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Mr. Right

So, this was one of those finds that really show me that I like the odd stuff and I might be just a little crazy. This movie is off-the-wall love between two extreme personalities (dare I say, psychos in a very loose term). But I loved it. I thought that the story and characters were fantastic; the plot was fluid and fun. It’s definitely violent, but I mean, seriously, it’s a movie about an assassin, it’s somewhat expected. The tone of the movie is also very laid back. It’s clear that it wasn’t made to be some blockbuster, but I think that’s what I like about it. In one portion of the movie they are just talking about each other’s lives (her more then him, obviously) and it’s just so simple, natural. I like the awkwardness, because it really showcases reality and humanity. Not the Hollywood version of what they think ‘life’ is. I also want to point out that it shows that people may not have everything together and they may suffer from mental illnesses that make them seem like they are crazy, but in the end they are just humans. Messed up, sure, but who isn’t? There’s no line of ‘normal’ and ‘crazy’; and everyone deserves to find love and be happy.

I’m not going to go on too much about the plot, because with movies there’s not a lot I can say without giving too much away. It’s about a woman who falls in love with an assassin who has developed a moral code and has been killing the people who hire him. So, yeah, in essence, that’s the ‘main’ idea of the plot. Of course, there is so much to it than that. Most interesting to me is Sam Rockwell who plays the male lead. Now, I have nothing against Rockwell, honestly, I think he did an awesome job in this. I really like when these actors/actresses who have been type-casted into side characters for so long get back into the lime light. The female, Anna Kendrick, was also very good. Her scope as an actress was fantastic for this. She really was able to express the eccentric personality in this so well (now, only if she could have played Bella in Twilight, maybe there would have been hope in the shiny vampire future).

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Age of Adaline

Age of Adaline is a different sort of movie. I can imagine that it’s not in the main stream of popular films as the ending almost has a bitter sweet finish that leaves one feeling reminiscent for the characters’ possible and missed futures. The actors were good, demonstrating several levels of depth that was needed for this sort of plot. The story was something different, a fantastical/sci-fi twist that kept a reasonable level of credibility in the realm of possibility.

The story is about Adaline. She lived in the 1900s when she was in a terrible and unusual accident from which she awoke frozen in time. From the day forward until the present time she would remain 29 years old. Because of this, Adaline was forced to change her identity every ten years; moving from place to place. Her life has been a stagnant one, living on the fringes of society but not truly participating. Things change when she meets a young man and she suddenly becomes unsure if she can leave it all behind this time. Her decision almost seems set until she meets his family and his father ends up being someone from one of her previous lives.

SPOILERS AHEAD: Proceed at your own risk.

The story is good. I’m unsure about the narrator though. His voice wasn’t bad, but it was like listening to a documentary commentary and it took away from the flow of the story at times. The most troubling part about the whole thing was the somewhat triangle between Adaline and Harrison Ford’s character and his son. It’s obvious as the story goes on that the real love of Adaline’s life was William (Ford) and the same for him. So it left it somewhat bittersweet at the end. They both had other people at the end who they did love but their hearts weren’t in it completely. It’s just such a sad story really. Good, but sad.

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Warm Bodies

This off-the-wall different movie is one of my favorites. Certainly the plot of it is somewhat illogical, but when you are dealing with zombies, what’s really logical about any of it? I like this film because it’s one of the only ‘walking dead’ movies and tv shows that’s about hope. Most of the time, it’s always about accepting that the world has, in essence, ended. The inner monologue of R, the zombie main character, is really what makes the film. It has a good feel to it and a great soundtrack.
The movie is about R, a zombie who has an interesting way of looking at the world. That is, he can think at all. When he meets a young living woman he feels something shifting inside of him. Together, they try to figure out once and for all what zombies really are.
I have to say, this is one of those films that most critics agree was pretty well done. It played off the incredulity of it with a subtle underlying light-hearted humor that really gave the entire feel of the movie. It didn’t overstate the importance of the moral, but didn’t downplay it either. The characters were interesting and enjoyable. The movie was to the point and didn’t go off on any side plots. Definitely suggest this one to anyone.

