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Lucky Them
Lucky Them (2014)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Unexpectedly beautiful and emotionally deep.

This film follows a woman (Ellie) who can't give up her past. She was just a girl when she met and fell in love Matthew Smith a boy who turned in the a music god, but right at the peak of his career he disappeared leaving only a wrecked car behind. Ellie can't forget what she once had with Mathew and now spends her life in stasis, jumping from one boy to the new. Drinking partying and generally living a meaningless life. She works as a music reviewer and the magazine she works for give her an ultimatum; write a story about what happened with Matthew Smith (something she has spent years avoiding) or she's fired. This is the kicks off for this story - a late in life coming of age story for the 30/40 something girl who has found herself living a life she never really wanted.
Ellie never really had proper closure with Matthew, and in the years since he disappeared she has had time to forget all the bad in their relationship and now only remembers the good. Building him up to the point where no one can compare. A sediment that I can relate to. I have ex's that I've built up remembering them and what we had as more than it was. That amazing night we had dancing and drinking with our friends, but not remembering him hitting on other girls when he didn't think I was looking. Time has a funny way of distorting reality.
Yes this story is about figuring out what happened to Matthew on the surface, but that really not what this movies about. It's about Ellie coming to terms with her life, and waking up from the self-imposed sleep she's been in for over ten years. There is a hot boy he is the "main love interest"; Ellie is faced with a choice she can have what she once had with this new young boy or she find what works for her now. She slips back and forth between old patterns making mistakes, and in the end she find a resolutions of sorts. I liked best is that everything isn't tied up into some pretty little bow at the end, she has answers and she has a new direction but there is so much for her to deal with - such is life.

I loved the movie, it was the perfect sunday morning think piece.

Begin Again
Begin Again (2014)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The perfect feel good summer flick. There was so much good about this film that it's hard to know where to begin...

The acting was superb, which is no surprise. Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo both hold a steady spots on my list of favorite actors. Their chemistry was better than I expected; They just worked in such a non-tradtional way. Her easy going personality and intellectual commentary was only made better paired with his dry sarcasm. It was hard not to smile while watching the pair interact with each other and they supporting characters. I am not a Adam Levine fan but he played the perfect part of nice guy turned douchey up and coming star.

They storyline was simply brilliant. There was the "main" in your face storyline of two people trying to come back after their lives take a turn for the worse. Keira's boyfriend breaks up with her after she moved to New York to be with him breaking her heart; Mark's heavy drinking, dysfunctional marriage, and failing career final hit bottom. They meet on chance one night and at a bar and it sets off a wonderful series of events that makes for an exceptional movie - and that is just he main story line.

The little nuances to the storyline were the best part for me. They make an homage to New York and you get to see some of the parts that make New York such great city. The movie explores the corrupt nature of the music industry; the label wants to sell the album that she created without their help for $10 purposing her cut to only be $1 per album. Keira helps Mark's daughter to understand that she doesn't have to dress like a slut to get boys to notice her. There are so many other parts, but those were just a few of my favorite.

The music was good, it wasn't great. I'm not a huge fan of the baby voice that some female singers use, but the beats and background music were simply fantastic which more than made up for it. This was called a musical but to me it was more of a movie that was about music, and there is a difference. I loved the ending, which out giving anything away it didn't end as most of these types of movies do. I really can say enough about this film.

Very Good Girls
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I didn't think this was going to be much; having such low expectations helped because I actually ended up like this movie quite a bit. If you are looking of an award winning movie that you will carry with you the rest of you life this isn't it. This fit a very specific mold - its a coming of age movie about two 17 year old girls on the the verge of starting college. They are looking for love (sex) right before they move on to their next stage in life, but this was so much more than that.

The girls in this movie explore what family means. I found the contrast of how each perceived their own vs how they saw each others very interesting. I had those similar feelings as a girl so I could connect on many levels. The photography angle was plus seeing as that it what I do and how I spent my youth. The boy was hot (always a plus), and I thought the girl put on a solid performance. The music was wonderful.

Both girls had to learn to handle both their mistakes and other peoples mistakes. Some people might not like the twist of this movie, but I liked it. I know that not every girls has broken girl code when it comes to boys, but I don't know any that haven't had thoughts in that regard. When your young hormones can help assist in bad decision making almost as much as alcohol. I know I have made this mistake with my best friend, thankful we were able to over come it but this movie reminded me of that crazy time of my youth.

What I like most is that everything seemed so real, it was a throw back to my youth. It wasn't over dramatized. Unrealistic things didn't happen. Everything just was. Which made it kind of beautiful. The movie hasn't gotten the best review, but I don't care. It isn't for everyone; it's really only for girls that are looking to spend a couple hours remembering what it felt like to come of age.

Endless Love
Endless Love (2014)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I went into this movie thinking I was going to hate it, and that helped because the bar was REALLY low. I have to also mention that I went into this movie thinking it was something entirely different, the trailer made it look like as stalked thrasher horror flick. It wasn't even close, and I spent most of the movie waiting to someone to die to no avail.  Even the movie poster - I love the image but then scratched across the picture they write say goodbye to innocence.  It makes the whole thing sound and look dirty and wrong somehow.

Was is cheesy?  Of course it was.  It is a YA chick flick after all, what do you expect?  It was soo full of clesha I don't even know where to start but here are just a few lines that stand out:
"What are you doing every day for the rest of the summer?"

"... I don't care. I don't. I don't care if we have 10 days, or 1 week or 1 day - I want you to spend it with me"

"Let's be young and dumb, just for one night."

"Anything worth having is worth fighting for"

"True love doesn't go away, it doesn't fade and it doesn't get easier"

"My first love was everything, all at once. The kind you never fall back from, never try to, never want to. A love so big, so strong, it never dies, never fades, never loses it's electricity. The kind of love you fight for, the kind of boy you fight for."

The thing is - I just didn't care. I loved every cliché and spent most of the movie grinning from ear to ear like the cheshire cat.  I was giggling out loud and quite simply becoming "hat girl"

The whole film was captured so beautifully that I felt like I was watching all of those cheesy Pinterest couple pictures coming to life.  Large sections of the movie pass by where it's told in small moments that together tell the story of this couples summer.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with the film.  It was exactly what I was looking for today - a cute summer chick flick.  It had an amazing soundtrack, it made me feel, it made me smile, and it made not care about any of it's flaw.

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I can't believe how bad of reviews this movie has been getting, because I loved it. The filming was out of this world, so much attention to detail was pack in to each and every scene. Even three people standing quietly in an elevator was designed to be geometrically beautiful, with everything down to the wall paneling placed in perfect harmony. There were a few scenes that were clearly green screened, but it didn't bother me because of all the other amazing parts of this movie.

The transition between reality into day dreams flowed flawlessly, so flawlessly my kids spent the whole moves asking which parts were suppose to be real. As an adult you can easily pick out the day dreams, which are the truly outrageous parts from the reality. I just loved that it made my kids think.

The storyline was amazing, but I knew going into this that it would be. The story is already a classic! This is the type of story that makes you want to go home and pack a bag for an adventure the minute it's over. I felt all the actors did a phenomenal job. I didn't know how I was going to feel about Ben Stiller in this role, but I shouldn't have worried because it was taylor made for him.

My last compliment is to the music. There wasn't a bad song in bunch, it was like they were made just for the movie.