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This is the second movie I watch last night that i enjoyed and like 28 Hotel Rooms is a relationship drama but while that one was fruitful, there is nothing good or fruitful about this relationship at any level. This movie is a wonderful twist on the psychological thriller in that you don’t need a killer or danger on a physical level for one to be a psychological thriller, often it just needs to be psychological.
The movie is mainly about a young teacher named Diana whom by appearance is a gorgeous youthful young teacher who leads a regular single life. In reality she is mentally unstable, well I wont say that that is a harsh way of putting it, she has relationship issues, lonely and from my vantage point suffers from depression. The cherry on top of this cake is that she has a very seriously romantic relationship with one of her high school students, never states whether he is under age but regardless this kind of relationship always spells trouble.
This movie is deep look into her world for the most part and her emotional unraveling as it becomes increasingly harder and harder for her to keep this relationship under wraps. We learn more about her and the boy named Eric whom she is in love with.
I like the fact that this movie didn’t look down on Diana too much or judge her making it seem wrong that she be in a relationship, only that not only is the relationship wrong for her on a professional level but on a emotional level. The character Eric obviously seems to only really want Diana for the sex but then he is a teenage male, and teenage male testosterone is out of control, if a guy can get sex any time he wants he will get it, especially at that age. He seems to basically just use her to get his sexual urges off.
Diana seems oblivious to this and even worse she is extremely clingy to him as if he is the only option he has, it would seem unlikely but I like how this movie displays her reasoning, any time her friend tries to set her up almost all the men do not match up to Eric as they are all still growing up themselves which seems condescending and hypocritical because in the end Diana is no better. While the guys she is set up with are still teenagers at heart that she brushes off as such she herself still acts like a teenage girl looking for that mature man whom in this case she convinces herself that it is this underage teenager.
This movie is a excellent example of a character study movie if I ever seen one, both in terms of her and her outlook towards others.
The measure a good movie is how well that movie suspend the audience’s belief that they are watching a movie, to be engaged in the story that they forget. I felt that way for much of this movie.
The one problem I had with this movie was there wasn’t movie. Nothing to do with the ending honestly I think the movie had a great ending I just think the film could have been much better with more. Unlike the last movie I think more meat on the bones of this movie would’ve made it much more stronger than hit home the parts of the movie better.
Despite however the movie still stand strong, well acted, everything for the most part was done extraordinarily well. The movie literally makes you sympathize with Diana regardless of how wrong the situation is because the film does such a good job of making you see her side of things that by the end of the film you feel her pain. That isn’t much of a spoiler because lets face it as I said before nothing good ever comes out of this kind of relationship.
Bottom line is this is a well made movie from top to bottom, leaves you wanting more in a negative fashion but there is enough in this movie for you to be entertained and engaged, it is a original take on this sort of subject and it goes in unexpected places leading to an inevitable but still anti climactic ending. Anyone who is a fan of psychological thrillers or indie dramas in general will enjoy this. I give it CCCC on the Corey Scale.
I have had a tough stretch of watching lack luster movies lately, either that or I am becoming way too fickle with movies for my own good but last night I am glad I was able to watch two gems that satisfied my cinema craving at least for a night, this movie was one of them.
I love minimalistic films, films that attempt to do as much as it can either very very little. What we have here is a story about a man and a woman, we don’t know their names we only is that they go through 28 hotel rooms in the ‘span’ of their ‘relationship (notice how I put span and relationship in quotations). 28 locations, 2 people.At first it sounds so simple but looking at it now 28 locations sounds like it could have been hard but this film makes it and everything else look easy.
The movie is about a man and a woman whom meet up at any hotel while both are on the road away from home. They’ve formed their own relationship filled with fun, sex and room service. Over the years and over the number of hotel rooms they occupy their relationship builds and develops in ways you can and cannot imagine.
Make no mistake this is a character driven film, the only plot point is these two people’s relationship begins and ends in a hotel room. In the hotel room they are star crossed lovers, outside of the hotel room they separate people living separate lives.
Much like these two characters we all at first only really desire quick fix relationships or I should say no risk relationships. The kind we can walk into, get what we want and then walk out but soon or later either one or both of those people want a little more, like love itself, there is no such thing as low risk.
I really don’t want to make this a short review because it is a very good film but saying too much about it really spoils the film. What I will say is there is very little weakness in this movie outside of the fact that it may draw on too long at times.
The acting is spot on I mean it has to be, when you have a two person show those two people carry the movie and if they don’t have chemistry or are not directed properly the movie dies before it even has a chance to breathe. Lighting and cinematography is top not, pacing in of itself lends very well to flow of the movie.
However again I felt this movie was a tad a bit too long and drawn out, by the time we get to the conclusion it is like the film exhausted any and all reasources and reasons it had before coming to the conclusion, maybe that was the point and hindsight now is wonderful but again i think the same point could have been made if they trimmed down a bit of the 3rd act.
Again I don’t want to make it short but there isn’t too much to say about the film without spoiling it.
Bottom line is if you are a fan of character driven, dialogue heavy dramas then this is a sure fire must watch one night, 80% of the movie wont bore you if you are connected to the movie. The characters are engaging, actors are great, the movie flows well and keeps good pace for the most part. You can’t go wrong with this kind of movie if this is the kind of movie you like, this is the kind of movies I like and I found myself satisfied with watching it. I give it CCCC on the Corey Scale.
This is one of those movies I tried to like, it’s a movie that has so many good things going for it yet for some reason or another fell near flat to me.
I had a hard time finding the name of this movie because i thought it was called About Sunny only to find out it was originally named Think of Me. Don’t really think a title change would’ve helped, either one sort of gets the point across, who knows. All I know is I couldn’t find a poster to put on here.
The movie is about a mother and daughter who live on the edge of poverty in Las Vegas. Angela is the mother in her early 30s who literally does whatever she can to provide for her daughter Sunny. Works two jobs, gambles, flirts with men in order to get money from them, anything outside of selling her body to provide for her kid.
Sunny is a regular 8 year old girl who suffers from not really being taken care of properly and is hinted to maybe have a learning disability. Doesn’t help that her only role model is her hard living mother Angela who when she is not working or trying to take care of Sunny is out gambling, boozing and sleeping around.
Without giving anything away obviously this movie is basically about her making a choice as to whether she should keep her daughter or give her away, this movie is about the welfare of Sunny.
Lets just say the acting in this movie is great, even good to see Dylan Baker in a movie again i remember seeing him in almost every movie I would watch for a time and knock it out of the park then for a couple of years just disappear though this was made in 2011, maybe he retired. However he is as good as always in this movie. Lauren Ambrose is great in this movie even Audrey Scott who was casted as Sunny is awesome in this movie.
