Category Archives: Movie Reviews

Age has nothing to do with being an adult

I recently spent the day with a friend of mine, a friend who’s been having some boy troubles.  Her boy troubles are not similar to mine, but they are.  I don’t want to get too far into her problems, because it would be a horrible betrayal of confidence, but let’s just say her “boy” doesn’t want to be monogamous, but he keeps dragging her back into this nasty little storm of his making.

So we spent the day together, shopping, going to the Farmer’s Market, having lunch, and she asks me to stay for dinner and a movie.

lars and the real girl

Image by mandyseyfang via Flickr

We were watching Lars and the Real Girl, and there’s this part where Lars asks his brother how he knew he was a man, an adult.  And his brother, Gus, says, “Well, it’s not like you’re one thing or the other, okay? There’s still a kid inside but you grow up when you decide to do right, okay, and not what’s right for you, what’s right for everybody, even when it hurts.” Lars asks, “Okay, like what?” And Gus replies, “Like, you know, like, you don’t jerk people around, you know, and you don’t cheat on your woman, and you take care of your family, you know, and you admit when you’re wrong, or you try to, anyways. That’s all I can think of, you know – it sound like it’s easy and for some reason it’s not.”

I blinked at the TV, floored.  I started to say something, but stopped myself.  And three seconds later, my friend says, “Wow.”

You grow up when you decide to do right, not for you but for everybody else, even when it hurts.  You grow up when you don’t jerk people around, and you don’t cheat on your woman, and you take care of your family, and you admit when you’re wrong.

It sounds so simple.  But “for some reason it’s not.”

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The Bechdel Test

I wish I could tell you which issue of Skirt I found this in, but I can’t.  I know it was recent, that’s all I can tell you.  There was a small little blurb about the Bechdel Test, a three part test to see if you should see a movie:

  1. Are there two or more female characters with names?
  2. Do they talk to each other?
  3. If they talk to each other, do they talk about something other than a man?

Some big surprises, actually.  (There’s a list of them online here, along with some additional information.)

Movies that pass:

  • The Exorcist
  • Sixteen Candles
  • Mermaids
  • Thelma & Louise (big surprise there!)
  • Love Actually

Movies that do not pass:

  • Blazing Saddles
  • Real Genius
  • When Harry Met Sally
  • Princess Bride
  • Casablanca
  • Serenity

One movie that didn’t pass, according to this list, and I’m calling bullshit on:  Steel Magnolias.  Really?  The women do talk to each other about things other than men.  Don’t they?

Team Jacob, but not Team Taylor

My friend geauxgirl sent me a blog post from author Jen Lancaster the other day that made me laugh out loud.  She went to see New Moon, and the only people in the theater were women in their 30s and 40s.  When the character of Jacob took off his shirt, all the women gasped, then laughed, “and suddenly every Cougar for Cullen in that room started doing the kind of math that does not lead to any answer other than shame and possible jail time.” 

I read all the Twilight books, and New Moon was by far my favorite, so I was looking forward to seeing the movie.  I’ve been on “Team Jacob” all along.  (Hm, pasty skinny pale cold as marble chest vs. yummy muscled searing hot cut chest…let me think…)  I’d seen that Jacob Lautner had bulked up for the new film, and I was thinking he was looking pretty hot.  Not in a statutory rape kind of way, just in a…hell, have you seen him?

I had yesterday off and decided to see New Moon with the cougars, rather than the tweens.  And I really enjoyed it.  I think they did a good job.  Robert Pattinson is growing on me as Edward, and Taylor lived up to my expectations, bod-wise.  Kristin Stewart, I’ve thought all along, is perfect as Bella.  The only part I cringed at was the first appearance of a wolf.  The wolf was not…believable.  After that first appearance, it wasn’t as bad, although I don’t know if it was just that it was less noticable after the first time. 

But here is the surprise.  Unless he’s smiling and good-natured, Taylor does nothing for me, face-wise.  I just want to cut him off at the neck and paste someone else’s face on the body.  When he smiles, though, I think he looks quite a bit like Matt Damon.  I think it’s the smile.  And that’s when I really *heart* him.  Not in an icky “he’s underage” way, but in a “he’s so darn cute how can you not love him” way.

        

The Last Word

Last night, I watched the movie The Last Word on Netflix streaming.  It stars Wes Bentley, Winona Ryder, and Ray Romano.  “Reclusive writer Evan has created for himself a unique job:  writing suicide notes for people who are about to kill themselves.  When he unexpectedly falls for Charlotte, the sister of one of his recent clients, his whole way of life is upended.  Although Evan has a knack for the work he does, he’s understandably nervous to have others learn about his secret job – especially his new girlfriend.”

Sounds kind of morbid, doesn’t it?  When it first started, I wondered if Evan actually was a kind of personal suicide hotline – it may be, because he estimates that about 30% of his clients actually off themselves.  He has people keep a kind of diary, jotting down their thoughts, so he can write a suicide note that actually expresses who they are.  Surely, in the course of writing down their thoughts, some people must realize that things aren’t that bad, and decide against killing themselves.  He’s quite the poet – one of his clients actually won an award for his work – posthumously, of course. 

You can tell Evan is a very lonely person, doesn’t get out much, doesn’t have friends.  As he says, “I’m not particularly funky.”  But Charlotte pulls him into the world, and he begins to question his work.

The movie was pretty okay.  Not fabulous – although I thought the ending was particularly great.  Something a lot of people can relate to.  So, check it out, if you’re so inclined.

Juno

Went to see a promo viewing of Juno tonight.  Let’s see, how to describe it…

Great.  Awesome.  Fun.  Funny.  Poignant (don’t you just love that word?).  Funny.  Wait, did I already say that? 

Let’s just say, I’m going to have to watch it again to catch everything, because people were laughing so loud they were drowning out the dialogue. 

Oh, and it’s going to be one of those infinitely quotable movies. 

Excuse me, I have to start my Christmas wishlist for next year….(DVD’s:  Juno)