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

Credits: Google Images

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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

Credits: Google Images

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

Back to Netflix

After a lot of contemplating we decided to renew our Netflix account a couple of months back. However, my laptop gave up on me and the only option I had was watch on the iPad, which I wasn’t really comfortable doing. So finally, last week we got a roku box and ever since my Netflix experience has been amazing.

I totally recommend this to anyone who is looking for a good option to watch movies using Netflix, Hulu Plus and the likes.

I did catch a couple of movies the reviews for which will be out very soon. I know it’s been really long, but I took up a new job and that’s been keeping me really on my toes. Now with my roku and tv in place, I am sure going to do all the movie watching and the reviewing I can. Welcome back to my blog. Thanks for being patient!

 

 

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

You again (2010)

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

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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

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