My 2007 Summer Movies – Part 1
I seldom go to the theatres. It’s just so darn expensive. So during the summer when my schedule is more lax, I rent DVDs and try to catch up with the movies that catch my fancy.
I used to write lengthy posts about the movies that I have seen, how they move me and how I can relate to the characters. But now, I don’t have the time to do that.
But I still want to share with you some of the movies that I have seen. Here are just a few of them. I’ve listed the first thing/s that caught my attention to each movie. I’ve also written a very short summary, and/or some of the memorable quotes.
Little Children – Kate Winslet. As I’ve told my 9-year old son, the title is Little Children but it is not good for small children. The movie is rated R. Yes, this is one of the movies where she gets naked.
This is a story about married couples in a small suburban town. Sarah (Kate Winslet) is a stay-at-home mom. She meets Brad (Patrick Wilson), a stay-at-home dad, at the playground and they had an affair. The plot also includes a story about Ronnie (Jackie Earle Haley), a phedophile who just got out of prison. Larry (Noah Emmerich), an ex-cop, is intent on making Ronnie’s life miserable. But here’s the thing. Ronnie may have exposed himself to a child years ago, but Larry has shot and killed a teen-ager. The twist at the end, of what happened to Ronnie and Larry, is unexpected and a little disturbing. But it is all good.
My favourite quotes:
This is during one of the book club meetings about Madame Bovary. Sarah thinks that the main character is a feminist.
Mary Ann: Oh that’s nice. So now cheating on your husband makes you a feminist?
Sarah: No no no. It’s not the cheating. It’s the hunger – the hunger for an alternative and refusal to accept a life of unhappiness.
Narrator at the end of the movie:
He knew that Ronnie had done some bad things in the past, but so had Larry. You couldn’t change the past. But the future could be a different story. And it had to start somewhere.
Thank You For Smoking – I only rented this one because it stars Katie Holmes. I mostly read bad reviews about Katie’s acting but I think she’s alright, not great, but alright. I’ve been a fan of her since her Dawson’s Creek days. And I happen to think that she has this classic beauty. Well, anyway, the movie is about Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart), who is the chief spokesman for Big Tobacco and his job is to defend smokers and cigarette makers. And he’s very good at his job. But how can he continue to do his job and still be a role model to his 12-year old son? The son, by the way, I immediately recognized as the same actor who played the boy in the movie Birth, Cameron Bright.
The Lake House – A feel good movie. Kate (Sandra Bullock) and Alex (Keanu Reeves) are exchanging letters through this mail box in a lake house, a house that they both occupied, him, two years ago, and her, just recently moved out of. They’re exchanging letters at the present, but his present is 2004 and hers is 2006. It is sort of a time travel but not really. I have a thing with this though. I think it’s not good to change anything that happened in the past. The past is done. Don’t try to change it. Although this movie makes you feel good about it.
The Last Kiss – “Well it’s very simple… do whatever it takes.” This is what Stephen (Tom Wilkinson) told Michael (Zach Braff) when the latter said that he’d do anything to get the former’s daughter, Jenna, back.
When Michael learns that Jenna (Jacinda Barrett), his girlfriend of three years is pregnant, he worries that his life is over and he sleeps with a younger girl. But he realizes his mistake and does everything it takes to get Jenna back. And you’d think that a 30-something man has already matured and he does something stupid like that. Will you be able to forgive this guy and take him back?
Notes on a Scandal – “We are bound by the secrets we share.”
Barbara (Judi Dench), a schoolteacher who is close to retirement writes in her diary about Sheba (Cate Blanchett), a younger and attractive woman, also a teacher who has recently joined the faculty. Barbara befriends Sheba, the former reaching out to her and the latter confiding in her. But when Barbara saw Sheba having sex with one of her 15-year old students, she saw an opportunity to blackmail her and Sheba later finds out that Barbara has a sexual interest in her.
I think the combination of the two actors is a real treat. Great performances.
The Zodiac – Jake Gyllenhaal. I like him.🙂
Not many people have basements in California.
A newspaper cartoonist becomes obsessed with a killer who named himself Zodiac and ends up writing a book about him. The tagline ~ There’s more than one way to lose your life to a killer. This movie shows us how the obsession with this killer has affected the lives of his leading investigators.
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