December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

If you are interested in contacting me, you can do so by commenting on any of the posts. The blog will remain live on the web.
Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

February 1, 2013

Your Highness (2011)

When it’s over, there are two words to describe this film.  Verbal porn.  Set in the medieval times with modern day raunchiness, Prince Fabious (James Franco) goes on a quest to rescue his bride (Zooey Deschanel) from the evil wizard, Leezar (Justin Theroux).  Tagging along are Thadeous (Danny McBride), the deadbeat brother, and Isabel (Natalie Portman), the beautiful maiden who wants revenge on Leezar.  The stupidity of the film kept me watching, kept me wondering if the film will somehow magically redeem itself.  No such luck.  I had a few “ha-ha-ha-s” and some “eww-s”, but couldn’t get myself to like the silliness or any of the characters.  Coming from the director of Pineapple Express, which was a smart, funny film, Your Highness fails to hit the mark.  This film’s off-beat mannerisms and setting reminded me of The Princess Bride, but lacked the quality, intelligence, or acting to equal the 1987 favourite. 

My rating: 2 out of 5


  1. Good post however I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this subject?
    I'd be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit more.

    1. Thanks for the suggestion. This blog is closed, but I will keep your suggestion for my new blog, coming soon.