Thursday, October 22, 2015
Starring: Vincent Cassel, François Cluzet, Alice Isaaz, Lola Le Lann, Philippe Nahon
My thoughts on this film: I found it to be a very annoying, phony, and stupidly written movie. I did not connect or relate to the characters at all. The dialogues were empty and lacked true emotion.
I was hoping for something as funny as The Untouchables. I generally enjoy French cinema, but this time they seemed to be following Hollywood steps in a very bad way.
I also did not enjoy the way in which they skipped unfinished scenes.
There were some fun one-liners, but it was, overall, very bad!
Monday, October 12, 2015
A Walk in the Woods (Directed by Ken Kwapis; Written by Rick Kerb, Bill Holderman, Bill Bryson, and Michael Arndt)
Starring: Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, Nick Offerman, Kristen Schaal, R. Keith Harris
My thoughts on this film: It is a nice, witty, film, where although some pople could say that Redford might have wanted to make a bit of an environmental statement here, Nolte keeps us entertained all through until the end. Emma Thompson is also a delight as Redford's wife Catherine Bryson, but it is truly Kristen Schaal as Mary Ellen - the annoying, obnoxious fellow traveller, who talks endlessly and knows it all - that steals the show.
This is what you would call a buddy type of film. Just a sweet and nice movie that will appeal to all ages!
Monday, October 05, 2015
Seventy-year-old widower, Ben Whittaker, has discovered that retirement is not all it is cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back into the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site founded and run by Jules Ostin.
Starring: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Anders Holm, JoJo Kushner, Andrew Rannells, Adam DeVine, Zack Pearlman, Jason Orley, Christina Scherer
My thoughts on this film: The story is simple and very well knit. It beautifully portrays how an old school veteran brings peace and stability to a Millennial generation woman entrepreneur lost in the crazy and excruciatingly demanding business world. The characters have been well conceptualised and sketched. Some of the scenes really touch your heart, particularly the conversations between Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro. At the end, it leaves you with some food for thought.
The simplicity of the story did not demand high levels of acting. However, Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro do a great job at projecting the aspirations, principles, beliefs, and challenges of both generations, not only in terms of dialogue delivery, but also expressions. The supporting cast is excellent too.
In terms of directing, I like the way Nancy Meyers focused on projecting the synergies of two different generations working together rather than the friction which we normally see. This gave the entire movie a very feel-good factor.
Overall, it is a definite film for all ages, which will get you in a good mood!