Movie Review With Mairsa Yamane (KHON 2 Reporter
) As Told To Katie Young

Where and with whom did you see the movie?
I saw Derailed at Pearl Highlands Theatre with my mom, Sandra.

Overall what did you think?
I really liked Derailed, and so did my mom. We came out of the theater and said to each other, “What a great movie!” But it was very suspenseful and scary at times. I get spooked pretty easily, and at times I had to close my eyes. The movie is full of surprises and plot twists.

What was your favorite scene?
The climax of the movie is definitely my favorite scene, because you never see it coming.

Did you have a favorite character?
My favorite character is Charles Schine, played by Clive Owen … because he’s so handsome! All kidding aside, Schine is the main character, and Clive Owen does a great job evoking sympathy.

How would you rate the acting?
The acting is excellent. In addition to Clive Owen, Jennifer Aniston did a superb job. I was really impressed by her performance, considering she usually acts in comedies. And Vincent Cassel is absolutely perfect for the “bad guy” role.

Did the movie have a meaning?
The movie is about two married business executives, who have an affair and are blackmailed by a violent criminal. I guess the overall message is don’t cheat on your spouse.

What was the best/worst aspect about the movie?
The best aspect about the movie is that there are so many surprises. I couldn’t really find any bad aspects.

Is it a movie that you would see again?
I don’t usually like to see movies twice because then you know what to expect.

To whom would you recommend the film?
I recommend Derailed to anyone who likes thriller movies. I’ve already started telling my friends to see the movie. And it’s one of those that you have to see in the theater.

On a four star rating, with four being the highest, what would you rate the movie?
I give it

What’s your favorite movie snack?
Popcorn, of course! With lots of butter and mochi crunch.

What’s your favorite movie?
My favorite movie of all time is Mannequin — a movie from the 1980s. I remember watching it as a kid and liking it because it was magical. Then several years ago, I watched it again, with a whole different perspective. It’s funny how as an adult, you notice certain things and innuendos that you never did as a kid.

How often do you go to the movies?
Not too often. Maybe once every two months or so. But I do rent a lot of movies.

Who’s your favorite movie buddy?
My mom is my favorite movie buddy; we’re really close.

What genre of movies do you like?
I really enjoy romantic comedies (like most women) and comedies. It’s nice to watch a movie and get a good laugh — it makes you feel happy. But I also like action movies, dramas and thrillers, as long as they’re not too scary.

Who’s your favorite actor/actress?
I have several favorite actors and actresses. I really like Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg because they’re so talented and funny. I like Michelle Pfeiffer because she’s such a versatile actress. And I think Dakota Fanning is such a great young actress.

What’s new?
Professionally, I’ve been working at KHON2 News as a reporter for almost a year now. It’s great to be back home after spending seven years on the Mainland, and to work with such a talented staff. There have been a lot of recent changes at our news station. Last month, KHON was sold to the Blackstone Group and SJL Broadcast Group. Also last month, we got a new news director, Ron Comings.

Personally, I just got back from a trip to Japan (Tokyo and Kyoto). I went with my mom and sister, Alissa, and we had such a wonderful time. It was my first time to Japan — what an educational experience!




Chicken Little

After a false alarm in the past, no one in the town of Oakey Oaks believes Chicken Little when he says the sky really is falling. (G)


A married man (Clive Owen) and his mistress (Jennifer Aniston) turn the tables on the violent criminal trying to blackmail them. See accompanying Marisa Yamane review. (R)

Good Night, and Good Luck

George Clooney directs the true story of newsman Edward R. Murrow when he took on Joe McCarthy’s communist witch-hunt. (PG)

Get Rich or Die Tryin’

50 Cent stars as a drug dealer who resolves in prison to turn his life around and pursue a career in rap music. (R)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry’s fourth year at Hogwarts is his most dangerous yet as he competes in the TriWizard Tournament and faces lord Voldemort. (PG-13)


Jake Gyllenhaal plays Anthony Swofford, a Marine sniper on the front lines of the Gulf War. With Peter Sarsgaard and Jamie Foxx. (R)

North Country

Charlize Theron plays a single mom who organizes her fellow female mineworkers to file the first sexual harassment lawsuit. (R)

Pride and Prejudice

Keira Knightley is Elizabeth, an independent young woman who falls for the arrogant Mr. Darcy. Based on Jane Austen’s novel. (PG)


Uma Thurman is a recently divorced woman dating a younger man who it turns out is the son of her therapist.. (PG-13)

Saw II

The maniacal serial killer known as Jigsaw has trapped a new group of victims in an elaborate deathtrap. (R)


Steve Martin wrote and stars in the story of a woman torn between an older and a younger man. (R)

The Legend Of Zorro
Antonio Banderas dons the mask of Zorro again, with Catherine Zeta-Jones as his sword-fighting wife, Elena. (PG)

The Weather Man

Nicolas Cage is a Chicago weather man with a shot at the big time who deals with his crumbling marriage and his father. (R)


See accompanying Roger Ebert review. (PG)

Walk The Line

See accompanying Roger Ebert review. (PG-13)

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