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The Upside (2017)
What a fun film!
In a weekend where I had to watch two depressing films about disability this film was a welcome surprise. It was funny, it was charming. It was almost like watching 'me before you' without the depressing ending. Heard this is a remake of the French film so I intend to seek that out and watch it now. Was really great to see a film about disability where it wasn't all doom and gloom.
20 Weeks (2017)
Almost but not quite there
I'd like to see this film at the San Diego phone festival this weekend and as a person with a disability I was excited to see how the subject matter would be handled. To say I was disappointed with what the baby was diagnosed with is an understatement. As a person who is wheelchair-bound, it is ludicrous to me that a couple would contemplate abortion for something so simple. That being said I did empathize with The hard decisions the couple Had to make throughout the movie. It wasn't a happy ending but it was a realistic one and I was grateful for that.
Beautiful, fantastical love story.
Had the privilege to see this film at the San Diego filled festival before premieres in theaters. Was very impressed and emotionally moved very early on in the film. Well not quite on the level of ' The theory of everything', movie will definitely tell that your heartstrings and have you crying pretty quickly. Myself being disabled, especially struck a chord for me to see how things used to be for people with disabilities and made me thankful that I was born when I was in that things have progressed so well in the last century. Andrew Garfield gave him moving performance it as robin Cavendish. He better get his Oscar speech ready. I also really enjoyed some aspects of the film that are not addressed another disability films, namely the relationship between the disabled and their children. This film does so it was really devastate you when you get to see that Robin wasn't really able to be there physically as a father to his son another power house is claire foy.plays Robbins wife who is the one who advocates for him and inspires him to keep going. This film also previews you to the horrors disabled people had to live through before Robin and Diane became advocates. While the ending of this film is not as uplifting as 'the theory of everything', for some reason that movie devastates me much more than this one did. I wonder if that had anything to do with who was in charge of the film. This phone was produced by the couple's son Jonathan, who basically made a love letter to his parents. You won't see the trials and tribulations of being disabled as much here, just a beautiful love story between two people. Highly recommend it.
ETA: now that critical reviews of this film have come out, I am highly insulted that critics wanted to see more of robin's struggles than triumphs. i never believed the term 'inspiration porn' but i do now. it disgusts me that people wanted to see the grittier side of robin's illness. our health problems are not for you to exploit. i feel just enough was shown to get the point.
That was not how Jackie talked!
Forgive me if it's superficial but I couldn't get past Natalie's horrible, breathy imitation of Jackie's voice. Plenty of actresses (Katie Holmes, ginnifer Goodwin) have portrayed Jackie Kennedy much better than she is portrayed here. Furthermore, as Jackie says herself, she was just a self indulgent woman. It's a film about a woman who made her husbands death all about her. That's it. Two hour pity party. Yes we know the Kennedy's have bad luck, but pull yourself together woman!
Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Good idea, terrible execution.
I'm only giving this movie a 6 because of its fantastic cast, but they're wasted in a messy script. I found Susan's struggle much more interesting and intriguing than the story told in Edwards book. I feel like this film would have benefited better being a relationship drama about the rise and fall of Edward and Susan's relationship, but to add what happens in his book takes you out of it, because it makes him look like a really bad guy. Susan did some crappy things, but if his book is a metaphor for what she did to him, he's totally over dramatic. His actions in the film are just plain petty, especially at the end, and especially given how much time has passed. One could argue that Susan's current empty life is karma, but I definitely felt for her more than him.
Sweet but nothing special.
If anyone's ever curious why films based on real life events have to be dramatized, this film right here is why. It was a sweet film, with quiet understated performances, but not a compelling film to watch. The performances certainly didn't stand out from either Egerton or Negga. Her Oscar nod baffles me, besides the fact that she was in a politically correct film. I can't even think of a ten line movie review, this film was so underwhelming. Of course your heart goes out to the loving's and what they had to go through, but there had to have been a more compelling way to tell the story. It was very hard to keep my attention. My advice is read up on the case and skip the movie. You'll lose less of your life that way.
Descendants 2 (2017)
You don't know what you have until it's gone.
'Descendants' became a guilty pleasure of mine. How could you go wrong, with Kristen chenoweth and Kathy najimy? Well I'll tell you how: 'descendants 2'. Remove acting greats from the equation and you just have another campy Disney channel movie. I'll also admit I'm a hopeless romantic who fell for mal and ben's relationship in the first one. Well, the 2nd takes that away for a while, leaving me to be quite bored. Again, Campy. Not even the music was as good this time around. The films redeeming quality doesn't come until the end. I won't spoil it but let's just all say thank god for Disney channel finally allowing some PDA! Even so, I'll stick to the first one, which at least evoked emotion out of me, including 'if only' which I still can't listen to without crying!
The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)
So I guess Kristen Stewart wasn't the problem?
There's nothing worse than casting top notch talent and underusing them. The only time this film was great was when blunt and Theron were on screen together, and that wasn't much. The plot was confusing and after reading the trivia that it's both a prequel and sequel I understand why. We all know chris hemsworth can carry a film when there is great writing. There was none of that here. If it was to be a film about the huntsman, far more character development and plot was needed. As it was, he was not the most captivating character in the film, falling short because he is the title character.
Pretty in Pink (1986)
better late than never!
I was born in December 1985 so for me to see this movie when it came out was impossible. i finally got around to it though, 31 years later, and was so delighted. it's such a lovely romantic movie, told from a different perspective than we're used to. nowadays, we're used to the 'popular girl meets nerdy girl' cliché, but 'pretty in pink' started it. this probably won't be very feminist of me, but I always feel for the male characters in these films. they're torn between their hearts and who they want to be with (in this case, Blaine and andie) and their heads, whether they have to weigh social status, what friends will say, etc. Everyone keeps saying Ducky is their favorite part of this movie. I disagree. he was an awful, awful friend, clouded by his jealousy. Iona was the truly supportive, helpful one. I was so pleased to read the ending was re-shot, because a) ducky did not deserve andie and B) it gave Blaine a chance to redeem himself. i think what a lot of people forget about this film is that these are teenage characters. their hormones are a mess, and they're impressionable. i can't blame Blaine for worrying about his social status when his prick best friend threatens it. the important thing is he finally stands up for himself in the end, and that shows he has the biggest character growth of everyone. I did have a major issue with the story though-we go from a scene where andie and Blaine are being lovey dove and everything's great, to Blaine ignoring her. obviously, by the end of the film, we understand stef and everyone else got to him, but there's a major flaw in the writing that doesn't show how we got from point A to point B. there was something missing there, so for that alone, i took away a point. overall, the near perfect film for a romantic like me!
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
the most beautiful musical on speed you'll ever see!
I can't count how many times over the years i've mentioned 'moulin rouge' as a favorite movie and people go 'ugh i stopped after 20 minutes'. DO NOT STOP. KEEP GOING. the first 20 minutes are the mountain you must climb to the most beautiful view you'll ever see! Epic doesn't begin to describe this film! it is a spectacular masterpiece! a visual stunner set among a heartbreaking backdrop of love and jealousy and loss. you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll ask yourself what drugs you (and baz luhrman) were on, but you will not do, is ever again doubt the talents of Nicole Kidman and Ewan mcgregor. both deserved Oscars for this visionary film! the true definition of art and what it means to be an artist (an actor) it's easy to make films where you sit and cry (trust me you'll come out of this one doing that) but to sing and dance and be an ENTERTAINING film as well as an impactful one is no easy feat and this film accomplishes just that. (and yes i took off a point for the dizzying camera angles. i'm human too)