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

Cape of Good Hope (2005)

Set in South Africa, Cape of Good Hope is a warm film based on the lives of people from different races who work together.

The story begins with Kate (Debbie Brown), caretaker of an animal shelter, who is having an affair with a married man. She works with Sharifa (Quanita Adams), who has been trying to have a child for years now. Jean Calude (Eriq Ebouaney) is a handy man at the shelter and is smitten by Lindwe (Nthati Moshesh). He was a professor at Congo but was forced to take refuge in Cape Town. Morne (Morne Visser), a widowed veterinarian, tries to ask Kate out but is constantly turned off as Kate still has some unresolved issues. The film takes a turn when Lindwe is sexually assaulted by her employer but is wrongly accused of stealing. Does Kate end the affair and give into the charm of Morne? Can Lindwe settle down with Jean Claude? And then comes Sharifa’s problem.

I found it to be a bit slow in the beginning, but the film picked up it’s pace in the second half. Writer/ Director Mark Bamford, has included some comic moments, that makes this a pleasant film to watch.

Life is filled with uncertainties and there is something that brings it all together. Do watch this drama next time!

My rating: 3.5/5

My favorite line:

Love is the force that holds it all together.

Credits: Google Images

That’s what I am (2011)

8th grade. That’s the time when our character starts shaping up. In whatever timeline we are, some things never change in the 8th grade.There is always going to be that geek whom everyone doesn’t want to mingle with and that pretty girl with whom all the boys want to share a kiss with. Set in the 60’s, That’s what I am, is based on kids from the 8th grade, just before they blossom and reach high school!

Stanley (Alexander Walters) or Big G (G for ginger as he was a redhead), was one of the smartest kids in the school. But he was also one of the biggest geeks hanging out in the “geek corner”. Mr. Simon (Ed Harris), the English teacher, decided to pair up Andy (Chaise Ellison) with Stanley for a school project. Andy was frustrated with this choice and does not know what to do. He had no other option but to get the job done with Stanley. The film revolves around his narration of the happenings in the 8th grade at his school.

The film captures the kids very adeptly as they reach puberty. I think it was a very matured way to show that even the geekiest kid can be what he wants to be by maintaining his/her self respect and dignity. I enjoyed Ed Harris’s subdued characterization of Mr. Simon. I especially loved the part where Mr. Simon won a contest that involved describing world peace in 25 words or less and he just wrote an equation: Human Dignity + Compassion = Peace. The film is very crisp with some great lines by writer/director Michael Pavone.

Do watch this simplistic yet entertaining movie!

My rating: 3.5/5

My favorite line:

Life is about timing, opportunity and choices.

Credits: Google Images

Poolhall Junkies (2002)

So today I was looking for an Indie thriller/action movie and I found Poolhall Junkies. An interesting movie especially for pool lovers (as the title suggests).

Poolhall Junkies poster

The movie is about a young and talented pool player, Johnny (Mars Callahan– an accomplished pool player in reality) who is adopted by Joe (Chazz Palminteri). Joe uses Johnny in his hustling games till Johnny finds out that Joe was holding back from his dream of becoming a pro. Johnny quits playing and starts living with his girlfriend Tara (Alison Eastwood). He then meets Mike (Christopher Walken– The Deer Hunter, Catch me if you can, to name a few) and wins him over with his talent. But Johnny is forced to quit by Tara until his brother Danny (Michael Rosenbaum) gets into trouble with Joe and Johnny is the only one who can save him. He has to beat a pro Brad (Rick Schroder) to get his revenge against Joe and bring his brother back.

Actor/Writer/Director Mars Callahan has done a good job of not only sketching the character well, but also playing him perfectly. He manages to keep a poker face even when a lot is at stake going to show how adept he is at the game. The film does have a few rough edges. With those amazing shots on the table, I think this is worth a watch!

The film has also has some great soundtracks and quick witted lines which kept me interested till the end. All the pool lovers out there, don’t miss out on this one as you are going to love it!

My rating: 3.5/5 (I added an additional 0.5 after reading this and of course, I like a movie with with some authentic sporting action Smile).

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Arranged (2007)

Let’s start Arranged-2007one flick a day with a movie that I recently caught on Netflix.

Arranged is a warm hearted film based on the friendship of two teachers. Rochel (Zoe Lister Jones- you might recognize her from State of Play) , is an Orthodox Jewish woman and Nasira (Francis Benhamou), is a Muslim woman in Brooklyn. Although they come from different backgrounds, Nasira and Rachel are pressured into an arranged marriage by their parents. In the process, they both come across men who do not meet their idea of The One.  This common ground strengthens their friendship as they share their experiences about the men they are forced to meet.

In the past, in countries where arranged marriages used to be practiced, the match was chosen by the parents. If an individual was single, he/she would get his/her match through word of mouth or through agents. Now that has been replaced by matrimonial websites and the children are also given a right to accept or reject their match.

Directors Diane Crespo and Stefan C. Schaefer create this feel-good movie with excellent performances by the two female leads. With a combination of emotional and hilarious moments, the movie definitely brings a smile on my face. Stop surfing through the Netflix library and take some time out to watch this movie. Smile

My rating: 3.5/5

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