Archive for December, 2010

Rabbit Hole

Grief takes many forms.  Rabbit Hole tries to capture the pain and anguish of a couples’ lose of their son.  This play turned film stars Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as the struggling parents who are doing the best they can to overcome their distress.  The films follows the couples methods of mourning through their experience with their neighbors, family, and even the teen driver who struck their son.  Rabbit Hole is the sad and all true story of dealing with pain learning to cope.

From the very beginning you know this film is going to be sad.  From the first moments of hearing about this families lose through the despair you see the parents struggle with .  I am here to say that although this movie is deeply sad their is a message of understanding.  Continue reading

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National Film Registry 2010


Annually the National Film Registry names 25 films to be immortalized and housed in the Library of Congress.  Past films have included The Wizard of Oz, Toy Story and the music video Thriller.  The films do not need to be feature length.  They are chosen to be preserved for their “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significance.

Here is a full list of the films entered into the National Film Registry Continue reading

Easy A

It is hard for a teenage comedy to be funny without coming across as crass but Easy A maintains its dignity while being in this category.  Easy A is the story of Olive Penderghast’s (Emma Stone) fictional fling with the less desirable men of her school.  As false rumors get out, Olive becomes the scorn of the Christians but the hero of the nerds. The film follows Olive through the social penalties at school, the support from her parents and her consequences with the teachers.

The film parallels a book that the students are reading in class, The Scarlett Letter.  I know, cliche!  This cliche is noticed by Olive in one of her Vlogs throughout the movie.  The clever writing allows for this cliche to exist in the plot but used more as a parody.  It leads to some funny moment with Olive wearing a red A on her clothes.  This example of humor instantly reminded me of Tina Fey and 30 Rock. Continue reading

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from Cinema, I Love You!  Enjoy the sweet music from Billy Mack (Bill Nighly) from Love Actually.

Black Swan

In recent years Darren Aronofsky has been making power house movies.  On a low budget, Aronofsky’s films are character driven all the way through award season.  His newest film has been advertised as the sister film to last year’s The Wrestler.   Black Swan is set  during the production of  the New York City Ballet’s Swan Lake.  Natilie Portman stars a Nina, a shy young company member who stays dedicated to her role all the way through to the end.  The movie follows her commitment and transition from beautiful White Swan to the twisted Black Swan.  The movie revolves around her changing relationship with director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel), her mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) and rebellious company dancer Lily (Mina Kunis).

The style of the film is very much like that of The Wrestler.  The plot is the main character.  That’s not to say that the other roles were underwhelming but to say that it is solely focused on Nina.  With this said Natalie Portman was phenomenal.  Without giving away the ending, her performance is not spectacular till the final scene.  It all comes together in that final moment. Continue reading

The King’s Speech

Colin Firth storms back to the award show circuit as the George VI in The King’s Speech.  The film follows the true life difficulties George VI has with his speech impediment and the bizarre situation that leads to his coronation.  Helen Bonham Carter acts as his fur clad wife who pushes and stands by her husband, while Geoffrey Rush is the eccentric speech therapist who looks at George VI without the crown and tries to cure him.

Although pinned as a dramatic movie the screenplay offers countless situations filled with laughter.  There is definitely a humor and wit to this film that most dramatic tales lack.  Part of this humor is due to Geoffrey Rush.  In a role he was born to play, his bizarre and crazed behavior had the entire theater laughing.  From his speech practices to his back and forth banter with Firth made the film a lot more enjoyable. Continue reading

Film in Review

The following is a really well made clip of film in 2010.  It features movies made in the past year.  Of course you have love, guns and comedic relief.  Although i have not seen most of these films i could name about 90%.  How many do you recognize?