I've been wanting to share a couple of absolutely [I think] fabulous movies that I've seen in the last 6 months & thought I'd just go ahead & share this half written post this week while I am occupied with other things.
So, I LOVE movies. And I love to wrangle things so that I can always have something playing whether it be music, a fave TV show or a movie while I create or do my work. I do love silence but if it goes on too long, I miss the sounds of wonderful.
So what kind of movies do I like?
- Rom/Coms - yes definitely
- Vampires - definitely NO
- Science fiction or fantasy - nup
- Drama, foreign, comedy, a little quirky - yes yes yes yes
- Action/crime/conspiracy - yes mostly but depends. James Bond - no, End of Watch/Training Day/The Departed or anything Matt Damon - YES!
But the ones I love best are the ones I can relate to OR acted so well I think they are my best friends & I'm right with them in the movie. The good hearted sort of movie that brings me to tears about life & struggle & love & then I burst out with a loud belly laugh & maybe even snort a little. Ok a lot. Absolutely my fave, hands down.
So below, here's two that I have LOVED. If you haven't seen them, you have been hiding under a rock,
GO get them for this weekend. Yes do! Go!
They are both about family, parenting, being a couple, expectations, about life, struggle & love. The level of dysfunction in both families is a modicum more extreme than the average family but thats what makes a great movie. And the overall themes of both resonated with me 100%.
This is 40
Ahhh, I've watched this one at home over & over. Actually I think I also saw it at the movies maybe 4 or 5 times. [I have a cousin who gets me in cheap!] I still get something extra out of it every single time I see it.
The movie is the spin off movie from ''Knocked Up". Paul Rudd & Leslie Mann play the couple who have two daughters & its about what life is like when you hit 40. Life as a couple & fitting your relationship into all the tiny spaces of your life. About how the arguments are often about everyone else & not about the two of you. Its about managing finance & trying to have a good life. Its about parenting in this day & age with wifi, facebook, screen time limits, gluten free, sugar free, dairy free ideologies. Trying to do the right thing & not upset the balance too much. Its hilarious & sad & all so relevant right now.
The scene with the parents being called in to see the school principle along with fellow parent [played by Melissa McCarthy] is absolutely pee-in-your-pants-funny.
I give it 5 Stars!
This is one for the whole family. I took the kids to see it as their school holiday movie and we all loved it. We now have it at home. Plenty of silliness & fun for the kids to keep them entertained but lots of very emotional underlying story & messages for adults too. Its about very hands on parents having to tear themselves away from their kids for even just one little weekend together - and leave their kids in the care of their grandparents.
The kids are highly micromanaged ordinarily [mostly by mother played by marissa Tomei] & are a mixed of rascally mollycoddled + highly strung + special needs middle child - and all that goes along with all of that. The grandparents [Bette Midler & Billy Crystal] are old school & not used to "use your words", the notion of 'kids sport all ending in a draw' & the daily catering to all the kids individual fussy eating wants.
Its really great & there's entertainment & something to learn for every generation.
I give it 4.5 Stars!
And by the way, the song at the end of movie is equally as emotional & uplifting. Its "Home" by Phillip Phillips. Which incidentally was sung by Michael on The Voice Australia this past week. I've downloaded both versions & have them on my repeat short playlist right now. You can buy both in iTunes.
Michael has an amazing story himself & a husband & father. Emotional. This song fitted him like a glove. And if he keeps on singing music like that - a mix of country with some rock 'n roll I think its the perfect place for him and something needed & a bit missing in the Australian music scene right now. You can watch his Voice performance here. Please listen until he starts strumming the guitar as it ramps up & makes you want to get thigh slapping. And I love the judges comments after too. Go Michael!