Thanks to some great folks over the last couple of years like the 80 Feet Road gang, Vijay, Rocksta I have found a lil’ of me through the movies.
Some unforgettable ones:
The Descendants: George Clooney shuns his chocolate boy image to be chocolate man and does soul searching as he copes with a terminally ill wife and recalcitrant kids and greedy family.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: After crying bucketloads while watching the Truman show I fell long and hard for Jim Carrey. Not only can he talk from the other side like he does in Ace Ventura Pet Detective or defy gravitation with the Mask, the man can act. And no, it’s not Yes Man or Bruce Almighty for those are child’s play just like Poppers Penguin, this really weird movie had me wondering if I could get some eternal sunshine with a spotless mind!!
The Holiday: Kate Winslett I love thee. No, I’m not lesbian but anyone who has watched her in Jude knows she can act and has a body to die for. Angelina Jolie, stand back for Lady Winslett (Ok, she hasn’t been made a Dame yet but she still a long innings). Between her, Jack Black and Jude Law this is the perfect pick-me-up movie
Butterflies are free: Goldie Hawn, she of the blonde bubbly variety is 1st on my list of actresses I want to watch when I need that quick adrenalin kick in the tush. Pvt. Benjamin, Overboard, Bird on a Wire, Foul Play, Seems like Old Times are just some of the movies that flash across as I have a toothy smile.
Arsenic and Old Lace: Cary Grant running across a corn field while the machine gun goes ta ta ta is stuff that legends are made of. But catch him in this old 1940’s flick and get ready for a rollicking time. From the time the first body is found (pardon the 13th or 12th, you tell me if you ever watch this) to the credit roll you have a harum scarum cast of characters who just don’t stop.
Oscar contenders of 2012 and 2013: Though I don’t agree that Hugo go fuck yourself deserved an Oscar there was enough and more jingoism to have me Ra-Ra-ing from the aisles. My horse to win was Lincoln. Never has history come alive or acting been as real. Silver Linings Playbook for the quirky Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper ( who actually moved beyond his looks to act), Zero Dark Thirty and Les Miserables (Hugh Jackman and Russel Crowe). Still don’t get the awe’s and ooo’s about Life of Pi beyond the great special effects and some great acting from the lead (Ok, I’m waiting sure there are bricks waiting to be thrown my way) and same for Django Unchained. The Actor, Descendants and Hugo were few of my favorites from the year before.
The Perks of Being a Wall Flower: Logan Lerman reminds me of Leonardo in What’s Eating Gilbert Grapes and This Boy’s Life. A great future ahead if he is fortunate to get roles that are quirky, interesting, meaty, offbeat. A sensitive subject handled with great finesse, great casting, terrific music and I could just go on and on. I’m sold on the movie and the lead stars not to forget the incredibly talented ensemble cast. Must-watch movie.