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The Holiday


So, I used to love this movie when I was a teenager. It’s double the romance, double the story and its Christmas; what could be better? Watching it now, it’s dropped down a few pegs on my awesome scale. The story is a bit corny and the dialogue a little too scripted. It also doesn’t completely match the characters to the actors. With that being said, it’s a cute movie. It has great actors and actresses (Jack Black, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz) and the story, itself, is fun and interesting.

Iris is a journalist who has spent the last three years in an one-sided relationship; Amanda is a L.A. movie big wig who’s boyfriend just cheated on her. The two women discover one another on a sort of AirBnB site and decide to switch homes. Iris travels to the states and Amanda travels to England near Surrey. The two aim to get away from their pain and men, but instead discover new beginnings that may lead them to a spark of new love.

It sounds like a Hallmark movie, but it’s very well done. The movie has a lot of side plots and character development that really helps it stand out. It’s helpful when you have an all-star cast that can make any role seem amazing. The two stories of Iris and Amanda also really help keep the story interesting.

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Last Holiday


The Last Holiday is one of those movies that really has the potential to inspire people and I love those sorts of movie. At the very least, it’s a feel-good Christmas movie with a fun plot and great characters. This film has some of the best characters and a well-rounded story that really makes it a movie to last the ages as a classic holiday film. The comedy in it (while occasionally a little more out there then I like, but I like subtle humor the best) is well-placed and varied. And, well, honestly, you can’t go wrong with Queen Latifah.

The movie itself is about Georgia, a sales associate at a mall, whose lived her life with her head down, completely inhibited. Her book of possibilities gathers dust in a drawer in her kitchen. After a visit to the hospital Georgia is suddenly faced with a frightening diagnosis: a rare tumor of the brain. She only has three weeks left to live. Faced with her demise she decides to live her life to the fullest before the end.

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Blind Date


So, this movie was pretty fantastic. It was interesting, different and had a completely new tone; at least for me, maybe this is normal of French films. I didn’t realize when I chose it that it was French; that was just a nice surprise. The brief summary I read looked interesting, so I thought I would give it a try. It had scintillating characters that had such depth and range with a story that allowed them to intertwine in this fun plot. It was funny and creative; the actors were fantastic. I probably only had a couple parts that seemed a bit in the extreme, but besides that it was an enjoyable watch.
The movie is about a woman, a pianist, who has moved into an apartment to finally start spreading her wings as a performer. She discovers though that she’s not alone. A man who lives in the apartment next to her (a solitary creator of intricate puzzles) can hear everything she does and visa versa. The woman needs her music and he needs quiet. Can there possibly be a truce between two very different spectrums of artists?
I saw briefly that the movie was thought to be predictable, but I must disagree. There’s something to be said for a story that forms into a happy ending. Too many American movies go out of their way to create “shocking” twists and turns that in and of themselves end up annoyingly disjointed and, after seeing it a few times, predictable. It’s refreshing to see a movie that focuses more on the characters and less on the shock and awe factor.

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The Intern


Alright, so, this movie was pretty good. I’ve never been into the sort of ‘romcom’ ‘life’ genre; it’s too mushy, but this was not bad. The dialogue was smart, the characters were interesting and fun, and the plot stayed steady throughout the course of the movie. Except the end, that felt a little rushed.

The movie is about a retired gentleman who, like any person who has lived his life working, suddenly can’t find anything to do with his free time. He goes back to work as an intern at a new internet shopping company where he meets the always-on-the-go spitfire CEO. At first, it seems as if the old and the new may clash, but perhaps some genteel logic mixed in with the energy of youth can create a wonderful combination.

With Robert de Niro and Anne Hathaway leading the charge in this movie it’s not surprising that this movie was good. Both actors are known for their serious and comedic roles as well as their diversity. The plot, like I stated before, was good, but also fairly obvious. Sometimes, though, it’s not always a bad thing. Movies like these are less and less common these days; seeing characters blooming in different times of their lives, how they affect each other, it’s really enjoyable.