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

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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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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.

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Anthony Zimmer (2005)

I recently caught this French movie from a new source: my television. I subscribed to some movie channels, adding another resource for my blog. This movie isn’t there on Netflix yet, but you can save it for later.

The movie is about Anthony Zimmer, a man wanted for money laundering. No one knows how he looks or sounds. The only way to reach him is through his beautiful lover, Chiara (Sophie Marceau). Chiara is aware of the fact that she is under constant surveillance. On one of her train journeys to Nice, France, she meets a common man, Taillandier (Yvan Attal). She chooses to be seen with him as he has a physique similar to Anthony’s. Taillandier is now wanted by the Russian Killers and he discloses the truth to the French Police- that he is not Anthony. The movie then revolves around him being chased by the Russians and the police continuing their search for Anthony.

As I watched this film, I was reminded of a film made here in Hollywood: The Tourist starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. I would call The Tourist a more dramatized version of Anthony Zimmer with of course a more attractive star cast.

Either ways, I thought it was a film that captured my attention and I enjoyed it till the end. Since I had already seen The Tourist before, I knew the outcome and it probably made me a little less appreciative of the film. Given a choice, I would choose The Tourist over this one.

My Rating: 3/5

My favorite line: The movie was in French, and so I was pleased to hear all the lines!

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Nice Guy Johnny (2010)

Confrontation. Facing the facts of life. Many of us are scared to go ahead and follow our dreams. Until we take that final leap and go for it. That’s what Nice Guy Johnny is all about.

Young-almost-25 year old Johnny (Matt Bush), loves his job as a sports radio jockey in Oakland, CA. He has to deal with his high maintenance fiancee, Claire (Anna Wood). His promise to his fiancee puts his dream in jeopardy. Forced by his fiancee, Johnny, a man of his word, agrees to to attend a job interview set up by Claire’s father in New York. He meets his casanova uncle, Terry (Edward Burns) who tells him to follow his dreams. He is introduced to Brook (Kerry Biche), carefree and charming. She also feels that he should not give up on his dreams. Now, it’s up to Johnny to decide whether he wants to pursue his dreams or give it up all and get married.

Set in the beautiful locales of the Hampton’s, I found it to be a delightful romantic comedy. Nice guy Johnny is a really nice!

My rating: 3/5

My favorite line:

What does your dream pay for, while I pay for everything else?

It makes me happy.

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