4 and a half out of 5 stars

It’s been a long time since I laughed and cried in the same movie and Moonrise Kingdom has got to be one of my favourite movies this year.

Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward play Sam Shakusky and Suzy Bishop, two pen pals who made a secret pact to elope in the summer of 1965 on the island of New Penzance. They plan to reach a secluded cove and camp there. The elopement of the young lovers send the scouts camp and the girl’s parents into a frenzy as they try to find them before a hurricane makes its way towards the island.

Sam: I love you, but you have no idea what you’re talking about.
Suzy: I love you too.

I like that scene when the young couple find their secret cove and start to make declarations of love to each other and dance to fancy chanson on the record player. Gilman dances wildly while Hayward tries to be as sophisticated as young girls wanted to be at that age. The cat in the basket deserves some sort of prize for being cute throughout the movie.

Jared Gilman is such a precious human being! He’s really sweet and he really tries his best to fight for his and Suzy’s happiness even though his size really puts him at an disadvantage. The ending was really sweet even though I was afraid the climax at the church might end differently.

I liked the start and the end of the film where they played classical music from Benjamin Britten, where each instrument in the track was introduced by a child. Very lovely!

Sam: Why do you consider me your enemy?
Redford: Because your girlfriend stabbed me in the back with lefty scissors.
Sam: She’s my wife now.


– 3 out of 5 stars

I saw two movies over the week. Seriously, it’s not that I have lots of time or money but it’s just that the movies I want to watch are ALL coming out in the last quarter of 2008.

Burn After Reading, I guess, is some kind of movie that mocks the CIA and how they deal with their cases. After the staff at a gym discover what they thought to be classified information, a twisted case of blackmailing goes wrong and that is where all the trouble begins. But I think, the real gem of this movie is the moronic Brad Pitt! Everytime he appears, the audiences laughed. He has such funny facial expressions! The ending is totally weird, and it totally reveals how the CIA is thought to solve cases, or non-cases.