The cinematography in this movie is also very good and I will definitely have to keep this movie in my back pocket as a movie I would like the one I am working on to look like from a urban night time point of view.
So why do I think this film falls flat. Well for one I found the movie to be hella slow, again I like slow movies usually but I feel that if you are movie the movie at a slow pace there should be a reason for you to force me to focus on things more intently than I would in a quicker movie. This movie didn’t provide much of that. When it wasn’t moving along it was crawling show more than enough reasons why Angela can barely keep her life in order let alone her daughter’s. There were many scenes I felt were just overkill, I got the idea within the first half of the movie, driving home the same thing over and over again did nothing but bore me, which brings me to the next weakness.
The story, we’ve seen these kind of stories, sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. This is a case where the story’s heart was in the right place and did try to do something original but didn’t end up meeting expectations. I like that fact that the movie didn’t try to make Angela more sleazy or try to sell herself for money, that could’ve been a easy direction to go but instead they made this woman do anything she could while still keeping some ethical boundaries. With that said I found they could have done a better job of explaining and setting up the dilemma because by the first half i was bored and not only that but confused as to what the hell was going on that by the time the end came I didn’t get any satisfaction and lesson from it. Movies don’t need to bring lessons or resolutions but there should be some carrot at the end of the road.
By the end of this movie Angela learns nothing, nothing really changes we are basically back where we started.
Bottom line is if you are a fan of any of those actors, or acting in general as well as good cinematography this is a good film to check out because this movie is carried by the actors and the visuals. Everything else about this movie feels pointless in the end. I give it CC3/4 on the Corey Scale.
Because I am bored, for shits and giggles and because…..well……it’s my blog and whatever I figure to list my top 10s for 2013 since it is almost over.
Will start with music because it’s the hardest to decide because I don’t keep up with pop culture or what is new in music, I am very much a wanderer when it comes with music, I don’t go looking for music, music finds me.
When I find music it usually came out one or two years ago or I discover an old band. Honestly i prefer discovering old bands, bands that are either gone or have been around for a long time, why?
Well the reason is they already have a establish catalogue, while waiting for them to put up a new album I can feed off the couple albums they already have and by the time I am done with those the new one should be out anyway.
So don’t be surprised if this city is very weird and varied as my tastes in music is very weird and varied. I don’t even know if I can list 10 of either that came from this year, for songs I may end up using the same musician. It’s like that with new music.
Since I have not reviewed any of these albums and probably won’t anytime soon I will just give a brief opinion on them.
Top 10 Best Albums
1) CVI by Royal Thunder - I wasn’t sure if this came out in 2013 or not but knew if it did it would easily snatch the top spot. I found out about this band when I found that Baroness was playing in Vancouver so I figured to listen to the opening bands first, if they sucked I would just show up later. Instead this band blew me away! They sound like Black Sabbath with the voice of Heart (the band); very heavy and groovy at the same time.
2) Wolf’s Law by The Joy Formidable - Got into this band at the start of 2013 mostly from the title of the album and the artwork because I have a fascination with wolves. Found this band to be epically awesome, heavy rock with a touch of pop but only a touch, this band can also deliver it live.
3) Indicudi by Kid Cudi - I don’t listen to much rap because I found most of the rap out there sounds the same and often is the same. Cudi is very different from much of the rap I hear and he is the only rapper of modern day I connect with. This album isn’t as strong or as dark as Man on the Moon Part 2 but it’s part 3 of that whole trilogy and supposed to be a more positive album and it is. There are still a few songs that are very good though.
4) ….Like Clockwork by Queens of the Stone Age - This is a band that has been rammed down my throat for years by friends and pop culture alike but every time I would listen to them only maybe one or two songs would pop out to me and the rest bore me. This album I would probably say is the most complete album of the top 10. By complete I mean each song is as good as the other, each song flows into the next. It’s a true album which you don’t get often especially in the mp3 age where it is all about the individual songs/singles instead of albums. Sounds great on vinyl. Why it is not number is merely because only If I had A Tail is the only really good song on the album, all the others are kind of sit back and listen songs, nothing really pops out at you.
5) Infestissumam by Ghost BC - I became a big fan of this band at the beginning of the year due to a friend at work. The first album blew me away it was everything I needed to hear metal wise. Up to that point my faith in metal was as close to dead as it’s ever been with all this cookie monster metal that has saturated the metal scene over the years it was so refreshing to see a band bring metal back to it’s roots and renewed my faith and from then after I discovered likewise bands and it’s like i never left. As for the album I didn’t find it as strong as the first but the two songs on this album are the best of their two album catalogue. It’s a complete album sort of work, you have to listen to it front to back. At first I was dissappointed but giving it another listen it grew on me.
6) Venomous Rat Generation Blender by Rob Zombie - I owe alot to Rob Zombie, White Zombie was what turned me into a metal head. When he went into solo work his first and second album just kicked my ass. Since then I can’t say he has impressed me too much. However this album I would say is his most solid album since The Sinister Urge. Maybe I need to give the albums in-between a second look but from first listen to now this album is better but still not nearly as strong as Sinister Urge or Hillbilly Deluxe.
7) Black Dog Barking by Airbourne - This is one album I reviewed so you can look it up. Not as good as the first, better than the second. They haven’t taken that next step that they should have yet.
8) True North by Bad Religion - I have listened to this band now and then but it has only been recently that I have gotten into them more, not really through this album but listening to their other albums while in the gym and then comparing them to this one, this one is a more complete album. However nothing stands out, it is your standard punk record, as a BR fan you won’t go wrong with this one.
9) Earth Rocker by Clutch - Another friend got me into this one when for once in our 8 year friendship our musical tastes aligned. He likes this band more than me but I can appreciate this band. They put out a decent album. Nothing to write home about but still nice.
10) Confessions by Buckcherry - I so dearly want to stay on this band’s bandwagon, they show glimpses of being the band closest to being the band that takes AC/DC’s mantle as the kings of hard rock but they always wind up doing more Motley Crue-ish and punkish stuff as well that it sours it. What I mean is they got one or two songs that will kick ass and be the AC/DC sort of shit I want then the rest go all over the place like even after two decades they are still trying to figure out what kind of rock they are. Maybe that is what they are, just jumping all of the place but in the end it’s their songs that kick the most ass (AC/DC like songs) that are best like in this album it’s Gluttony while it doesn’t sound too much like AC/DC it is still a very hard song and it’s their hard songs that are most popular (Crazy Bitch, Lit Up, Ridin’, etc etc)
This list was basically list 10 out of the 11 albums I heard from 2013 so the one left off the list was 13 by Black Sabbath, one song is ok but the rest feels like a rehash of what they used to be and not even a good one.
