19 March 2010

two movie reviews & a quick and easy recipe

I have been having a major crisis ever since March Madness started (which was yesterday but I swear it feels like a month ago) because I live with 3 guys. There is nothing on our TV but basketball from 12 p.m. until after midnight. Yes, I know I have a TV in my room... but laying down in the bed watching TV alone is not as much fun as it sounds. After countless hours of watching teams I've never even heard of... I told Brian that I was going to Redbox to rent some movies.

* Off subject :: speaking of Redbox... I love, love, love. How can you compete with renting a movie for $1? And I fell in love just a little bit more when I figured out that you could reserve the movie online. The website tells you which boxes have what movies and you just reserve them! AMAZING. Plus, there is one random Redbox at a gas station right down the street that obviously doesn't get used frequently because it always has what I want... unlike the ones at Wal-Mart that are always out of everything. Love it! Anyway...

We usually rent two movies and I choose one and he chooses one. It is only fair that way. So, we rented Couples Retreat (my pick) and District 9 (obviously his pick) and here is what I thought.

synopsis from imdb: In 1982, a massive star ship bearing a bedraggled alien population, nicknamed "The Prawns," appeared over Johannesburg, South Africa. Twenty-eight years later, the initial welcome by the human population has faded. The refugee camp where the aliens were located has deteriorated into a militarized ghetto called District 9, where they are confined and exploited in squalor. In 2010, the munitions corporation, Multi-National United, is contracted to forcibly evict the population with operative Wikus van der Merwe in charge. In this operation, Wikus is exposed to a strange alien chemical and must rely on the help of his only two new 'Prawn' friends. Written by Kenneth Chisholm
I was not looking forward to watching this movie at all, but I was pleasantly surprised. I actually enjoyed it. It was a bit weird at first and the format of the movie took some getting used to... but I found myself caught up in the action wondering what was going to happen next. The movie leaves you hanging... and definitely indicates there will be a sequel. I googled it, and yes... District 10 is already in the works. So, if you aren't into sequel's you might want to leave this one alone, but I'm actually looking forward to finding out what happens next.

synopsis from imdb: Dave and Ronnie, Jason and Cynthia, and Joey and Lucy are close. The group used to include Shane and Jennifer, but they divorced and she's gone. Jason and Cynthia announce that their marriage is in trouble, and they beg their friends (and Shane's young girlfriend) to join them on a couples' retreat, at the package rate, on a tropical island. The others reluctantly agree, planning to play while Jason and Cynthia work on their marriage with an island psychologist. To everyone's surprise, the package is inflexible: each couple must participate in the couples' exercises. Soon fault lines appear in all four relationships. What's in store for each couple? Written by {jhailey@hotmail.com}
Eh, I had heard good things about this movie from several people. I originally had no intention of watching it because I felt it looked like many movies made before it. But, since I had heard such good things... I thought I'd give it a try. Parts of it were funny and worth watching... but overall, I wasn't impressed. Vince Vaughn and his tired personality get on my nerves. He has the same personality in every one of his movies. The talk-fast-I'm-funny-with-quick-comebacks type of role. Personally, I'm over it.

RECIPE: Pizza Burgers

This is a quick and easy recipe that I got out of Family Circle magazine a bit ago. I've since lost the recipe, but it is so easy and quick... you don't really need one. Not only is the recipe easy... but it is also healthy. I don't remember how healthy... because I lost the recipe (ha ha)... but I do remember it is because I made it when I was on my under 1000 cal diet.


8 hamburger buns
1 lb. of hamburger meat
1 jar of pizza sauce
shredded mozz cheese

Brown the hamburger meat. Drain. Pour in jar of pizza sauce. Simmer. Place meat on buns. Sprinkle cheese on top of meat and immediately cover with top of hamburger bun. It helps if you warm the buns in the microwave. The heat from the buns & meat melt the cheese. Voila! Pizza burgers & they are my BF's favorite!

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