Saturday, September 5, 2009

Yes, I've Been Watching Movies...

I watched a few videos: Made of Honor is a cute, little predictable romantic comedy with Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan. Hannah (Monaghan) and Tom (Dempsey) are the best of friends. Hannah asks Tom to be the "maid" of honor in her upcoming nuptials...but Tom realizes he wants Hannah for himself. It was cute.

Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? was written by Morgan Spurlock of Supersize Me fame. He and his wife are expecting a baby, and he wants to find Osama Bin Laden in an effort to make the world a safer place. He travels to the Middle East looking for Bin Laden and in his various stops, he interviews ordinary citizens about their views of the 9/11 tragedy and how it impacted their lives. It was really interesting, because the overwhelming theme is that most people want to live in peace, be able to educate their young and have their basic needs met. It was good.

Gypsy Caravan: When the Road Bends is a documentary chronicling the 6-week concert with five gypsy bands from four countries playing flamenco, Indian folk, Romanian violin, Raga and jazz. It was really interesting. I liked learning more about the Rom people.

Confessions of a Shopaholic is a cute, little chick flick. Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy, Joan Cusack and John Goodman star in this movie about a girl who shops compulsively. She wants to work for a fashion magazine, but ends up working for a financial magazine instead. She writes a popular article giving practicle financial advice, while in real life, she is in plastic debt heaven. It was funny. I liked it.

I Love You, Man is crude comedy at its best...crude, crude dialogue, but funny, funny movie. A couple becomes engaged and the groom soon discovers that he doesn't have any friends from whom to choose his best man. He goes on a friend-making spree. After a few false starts, he meets someone he really likes in an unexpected situation. Paul Rudd and Jason Segel star in this movie. I liked it.

I managed to catch a few in theaters: In Inglourious Basterds, Brad Pitt plays a Jewish American soldier who brings together a group of men whose main focus is to kill Hitler and as many Nazis as it takes along the way. Melanie Laurent plays Shosanna, a Jewish girl who witnesses the murder of her family at the hands of a cruel Nazi and vows her revenge against the Nazis. That officer was played by Christoph Waltz. Look for his name come Oscar time, because if he doesn't get nominated for that role, it will be a shame. He was fantastic. It's a Quentin Tarantino film; so, get ready for the graphic violence and blood. I managed to like this movie, despite the gore.

Julie and Julia is based on the autobiographical film by Julie Powell, which tells about the year she spent cooking 524 of Julia Child's recipes and blogged about it. Julie is played well by Amy Adams, but the real jewel in this film is Meryl Streep as Julia Child. She gave an over-the-top performance that captured her essence without trying to imitate her exactly. Streep was right on!It was magical. Stanley Tucci played Julia's husband, Paul, and did a great job. I really liked this movie.

I really did not like The Time Traveler's Wife. Eric Bana plays a guy with a genetic condition that causes him to travel through time when he is stressed in some way. Most of the time, I did not feel the stress that caused him to travel. The romantic interest is played by Rachel McAdams. I did not feel any chemistry between the two of them. A friend pointed out that she thought the movie was trying to show how bittersweet and fleeting life is. I guess I appreciate that part about it. I also thought the two little girls in the movie played their parts well, but otherwise...not impressed.

The season is getting ready to crank...I can't wait!

MK out.

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