Archive for the ‘Romance’ Category

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

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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.

Dear John, 2010, ***1/2, PG-13

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

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Starring: Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried

Another Nicolas Sparks novel is adapted’ directed by Lasse Holstrom (“The Cider House Rules,” “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”). They seem to be a regular thing now, about every 2.5 years… This is definitely not a bad thing! The aftermath of 9/11 sent US Troops to war with Afghanistan and other Middle Eastern countries. This has created many families, and other relationships to crumble or thrive on the separation makes the heart grow stronger, or to whatever extent you might believe in…

John Tyree (Channing Tatum, “Fighting,” “Step Up”) is a solider in the US Army. He is home on leave with his father (Richard Jenkins, “Step Brothers”), in Wilmington, N.C. He randomly runs into a College bound Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried, “Jennifer’s Body,” “Mean Girls”) on the beach one afternoon, when her purse falls off the pier, and he dives into save it. (I think it would have been better if she got knocked off the pier and he saved her — now that would have made the story more believable (he saves her life, they fall in mad love) ..don’t you think?

Basically, this love-sick saga is through the powerful tool of pen, paper, and a stamp…over a year they write back and forth, then she tells him some bad news, and you think their romance is over… Well I guess you’ll have to find out.

I gained a lot more respect for Channing Tatum as an actor in this film. He has done mostly kiddie type movies, but I guess everyone has to start somewhere. He’s a good looking guy, ripped, and really shows he can pull off the emotional part of the script, well.

Check this one out on DVD, today. This is a must buy for Sparks movie collectors.

Twilight, 2008, **, PG-13

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

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This flick is based on the Stephenie Meyer series, “The Twilight Saga.”‘  It is a very mundane teen vampire romance-drama, that somehow despite it’s lack of true vampire-ism, it grows on you, and you learn to love it!   It might dissapoint if you are unfamiliar with the books, and you are a vampire movie connoisseur.

Bella, (Kristen Stewart, “The Messengers,” “Into the Wild”) who moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father, town Sheriff (Billy Burke). Her new high school classmates all have different agendas, especially one particular group of siblings, the Cullen’s. She takes a particular hot and heavy interest in the suave, yet awkward and perfect Edward Cullen (Pattinson, “Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire”).  He takes a deep interest in her as well, and she soon realizes the kid is a tad freaky, and definitely has a secret. Women—curiosity killed the cat.

“Twilight,” is essentially a teen flick that provides no depth to the subject of vampire-ism, but offers a new twist: vampires sparkle in sunlight. Also, Robert Pattinson looks too feminine.  Something a bit different–vamps playing baseball, awesome music by British band Muse.

This is one for teen flick and vamp lovers only.

Deep Impact, ***1/2, 1998

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

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Starring: Elijah Wood, Leelee Sobieski, Tea Leoni, Morgan Freemman

 

Many individuals believe this film is a better representation of how all life on earth could end, unless the terrorists get to us first.

 

A teen astronomer, Leo Beiderman (Elijah Wood) discovers an object in the sky during a class project and reports his sighting to a noted Astronomer, Marcus Wolf (Charles Martin Smith).  Upon receiving the teens information Wolf examines the sighting and sees the unimaginable—a larger comet headed toward earth—but is unable to report his findings due to an auto accident in which he is killed.

 

Fortunately, the information is discovered and the government realizes the seriousness of the Wolf/Beiderman discovery and it’s clear a disaster of global proportions is possible.  The government tries to keep the finding a secret until a plan can be developed to deal with the event, however a broadcast reporter (Tea Leoni) puts a few pieces of information together, which expedites the governments announcement of the impending disaster.

The President of the United States (Morgan Freeman) tells the American people of the news and that NASA has organized a space mission to destroy the comet before its arrival.

 

This film is exciting and terrifying at the same time.  It is a film that will give you a shred of hope, because some individuals do survive.  The concept of a comet plummeting toward earth might even be more science fact than fiction, and the hope is that our worlds astronomers will always be combing the stars looking for anything that might be coming our way.

 

“Deep Impact,” has an array of many great actors, and many of the performances are emotional, intense and unforgettable.  Robert Duvall plays the head as the head of the NASA mission; Morgan Freeman is the President of the United States, Elijah Wood as Leo and his girlfriend Sarah is Leelee Sobieski.  Among natural disaster films this is one of the good ones and definitely promotes the sale of telescopes for young astronomers and probably a few Chicken Little’s.

A Lot like Love, 2005, PG-13, **

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

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This is definitely not your typical Kutcher film.  It’s not that complete moron Michael Kelso from that 70’s show or the other moron who can’t find his car (Dude Where’s My Car?, Ashton Kutcher, Sean William Scott).  Ashton is toned down a bit from his usual antics.

