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LWLies: What is it that you love about movies?
Darren Aronofsky: The close up. It's an overlooked great invention of the twentieth century. The fact that one can stare into someone's eyes without being self-conscious is a great gift to us all. That's why I love cinema.
Mila Kunis: It's escapism for an hour and a half. That's what I love about movies. I think whether you're happy or sad, for an hour and a half you're in a completely different world.
When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
when harry met sally.....
So basically When Harry Met Sally is probably one of my favorite romantic comedies of all time. This movie has everything... funny moments, great chemistry between the cast, wonderfully written, I could go on and on. Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan are beyond perfect in their roles, they ARE Harry and Sally no doubt about it. This film has a view of relationships and friendship that everyone can relate to at some point...no matter how old you are or if you're male or female. Plus the orgasm scene at the restaurant is one of the funniest scenes I have ever seen in my life! Just do yourself a favor and go watch this movie now, it's touching, hilarious, and extremely watchable...a must see.
The Age of Innocence (1993)
Age of Innocence
Martin Scorsese calls The Age of Innocence his "most violent film" and after watching it, I can definitely see why. It's not like Taxi Driver, Gangs of New York, or The Departed, the violence is all emotional pain that occurs between the two main characters when they cannot be together because of the social and moral code of the world they lived in. The movie is beautifully shot and the score is great as well. All three of the leads (Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Winona Ryder) gave excellent and touching performances. Day-Lewis proves again that he is one of the best actors out there today and the amazing thing is that he is not that well known to people. The Age of Innocence was a pretty deep and sometimes heartbreaking movie, one of Scorsese's best.
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Pride and Prejudice
This was a very good adaptation of the classic Jane Austen novel, Pride and Prejudice. The movie was beautifully shot and the music was great too. Keira Knightely gave her best performance of her career that I've seen so far and finally proved to me that she could truly act. I enjoyed her in the first POTC but then didn't really like her at all in the sequels. The only thing wrong with her in this film was that she lacked charm at some points, she just looked awkward or went over the top. But those were minimal issues in this film because the good aspects of her performance made up for it. The rest of the cast had good performances as well. The film dragged on a bit at some points but it was generally interesting throughout. I didn't really like how it ended though, because it left me with more questions than answers. Overall, pretty good movie - definitely worth a watch.
The Beach (2000)
Beautiful beach but bad movie.
I caught this on TV one night and even though I had heard bad things about "The Beach" I was still pretty disappointed. I didn't know that it was possible for a movie about a beach to be such a dull mess of a film. Leonardo DiCaprio, who I usually love, plays the lead role of Richard and I wouldn't say he had a bad performance necessarily but it was definitely the worst that I have seen from him. The movie was beautiful to look at, both scenery wise and actor wise (ahem - Leo DiCaprio), but overall there was just no substance or cohesiveness...The Beach is almost completely forgettable and not even worth watching on TV.
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
Gone Baby Gone - excellent
Gone Baby Gone, Ben Affleck's directing debut, was an engrossing crime drama focusing on the abduction of a little girl. Casey Affleck (Ben's brother) plays the lead as a private investigator who was asked to help find the girl. Any Ryan, Michelle Monaghan, and Morgan Freeman provide a nice supporting cast. The movie has plenty of twists in it and it keeps the viewer thinking and asking questions the whole time while watching it. It had a good mix of action and emotion and a good theme of how choices you make (or do not make) can affect you in the long run. The ending was a shock for me and it kept me thinking for a long time afterwards. Gone Baby Gone is definitely one of the best movies of 2007 and proves Ben Affleck's talent as a director...this one should not be missed.
Into the Wild (2007)
Into the Wild - beautiful film
Into the Wild was an engrossing movie that was beautiful, deep, extremely real, sad, funny at times, adventurous and at times really touching. Emile Hirsch plays the lead and wow he does an amazing job. He is joined by a superb cast including Jena Malone, Vince Vaughn, and Kristen Stewart. The movie really makes you think and almost everyone can relate to Chris at some point. Really who doesn't want to just escape from it all and just live without having to worry about money or jobs or anything like that. Some may call him selfish but really he is driven and knows what he wants to do. This was a beautiful, moving film and it should definitely not be missed.
