Saturday, July 21, 2007

Because I Said So

This is a cute chick flick but not one that will make a classic. Diane Keaton succeeded in making her character so annoying that she made me uncomfortable. I was so surprised that Lauren Graham and Piper Perabo would take such a backseat in this film and that Mandy Moore was more the lead. Mandy Moore was surprisingly great in this film. I can see how studios are using her... she can act and no out of control antics. And let me say... Gabriel Macht, who plays the love interest for Mandy Moore's character, is hot. He is one handsome dude. Hope that he is in the film where he is the main character soon. I'd give him 4 out of 4. ha ha ha the film however is a 2 1/2 out of 4.

Monday, July 16, 2007

The Good Shepherd

Brilliantly directed by Robert De Niro. This film was subtly fascinating. The film follows Edward Wilson in a world of intelligence for the United States government. How his childhood helped him develop a character and skill to be successful but how it also brings upon scars to his family. I really enjoyed this intelligent and well directed film. 3 out of 4


Penelope Cruz was nominated for an oscar for this movie. I am not a fan of hers. Every film I've seen her in, I was just not impressed with her. She's oddly pretty but not beautiful. So I was interested in seeing this film. I enjoyed it. It was a very good film. Cruz was very good in it. but I'm still not a fan though. I don't know what it is but something about her bothers me. 3 1/2 out of 4

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Little Children

A very dramactic film that deals with serious issues. One married woman discontent with her life and one married man
discontent with his spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E. Perhaps inspired by the book Madame Bovary, the film is created in a flow that is intriguing, comedic, and tragic. I don't quite understand how the sex offender was in relation to the other characters. It was interesting to see a film that dealt with such complex emotions and issues and only can it be done successfully through brilliant actors. 3 out 4

This film inspires me to work hard in my marriage and to really lift up my significant other. How easy it is to go about the day like a robot and not even once glance over to your partner and give a word of encouragement or acts of kindness.

It reminded me of a discussion I had with a friend and how she told me that women need to be wise in their marraiges and how important it is to lift up their husbands in love and encouragement. In the movie, I see the character Brad and how he just feels so emasculated by his wife because she is the breadwinner and he's a stay at home dad. His failure to pass an exam that he clearly doesn't really care for just adds to his despair and leads him in an affair that he later regrets. My friend tells me this story a CEO of a company and his wife stop at a gas station. The wife goes in to get some snacks and drinks and the man that pumped the gas in to their car goes in to get change. The CEO notices that the wife and the man that pumped their gas exchanged a few words. The wife returns to the car and the CEO asked if she new the gas guy. She answered that they dated in high school. Then the CEO laughs and said, "hey, you could have been a wife of a guy that worked at a gas station." And she turned and looked at her husband and said," No sweetie, if I married him, he'd be the CEO of a company and you'd be the guy pumping gas." Love it!

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Charlotte's Web

An absolutely wonderful film. It captures EB Whites values and life lessons from the book. I read it so many years ago that I didn't quite remember the specifics of it but all I did remember was that it was a great book when I read it. Julia Robert was the voice of Charlotte and she was perfect for it. In its final scenes, I became a faucet of tears. Tears just streaming down my face and I was intently watching Emma. She was staring at the screen and she didn't move one muscle. She was so still sitting in front of me. I couldn't see her face. I was wondering if I should explain to my 4 year old daughter about death. I decided not to and told her to come sit next to me. She came and sat next to me and I cuddled with her for the rest of the movie. She turned to me and saw the tears running down my face. "Mommy, why is your face leaking?" I laugh. and then she goes "Water is going down your face" I laugh even more. In the movie, ant bully ( I highly recommend watching) the ant asks that to the human boy. I find it funny that she'd repeat that so naturally. I absolutely love this film. 4 out 4