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Gajokeui tansaeng (Family Ties)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

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[i]Three different stories told at different times and tied together at the end. Seen at the Portland International Film Festival.[/i]

The first story is about a young woman who is excited when her brother who has been away with no communication for five years until he arrives with a much older woman has his wife. She looks old enough to be his mother. He expects his sister to take them both in while he talks about big plans, yet has no follow through. She tries to be nice to him and his new wife, but she is not happy. There is a lot of tension and build up before it all comes to a head.

In the second story, another young woman is very angry at her life in general. She is trying very hard to get a job in Japan so she can move away from her family. She is angry that her mom has seemed to carry on affair after affair with married men. When she finds out her mother is terminally ill, she doesn?t take the news very well. She still wants to leave, but her mother wants her to take care of her very young son she just had with one of the married men.

In the third story, there is the young daughter of the wife in the first story (from a previous marriage) dating the young son from the second story, which is what ties it all together. She is very cute and sweet while he is very jealous of her being friendly with everyone. He obviously has some leftover issues with his mother.

Characters from the first two parts show up in the third part in very amusing ways. I actually enjoyed the very end very much when the older characters showed up again, and everything was tied together. There were some pretty funny bits, but it was also sweet. It was very trying to get to that part though. Some of the characters were not very likeable, yet you still wanted them to be happy. I guess it worked in that sense, but it didn?t make me love it.

Miss Minoes
Miss Minoes (2011)
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

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Minoes is from the Netherlands. A cat drinks from a strange barrel and then it finds out it has turned into a human being. A reporter is on the verge of being fired since he is too shy to find out any stories to write about. Minoes (the cat lady) climbs into Tibbe's (the reporter) window when it is raining (she's been running along rooftops) the same day he has found her up a tree (a dog was chasing her). She tells him stories that the other cats know (cats know what we are saying!) and he tells his news stories that way.

This was geared towards kids, but was a very cute fun movie. The cats spoke at times, but it actually wasn't disturbing. I didn't expect it, but it wasn't scary like those animals talking in commercials. It was much better done and very funny.

The Social Network
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I was reminded right when the movie began that the screenplay was written by Aaron Sorkin. In the first scene, Mark Zuckerberg and his girlfriend talked very quickly while also having multiple conversations with one another at the same time. I felt like I was watching the early years of The West Wing where I had to pay full attention to make sure I caught what was going on. I have been guilty, in this day and age of multiple ways of entertainment available to me, of not fully paying attention to a television show or movie at home since I'm reading something off my smart phone, but I had to put it all down and just pay attention while watching this.

Jesse Eisenberg plays Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook. I have seen Eisenberg in quite a few indie movies over the years and it seemed he was moving closer and closer to Michael Cera 2.0 category by always playing the nice, awkward guy, especially in Adventureland and on a slighter scale, Zombieland. You would not confuse him with Michael Cera in this movie. He plays Mark Zuckerberg in full-on asshole mode. It is in this mode that after he gets dumped by his girlfriend, he gets drunk and creates a website that would eventually lead to the creation of Facebook. While being smart, he also suffers from feeling superior to almost everyone, which leads him to sometimes blog about things he shouldn't or possibly steal other people's ideas, even though he does make them better.

Most of the film consists of him getting sued by multiple people, including his former best friend, for either stealing the idea or cutting them out of what Facebook became. The movie cuts back and forth between two different mediations and what was happening at the time, but I never found it confusing. I wanted to see more.I'd thank director David Fincher for making mediations exciting.

Justin Timberlake shows up as the guy who created Napster and also likes to party a little too much. This is probably why he isn't as rich as the Facebook guy. The score, which recently won a Golden Globe and is up for an Oscar was done by Trent Reznor, and actually was really well done. I normally don't notice the score in the movie, but when I started to recognize some of the sounds as something Reznor-like, I noticed it and felt it really fit into the movie. I can see why he won.

The entire movie isn't so much a biopic about Mark Zuckerberg, but more about how there are these social networks out there to connect people, but they can still leave people as alone as they were before these networks existed. Just ask the lonely asshole who lost all his friends and still didn't get back his girlfriend that he lost at the beginning of the movie. Moral of the story: quit being an asshole.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

I've seen Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz that were different movies, but had the same theme of the same two leads and they parodied movies -zombie and action movies. I would not have guessed this one was by the same director. First, it didn't star Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Second, it was just in a different vein. It is a mix of video game and comic book. When Scott Pilgrim has to make a decision, a decision wheel pops up in his head. When the phone rings, it actually says "Ring" on the screen. When there are fights, it is like watching the old Batman cartoons with the "Wham" and "Pow" popping up on the screen.

Scott Pilgrim is in a not very good rock band and he starts dating a high school girl that worships him and his band. Then he runs into another girl that he falls for immediately. The drawing that he shows a guy at a party to find out her name is excellent. I have no idea why he's so infatuated with her because she isn't given much time to actually talk in the movie. She isn't much of a character, but it is easy enough to ignore since the movie is fun. She has seven evil exes that Scott has to fight in order to date her. That's the only time that I wondered why he would fight people when he barely knows her, but I just went with it.

The seven exes are funny, the fight scenes are hilarious and the entire movie was highly entertaining. While Michael Cera plays himself in every movie he has ever been in, and he is the same way in this one, it does seem to be to a lesser degree. I didn't find it to be a distraction like it could be in other movies. I also found his roommate to be very funny. He's Macaulay Culkin's brother. We decided he looked like his brother, but wasn't as odd looking.That was a bonus. He could have been in it more than he was and I think it would have added to the movie.

A Serious Man
A Serious Man (2009)
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

This movie is in some ways very typical Coen brothers movie. The characters are all a bit off and entertaining to watch, while in other ways this one is very different Coen brothers movie. Even though the characters are odd, they are much more realistic than their characters in other movies. It does live up to the "serious" in the title.

In 1967, the main character, Larry, is a professor up for tenure and thinks everything in his life is going okay until it all starts to fall apart. This flusters him greatly since he didn't see any of it coming. While one thing after another starts falling apart around him, he starts to seek advice from various rabbis who give horrible advice.

It does seem like everything is coming into place towards the end of the movie, but then craziness starts to happen again. Then it just ends. While I thought the way No Country For Old Men just ended with no real conclusion actually worked for that movie, I don't think it was really satisfying for this one. It just seemed like the movie stopped when it wasn't really close to the end. I was enjoying it until that point. Then, I was just left hanging.