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

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You again (2010)

You again is a film about people caught up in their high-school world.

You-Again

Marni (Kirsten Bell) is one those glass-with-braces-plus-acne high school kids who gets bullied by Joanna (Odette Annable). High school has passed and everyone has moved on. That’s what we would imagine. Marni is now promoted as a Vice-president at her PR firm and doing well for herself. As she heads back home for her brother’s wedding, she speaks to her mother (Jamie Lee Curtis) and finds out that Will (James Wolk) is marrying Joanna. The high school feelings creep up for Marni as she returns home to find out that everyone has warmed up very well to Joanna including her grandma (Betty White). What’s even more surprising is Marni’s mom, Gail finds out that Joanna’s aunt, Ramona was one of her competitors in high school.

The movie then revolves around Marni trying get a good apology from Joanna about what she did to her in high school and proving to her brother what a phony she thinks Joanna is.

Overall, I thought the movie was predictable. You know how the movie is going to proceed and how it’s going to end. The movie kept bouncing between emotions and some silly comic moments.

My Rating: 2.5/5

My favorite line: The tagline

What doesn’t kill you…is going to marry your brother.

Credits: Google Images

How Do You Know (2010)

After seeing the star studded cast of How Do You Know, I was tempted to watch this movie and I did. I was well, more than disappointed.

The movie is about a softball player, Lisa (Reese Witherspoon) who has been cut off from her team as she hits 31. She is dating one of the baseball players (Owen Wilson). One day she suddenly receives a call from a businessman (Paul Rudd) with whom she ends up having dinner with. He is caught up with a law suit that involves his father (Jack Nicholson). What follows is a love triangle.

Sounds like one of the regular triangles right? But this definitely was not one of them. There was no chemistry between the people in the triangle. The dialogues were incomprehensible and it was not even pleasant to watch. There was not even a feel good factor at the end of the movie. In all, an unpleasant watch.

My Rating: 2/5

My favorite line: None

Credits: Google Images

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

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!

Credits: Google Images

Two and a Half Men: My versions

Today, I saw this on CBS.com :

The new two and a half men

As a big fan of the show I was wondering, how does Ashton Kutcher swoop in? Here are my versions:

1. Charlie passes away because of a heart attack. The cause- A really rough night in the hump junction. I know he thinks that he loves Rose, but he loses it and has a really rough night. His sudden death draws attention and Alan wants to hire someone to investigate Charlie’s death. He bumps into Ashton (I don’t know what his character is called) who starts the murder investigation. Alan inherits Charlie’s house and with that comes his debt. Alan finds it hard to deal with all the payments. They soon discover that Charlie died of natural causes. Alan soon gets close to Ashton and suggests that he moves in to help him with the mortgage payments Charlie left him with. And then the story continues.

2. Here’s another one. Evelyn enters and asks Alan where Charlie is. He says Charlie has gone away for the weekend with Rose. As the weekend ends, Rose comes back alone. She brings bad news with her. She says that they met with an accident and this led to Charlie’s sad demise. At the funeral, one of the surprise characters is Ashton. He accompanies Mia (as her ex-husband) to the funeral. Turns out Mia is divorced because she realized that she had feelings for Charlie. Ashton is curious to find out about Charlie and hence insists on going with her to the funeral. As days pass, Ashton and Alan bond over bitching about Charlie. Ashton bitches about how Charlie stole Mia and Alan goes on about how Charlie is troubling him even from the beyond by leaving him with his debts. Soon Alan and Ashton become really close and Ashton moves in.

3. This is an easy one. Alan realizes that he is gay! And Ashton is his partner. Charlie dies because of a natural cause (the cause is left to our imagination)!. Alan is devastated and excited at the same time. He is excited as his new partner can move in with him and thus Ashton swoops in!

I don’t think Ashton would portray a role similar to Charlie as that would be really big shoes to fill in. I think he will play a fun character and continue to entertain the fans of Two and Half Men. Not sure if it be the same. We just have to wait and watch till 09/10/11.

What do you think would happen? Do add in your comments!

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