Monday, January 31, 2011

Julie & Julia

I saw this movie last night.  A Nora Ephron film.  She is responsible for the films like "When Harry Met Sally" and Sleepless in Seattle".   I don't believe this film is as good as those but it was a cute little film.  Meryl Streep was unbelievable as Julia Childs.  She  and Stanley Tucci had such great chemistry.  Amy Adams was very good as Julie Powell.  This film inspires me to cook.  I want to cook good food and entertain.  Right now, it's hard with 4 little ones who don't like to try new foods.    But I can't wait for the day to make nice meals and entertain.  Every time the couples are eating food, I get so excited about the food.  Not a movie, I'd add to my collection but it was very sweet.

The one quote I love and I keep saying it, "you are the butter to my breadyou are the breath to my life."  

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Town


The Town Poster


I heard this film was good.  It's about.. As he plans his next job, a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the FBI agent looking to bring him and his crew down. (per imdb)

Rebecca Hall Picture
 A lot of known names... Who caught my eye was Rebecca Hall ..I saw her in Vicky Cristina Barcelona.   I liked  her in that movie.  

Blake Lively Picture

Blake Lively surprised me..  I thought she'd be so funny trying to do a Boston accent and doing such a grown up role,  a far cry from being a "gossip girl".  She had a few dramatic scenes in the "sisterhood of the travelling pants." She didn't disappoint.    She was good in this movie. She's not afraid to be ugly that is a good thing to be.   She got to  do scenes with Ben Affleck and Jon Hamm.  Lucky her...   

Ben Affleck...  sometimes he's good but then sometimes I think in his acting ... he's missing something.  Don't know what it is...   I'm sure directing and being the center character must be a lot.  Movie was entertaining but I don't think I'll pick it to add to my collection.  Looking forward to seeing him in The Company Man, though.                                 

Monday, January 10, 2011

Black SWAN


This was a very special week, I got to watch 2 movies in the theaters.  First,  True Grit on Wednesday and then Black Swan on Saturday.

Black Swan was so so intense.  It moved quickly. Portman was exquisite playing Nina Sayers.  How she portrayed her ambition and dedication to "ballet" and how it made her crazy. 

Natalie Portman not only looked like a dancer, she really acted  like one, a type - A dancer.  The way she walked and the way she carried herself.  Nina lived and breathed dance. She had no friends and she didn't have any social skills.  

The one thing my friend pointed out at the end when Nina as the white swan throws herself to her death and in reality she was dying.  She mutters out, "I was perfect."  It was a intense moment and you just feel such sympathy for her but then my friend leans over and she said, "it wasn't perfect, she messed up remember?" haha  my friend is so funny.  

This movie was intense and I was extremely surprised about Mila Kunis.  She was surprisingly really good. She seemed so effortless in her portrayal of Lily.  I've only known her for playing funny characters.  

Barbara Hershey :  I could not think of anyone better to play Nina's mentally off mother.

This was a great movie!

Friday, January 7, 2011

revolutionary road

I saw this movie a couple days ago.
Movie description: Frank and April, a married couple in the 1950s, have always seen themselves as special, different, ready and willing to live their lives based on higher ideals. So, as soon as they move into their new house on Revolutionary Road, they proudly declare their independence from the suburban inertia that surrounds them and determine never to be trapped by the social confines of their era. Yet for all their charm, beauty and irreverence, the Wheelers find themselves becoming exactly what they didn't expect: a good man with a routine job whose nerve has gone missing; a less-than-happy homemaker starving for fulfillment and passion; an American family with lost dreams, like any other. Driven to change their fates, April hatches an audacious plan to start all over again, to leave the comforts of Connecticut behind for the great unknown of Paris. But when the plan is put in motion, each spouse is pushed to extremes--one to escape whatever the cost, the other to save all that they have, no matter the compromises. as per yahoo movies

This movie reminds me how poisonous 'discontentment' is.   I've battled with discontentment forever.  The attitude of entitlement and when things aren't the way you planned it or the way you want  your life to be and how it can lead to such discontentment.   Discontentment can just take a hold of your heart and you fall into darkness... blindness.  And how easier it is to fall into unproductive and dangerous habits.

And you believe this lie... it's greener on the other side...  and you fall into such regrets.  And in  marriage, how you can easily resent your partner for coming to a place of failure  where you thought you'd be at such a greater place or  be doing much more amazing things with your life than where you are.

Wishing for that  freedom that I'd have if I didn't have so many kids or if I didn't get married so young and if I  lived a single life for a bit.  the list is endless.  and on days where everything seems to go wrong and in the confusion of kids bickering, whining, and crying and not being  able to find certain things because your husband did not put it back where it belongs.  Working, cooking, cleaning, wiping, bathing, disciplining, teaching, driving, getting it on, inability to have a social life, inability to eat in peace, inability to just sit and relax by myself , inability to listen or watch what I want. You want to just fly away and be on a secluded island and just do what "you" want to do forever .

But by the grace of God, unlike April, the sinful part of my heart did not take over. It is scary to see Kate Winslets portrayal of April and how I can see myself in her.  The rage, the pain, the selfishness...  and to know that God has graciously given me sight to see  HOPE.  Hope of what is in store for me in a place of complete peace and joy.  Even in this side of heaven  where it is marked with sinfulness, there is hope. 

