Two movies I saw recently that I absolutely loved. Here’s a back to back look on both films. Enjoy!
One Day was an interesting watch for me. I loved its simplicity and the story is out of the ordinary. Let’s set aside first that i-don’t-understand-why-she-had-to-die-tragically ending and you have a tale seldom portrayed in the media: that of a man and a woman as best friends. Of course in this film the term “best friend” evolves into a romantic status but really, it’s what best describes their relationship. Yup, even better than soulmates. I was fascinated by how these two people, Dexter and Emma, had the emotional connection and yet didn’t get involved until after several failed relationships and even a divorce. Maybe it was Emma’s odd ways and naïve demeanor but after the initial sex hold up they decided to be each other’s confidant. And true enough, that’s what happened. It was certainly an unusual arrangement. Dexter goes on dating girls, living the privileged life and Emma focused on her career but is always there to support him and silently loving him. It’s wonderful at the same time frustrating to see how the 2 characters grow and make wrong decisions as you see their state every July 15 for 20 years. Anne Hathaway always delivers; it’s not even a question anymore if she’s in it you got to watch it. She’s an actress you’ll love not only for her persona but for her body of work. Jim Sturgess was, can I just say, so charming and is one fine English lad! (haha) I didn’t mind all the nakedness going on. Well, his role is supposed to be that way but you believe him in every scene and feel his pain. The ending of course left a big “WHY?!” on my forehead. I didn’t get it – I still don’t. But life’s not fair yada yada yada and all that shit. So I guess you just have to accept that’s what happened. My only wish is that at least they could’ve had a child together so he wouldn’t be so alone. His daughter with his ex-wife somehow doesn’t suffice. Anyways, leaving the theatre your heart feels heavy but more importantly you also feel hope that may be there is someone out there for you. The film is directed by Lone Scherfig (An Education) and is actually based on a novel of the same name.
Crazy Stupid Love is just that but in a good way. It makes you question love but all the while reinforces your belief in it. It’s everything a romantic comedy should be: smart, witty, outrageous and loveable. I can’t run out of words to describe it! It was sweet, endearing, heartbreaking, sad but ultimately it makes you feel good. Come on, how can you go wrong with Steve Carrell? I honestly think, IMHO, he’s the funniest out there. I’m in love with Emma Stone! She is “IT” – whatever that means. I can’t wait to see her on The Amazing Spider-man. Going back, Ryan Gosling reminded me of his portrayal in The Notebook in the sense that you root for him and it didn’t hurt that he was hot as hell in the movie. The scenes between him and Carrell were funny and how the roles switched towards the end was comical. I appreciated how directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa depicted different types of love. There’s the first love, the forbidden love, the love lost only to be found again and the love that changes everything. The major twist caught me off guard! How all these people were interconnected was a shock. And the supporting cast is not to be taken lightly. You have Kevin Bacon, Julianne Moore and Marisa Tomei even Analeigh Tipton (the nanny) and Jonah Bobo (the son) requires a special mention. I loved the movie and I think everyone else did too.
I’m a little unenthusiastic to write a review about Love & Other Drugs but I love Anne Hathaway enough not to issue a no comment. Let me see, I think the movie is more Sex & a little drug called Viagra. I don’t understand why the setting has to be that time when viagra was introduced by Pfizer. It sure doesn’t have anything to do with Anne’s character’s parkinsons.
Usually, the sex is something to look forward to in a movie but since the good parts were mostly edited out (FU censors in this country!), its anti-climactic. And halfway through the film it was more like “ugh, they’re having sex again?” Of course, I enjoyed seeing Jake Gyllenhaal sans his clothes with those big…. puppy eyes. At one point even I couldn’t hold back on Anne’s nakedness and said “Ooh, I love her ass.” But then when the love part came, it started to get boring. I mean ya sure the chemistry was there, you can’t deny it, and there were select ‘aww’ moments but overall it didn’t deliver. The movie was kind of saved by that brother of Jake’s character: typical douche fat guy. So yeah, I just wish that it had more love and less sex.
Kind of cornball movie title, isn’t it? This RomCom reunites 2 of my favorite actors Jake Gyllenhaal & Anne Hathaway so I will watch this, no matter what. They worked together on the 2005 critically acclaimed Ang Lee film, Brokeback Mountain. Set to be released this November 24 in the US, hopefully, I won’t wait too long for the local screenings in Manila. I’m lovin’ the trailer, check it out below. ❤
Two of my most favorite actresses join forces to deliver a romantic comedy entitled Bride Wars directed by Gary Winick (13 Going On 30). Kate Hudson (How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days) and Anne Hathaway (The Devil Wears Prada) play two best friends, Liv and Emma that became rivals having set both their weddings on the same day. Catch? One MUST give way. This ought to be fun! Make sure its the first thing you catch for 2009!
First up, yes, Ms. Aniston herself sporting a tie and nothing else. OMG, she is gorgeous! As in major, hot if I may say. She already made a hot cover for GQ before but this one definitely tops that. S-E-X-Y. Can’t believe Brad left her, well, Angelina is hot too. So I can’t blame him. John Mayer is a lucky guy!
This one I have to get a copy myself, as I always do hehe. =) It’s the annual body issue of Metro Magazine. Their December-January special edition is always the most anticipated issue every year probably the best selling too. This year with Piolo Pascual and his six-pack on the cover, no wonder they’re sold out.
Best of Hilary Duff
It’s her 2nd greatest hits record released this November 11 in the US, the first one being Most Wanted which became her 2nd no. 1 album after Metamorphosis. I don’t know actually why she did it again since the 2 almost have the same songs except of course the songs that came out later off her Dignity album. In her defense though, she doesn’t call it her greatest hits just a compilation album. I love the cover she’s so grown up and very sultry looking. The record is released with a new single called Reach Out, just watched the video and she’s beautiful and doing the whole sexy thing again. I have to have this one, since I didn’t got the first. Hope its released here too. Here’s the tracklisting:
1. Reach Out
4. With Love
5. Play With Fire
6. Wake Up
8. Come Clean
9. So Yesterday
10. Why Not
11. Reach Out (Remix)
12. Holiday (Remix)
I just wished she included Beat Of My Heart and Our Lips Are Sealed with her sister Haylie.