Forever My Girl ***

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Hrmmmmm, this is not a Nicholas Sparks movie? I was expecting more to be honest, but I don’t regret watching it. Liam is good looking and plays the part of a hunky rock star perfectly, but he seems so simple as a character. He always appears to have nothing going on upstairs. His face never seems to have emotion on it. Josie also seems to forgive so quickly. I mean, she’s in a hard position… she would be stupid to deny her attraction towards a super star hot father of her daughter…. who could deny giving him a second chance? But, Liam never really proves himself. I almost got mad at Josie for being so easy! When is Liam going to leave again, I’m asking? When he freaks out and gets scared again, probably. I think poor Josie is going to be disappointed once again. BUT, the story wants you to believe this is not going to happen, so maybe it won’t.

Why hasn’t Josie met someone else? Don’t you think she would have after 8 years?

Billie sounds staged.

BUT, I did enjoy watching this film, overall, even though the story wasa bit flimsy. Nothing to make me sob. Easy. No depth.

Great music!

It’s a good bad movie.

 

 

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The Best of Me ***1/2

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Ok, this month my writing is a bit bland. But, at least I’m finally writing..

Another Nicholas Sparks B movie! I read this book a really, really long time ago. It was one of my mother’s books that I found on the dining room table. Ok, it’s the same kind of simple, cheesy Nicolas Sparks movie, but there’s something magical about his simple love stories. One of the morals of the story that stands out seems to be when you love someone, you do what’s best for them and not yourself. Although, maybe you should let the other person judge what is best for themselves? You only live once could be another moral of the story.. I identify with Amanda not giving up on Dawson. I would probably do the same thing she did, visiting Dawson in prison for 8 years! Then not being able to forget him despite the fact she got married.  I suppose I’m always disappointed in the way no one seems to just go crazy and go after the other no matter what. Like, shouldn’t Dawson have looked for Amanda when he got out of prison? Or ….. It’s just a movie. But, Nicholas Spark’s last movie, I had the same feeling. Just “leave it to the stars…….” don’t go after it. Let it come to you. Don’t fight for it. I guess this is the way of the world. Am I making any sense?

And his films always remind me of the classic America that I reminisce upon and miss.. big homes, lots of space, the culture, the cars.

 

Brooklyn****

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I wasn’t sure whether to give this movie a 3 1/2 or 4. It got a 4 because it touches me more than others, it being an Irish film. Half of Americans are probably Irish immigrants, like me so I loved watching the reenactment of what it was like.. I liked Eilis’s character because she is the epitomy of goodness, vulnerability, innocence and for some reason, I couldn’t help concentrating on that.

As if that is the way people used to be…As if today, we are corrupted by the realities of the world. Life is not this simple anymore, as it was in this film. Things have become far more complicated and deep down goodness is rare and if it is exists, the goodness in these people is forever evolving towards a harder, colder personality.

She inspires in me to keep the deep goodness inside myself. Dignified, calm, good, just, concentrated. Anyway, it sounds ridiculous that this is what I get out of this movie! I know, that. But, for some reason my mind wants to go there.

The Italian husband was way too short. What was the casting director thinking?

I did cry when she was homesick only because I am a little homesick and lost myself in this country.

I am not feeling like writing much tonight.

Manchester by the Sea****

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This movie is long, but one is always eager what to find out what is to happen next, so it’s okay. They fucking cuss a fucking lot in this movie. I did cry in this movie, so that means it’s good. It’s won many awards, so it’s one of those films that has to be good. But, I was disappointed with the ending. I would have liked something more pungent. Also, it was confusing going back with the flashbacks sometimes….

It is a sort of depressing film that ends up being still depressing at the end, but I somehow enjoyed it a little bit.

I liked the way it was filmed, the timing, the long pauses.. and so many American things I miss: school baseball game being played at night, rickety old American houses, cheesy big dinners, I could even imagine the crickets singing at night.

That is one thing I miss about the states. The open doors because it’s so hot and the crickets singing before bed.

 

 

 

Kind Hearts and Coronets ****

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So, at the end who does he end up choosing? We never know.. I’d like to think he chose Sibelia and not Edith. They are both twisted, but I like Sibelia.

I liked the language of Louis Mazzini which is why it got 4 stars, so British, eloquent and old fashionedly sophisticated. Why can’t we talk like this today? It’s full of wit. He always speaks so calmly.. so cool and collected.. without emotion. I don’t know if I like this or if I don’t.

Then of course, the memoir… so we can imagine the ending. He wasn’t so clever after all.

Favorite dialogues:

Sibella: [during an illicit rendezvous] What am I doing?

Louis Mazzini: You know very well. You’re playing with fire.

Sibella: At least it warms me.

OR

Sibella: What would you say if she asked you about me?

