Archive for the ‘Slice of Life’ Category

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.

The Wrestler, 2009, R, ***1/2

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

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Starring: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood

 

A haggard looking, bleached long-haired Mickey Rourke (a very different appearance than his days in the 80s in the film “9 ½ weeks”) sure fits this part to a tea.  Rourke portrays Randy “The Ram,” an 80s wrestling champion trying to get back into the spotlight.

 

It’s quite depressing, but really depicts someone in a serious dilemma.  Ram’s personal life is very sad, no companion, his daughter hates him (played by the talented Evan Rachel Wood), and his true passion in life is a downward spiral due to a heart attack.   Marisa Tomei plays a local pub dancer that catches Rourke’s eye.  She is one of my favorite actresses and even as a side character adds a nice touch to the film.

 

I commend this movie because it is very real, and shows how no matter what, if you aren’t doing what you love, you are pretty much dead inside.  This is not a movie if you want to escape for a while and forget about hardship during these tough economic times.