Go watch a movie: 127 Hours

March 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’m on spring break this week – heavenly gift that came at the perfect moment. As I’m sure you could’ve guessed, this week has been full of movie watching. Saturday I had the chance to see 127 Hours. Directed by Danny Boyle starring James Franco.

Inspired by the true story of Aaron Ralston. This movie is not for weak stomachs. He does cut his arm off, you do see it – your right arm will feel tingly the entire time. Nevertheless this movie is beautifully done. The filming is unique and exciting giving you a sense of adventure. Experiencing the 5 days that he is stuck in such a small crevice with his arm wedged under a rock is incredibly heartbreaking. James Franco, as strange as he may be, can truly perform on the silver screen. The music selection during the whole film – perfect, just phenomenal. Now on DVD, put it on the queue or run to the nearest Redbox – and watch it now.

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Go watch a movie: Finding Forrester

February 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

I was planning on reviewing a foreign film today that I recently saw, however I could not find the trailer with English subtitles. So I’ll do a quick write up before we chat about the feature flick.

If we’re friends on Facebook, you’ll know I’ve found an infatuation with foreign films. Seeing a movie from a different country intrigues me to no end. There’s something romantic about that I love. I need to thank my friend, Gilbert, for suggesting this movie to me that, I might add, I enjoyed greatly: Amelie is a light-hearted French film about a young girl who finds her true pleasure and passion in doing good deeds for others in secret. Returning an old treasure box lost 40 years ago, walking a blind man down the street and describing everything they pass or helping a woman and a man find their true love for each – Amelie helps all those around her. Audrey Tautou is exquisite and charming, the French language keeps the feel of the movie whimsical and fun. If you’re into foreign movies – go watch it (found on instant Netflix)

 

I haven’t watched this movie for awhile, but I was thinking of it today and just had review it for you all. Finding Forrester, starring Sean Connery and Rob Brown, released in 2000.

A story of passion and friendship, discipline and triumph. The story follows the mentorship between a young man and a one-hit wonder writer who has locked himself in his house for years. Sean Connery plays a witty, brilliant, hard ass of an author who wants nothing but for Rob Brown’s character, Jamal, to succeed in writing. The dynamic between the two main characters is endearing and comical. As a quiet man, Forrester doesn’t say much but rather leaves Jamal to his work and every once in awhile interjects with a small quip – “Punch the keys, for God’s sake!” Phenomenal performance from both actors – put it on the queue, kids.

Seduction at its finest.

February 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

Quentin Tarantino makes some of the most iconic movies in our culture. Recently he won the first ever Music + Film award for his brilliant combinations of music and picture. And not just in a music video way but in a cinematic way. There are certain songs that, if you’ve seen the movie, you think specifically of Quentin Tarantino. One song in particular, at least for me, is “Son of a Preacher Man” by Dusty Springfield. Take a look at how Tarantino uses it in Pulp Fiction.

A scene of complete seduction – Uma Thurman’s voice over the intercom, the slowly articulated “disco!” that she utters when John Travolta approaches the intercom – it’s unusual that Tarantino would choose this song. But how perfect is it? Completely adds to the entire feel of the scene in a way that no other song could.

Quentin Tarantino has paved a way for music’s place in cinema and has inspired many other directors’ song choices. I was watching the French film Heartbreakers yesterday (a great light hearted comedy, a few cheesy moments, but fun to watch a romantic comedy in another language). One of the opening scenes – a young, handsome man sitting in the pool lusting over the well tanned slim babe in a black bikini exit the pool in slow-mo. What song is in the background? That’s right – “Son of a Preacher Man” (in English of course). Fantastic to see Quentin Tarantino’s inspiration all over cinematic scene.

Go Watch a Movie: Jarhead

January 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’m not doing this on purpose. Suggesting another Peter Sarsgaard movie. I swear, it’s a total accident.

Jarhead. This movie follows a young man who enters the military during the Iraqi war and becomes a U.S. Marine Corps sniper. A stirring performance by Jake Gyllenhaal, he shows the struggles of leaving home, family, significant others and consuming your entire being with the military life. Jarhead combines music and cinematography just beautifully. This film will leave you frightened, saddened, yet still having a sense of love and camaraderie. Take 123  minutes out of your life and put this on your television (available through Netflix instantly on your computer or Wii).

Go watch a movie: An Education

January 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

As I’ve said, I have a somewhat large obsession with movies. Everything about them intrigues me: the cinematography, the music, the making of the film, the writing. I love it all and after watching a movie I want to talk about it, a lot. The most recent movie I’ve watched is the Oscar award winning and nominated movie An Education. Most of the movies I watch I will highly recommend because there is always something to talk about, something to think about. But this one, you should watch.

Peter Sarsgaard is absolutely charming. Carey Mulligan’s performance is heartbreaking and liberating. The score is simply beautiful. It’s a movie that will break your heart but leave you with a feeling of triumph. Very well done and will be watching it again.

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