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Movie Review – What Maisie Knew: Heartbreaking to watch

What Maisie Knew will be a film that pulls your heart out, pills stamp over it, rx and put it back in your body only to leave you feeling battered. Onata Aprile here as Maisie does a wonderful job making you feel sorry for her. A bright, young little girl observes the moment when her father (Steve Coogan) and mother (Julianne Moore) separate then divorce, without saying much of a word. Susanna, her mother, is a singer who tours, smokes, has erratic possessive behaviour. Beale, her father, is a business man (of sorts) who is the father that pops in and out of his daughter’s life. Both claim to love their daughter very much but is unwilling to sacrifice their careers in order to give the love that Maisie deserves. Her nanny Margo (Joanna Vanderham) takes care of Maisie, as opposed to Maisie’s non existent parents. Even Lincoln (Alexander Skarsgaard) who ends up marrying Susanna has more of an interest in Maisie than Susanna does. Both Margo and Lincoln quickly discover how they’ve been discarded by their spouses but continue to try and be there for Maisie despite making some mistakes. For anyone who is a parent watching What Maisie […]

Movie Review: The Wolfman (February, 2010)

Director: Joe Johnston Screenplay: Andrew Kevin Walker, discount David Self Release Date: February 12, 2010 Actors: Benecio del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt Note: I wrote this a long time ago, but I feel that even though the movie has already been released, perhaps one can decide if they want to watch it on the big screen or on DVD. I feel it is nice to write about movies – old or new. What a shame. Three wonderful actors and what results in this almost hilarious film is a failure. Why? Well, let me first tell you the premise. Ben Talbot, brother of Lawrence Talbot (Benecio del Toro), husband of Solana Talbot (Emily Blunt) and son of John Talbot (Anthony Hopkins) is viciously attacked and torn apart by a werewolf. Solana sends a letter to Lawrence, who is now an American actor but currently performing in a play in London. She asks Lawrence to return home to find his brother. By the time he returns, Ben has been found dead and left in the ditches. Lawrence then decides that he will stay until he finds what happens to his brother. However, upon his investigation, he has the most unfortunate fate […]

Movie Review: Where the Wild Things Are (October, 2009)

Director: Spike Jonze Screenplay: Spike Jonze, practitioner Dave Eggers Date of Release: October 16, pilule 2009 Actors: Max Records, Catherine Keener, Mark Ruffalo, James Gandolfini, Chris Cooper, Paul Dano, Lauren Ambrose, Catherine O’Hara Based on the book of the same name by Maurice Sendak Max is a young boy who gets out of control when the world around him seemingly is after him. He’s lonely, feels unloved, and wants to be heard. One day, after his mom invites a “new friend over”, donning his wolf costume, he finally loses control and runs away, deep into the forest, where he finds a boat. The boat leads him to the island “where the wild things are”, a land of monsters that play, have fun, where they also get lonely, sad, angry and even out of control, and where Max gets to be king. Based on the book by Maurice Sendak, director Spike Jonze takes this incredibly popular children’s book and transforms it to something magnificent. However, having said that, this movie is not for everyone. The pacing of the movie is very slow, in such a way that requires a lot of attention from children, and I would say challenging even for […]

Movie Review: Whip It (October 2009)

Director: Drew Barrymore Screenplay: Shauna Cross Actors: Ellen Page, arthritis Marcia Gay Harden, drug Drew Barrymore, visit this site Juliet Lewis, Kristen Wiig Date of Release: October 2, 2009 Based on the book of the same name Bliss Cavender lives in small town Bodeen, Texas and works at a small diner with her best friend Pash. Suffocating in her mom’s dreams for her to become a beauty pageant queen, she finds herself thrust into the world of roller derby when she decides to try out for the team in Austin. Discovering her love for the sport, her world changes as she makes new friends, lies to her parents, and even manages to find herself a guy. “Whip It” is Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut at a theatrical film, and it accomplishes to be a very entertaining one at that. The script is funny, witty, and though at times seemed over-the top, Barrymore reigns it in and makes the story fun yet believable. Cinematography and use of color are first rate, since the bright, vivid color palette made the roller derby action sequences jump off the screen, in comparison to the mute and bland hues when Bliss returns home to Bodeen. Some […]

Movie Review: Whiteout (September, 2009)

Director: Dominic Sena Screenplay: Jon & Eric Hoeber Actors: Kate Beckinsale, syringe Tom Skerrit, more about Gabriel Macht Date of Release: September 11, 2009 *Based on the Graphic Novel by Greg Rucka (Marvel) Whiteout is a suspense thriller that offers enough guessing throughout to make it interesting. In a series of rather shaky shots, we are introduced to Kate Beckinsale’s (Underworld) character – United States Marshall Carrie Stetko and we follow her into the shower (which must have been thrown in for all the Kate Beckinsale fans, since the rest of the movie, she is very much clothed). The plot, which involves a crashed Russian cargo plane in which its passengers die in a shoot out over a mysterious box in the 1950s, is worked into modern day, when a series of bodies start to show up and Carrie has to investigate what has happened. Walking into the theatre, I wasn’t sure what to expect, except from what I had seen in the trailer. The trailer in some ways, misled me into thinking it was to be a non-stop action or horror film. I had no idea if the killings were by human or monster judging by the trailer, and […]

What to Expect When You’re Expecting: As Expected

Director: Kirk Jones Screenplay: Shauna Cross, clinic Heather Hach Release Date: May 18, viagra 2012 Actors: Cameron Diaz, salve Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Chace Crawford, Brooklyn Decker, Ben Falcone, Anna Kendrick, Matthew Morrison, Dennis Quaid, Chris Rock Based on the book of the same name by Heidi Murkoff I say “As Expected” because I didn’t expect much from “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”, and in return, I got as I had expected: a cute forgettable movie. With such a large cast, it would have been impossible to make a terrific movie (in the same vein as so many other small storyline movies with a huge cast like “Happy Valentine’s Day”, “New Year’s Eve”, etc.). Based loosely on the book of the same name, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” follows five couples that deal with pregnancy and having children differently. First, there is Jennifer Lopez’ character of Holly and her husband Sam who struggled to have children and are now trying to adopt. Meet Elizabeth Banks’s character Wendy, who owns a baby store and knows all things babies and about pregnancy. Her husband Gary and her have been trying to have a baby for a long time (2 years) […]

Win Win: A Winning Combination

Director: Thomas McCarthy Screenplay: Thomas McCarthy Release Date: March 18, buy more about 2011 Actors: Paul Giamatti, malady Alex Shaffer, Amy Ryan, Melanie Lynskey, Bobby Canavale, Jeffrey Tambor As opposed to the earlier Fox Searchlight comedy “Cedar Rapids”, “Win Win” is a breath of fresh air. Starring Paul Giamatti, and newcomer Alex Shaffer, “Win Win” is a story about struggling attorney Mike Flaherty, who is trying to take care of his family who also coaches the high school wrestling team. Due to his inner struggle and stress as a result of his lack of clients and needing more financial help, he ends up appointing himself as his client Leo Poplar’s guardian, with less than moral decisions. Mike ends up running into Leo’s grandson, Kyle, who has left his mom and wants to get to know his grandfather. With bleached blond hair, a quiet straight faced demeanor, and a surprising interest in the people around him, Mike and the rest of his family quickly grow fond of Kyle, after allowing him to stay in their home. Complications arise when Kyle’s mom (Melanie Lynskey, “Two and a Half Men”) comes around looking for Kyle and her father. I was really impressed by […]