Happy ‘Labor Day’

No, not the holiday you creep…the Kate Winslet film!

Every time a Kate Winslet movie comes out, I feel it’s my duty as a woman to haul ass to the nearest theatre and see it. I feel like that’s my time to catch up with Kate and see what’s new in her life.

Well, that time has come again. Kate Winslet is starring in a new movie called Labor Day, which also stars Josh Brolin (get it, Kate). The film takes place over Labor Day weekend in 1987 and somehow Kate gets involved in some type of reverse hostage situation with Josh Brolin. The trailer explains it better:

Even though I’m typically a fan of anything Kate Winslet, I’m really excited for this film because I can see myself getting into a reverse hostage situation and falling in love with the dude who commandeers my home.

Overall, I really enjoyed this movie and it does have its tense moments. It also delves into Kate and Josh’s traumatic pasts and the flashbacks made me feel sad :( While the film definitely caters to the ladies, it does have its man moments. For example, Josh Brolin fixes the family car and shows Kate’s movie son (Gattlin Griffith) how to play baseball! All things dudes love, right?

I do have to hand it to Kate. She used her lady powers and managed to get with Josh Brolin within a matter of 24 hours. I’m so impressed I gave this sentence its own line.

Alas, not every film is perfect and Labor Day did have one awful, awful part. To my unhappy surprise, James Van Der Beek makes a cameo. Was there no one else on planet Earth to play a police officer?! Was everyone busy?! Ugh.

Anywho, I won’t spoil the ending, but I will say it’s not as tragic as that other movie Kate was in. I think it was called Titanic. With that being said…go see Labor Day and support Kate and Josh. I mean, Kate just did have a baby and Josh is going through a divorce. Give them both a little boost.

Things I learned from ‘The Hunger Games’

On Monday, Kari and I were treated to an advanced showing of the latest teen novella craze, “The Hunger Games.” As a fan of the books (note the use of fan, not die-hard, all-knowing, and emotionally attached super enthusiast), I was excited to see the film adaptation.

While I was impressed with the translation of the book to motion picture, there were some cinematic difficulties that were hard to overcome. The first 20 minutes of the film were pretty shaky, and I found myself craving a wide-angle shot (something I don’t ever think I never imagined I would desire). The constant close-ups on the faces of the actors and a really shaky camera was obviously a stylistic choice made at the expense of content.

But, the books and the storyline speak for themselves and the movie was still an overall hit. That being said, as a professor I thought I would share some lessons I learned from watching the picture.

1. I want to form an alliance with Jennifer Lawrence

Rooney Mara take note: Jennifer Lawrence is epic. After watching her in “Like Crazy” this weekend, its impressive to see the scope of her acting talents. And oh yeah, she kicks ass in all fight scene. If I was to head into the games, I want her on my team.

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2. 142 minutes is not enough

The books are long, the movie is long, and yet I wanted more. Some critical roles were taken out of the film that made a big difference in the books. It will be interesting to see how they handle it in the next couple of movies. I would have liked a few extra minutes spent in District 12 or the capital, but I’m assuming that could come later.

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3. Don’t take Harry Potter for granted

I think I have falsely made the assumption that if the book was good, then it shouldn’t be too difficult to turn it into a good move. Harry Potter is a good example of a good book series made into a good movie series. I always knew that the sacrifices in the HP movies were for the greater good and wouldn’t totally effect the viewing experience. I didn’t have that same level of trust with this film. There was something that put me on edge and made me stress over the parts that were removed and the implications it could have for the next two parts.

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Overall, the movie was pretty well done and I give it a solid B+.

Upcoming Films I Must See in Theatres…part II

In continuing with the movie theme, I have found an upcoming film that will either leave me feeling one of two ways:

  1. My super sweet soul mate is out there waiting for me to find him (just like Where’s Waldo)
  2. I will leave hating all men

As you may have guessed, this one is for the ladiesssss!

The Vow‘ – February 14, 2012

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“The Vow” stars possibly the two best actors in romantic drama history: Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum.

According to IMDb, “A car accident puts Paige (McAdams) in a coma, and when she wakes up with severe memory loss, her husband Leo (Tatum) works to win her heart again.”

Huge, right?! First of all, it’s hard enough to find a significant other in this battlefield also known as love. Jordin Sparks said it best: “Why does love always feel like/a battlefield/a battlefield/a battlefield?”

I couldn’t even imagine the rage blackout I would be in if my husband forgot who I was! I mean trying to get a man to wife up is hard enough the first time, but having to do it a second time…I don’t have the words.

What’s interesting about this movie is that it’s based on a true story. Newlyweds, Kim and Krickitt Carpenter were on a road trip to visit Kim’s parents in Phoenix, Arizona. When they got into a severe car accident, it left Krickitt with retrograde amnesia. The accident erased “virtually her entire memory of the previous 18 months—including any recollection of the man she had fallen in love with and married,” reported People.

“When the nurse asked, ‘Who’s your husband?’ she replied, ‘I’m not married.”