A life of faith is such a precious gift and this movie reminded me what I have found in Jesus.  HOPE!

Life is where God places me and there is no mistakes...

Shutter Island * spoiler alert

Shutter Island

I really enjoyed this film.  I loved the artistry of this movie.  Hubs could not wait it out and he left to do something else in the middle of the film.  He was so frustrated and he mumbled," what is going on.. this is so bad!"   I didn't mind  not knowing. With each scene, they  revealed new things but nothing seemed to click to together.  Things just seem to get messier and messier and more confusing.  You're just waiting for the climatic scene that will bring everything together.  Hubs unfortunately couldn't wait it out and he didn't watch the end.  The end did not disappoint.  The ending was the best part and I feel it  was worth the wait.  When the revelation was made you see what the movie was all about.  I just loved the idea of it.  Dicaprio was in this fantasy world to escape the dark tragedy he went through.  Michelle Williams who came in and out like an eerie ghost wasn't endearing but just a bit creepy.  And the scene where you find out what really happened...  coming home and finding his wife gone completely mad and his children.  His poor children...  Dicaprio is an actor that really tries to master his craft and it shows.  He is so smart. He is getting good with each movie he does.  I'd like to see him do a romantic comedy.   I have yet to see "Inception" and can not wait.  

I love how it ends... knowing it's his last chance before he's labotomized...   He comes to his senses and he comes back to reality but the pain of what he had done to his wife and indirectly to his children.  The reality of his loss was too much for him hence the fantasy world he created.  He chooses not live with the knowledge of his pain, he chooses to pretend that he is still Teddy Daniels and let them lobotomize him.  You think he went back into his fantasy world when he talks to his psychatrist who went to DeCaprio to see  if their intervention sticked but then DeCaprio's character says this.."I wonder, is it better to live like a monster, or die a good man."  And you know that he's sane but is acting crazy to "die as a good man". 

It is such a great film! 

Ghost of Girlfriends Past

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Poster

This was not very good... Peter Travers from Rolling Stones says it best..
 "Look, I wouldn't mind a comic desecration of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, as long as the darned thing was funny... never comes as close as spitting distance to a laugh. Matthew McConaughey, who hit a comedy low, sinks ever lower as hotshot celeb photographer Connor Mead, a stud who badmouths marriage to his about-to-be wed kid brother.  Connor, a Scrooge when it comes to commitment, gets a life lesson from Uncle Wayne, (Michal Douglas, a film's one bright spot), another man-whore  who comes back fromt he dead to school Connor in the error of recreational boffing.
As we watch Connor swim through time in his so-called "lake of sex," the movie swims in its own brand of crude, mirthless muck. The script is reportedly the handiwork of Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. But since they struck gold with The Hangover (out June 5th), I choose not to believe it. They tell me the director is Mark Waters. Since Waters did wonders with Mean Girls, I'm going to think he directed this bilge under duress and/or the hypnotic lure of a fat paycheck. Seeing the bewitching Jennifer Garner stuck in the role of the good girl who will change Connor's ways, well, that's just sad. McConaughey sold out his Dazed and Confused promise years ago. Garner needs a career intervention before it's too late. There's only one thing to do if you're stuck at this witless bore. Flush it and forget it."

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

TRUE GRIT

I saw this in the theaters.  I never saw the original with John Wayne.  I didn't know what to expect..  The Coen brothers are known for non-mainstream movies more of an independent film feel .  The are most known for "No Country for Old Men", "Fargo", Burn After Reading, and "The Big Lebowski".  Kings of the black comedy genre.. I get the art of it but it's not my favorite...

However this movie...  I loved...



Hailee Steinfeld.  She played 14 year old Mattie.  I think she's an oscar contender. Rightfully so.. She was able to hold her own in her scenes with Jeff Bridges (who was brilliant) and Matt Damon.  And though, her character was cold, hard, stubborn, quick-tongued, and great at bargaining.

The movie was greatly written by the brothers with weaving of sense of humor and drama.  But the musical score should not be ignored in making this film great.

.  I don't know I may be bias because an old hymn was used.  The19th century presbyterian hymn, Leaning on the everlasting arms.  They were building on this theme of Mattie's character and they wanted to use a hymn.  This is what I found, they were basing on this direction..

"The story takes place in the 1870's and Mattie has never seen a Hollywood Western, nor read a Western novel. Her pieties come from her knowledge of the Bible, and her courage is really a Presbyterian self-righteousness, wedded to a passion for balancing accounts. The book is narrated by Mattie and you never forget her church background because it's present in her voice on every page. She doesn't narrate the body of the film, however, and I came to think that a score based on church music would put her quest in context and make her unbelievable story believable." A quote by the music composer "Carter Burwell."

Even though I'm sure  Mattie ,who was a product of being raised in a Christian home but yet she found herself a little jaded as well, took  her faith to an eye for an  eye approach.  I guess that is the "self-righteousness"  they were talking about.  

Carter Burwell score was perfect and gave movement and also gave the emotional sense that was underlined but not acted out in the characters but it was there and the music gave that.... and helped to  create this bond between Mattie, marshall and the texas ranger.  The instrumental of this hymn in the beginning was genius.  And since Burwell used the hymn as the basis of his score, he is ineligible for an oscar nod.  Too bad because it's really good.  

A must for seeing the movie in theaters.