Despite scurrying around with last-minute Christmas preparations, I did watch a few flicks in the last week...
Jumping the Broom is a predictable little movie about cultures and socio-economic backgrounds clashing as two people are preparing to tie the knot. Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Paula Patton and Laz Alonso star in the film and all do a good job. It was cute. I liked it.
I just love Russell Brand. Most of his characters in movies are a little naughty - on the bawdy side - but I find him cute and the antics are fun to watch. In Get Him to the Greek, he plays Aldous Snow - a rock star that is sobriety-challenged. He is being escorted by Aaron (Johah Hill), a record label executive, from London to a sort of comeback concert in Los Angeles. It was rude, crude and socially unacceptable at times, but I was entertained.
The documentary Catfish is a bit controversial. A 24-year-old photographer, in New York in New York is sent a painting of one of his pictures that was painted by an 8-year-old girl. Soon, he gets to know most of the family via telephone calls, e-mail and the Internet - specifically Facebook. I cannot say too much about the film because it would spoil it, but critics of the film question its authenticity. At best, it can be seen as a cautionary tale. I liked it.
Like Crazy is a love story between Anna (Felicity Jones) and Jacob (Anton Yelchin). They meet in school; they fall in love; she overstays her student visa. After she goes back to England and tries to return to the US, she is deported. Even though they marry in England, she still has that student visa issue to clear up. His work is in the US. They are kept apart, and interestingly, both have affairs while they are waiting for things to work out for them. (Really?!?) I didn't buy the story, but the acting is pretty good. It was alright.
George Clooney and Ryan Gosling star in The Ides of March. George Clooney also directed, helped write the screenplay and produced this film. It is about a senator (Clooney) trying to win the Democratic nomination for president and all the behind-the-scenes shenanigans that his press secretary (Gosling) has to handle. It is also about how ambitions can sometimes get in the way. It is well acted and a very good movie. I liked it.
Until next time...