Top 10 Best Songs of 2013
1) Whispering World by Royal Thunder - It was a two horse race for most of the year honestly but this one gets it. This is the song I show to others to introduce them to it, this song is Royal Thunder.
2) Year Zero by Ghost BC - This is the other horse and this one got dead close and was probably number one for most of the year and never got old to me at all. Like the one above this is song that is a good introduction to Ghost BC
3) Silent Treatment by The Joy Formidable - The most catchy of the songs of the list and a song I have a personal connection to.
4) King Wizard by Kid Cudi - Vintage Kid Cudi, that is all I can say. This song is sort of my personal war cry.
5) If I Had A Tail by Queens of the Stone Age - Another catchy song that stays your head.
6) Shake and Shift by Royal Thunder - Another song that hits on a personal level, a very singalongable song.
7) Immortal by Kid Cudi - Another sort of war cry song, this and King Wizard are the two best songs on the record.
8) Gluttony by Buckcherry - Hard to describe why I like this song, it’s just a fun long to listen to.
9) Teenage Nosferatu Pussy by Rob Zombie - The song isn’t really that good at first but it grows on you quick.
10) Animalize by Airbourne - If this is a sign to where they are going they may just take AC/DC’s crown as the kings of hard rock but they still need to take the next level.
Honorable mention: DC Sound Attack by Clutch
Now lets get to the movies which should be easier. To tell you the truth this years crop of movies was pretty weak compared to last years and the year before. Only the top 4 movies were really good and the rest were ok. This list may be inconsistent with my reviews, if they are sorry but this is going more for lasting effect than first impressions. More often than not I like to think they are consistent but sometimes not.
Best Movies of 2013
1) Gravity - Not a question, I knew this was the best the moment I finished watching it.
2) The Hunt - Just watched this movie, hope to review it soon but easily a great movie, doesn’t beat Gravity but is close.
3) The Grandmaster - Best martial arts movie I’ve seen since Ong Bak
4) Before Midnight - Fitting continuation to the most unlikeliest of trilogies
5) The World’s End - The most funniest movie of the year.
6) Wolverine - Best comic book movie of the year but still has some problems.
7) Drinking Buddies - Two main character’s chemistry is what drives this film
8) Thor: The Dark World - Nice ride but meh
9) Frances Ha - Had a deep connection to the character but still could have been better
10) Touchy Feely - Ok movie
I liked the premise of this film, the cast seemed original, Paul Rudd seems to have a knack with bromantic comedies, not very many people do him but he does. Nothing wrong with it in fact more should be done. However I was fairly disappointed with this one.
Prince Avalanche is a title that doesn’t make much sense and neither does this film to tell you the truth all I can tell you is its about two guys who paint lines on a road that was ruined by a drastic forest fire not to long ago. Those two guys are Alvin and Lance. Alvin (I love that name I might add, I wish that name was used more in movies) is the boss of the two, very straight laced inf act a bit too straight laced, he tries to act manly and probably is as manly as his stache, he goes out with Lance’s sister and loves her very much even though she might not. Lance works for him and is basically learning how to do the job through Alvin. Alvin is very much a old soul, old school like he came from a different time, Lance is of his own time which this is in the 80s.
The movie follows them painting lines on the road during the weekdays, then they break on weekend, though only Lance leaves. Both get on each others nerves since one is easy going and the other is tight ass’d.
As they do their job only 2 people interact with them, one is a lady of no name looking for something that is probably burnt down with the rest of her house. The other is a truck driver who looks to may work with them but we never knows who comes around giving them free bottles of booze and pop.
The movie is basically them coming together as friends and dealing with the outside world that they only get to interact with on weekend or through mail. Saying anything else about the movie would seriously spoil it.
Personally I found myself lost throughout most of the movie and when I wasn’t lost I was nearly bored. I don’t think Alvin and Lance are all that likeable at least to a degree, I couldn’t sympathize with Lance, I could sort of with Alvin but could get why Lance doesn’t like him. I just couldn’t really fall into caring about either one.
When they start fighting it comes off pretty lame and stupid which may be a comedic beat but even then it doesn’t make much sense. The two people outside of those two don’t have much time and even they are confusing however by the end you can sort of put two and two together but I don’t think the movie does a good job and doing even that.
The only good things about the movie is the setting which is the 80s painting roads which is very original, the other is the acting. Paul and Emile are good in their roles, you forget entirely that it’s these actors playing it. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen Emile in acting that it’s weird seeing him grown up, Paul Rudd is Paul Rudd so no mistake there.
Bottom line is I would only really recommend this movie if you are a fan other either actor, if not then I would not bother. This movie is pretty boring, doesn’t make much sense and by the end of the movie you don’t really care and that is not a good thing. I give this movie CC on the Corey Scale.
I thought I’ve seen most of the good 80s movies to be had, of course I was wrong though when Is tumbled upon a list of must see 80s movies. of the 100 I only see 38 of them which is embarrassing to me taking how infatuated with the 80s I am so I set out to watch these movies on the list so don’t be surprised if more 80s movies pop in here from time to time.
I went into this movie knowing nothing only assuming that it’s about two misfit girls, I am glad I didn’t read the tagline above or I would’ve thought it was just some sleazy exploitation of a girl’s coming of age story. To degree I was wrong on both counts. The tagline should have been ‘Don’t like the name fool you.’.
Good female coming of age stories are hard to come by, or I think they were back in this day in age, women are not very well represented in movies due to the fact that its mostly men who write, direct and produce films, however this one I think was written by women and it shows. This is the kind of story that needs to be written by a female to get it right.
It is about two girls obviously; Ferris and Angel. Ferris is your typical rich kid or a girl that comes from a rich background, has no friends. Angel comes from the opposite end; single mother whom while not in poverty are not really well off either. Ferris is a very sophisticated girl while Angel is very much a tom boy.
Both are forced together for girls summer camp, at first they don’t like each other at all. The other girls use this to their advantage and make a bet. Whoever loses their virginity first wins 100 bucks. That seems and is pretty cold, petty and wrong however that is the plot. The group of girls take sides with either Angel or Ferris with 100 dollars on the line between either side, who loses it first; Ferris or Angel?
The beginning of the movie sets the table very very well, this movie is mainly Angel’s though from the beginning of the film you immediately go on her side.
Ferris falls for one of the teachers at summer camp who is far too old for her but mature enough for her to be attracted to him. Angel falls for a boy from the boys summer camp (Matt Dillon, youngest I’ve ever seen him) who is rough as he is handsome (and speaking as a straight male I can stills ay wow Matt Dillon is hot).
