazing. Like taking a trip back in history and I do mean trip. Parts were like what I imagine being on drugs must be on some psychedelic trip and it was so groovy man.

Bono's singing now. I've never heard this song sung by the Beatles and it's great in the film. I'm not going to give it away because you really must see the film to get the full experience. Bono's scene was fantastamical. Is that a word? It should be. I think Julie Taymor is my new artistic idol.

Funny, I just read the review of Across the Universe by the Washington Post and I couldn't disagree more with that reviewer's opinion. Maybe it helps because I'm not a diehard Beatles fan and just took the love story for what it was - a love story set against the Vietnam war and Beatles music.

It was all I could do not to sing along or stand up and start dancing at certain parts or even wave a lighter. Where's the songwriters like that of our generation?

I especially liked Dana Fuchs' musical performances - what a set of pipes! She's got the best raspy bluesy sound. I will agree with the WP reviewer on the fact that it was obvious that Dana was supposed to be Janis Joplin and Martin Luther was Jimi Hendrix, but it also obvious that they could never really be them.

I just enjoyed imagining what it might have been like if they were. These two were great just being themselves. Maybe that reviewer is old enough to remember the real Janis & Jimi, but I don't. As a result, I have nothing live to compare them to.

I could swear that Jim Sturgess sounded just like Ewan McGregor when he was singing in Moulin Rouge. Maybe it's the limey accent. Loved him singing, especially the opening song.

Evan Rachel Wood has a beautiful voice too. Who knew?  I especially liked her singing Blackbird. She is so talented. I kept waiting for her to get involved with drugs in this film, but she doesn't. Or does she? You'll just have to see it to find out. I like the fact she constantly stretches herself and plays so many diverse roles. I used to love watching her on Sisters, wasn't it? Can't remember.

What a fun surprise to see my favorite actor, Eddie Izzard, in another magical, crazy character. He is my favorite, favorite, favorite... I would love to meet him someday to tell him to his face. YOU'RE AWESOME! I will see anything he/she is in. I think, if I remember correctly, I got to see him live at the Aspen U.S. Comedy Arts Festival years back. If anyone knows him, please tell him I'm diehard fan number 1.

I'm getting tired and have to get up early tomorrow to sing. I just had to share about this wonderful movie. It may or may not be your thing, but if you liked Moulin Rouge and other large-scale musicals, you'll like this one.

People were clapping along in certain parts and a bunch of us clapped afterwards. I went to see it because I love music and knew that I would finally be able to cry which I've needed to do for days now. Damn PMS. This too shall pass. It always does.

It was funny. As I was standing in line to give my ticket to the attendant, a woman and her daughter struck up a conversation to ask me what I was going to see. I told them and asked what they were seeing. I didn't feel in the mood to talk so pushed on ahead thinking nothing of our chat.

However, when I was washing my hands in the bathroom, the woman came up to me again and said I'd like to give you my card. I asked her why? It just seemed so odd. She said, I'm a psychic and I do readings.

I was a little taken aback and told her thank you, but I'm a Christian and don't do that. She smiled kindly and then told me that something good was going to happen to me very soon. Then she turned and walked away. That's when I began to tear up. Then again during the war scene with people being shot.

I hate war. I hate violence. I wish it would stop. All of it, all over the world. Seeing it on the big screen just brought it home even stronger how much pain and sorrow war brings. It was riveting how the archival footage was intermingled with present day. You really must see this film. The parallels to today's world are startling.

In the meantime, don't waste your time seeing Heartbreak Kid. I hated it. I should have just left and asked for my money back, but I kept thinking it would redeem itself. I think it's the last Farrelly Brothers I'll go see.  I felt like I was watching a porn show at one point (without the close-up on genitals, but otherwise everything else.)

Ben, Ben, Ben. Why do you and your father think playing characters who are so demeaning and disrespectful to women would play well? We know you and your dad as funny guys who don't take the low road and in this film you slimed your way out of my heart. Your father was downright disgusting to watch.

Is he trying to be hip in his old age by acting so crass? It was just sick and wrong. Bad Stellers. Bad Stellers. Go to your room for a spanking. What tell your mother gets home because your dad obviously has no sense.

Why does Hollywood think it's ok to degrade the sanctity of marriage over and over and over again? It just made me so sad... like maybe I'm going to have to stop going to see film in general if my spirit is going to be assaulted in such a way. I did say I was PMSy right?

Anyway, then I see Across the Universe and it restores my faith in artistic expression. There was nudity in Across the Universe, but it was artful and within context.

Not F#$%ing for F*(&%$'s sake. Sick and wrong to play that sorry excuse for a movie THK the way it was in the trailer. I'm glad it's doing poorly in the box office and I hope it just disappears. Enough already Hollywood.

I feel real sorry for the actress, Malin Akeman. Especially in the peeing scene on the beach. Gross and stupid. Eva Langoria should stick to TV, but she did play a good Mexican. HA! So did Carlos Mencia, but I wonder what the hispanic culture thinks of his stereotypical character.

But then again, that's what the F brothers are known for, right? Stereotypes, sick humor, and denigration of women. I guess I've outgrown their type of humor. The movie seemed like it was one scene stuck together for laughs and among the four people I was sitting in the theatre with, there weren't very many.

Stupid, stupid, stupid, or should I say stupido. Hasta Luega babies.

Now you know my taste. So be it. That's all. See ya.

Oh, and please go see Across the Universe. If nothing else, to leave a comment telling me how wrong I am. Or right. Which I think might be more like it.


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