Opening this weekend in theaters throughout the U.S.: Crazy, Stupid, Love starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Julianne Moore and Kevin Bacon.
Here’s the story:
At fortysomething, straight-laced Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is living the dream–good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his high school sweetheart. But then Cal learns that his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore), cheated on him and wants a divorce, so his “perfect” life quickly unravels.
Worse, in today’s single world, Cal, who hasn’t dated in decades, stands out as the epitome of un-smooth. Now spending his free evenings sulking alone at a local bar, the hapless Cal is taken on as wingman and protege to handsome, thirtysomething player Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling).
Opening this weekend at limited theatres throughout the U.S.: A Little Help starring Jenna Fischer.
Set in suburban Long Island in the post-9/11 summer of 2002, A Little Help is a dramedy that examines a period of chaotic and rather bizarre upheaval in the life of dental hygienist Laura Pehlke (Jenna Fischer).
This is Best Friends’ entry for the 2011 Jacksonville 48 Hour Film Project, winner of Best Cinematography by Mark Hubbard, Best Sound Design by Matt Simons, Best Actress by Juli Piechovski, and Runner-Up for Best Film.
This review done in real time on my iPad while watching the new British film Submarine directed by Richard Ayoade, based on the novel by Joe Dunthorne. The film stars Sally Hawkins, Noah Taylor, Paddy Considine, Yasmin Paige and Craig Roberts.
In a drab and gray Wales, teenager Oliver Tate is on a dash of self discovery. He imagines his death, his friends and all of the country grieving for him. Oliver then conjures his own imaginary resurrection, much to the surprise of his friends. The film is guided by Oliver’s excessive narration about his feelings, his fears, his deepest secrets.
To get the attention of the girl he likes, Jordana, Oliver becomes a playful bully. But when the pudgy girl who is the target of Oliver’s teasing falls into a pond, Oliver regrets tormenting his shy classmate. Oliver’s parents suspect he’s gay, so when they discover he has a girlfriend, they are overjoyed, as overjoyed as boring British parents can get. Oliver’s mum and dad have problems of their own and their marriage has been on shaky ground since Oliver’s mum’s first love moved back to the family home next door.
Oliver’s colorless father has been depressed since adolescence and tells Oliver he feels like he lives underwater. Oliver loses Jordana after making a stupid decision and tries to get her back. Jordana was the most colorful, fiery thing in Oliver’s world, and without her, all is gloom and doom. When he’s left to live without his first love, Oliver morphs into a angst-ridden copy of his dad, living in an underwater depression, wearing his dad’s robe and sleeping in.
The film is presented in five acts: prologue, three acts and an epilogue. Some editing choices were beautifully artistic, but didn’t serve the story well, keeping the audience at an emotional distance from the characters. Submarine is a refreshing look at first love that ends with a hopeful reunion between Oliver and Jordana.
Opening this weekend at theaters throughout the U.S.: Arthur (2011), starring Russell Brand.
In this fresh new look at a classic story, Russell Brand re-invents the role of loveable billionaire Arthur Bach, an irresponsible charmer who has always relied on two things to get by: his limitless fortune and the good sense of lifelong nanny Hobson (Helen Mirren) to keep him out of trouble.
Now he faces his biggest challenge–choosing between an arranged marriage to ambitious corporate exec Susan (Jennifer Garner), that will ensure his lavish lifestyle, or an uncertain future with the one thing money can’t buy, Naomi (Greta Gerwig), the woman he really loves. With Naomi’s inspiration and some unconventional help from Hobson, the one person who always believed in him, Arthur will take the most expensive risk of his life and learn what it means to be a man.
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