I am spoiling it but the poster for the most part sells the ending and it is more about how they are brought together but the whole ordeal brings them together in the end. I think you can draw conclusions as to what happened however you will still be surprised.
I found this movie to be a very fair and accurate coming of age story and fair as in it doesn’t exploit the girls at all, they all act as girls would but with a little bit more kick, there are no real stereotypes outside of the rich girl Ferris motif and tom boy Angel motif the support cast in my opinion make the movie shine as they goat these two girls to lose their virginity making you wonder why they are doing it.
The movie lightly puts a light on peer pressure and how it can have an affect on kids, especially women that would make one do anything to be accepted or not picked on by the group. Outside of the plot that I felt was sort of sleazy and wrong the movie is quite charming but doesn’t hit quite hard enough or do enough to be re-watchable.
The film doesn’t look like a 80s movie though, it looks more like a 70s movie but that makes sense since it was probably made in 1979 and came out in 1980. It’s amazing how culture changes on a dime. it looks and feels like Friday The 13th but instead Jason and his mother are not around and no one gets any (SPOILER sorry). I would almost assume the same DOP did this one but I am probably wrong but it feels like that. it feels like a movie from that time and that is part of the appeal.
Bottom line is if you are looking for a charming coming of age movie this movie is worth watching one night, it’s also very much a nice snap shot of late 70s and early 80s teenagehood. While it has aged it’s message as with most coming of age movies are fairly universal. Outside of the whole virgin thing I thought this most was ok. I give it CCC on the Corey Scale.
I really enjoyed Kick Ass, it was a movie that walked the fine line or realism and comic book realism and did it in spades. Plus it’s so rare to see rated R comic book movies out there when there should be more. With how much of a success that movie was it was obvious that a second had to be made.
Kick Ass 2 follows much of the same formula as the first with a few tweeks here and there but before talking about the movie, what is it about?
If you haven’t seen Kick Ass before Kick Ass is about a ‘super’ hero named Kick Ass, it is basically his origin story to a Dave whom sets out to become the world’s first superhero. From there he learns the ins and outs, the dos and don’ts, saves the day in the end. He also meets up with a vigilante duo named Hit Girl and Big Daddy whom are actually a daughter father duo who are much better at the crime fighting gig than Kick Ass is. Big Daddy winds up dying and Hit Girl winds up teaming with Kick Ass to stop Red Mist’s (guy who wanted to be a super hero but decided to want to be a super villain instead) mob family killing Red Mist’s father in the process. It becomes obvious that Red Mist will be the villain in the next movie.
Enter Kick Ass 2 which takes off right where the first left off to a degree.Hit girl lives with Big Daddy’s old cop friend who literally doesn’t want her to be a super hero/vigilante anymore and just be a regular girl. Dave/Kick Ass wants to continue crime fighting beknownist to his father who obviously disapproves as well. Red Mist becomes Mother Fucker and sets out to create his super team.
As Hit Girl is forced to try and become a normal girl Kick Ass sets out to start his own super team and meets a fair army of superheroes lead by Colonel Stars & Stripes (Jim Carrey). Both Kick Ass and Mother Fucker learn more lessons but more so Mother Fucker in how to become a villain. At the end the film culminates in Kick Ass versus Mother Fucker and his group of villains.
The movie at least from my opinion is less about Kick Ass and more about the development of Hit Girl trying to become a regular girl and Mother Fucker coming into his own as a villain, by this time Kick Ass is already a hero, he knows what he must do for most of the movie. Much of the entertainment comes from Mother Fucker and Hit Girl in their progress.
This film really plays hard on the female stereotypes in high school, obviously since I take it it was men who wrote this script that or they want the audience to literally not want Hit Girl to just be one of the girls by making the girls that are considered the prototype to be very horrific and strongly stereotyped as valley girls.
Mother Fucker’s progress is interesting all to itself and too good to spoil here but he does learn a hard lesson into what makes a villain that makes the movie really get legs at the end.
It’s the last half of the movie to tell you the truth when MF learns his lesson when things really get entertaining. Everything else is just exposition and fun.
The plot of the movie itself is as weak as skim milk, the movie was built to just be a action comedy and it does well being that but as for being a good story behind it, there is no real good story.
Chloe Moretz shines in this movie as Hit Girl and takes her from the cute little girl who can kick ass to a developed woman whom I believe is one of the strongest female characters to date (haven’t seen Hunger Games). This is the kind of female character women I think should sort of look up, not to be as violent as her but be as individual as her.
It’s Jim Carrey though who shines in his role and this should have been the role that revived him but instead he shit on the movie after doing it sort of spoiling his own come back. Which sucks because he is the best part of the movie. Everything we know, love and miss about Carrey when he does good comedy is in here at display, he owns Stars & Stripes.
Aaron Johnson looks way too old to be Mother Fucker in this movie, he looks more like a adult than a teenager but the same can be said for the rest of the cast.
Bottom line is the first half of the movie is mostly getting back up to speed and having fun with the characters before the shit hits the fan, when it does it is a all out thrill ride that actually packs a pretty good punch. It’s the story and the lack of doing more with the sequel that hurts the movie. If you are looking for a continuation of the story with nothing that really fucks with the formula then you will enjoy the second. If you are expecting something better than the first then you wont get it with this one. This film stands beside Kick Ass but is not the superior movie in the end. It’s still a entertaining movie to watch one night. I give it CCC1/4 on the Corey Scale.
Looking forward to seeing if they make a Hit Girl movie, honestly you know for a fact they will, how can they not. Not confirmed if they are but the film hints at it very strongly.
No movie has recently stuck in my head in recent years like this movie for good and bad.
From the first time I seen the trailer it has had it’s meat hooks in my brain as well. Trying to figure out why it would.
Maybe because of the subject matter on top of the fact that the star of the movie is one of the hottest redhead I’ve ever seen (and you know how I like redheads).
The movie is a two person show mainly, two people who share the same kind of problems or at least from my eyes share something in common, angry loneliness from being anti social. The redhead we never learn her name, she ends up just being called You. The other person in this movie is named Martin.
The movie begins with You giving away all of her stuff, looks as if she lost her husband as she gets rid of her wedding ring. She decides to become a nomad, a hitchhiker basically roaming Ireland leading a purposefully solitary life.
During her adventures she stumbles upon this large house on the coast, notices a man boat away from it. She breaks into it and just hangs around in it awkwardly (like she hasn’t been in a house in a long time). Not too long after she finds out this guy named martin owns it and he finds out she was in there.
He winds up hiring her to help him with farming and upkeep of his property. Martin is a widow, lost his wife and has been living alone much like You.
