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Lovely, feel good film
I had no idea what to expect from this, but I'm familiar with Bijou Phillip's work and although she usually plays trashy characters, this one is definitely her best role yet and would love to see her play more of them. There was something different about her, she looked fantastic! She comes off as a quirky, sweet, off-beat woman called Carys (pronounced Care-riss) who apparently has no feelings towards others until she attends a strangers funeral and meets her future love, Tyler (Ian Somerhalder) who's mourning the death of his fiancé, Anna. Carys lives with her hilarious roommate Lila (Marguerite Moreau) who has major issues of her own, she also shares personal thoughts with her best friend Shane (Danny Masterson), a funeral director who is accused by Tyler for possibly taking Anna's engagement ring that has mysteriously disappeared off her finger. Meanwhile, Carys later discovers that Tyler may be hiding something too.
The movie had great chemistry between the characters and I found it perfectly engaging, which is rare for me when it comes to these rare types of story lines that sound like it might be awful but completely surprises you in the end. I would definitely call it original, something you wouldn't expect in a movie.
It pretty much offers everything from plenty of light humor that doesn't overshadow the rest of the film, romance with a touch of mystery/suspense. Depending on the way you view it, it's actually kind of tragic, too, because the story deals with the death of a loved one, more than once. One thing I would change about the film is a little more emphasis on Tyler's dead fiancé, Anna, maybe some flashbacks of their time together? I think if we met her, instead of just hearing about how wonderful she was, we would feel more sympathy for Tyler losing her.
It's not a sappy PG-13 romantic-comedy type, although it may seem that way in the beginning with the whole ring thing. (Rated R for language although not frequent - more than one f-word, and two love scenes - one being particularly steamy without nudity). I would say it's something that's worth watching more than once (seen it twice) and if you don't take the dialog too seriously, you will most likely enjoy it too.
A Pleasant Surprise...
A tale of obsession that turns dangerous. I actually quite liked this, then again I wasn't expecting much out of it (hence the cover) but I adore Emily Browning and I knew this role would be a lot different for her. She was terrific! The music was surprisingly catchy (call me a cheese-ball, but it's true), I found myself humming to some of the songs long after watching. It's definitely not boring and pretty much covered everything from romance and music to mystery and thriller with a hard learned lesson on family and marriage. I liked that it felt realistic. The American accents were done well from some of the Australian cast, but not perfect. The acting was above average. The ending was predictable and little cliché, yet necessary. The punk rock vibe was genuine.
Was it scary? Hell no. Creepy? Yes, having a psycho band member stalk you, seduce you, who looks almost identical to your deceased brother is pretty messed up. If you like thrillers with a bit of edge, it's definitely worth a watch.
Ginger Snaps (2000)
Dark and delightful!!!
Ginger Snaps has been a favourite of mine for a long time! Just as I was about to turn off the TV at around 3AM one night, Ginger Snaps was beginning and I wasn't intending on watching, but it had me glued from beginning to end. If it wasn't for that, I probably would not have ever known about this amazing film, which is sad because so many horror lovers out there have missed this one. With extremely strong language and brutal violence, it's not suitable for the youngins!
Ginger(Katherine Isabell) and Brigitt's (Emily Perkins) close knit relationship felt genuine. They were best friends, they were almost one. Their dark interests of death and dying really captured their desires and true feelings of how they viewed life. Sure, it is disturbing, but what good horror movie isn't?
I loved the atmosphere throughout with a bit of a Halloween theme toward the end. Fantastic Canadian cast! The acting however was excellent from the entire cast except for Emily Perkins (Sorry, Em!) but it's true. I understand it was difficult for her to remain a depressed, shy loner (as she explained in an interview once) and it showed because her angry scenes felt forced and she ended up making hilarious facial expressions. I don't let that bother me and it does not wreck the film but I often wonder who else could have pulled off her part. All in all, the movie is highly engaging for a teen werewolf story, one of the best I've seen! See it. Buy it. Watch it a hundred times.
Best Man Down (2012)
Fantastic film worth watching.
Excellent film. I wouldn't really call it a chick flick, it's far better than that. The comedy isn't persistent which I liked most, just a refreshing story about a newly wed couple trying to grasp at the loss of their friend, a funeral to take care of and cancelling their honeymoon. The characters were likable and it even threw in a little twist toward the mid-end which you may or may not have seen coming. It's heartwarming and down to earth without most of the cliché nonsense you see in most comedies, a real nice surprise.
Fantastic cast. Justin Long and Jess Weixler make a great team. It was nice to see another movie with Tyler Labine, he seems like a such a fun, lovable guy and what a great actor! If you're hesitant, definitely go for it. I give it a solid 8/10.
Magic Magic (2013)
The kind of film that grabs you...
This film is incredibly misunderstood. I have to admit when I watched it for the first time, having no knowledge what so ever about the storyline, I was confused and didn't think much of it. When I saw an interview with Juno Temple and Emily Browning talking about the movie, it reminded me to watch it again. This time with an open mind. I can't believe what I missed, because I thoroughly enjoyed it the second time, probably because I was expecting a horror/thriller like the trailer suggests, and then of course disappointment strikes when you learn it's anything but that. It is not a horror film. After reading a few in-depth reviews from other people's point of views on what was actually happening in the movie and who these characters were, it all makes perfect sense. I watched it with a friend one night, explaining a little about what to expect before watching and he ended up loving it without question. I think people who claim to "hate" this movie should at least give it another shot after gaining a little more insight about what the story is really about, it's worth it. To me, a kind of film that makes you think and observe is a well made movie.
I personally felt so much for the main character, Alicia (Juno Temple), because you can actually feel what she was going through, to some degree. I found the whole film had an incredibly eerie vibe throughout, the wild animals, the water, the music, the hypnosis patterns, everything. The ending was unexpected and leaves you with questions that probably cannot be answered. However, the acting was absolutely phenomenal, very realistic with a fantastic cast. Overall, I'm so glad I gave it another shot. 9/10