Miss You Already


Birth, death and other stuff, with two wonderful actresses we don’t get to see enough of.*  This movie doesn’t shy away from the cancer stuff, though it also takes a twist not typical of cancer movies.  Overall, a really fabulous film and unfortunately overlooked.

Cost:  $11.00 (one half of $22.00 ticket for the Catherine Hardwicke Double Feature at the POWFeset.)
Where watched: Hollywood Theater

*Plus Dominic Cooper, aka “Bucky” in Captain America.

poster from: http://www.impawards.com/intl/uk/2015/miss_you_already.html
Good lord but I love Toni Collette’s necklaces!

Three sentence movie reviews: Bring it On


Probably the best cheerleader movie ever, despite the fact that Kristen Dunst, is the most awkward looking cheerleader ever.*  And why hasn’t Eliza Dushku broken out from her Joss Whedon work, she’s so incredibly alluring?  Overall, a very good piece of confection.

Cost: $2.75 from Videorama
Where watched: at home during the snow day.  This double feature (with Clueless) was brought to you by the interview with Nicole Bilderback on the “I Was There Too” podcast.

*I remember this from the first time I watched this.  I think it has something to do with her incredibly long arms.

poster from: http://www.impawards.com/2000/bring_it_on.html

I was very interested in the posters from other countries. Germany features the cheerleading uniforms, but it’s called Girls United.



Whereas France has no uniforms and calls it American Girls.  I hope Tom Petty fans in France weren’t confused.


Three sentence movie reviews: Clueless


Twenty years later and this movie still hits all the right notes.  Sure, Paul Rudd hasn’t really settled into his beloved screen persona, but this is the movie that caused him to imprint on all women of a certain age, so we’ll let it slide.*  We all talk on our cell phones now as much as Cher and Dionne did then, but thank goodness the nose jobs aren’t as prominent.

Cost: $2.75 from Videorama
Where watched: at home during the snow day.  This double feature (with Bring it On) was brought to you by the interview with Nicole Bilderback on the “I Was There Too” podcast.

*Also, the age difference between Cher and Josh and the fact that they were once step-siblings is just the slightest big creepy.  But we’ll overlook it because of the imprinting.

poster from: http://www.impawards.com/1995/clueless.html

Three sentence movie reviews: Brooklyn


I took my mother to this second viewing of the film* and we both enjoyed it.  This time, I paid attention to the sweaters, which were marvelous–the ones in Ireland seemed to be hand-knit.  Still great acting, still great plot, still great Julie Walters as Mrs. Keogh, boarding house matron.

Cost: free due to Regal Crown Club payout.
Where watched: Regal City Center Stadium 12

*My Number 1 film of 2015, in case you have forgotten.

poster from: http://www.impawards.com/intl/misc/2015/brooklyn_ver3.html

Three sentence movie reviews: Cinderella


I picked this as the featured film for the MAunts to watch after we had our Christmas Eve Eve Dinner and it held up, both for a second viewing for me, and a first viewing for them.  This time I had even more time to look a costumes*.  I also am reminded that I don’t really do very well in real life being kind and having courage, but perhaps a second viewing of this film will help me to remember.

Cost: $4.99 from Videorama (I got it for five days)
Where watched: at home with Mom and Aunts

*Cate Blanchette’s 40s-inspired dresses, the wicked stepsisters 50’s-inspired technicolor look!

poster from: http://www.impawards.com/2015/cinderella_ver3.html

Three sentence movie reviews: All the President’s Men


There’s a new podcast I’m excited about* and so I watched this film (finally).**  I loved a lot of the camera work*** and the slow diligence of getting all the ducks in a line.  While not super action-packed by today’s standards, it did ratchet up the tension and it was fun to watch Hoffman & Redford together.

Cost: $2.99 via Amazon Play.  (I didn’t even check first at the video store. I just streamed. Sigh. I’m part of the problem.)
Where watched: at home, on my desktop.

*It’s called “The Next Picture Show” and (according to them) it’s where a Movie of the Week meets the movie of the day.  In the first episode they featured this movie and paired it with the new release Spotlight.
**Though I have read the book.
***Slow pan while doing research in the Library of Congress!!

poster from: http://www.impawards.com/1976/all_the_presidents_men.html
(fold lines!)

Three sentence movie reviews: The Intern


I expected to like this movie okay, and was surprised to find that I loved it.  It’s a meditation on balancing work and family as well as a primer for being a very good old person.*  Enjoyable from start to finish, with few clinkers, this is a grownup movie that you can watch with your parents and grandparents.

Cost: free due to gift card
Where watched: Regal Bridgeport Village Theater with my mom.  (My first time.  Boy, did I hate Bridgeport Village. However, once we got inside, the theater was like every other Regal Cinema)

*There was an essay rolling around in my head inspired by the movie, but I never got it on paper and the moment has passed.

poster from: http://www.impawards.com/2015/intern.html
I’m pretty sure Hathaway never wore this dress in the movie.  For the head of a clothing company, none of her clothing was very flashy, which I thought worked well with the kind of clothing she was selling.