It Takes Two

 

 

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My Review:

This movie from the nineties brings back all the memories. Honestly, it’s a fun watch even now. It has what a lot of romcom movies lack: kismet. It’s actually a Mary Kate and Ashley film. I don’t know if many really remember them and the storm of popularity they had for a while. The Olsen twins got their start as the infant sister in Full House. Their innate acting ability catapulted them into stardom with their own shows and line of movies before they stepped out of the limelight to pursue careers in the fashion industry.

This movie is a sweet film about two girls (who happen to be identical, but not related) who decide that their consequent parent figures belong together. Amanda is an orphan, her home leader is a kind, spirited woman who would love to adopt Amanda, but can’t because she doesn’t have the money and she’s single. They head to a week-long camp created by the Calloway foundation with the threat of adoption looming over Amanda’s head by a not-so-appealing family, the Butkis’. Alyssa Calloway has just returned from boarding school and is meeting her father at their summer home where she finds out to her dismay that he’s getting remarried to a woman who is as two-faced as they come. By some strange kismet Alyssa and Amanda meet. They realize that they might be able to help each other out if only they can get Alyssa’s father and Amanda home leader together. Of course, it bears the question. Can kismet be created between the two strangers or are Alyssa and Amanda’s fates out of their hands?

It’s no heart pounding romance or crazy rambunctious comedy, but the emotions and feelings between the characters are strong. It feels so natural and reflexive. The story line goes at a nice smooth pace with a nice resounding finale that leaves me feeling satisfied. It’s also something that can be enjoyed at any age. It’s not too childish or too adult. Definitely leaning towards more a girl movie, but not to the point it couldn’t be enjoyed by the male species.

Warm Bodies

This off-the-wall different movie is one of my favorites. Certainly the plot of it is somewhat illogical, but when you are dealing with zombies, what’s really logical about any of it? I like this film because it’s one of the only ‘walking dead’ movies and tv shows that’s about hope. Most of the time, it’s always about accepting that the world has, in essence, ended. The inner monologue of R, the zombie main character, is really what makes the film. It has a good feel to it and a great soundtrack.
The movie is about R, a zombie who has an interesting way of looking at the world. That is, he can think at all. When he meets a young living woman he feels something shifting inside of him. Together, they try to figure out once and for all what zombies really are.
I have to say, this is one of those films that most critics agree was pretty well done. It played off the incredulity of it with a subtle underlying light-hearted humor that really gave the entire feel of the movie. It didn’t overstate the importance of the moral, but didn’t downplay it either. The characters were interesting and enjoyable. The movie was to the point and didn’t go off on any side plots. Definitely suggest this one to anyone.

One Percent of Something

Phenomenal. It’s all I can say about this drama. It’s one of those shows that’s not just an easy watch, it is addicting. I’ve had a few shows that are so addicting that I can’t help but think about it and can’t wait to get back to it. This is one of those shows. The characters, the story, the dialogue including the insatiable banter between the two main characters. I could just watch it all day long. It was just so well done and so balanced. It left me with a smile on my face.

Lee Jae In is a tough, hard-working chaebol (3rd Gen. rich kid). Despite his hard work the only way for Lee Jae In to inherit the family company is to fulfill his notoriously difficult Grandfather’s living will. Things go awry when his grandfather changes his will so that his inheritance goes to Kim Da Hyun, an unknown schoolteacher. The only way for Lee Jae In to inherit the company is to marry the teacher, the problem is his difficult personality does not appeal to the strong-willed Da Hyun at all. The question is whether the two of them can work something out that benefits both of them or will their clashing personalities cause Lee Jae In to lose the company he’s worked so hard at.

This show is subtle. It’s light-hearted, whimsical and just so enjoyable to watch. I remember years ago watching the first version of this, “One Percent of Anything”. The story was there but it lacked the quality that was achieved in this version. It was one of those shows that I wanted to like but found that I just couldn’t quite connect with it or the characters. One Percent of Something really sets the tone. It’s one of those shows that would be great to watch over the weekend or on a rainy day at home. It’s funny and to the point. The drama is kept to a minimal level and is left to the climax where it belongs. The characters progress and the story winds in a way that keeps it interesting and fresh; it doesn’t linger over events. This one is definitely a top favorite as it really makes me smile and lifts my spirits.

