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Extremley Loud & Incredibly Close

31 Jan
Last night I saw Extremley Loud & Incredibly Close, and I was very impressed. The story has many twists and turns and I was hooked to the screen within the first five minutes.

Thomas Horn stole the spotlight from legends Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock as their young son Oskar Schell. His performance as a cofused, frustrated and incredibly intelligent young boy was amazing for his first performance, and no one else could have presented it as well as he did. Another amazing performance was Max von Sydow as the mysterious renter. When Oskar’s grandmother told him that the renter was from the old country and that he was dangerous, I thought that maybe he was a Nazi hiding out in New York. When he and Oskar first meet and we discover that he does not speak, I saw him differently. He was a sweet, helpful and brave man who had a traumatic childhood, and wanted to help this young boy who turns out to be his grandson.

Viola Davis and Jeffrey Wright gave a heartmelting perfomance as the divorcing couple who turn out to be the link between the key that Oskar found in his dad’s closet.

The arguing scenes between Bullock and Horn and gripping, and when he told her he wishes she has died at 9/11 instead of his dad, I literally stopped breathing for a few seconds. The final scene between mother and son, when she tells him how she visited all of the Black’s before he did, and tried to think like him, made me see her in a new light. I saw Linda as a mother who did not understand her son and was distancing herself from him, but now I saw her as a strong mother who did not know how to talk to her son, not that she did not want to.

I have not cried this much during a movie since The Notebook and 50/50 and I would love to see it over and over again.

father and son share a laugh

American Beauty

19 Jan

So I just watched this movie for the first time in a very long time and it was just as mesmerizing as before. Allan Ball writes amazing stories and creates characters that always seem to be more than a little out of the ordinary. Kevin Spacey controls the screen as the frustrated and bored Lester, the man who wants to get away from his crazy wife and have a relationship build back up with his distant daughter. Annette Benning and Thora Birch demand attention with their roles and Annette’s Caroline drives me insane, I just hate her so much (I know that’s a little harsh, but she is a fictional character). Thora’s Jane, on the other hand, I understand what she is going through. If my “friend” and dad were as messed up as her’s are, I would be running far away. Mena Suvari makes a great slutty high school girl who lies about her sex life. She will do almost anything to get attention from men, even if it is just a look. She takes advantage of Lester’s emotions and helps his sick fantasies almost come true, until she admits, half naked, that she is still a virgin. I don’t think that any sensible man would take the virginity of a young girl, especially if she was his daughter’s friend.

 And who can forget the chaotic father-son relationship of Wes Bentley and Chris Cooper. Cooper’s Frank Fitts has a nasty temper and treats his son like he is one of his marines, and it makes you hate him. Towards the very end of the film, you find out that he is gay. This made me feel almost sorry for him, because he looks so heartbroken when Spacey tells him that he is not interested. At the end, the audience is made to think that Caroline killed Lester, when in fact it was Frank Fitts. When the two teenagers run away together, I see it almost as a twisted Romeo and Juliet. Even though their parents are messed up, they are perfect for each other.

Kevin Spacey and Mena Suvari during one of Lester's dreams

show me how you BURLESQUE

18 Jan

I saw this movie in theatres when it came out last year, and to be honest, I wasn’t sure how I felt about Christina Aguilera acting. I didn’t know how well she could do, and she impressed me. For a woman who has very little acting experience, she held her own against Cher, Stanley Tucci, Kristen Bell, Cam Gigandet and Julianne Hough. Christina’s vocals are incredible, and she let her voice shine in all of the catchy songs. The only thing that I was slightly dissapointed in was that burlesque icon Dita Von Teese did not make an apperanace, even a cameo would have had me satisfied. Overall, I love this movie and have memerized almost of the the song lyrics and even some lines: “Did you also tell him that I have a tattoo on my ass?” ~Tess “I will not be upstaged by some slut with mutant lungs!” Nikki

Director Steven Antin added all of the sass, glam and sex that goes with a burlesque show. Maybe he even got some pointers from sister Robin.

Christina and dancers