Film Review: Murder Mystery

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Hello summer time movie releases! If you are looking at tons of film and tv series to view from your OnDemand provider, my new Chick Flick Chat series, What To Watch Now, will help you decide. The first podcast in my under-15-minute-review features Netflix's production, "Murder Mystery," starring Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler. 

This movie is ADORABLE! It is a lighthearted "who done it" that is fun from start to finish... The two stars play a married couple, on a long overdue vacation, who are wanna' be detectives thrown into a madcap mystery romp around Europe. You'll come away smiling after watching this entertaining adventure!

Please know that in the podcast there are NO spoilers, so you can listen without any important plot points being given away.

 

 

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Movie Review: The Beguiled

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In this Sofia Coppola directed film, the Civil War sets the stage for a complex attempt to examine the relationships between men and women, their roles, stereotypes, and desires. Join me as I discuss The Beguiled, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning, and all its many layers that could have made for a truly beguiling movie. Interestingly, this film feels a bit like watching an episode of "The Bachelor" show set in 1864! 

 

 

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Film Review: Cafe Society

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In his latest movie, Café Society, writer and director, Woody Allen, gives us a look into the beauty and glamour of 1930's Hollywood contrasted with the grittier, hard-living New York lifestyle. He also offers up many deeper messages through this visual exploration of love, marriage, dreams, ideals, money, and vice.  

Like in the film "Midnight In Paris", we are again invited on a journey of dreams vs. reality, taking chances, and finding happiness (or at least examining the search for it). In this Chick Flick Chat, I discuss the details of this film - beyond the roles for women - to get to the underlying meaning of the director's choices. While on the surface, it's all shiny and beautiful, but that beauty belies the reality of the human condition and desires that this story brings to light. All that glitters is not gold.

My favorite quote of this film:

Live every day like it's your last and some day you'll be right. 

I hope you enjoy this episode of CFC;I really enjoyed recording it for you. If you do, please give me a review on Apple Podcasts (you will have to sign into your account), share it, and tweet it, so other movie lovers can find it.

Spoiler alert! I let you know at the beginning of the podcast, but I just want to remind you that I detail the whole plot. Let me know your thoughts on this film after you see it. Question: What is with the water locations? (You'll know what I mean after you listen.) Enjoy!

 

 

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Film Review: Cinderella

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If you have not seen this movie, then add it to your viewing list. Every woman should see this recent captivating version; it is truly a treat for the eyes and heart! Not only is it a magical movie experience, thankfully, it is a much more thought provoking adaptation than the original Disney animated movie.

It is a WOW type of film in every aspect from the terrific acting, perfect casting, spectacular costumes, amazing lighting, and detailed sets, to the interesting relationships and complex life lessons. In this film review, I discuss all of these factors as well as the important messages that director Kenneth Branagh's version brings to the screen.

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 ALWAYS REMEMBER,

HAVE COURAGE AND BE KIND.

~ Cinderella

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Film Review: Gravity

Gravity with Sandra BullockHold your breath... Gravity is a fabulous ride of infinite, weightless space, made ethereally beautiful by Alfonso Cuarón's moment-to-moment direction of Sandra Bullock's flawless performance. Oh, and lest I forget to mention the adorable, spacesuit clad, George Clooney. He floats in and out of the story - with his star-power wattage dial turned up to high - in a small, but pivotal role, as the experienced astronaut and voice of reason.

The visuals are stunning. If you can see this film in its 3D version, do it. I am not a fan of 3D, but this is the best I've ever seen in terms of technical fluidity that adds value to the visual impact. The special effects never feel heavy handed, in fact, you might find yourself feeling as if you are floating alongside the shuttle.

The aesthetics combined with the audio - expertly contrasted with quiet moments - and edge of your seat pacing, all make for a full sensorial experience. There was a scene where I realized I was holding my breathe as Sandra Bullock's character was gasping for air. 

On the surface, the film is really good, but delve a little deeper and you will find many an issue seemlessly examined. Bullock's character takes the audience on a wild and serene ride as she deals with islolation, loss, life, death, love, forgiveness, and rebirth. Questions of survival and risk take centerstage as she learns to accept "what is" and embrace the journey regardless of the outcome. 

In this role, Bullock is physically and emotionally comfortable in her own skin. This confidence connects us to her in this movie with every small step of the way; that combined with a strong and sensitive female character makes this a giant step for women in film.

 

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Flim Review: The Heat

The Heat Movie Promo PicThere are many funny moments in the hot, hot, hot, buddy comedy, The Heat. The unlikely, but perfectly matched, female leads of Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, sizzle on the screen in their scenes together. Director Paul Feig does a brilliant job of keeping the two very different characters separate while allowing them to morph into fuller, more well-rounded versions of themselves by benefiting from the transformative friendship. 

The film features Bullock as a smart, single, nerdy brunette with a Type-A personality that is all but lost on the men who can make or break her career. The feedback she receives, when reminding her boss that she has closed more cases as a Special Agent in the FBI than any other in her division, is that he has only gotten complaints of "arrogance, competitiveness, and showmanship" from her peers. This sets her off on the quest to reach the next level in her career sending her bumping directly into McCarthy's brazen, foul-mouthed, but decent cop persona. She, too, is misunderstood and under-appreciated by her male peers and disfunctional family. 

Bullock's approach to police work is all by the book, setting up a fun, and sometimes, over the top contrast with McCarthy's take no prisoners style. The dichotomy is well presented, a bit predictable, but very satisfying to the audience. It's a bumpy road for both characters as they try to uncover the identity of a drug lord. Feig allows for physical humor, women's intuition, and sharp, well-delivered, dialogue to carry the plot. He does not use car chases, large explosions, superheroes, gratuitous sex, or CGI, to tell the story; instead, it is old-fashioned movie making at its finest, fully invoking the star power that is Bullock and McCarthy. 

