Get excited, because this Spring there are a number of great movie releases that will have you running to the theater.
- Enemy — A man comes face to face with, well… himself. What would you do if there was another version of you somewhere in this world? This thriller explores the unsettling feeling and the twists that life takes when you encounter your second self. After success with Prisoners, Jake Gyllenhaal and director Denis Villeneuve team up again. Enemy is one you won’t want to miss. (Release date: March 14)
- Breathe In — Guy Pierce yet again proves his versatility in this film, where he portrays a man facing the temptation of an exchange student living with him and his family. Breathe In shows the consequences our choices have not only on ourselves, but on those around us. Also starring Felicity Jones and Amy Ryan, get ready for drama and suspense. (Release Date: March 28)
- Neighbors — If a Fraternity moved into the house next door, you can only imagine the disruption to the quiet, peaceful neighborhood. But whatever you do, don’t try to push out your new neighbors. In this comedy, Seth Rogan and Rose Byrne make that mistake, and you won’t want to miss what happens nest. (Release Date: May 9)
- Palo Alto — In high school, your senses are heightened and your inhibitions are low. Palo Alto explores the dynamics and relationships you experience in high school. Directed by Gia Coppola, grand-daughter of Francis Ford Coppola, this movie feels raw, gritty, and honest. If you can’t wait until May to know what happens, check out the book by James Franco on which the movie was based. (Release Date: May 9)
- The Other Woman — Two of the funniest women in Hollywood and a famous supermodel team up to take down one man who’s managed to deceive them all. If you’re looking for a quality romantic comedy with an interesting twist, get ready for The Other Woman. In addition to Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Kate Upton, the movie also stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau for you Game of Thrones fans. (Release Date: April 25)
Also, don’t forget about Veronica Mars and Divergent, both due out later this month!
With the Oscars airing in just a few days, I thought I would review one of my un-nominated favorites from 2013.
Spring Breakers was one of best movies of the year. With this movie, Harmony Korine was able to achieve a perfect symphony of sounds, images, acting, directing, effects, story… everything you hope to find when watching a great movie. I know this movie is polarizing — it can be difficult to appreciate a movie with contemptible characters committing shameful acts. But, whether you approve or respect these characters does not justify the success of this film. There is incredible character dynamic and examination of the motives and forces that drive our actions. It succeeds through the environment it creates and the introspection it begs. As a viewer, you feel as if you are present. The blaring music and hand-held camera help to create this environment — an alternative reality that tests your limits just like it tests the characters’ limits. But their limits are not all the same — where some of them break, others thrive. And you are along for the whole ride.
Watching City Lights for the first time was an awakening to the art of comedy.
Those who think dialogue is the key to a great movie have not seen a Charlie Chaplin silent film. I finally got around to watching City Lights, which I had been wanting to do for a while — it’s #11 on AFI’s 100 Years list and considered one of Chaplin’s finest. City Lights does not disappoint.
Chaplin’s reprises his famous character The Tramp for this slapstick comedy in which he falls for a blind flower girl and befriends a drunk millionaire. Chaplin also competes in an unforgettable boxing match in one of the most famous comedic scenes in movie history. If you are a fan of comedies, a fan of romances, or just a fan movies, you should dd City Lights to the top of your watch list.
I hope I encouraged you to watch City Lights, but if you are still not convinced, listen to a true movie review master, Roger Ebert, who says it best: “Chaplin’s gift was truly magical”.
I’m not the biggest fan of scary movies, but there are still great Halloween movies that won’t have you covering your eyes. Since it falls on a Thursday this year, most of our big parties and plans are on the weekend, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate at home on the 31st. If you wan’t a low-key night at home with some Halloween movies, try some of these childhood classics:
- The Witches: I will admit, the movie was a bit scary when I used to watch it as a kid, but I could never resist watching it. I love this Roald Dahl story and the film adaptation, and with a 100% rating from Rotten Tomatoes, it’s clear I’m not the only one who likes The Witches.
- The Nightmare Before Christmas: Everything about this movie is exciting: the original story and characters, the stop-motion technique, the musical numbers, and the cross-generational appeal. Anyone at any age can appreciate The Nightmare Before Christmas.
- Hocus Pocus: I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen this movie (since it’s on TV every year around Halloween), but I never grow tired of it. Hocus Pocus is a part of my childhood, and I’m sure many of yours too, but we are never to old to watch this movie.
Biutiful is a story of life during death. How does one man create a life for his children while his death is looming?
Biutiful will linger with you long after you’ve seen it. Alejandro González Iñárritu, writer and director of the film, has created a stirring, poignant, and emotional film. Javier Bardem’s performance will captivate you, and you will be awed by the marriage of realism and symbolism.
This has been one of the hardest movies to review. It is multi-layered, with every aspect so delicately woven together to produce one of the most stunning films I have seen. My words cannot do it justice, so all I can do is encourage you to watch Biutiful. The film, as its title accurately declares, is beautiful.