As they work and end up living together their relationship grows from strained to strong pretty quick but the lack of history You has Martin begins to be curious. They strike up a deal to never make things personal, no personal questions, don’t get to know each other. But the constant contact with each other draws each other to each other to where sooner or later that deal will be broken, When it becomes obvious that Martin is dying, things get interesting.
it’s the kind of movie that you get what you put into it, I am the only one I know who knows this movie but that is my guess at it.
What I get out of this movie is that this movie is about loneliness and loss. Both have lost something and when you feel that loss and that sadness you want to keep away from everyone, seclude yourself from everyone which in fact reinforces the loneliness and creates a cycle.
These two people suffering from the same meet and try to cater to either one’s same problem. However int he end both really do want a connection but too afraid to get close too get ‘hurt’ again but then life is about getting hurt in most cases.
Maybe that is my connection with it that i feel that way most days though I haven’t felt loss I have been hurt over time which has led me to be a loner of sorts which is a self eating snake of loneliness. But I wont go into that.
This movie is very dry, very slow but that works int he film’s favor, the characters are such that you connect with them despite how little they show you.
I dunno again this movie leaves me me with question marks.
Why is Martin tempted to kill her at some point (this is not a spoiler it is in the trailer)?
Martin does not look very old, it is odd that they play it like he is.
I think that is what makes the movie stick with me because I am still trying to figure it all out in my head why these characters do what they do, who they are and all of that. I enjoyed the movie but outside of what I said I can’t figure out why.
Bottom line is if you are looking for a artsy film that is try and slow but with two characters that will force you to use your brain while watching then this may be up your alley. It tells its story and leaves you wanting more but in a good way. it connects with you in a weird way. I give it CCCC on the Corey Scale.
Dead Ringers was and still is one of my all time favorite movies but it’s one of those movies I can’t put a finger on why I do.
I’ve been meaning to write up about this movie for some time but too busy or whichever but I’ve decided to give it a shot.
There are horror movies then there are Cronenberg movies who has seemingly created his own horror genre within the genre and has such a niche in it that no one is barely able to replicate it except for maybe his son. That genre is body horror.
Cronenberg’s movies are no very violent pray-tel but they are horror because of his cerebral approach, the monster in his movies is you, your body is working against you, what can you do when your body is against you?
Dead Ringers is not like his other body horror movie but the elements within it are very much so, there is no denying that this is a vintage Cronenberg movie. it is my favorite Cronenberg movie.
Dead Ringers is about two brothers who are identical twins; Bev and Elliot. Elliot is a suave manipulative ladies man, his brother Bev is the polar opposite in that he is shy and soft spoken. They are gynecologists, Bev is the mastermind and the workhorse of the two in that respect while Elliot just merely gets by. Elliot is the face of the two and does all of the talking for them amongst others, including when it comes to seducing women.
Elliot snatches them up and when he gets tired of them he sends them to Bev without those women knowing the difference.
They very much have a symbiosis going.
That is broken with a lady named Claire enters their lives. At first she is a patient of Elliot’s who winds up seducing her into bed as he often does, he hands her off to Bev whom immediately falls in love with her. A divide begins to form between the two and the equilibrium between the two starts to weaken.
Bev not used to being a relationship goes into depression when Claire leaves short term for work. He then starts turning to drugs and for a lack of a better term starts going mad. Elliot himself slowly degenerates. Separated these two cannot be two different people, they must be together to form one person as a whole so the dilemma is should they ‘separate’ or ‘reunite’.
The movie really moves at a slow methodical pace, the kind of pace that you expect from Cronenberg. Everything about this movie screams him from the look, to how the shots are shown to the subject matter.
Everything in this movie feels cold, when you are in the Mantle twins’s apartment it’s like being in a bunker.
This movie really is a one man show, a one man who plays two people in Jeremy Irons. If he couldn’t carry this film then the film would fail before the word go. I am surprised he never won an award for this movie. Genevieve Bujold I am sort of on the fence with. She plays her bravely and with originality but I dunno just something off kilter with her for the entire film. i think her role could have been done better but she manages to squeak through.
It’s hard to really talk about this movie or really get a handle on it. It’s one of those movies that you wont get all of it from the first viewing, you really need to watch the movie multiple times. I have watched it a dozen times and I think it’s only now that I am starting to get it. It is still entertaining and it really is Jeremy Iron’s performance that makes this movie worth watching over and over again.
One question I would have for David is why call it Dead Ringers, I can’t get why he chose that title, doesn’t make sense to me. if somebody knows please message me.
Bottom line is if you are a fan of Cronenberg and/or a fan of Jeremy Irons then this film is a must if you haven’t seen it before, both of them are in their prime and at their best. it’s really quite a shame that these two couldn’t do more movies together, the one they did after this one I thought wasn’t so good but the duo had so much promise together but sadly all we can have now is Dead Ringers. I look at this movie as a movie that I can watch anytime, love and still get something new out of it. That speaks for it’s longevity and why I give it the full CCCCC on the Corey Scale.
I am one of the few who still buys fair amount of DVDs and bluray. For one of many reasons.
1) Most indie movies I like are hard to find online to download much less hard to find on netflix or whichever.
2) I like to buy the DVD/Bluray of to support the creators anyway I can even though much of the money probably goes to the distributors but if the distributors make money off these indie movies the chances that they will take chances on others is increased. Though this movie above is what i would call a Hollywood indie movie, still the principles remain the same.
3) The trailers, more often than not the DVD is litered with like minded trailers to other indie movies and so on. That is normally how I have been able to go from one movie to another is through the trailers. Its next to impossible for me to keep track of what is coming out anymore because there is so much. Trailers on these DVDs usually at least allow me to keep my steady diet of good movies intact.
While watching the trailers that accompanied The Hunt DVD I found this one and was interested in it because I like quirky indie love dramas or rom coms or whatever tag you want to put on it but also the movie is set at a beer distillery which is surprising because that is something I am trying to get into school for. Not that I expect to get a education from this film for it but I thought it would be interesting to see the setting plus you’ve never seen it as a setting before, at least I haven’t.
From the poster the movie seems to be about four people but I would say it really is about two people, two drinking buddies so to speak and the relationships around them as well as with themselves.
Those two people are Kate and Luke, both work at a locally owned and operated beer brewery and distillery. They are good friends with each other, from looking at them you would think that they would make a great couple with how well they act and how comfortable they are around each other but they are just drinking buddies or friends in general. They both are in relationships. Kate is with Chris and Luke is with Jill so there is a line drawn there.
All four wind up going to a cabin in the woods (no this is not a horror) for the weekend. it has to be said that Jill and Chris are different from Luke and Kate that during the whole trip Kate and Luke wind up hanging out with each other predominantly while Chris and Jill wind up hanging out with each other.
