As I mentioned earlier, my friend Josh and I were kindly invited to attend the LA premiere of the suspense/horror remake Let Me In (based on the original Swedish film Låt Den Rätte Komma In) which we were both very excited to see:
Josh was excited because he is a fan of the original Swedish film and I was excited because I had only heard amazing things about the film. I am very pleased to say that IMHO, Let Me In lives up to the rave reviews that it has been receiving:
Unlike the plethora of other vampire stories that are so hot right now, Let Me In is a painfully beautiful and poignantly sad tale that reminds the viewer that being a vampire is a curse, not a supernatural blessing. I’m hesitant to reveal too much about the plot mainly because I knew very little about the story going in and found it very entertaining to have the story unfold before my eyes. I will say that the young lead actors, Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road) are simply superb! I was totally engrossed by the relationship between Chloë‘s character Abby and Kodi‘s character Owen. Let Me In is kinda scary but more than that, it’s a beautiful love story that naturally becomes very complicated. Even from young actors, tho, the complexities of Abby and Owen‘s relationship is fully fleshed out and is just amazing to watch. I really loved Let Me In … so much so that I hope to be able to see it again when it opens this weekend … plus I deffo plan to read the original novel and see the original film this movie is based on.
After the premiere screening, Josh and I made our way to the afterparty and had a really fun time. We came home with souvenir Rubik’s Cubes (which, after you see the movie, will make more sense). Additionally, I got to meet Pink reader Scott at the afterparty so I want to send a big shout-out to him :) We had fun last night … it’s always a good time with Josh.
Tonight, Darion and I are going to another film premiere … this time, we’re seeing Hatchet II. I can’t wait to see how the sequel measures up to the original film ;)
Last night David and I met up with Darion to see Resident Evil: Afterline in 3D at the AMC Theater at Century City. Darion and I vowed not to see the film without one another … and then he went and flew off to Japan for 10 days on opening weekend. But, at long last, we finally saw the film together last night:
It’s really no surprise that most films based on video games aren’t cinematic masterpieces and, in all honesty, there have been some pretty bad ResEvil films in the past … but I’m happy to report that Afterlife was a pretty decent, fairly entertaining movie. Milla Jovovich is such a bad ass, she really makes every film she appears in. I love her in the role of Alice. The 3D in Afterlife was pretty decent, save for a few exceptions … but a few times in the flick I couldn’t tell if I was watching Silent Hill, The Matrix or Resident Evil. And despite the fact that you could see the plot developments from a mile away, we all had a mindlessly fun time together.
Oh and I have to send out big shout-out LOVE to Pink reader Jamie who I had the pleasure to meet in Century City last night :)
Tonight, my friend Josh and I are going to an early screening of Let Me In. He has seen the original version of the film, I have not … but we are both very excited to see it so … hopefully it’ll be a fun night. It is currently 111.2° F outside right now … so I think I’ll be staying inside until the sun goes down. Happy Monday!
Last night David and I enjoyed a nice dinner/movie date where he got to pick both the restaurant and the film. We had a great dinner at La Boheme in West Hollywood, CA and then made our way to the ArcLight Hollywood to see the Ben Affleck-directed film The Town. To be honest, I wasn’t all that looking forward to watching an Ben Affleck film but I had heard good things and David really loves these types of movies so we went … and I actually loved it:
The film opens with a voice-over by Affleck in, what I felt, was a very bad Boston accent … so, of course, I was worried that I was gonna hate the whole thing. But very quickly, I’m happy to say, the film won me over … and then, eventually, even Ben won me over as well. The lead actress Rebecca Hall is really good but the real star of the film is Jeremy Renner. He is just so good in this film. And yes, even Ben managed to not only give a strong performance in the film but his direction really proved that he’s got talent. The only person who really didn’t measure up, IMHO, was Jon Hamm. But, to be honest, he was a’ight. I will say that even Blake Lively gave a better performance than he did … which isn’t a slight, she was actually very good in the film as well. The Town is a great action-packed thriller that is not only believable but is also very entertaining story-wise. I was very pleasantly surprised and am happy to recommend it to others. It’s good, y’all.
Afterward, David and I stopped by FUBAR for a nightcap and discovered that it was “Wet Otter” night. Needless to say, the amateur entertainment was pretty subpar but we had fun anyways. It’s crazy … David and I never go out, like, ever … but managed to go out for two weekends in a row. Amazing.
Tonight I’m meeting up with Yasmin and Darion to see Resident Evil: Afterlife in 3D. I promised him I’d wait to see the film until he returned home from Japan so we’re finally seeing the damn thing. I hope your Sunday is going well. Happy Weekend!
OMG … last night was the Best.Night.Ever. After a group of friends and I had a blast at Six Flags Magic Mountain for their annual GLBT private party Out on the Mountain, we managed to cull together a bigger group of folks to come out and play on the roller coasters for this year’s event … and we had an absolute blast!
