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Paterson is a 2016 dramedy (drama and comedy) written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. The film stars Adam Driver as a bus driver and aspiring poet named Paterson and Golshifteh Farahani as his wife who dreams of being a country music star and operating a cupcake business. It was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Palm Dog Award. If there is one thing that Paterson teaches its viewers is to look beyond the obvious, admire beauty in its many shapes and forms. Follow your dreams and aspirations, be creative, try new things. After reading the Time Magazine review of this film, I was compelled to rent it and it was time well spent. Available from Redbox.
I go against the critics on this one and say this is a wonderful job by director Gus Van Sant; a powerful story about gaining love, losing love, cherishing the memories, the damaging effects of grief and regret, and gaining life back. Arthur Brennan (M. McConaughey) is seen taking a one way trip to Japan and a taxi drops him off at Aokigahara, known as the Sea of Trees, a place people go to commit suicide. Once I figured out that was his plan, the story shows Arthur about to kill himself but notices a stranger seeking help in the woods so he comes to his aid and learns the stranger's name is Takumi Nakamura (K. Watanabe) and his story. The journey continues from there but rest assured that you learn incredible lessons about life along the way! I get chills as I write this review because I believe in the power of spirits guiding us and revealing certain things to us. Funny how we might have a plan initially but fate throws you a curve and your plan changes dramatically. The screenplay for The Sea Of Trees, penned by Chris Sparling (Buried), is one of those narratives where everything falls into place in the unlikeliest, corniest, and strangely possible ways. After watching this film you will get a greater appreciation for your LIFE and either count your blessings for what you have or salvage what is left of it. I guarantee it! RECOMMENDED and available on Amazon Prime in HD for subscribers.
Filmed in Los Angeles, CA (any surprise there), this is a good story that makes you see how one slip can change your life in major proportions. A group of close friends is celebrating at home, having a blast but with all the drugs and alcohol, caution is thrown to the wind and Delia's ex-boyfried Joe has sex with her, impregnating her but Delia's husband is in Spain working on a project and since he is sterile, her only options are to have an abortion and keep this a secret from her husband or keep the child and face the consequences of her actions which will also impact Joe and Rodrigo. She opts for the latter setting off a chain reaction. Good story and I believe JC Falcon wrote and directed it. I like to see the combination of straight and LGBT characters and stories on film and this one will not disappoint. Recommended!
This film gets an extra star since it was filmed almost entirely in Puerto Rico, around San Juan and some island towns. So THANK YOU Hollywood for choosing Puerto Rico (PR) which is a US Territory to make your film. Reclaim is about a wealthy American couple Steven (R. Phillippe and Shannon (R. Lefevre) who relied on an adoption agency in PR to adopt a Haitian girl. Once they arrive to the island, they meet Nina (B. Roy) and while bonding with the child, they eagerly await for her passport to arrive so they can return back to Chicago. During the waiting period at the hotel, Nina gets kidnapped and the couple is desperately seeing assistance from the local police to see what is going on. The story continues from there. The acting was solid, I recognized Old San Juan and the hotels were spectacular. The beach scenery also very pretty. There are some unexpected twists and surprises during the film so get ready for some action, suspense, intrigue although I figured out easily who were the "bad guys". Regardless, it is available in HD from Netflix and for those considering adoption (I am one of them) oh please watch this film to open your eyes to the scams going on! RECOMMENDED!
A very good morality tale where our pranksters get a taste of their own medicine. We have a group of pranksters that create havoc for certain families and the past comes back to bite them hard. The pace is good, although I predicted certain things from having watched many films prior to this one so I am familiar with the style, plot, etc but still effective. I have to agree with critic Anton Bitel from Sight and Sound that said some important words: "Even if the game-playing manipulation of 'Mr Lee' seems familiar from many other films, it is presented with real craft - and the moral commentary on the disconnect between online activity and real-world repercussion is very much of the now." With the internet, caller-ID and so many other ways to spy on people, you have to be careful what deeds you do over the telephone and online because traces are left and sooner or later karma catches up with you. Did I feel sorry for the teenagers that got payback for their horrible pranks? NO...they got exactly what they deserved so thank you Mr. Lee. Its not as scary as Scream but with some tense moments nevertheless and totally worth the Redbox rental. Recommended! Oh yes and think twice before pranking someone because they can turn the tables on you....