This is the End, Winter’s Bone, The Hours, Whip It.
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This is the End (2013). A fantasy comedy movie directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg about a bunch of celebrities stuck together after a house party is interrupted by the end of the world. It stars James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill as caricatures of themselves, and several cameos by Rihanna, Emma Watson, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mindy Kaling, Paul Rudd, and others.
This was good. Leads and cameos were used well. This movie has enough star power to end the world.
Winter’s Bone (2010). A drama film about a teenage girl becoming the family’s bread winner and her search for her father’s body.
Jennifer Lawrence earned an Academy nomination for Best Actress for her performance.
She was so good in this. This performance surely did earn her the lead for the Hunger Games series – bold, smart, responsible, and a knack for firearms.
The Hours (2002). A drama film that fictionalizes intertwined events of the lives of Virginia Woolf, a woman in the 1960s, and a woman in the 2000’s, connected by Woolf’s novel Mrs. Dalloway.
It stars Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore.
This is by far my most favorite performance by Nicole Kidman. I almost did not recognize her. Her look, the nuances in acting, the aura – she was so perfect for the role. She sure did earn her Oscar here.
Whip It (2009). Drew Barrymore’s coming-of-age comedy film about a teenage girl transition to being a derby player.
The film stars Ellen Page, Kristen Wiig, Drew Barrymore, and others.
I was shocked to have known Drew Barrymore did this. The woman had a vision. Coming-of-age films do not work easily, and she managed to pull this off. The story was hectic and charming. It was both romantic and lively.
Drew should make more movies.