Monday, November 18, 2013

Movie Monday - 11/18/2013

Another week has passed...where do they all go?  At least I've watched a flick or two:

Many romantic comedies these days are targeted towards younger people.  For those of us who have been long married, they are hard to find.  Enough Said is one for us.  Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays Eva - a divorced, single mother who is not looking forward to her only child heading off to college in a few weeks.  She meets Albert (James Gandolfini) and they begin dating.  He also has a daughter about to start college and it's just one thing that the two have in common.  About the same time, Eva meets Marianne, an accomplished woman who she admires - and the two become friends.  Eva soon realizes that Albert and Marianne are ex-spouses.  Each soon divulge their perspectives about the other to Eva and she finds herself in a dilemma.  I found the film amusing and entertaining from the very beginning.  It was a little bittersweet, though, knowing that it was Galndolfini's last film before he died.  I really liked it.

Sandra Bullock (playing Dr. Ryan Stone) and George Clooney (as Commander Matt Kawolski) star in Gravity.  It is one of the few 3D-touted movies out there these days that really needs to be seen in 3D.  They play astronauts on a spacewalk outside the Space Shuttle Explorer who are warned about a could of space debris coming their way.  When the debris reaches them, Ryan is detached from the shuttle and Kowalski has to try and retrieve her.  Communication with Mission Control has been lost, but the race for survival is on.  It was an intense drama-thriller with good special effects - and a little bit of belief suspending science fiction.  I liked it very much though.

Mother and Child is a story of three women.  Karen (Annette Bening) was forced to give away her baby at age 14.  Now an older, single woman, she cares for her mother but is quite bitter, as she has colored her entire existence by her lost possibilities.  Lucy (Kerry Washington) is an accomplished baker who is married and has everything she wants - except a child.  Elizabeth (Naomi Watts) is a bitter but accomplished attorney who was given away for adoption at birth and who didn't have a good relationship with her parents.  She has grown up taking care of herself and thinking that she has all the power.  It was very, very good.

I still have so many films to see on my list...

MK out.

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