Posts Tagged ‘film’


I rented this movie on a whim while my little sister was in town over the weekend before we drove her up to her first year of college.  A co-worker had given it glowing praise and, while I’m not usually up for the cutesy romance genre, I decided a little light weekend movie would be nice.

I was pleasantly surprised to find myself enjoying the dry wit, the quirky characters, anf of course, the pies.   The internal monologue of Keri Russell reminded me of numerous discussions I’ve had with myself – minus the pies…  The themes about fear, inadequacy, friendship, love, motherhood, and dependancy are things most can relate to.

Was it a ground breaking film?  No.  You like who you’re supposed to like and hate who you’re supposed to hate and many events are easily predicted.  It is, however, a truly entertaining, sympathetic film (particularly for the ladies, although suprisingly my husband enjoyed it as well) and I would love to have seen more of Shelley’s work had she not been murdered.

If you’re in the mood for a fun, warm, somewhat quirky, film and you’ll enjoy it.


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This seemed to be a case of a film well-liked by the masses, but booed by the critics.  Case in point – IMDB user ratings for the The Kingdom were somewhere around 7.3 out of 10.  For IMDB, that’s a fairly good rating.  Rotton Tomatoes on the other hand, gave it only 51% out of 100%.  1 out of 2 critics gave it a poor review as opposed to say Syriana, which recieved comprable 7.3 and 73% ratings from the 2 sites.

I can see both sides.  The star studded Kingdom clearly had money and a lot of action going for it.  There are all the token explosions, abductions, confrontations, shoot-outs, and car chases.  It kept your attention by drawing you into the mystery of who did the bombing and how they would discover the culprit.  However, the film felt more like something along the lines of Patriot Games. 

It tried to make a political statement; American’s shoot ’em up attitude is no different than those of Middle Eastern Radicals, but in the end it felt shallow instead of imparting a deep sympathy for both sides of a complex problem.  

Colonal Faris Al Ghazi, for me, was the most sympathetic character – one caught amid the turmoil of an unstable country, his loyalties to superiors, regulations, family, country, and personal conscience.

Overall, it was an entertaining and enjoyable movie.  Don’t go expecting a revelation or unique insight into the complex global issue of the Middle East – but take it for what it is.

A very good war film though is called No Man’s Land.  Bosnia – with no soundtrack!  Interesting.

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The Namesake

I know I was going to review “I Am Legend”, but I must have been lying because I am going to talk about “The Namesake”.

 Based on a novel by Jahumpa Lahiri, it explores the life of a an Indian couple and their subsequent children, particularly their son.  From the previews, I expected it to be a movie about their son Gogol learning to love his name.  I thought the story would run something like this: Boy has funny name, boy grows angsty and hates name, boy has miraculous experience, boy decides he loves his name, everyone smiles and love abounds.  And this is somewhat true.

There is a son, named Gogul (as in Nikolai Gogul the writer) and he does come to really hate his name.  However, this is not a movie that tries to wrap everything up neatly into a Hollywood package.  It is not a story about a boy changing his name.  It is a story of a boy coming to terms with his name, his heritage, his culture, his family, and himself.  It is a story where many people learn these things; where parents learn to understand children, children come to know parents, and people learn to understand eachother.

The film’s parellels create  a good continuity and the flashbacks are not superfluous or diffucult to follow through a 2 hour movie.  Like many independant films, it chooses to explore issues rather than try and pose an overt “point” – it paints a larger picture.  Shown through the journeys of one family, you see that life doesn’t come wrapped in a box and you can never tell where it will take you, but if you search you can find beauty, love, and peace.  Aside from being beautifully filmed, it captures the emotions that we all experience amidst the touching, funny, somber, unexpected, sometimes unwanted, beautiful events in life. 

There are some things we move on from and there are many things we come back to in the end.

Overall, a great movie that has spurred me on to read the novel. 

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The Golden Compass

Another book turned film!  I read the trilogy by Philip Pullman a few years ago and I remember little of the second and third books.  Fortunately, I retained a fair amount from the first book – the inspiration for the film.

I was extremely interested in seeing this film for a couple reasons; first being that  I’d read the books and second the whole Pullman controversy.   I am Christian.  In fact – I hope this doesn’t deter the very few readers I have – I am Mormon and I was really shocked when the whole athiest, anti-Pullman rhetoric began.  Although my personal beliefs probably influenced the way I interpreted what Pullman wrote, I never felt that the book was trying to persuade me against God.  I could definately see the anti-organized religion overtones, but that idea is touted by both athiests and believers in a higher power.

Now to the film…


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Meet action figure Beowolf. 

He looks like the real thing, but there’s just no passion behind the pretty plastic.

Which is exactly how I felt about the movie.


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