Monday, March 14, 2011

Movie Monday - 3/14/2011

It's Monday!!!  Here's some movies!!!

Amelia, starring Hillary Swank as Amelia Earhart and Richard Gere as George Putnam, is the story of the famous aviatrix and her eventual disappearance in the Pacific ocean. Hillary did a good job – she even resembled Amelia. We could’ve seen a little more of Richard Gere, but overall, it was pretty good.

Valentine’s Day is a cute and a little dumb romantic comedy that takes place entirely on Valentine’s Day. There are many actors in it, including Jennifer Gardner, Ashton Kutcher, Shirley MacLaine, Julia Roberts, Patrick Dempsey, Queen Latifah, Taylor Lautner and Taylor Swift…many couples, with many issues…definitely a renter, but it was entertaining.

In Me and Orson Wells, a high school student (Zac Efron) who dreams of becoming an actor, bluffs his way into a production by Orson Wells (Christian McKay). Much to his delight, he eventually works up to a speaking role. However, things soon go a little awry. Apparently, Mr. Wells was quite the character – with the ego to go along with it. It was well acted (Claire Danes is also in this movie and is marvelous) and pretty entertaining.

Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek and Lucas Black star in Get Low, a film inspired by the true story of a man who planned his funeral while he was still alive. The premise and the trailers made it seem that it would be a bit of a comedy, but actually, this movie rather serious. It was good though. The acting was wonderful and it was a good story.

I saw Europa Europa several years ago, but it had found its way on my Netflix queue for some reason and I thought I’d go ahead and see it again. A young Julie Delpy is in this film. It is based on the true story of a German Jew who survived the Holocaust by pretending to be a faithful follower of the Third Reich. It’s just amazing what people will do to survive. Anyway, it is in German and Russian with English subtitles. I liked it.

Sin Nombre, in Spanish with English subtitles, is about a member of a ruthless street gang from Mexico who is on the run after killing its leader. He meets a Honduran girl trying to make it to the US border with her father and her uncle. (More stuff happens before and after this synopsis.) It was an interesting look at how other people live - I live in such a bubble…It was alright, overall.

MK out.

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