Flawless (2007)

It has been a while since I last blogged. Well, work and life have kept me busy. I’ve been more into TV shows than sitting at length and kicking back with a movie. This past week, I’ve been sick due to pneumonia – 5 days of no work, led to lying down in bed, watching movies and getting access back to my blog.flawless

The movie I picked, or rather was on ‘My List’ for a long time, was Flawless starring Demi Moore and Michael Cane. The movie is set in the 60s and is about a 30-something woman, Laura (Demi Moore) who has been dedicated to work and has had no time to live her life. Her frustration builds up, when she is passed up for promotion multiple times at the firm. The firm she works at is one of the largest distributors of diamonds called London Diamond Corporation.

Her life changes when she is faced with a proposition from an almost about to retire janitor, Hobbs (Michael Cane). Will she throw away everything she has worked for and try to do something this daring?

The movie is good and runs about 2 hours long with many predictable moments, so don’t look for overly twisted turns in the plot. It leaves me with the thought that, nothing much has changed since the 60s. While there are many more women managers, it is still hard to be a woman to be successful and have a life of her own. Something that is now changing, and I hope that 40 days down the line, when I read this post (or get back to my thought), things would have drastically improved.

My rating: 3/5

Life is for living.

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Cairo Time (2009)

Long time no posts. I haven’t had the time to go through my queue and continue blogging. Well, I have given up cable so I am hoping to give my blog a new look and make some changes. A lot of things have changed since I started blogging – social media in particular. Anyway, back to Cairo Time.

Cairo TimeA movie is about Juliette (Patricia Clarkson) who is supposed to be on a holiday with her husband, Mark (Tom McCamus) in Cairo, but is instead accompanied by Tariq (Alexander Siddiq), one of Mark’s acquaintances, who takes her around the city. She travels around to see the desert, the beautiful Nile as well as witnesses an Egyptian style wedding. She learns that Tariq was once in love with another woman, Yasmeen (Amina Annabi) and got his heart broken. What follows is an unexpected attraction between Juliette and Tariq.

Directed by Ruba Nadda (Sabah (2005), I think this movie is on Netflix Instant – another good watch), the movie is peaceful (I mean really peaceful, there is hardly any dialogue!), romantic and drama-less. A good movie to unwind with after a long days of hard work.

My favorite line: With very few lines to pick from, I cannot come up with any!

My Rating: 3/5

Credits: Google Images

Take Me Home (2011)

This movie was one of the movies that I just clicked and watched one night from my Roku box. Doesn’t it make life so easy?

The movie is about an aspiring photographer who is stranded on the streets of New York with his cab when he isn’t able to find a job in photography. One day he is kicked out of his apartment and moves into his cab. Thom (Sam Jaeger), the unlicensed cabbie finally decides to make money by turning on his cab lights and hopes that he is able to make a living out of the same. Luckily, one day he meets Claire  (Amber Jaeger, yes they are married in reality) who is going through a personal crisis and asks him to drive until she tells him to stop. She is coping with her father’s sudden death and also believes that her husband (Brennan Elliot) is cheating. To Thom’s surprise, her final destination is Califonia and he is unable to decide if that is good or bad for him.

The rest of the movie is about both of them driving around the country and learning more about each other. They meet Thorn’s parents (played by Cristine Rose and Victor Garber – I was surprised to see them here!) on the way who think that he is a successful only to find out that he is a cabbie. Their final destination is Encinitas where her father’s funeral is to take place.

The movie is light and fun, though I would have expected to see a more scenic drive to California. It could be a little boring if you were looking to watch a fast paced comedy. Encinitas is just picturesque and as a person living in San Diego, I am always excited to see Southern California in a movie!

No great lines, just a decent watch.

My Rating: 3/5

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Everybody’s fine (2009)

One of the recent movies that I watched through my Netflix DVD queue includes Everybody’s fine. The movie boasts of stars like Robert De Niro, Kate Beckinsale and Drew Barrymore – some of my favorite actors on screen.

The movie is about a widower Frank (Robert De Niro) who plans to visit his four kids so that he gets to know about their lives like his wife used to. On his visit, he finds that he isn’t welcome by his kids. The kids David (Austin Lyssy), Amy (Kate Beckinsale), Rosy (Drew Barrymore) and Robert (Sam Rockwell) are supposed to be surprised by their dad but each one of them informs the other about their Dad’s “surprise” visit. After trying to visit David, Frank continues his journey around the country so that he can get all of them together like old times.