It turns out that Chris and Jill become just like Kate and Luke, two people who share a common bond. So much so they wind up making out in the woods and so on behind Kate and Luke’s back whose relationship is platonic.
When they return only Chris realizes that he may not like Kate as much as he thought he does and breaks up with Kate, Jill as well starts to think about it but takes a different approach and pushes Luke to want to marry her even more.
Chris leaves the picture making Kate single, Jill goes on a trip leaving Luke alone. Luke and Kate start to hang out with each other and both react to each other and this is where the bulk of the entertainment and tension in this movie starts.
They both start to sense a attraction to each other, Kate wants Luke but is too afraid that Luke doesn’t and/or because he is in a relationship. Luke does like Kate (I mean seriously Olivia Wilde has to be one of the most hottest women in the world, who wouldn’t) but is more conflicted because he is with Jill but gets extremely jealous with other people try to get with her. This all culminates at them possibly splitting in terms of friendship.
Saying anything else about the movie spoils the movie in all honesty, the meat and potatoes of this film is the 2nd act to tell you the truth.
it’s hard to really find something wrong with this movie to tell you the truth it flows very nicely, the acting from top to bottom is marvelous, you forget who the actors are and firmly believe in the characters that are being played. Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson have incredible chemistry with each other. So much so that you absolutely believe these two are the best of friends. Both are amazing int heir characters.
Guess the only thing I didn’t agree with with this movie is the style. I didn’t like the whole documentary style this movie went with. Mind you the actors rose to the challenge of suspending belief that this was all ‘real’ but I felt the lack of style and trying to go for utter realism crippled the films chances of really being more than what it is and what it is in the end is just your typical indie comedy or rom com or whatever. Just a standard but entertaining movie in the end. A little more style visually would’ve made the movie much better than it is though it is still a good movie.
Bottom line is if you are a fan of any of the cast, fan of indie movies in general I do suggest giving this one a shot. it wont blow you away but the acting really is the best I have seen this year and it is still a well told story and well done movie. I give it CCC3/4 on the Corey Scale.
If the trailer didn’t sell me the casting of Greta did and if that didn’t sell me the fact that Noah Baumbach directing it did and if that didn’t sell me the premise of the story did. So many green lights with this one and I didn’t count the use of music.
This movie is a bromantic comedy of the female variety, I only say that because I can’t think of a name that would sister romantic comedy, bromantic sounds better. Either way this movie is about one woman and her friendship with another. Frances is a struggling dancer in New York, you can tell she is not really that good and wont make it anywhere but she still keeps on trying. She lives with her best friend Sophie, they share a deep bond, childhood friends, they seemingly do everything together, they look like the best couple in the world. The only thing is they are not in love with each other in the sexual way, they are bonded by friendship that is deeper than….love so to speak.
This friendship becomes divided when Sophie decides to move out basically abandoning Frances. From this point on we find both these two women going on completely different roads and these roads further divide these two ladies to the point where they are no longer friends. From this divide the movie focuses on Frances.
Frances is immature, well not really immature she is just a fun loving lady in her late 20s going nowhere by everyone else’s standards but her own. She knows what she wants and strives to do it but sadly unbeknowist to her she doesn’t have the talent to be a dancer. Funny that Sophie is considered the susccess of the two only because she has a good job and ‘stability’.
We follow Frances on her road to recovery trying to figure out how to first survive without her best friend, secondly survive as dancer, survive being single, surviving getting older and grow up to a degree.
Maybe it was just circumstances but I found myself really connected with Frances when I watches the movie, clearly plotted in her shoes I felt for just about everything she went through even though I am a male much of her struggles are very universal.
Greta owns her role, she has carved a niche for herself that allows her to be the queen of the indie rom coms. i think she has only done 2 now but it feels like she owns it. Either way she was made for this role so well that you forget it’s her.
The approach of this film is very different from what Noah has done before, this movie is clearly a New York film but it’s also from my POV a tribute to French New Wave (being black and white is a good tip off) and more in particular Woody Allen films (much of his black and white films like Stardust Memories and Manhattan in particular). It is a Woody Allen film without Woody Allen and the neurotics that go with it. it feels like this is the direction his films should have taken once that well went dry.
The weaknesses of this movie is that I felt this movie was way too dry for it’s own good, it’s very slow and while it’s entertaining it plods around rehashing the same marks over and over again to where the film gets repetitive very fast. Mostly in the 2nd act when Frances goes from living with a bunch of guys to spending two days in Paris doing nothing to bunch back in her old college. Mind you there are many entertaining bits but its the parts in between these bits that just seem repetitive. i think this film could’ve been chopped up a bit more and still held the same amount of strength and if anything been more stronger. I love slow and dry movies but if you hammered the nail flush then it’s time to move to the next one, continuing to hammer the nail does nothing but hurt other things.
Bottom line is if you are a fan of Baumbach’s work this is worth checking out mostly for the fact that it differs from his previous work while you can still see his style out of this. If you are a fan of Greta Gerwig this is a must watch. I wanted to give this film a higher rating but I felt it’s super slow pace hurt it for me. However I still find it to be a good movie to watch one night. I connected with the character because I am basically in the same boat as Frances at this point in my life. Hopefully I will figure it out. Either way I give this movie CCC1/2 on the Corey Scale.
For those who still remember video stores; well maybe the netflix generation can grasp this to but you’ve probably been in that position where you pass along something that sort of interests you but not enough to check it out, over time you keep passing it up to a point where you give yourself excuses not to check it out. King of New York was like that to me, I thought it was something that it wasn’t and after watching it found myself regretting that I hadn’t watched it sooner. Never judge a book by its cover.
From the cover of the movie on netflix it looked like your run of the mill white cops versus African American gangsters, standard racist gangster movie hidden under a Hollywood budget and sparkle.
What I got was something much different and better.
I watched Ms. 45 which was a movie the director this one did previously and putting them together I found the seem of how much is too much coming to mind. In both movies it seems like the violence keeps getting amped up more and more to where you wonder who is going to answer for all of this. The victim in Ms. 45 clearly becomes the murderer. In King of New York the police become the thugs, the thugs become police, neither are any better than each other.
The movie is mainly about a man named Frank White (Walken) who has just gotten out of jail after a lengthy sentence. He is a drug lord or kingpin so to speak. He returns to his kingdom basically with his own army intact and plans to take over New York and does so with his own set of diplomacy.
The police, they know what he is up to but despite all their best efforts White has too many political connections and loop holes not to mention money that he can buy his way out of everything to the constant frustration of the police.