Louis Mazzini: I’d say that you were the perfect combination of imperfections. I’d say that your nose was just a little too short, your mouth just a little too wide. But yours was a face that a man could see in his dreams for the whole of his life. I’d say that you were vain, selfish, cruel, deceitful. I’d say that you were adorable. I’d say that you were… Sibella.

Sibella: What a pretty speech.

Louis Mazzini: I mean it.

Sibella: [seductively] Come and say it to me again.

Sibella: What would you say if she asked you about me?

Louis Mazzini: I’d say that you were the perfect combination of imperfections. I’d say that your nose was just a little too short, your mouth just a little too wide. But yours was a face that a man could see in his dreams for the whole of his life. I’d say that you were vain, selfish, cruel, deceitful. I’d say that you were adorable. I’d say that you were… Sibella.

Sibella: What a pretty speech.

Louis Mazzini: I mean it.

Sibella: [seductively] Come and say it to me again.

 

 

It Happened One Night****

It Happened One Night is a 1934 American Pre-Code romantic comedy film with elements of screwball comedy directed and co-produced by Frank Capra, in collaboration with Harry Cohn, in which a pampered socialite (Claudette Colbert) tries to get out from under her father’s thumb and falls in love with a roguish reporter (Clark Gable). The plot is based on the August 1933 short story “Night Bus” by Samuel Hopkins Adams, which provided the shooting title. One of the last romantic comedies created before the MPAA began enforcing the 1930 production code in 1934, the film was released on February 22, 1934. (The Code! Can you imagine they had a code of what they could and could not do morally speaking?)

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primary_ithappenedonenight3.jpgAlways so close to a kiss! .. and then we never get to see it at the end 😦 I would have liked to have seen them reunite at the end at least! It all falls so nicely, neatly into place as an adorable fuzzy feeling film. The dialogue was saucy and witty which is what I liked best about this movie.

Some dialogue:

Danker: Oh, I see, young people in love are never hungry.

or..

Peter Warne: Excuse me, lady, but that upon which you sit, is mine.

Ellie Andrews: I beg your pardon!

Peter Warne: Now, listen. I put up a stiff battle for that seat. So if it’s just the same to you – scram.

Ellie Andrews: [ignoring him] Driver! Are these seats reserved?

Bus Driver #1: No. First come, first served.

Ellie Andrews: Thank you.

Peter Warne: Hey driver? These seats accommodate two people, don’t they?

Bus Driver #1: Well, maybe they do – and maybe they don’t.

Peter Warne: Thank you. Move over. This is a “maybe they do.”

 

or

Ellie Andrews: That, I suppose, makes everything quite all right?

Peter Warne: Oh this? Well, I like privacy when I retire. Yes, I’m very delicate in that respect. Prying eyes annoy me. Behold the walls of Jericho! Uh, maybe not as thick as the ones that Joshua blew down with his trumpet, but a lot safer. You see, uh, I have no trumpet. Now just to show you my heart’s in the right place, I’ll give you my best pair of pajamas.

[he offers her the pajamas – she ignores them – so he tosses them at her]

Peter Warne: Uh, do you mind joining the Israelites?

[indicates he wants her to go on the other side of the blanket – she doesn’t budge]

Peter Warne: You don’t want to join the Israelites? Alright.

[he begins to undress]

Peter Warne: Perhaps you’re interested in how a man undresses. You know, it’s a funny thing about that. Quite a study in psychology. No two men do it alike. You know, I once knew a man who kept his hat on until he was completely undressed. Yeah, now he made a picture. Years later, his secret came out. He wore a toupee. Yeah. You know, I have a method all my own. If you notice, the coat came first, then the tie, then the shirt. Now, uh, according to Hoyle, after that, the, uh, pants should be next. There’s where I’m different… I go for the shoes next. First the right, then the left. After that it’s, uh, every man for himself.

[he starts to unbuckle his pants and she runs to the other side of the blanket]

or

Alexander Andrews: Oh, er, do you mind if I ask you a question, frankly? Do you love my daughter?

Peter Warne: Any guy that’d fall in love with your daughter ought to have his head examined.

Alexander Andrews: Now that’s an evasion!

Peter Warne: She picked herself a perfect running mate – King Westley – the pill of the century! What she needs is a guy that’d take a sock at her once a day, whether it’s coming to her or not. If you had half the brains you’re supposed to have, you’d done it yourself, long ago.

Alexander Andrews: Do you love her?

Peter Warne: A normal human being couldn’t live under the same roof with her without going nutty! She’s my idea of nothing!

Alexander Andrews: I asked you a simple question! Do you love her?

Peter Warne: YES! But don’t hold that against me, I’m a little screwy myself!

 

Dear John***1/2

A sentimental Nicolas Sparks movie and this is the only author I know of that I prefer the movies to the book. His books sometimes are too slow. It kept me wanting to know what was going to happen and I did cry a little bit when he read the letter to his dad.. it’s a watchable movie. Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum were well casted.

