DON JON (2013)
4 out of 5 stars
WATCH IT BECAUSE…
1) Joseph Gordon-Levitt writes and directs.
2) How “love at first sight” is bullshit.
3) How pretty girls who’ve got the “package” are bullshit. You can talk about vacuuming with me anytime you want. Guys who vacuum are sexy as hell.
4) Get an inside look at how guys think and work the crowd. Well, guys who quote the below…
Don Jon: There’s only a few things I really care about in life. My body. My pad. My ride. My family. My church. My boys. My girls. My porn.
CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE. (2011)
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars
Jacob Palmer: I don’t know if I should help you or euthanize you.
Cast featuring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone? Of course I had to watch it.
Not to mention there’s Goslings’ “photoshopped” abs to ogle at. Seeing him in a comedy is a first and I love that he’s so smooth in this movie! One of the my favourite scenes was when Gosling takes Carell’s character shopping. The velcro-ed wallet was so old-school! And there’s that sauna scene.
It’s been a long time since I laughed so much, got charmed by the attractive cast and felt a fuzzy warm feeling at the end. One of the best romantic comedies in ages.
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (2010)
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars
First of all, let me just say that The Kids Are All Right is available at the Cathay Cineleisure because it can only be released on one print. That’s because the film “normalises a homosexual family unit”. Well, at least they bothered to show it in Singapore. That said, I can officially announce that I have watched all TEN films nominated for Best Picture at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards! It’s a FIRST!
Back to the film, Nic (Annette Benning) and Jules (Julianne Moore) are a married lesbian couple who conceived kids using the same anonymous sperm donor. Their family is turned upside down when Laser (Josh Hutcherson) persuades his sister, Joni (Mia Wasikowska), to contact their biological father (Mark Ruffalo).
Nicole Allgood: You’re an interloper. This is my family. If you want a family, go and make your own!
Watching this film has been a real eye-opener. I mean, you don’t really see much lesbian films out there. They pretty much operate like a conventional family – one’s the breadwinner, one’s the housewife, one’s more strict, one’s more laidback… you get the picture. It’s interesting watching which parent wants the children to eat their vegetables, write Thank You cards, or is the only one bothered about the hair in the toilet. I liked how they interchanged their parental roles effortlessly.
But like all relationships, they have their difficult moments. This is a complicated case because the one causing the friction is the sperm donor, who happens to be a complete stranger before they initiated the meetup. Annette Benning and Julianne Moore deliver heartfelt and raw performances and it’s really hard to take sides because their actions and reactions were reasoned throughout the film. But I guess it’s how they dealt with it that matters. It had 4 nominations at the 83rd Academy Awards and Annette Benning won Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the 68th Golden Globe Awards.
A SINGLE MAN (2009)
– 4 out of 5 stars
Set in 1962, A Single Man tells the story of George Falconer, an English professor who is trying to find the meaning of life after his partner of 16 years, Jim, died in a car accident eight months earlier. Waking up is painful and everything just follows a bland routine which holds no meaning to him anymore. He decides to commit suicide and sets about to get his affairs in order. In a meticulous fashion, he arranges his clothes and shoes for the funeral, letters to his housekeeper and best friend Charley, insurance and stock papers right down to the last detail (a note detailing his preference for the Windsor knot for his tie). On his last day at school, a student Kenny Potter (Nicholas Hoult) takes an interest in him and tries to get to know him better.
The movie has a very strong sense of grief all over it. You feel George’s sadness as he reminisces about his past with Jim and how mundane his life feels at the present. It’s quite amusing to see him trying to commit suicide because it can be quite difficult to find a perfect position to shoot himself. Kenny Potter, on the other hard, is a mystery. I cannot really tell which way he swings but I don’t think it matters because you can tell they kinda connect as individuals and in life, it is very difficult to find someone whom you can connect with. 4 out of 5 stars.
George Falconer: A few times in my life I’ve had moments of absolute clarity, when for a few brief seconds the silence drowns out the noise and I can feel rather than think, and things seem so sharp and the world seems so fresh. I can never make these moments last. I cling to them, but like everything, they fade. I have lived my life on these moments. They pull me back to the present, and I realize that everything is exactly the way it was meant to be.
Anyway, look out for Nicholas Hoult’s piercing blue eyes!
Nicholas Hoult as Kenny Potter