Movie Quest #61 Husbands and Wives
Knowing the background of the Soon-Yi—Woody Allen—Mia Farrow story makes this a hard movie to watch. This movie shows us Woody and Mia as a couple who starts out “okay” and breaks up by the end of the film. This is a reflection of the real life breakup of the couple, who never made another film together. Also, Judy Davis is amazing, but that’s pretty much a given.
Movie Quest #26 (500) Days of Summer
When his girlfriend, Summer (Zooey Deschanel), unceremoniously dumps him, greeting-card copywriter and hopeless romantic Tom (Golden Globe nominee Joseph Gordon-Levitt) begins sifting through the year-plus worth of days they spent together, looking for clues to what went awry. As he recalls the good and bad times he spent with the commitment-phobic girl, his heart reawakens to what it cherishes most. Marc Webb directs this uncommon love story. (Netflix.com)
Still highly enjoy it. One of the better movies from last year.
Movie Quest #12 Leap Year
barf barf barf puke puke barf barf barf barf
My brain died at the end. This is a run-of-the-mill, perfectly by the numbers film which will probably put you to sleep if it doesn’t annoy you. The premise didn’t have me, duh, I am a girl who does not enjoy movies made for girls. I could live with it, though. I mean, this is a premise that I’m sure some movie from the ’40s could have snapped up and made it charming.
However, what this film does is make both leads so annoying and unlikable that I really just want them to get wherever the hell they’re going and let me see more of Ireland. Matthew Goode’s character is especially strange. He was supposed to be this rough and tumble type, but it’s never believable. I mean, he cooks…with an apron for goodness sakes. He’s a little too soft spoken, and the one fight we see him get into involves Amy Adams kicking just as much ass. Amy Adams is Anna who plays the same neurotic character that you’ve seen in pretty much every modern-based romantic comedy. Are there any women in the world who are not perfectionists in these things?
From that point the movie goes exactly where you think it’s going to (in a PG way). Look, just don’t watch this. Let’s not allow such crap to continue to attempt to steal from our wallets. I know I’m not the best film critic on the planet, but Jesus, we have to get some standards, people. 3/10.
Movie Quest #11 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
If you don’t connect in some way with this movie, you’re completely heartless. I mean, we’ve all had those relationships where things were way wrong, but added up to feel very right. Yeah, they were trying, but by the end of it all you knew that the experience was well worth whatever hurt you ended up feeling.
Michel Gondry is obviously a wizard with the camera and effects, and it’s amazing the amount attention paid to details as we see Joel’s memories of Clementine rather quickly fade away. Outstanding film.
Movie Quest #258 The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
If you liked the comedic stylings of “Step Brothers,” you’ll probably like this film. I did, so I do. 7/10
Movie Quest #242 Whatever Works
While falling for a young Southern belle (Evan Rachel Wood), an aging New York City eccentric (Larry David) finds himself caught in a series of bizarre situations involving the girl’s parents and his own Greenwich Village group of pals. Written and directed by legendary filmmaker Woody Allen, this romantic comedy also stars Patricia Clarkson, Ed Begley Jr., Kristen Johnston, Michael McKean and Henry Cavill. (Netflix)
I was pretty disappointed with the performances. The whole thing felt “stage-y” and a little too under-emotional. I didn’t feel connected to any of these people, or their horrible accents. That being said, there are some funny moments, moments of truth and exaggeration, and the cast is definitely all-star.
#192 Say Anything…
Very well-written. The openness and near unpredictability of the writing is what gives the movie it’s edge. The soundtrack isn’t too bad either.