Movies Seen 5: This is the End, Winter’s Bone, The Hours, Whip It

This is the End, Winter’s Bone, The Hours, Whip It.

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.

Meryl Streep’s ‘Julie and Julia’ is funny and gastronomic!

‘Julie and Julia’ is a movie about the rollercoaster of marriages, government employment, America, France, publishing, blogging, and a whole lot of French cooking.

The movie crosses the story of writer Julie Powell who commits herself to cooking and blogging in 365 days Julia Child’s recipes in Mastering the Art of French Cooking; and the story of Julia Child herself involving her life in France as the ambassador’s wife, boredom with hat-making, learning French cooking, co-writing a French cookbook for Americans, changing political climate, relocating, and a lot more.

The Meryl Streep was once again possessed with a fantastic persona as Julia Child. In here she was a jolly, slightly histrionic individual with a strong sensibility for work.

She was restless and liked to commit herself to productive work.

She was unconcerned of trying to fit in a new environment (as Paris with its people stereotyped as rather grumpy), and takes much time enjoying and feeling the Parisian life.

One time she explains how she loves shopping for food than clothes in Paris, known to be world’s fashion capital.

We also see how she was in pain for not having a child what with her marrying at a late age.

Mostly we see her struggling trying to find a publishing house to take on their work.

Amy Adams was cute, willed and sympathetic.  You want nothing for her but to succeed.

Like me she’s trying to do something she could finish and trying to sidetrack herself from what she mainly does into something like stepping into the void.

So it’s like her cooking and blogging for a year, and I blogging for God knows when it ends.

She’s got a marriage at stake; I have my grades at stake. Yikes!

But we both kind of know we’re doing what we love.

The film is a great exposition of cooking, relationships and a peek at the business of publishing.

As a business student, I appreciate this sort of movies as it takes us on a bird’s eye view of how an industry like publishing works.

I know for some time bloggers are quite taken as faux writers what with the ease and accessibility of Internet publishing.

Yet Internet publishing is an excellent tool to express; and thanks to it a lot of people out there with strong points of view are heard.

But yes it feels a great deal to get published, as in have your work sold and become a bestseller, so that’s it.

Going back, the film was really well-made what with its strong point of view, easy narrative amid the crossing of the main plot and various subplots.

The writing was swift and crisp – so witty what with its feminist humor that doesn’t go overboard.

The cinematography was subtle – pastel colors and all.

This one goes to my list of comfort movies.

 

 

 

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