It’s definitely a “funky kind of love” that Kutcher (Oliver) and Amanda Peet (Emily) show for one another from the start.  They abruptly get together in the bathroom of an airplane.  Now, saying that would make you think it was a one time deal, but these two seem to hit if off “so to speak”. 

Over the next couple years they get back together each time because one of them has gone through a break up and the other needs companionship.  It seems as though they are destined to be together but neither will admit to it.  Although the story does drag here and there you will definitely appreciate the funny moments throughout the story.

From road trips, photos, hang outs, bad break ups filled with heartache, the quirky pair finally make their decision about one another once and for all. 

Valentine’s Day, 2010, **1/2 PG-13

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

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This Valentine’s Flick has an outstanding cast of veteran actors such as Jamie Foxx, Julia Roberts (and her niece, Emma Roberts) as well as new talent, like Taylor Swift, the country singer, and Taylor Lautner, the “Twilight,” and “New Moon” hottie; Bradley Cooper from last years best comedy, “Hangover,” as well as Ashton Kutcher, Grey’s Anatomy’s, Patrick Dempsey, Sin City’s Jessica Alba, and Elektra herself, Jennifer Garner, among others.

 

I believe this was a very well done, intertwined ultimate love-day story.  There is something for everyone in this romantic comedy.  Everything turns out alright in the end, the way love is intended to be.  You simply can’t miss Ashton Kutcher as a florist shop owner!

 

I can say that is it not in an way sappy, but funny, and fun for girls, and guys.  The dos and dont’s of dating, and what it really means to be a true friend, and loved one is what you will grasp from this feature.  Catch this one on DVD.

The Time Traveler’s Wife, 2009, ****, PG-13

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

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“The Time Traveler’s Wife,” This movie is better than “The Notebook,” you know why?  It adds the Sci-Fi element of time travel that really makes your mind wander around the idea of it actually happening.  Not to mention Eric Bana is like one of those hunks on a Harlequin romance novel. 

 

Claire (Rachel McAdams, “The Notebook,” “The Wedding Crashers”) met Henry (Eric Bana, “Hulk,” “The Nugget,” “Troy”) in the field on her childhood home when she was about 9.  Through the years she kept a diary of the times she saw him, and kept the hope of one day being with this love of her life. 

 

The film centers around Henry’s disappearing act (time travel).  His travels are explained as some sort of genetic disorder.  He began appearing and disappearing after a car accident that left his mother dead, and him being thrust back into different years and places for no apparent reason, one place happening to be Claire’s yard; he appears as a 40-something year old man.

 

I must say, the movie starts out slow, but it is totally worth the watch.  It’s a love story that you won’t forget.  Sometimes love is worth waiting for, over and over again.   

 

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse 2010, *** 1/2, PG-13

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

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Starring: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Billy Burke, Dakota Fanning

 

 

The Saga continues.  More vampire sightings, more fighting scenes, and more protecting and fighting over, Bella (Kristen Stewart, “The Messengers,” “Panic Room,” “The Runaways”).   

 

I think this is the best screen version so far.  There is more action, more humor, and more back and forth between Jake (Lautner, “Valentines Day,” “The Adventures of Shark Boy & Lava Girl”) and Edward (Pattinson, “Remember Me,” “The Haunted Airman”), and my especially favorite scene is the “Tent” one; conversation between Edward and Jake.  Great stuff!   I also really like how some of the Cullen Clan share how they got to the Vamp stage in their life; trying to give Bella some insight on what she would be giving up, once she “changes.”

 

Check this one out in the theatres now, but I’m sure you don’t have to hurry, since it just came out on Wednesday, June 30th.   This is a for sure, must buy Christmas DVD.

 

 

The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2009, **1/2, PG-13

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

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Starring: Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke, Dakota Fanning

 

This is the second installment of the Twilight series, which centers on Edward (Pattinson) leaving town, and Bella (Stewart) and Jacob (Lautner) becoming more than friends.  This relationship grows to new levels, however, Bella is still very love sick over Edward leaving her, to “protect her from himself.”   If you want more Cullen, you should just skip this movie, its all about Jacob and the wolf pack.

 

The film was very slow to start, lots of mindless chatter and horrible dialog, but does finally pick up 35 minutes into the movie.  The action of the werewolves really gets this flick into fun-mode for the viewer, which of course is all computer generated, but very cool to watch, compared to the werewolves in “Van Helsing,” and “Underworld” films.

 

Buy it on DVD now, if you are a fan of the Stephenie Meyer books.