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Saturday, August 08, 2009

Charming Loses to Transcendent

Once upon a time I was a movie critic.

I did movie critic-ish things, like watch movies all the time, debate those movies endlessly, and write analyses. I wasn't a great movie critic, but I liked it. After I started blogging and had El Guille, I shed that part of me; it sits in the corner occasionally popping out when I want to make Uwe Boll jokes. (Besides, there are hundreds of better critics out there than I ever was or could have ever been.)

Today was a rare day, I got to see two movies and actually see them in a theater.


I thought this movie was delightful. I'd recommend it. I took my mom. It was a Nora Ephron movie that I actually liked (the hardcore movie geeks understand that statement.) Meryl Streep was absolutely marvelous. Was it the best movie ever? No, but it was charming and likeable. I wonder if I'd of liked it had I not read the book.

And then I saw (500) Days of Summer
(The tagline is "This is not a love story. This is a story about love.")

And then my world turned upside down, which is what a film should do. I fell for this movie hard. It's movies like (500) Days that make me want to go back and watch movie after movie just to have another experience like that one. That's WHY we watch The Proposals of this world, why we watch Failure to Launch, How to Lose a Guy, Hitch, The Wedding Planner, and a zillion other pathetic, awful excuses for romantic films because every once in a while they make a movie like this, and it makes movies worth seeing again.

20 comments:

Annie said...

I went to Julie and Julia last night, too. I liked it but I liked the Julia parts better than the modern ones.

Oh--but 500 Days! Loved! I happen to live in a place where it came a couple of weeks ago so I've seen it twice now...and I'd see it again in a heartbeat. Everything--from the soundtrack to the anti-chronology to (especially) Joseph Gordon-Leavitt--was fantastic. It rocked my world, too.

When was the last time a rom-com was from the perspective of the guy?

b. said...

I adore you...you and that big ol' heart a yours.

rookie cookie said...

Best part of "J and J"? When Julia pulls hot pasta out of the boiling water with her bare hands. "That's hotter than..."

Laughed my head clean off. I have to take my husband to see that movie just for that part.

Melanie J said...

I just saw 500 Days last night and could not agree with you more. I want to buy it and put on repeat in my DVD player with Stranger Than Fiction and just watch them both all day long.

ellen said...

Loved both movies.

jennie w. said...

My husband and I liked it so much we both wanted to see it again the very next weekend. But then we decided that meant we were losers.

I like J&J a too. I read Julia's "My Life In France" and just fell in love with her. I'm glad Meryl Streep was so faithful to who she really was.

Plus, my husband and I have had that same blogging quarrel about 100 times (including the line "you'd better not blog about this fight!"

P.S. I thought of you last week when one of my husbands coworkers had a son and named him El Cid. For real.

marshall p said...

oh man. I want to see those movies.

The Rookie said...

I loved EVERYTHING about (500) Days of Summer. From the moment the author's note hit the screen I was enraptured. And laughing. Seriously, that was a funny author's note.

Penney said...

Since attending a movie in a theater is practically laughable at this point in my life, I have added 500 Days to my Netflix list. Only 122 movies to watch until it comes up. ;)

Tamsin said...

Both movies that I want to see, so I'm glad that someone with decent taste liked them. :)

Cafe Johnsonia said...

Loved J&J movie. LOVED it.

I already had a huge, gigantic crush on Stanley Tucci (goes back to when he was in A Midsummer Night's Dream...) and now it's even bigger. He was so great as Paul. And can we talk about Meryl? AMAZING. She was spot on.

Dorie Greenspan has been posting little bits here and there about Julia. You'd probably like to read them. (www.doriegreenspan.com)

I haven't read the book by JP and don't plan to. From what little I've read about Julie Powell and what I've read on her various blogs, I'm totally NOT interested in reading the book. I prefer to think of her the way Amy Adams portrayed her and not as her real self. I'm just saying...

Holly said...

wasn't the dance scene the best?

The Bakers said...

So glad to hear it...it's on the list.

Anne-Marie said...

I almost saw 500 last week. Outfit, makeup & no diaper bag waiting for my bff to pick me up. Then....stomach pains!!! In for the night. No go.

Can't wait to see it.

Shawn said...

Just saw 500 tonight---loved it!!

Love Zooey Deschanel---and her clothes---amazing! Might have to see the other one....

Kaerlig said...

Thanks for the movie suggestions. I'm going to take them. We'll go on date night--something we don't have yet but I'm going to start having.

Sarah Anne said...

I love the reviews! I value your opinion, so thank you.
Please tell me you feel a little bit of love toward the movie P.S. I love you. I've fallen for it.
Can't wait to go see these movies!

AzĂșcar said...

I have never seen it, Sarah Anne!

For all of you, please remember that these movies are PG-13 for good reasons.

Pamela said...

Love your review of both!! My sister saw 500 and loved it as well. I need a movie day, to catch up on what I have been wanting to see. P.s. hated the proposal ~ the pathetic thing is: I knew I would and I still went.

bodeloublogs said...

i just got home from seeing 500 days of summer, at the request of my exboyfriend who i saw over the weekend. i went solo and cried like a baby. but cant wait to own it.

this and eternal sunshine of the spotless mind are two movies that capture me the most.

as for julie and julia, just read the book, cant wait to see the flick.