As things go back Frank wants to do more than just sell drugs he wants to better New York in his own way, as he takes over the under belly of New York he gets rid of a lot of the ‘bad stuff’ that goes on (that in a way is a SPOILER but not so much) but basically starts doing good deeds, deeds that the system is too full of bureaucracy to do themselves. Man no mistake he is still the bad guy but he is a bad guy who does good things while still the supplier of drugs for New York.
The police decide that the only way they are going to beat these gangsters is at their own game, namely thug style gang war. Basically not being cops and using their resources to murder these men. The good guys doing bad things.
This results in a all out war that in the midst of it makes you wonder who are the protagonists and who are the antagonists.After all the dust settles it is Chrstopher Walken’s speech to the head of the policemen that really is the point of the whole story.
However violence brings on only more violence, its also a reason as to why Superman or most heroes don’t kill because that seperates them from the bad guys. At the end of the movie the police are no better than the gangs they attempt to arrest. The thugs are merely businessmen making it big in America, Most are bad yes, adults you wouldn’t want to bring to a parent-teacher meeting but some are just there to make money and are not at their core bad people. They wont kill children or kill the cashier for bad service but they will kill a rival gang etc etc. it is a grey area.
After watching this movie I’ve found that the real antagonist of this movie is the system itself. Police can’t get these drug lords off the streets because the drug lords make so much money that they can buy politicians and counselors to work in their favor. System pays for so much useless shit yet wont pay money to fix up hospitals and neighborhoods that are in danger of creating future thugs and gangsters. The system spends more time on maintaining the status quo doing damage controls and less time trying to prevent the danger from happening.
This is the best movie I have ever seen Christopher Walken play in, normally I’ve found him play caricatures more often than not this is one of those rare times where he literally plays a part and you believe it forgetting it is Walken. Fishbourne owns his role as always, it’s just funny that in 4 or 5 years time he will play a father of a gangster instead of being a young gangster.
Bottom line is you’ve probably passed this movie by before but if you are a fan of gangster movies and want to watch a movie that gives the genre a fresh coat of paint this is worth checking on netflix, in my opinion this is the best gangster film I have seen in awhile, even if it was made back when I was 6. Better than than never, I give it CCCC1/4 on the Corey Scale.
From the trailer I was interested in watching this movie, Drafthouse has had a good run of distributing movies that are of my taste that or that have a damn good editor who cuts their trailers.
After watching King of New York (review is coming at some point) I figured well this cam before and if this movie is as stylized as KNY then I am in for a treat.
Suffice to say the film didn’t quiet quench my thirst for 80s exploitation film the way it was sold in the trailer.
What we have here is a female version of Death Wish but instead of the main character not going to the dark side this one the main character/lady goes into the dark side and becomes a misandry of men to the nth degree.
The movie is about Thana who is mute and from what I can tell must be mentally handicapped as well in some fashion. She works as a seamstress for a fashion company in New York.
Things seem to be ok till she has the worst afternoon of her life. Not only does she get mugged and raped on her way home, she arrives home tattered to find her house was broken into and the one who did it is still there and attempts to mug her and rape her as well.
Thana manages to kill the man in self defense, this is where things get weird. Instead of doing what any person would do in this situation maybe I am wrong (lady readers chime in if I am off mark) but a regular person would call the police.
Instead she drags the body into her tub and decides to dispose of it her own way which means chopping the slime ball up into pieces and scattering the parts all over the place (obviously this chick never watched CSI).
The whole ordeal winds up seriously messing her up as it would for anyone, she steals the robber’s gun and after losing the body she starts getting addicted to killing men.
At first it is the dark under belly of men in New York like the pimps, perverts, rich fat cats etc etc but at the movie continues her thirst for male blood increases to the ultimate feminist climax where she just starts killing all the men she winds up seeing.
Normally I love hyper violent movies like this because there is often a reason behind it. If you get past the blood letting there is moral center, a point, a lesson to be learned.
What i got out of it is the discussion of vengeance, how much of it is enough till you are satisfied. You can put this into any context, when you have been wronged most people become me VS the world in most cases. A man cheats on her lady then the lady thinks all men are pigs, woman cheats on man then the man thinks all women are bitches etc etc. This is that to it’s highest extent. Raped twice in one evening would probably make any woman reluctant to ever trust a man again or have a real hard time being around them.
I just didn’t like how the movie approached it, it approaches it in a very light handed manner painting all men in a horrific light. Mind you there are not enough movies that do that since most movies don’t pain women in a flattering light but lets be serious here, how many movies do you know where all the women are painting in such as way as the men are in this movie? We are probably getting it from Thana’s POV but still I find it rather ridiculous but then exploitation films always do that but I couldn’t get behind it.
There are a few other things I couldn’t get behind in this movie and consider them huge plot holes.
1) Why couldn’t she have called the cops, surely she could’ve found a way to keep the gun or procure a gun herself some other way (it’s America for Christ sakes). She could have still done all the other stuff without chopping the man up, it makes no sense other than how the cops link who is killing the men to her. That isn’t a spoiler that is just straight up common fucking sense. Maybe it’s there for the audience to know for a fact that this lady will get caught but come on, serial killers even at that time didn’t last long which brings me to….
2) It took a awful long time for the cops to be 2 and 2 together, the movie seemed to just want to straight up drop what could’ve been a useful tension provider; the cops trying to pin her down. I am sorry but any cop could figure it out given enough time that a lady is prowling the streets gunning down men left right and center with the same gun in the same neighborhood. Instead New York’s finest never seem to catch till it is too late. While I am not one to be on the side of police I am sure New York’s finest would’ve been able to find this chick long before shit go really fucked up.
3) Thana’s fellow coworkers, they all seem either over worried about her or just dumbfounded most of the time. Mind you most people don’t know how to handle mutes let alone introverts but I would like to think the lady sector of her coworkers would’ve been able to detect and help her through her troubles or at least be able to figure out something.
Ms. 45 is basically a near nonsensical blood letting where a beautiful mute woman walks around gunning men down left right and center, she becomes more and more insane as the movie goes and no one seems to really notice or truly care, cops are nowhere and the movie ends in such anticlimactic silly fashion.
The stylization of the movie and how the film looks is good and mind you the film looks like it was done on the near super cheap. Granted with all that this film does a pretty good job but my problems lay with the story. The story could’ve been fixed.
Bottom line is if you are a fan of 80s exploitation film you might like this film but I would rent it first, do your home work because this film while trying exploitation doesn’t have much logic going for it and that is saying something given the genre. I think this is a movie that the ladies would like more than men probably because of the factor that women can more clearly identify with this character more than I or most men can. What the film lacks in a sound story it makes up for in style and look. I give this film CC on the Corey Scale.
