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#352: Crazy, Stupid, Love

20 August 2011

As I’ve promised myself when I saw the [short] sneak peak of this film on HBO’s Movie review stint, I am very much happy to say that I have just seen this film.

I haven’t had enough sleep to stretch the nerves of my brain on a smart film. And lately, I have been feeling a bit depressed to either talk to myself or listen to any advise anyone can give about anything. So, I settled to watch (and pay..) for something whose plot I read at the movie board and summary I’ve seen in HBO to be just simple and charming.
Crazy, Stupid, Love is a film that I would agree to be refreshing, irrational, cute, funny, a bit witty, and would most likely be a favorite among the popular kids these days. It’s film begins with Julianne Moore and Steve Carrell as Emily and Cal Weaver sitting in restaurant deciding what to eat until one of them breaks the ice and asks for a divorce. The person whose heart had just been torn to pieces and perhaps might spend the week with his kids during weekends would have to be Steve Carrell. Soon after his wife announces she wants to split, he tries to regain himself by leaving the house at night and talk to himself at a bar. He wallows as he imagines and constantly repeats to himself that his wife had just screwed David Lindhagen, her co-worker.

Ryan Gosling’s character Jacob notices Cal and immediately becomes his life guru. He teaches Steve to get up on his Salvatorre Ferragamo shoes and date women so he can move on with his life and on his ex-wife.  Another story builds up a couple of nights before when Jacob sees Hannah (played by Emma Stone) at that same bar. He tries to play the game on her but she seems smart enough to fall for his tricks, and also since she’s in love with a co-lawyer played by Josh Groban. Since he can’t figure out why she seems so different than all the women he’s met, she becomes his impression of a dream girl.
Meanwhile, newcomer actress and former America’s Next Top Model contestant Analeigh Tipton who plays as the babysitter Jessica for the Weaver’s. Apparently, Steve and Julianne’s son is in love with her and constantly bothers her either at school or at home by constantly professing his love for her while admitting to him that she’s in love with someone older and mature.
Anyway, before I’m about to spoil you with everything, I’m gonna stop right here. What I like most about this film is that it consistently brings that fresh perspective on a romantic film. Directed by Glenn Ficara and John Requa (both responsible for I Love You Phillip Morris)and written by Dan Fogelman (responsible for Cars and Tangled). Although Steve Carell and Julianne Moore didn’t exactly seem like the perfect team up, they were alright to represent the roles they were provided with. Steve Carell’s acting makes it a lot more funnier with drama and depression mixed in his face. I should credit Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling as well for playing their characters so well that at the back of my mind I couldn’t help but get giggly with it.
I had a couple of laughs while watching this film. Mushy parts are to be expected of course. It kind of reminds me of the pinoy film Got to Believe and it feels like a mash-up as well between that film, Valentine’s Day and any John Hughes film without trying to be John Hughes. I tell you you must watch this film. And bring your parents, too.

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TFMC # 443 and 442

April 24th


I’ve had a great weekend so far. I’m no catholic but since I live in a catholic country, most shops are closed during the lent. Hence, I was able to watch a couple of movies from Friday the 22nd till Saturday 23rd.

#443: The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (22 April 2011)

Was never a fan of Matthew McCaugnahey, but I am a fan of Emma Stone and Jennifer Garner. All the while I kept thinking, and calculating how old the guy who played Matthew’s kind-of brother really is in real life. As I could remember, he was also in Clueless and a number of other 90s movies. He never changed in appearance. I couldn’t even tell if he looked older or younger. It’s weird.

Anyway, I have never seen this movie in full up until tonight via HBO. It’s about a bachelor who takes a trip to the past to visit every girl he’s been to bed with, from the shortest hook up to the longest which only took him a day. Until he realizes that the only girl/woman he’s ever loved is about to get married. It’s basically the same old love story. Nothing really special about this flick… although I must say the part that made me stand up from the couch and get a glass of warm milk was the part wherein the three tiered cake crumbled down to pieces. Again, I was never impressed by Matthew’s abs.

#442: The Green Hornet (22 April 2011)

Directed by Michel Gondry, the same guy who directed The Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep, starring Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Tom Wilkinson (also from Eternal Sunshine..), and Christoph Waltz who reprises his role as a bad guy who doesn’t look like he’s got the confidence of it.

This film remake of the 1960s classic and comic stands firmly as a good reference for comparison in case someone else in the future might think of doing yet another remake for this film. It’s a good thing they hired Gondry and his team of cartoon and CGI geniuses to do the editing and visual effects for most of the fight scenes. And it’s also a good thing they found Jay Chou to play Kato, the nameless sidekick who gave justice in being a modern day Kato (of course, nobody can be compared to Bruce Lee. I mean it. Nobody). It’s also a good thing they found Seth Rogen to play the nonsense Green Hornet. Although I’m not sure if the Green Hornet in the show was the same as the one portrayed in this flick or if they just changed it differently for perspective purposes. I would like to comment to the many reviews I’ve read about Rogen and Diaz’ chemistry. First of all, there was never that much chemistry to begin with. Second, why haven’t they noticed that she was more involved into Kato than towards Britt?

To be honest though, I thought Rogen would be a bit of a badass, superhero kind of thing. But not too bad though, I guess his style is really towards the sloppy type. I am not surprised to find Jay Chou to be such a cutie.

All in all, I give this movie a 3.0/5 (5 being the highest).