While the leads are women, this is a film for everyone. I was surprised at how much the men in the audience laughed throughout the film. As for the female audience, we see some of ourselves in each character, but will identify more strongly with one or the other (for me it was Bullock - especially in the Spanx scene - and those of you who know Spanx, know what I'm talking about! In life, you are either a Spanx girl or you are not.). Ultimately, there is a lot of change for Bullock's character, less so for McCarthy, but they are smoking hot together on screen... And where there is smoke, there is fire, and I smell a big sequel!

 

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Film Review: The Call


The Call Film PosterHang on to your hat with Halle Berry's new movie, The Call, because you may need it to cover your eyes during this thriller! If you are a woman, this film contains content that is sure to scare you silly, but it will make you more aware of your surroundings (and possibly more prepared if faced with a similar situation). You will also come away with a new respect for all 911 operators.

While I don't want to give away too much of the story, the movie starts with Halle's character, a 911 operator, receiving an emergency call from a teenage girl being pursued by a serial killer, played masterfully by Michael Eklund. The frightening and sadly realistic plot, while a bit uneven, and sometimes predictable, does hold its own in terms of keeping the audience on the edge of their seat from start to finish. This is mostly due to the director, Brad Anderson, seamlessly weaving the moment to moment interactions between Halle's character and each 911 caller. We are right there with her for most of the twists and turns, especially during the nail-biting, "real time," drama that unfolds. 

Abigail Breslin, of Little Miss Sunshine fame, does a great job as a kidnap victim. This young actress brings us from teenage innocence through survivalist mentality. I was excited to see Micheal Imperioli in the cast list; unfortunately, even though he puts in a good performance, his talent is underutilized in a small role. The same goes for the always superb Roma Maffia as the 911 floor manager; and the handsome, and very capable, Morris Chestnut, who plays Halle's love interest.

Halle Berry puts in a believable performance in this role. Unfortunately, the wig she wears is quite distracting. There is no downplaying her beauty and onscreen presence; trying to do so is an unnecessary, obvious ploy. She holds her own in this part, even when faced with some weak dialogue. It won't win her another Academy Award, but she does stretch her acting chops by working with a headset most of the film instead of face to face with another actor. 

The film is rated "R" because the violence against women is unnerving and blatant. If you are faint of heart, then I recommend skipping this film. If you like a thriller and can get past the serious subject matter, this movie delivers fast-paced, heart-pounding, real-time elements that make for an exciting, yet disturbing ride.

 

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Film Review: The Roommate & Single White Female

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You can't pick your family, but you can pick your friends... And roommates! These films remind us that you never can tell who might be a closet psycho! 

These types of people often show up wearing a smile, but beware of the hidden fangs of jealousy, competition, and possessiveness... If you've seen either or both of these films you'll enjoy the comparisons discussed in this CFC detailing these nightmare tales. Both stories feature the classic female fear fest that can arise from twisted friendships and hidden agendas.

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Film Review: The Descendants

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My family feels like an archipelago...

All part of the same whole but drifting slowly apart.

~ Matt King; George Clooney's character, The Descendants

 

This film takes you on a trip! While it's not the Hawaiian vacation of your dreams, it does take you on a journey of love, loss, family ties, emotional and physical crisis, and personal growth. George Clooney, masterfully directed by Alexander Payne, gives a simple, yet deep performance as Matt King, a disconnected father and husband who finds himself sorting through unexpected upheaval while juggling the burdens and benefits of his heritage. 

Joining me is guest co-host, Debbie Woodbury, of the popular website, Where We Go Now. Debbie offers her unique perspective on survivorship as viewed through the lens of this poignantly moving film. We also chat about location shots, casting, how this movie represents dark challenges families often face, shocking surprises, and self-discovery; as well as the female roles, issues of "money," and this film's slant on "time." 

Debbie Woodbury is the founder and editor of Where We Go Now, an inspirational Debbie Woodbury slogan, WhereWeGoNow.com  pic community of survivors celebrating joyous growth after trauma. Debbie's cancer survivorship is just the tip of her iceberg. Before cancer, she survived family and career dysfunction, being laid off, a cheating boyfriend, miscarriages, and infertility. Cancer gave her the label of "survivor," but she's learned that she has been a survivor for some time. Long before she heard the words, "You have cancer," she was someone who "continues to function or prosper in spite of opposition, hardship or setbacks." Debbie is the embodiment of the word "survivor" and her mission is to share the message that you are, too.

 

 

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Film Review: Midnight in Paris

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Whether you are a world traveler or prefer a staycation, seeing this film will make you feel like you've taken a fabulous trip in the City of Light. A play upon the CinderFella theme magically blends the concepts of art imitating life with life imitating art in a journey within a journey. Is it fantasy or reality?

In this film, like so many other Woody Allen projects, nothing is as it seems. Love, dreams, life, and literature, break the barriers of time and logic. Truth and clarity arrive in ways Owen Wilson's character, Gil, never expects as history plays a part in every moment.

In a pivotal scene, Ernest Hemingway shares, "No subject is terrible if the story is true and the prose is clean and honest;" setting the tone for our imagination to venture alongside Gil on his quest. And what a good time it turns out to be! {NOTE: Hemingway is played by the talented Corey Stoll - who puts his stamp on the roll in a way that will change how we think of the iconic author forever.}

We covered everything in this movie... from the location shots, historical figures, subtext, to the wardrobe and more before this movie gets to DVD or OnDemand. We just couldn't wait AND neither should you! If you haven't seen it, treat yourself to this movie treat! Offrez-vous ce délice de cinéma!!

 

 

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