Blind Date

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So, this movie was pretty fantastic. It was interesting, different and had a completely new tone; at least for me, maybe this is normal of French films. I didn’t realize when I chose it that it was French; that was just a nice surprise. The brief summary I read looked interesting, so I thought I would give it a try. It had scintillating characters that had such depth and range with a story that allowed them to intertwine in this fun plot. It was funny and creative; the actors were fantastic. I probably only had a couple parts that seemed a bit in the extreme, but besides that it was an enjoyable watch.
The movie is about a woman, a pianist, who has moved into an apartment to finally start spreading her wings as a performer. She discovers though that she’s not alone. A man who lives in the apartment next to her (a solitary creator of intricate puzzles) can hear everything she does and visa versa. The woman needs her music and he needs quiet. Can there possibly be a truce between two very different spectrums of artists?
I saw briefly that the movie was thought to be predictable, but I must disagree. There’s something to be said for a story that forms into a happy ending. Too many American movies go out of their way to create “shocking” twists and turns that in and of themselves end up annoyingly disjointed and, after seeing it a few times, predictable. It’s refreshing to see a movie that focuses more on the characters and less on the shock and awe factor.

The Intern

 

Alright, so, this movie was pretty good. I’ve never been into the sort of ‘romcom’ ‘life’ genre; it’s too mushy, but this was not bad. The dialogue was smart, the characters were interesting and fun, and the plot stayed steady throughout the course of the movie. Except the end, that felt a little rushed.

The movie is about a retired gentleman who, like any person who has lived his life working, suddenly can’t find anything to do with his free time. He goes back to work as an intern at a new internet shopping company where he meets the always-on-the-go spitfire CEO. At first, it seems as if the old and the new may clash, but perhaps some genteel logic mixed in with the energy of youth can create a wonderful combination.

With Robert de Niro and Anne Hathaway leading the charge in this movie it’s not surprising that this movie was good. Both actors are known for their serious and comedic roles as well as their diversity. The plot, like I stated before, was good, but also fairly obvious. Sometimes, though, it’s not always a bad thing. Movies like these are less and less common these days; seeing characters blooming in different times of their lives, how they affect each other, it’s really enjoyable.

Penny Pinchers

 

This Korean movie was a fun comedy about two people at the bottom of the bottom. It could maybe considered a romcom, but it was really more comedy and reality than anything else. The tone of the movie was just so fun and it kept my interest from the beginning to the end. It had such a light plot line that was so unique that I couldn’t help but love it. It also had Song Joong Ki as the male lead who was also leading man in Descendants of the Sun; but I guess it shows how diverse his acting skills are because I also almost didn’t realize that it was him.
The plot is fairly simple. Two young people are virtually penniless and through a series of events end up working together to survive. The strong, resilient Hong Sil has always had to live as a penny pincher, but her creative methods to live and survive have made her an unsung champion of the poor. Ji Woong is a carefree young man trying to live in the big city, but failing miserably. Together they form an unstoppable duo.

Robin Hood: Men in Tights

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This film is another satirical/spoof comedy by Mel Brooks with one of my favorite actors: Cary Elwes (Princess Bride, Liar Liar). I’m usually not big on just comedy movies, but with Mel Brooks’ films it’s different. For one, I grew up with them. They are like old friends. But also there is the fact that they are downright awesome. I’m left breathless with laughter even while I enjoy a story that still has a lot of heart.

Robin: Men in Tights is the same story that we all know. Robin is captured and put in prison during the crusades; when he escapes he returns home to discover things are much changed. Prince John has usurped the throne and has been unfairly taxing the citizens. With the help of his servant, Blinkin, Little John, Will Scarlett and Atchoo (the son of a fellow prisoner he met) Robin Hood starts a war with Prince John and the Sheriff of Rottingham.

One of my favorite parts of this is the song that’s sung by Robin’s merry men, “We’re men in tights”. The musical quality to this movie only adds to the smart humor that subtly and not so subtly mocks adventure and romance dramas. It’s hard to describe the cinematic genius of Brooks, but there is just something about his films that make him stand out against the rest. Whether it’s the fourth wall breaks, the spot-on humor, the spit-fire dialogue or the exemplary story line, Brooks has a style that withstands the test of time and I can’t help but to love every film I’ve seen.