My 2007 Summer Movies – Part 2
Here’s another list of the movies I watched this summer. And as I’ve written in my comment in my previous post, I didn’t consider my entry as movie reviews. They were just summaries. But since I know you guys will still call these reviews, I have added a little bit more critique and opinions this time.🙂
A Good Woman – Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future.
This is a charming movie set in the 1930s in an island in Italy. Mrs. Erlynne (Helen Hunt) has the reputation of being, what we call now, a gold-digger. She has been the subject of gossips when she was often seen with a wealthy American married man, Robert Windermere (Robert Umbers). Meanwhile, Lord Darlington (Stephen Campbell Moore), a notorious playboy, is flirting with his young and beautiful wife. And when Mrs. Windermere (Scarlett Johanssen) suspected that her husband is being unfaithful, she thought of running away with Lord Darlington, but Mrs. Erlynne saved her from making the biggest mistake of her life. A secret and a wonderful surprise is revealed in the end.
I like Scarlet Johanssen. I think she is one of the fine actresses of our time. Helen Hunt is good, too.
The Number 23 – Be sure your sin will find you out ~ Numbers 32:23
This is a psychological thriller about Walter Sparrow(Jim Carrey) , a dog-catcher, who receives a second-hand book from his wife called the Number 23. As he reads the book, he becomes obsessed with the number 23. He sees people wearing shirts with 2 and 3 on them. He sees the number 23 on the clock. He adds up the numbers in dates and they add up to 23. Etc. He also notices that the novel mirrors certain events in his past and that it could very well be about him. But the thing is, the people close to the main character in the novel ends up dead and Walter believes that he might also end up doing the same crime.
Jim Carrey is more famous for being funny but he can also act in dramatic roles. This film was just okay for me. I like his other film, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a lot better than this one.
It’s nice to see Russell Crowe in a lighter role in this romantic comedy. He plays Max Skinner, A British investment broker, who learns that he has just inherited his Uncle Henry’s vineyard in Provence, France, where he spent part of his childhood. He goes back to Provence with the intention of selling the property. But memories of his childhood and meeting a beautiful woman gave him a change of heart.
It’s always a delight to see Freddie Highmore (although I’ve only seen a couple of his films) who plays the young Max. It’s also nice to see the beautiful scenery of the countryside in France. Russell was very charming in this movie.
You’ll come to see that a man learns nothing from winning. The act of losing, however, can elicit great wisdom.
Will Francis (Jude Law) is an architect who has just relocated his office with his partner to King’s Cross where they had a couple of break-ins. One night he followed the teen-ager who stole his computer and he met his Bosnian refugee mother, Amira (Juliette Binoche). You see, Will’s marriage is already in trouble and he enters into a relationship with this woman. And when Amira learns that Will might have pursued her only because her son stole from him, she thought of blackmailing him so he won’t tell the cops. And yes, I was surprised to see Juliette Binoche take off her clothes. They do a lot of that in movies now, eh? But in the end, the characters pretty much redeemed themselves.
Jude Law is great. It reminds me of his performance in Closer. Juliette Binoche is very convincing as a Bosnian refugee, with the accent and all.
Tagline – If You Want to be Understood…Listen
This is a very compelling movie about four different stories that happened in four different countries. There’s Richard and Susan (Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett) who are vacationing in Morocco and trying to work out their marriage. Then there’s the Moroccan father who bought a gun for his two teen-aged sons so that they could keep the jackals away from his herd. One of the boys aimed the gun at a tour bus and accidentally shot Susan. And the media people speculated that this was a terrorrist attack. Meanwhile, back in the U.S., Richard and Susan’s children are left with the Mexican nanny, who brought the two children to Mexico when she attended her son’s wedding. She and her nephew were questioned at the border on their trip back and the nephew, being intoxicated, panicked and drove away from the officers leaving the nanny and the kids in the desert. Also, in Japan, the original owner of the gun was tracked down to this man who has a deaf daughter who is dealing with the death of her mother.
The plot is very intense and so are the performances. I just can’t help but notice the lines around Brad’s eyes. I’m not sure if those are real or just make up. Well, anyway, it’s not about his looks now, but rather his acting, right?
The first time I watched a Hamlet movie was a few years ago when Lisa, a girl I shared a cubicle with at work, lent me her tape. It was the one where Mel Gibson played the main character. But I slept through the movie. I guess I was tired and I watched it late at night. So when I saw this Ethan Hawke starrer at the video store and read at the back cover that it was a modernized version, I thought I’d give it a try. After all, I enjoyed watching Ethan deliver his witty lines in Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. But guess what? I also slept through this Hamlet. I guess I was also tired and it was late at night when I watched it. I have nothing against Shakespeare. I actually read some of his works and I happen to like Romeo and Juliet (Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Michelle Pfeiffer and Rupert Everett). And I didn’t sleep through The Merchant of Venice (Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons). I guess the thing is, I didn’t watch these movies late at night. I have a tape of another Hamlet movie (Campbell Scott) that is still sealed in plastic and I haven’t seen yet. Note to self: Don’t watch Hamlet late at night.
Famous quote: To be or not to be – which Ethan recited in a Blockbuster video store.
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