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

Credits: Google Images

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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

Love and Other Disasters (2006)

I was looking for a relaxing comedy and Love and Other Disasters did satisfy that!

Love and other disastersThe movie is about a vogue fashion intern, Emily (Britanny Murphy) who love setting up her friends and helping them find true love. She lives with her gay friend, Peter (Matthew Rhys) and shares a very close relationship with him. A new fashion photographer starts working with Emily and she thinks he would be the perfect guy for Peter. Peter on the other hand is smitten by someone and tries to pursue his love interest. Emily is so blinded by setting up people that she forgets that she has someone who loves her and wishes to be with her right in front of her. The truth slowly unwinds as Emily is on the path to finding her love.

Peter’s point of view is narrated as it is hilarious! There are some parts where you start to think that the movie is lame but once I saw this part, I got interested.

Here’s the clip!

It was a good watch for me as I was pleasantly surprised. I thought it was going to be like the regular boy-meets-girl-and-falls in love kind of movie, but it was most certainly not.

My Rating: 3.5/5

(An extra 0.5 just for this clip!)

My favorite line: Dawn French’s analogy from the clip!

Credits: Google Images, Youtube

Please Give (2010)

I love Movies based in New York and this movie appealed to me when I saw it on Netflix. Although it’s not for instant watch, it’s available on DVD.

Please give is about a movie about this wealthy New York family who run a pretty unusual business. Alex (Olive Patt) and Kate (Catherine Keener) own a furniture business. They buy off furniture from families who have lost their loved ones and want to give away the furniture. Alex and Kate identify furniture that have huge potential and sell it off at a record cost! Pretty easy right? Kate is guilty about doing this and hence is looking for ways to give back. They also want to expand their own house but they have to deal with Andra (Ann Morgan Guilbert), a cranky 95 year old woman and her granddaughters, Mary (Amanda Peet) and Rebecca (Rebecca Hall).

I like the fact that the movie has a nice flow to it and it ends in a very unlikely way. The characters just move on with their lives. It’s similar to Friends with Money (2006), made by the same director (Nicole Holofcener). I liked where the movie was heading but I felt like they should have resolved their issues. A good one-time watch though.

My Rating: 3/5

My favorite lines:

Oh God it’s just so sad!
What?
The old lady, if you know what I mean. Does she ever even go outside?
What’s so fun outside?
Uh, the world.
Maybe she’s perfectly happy.

Credits: Google Images

Soul Kitchen (2009)

I’m a person who is into movies/TV shows that involve cooking. Soul Kitchen is a like a 99 minute reality show that unfolds all the things that can go wrong while owning your restaurant!

Chef Zinos (Adam Bouskous) has been operating a run down restaurant, Soul Kitchen for sometime. He does have a good customer base despite his crappy menu and a dirty kitchen. He is also haunted by tax officials to pay his tax dues. His life gets worse when his girlfriend Lucia (Anna Bederke) moves to Shanghai. His goal is now to find a good chef and a manger to handle Soul Kitchen so that he can move to Shanghai too. In the most unexpected way he hires Chef Shayn (Birol Unel) who turns things around for him with some great menu changes. He now needs a manger to run the kitchen. Can his brother Illias (Moritz Bleibteru), an ex-convict, manage the newly re-vamped Soul Kitchen?

I was reminded of Gordon Ramsay‘s Kitchen Nightmares when I saw how Chef Shayn transforms the restaurant with an elegant menu. As an aspiring restaurant owner, I learnt that simple changes can go a long way in turning your restaurant! The film is not as gripping as Kitchen Nightmares or Hell’s Kitchen, but that’s what makes this different from reality television. The characters look like a bunch of losers with their laid back attitude, something you would not expect from people running a business. But with one determined person, things start looking up and these losers try to create a restaurant with a promising future.

Turkish-German director Fatih Akin (also directed Edge of Heaven) has made a random comic film (oh it’s in German btw) on kitchen adventures. I thought the film could have a better flow of events. I felt he just introduced some random events in between that disturbed the flow of the movie. I’m guessing he was trying to bring out the fact that life is filled with unexpected events. Isn’t that what makes our lives spicy?

My rating: 3/5

My favorite line:

Life is what happens to you while your busy making other plans.

Credits: Google Images

Spin (2007)

A Hangover-like film: Spin (You are here) is about six twenty-something people trying to recall what they did after having a crazy night at a club in LA.

The film starts with this guy, Ryan (Patrick Flueger, you may recognize him from Princess Diaries), who is madly in love with Cassie (Lauren German). After a crazy night, he wakes up in bed with Apple (Kate Cassidy), Cassie’s friend and doesn’t know how he got there. He narrates the events of the previous night to Mick (Adam Campbell). Mick in turn bumps into Audrey (Bijou Phillips) who tells her version of the night before. I think now you get the plot.

I enjoyed the way each person recalls the events of their crazy night. I thought the movie was going to lose my interest but writer/director Henry Pincus did a good job of keeping the run-time about 80 minutes. What makes this movie different from Hangover is that it’s not just about the dudes partying and wanting to have the time of their life. And of course, it’s set in LA, so that mellows the craziness.

With a twists in the turn of events and Mick’s cool British character, this movie was quite humorous to watch!

My rating: 3/5

My favorite line:

Do what you want. Do what you feel. Trust the universe and when you do, trust me it will all work out.

Sounds deep and meaningful, right?

Credits: Google Images

Daniel’s Daughter (2008)

Today, I caught this cute Hallmark TV film: Daniel’s Daughter.

The story is about this high powered editor-in-chief of Perfect magazine, Cate (Laura Leighton). From a small town in Massachusetts, Cate ends up in New York after her mother passes away. She hasn’t met her father after her mother’s funeral. One day, she receives a box from her father with his ashes. He requests Cate to fulfill his last wish of spreading his ashes in his hometown in Massachusetts. Cate who believes in fulfilling her father’s wishes, travels back to her hometown and this gives her a reality check on life.

This is a cute film about a career driven woman going back to her roots. With some lovely shots from Toronto and Hamilton, this movie is pleasant for the eyes! A film that I would definitely watch when I just want to relax. This is not a new story line (similar to Sweet Home Alabama), but has a charm of its own.

I would definitely recommend this when you just want to sit back and watch an adorable film!

My rating: 3/5

My favorite line:

When times are hard, don’t turn your heart into stone

Credits: Google Images, Blogsy