If you haven't seen August Rush, you need to. The movie was simply fantastic. I have to admit, however, that it fell short of the excellence I was expecting/hoping for. What was it missing? [spoiler level="medium-high"] I guess I just wanted to see the family get together at the end. Sure, there was the idea of them getting together, but I think there'd have been more of an emotional investment seeing them openly accept Evan and give us a hint as to the life they'd all live together. The look just wasn't enough for me. [/spoiler] Another thing that threw me off was Wizard, played by Robin Williams. When I saw the trailer, I was very excited about him being in it. I love the way he was portrayed as Evan's mentor. [spoiler level="medium-low"] When his bad side kicked in, I was kind of put off. [/spoiler] Don't get me wrong, I understand why the writer(s) did that, but I just wish [spoiler level="medium-low"] the trailer didn't sell me one impression and deliver another [/spoiler]. Despite that, tho, I loved the movie. This had the potential of being the best movie I've seen in a long time, but I think it fell short with the ending. Either way, I'd recommend it to anyone who's even slightly into music, romance, or family dramas.
If you've seen the trailer for Dan in Real Life
, then you probably know exactly what to expect from the movie: a very funny, yet touching movie. Don't let that comment lead you to believe it's not worth seeing. On the contrary, I'd definitely suggest it. Steve Carell
has played some very oddball characters and I think he played this one excellently. I look forward to seeing Steve in more characters like this one. Dane Cook
also had a good performance and while I don't think I'd go writing home about this one, he's definitely one to watch out for. If you haven't seen this one, watch it; I'd recommend it to anyone who likes dramedies -- for the unitiated, that's drama-comedies
The first half of Feast of Love is exactly what I expected. If you've seen the trailer, you've seen the first half of the movie. At this point, I was starting to get annoyed that there were so few surprises. I hate trailers that give everything away. Luckily, that wasn't the case. The latter part of the movie was exactly what it needed to be. This one had the perfect ending. If you're into romances, you should definitely check this one out. Perhaps the greatest thing about this movie is it has something for everyone. For every stage in life we face, Feast of Love is there to extend a comforting hand, pulling us in. From young love and the power of love at first sight to the hesitating love amidst a cloud of lust and confusion to the hidden passion of two aged lovers who've loved and lost; and we can't forget the beautiful irony holding back the true romantic, which seemed to be the main story we were following. Perhaps the thing I liked the most was how Morgan Freeman's character seemed to see everything the others missed. I guess my only complaint aside fom the trailer issue is the movie still felt like it was missing something. I can't say what was missing, but there was something. Nonetheless, I'd still recommend it.
I just saw Turistas and was expecting a b-flick of sorts, but what I got was much more. Not that it wasn't lacking the Hollywood glamour of some of today's movies, but it was a lot better than I expected. If you like dark movies, then this one's right up your alley. I liken it to The Hills Have Eyes and Hostel ; more so the latter. If you liked either, then you should definitely check this one out. Of course, if you're debating an international trip, you might want to stay away from Hostel and Turistas.
If you liked Turistas, I'd recommend The Hills Have Eyes and Hostel.
Perhaps I should've known what was coming, but I didn't realize Becoming Jane was based on a true story until the last scene. Then again, it was an interesting surprise... which makes me think I shouldn't have ruined it for you. Oh well. Chances are, anyone considering watching this one will already know a bit about the basis of the movie.
I have to admit I'm not big on these types of movies. This one isn't going to make anyone a convert, that's for sure. The movie is very slow, yet the main couple seems to move very fast. Not sure what was up with that. The best part about this movie was, dare I say it, the end. No, no; I'm not saying it was that bad of a movie. I'm merely saying that the one part that I really enjoyed was the moment at which [spoiler level="medium"] the two lovers reunited and [spoiler level="medium-high"] Tom mentioned his daughter's name.[/spoiler][/spoiler] I thought that was very touching.
While I could swear that half the movie has been done before, I'd still recommend this one to anyone who likes these period pieces. I wouldn't run out to get this one, but I would ask a friend to borrow it or grab it if you're in the mood.
Evening was an emotional movie about a woman on her deathbed. She never truly shared her life story with her daughters, which left them wondering when she began mumbling rememberances of her past while drifting in and out of sleep. Honestly, the movie didn't seem to have one single focus, tho. I could get all hypothetical and say something about our life choices, happiness, and family, but I won't. I'm just going to leave it at the fact it was a good movie. I definitely enjoyed this one. The only complaint I had was the ending, which seemed somewhat abrupt.
If you liked Evening, I'd suggest The Notebook .
No Reservations was a cute movie. It reminded me of another love story that took place in the kitchen, Just Desserts . No Reservations was better, tho. I was surprised at what happened to the main character’s sister in the beginning. I guess I just didn’t expect it. Then again, I didn’t watch the trailer, so maybe that was covered there. All-in-all, it’s your basic love story. I did feel like the movie was somewhat rushed. Not necessarily overly rushed, but things moved a bit faster than one would imagine. If you liked No Reservations, I’d recommend Just Deserts.
I thought A Good Year
was a very good movie. Russell Crowe
plays a man whose uncle died and left him everything, through lack of a will. Later, of course, there's a complication -- I won't say what it is so not to ruin the movie. The movie is basically about Crowe weighing his life in London as a major player in the stock market or in the depths of France on a vinyard. Of course, with any life-changing moment comes the love of a good woman. Seemingly, there's a comparison between his big-city life as a bachelor where money rules all and the possibility of a life with his "family."
Music and Lyrics
is another movie I didn't expect much out of. Once again, tho, I was delightfully surprised. I'm not a big fan of Hugh Grant
. I've been somewhat disappointed with most of his movies. I don't think it's really him, but his choice of movies. If you're into romantic comedies, I definitely suggest you see this one.
If you think the name Mozart and the Whale
is an odd name for the movie, I have to say the premise behind this one is somewhat off-key, too. The movie follows a group of autistic people and, specifically, a the relationship between two of them. I had serious doubts about how good this movie was going to turn out, but was surprised. Josh Hartnett
did a fantastic job playing the main character. I honestly wouldn't have expected him to do as good of a job as he did. I've seen this movie rated kind of low, but I'm guessing people didn't give the movie much of a chance. If you can stand an off-beat romance, give this one a shot.