This blog is PRIMARILY about movies. Some dvd and some that are still in the theater. Also, links are provided on some movies if you decide you want to purchase it.
Also, I write and read quite a bit. So, you may, from time to time see a book review here from an up-and-coming author or an interview with one. If you have a book that you have written, please don't hesitate to contact me if you want an unbiased opinion. I would be happy to read and review what you've written. We should value our creative people more.
Paul Giamatti returns to the screen after the recent Duplicity to star in Cold Souls which is due for limited release in November. Cold Souls is a metaphysical comedy of sorts which involves the extraction of souls for trade.
Paul Giamatti stars as Paul Giamatti who undergoes the experimental procedure to have his soul removed in order to reduce anxiety. Unfortunately for Paul, complications arise when a soul-trafficking mule borrows Giamatti's soul for an ambitious, but talentless, soap-opera actress. Starring alongside Paul is Dina Korzun, Emily Watson and David Strathairn.
Classic children's tales being made into a movie is certainly not new but it is great to see some creativity being shown with some of the titles. Where The Wild Things Are has long been a popular story with children and adults alike and no doubt, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs will prove to be equally as popular.
Based on the book of the same name by Judi Barrett, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs focusses on a town where food falls from the sky. Sporting an interesting vocal cast, actors include Anna Faris, Bruce Campbell, James Caan and Mr T to name a few.
The movie follows scientist Flint Lockwood who has spent his entire life creating inventions that were unwanted or faulty. Finally while trying to solve world hunger he develops a method to directly convert water into food and releases the effects on the world. Hunger is eliminated as weather delivers food, but a problem of global proportions soon evolves, as the food weather gets out of control.
Meryl Streep and Amy Adams both feature in Nora Ephron's movie Julie and Julia released next month.
The drama is an adaptation of two memoirs: Julie Powell's Julie & Julia and My Life in France, by Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme.
Frustrated temp secretary Julie Powell (Amy Adams) embarks on a year-long culinary quest to cook all 524 recipes in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She chronicles her trials and tribulations in a blog that becomes popular with the food crowd. The film also follows Child (Meryl Streep) and her husband Paul (Stanley Tucci) in Paris during the 1940s and 1950s, when he was a foreign diplomat who was eventually investigated by Joseph McCarthy for alleged communist ties.
Julie and Julia intertwines the lives of two women who are both at loose ends...until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible.
For most of us, Confessions of a Shopaholic is an imaginary tale as we have a firm grip on our shopping habits and credit cards but to some people, the addiction to shopping and spending is ever so real. I recall many years ago seeing a number of women and men on Oprah who had an addiction to spending, racking up thousands of dollars on their credit cards and hiding the bills from their respective partners. So for these people, I am sure Confessions is steeped very heavy in reality.
Isla Fisher is Rebecca Bloomwood, a young women with a penchant for spending money on fashionable items even though she is on the run from an obsessive debt collector and unable to pay rent
Amy Adams can do no wrong at the moment. Whether she is playing Amelia Earhart in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian or a nun in Doubt, she rises to the challenge and wins every time. In Sunshine Cleaning, another very successful role, she plays single mum Rose Lorkowski struggling to raise her son Oscar (Jason Spevack). Once head cheerleader at high school and envy of all, she is now a cleaner but not without aspirations.
She struggles admittedly with men, "I'm good at getting guys to want me. Not date me, or marry me, but want me" and is having an affair with her highschool sweetheart Mac (Steve Zahn) who is now married with children. Starring alongside Zahn, fresh from their roles together in The Great Buck Howard, is Emily Blunt as Norah, sister to Rose