Saturday, October 9, 2010

Movie Review: (500) Days of Summer

(500) Days of Summer

Release Date: August 7th, 2009
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt
- Tom
Zooey Deschanel - Summer
Matthew Gray Gubler - Paul
Geoffrey Arend - McKenzie
Chloe Moretz - Rachel

Review: I have been wanting to watch this movie for quite sometime, but have been putting it off because of all the hype. I'm a believer that if a lot of people say the movie, song, book, etc, is amazing...then it probably is not! Boy, I was wrong!
I loved this movie! And Joseph Gordon-Levitt...I'm in love now.

The movie is set in Los Angeles, California...but from a more artsy perspective, as Tom wants to be an architect...but is stuck at a job writing greeting cards. My favorite: "Roses are red. Violets are blue. F*ck you whore."

Tom falls in love with Summer almost immediately, which leaves room for nothing but disaster. But as the tagline says; "This is not a love story. This is a story about love."
I enjoyed how this movie went from beginning to end and everywhere in the middle completely out of order, giving you a complete spectrum into Tom's mind while not letting you guess the ending. You never really knew what day we'd be watching next.
The relationship between his younger sister, Rachel, and his friends McKenzie and Paul were the comic genius of the movie...especially Rachel. I think we'd all like a sister like her in our lives.
I'd like Paul in my life because he's Matthew Gray Gubler...but that's beside the point! :) ♥

This movie has an independent vibe, which is one of the reasons I loved it. Independent movies are my favorite types. Even though they usually don't give you enough and leave you with more questions than when you began watching, this one was absolutely perfect.

This movie, in my opinion, has the best soundtrack I've heard since Garden State. I have it on hold at the library now. Can not wait to put all of the amazing songs on my iPod. To sample some of the songs & purchase them, click here! (Seriously...I'm in love with this soundtrack & movie!)

(Please forgive my horrific review of this movie, not sure why it was so hard to say how I felt. But "I loved it" and "go see it" pretty much sums it up. It's on HBO right now! Check your On Demand!)

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Movie Review: Letters to Juliet

Letters to Juliet
Released: May 14th, 2010
To DVD: September 14, 2010
Amanda Seyfried - Sophie
Christopher Egan - Charlie
Vanessa Redgrave - Claire
Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal - Victor
Franco Nero - Lorenzo Bartolini

Review: When Sophie and Victor decide to take an early honeymoon--before their actual wedding--they decide to go to Italy.
After Sophie realized that Victor is more interested in finding vendors for his upcoming restaurant, she goes on a solo journey through town, where she comes across Juliet's balcony in Verona, Italy. Women sit around the wall and under the infamous balcony crying their eyes out, begging Juliet for some kind of help in their lives. Whether it be romance, children or even health.
Sophie meets a group of women claiming to be "Juliet's Secretaries" who write back to each woman seeking Juliet's help and with them Sophie stumbles upon a letter, well hidden, written over fifty years ago from a woman, Claire, who so desperately needs answers about her lost love, Lorenzo. Sophie feels she has no choice but to write back.
When Claire arrives in Verona, Italy with her handsome son Charlie she declares she is going to find Lorenzo, because it may just be her last chance.
Even though Charlie protests, Sophie tags along.
The trio set out on a mesmerizing expedition across the beautiful country of Italy.

I was completely taken in from the first five minutes of this movie. I have always loved Amanda Seyfried and to know she would be in Italy, the number one place I would like to visit...that was it. I was hooked.
From the beginning it's obvious that Sophie and Victor are opposites, but not the "opposites-attract" kind, which leaves so much open from the heart.
Sophie is a "fact checker" for a New York publisher who has her heart set to become a writer. As she goes on this journey with Claire and Charlie you learn more and more about how much she loves writing as she keeps track of everything in her journal stored in her messenger bag...connected to her hip!

The chemistry between Charlie and Sophie is palpable and fascinating at the same time. The constant bantering and disagreeing give this movie a lighthearted and fun atmosphere.
Claire. She was probably my favorite part of this movie. I don't think any other woman could have been better for this part. She was a magnet that drew me in rooting for her, just hoping she was going to find her lost love. When she'd talk to Sophie or Charlie, it was as if she was talking to me. She was so unbelievably sweet and warm.

Charlie...that accent was enough for me. Even if he did seem to have a stick--- I loved him anyways. But it was obvious he had a big heart when it came to his grandma, and he knew that Sophie was there for comfort.

Real life married couple Franco & Vanessa (Lorenzo and Claire) were absolutely adorable. I loved them any time they had on screen time.

Predictable ending. But when it comes to a love story, they're the best.

I am a huge sap for movies like these, and yes I cried. Why not? I will always love a love story and this movie was absolutely beautiful! The scenery, the actors, the script...everything!

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