Archive for August, 2010

The Last Song, 2010, *** PG

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

 

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Starring: Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Greg Kinnear, Kelly Preston

 

I can never have enough of Nicolas Sparks and his beachy love and life drama-romances.  His latest novel turned movie is simply excellent, however, it seemed like it went by very fast.  I no sooner hit “buy” on the On Demand service, and boom, the movie was almost over.  I think I just enjoyed it so much, it flew by! 

 

Ronnie Miller (Miley Cyrus, “Hannah Montana: The Movie”) is driven down by her mom (Kelly Preston) down to her father’s (Greg Kinnear, “Godsend,” “The Matador”) home on the shore in Georgia for the summer, along with her younger brother Jonah (Bobby Coleman, “Post Grad,” “Martian Child”).  Her relationship with her father hasn’t been too great since her parents divorced and he headed south, not to mention, they are very similar in personality, and both share the gifted, musical gene of playing the piano. 

 

Soon after Ronnie arrives she starts falling for a local rich boy (Liam Hemsworth, “Knowing”) and they start becoming an item in town; making all the ex-girlfriends of his very jealous.  The boy-thing sure helps Ronnie out, and making her relax more, start to talk with her father, and have a fresh slate for their relationship.

 

The film takes a downward spiral when she learns her father’s health has been compromised for some time.  This is probably the most heart wrenching part of the movie, and some great acting by Bobby Coleman (Jonah, Ronnie’s younger brother).

 

You need to watch this film, it’s a good one.

Remember Me, 2010, ****, PG-13

Monday, August 16th, 2010

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Starring: Robert Pattinson, Emilie De Raven, Chris Cooper, Pierce Brosnan, Lena Olin

Meredith A. Iager

Remember Me,” is not just a movie about a first real love, its about coping with life when tragedy happens, and dealing with parents as a teenager.  It also reminds us of the horrific day we remember as September 11th; something I believe is a good reminder for those individuals who seem to forget what these terrorists are capable of, and why we are at war. The film takes place in New York City.

The film centers on Tyler Hawkins (Robert Pattinson, “The Twilight Saga” Movies, “Little Ashes“) a teen distraught by the loss of his brother, and the lack of his father (Pierce Brosnan, “The Matador,” “The Thomas Crown Affair“) big wig lawyer.  He’s a good brother for his younger sister, the protector type, and wants his father to be aware that he has children, and be more involved in their lives.

Hawkins meets Ally (Emilie De Raven) on purpose, and his goofball room-mate thinks its a good idea.  Soon, the pair are inseparable, and fall in love.  They both have similar trust issues, and seem to click together and make a balanced couple.

This film is sad, and shows how people develop certain fears, and why the world is such a different place than it was for the baby boomers.  I think it is a film that you will learn from, and is what I call a slice-of-life romance.  This is an excellent film.

Pattinson really shows his talent in this one.  Only watch this if you are in a drama genre mood.

Kick Ass – 2010, 0 stars, R

Monday, August 9th, 2010

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Starring: Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

This movie is not what I expected at all.  I wonder why, the marketing for this movie makes it look like a funny kid, super hero movie.  Well, it’s funny to those that think microwaving a man, or a 11 year old girl with a bazooka is cool.

I am not a parent, but there were some things in this movie that don’t belong.  I am a huge fan of action movies, shoot em ups, good guy gets bad guy, etc.  But, I am not for dark humor that has children intertwined in this level of violent acts.  And we wonder why children are getting killed at school.  I’m not blaming Hollywood, however they do hold some responsibility for marketing that is actually marketing the movie, the real movie.

I don’t care if this was based off a comic book.  A motion picture is more impressionable on children because as we know, they watch a lot of TV.  A comic book still has some words on the page, and most of the children out there today, don’t pick up reading material easily; even a comic book.

Roger Ebert says it all, the film is “morally reprehensible.”  I concur.  I guess I am just more conservative for most of the audiences today.  Call me old fashioned, but this film is ridiculous.