Since I’ve effectively ruined your emotional state with this sad story, I do have some happy news! It took quite a lot of time but Krickitt and Kim began dating and in 1996 got married again! I am not sure if Channing and Rachel’s characters achieve the same fate, we all saw “Dear John,” right? Still recovering from that blow.

Piece of advice: don’t cry on your keyboard. I’m still having trouble using the “G” on mine.

‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’

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Last evening I had the pleasure of attending a screening of “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” The film starred Elizabeth Olsen (Lil Olsen!) and Sarah Paulson.

If you haven’t heard of this film, I will happily give you a brief summary:

Elizabeth Olsen plays Martha, a young woman who has fled from a cult that she has been living with for the past two years. Martha has finally had enough, flees and calls her sister to come pick her up.

The rest of the film is dedicated to Martha trying to live a normal life with her sister and her brother-in-law, but reliving/dealing/coping with the life-altering memories of cult life.

It’s one of those movies that travels back and forth in time. Normally I would be confuzzled, but the film does it perfectly!

Elizabeth Olsen is getting rave reviews…as she should. Lil Olsen is even getting some Oscar buzz. I’m willing to give her my vote right now! I think she really shines in this film…shines so bright it has been reported that Mary Kate & Ashley are jelly bellys. 0o0o0 burn!

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Pretty soon, Elizabeth’s name won’t have to be prefaced with “Mary Kate ad Ashley’s little sister.” Lil Olsen is making moves.

By moves…I mean Elizabeth already has five movies coming down the pike! I’m making a decision…decision made: get used to Elizabeth, she will be around for quite some time!

BTW! One thing I learned from this movie…never EVER join a cult.

‘My Week with Marilyn’ Trailer

Finally! Finally! I can sleep in peace tonight.

I have been waiting for this trailer ever since I heard that Michelle Williams snagged the role of Marilyn Monroe. After watching it, I am intrigued. When I first heard that Michelle was going to play such an iconic figure, I was a bit skeptical at first. Once I saw Michelle embody this icon, I slapped myself on the wrist for not believing in the “Dawson’s Creek” alum.

According to “Entertainment Weekly,”  the film “focuses on a week in the summer of 1956, when, while filming “The Prince and the Showgirl” with co-star-director Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh), Monroe spends a week enjoying British life with a 23-year-old assistant on the film named Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) while her new husband Arthur Miller is in Paris. Can she escape the pressures of being the world’s most famous woman? Does she really want to?” So profound.

Since Michelle has been snubbed twice by the Academy, could this be her chance at Oscar glory? I’m going to make a decision…decision made…Michelle Williams will have an Oscar on her mantle after this one (my fingers are crossed)!

Remember When…’The Addams Family’

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For the final installment of my favise Christina Ricci movies, I have chosen…”The Addams Family.” Cue theme song.

“The Addams Family” started out as a cartoon by Charles Addams written for “The New Yorker.” It has grown from a cartoon into a TV series, movies and even a broadway show.

Ricci played the infamous character known as Wednesday Addams. Let me just say, Christina had the best skin tone and hair color for this character…it was a role she was born to play.

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The character of Wednesday was first introduced to the world in 1938 and inherited her name from a nursery rhyme titled, “Monday’s Child.” The line goes as follows: “Wednesday’s child is full of woe.” If you have ever seen the Addams Family movies, you probably thought to yourself, “sounds about right.”

An interesting fact about this character…Wednesday’s middle name is Friday.

Wednesday offers up some hil.ari.ous quotes throughout the film. For example:

“Girl Scout: Is this made from real lemons?
Wednesday: Yes.
Girl Scout: I only like all-natural foods and beverages, organically grown, with no preservatives. Are you sure they’re real lemons?
Pugsley: Yes.
Girl Scout: Well, I’ll tell you what. I’ll buy a cup if you buy a box of my delicious Girl Scout cookies. Do we have a deal?
Wednesday: Are they made from real Girl Scouts?”

With a budget of $38 million, “The Addams Family” grossed $191,502,246 worldwide. Seems that Christina hit another one out of the park with this film!

While I know this is a clip from “Addams Family Values,” it’s too good to pass up:

Remember when…’Casper’

Christina Ricci was in ‘Casper’ (the friendly ghost)

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This 1995 gem starred Christina and Bill Pullman…he must have had time off from being the President of the United States…sorry for the dated “Independence Day” reference.

Hopefully everyone on Earth has seen this film. If not, I am disappointed in you and here is a quick summary: Bill Pullman plays James Harvey, who is a therapist that can communicate with ghosts. Harvey is hired to speed up the process of getting four ghosts to move into the afterlife. He brings his daughter Kat (Christina Ricci) along for the ride. The movie has tons of fun hijinks that involve Casper’s 3 ghostly uncles. Casper also gets to become human for a short time and shares a dance with Kat at her school’s Halloween dance…such a moving moment.

Another thing I need to get off my chest – This film offers up one of the greatest quotes in movie history…“Can I keep you?” It gets me every time.

Btw – a young Devon Sawa played the human Casper…another Canadian-born gentleman I wouldn’t mind stalking.

“Casper” did quite well at the box office. With a $55 million budget, this film grossed $287,928,194 worldwide. Point numero dos for Christina.


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