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Top Quality continues in 6th movie
It's our family tradition to go to see new Potter films the first full day that they are released.
My youngest daughter started to read via the books so my wife and I are forever grateful to J K Rowling for her magnificent imagination. Now my youngest is an avid reader and fantasy doesn't disappoint.
Loved the teen romances at the castle. Lavender Brown's infatuation with Ron was really funny. And Ron and Hermione, Harry and Ginny start to become young couples.
Part of the lure of the film is how these teens look after one another. They remind Harry that he can't go it alone. And they care about each other unless someone is stealing someone Else's boyfriend / girlfriend.
The young love focus lightened some of the sinister mood from previous movies. But still plenty of sinister mood.
Quidich tournament filming was also excellent, keeping the quality of the franchise! Looking forward to the final two movies.
A Good Year (2006)
Great Romantic Comedy - Your money or your life!
The romantic tension between Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard reminded me of the repartee between Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief, but better.
Your money or your life is really one of the deeper themes of the movie. Russell, a highly successful trader for a London Brokerage firm has an incredible trading day where he grosses 77,000,000 in profit for the firm. Then he receives notice that his uncle Henry, the only relative that he loved, has passed away and left his Provence estate with vineyard to him the only living relative.
Once in Provence, he runs into Fannie (Marion Cotillard), who he met when he was a boy, and they both are attracted to each other. They have an affair and then he returns to London where he is offered a cash out or a partnership.
He decides to return to Provence. And the scene where he proposes to Fannie at the Restaurant is absolutely wonderful.
Shots of the French country side, the different sunlight over the vineyards at different times of the day are wonderful.
It's a question many of us must answer. Our money or our life!
Knocked Up (2007)
Saw Knocked Up Twice!
Seth, Catherine and supporting cast were great. Some comedies are spoofs that follow a boring formula. Knocked Up, had many original ideas.
Yes, men rise to the occasion, when an under employed guy meets a highly successful woman. The character of the woman is shown when she recognizes the guy to be a good guy and worth spending time with. At first she isn't sure of this, but is willing to give it a chance. Good men are hard to find, as are good women.
The character of the man is spurred to improve when he realizes that a bright and personable attractive woman is actually interested in him. And although sex is important to both, he grows up when he realizes there is much more to this than sex.
Kind of like a movie version of 'According to Jim', who recognizes that he married up!