Friday, August 5, 2011

Cowboys & Aliens & Ice Cream

Cocaine Princess here.

****Part 3: I Giggled.....Perhaps I Shouldn't Have? will be posted next week****

This past Monday was a holiday {Civic Holiday} and because I didn’t really have anything planned I decided  to head to the movies to see the highly anticipated “Cowboys & Aliens.” The film, directed by Jon Favreau, is based on the 2006 graphic novel of the same name. It was dubbed as James Bond and Indiana Jones fighting monsters from outer space in the Old West! Sounds pretty awesome, right?

I read the reviews and most were less than kind but as I’ve written before I don’t like or dislike something because some hoity~toity critic says so and with that being said I went in with a clear and open mind.

The Plot: Daniel Craig stars as Jake Lonergan, a stoic outlaw in 1874 Arizona who wakes up with no memory and a metal device on his wrist. When he arrives in the town of Absolution, the sheriff discovers he's wanted and attempts to ship him off for a reward. That's when the aliens attack, bombing the town and roping up locals before flying off into the night. Lonergan's bracelet activates as a weapon and suddenly he's the only one capable of defeating these things. He joins a rescue party led by a grumpy Civil War vet named Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford) and they all set off to find out what happened to their loved ones.

I sat through the film while munching on buttered popcorn and gulping down a jumbo size Coke. The next morning I doubled up on my workout to burn off the calories. My thoughts? Well, allow me to first tell you some of the things I heard from movie~goers while exiting the cinema. 

“Thank God it’s over!”

“It sucked.


What a mindless plot.

As I wrote, I went in with a clear and open mind. To be honest I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from a sci~fi/western film. My thoughts? Well, the acting was good! Although it was a little odd listening to Daniel Craig speak with a western accent when I’m so use to listening to him speak with an English one. My only problem with this film-- confusion. Hmm, now that I think about it a better choice of word would be “huh?” For example, Oliva Wilde’s character named Ella is one of the town-folks who along with the others decide to track down the aliens. It's revealed that Ella is some kind of alien~warrior and had been searching many years for the aliens herself so she could destroy them. How she traveled to earth and landed in the wild west was never explained and speaking of aliens-- the aliens were after gold. That’s right, gold~seeking aliens. Why were they after the gold?  The creepy, goo~dripping aliens had the resources and technology to master intergalactic travel yet they desperately needed gold? That storyline was never explained either. If someone were to ask me what the film is about, here's what I would say: “It's about a bunch of townspeople who are abducted by aliens and a cowboy and his posse set out to rescue them. Along the way they meet up with a Native American Tribe and they all band together to kill the aliens. The End.” Despite the fact the film's title is something you’d see on a B~rated movie, given the cast I expected this to be a lot better but instead it turned out to be a very campy film. Midway through I actually found myself quietly humming Katy Perry's song “ET.”

“Boy, you're an alien
Your touch so foreign
It's supernatural


Cowboys & Aliens was released on the same day as The Smurfs Movie. Take a look at the weekend box office receipts: Cowboys & Aliens: $36.4M The Smurfs: $35.6M


The following shots below were taken with my cell phone. Enjoy and please feel free to praise my photography skills:

The line for the food concession was so long that I missed the first couple of previews. Standing behind me was a little boy and his parents. Not that I was eavesdropping but I couldn't help but overhear their conversation:

DAD to SON: Are you sure you don’t have to use the potty?

SON: No daddy.

DAD: You’re positive you don’t have to go?

SON: Yesssssss!

MOM to DAD: He probably does have to-- he'll wait until we're right in the middle of the film to tell us.

SON: No I won’t!

MOM to DAD: Take him to the rest~room while I'll continue waiting in line.

DAD: Alright buddy- you heard your mom, let’s go.

Jumbo popcorn and Coke. It took 5minutes {yes I was timing} for the slower than a turtle employee to fill up another cup of Coke {for sister}.

Cardboard cut~out of movie. 

Afterwards, sister and I grabbed a pizza to eat. Before heading home we stopped in at Baskin~Robbins for dessert!

The parlor was selling new ice cream treats inspired by the movie “Captain America” and since I had indulged in so much fattening food already I thought, what’s a few more calories, right?

I ordered the “Super-Soldier Sundae.”

“Vanilla ice cream swirled with a thrilling combo of blue chocolate chips and a cherry flavored ribbon, bits of moist white cake, sliced strawberries, strawberry sundae sauce and topped with whip creme, a cherry and star-spangled sprinkles for a flavorful patriotic salute!”

My sweet tooth was so delighted I began hearing angelic choir music.


 “I don't know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot.”
~Marilyn Monroe 

 Marilyn Monroe

Today, August 5th marks the 49th anniversary of Hollywood icon Marliyn Monroe who passed away at her Brentwood, Los Angeles home at the age of 36. Though officially classified as a "probable suicide" her death has since become one of the most debated conspiracy theories of all time.  During her career, Marilyn made 30 films and left one, ‘Something's Got to Give’, In 1999, Monroe was ranked as the sixth greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute. In the years and decades following her death, Monroe has often been cited as a pop and cultural icon as well as an eminent American sex symbol. 

Gone, but definitely not forgotten. You will be loved forever. RIP Norma Jean.


My loyal and dear readers, it's finally Friday.

Whatever your plans are have a fantastic weekend.~x

Cocaine Princess


elisecrets said...

hmm not sure about sci-fi western. Sounds like rom-com horror! :S

Daniel Craig is hot though! Whew

RIP Norma Jean - you had what most crave and never achieve: style, substance, flair and sex appeal


Red Shoes said...

I heard that the Western sequences were really good... and that the alien sequences were really good, but combined, they missed the boat.

I haven't seen it so I really don't know...

Norma Jean... yes, she was a hottie!!!

That was an era when it was ok for photographed women to have curves. I still like them that way.



Lotus07 said...

I would probably enjoy this film, but I will wait for it to come out on DVD. Nothing is worth the cost of a movie ticket these days.

Anonymous said...

They tried to make this a serious movie– it turned out to be a comedy.