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What bothered me about the movie is why did Savannah marry this other guy, exactly? At least, she could have spoke to John .. and well, then, change her mind. I would like to think that she was waiting for him to carry her away and come back… or else why would she have done that? Yes, I understand she was sick of waiting and she wanted to be “good” and take care of the other guy.. but, I didn’t buy it. It was as if she was breaking up with him, but just testing his dedication to her. It really meant yes, come back and pursue me even harder because I can’t do this anymore without you. I would have preferred that John revolt and hunt her down before she gets married at least. 

So, what if her husband didn’t end up dying at the end of the movie? It all kind of conveniently fell into place as all Nicolas Sparks movies do, but a little too coincidentally. He had to know she didn’t really want to marry the other person. He gave up.. which most would have, but I guess I wouldn’t have if I was him.

It’s so adorable to see how important snail mail was for soldiers..

At the end, with the anonymous donation, I think that they wanted to show how John proved to be a “good” guy since before he wasn’t so much. And maybe Savannah was supposed to be “too good” which is why she ended up marrying the other guy because he was sick, after all..

The most notable scene was the first time they kissed.. it was exactly what a first kiss should look like.

 

 

 

 

La La Land****

4 stars: Watchable, beautiful, colorful, jazzy movie (love jazz), poetic, but missing something for me.

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This movie was fun to watch, but it just doesn’t cut it as one of my favorites.

I grew up in Southern California and the crickets creaking at night is something I dearly miss! The windows open on a hot night.. with the crickets!

What was good?

The musical like way of the movie was creative and interesting. Poetic. Artistically, the colors are vibrant and it is a beautiful movie.. the timing is all well… everything just rolled well together…also, Emma Stone was interesting to watch and I loved the part where she sings the 80’s song in front of Ryan Gosling.. she did it perfectly.

I don’t like Ryan Gosling’s character.. he seems full of insecurities and anger throughout the whole movie. Understanding….he is some kind of prodigy stuck in a world where no one understands good music.

And of course, the end… it just portrays reality today and how airplanes make everyone so distant from one another and relationships impossible. This is something I DON’T like coming from this century. Romance is linked who is living near you for a long period of time and who is in the right place at the right time..and often people move far away for jobs or other reasons. This wasn’t as important a long time ago. People moved less, traveled less…plus ancré.. but life was much less exciting and yet, maybe in some way life was lived a little more profound and meaningful?

So, the very realistic ending was needed, but saddened me. Emma Stone becomes an actress with the perfect life and doesn’t need this jazz player anymore, because her career was more important and in any case, with time and distance, (normal) she meets someone else. Understanding! But, can’t we have everything? The jazz player Gosling becomes almost as successful as she … and they both go their separate ways. They look at each other at the end as if saying both: “I will always love you, but that’s life..” Where is the passion? How dull! But, I’m sure the director didn’t mean for it to be dull. The director was saying: that’s the way it’s supposed to be and it’s not so bad after all. Bittersweet. And then….. maybe she breaks up with her husband at some point and thinks again about Ryan? This wasn’t made for you to think so, but the ending was too perfect and not perfect enough. Too realistic in some ways and not realistic enough in others (but that part was agreeable). That is why this movie isn’t my favorite, but obviously it is a very good movie. That is not debatable.

The Help****

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This movie is one of my most favorite books and this is a movie impossible to not cry in. This is an incredible story saying how things were in America back then..

Like the memorizing quotes:

“You is kind.. you is smart… you is important..”

Ugly is something that goes deep down inside you.” -Constantine

“Courage is daring to do something right despite the weakness of our flesh.”

“It’s a lonely road if a mama don’t think their child is pretty”.

“I never met a woman who says exactly what she’s thinking.”

And I adore Cecile Foote. She’s full of good intentions, the poor thing. I love when Minny says to her: “Don’t be taking those women any more pies, you hear?”

And well, the absence of romance in this just kind of works. Obviously, Skeeter is just too good for Stuart.. Stuart reminds me of Roger in the cartoon Disney’s 101 dalmation’s.

Washington Square****

Stars: 4/5

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The beginning of this movie was sad and made me feel horrible. I didn’t understand why Catherine was soooo awkward. I do, but I don’t… her father never really cared for her. I really like the story line. This was by far my favorite story line. I was very angry at the end. I couldn’t really understand if Morris actually loved her or not. He only loved her for her money? All of that passion and he had no love? Really? This movie made me cry. The music “tu chiami una vita” is an absolutely beautiful song.. just for that I could cry! I didn’t like the ending, but I suppose it was a correct ending.. this movie pulled at me in every direction. This is based on a novel by Henry James.

Listen: tu chiami una vita

Notes:

Washington Square is a 1997 American romantic drama film directed by Agnieszka Holland. The screenplay by Carol Doyle is based on the 1880 novel of the same name by Henry James, which was filmed as The Heiress in 1949. The film was a critical success but a commercial failure.