Our group of friends managed to grow larger as the night progressed but, honestly, it was really the more the merrier. We managed to ride all of the best roller coasters last night and had the best time ever. We also took a lot more photos this year — which you can check out out, after the jump … More »
Last night my friend Darion and I made our way out to the ArcLight Hollywood to see an early screening of the new Ryan Reynolds film Buried. Much to my happy surprise, the 90ish minute long movie takes place entirely inside a coffin buried in the Iraqi desert with only Reynolds to provide the film’s entertainment … and he does an absolutely fantastic job:
There are 3 things that I learned from this film … First, if you find that you are buried in the desert and you are blessed with a working cell phone, 99.9% of the people you call for help will not believe you. Second, Iraq has THE BEST cellphone service that I have ever heard of … even when buried in the desert, your calls to various locales around the globe can successfully be made. Third, Ryan Reynolds is very, very capable of providing a film’s worth of entertainment with just a coffin and a few props (a cellphone, a pen, a flashlight and a couple of glow sticks). I’m telling you … this film is great. The only thing I did not like was the inclusion of a surprise snake in the middle of the film … I mean, I get there needs to be some elements of surprise but the snake felt like a bit too much to me. That being said, there really are no bad things to say about the film. I loved the Michigan connection of the character and I really loved how the story played itself out. For the duration of the film you are not really sure how things are going to end … I was very satisfied with the way this film ended. Both Darion and I loved this film a lot, even tho Ryan Reynolds didn’t take off one piece of clothing! He really impressed me with his acting in Buried, I think he may impress you, too.
Tonight a bunch of us are making our way up to Valencia, CA to play at Six Flags Magic Mountain Amusement Park for their annual Out on the Mountain night!
Basically, the park shuts down for the gays so that we can run amok and ride all the rides to our collective hearts’ content. We had a blast last year so we are all very excited for another night of fun tonight!!
Last night a group of us got together on the rooftop at The London West Hollywood so that we could celebrate, again, David’s birthday. Because we had to postpone the early celebration last Saturday, we decided to host a belated birthday get together with friends last night to make up for it …
… and we had a blast. Yes, we look like the living dead in these photos but I can promise you, we had a blast. The food was good, the drinks were great and the company was superb. I think we’re finally done celebrating David’s birthday … so I hope he had a good one this year ;)
My dear friend Darion has finally returned home safe and sound from his extended vacation in Japan and we are planning to get together tonight to see an early screening of the new Ryan Reynolds film Buried. I am really looking forward to that. Another weekend is nearly upon us, can you believe it?
The Fall season may not officially begin until 11:09 PM ET / 8:09 PM PT tonight but The Fall, book 2 of The Strain Trilogy written by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan arrived promptly at midnight September 21 in digital form on my Kindle 3:
As you may recall, I fell in crazy love last Summer (2009, that is) with The Strain by Del Toro and Hogan and have been ANXIOUSLY awaiting the second book in the series. Now, because I’m still in the middle of reading the very long yet amazingly good Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, I cannot devote my full attention to The Fall … but I did read a few of the first pages and MAN, am I excited to just dive into this book. For those of you who aren’t aware, Del Toro (the director of Pan’s Labyrinth among other fantastic movies) and Hogan have come up with a new vampire tale that is ghastly and extremely scary … there is no romance here. Just a deadly virus that is turning people into blood-thirsty monsters. I loved every page of The Strain and I’m really chomping at the bit to start reading The Fall. So yeah … that’s what I did last night … I read.
Tonight, David and I will be meeting up with some friends who we were supposed to hang out with on Saturday in celebration of his birthday for a little dinner/drinks thing. In his world, it’s still his birthday ;)
But, as a reminder, the Autumnal Equinox arrives later on tonight … are y’all ready?
Yesterday was a very fun day for David and me as we spent most of the day hanging out here at home before we went out last night for a nice romantical dinner at The Bazaar restaurant inside the SLS Hotel. Before dinner, I presented David with his very own birthday cake and musical candle:
There were a few other surprises … and then DINNER. We’ve been talking about checking out The Bazaar for a few months now so last night was the perfect opportunity. The decor reminded us a lot of XIV, another fave restaurant of ours. The food was just fantastic … the menu is pretty much all tapas but let me tell you … they were DELICIOUS little bites of food. My faves were the gourmet “Philly Cheesesteak” and the Japanese taco … David was all about the Cotton Candy Foie Gras (which he insists was delicious, I didn’t try it because I really hate foie gras). All in all, we had a very nice yesterday … ’twas very nice indeed.
Tonight, we’ve been invited to a private concert here in LA that is supposed to be a surprise or something? I’m not sure but I’ll try and snap as many photos as possible if we end up going. Hope your Tuesday is a happy one!!
Yesterday afternoon David and I met up with our good friend Josh at Dodger Stadium to take in an afternoon baseball game together … we couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather or a better vantage point. For the first time, we decided to watch the game from the bleacher seats and we had the best time ever!
I am happy to report that after trailing for the ENTIRE game, the Dodgers came back late in the game to tie up the score with the Colorado Rockies to add extra innings to the game … then the Dodgers ended up pulling out a win in the 11th inning by a score of 7-6. It was a really fantastic day.
But today is an even MORE fantastic day because it is David’s 27th birthday today!!
I hope you will join me in sending him all your BIRTHDAY LURVE today!! I have something very special planned for tonight … but I cannot reveal my plans until after David’s surprise ;) Have a great day, y’all!! Happy Monday!!
Originally the plan for yesterday afternoon was to get a bunch of folks together for a fun game of Laser Tag in early celebration of David’s birthday (which is tomorrow) … unfortch, David wasn’t feeling too well and we decided to push off the Laser Tag until next Saturday. Fortunately, tho, David was feeling up for seeing a movie last night so we met up with Emma and Josh and went to the ArcLight in Hollywood to see “the other Facebook“ movie titled Catfish:
Before seeing the movie last night, I had only seen the trailer for the film once … and it creeped me out entirely. I have to say, I think the film works best if you go in seeing it without knowing too much about the plot. Here is the trailer for Catfish so you can judge for yourselves:
I liked the film, mostly, but there were parts of the film that are still bugging me the morning after. If you’ve seen the film or don’t mind having the plotline kinda spoiled, you can read my review after the jump … More »