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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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