Midnight In Paris (2011)

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Rated PG-13

In this comedy, directed by Woody Allen, he focuses on a young engaged couple as they travel to Paris for business. What they experience there makes them question their life together. Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kurt Fuller, Michael Sheen, Tom Hiddleston, Alison Pill, Kathy Bates, Marion Cotillard, Adrien Brody

I think this film will surprise many. It surprised me. I’m not a big Woody Allen fan. I’ve only seen a few of his films and nothing has struck me as much as this one. Maybe because I’m at an age that these characters are, or maybe it’s cause I’m a dreamer and often think that living a different life would be better. Allen’s script just flows into the story and makes us all think about life and our dreams. What do what out of life? Where do we expect our life to go? Allen shows us that…

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Water for Elephants (2011)

Rated PG-13

Veterinary student Jacob Jankowski runs away and joins a circus during the depression. Along the way he falls for the married performer, Marlena.

Having not read the book, I will say, this film lived up to the hype of the book. It was wonderfully done. The cinematography is beautiful.  The costumes were amazing. Sure, the chemistry between Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattison wasn’t the best but it wasn’t the worse. The lack of chemistry sure didn’t take away from they’re acting and it helped heighten Christoph Waltz’s performance as a mad man. If you enjoyed the book, I wouldn’t shy away from the movie.

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The Conspirator (2010) (via What to Watch.)

The Conspirator (2010) Rated PG-13 Based on the true story of Mary Surratt the mother of a conspirator to the assassination of President Lincoln. It follows her trial though the eyes of her lawyer, Frederick Aiken. I was a little disappointed with the film. As the film opens we get a little background to the lawyer and the assassination, none of that was explored and felt rushed through. Then we hit the trial which was great, loved the pace. Then we get to the story be … Read More

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The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) (via What to Watch.)

The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) Rated R Mick Haller runs his law office in the backseat of his Lincoln Town car. While defending an affluent womanizer Louis Roulet, who was charged with assault,  Haller’s past comes back to bite him including the truth behind his current case. Matthew McConaughey does a wonderful job portraying Mick Haller as his career crumbles around him. Other than McConaughey’s performance the film is a typical courtroom thriller. It didn’t offer any new pl … Read More

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Run Lola Run (1998) (via What to Watch.)

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Run Lola Run (1998) Rated R Run Lola Run is a fast paced film of a couple who needs to replace a small fortune to a mob boss in 20 mins. Twenty minutes get stretched to 80 mins. It’s a very stylistic film. To tell the story Tom Tykwer uses animation, split-screens, and narrative twists. Tykwer keeps the pace of the film throughout the narrative being told three different ways. The movie might be a little much for conventional moviegoers but well worth a watch. … Read More

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The Adjustment Bureau (2011) (via What to Watch.)

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The Adjustment Bureau (2011) Rated PG-13 Can you change fate? Is your life predetermined? This film brings up those questions. A congressman falls for a ballerina but is it fate. Were they meant to be? The Adjustment Bureau are the only ones who could say. This film amazed me. First, it was brilliantly made, there wasn’t a flaw to be seen. You’ll have to look past the irreligious theme to see the parallel to spiritual side. I took the Chairman as God and Bureau as Angels. Wa … Read More

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Raise the Red Lantern (1991) (via What to Watch.)

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Raise the Red Lantern (1991) Rated PG It’s an unbelievable feat that the director, Yimou Zhang, made in making a film about concubines with a PG rating. Zhang’s astounding story tells the inside workings of a harem. It tells the women’s side of story. The cinematography is crème de la crème of photography. It’s exquisitly shot. I can’t get past the colors—amazing. This is a film on all film lovers lists to see. … Read More

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Central Station (1998) (via What to Watch.)

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Central Station (1998) Rated R Central Station is a heartwarming story about a former school teacher and the boy who needs her help to find his father. The chemistry between the two is amazing.  Vinícius de Oliveira performance was more mature than his years. To top it off, the brilliance of the film is Walter Salles’s filming the backdrop of Brazil. This film will bring you to tears, not once but multiple times. … Read More

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Meatballs (1979) (via What to Watch.)

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Rated PG Meatballs is a comedy set on at a summer camp geared to teens. The jokes aren’t as raunchy as todays which was nice. Although, its cleaner, I still didn’t get a connection to the characters or the story. I did attended some summer camps but they weren’t at all like Camp Northstar. I definitely didn’t have a counselor like Tripper. I do think that guys would love this film as well as adults in their 30s-40s. … Read More

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Before The Rain (1994) (via What to Watch.)

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Before The Rain (1994) Rated NR This film is the best film I have seen in a long time. It’s aesthetically the best I have seen. The way that it is film makes it the one that everyone should check out. It’s three stories in one and the way that it’s made makes it remarkable. To me it’s a story of how we are all interconnected to each other. If you love film or studying filmmaking this is a can’t miss film. it’s story telling in its finest. … Read More

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