I wanted to see this movie in the theaters because I am a pretty big fan of Aubrey Plaza but after watching it this morning, I am glad I didn’t watch it in the theater but regret taking a chance on buying the movie.
The To-Do List is a movie with a surprisingly good cast of character actors, good premise, original setting and is a movie that means well but ended up being one of the most unforgivably stupid movies I have seen in awhile.
This movie is basically a raunchy teen comedy but instead of catering for men as most do, this caters almost exclusively to women, maybe that is why I didn’t like or follow this movie. Keep that in mind as you read on. It is like the female Superbad (even has much of the same cast)
The movie is about a girl named Brandy who is the typical stereotyped goody 2 shoes, valedictorian but also a virgin (treated like it is a bad thing which to me is a bad thing to say).
Brandy doesn’t care about this fact and is excited to graduate high school and prepare for college till she meets Rusty, the college stereotype of a male hunk. She falls head over heels for him that she is willing to do anything to get with him. However sadly she is virgin with no experience which turns him off.
So she decides to create a to do list to become a valedictorian of sex the same way she is at everything is.
She happens to take a summer job as a lifeguard at a swimming pool, Rusty just so happens to work there as well. Throughout the movie she goes on a consistently awkward sexual adventure while undermining her friends, the man who actually likes her, her family as well as herself.
When the employees (men) of the pool find out about her to do list they try to get in on her education. This sounds like a very dirty movie but surprisingly the only things dirty about the film is everything but the visuals. No nudity at all which is very surprising.
So how does this film fall flat if it has a great cast, original setting and good premise? How it’s approached.
The film just seems to just be stupid and be pointless all of the time with no sense of pacing and point. The best example of that is when Brandy meets Rusty, they immediately go into this outer world in Brandy’s mind when Rusty does a more sexy and exaggerated version of Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Lep and Brandy’s perception of this just looks dumb.
The film just doesn’t feel like it was put together well, like it was written by a first time script writer as well as first time director (either or can and probably is true).
It’s the support cast that makes this movie worth watching is the support cast, in particular Agent Coulson or from outside of geekdom Clark Gregg who plays Brandy’s father. Maybe it was because I can’t help but see him as Coulson that it makes him in this movie hilarious like this is what he comes home to when he is not saving the world.
Despite all of that I think his character was the most well written as the father who refuses to acknowledge his daughter’s growing up and needing to learn about the birds and the breeds, like any man they don’t want to because they are too afraid to approach it plus men are not women (obviously), they have no experience with this.
Bottom line is this is a raunchy and dirty movie that is funny but as much as it is funny there is next to no point and approaches sex inappropriately in my opinion. Year of The Carnivore did a better job using the same premise. That being said the support cast make it half way worth watching if you are a fan of the cast. If not then it’s not worth watching. I am curious of hearing a woman’s opinion of the movie. It is good to see a female oriented movie like this, this on the hand fails to deliver. I give it CC on the Corey Scale.
This film came pretty far from left field and for the most part continued to do so right to the end of the film.
From the trailer I thought it was a romantic comedy built around the invention of the vibrator, by the end the movie I realized it was a movie about women’s right centered around being a romantic comedy that just so happened to have the invention of the vibrator in it.
I think the movie was sold to be about the vibrator in order to get people’s asses ins eats to watch it because the movie really doesn’t touch up on the vibrator till maybe the last portion of the movie.
It’s nice to see a movie heavily populated with character actors, there is no star in this film, and refreshingly there doesn’t need to be a star of this film. The star of the film is mostly the story and message.
The movie centers around a young doctor named Mortimer who is a good physician, in fact too good at his job that he can’t keep it because most of the places he works at don’t live up to his standards of the health code (which is a good thing).
Desperate for a job he winds up being hired by Dr. Dalrymple as a physician to women in order to cure their ‘hysteria’. You may as well call him a gynecologist of this day in age since his area of practice is centered around the female genitals.
At this time hysteria was I guess classified as female craziness, they couldn’t figure out why women would just go crazy in a way that was irrational to men (we men still can’t figure it out sadly). This doctor found a way to cure it or at least help it extremely which meant him placing his hand ….well you know. Basically helping the lady achieve climax with his hand.
Mortimer quickly becomes a natural at it and business is booming, he soon fraternizes with the doctor’s two daughters; Emily and Charlotte. Emily is very much a female of the time who has been brain washed to think that she must think and act a certain way. Charlotte is the absolute opposite who is very much her own woman and a definite feminist of the most positive regard.
Mortimer through the film finds himself first falling for Emily but then soon falling for Charlotte as the film progresses though.
The film turns from a funny sexual joke and about how the female orgasm was so unknown to men at this time (and still is to a degree) to about how women in general were/are so unknown to men that they had next to no rights over men (couldn’t vote, couldn’t orgasm, etc) and no real defense.
This film is a feminist film disguised as a romantic comedy for the most part. I found it to be mildly entertaining, I liked the message it sent and the way it came about it, I also liked the casting. I can never understand why general audiences find Maggie Gyllenhaal (I may’ve mispelled) to be labelled as not attractive compared to other women. Maybe its just me who seemed to have caught more negative flack about her than others.
Personally I find her to be very sexy and most of her character in general to be sexy as she usually tends to play the kind of women that i guess I am attracted to; strong, smart, independent women who do not bullshit around and can and would knock your teeth out if you cross them.
I actually felt she played Rachel Dawes (Dark Knight trilogy) better than Katie Holmes did.
I guess unlike most female actresses in these movies she is not really the kind of actress that tries to exude sexuality, she usually shines her character’s personality more so than sexual assets. Which I like.
Hugh Dancy I have seen in plenty of movies where he plays many character roles, and as always he owns his role the way a typical character actor does.
Really the film is decent but in the end it doesn’t doesn’t go any further than that, I didn’t like that it didn’t elaborate more on the invention of the vibrator as the film advertised so I felt that I was sold the wrong movie. I came in for a romantic comedy centered around the creation of the vibrator and got a romantic comedy centered around feminism. In the end I still thought the film was worth watching for the night and was entertained but nothing else other than that.
Bottom line is if you are looking for a period film that ‘touches on’ a topic you’ve probably never heard about or looking for a movie with strong female characters and good acting this is right up your alley. However it is still your garden variety rom com that still follows the formula. It is safe for kids as there is no nudity and all the sexuality is treated like comedy more than what it is. However if you bring your kid to this they are going to wonder why those ladies are acting that way and why they are lying down like that. It’s a fun movie to watch one night, discuss and joke about it. You only really need to see it once. I give it CCC1/2 on the Corey Scale.