Atonement - one of the best of 07
I finally got to see Atonement which was probably my top "to-see" movie from last year. Atonement had a lot of hype to live up to in my book and unfortunately I saw it late so I kinda knew what was gonna happen in some parts beforehand. The film was BEAUTIFULLY shot, notice the nice all caps there, many movies have great scenes n such but this was one of the most beautifully shot movies I've seen in a long time. Basically the story is simple, there are two sisters Cecila (Knightley) and Briony (played by 3 different actresses throughout) and their affection for Robbie (James McAvoy). Briony tells a terrible lie about Robbie because she was jealous of her sister's relationship with him. This lie ends up ruining relationships and has other horrible consequences. Robbie is forced to go to prison and fight in WW2 and the two sisters become nurses. Cecila and Robbie meet several times throughout the war time period but for the most part the two are separated and neither of them have contact with Briony face to face. I won't give away any more of the story but the ending was very good but it does make you question if Briany's actions were "atoned" or not. The performances were all very good, especially by James McAvoy. He was very charming and portrayed his character very well and maybe his lovely, sympathetic blue eyes had a helping hand in that . Anywho, all 3 actresses who played Briony were very good but my obvious favorite was Vanessa Redgrave who played Briony when she was an old lady... although Ronan was quite good as well and deserving of her Oscar nom. Knightley was very good, and actually I preferred her role in this one over Pride and Prejudice, but most people would probably disagree with me on that! The music score was also amazing and the costumes and everything else was great. No doubt that this movie portrayed the time period very accurately. The movie kind of dragged in the middle but the beginning and ending were both fantastic. Overall, this movie met my expectations but did not go beyond them. However, the film did leave me thinking about it for almost an entire day now, it was just that powerful and thought provoking. This is a very good period piece that will undoubtedly be appealing to many people since it is a drama, love story, and war story all combined in one. Don't miss out on this one, Atonement is definitely one of the best movies of 2007 even though I did not completely fall in love with it.
Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)
Watch it for the chipmunks only
Alvin and the Chipmunks pretty much did not surprise me much at all. It was basically just what I though it was gonna be. The chipmunks were awesome, voiced by Justin Long, Jesse McCartney, and my lovely Matthew Gray Gubler from Criminal Minds (what a random bunch there lol). But everything else about the movie was pretty much not that good at all. The story was very unoriginal and Jason Lee is a horrendous actor, at least in this. Anyways, he didn't ruin the movie because the chipmunks completely stole the show. The movie had a lot of laughs in it (from the chipmunks) and it was just good natured fun. This will please kids and hey adults might get a few laughs too, even if they don't want to admit it.
Iron Man (2008)
Iron Man - one of the best of 08 so far
Iron Man was actually very good, maybe not as good as what everyone is saying but it was VERY entertaining throughout. I was afraid that I would be let down because of all the hype but it was actually good. This film is a total popcorn movie but it works because it is very fun. Sometimes it tries a little too hard but even then it was funny. Robert Downey Jr. was completely awesome. I hope to see him in some more films soon. This is probably gonna be considered one of the best blockbusters of the year along with Indiana Jones and The Dark Knight. So yeah, if you haven't seen this movie, make sure you do! It's probably more fun to see in theaters so I suggest seeing it while it's still out.
Meet the Robinsons (2007)
meet the robinsons
"Meet the Robinsons" was an okay kiddie movie, animation was decent, a few laughs too along the way. At some parts the movie is hard to follow because there are millions of things going on at the same time. But really, only like half of the stuff going on is really important for the story so if you can just zone out half of it then pay attention to the right parts you should be good. I liked the ending too; it was sweet. I somewhat recommend this, it's not as good as Pixar, but it's okay and worth watching if you generally enjoy animated films.
p.s. the best part of this movie was the dinosaur! (I got a big head and small arms). That part was HILARIOUS, kinda in a slap-happy way though!