February 07, 2008

The Trip to Bountiful (1985)

IMDB: The Trip to Bountiful (1985)

Plot Outline:
Carrie Watts is living the twilight of her life trapped in an apartment in 1940's Houston, Texas with a controlling daughter-in-law and a hen-pecked son. Her fondest wish -- just once before she dies -- is to revisit Bountiful, the small Texas town of her youth which she still refers to as "home." The trouble is her son, Ludie, is too concerned for her health to allow her to travel alone and her petty daughter-in-law, Jessie Mae, insists they don't have money to squander on bus tickets.

While Geraldine Page's performance was definitely deserving of her Oscar, I though the film would have played better as a fictionalized account of the play. As it is, it was more play than screenplay and thus, in my opinion, suffered for it.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 02/06/2008]

Posted by mark at 07:23 PM | Comments (0)

January 24, 2008

Driving Lessons (2006)

IMDB: Driving Lessons (2006)

Plot Outline:
A coming of age story about a shy teenage boy trying to escape from the influence of his domineering mother. His world changes when he begins to work for a retired actress.

This was a really fun story, although I could have done with a little less dumb expression from Rupert Grint. I don't think he had more than a stupid look on his face through the entire picture.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date:01/22/08]

Posted by mark at 07:23 PM | Comments (0)

May 15, 2007

The Break-Up (2006)

IMDB: The Break-Up (2006)

Plot Outline:
In a bid to keep their luxurious condo from their significant other, a couple's break-up proceeds to get uglier and nastier by the moment.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 05/13/07]

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Shortbus (2006)

IMDB: Shortbus (2006)

Plot Outline:
A group of New Yorkers get caught up in their romantic-sexual milieu converge at an underground salon infamous for its blend of art, music, politics, and carnality.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 04/10/07]

Posted by mark at 09:38 PM | Comments (0)

Tideland (2005)

IMDB: Tideland (2005)

Plot Summary:
After her mother dies from a methadone overdose, Jeliza-Rose is taken from the big city to a rural farmhouse by her father.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 04/08/07]

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Muriel's Wedding (1994)

IMDB: Muriel's Wedding (1994)

Plot Summary:
Muriel finds life in Porpoise Spit, Australia dull and spends her days alone in her room listening to Abba music and dreaming of her wedding day.Slight problem, Muriel has never had a date. Then she steals some money to go on a tropical vacation, meets a wacky friend, changes her name to Mariel, and turns her world upside down.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 03/19/07]

Posted by mark at 07:21 PM | Comments (0)

May 13, 2007

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)

IMDB: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)

Plot Outline:
Four best girlfriends hatch a plan to stay connected with one another as their lives start off in different directions: they pass around a pair of secondhand jeans that fits each of their bodies perfectly.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 02/24/07]

Posted by mark at 04:47 PM | Comments (0)

April 01, 2007

Two for the Road (1967)

IMDB: Two for the Road (1967)

Plot Outline:
A couple in the south of France non-sequentially spin down the highways of infidelity in their troubled ten-year marriage.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 01/21/07]

Posted by mark at 10:28 PM | Comments (0)

January 13, 2007

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

IMDB: The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Plot Outline: A struggling salesman (Will Smith) takes custody of his son (Jaden Smith) as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional endeavor.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 01/01/07]

Posted by mark at 08:01 PM | Comments (0)

June 25, 2006

Roger Dodger (2002)

IMDB: Roger Dodger (2002)

Blurb: "After breaking up with his lover and boss, a smooth-talking man takes his teenaged nephew out on the town in search of sex. "

This film's greatness is the result of the performance of Campbell Scott -- he is truly remarkable as the quite unlikeable Roger Swanson, who sees the world of dating and getting laid as a paint-by-numbers matrix of simple logic.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 06/22/06]

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Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)

IMDB: Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 06/07/06]

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Sideways (2004)

IMDB: Sideways (2004)

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 06/04/06]

Posted by mark at 02:51 PM | Comments (0)

December 15, 2005

Pride & Prejudice (2005)

IMDB: Pride & Prejudice (2005)

Jude and I caught the matinee of Pride & Prejudice today and I have to say, if you are a Jane Austen fan, this is a fine rendition.

As an unapologetic viewer of 'Chick Flicks' this was one of the cream of the crop. Having not seen the highly acclaimed 1995 BBC miniseries with Colin Firth, I have little to compare this production to. That said, my eyes got a bit misty at parts, even though I was familiar with the story.

Keira Knightley, Matthew MacFadyen, and Donald Sutherland all did great work.

For some reason, I mistook Matthew MacFadyen (Mr. Darcy) for Vinnie Jones aka Bullet Tooth Tony from Snatch. So when I got home I IMDB'd him and found no films I'd seen MacFadyen in, yet I could swear he looks so familiar to me.

And let me say that MacFadyen's portrayal of Darcy was sublime -- beginning as the arrogant SOB, and progressing to removing the assumed layers of persona to become, in the end, the 'reality' of Mr. Darcy.

Rating: 7

Posted by mark at 08:17 PM | Comments (0)

November 27, 2005

Home for the Holidays (1995)

IMDB: Home for the Holidays (1995)

Decent Holiday fare in this, Jodie Foster's 2nd directorial film effort.

Rating: 6

Posted by mark at 10:44 AM | Comments (0)

January 23, 2005

In Good Company (2004)

IMDB: In Good Company

Plot Outline:

Another pleasant dramedy from the creators of About A Boy, In Good Company tells the tale of rising 26 yr. old corporate sales star Carter Duryea (Topher Grace) who becomes the boss of the former director of sales for Sports America magazine, 51 yr. old Dan Foreman (Dennis Quaid).

Falling in love with Dan's daughter, Alex (Scarlett Johansson) finds Carter hiding the relationship from her father while trying to keep Dan from getting fired.

Rating: 6

Posted by mark at 10:51 AM

December 31, 2004

Spanglish (2004)

IMDB: Spanglish (2004)

Plot Outline: A woman and her daughter emigrate from Mexico for a better life in America, where they start working for a family where the patriarch is a newly celebrated chef with an insecure wife.

Adam Sandler's best non-slapstick performance is overshadowed by Paz Vega and Shelbie Bruce.

Rating: 6

Posted by mark at 05:11 PM

December 28, 2004

Finding Neverland (2004)

IMDB: Finding Neverland (2004)

Plot Outline: The story of J.M. Barrie's friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan.

J. M. Barrie (Johnny Depp) uses his relationship with a family to create Peter Pan, his most famous work.

Rating: 6

Being as I really like Johnny Depp and also Kate Winslet, this biopic was easily digested.


Posted by mark at 10:21 PM

September 10, 2004

The Station Agent (2003)

IMDB: The Station Agent (2003)

Plot Outline: When his only friend dies, a man born with dwarfism moves to rural New Jersey to live a life of solitude, only to meet a chatty hot dog vendor and a woman dealing with her own personal loss.

A low key, sweet, vignette of life with exceptional characters and storyline. Peter Dinklage is truly remarkable.

Rating: 7

Posted by mark at 06:33 PM