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The Yellow Handkerchief (2008) - 6.4/10
Director - Udayan Prasad
Cast - William Hurt, Kristen Stewart, Maria Bello, Eddie Redmayne.
Part romance, part road flick, "The Yellow Handkerchief" is a nice little film reminiscent of engaging indy films of the past. William Hurt stars as an ex-convict just released from prison who hitches a ride from two wayward teens (Stewart and Redmayne) on his way to New Orleans to hopefully rekindle a lost romance with his ex (Bello). While there is nothing truly original about the story, the characters have enough depth and emotion to keep you involved. The acting is pretty good as well. It's a solid little film, much better than most romances coming out of Hollywood these days.
Dear John (2010) - 3.8/10
Director - Lasse Hallstrom
Cast - Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried, Richard Jenkins, Henry Thomas, DJ Cotrona,
Another Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook) adaptation. Savannah Curtis (Seyfried) is a college student on spring break when she meets Tyree (a Special Forces soldier) who is on leave from the military. Tyree is smitten and a two-week romance ensues before Tyree must return to service. He has one year left on his tour and then he plans to leave the military for Savannah. When the 9/11 attacks occur, Tyree decides to re-enlist, jeopardizing the budding romance.
While it's not a complete disaster, it's not very good either. I never fully bought the relationship to begin with and have never been impressed by Tatum as an actor. The best moments actually belong to Richard Jenkins, as Tyree's father. Hardcore fans of Sparks should like this, but it won't draw new fans in like "The Notebook".
The worst movie of 2010!
Sex and the City 2 (2010) - .4/10
Director - Michael Patrick King
Cast - Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kim Cattral, Kristen Davis, Chris Noth, John Corbett, Evan Handler
I'll admit I was a casual fan of the show and the first film was something of a guilty pleasure. That said the second feature film is beyond dreadful, it's an embarrasment to all involved. So bad in fact that it permanently tarnishes the original series. Please don't let there be a Sex and the City 3.
"I'm a loser bay, so why don't you kill me?" - Beck
The Losers (2010) - 2.4/10
Director - Sylvain White
Cast - Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbis Short, Oscar Jaenada, Jason Patric.
Woo Hoo another comic book adaptation! Cough.....cough. Wonder how many good ideas were rejected so they could greenlight a D-Rate film like this? Sad. Absolutely nothing original happening here. Next.....
War is hell.
The Messenger (2009) - 7.2/10
Director - Oren Moverman
Cast - Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton, Jena Malone, Steve Buscemi, Eamonn Walker
Ben Foster stars as Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery, a soldier recently wounded in Iraq. Once home he joins stodgy Captain Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson) in the Army's Casualty Notification division. Stone has become desensitized by the process while Will has difficulty detaching himself from the assignment, becoming emotionally involved with each visit, particularly the recently widowed Olivia (Samantha Morton).
Woody Harrelson rightfully recieved a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role and Ben Foster is his equal. The acting is top-notch and is the number one reason to watch this film. While the film attempts to remain neutral, it does have the feel of an anti-war film. While it fails to achieve greatness, the acting and story make this a worthwhile watch.