Like most kids, Frank’s kids want to impress him with the big house, happy family, and high flying careers. What follows is a story about how Frank tries to deduce what is happening in reality by interpreting their actions – to see if everything is really fine.

With a run time of 99 minutes, the movie is short and simple. There are instances where the viewer would have to use their imagination to fill in the holes. The movie also features a song by Paul McCartney  – (I want to) Come Home, which was nominated for the Golden Globes.

My favorite line:

I tell you the good news and spare you the bad. Isn’t that what mom used to do for you when we were kids?

My rating: 3/5

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Seven Days in Utopia (2011)

I was looking at movies based on Sport and Seven Days in Utopia was one of Netflix’s suggestions. Not really a good one but nevertheless, I watched it.

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Luke Chislom (Lucas Black) was devastated after he made a disastrous debut at a golf open, and lands in Utopia. He meets an old man, who helps him repair his car. Luke finds out that Johnny (Robert Duvall) used to be a pro golfer himself. Johnny proposes that Luke stays in Utopia for 7 days and get his act together. Luke accepts the offer and Johnny makes him go through a series of activities in the beginning, none of which related to golf.

Lesson 1. Fly-fishing. When I saw that, I was like seriously? I’m not golfer myself, so I did not understand the connection. Another lesson included painting, where Luke channels his thoughts on how he would score and brings it out in a picture. As he goes through these lessons, he learns something new not about golf but about life. The ending had a twist which was quite surprising and that was the best part, I would say.

Overall, a so-so movie but is pleasing for the eyes. I don’t find golf an enticing sport and maybe that’s why I did not enjoy the movie. Golf lovers out there may enjoy this, but for me it was just another flick where famous guy enters small town and transforms himself into a completely new person.

My favorite line:

Confidence comes in being prepared.

My Rating: 2.5/5

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Chalet Girl (2011)

Last thanksgiving, we went skiing in Denver, CO and it was quite fun. It was my first ski trip and it involved a lot of falling down! Thank God I did not break any bones. When I saw the description of the Chalet Girl on Netflix, I was quite intrigued. I wanted to see how the pros ski/snowboard!

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The movie is about a ex-skateboarder based in the UK. Kim Mathews (Felicity Jones), was an accomplished skateboarder and had won many awards until the accident. After losing her mother, Kim gave up skateboarding to work at a restaurant. She interviewed for an opportunity as a “chalet girl” in Austria. On the first shot, she doesn’t get it as she lacks the qualities of a typical chalet girl, but later she learns that she gets to go to Austria. Although not so psyched about the idea, she accepts the opportunity as it sure does pay well.

Awed by the high snow clad mountains and the lifestyle, Kim soon starts to have fun there with Georgie (Tamsin Egerton) and instantly falls for Johnny (Ed Westwick), the rich son of Richard (Billy Nighy) and Caroline (Brooke Shields). Johnny is however taken and is in a relationship with Chloe (Sophia Bush). When I saw the two stars, I felt like I was back watching CWTV!

Kim soon learns to snowboard and as a gifted skateboarder she tries hard to excel at snowboarding. The story then revolves around Kim enjoying skateboarding and eventually participating in a competition that would help her earn $25,000.

A fun movie to watch and I sure loved to see people snowboard. This movie makes me want to go skiing again! There were a lot of predictable moments, but I enjoyed it for its sheer simplicity. It was refreshing to see Ed Westwick in a role where he was rich boy with no arrogance. As you can see, I follow Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl! Add it to your queue, if you are interested in a romantic comedy revolved around a sport.

My Rating:

3.5 on 5

My Favorite Line:

You got brains in your head, feet in your shoes. You can steer in any direction you choose.

Credits: Google Images

Back to Netflix

After a lot of contemplating we decided to renew our Netflix account a couple of months back. However, my laptop gave up on me and the only option I had was watch on the iPad, which I wasn’t really comfortable doing. So finally, last week we got a roku box and ever since my Netflix experience has been amazing.

I totally recommend this to anyone who is looking for a good option to watch movies using Netflix, Hulu Plus and the likes.

I did catch a couple of movies the reviews for which will be out very soon. I know it’s been really long, but I took up a new job and that’s been keeping me really on my toes. Now with my roku and tv in place, I am sure going to do all the movie watching and the reviewing I can. Welcome back to my blog. Thanks for being patient!