Thursday, March 06, 2008

Movie Review

So lately as the winter storms raise outside, I have found myself
watching more and more movies.
So I am going to make a plug for a few movies which did not get
a lot of press coverage but are indeed wonderful films which make
you laugh, perhaps cry (depending on your level of weepiness) and
most importantly for me (most times) think deeply and inward.

1. The Painted Veil
The movie is the slowest paced of them but a
beautiful story and beautiful scenery. For anyone who is an
Edward Norton fan, this movie does not fall short in his great
acting. If you do not shed some tears in this movie, you might want
to go to the doctor to make sure you are still alive.
The closing few minutes features an old French Folk Song which
I was highly disappointed they did not display the subtitles for
others, as I found knowing the words added deeply to the final
minutes of the movie. Here is the version used in the movie
A la Claire Fontaine (it was hard to find a copy that did not have
the clip from the movie so the quality is not perfect but does not
at least show the final minutes. I would suggest not looking at
the pictures before seeing the movie but just listening to this
sweet song)

2. The Nines
Warning - Do not go and read the reports about this movie as
learning too much about the movie would definitely spoil the
ending and amazing WOW factor of this movie.
Directed by John August and starring Ryan Renolds, this movie
had Adam and I laughing a lot and thinking a lot. I brilliant,
brilliant movie. It was released at the Sundance Film festival
and well received down there, but never got a lot of hype from
the mainstream. Which is a down right shame.
When we finished watching the movie, we were both wanting
to start it right away from the beginning.. it is just that interesting
and brilliant.

3. Lars and the Real Girl
Plot outline - A delusional young guy strikes up an
unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet.
How could that ever turn out to be a bad movie??
Ryan Gosling stars in this sweet, funny, thoughful movie that I
personally think everyone should see. Throw away the idea that
its an odd concept, there is nothing kinky going on with this
Internet Doll. The movie was nominated for two Oscars and is a
film to warm the heart, and redefines the edge of "normal".
I loved this movie...

1 comment:

patrick said...

The overlapping storyline of the Nines resolves itself nicely at the end... and, although Reynolds is a versatile actor, it was Melissa McCarthy who did a particularly great job of adding color to the whole thing.