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My top ten favorite actresses: Academy Award nominee AMY ADAMS KRISTEN BELL Emmy winner and 30 Rock's TINA FEY Emmy nominee JENNIFER GARNER LAUREN GRAHAM Academy Award winner ANNE HATHAWAY Academy Award nominee CATHERINE KEENER Friends' LISA KUDROW Academy Award winner SUSAN SARANDON Academy Award winner MERYL STREEP
My top ten favorite male singers: MICHAEL BUBLE American Idol winner DAVID COOK GAVIN DeGRAW DON HENLEY BILLY JOEL Academy Award winner ELTON JOHN The Voice's and Maroon 5's ADAM LEVINE TIM McCRAW The Voice's BLAKE SHELTON JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
My top ten favorite female singers: The Voice's CHRISTINA AGUILERA MICHELLE BRANCH American Idol winner KELLY CLARKSON SHERYL CROW Academy Award winner MELISSA ETHERIDGE FAITH HILL LADY GAGA AVRIL LAVIGNE Grammy winner ALANIS MORSSETTE American Idol winner CARRIE UNDERWOOD
Fun fact: This list was created for Sideways.
Blue Jasmine (2013)
From Riches to Rags: A Review of 'Blue Jasmine'
There are stories that have a rags-to-riches plot. In the case of the Woody Allen drama Blue Jasmine, this one follows a riches-to-rags story.
Cate Blanchett plays a former socialite named Jasmine, who is now down on her luck and fortune. After her husband Hal, played by Alec Baldwin, made a financial crime, Jasmine moved to San Francisco to live with her sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins), and developed an unspecified mental illness. Does this plot sound familiar? It should. The plot mimics that of the Tennessee Williams play a Streetcar Named Desire, which was also made into a 1951 film. Jasmine stands in the role of Blanche, while Ginger's role is equivalent to Stella.
The movie goes back and forth in time, with Hal only being in flashbacks. When we see Jasmine in her normal lifestyle, she's calm and put-together, but when we see Jasmine in a modern time, she's on the verge if insanity as she goes back to school and looks for a job. Throughout the process, Jasmine begins dating a rich politician named Dwight (played by Peter Sarsgaard), whose role mimics Mitch. It's very creative the way the movie contrasts both type of Jasmine's characters back and forth one living a classy, sophisticated life and the other down on her luck.
On the topic of contrasts, Ginger plays an essential role since her character is nothing like Jasmine. She's a single mother, has a jealous boyfriend named Chili (played by Bobby Cannavale most likely in the parallel of Stanley), has an affair with a man named Al, played by Louis C.K., whom she finds out is married. Sally Hawkins earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, which was for her portrayal as an woman who also makes bad choices in relationships. One of the lines Jasmine says to her is "You choose losers because that's what you think you deserve, and that's why you'll never have a better life." Ginger has potential to have a dedicated boyfriend, and not one as jealous and violent as Chili. Technically that could have been Al, but it turned out he was married.
While the movie nominated Sally Hawkins for an Oscar, Cate Blanchett actually won for Best Actress. Her role was dramatic, serious, well-performed, and the award was very much deserved. Vivien Leigh won Best Actress for playing the same character type, which is also a good parallel.
If you love a dramatic Woody Allen movie that follows a riches-to-rags story, then you'll love Blue Jasmine.
13 Going on 30 (2004)
A good movie for 20-somethings
13 Going on 30 is a cute movie about learning that it's OK to feel like a kid at heart when being a grown up. It's especially good for 20-somethings because they're about to turn 30 themselves. They're at the age where they can feel like kids while learning about adulthood.
Jennifer Garner plays Jenna, a woman who turns 30 overnight - when her 13th birthday was literally yesterday. As a grownup, she learns that life can be difficult and that she's not exactly who she wanted to be. That's why I think 20-somethings can relate to it. When they're younger, they have dreams of what their adulthood will be like, but once they approach it, they wonder what went wrong. Just like what Jenna did.
It's a cute movie because it's not just about the life lesson; it's about reconnecting with old friends. It's about dealing with romantic relationships and crushes and dating. And there's a bunch of '80s music throughout the movie. Anyone of any age would enjoy this movie, especially if you want to live like a kid at heart throughout adulthood.
Begin Again (2013)
'Begin Again' Review
If you love movies about music, filled with original songs from beginning to end, then you'd love "Begin Again." Mark Ruffalo plays Dan, a record producer who gets fired and lives estranged from his wife and daughter. Greta, played by Keira Knightley, is a musician who just said goodbye to love. When Greta's music attracts the ears of Dan, they decide to make music together, recording live sessions around the city of New York.
It's a comedy-drama movie that promotes second chances, tied together with original songs. Many parts of the movie are combined with heartfelt moments, some of which are backed up by laughter. You'll love this movie, you'll love the songs, and it will surely touch your heart - and your ears!
Enough Said (2013)
So good and so funny that it's hard to watch
If you like a romantic comedy with a less cheesy and sappy plot, then you'll love "Enough Said." It's a romantic comedy in the sense that it's about two people who begin dating. But there's more heart and sentiment in it.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays Eva, a middle-aged divorcée. At the same time, she begins a friendship with a poet named Marianne, and begins dating Albert, a burly man, also divorced. But the twist is that he's the ex-husband of Eva's new best friend.
The movie was released after the death of James Gandolfini, who plays Albert. Gandolfini was so good; his character had a bear-like essence, but was still a sensitive guy. The fact that the movie is s so good and so funny makes it hard to watch all because Gandolfini rarely ever played a character like that and we'll never see a performance like that again.
It's funny, it has heart, it's a sweet movie, and it's not like any sappy romantic comedy ever made. It's a lot more serious and has a lot more emotion.