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Take Care Review

Leslie Bibb, Thomas Sadowski, Take CareTake Care, written and directed by Liz Tuccillo, and starring Leslie Bibb and Thomas Sadoski, tells the story of a woman, Frannie, recovering from a car accident in convalescence in her apartment in New York City.

As a result of the accident, where she was hit by a car, Frannie is housebound, and somewhat bedbound, as she has multiple broken limbs resulting in many casts and slings. As a result of these injuries, she is also in a lot of pain. After finding herself alone in her apartment, after her sister and friends have left, unable to do things for herself, she calls her ex-boyfriend, Devon (Sadoski). We learn that when they were together, Devon was diagnosed with cancer and Frannie devoted herself to caring for him, only to have him break things off with her once he was in remission. Due to her present circumstance, Frannie is feeling bitter about this. When Devon arrives, she basically guilts him into taking care of her on a daily basis, including spending ten minutes talking to her.
Leslie Bibb, Taking Care
The film takes place almost entirely in Frannie’s apartment, and as such, is largely dialogue driven. The script is entertaining and sometimes funny and has an emotional heart to it that lets you connect to the characters and understand their internal struggle, whether it’s Frannie’s frustration with not being able to do things for herself, or Devon’s feelings towards Frannie as we learn the real reason he broke off their relationship and the drama that ensues as Frannie and Devon spend so much time together, causing them to remember why they loved each other in the first place, complicated by the fact that Devon is engaged to someone else.
Leslie Bibb, Thomas Sadoski, Take Care
By telling the story mainly from Frannie’s perspective, Bibb conveys the frustration with not being able to do the simplest things, and the need for human contact that results in her calling Devon and convincing him to talk to her. Part of the fun exists in the little details, which include Frannie’s addiction to Law & Order and Devon’s weird ability to know the voice featured in every commercial, something that includes some vocal cameos from different celebrities.

The film is light hearted and the ending isn’t exactly something that you won’t see coming, but the film is fun and entertaining, and the actors do a great job in bringing the viewer into this world that exists in Frannie’s apartment.

Take Care was released in 2014 and is available to watch on Netflix instant streaming.

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Revenge of the Bridesmaids Review

Revenge of the Bridesmaids, Joanna GarciaRevenge of the Bridesmaids, a 2010 ABC Family original movie, written by a team of writers that includes David Kendall, Bob Young, Stephanie Phillips, and Mark Amato, and directed by James Hayman stars Joanna Garcia and Raven Symone. The film is a guilty pleasure that is entertaining without requiring any deep thought.

The film centers around a group of childhood best friends that return back to their small hometown, where two of them, Parker (Garcia) and Abigail (Symone) find out that their other best friend, Rachel (Chryssie Whitehead) is attending the wedding of their former best friend, Caitlyn (Virginia Williams) to Rachel’s ex-boyfriend, whom she is still in love with.

Parker and Abigail end up as bridesmaids and spend the film trying to sabotage the wedding so that Rachel and her ex-boyfriend can get back together. In the process, Parker meets a local cop that they went to high school with, who becomes a potential love interest for her. Of course, hijinks ensue, all predictable, though still entertaining, and anyone who has ever seen a romantic comedy will have no trouble guessing the ending.

The film is shot in bright colors, and make the south look like a fun and inviting place that you might want to spend some time in.
Revenge of the Bridesmaids, Joanna Garcia
The first scene is a little bit cringe-worthy. The film opens with the bridesmaids, in full bridesmaid dress, taking mug shots in a messy state that seems to be intended to make you wonder what happened. However, it is equally as likely to make you think that the movie is going to be horrible and turn it off. The scene is used as a narrative device, starting in the middle of the film, and then taking you back to the beginning to explain how these women ended up covered in mud and leaves in a police station. If you get past the opening, the film is a good watch on Netflix on a boring, rainy day when you want some light fare to watch.

The performances are not stand out, which is to say they are neither particularly good nor particularly bad. There is some cringe-worthy dialogue, but that is usually to be expected in this type of film, and the actors generally do as well as they can with it.

The film is good if you’re looking for some very light fare to watch, though there is nothing about it that particularly stands out. It’s available on Netflix instant streaming, and if you’re already paying for a Netflix subscription, it’s a fun watch.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel Review

The_Grand_Budapest_Hotel_PosterThe Grand Budapest Hotel, written and directed by Wes Anderson and starring Ralph Fiennes and Tony Revolori as Zero, the lobby boy, as well as a host of others familiar to the universe of Wes Anderson, including Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, Ed Norton, and Adrien Brody, is a somewhat comedic, almost comic book-like look at the experiences of a young boy and his mentor during the period of time between World War I and the outbreak of World War II.

Zero is hired as a lobby boy at the titular Grand Budapest Hotel, a first-class hotel in its time, where M. Gustav (Fiennes) is his mentor and father figure, teaching him the finer points of customer service. After the death of an elderly hotel guest and sometimes lover of Gustave, played by Tilda Swinton, in make-up to look elderly, a painting is stolen and a chase ensues, going all over the place, from trains to prison to churches and ski lifts, staying entertaining while providing interesting scenery in a look that is all Wes Anderson. The actions of the characters seem like cartoons come to life, with the scenery looking almost drawn into the background. It also employs some well known but nonetheless enjoyable prison gags, such as the file baked into a cake.

While the film is entertaining and well written, it has two minor female characters, one of whom is little more than a cameo and dies early on. The only other woman in sight is Zero’s love interest, played by Sairose Ronan, a talented actress with a part so unmemorable that I don’t recall her character’s name. There are literally no other women in sight for the entire movie. For a writer as talented as Anderson, one would think he could write a film that is more representative of the world, especially when his lead character is played by a Hispanic actor, a very rare sight in feature films, demonstrating an ability and desire to use actors that are not white males (though the rest of the cast is made up entirely of white males).

Aside from that flaw, the film is well executed and deserving of its best screenplay Academy Award nomination for its creative take on what is essentially a heist film.

The film is a must-see for Anderson fans and not as quirky as his films can sometimes be, making it an easy entree in the Anderson oeuvre for non-fans and those unfamiliar with his work, which includes such films as Rushmore, The Royal Tanenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited, and Moonrise Kingdom, as well.

Only Lovers Left Alive Review

Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Only Lovers Left AliveOnly Lovers Left Alive

Only Lovers Left Alive [Blu-ray]

Only Lover Left Alive is a film for people who love film. By that, I mean it has clever writing and dialogue and is shot with a style that reminds the viewer how a film can be art and beautiful and not just big explosions. Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, it’s filled with symbolism: of light and dark, of good and evil, of using your time wisely, both literally and figuratively. The movie is a drama, but it has some surprisingly funny moments strewn throughout it.

Representing darkness is Adam (Tom Hiddleston), a centuries old vampire with long black hair who spends the majority of the film in black or dark colors. He has been writing and recording music, including famous pieces that have been credited to other musicians – because that’s the way he wanted it. He wants the work out there, but not the attention that goes with it. He feels the pain of living acutely, and feels the waste that many make of their lives in an almost personal way. Continue reading

Begin Again Review

Begin_Again_film_poster_2014Begin Again

Starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Catherine Keener, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld and James Corden

Begin Again is a film for music lovers. Its working title was Can a Song Save Your Life? and that title describes the theme of the movie as well as anything. In the vein of films such as Walk the Line or Almost Famous, or really any Cameron Crowe movie, the filmmakers love music and they have made a film about making music, hoping you will love it as much as they do, and for the most part, they succeed. It’s a film that makes you want to leave the theater and immediately put on your headphones and dance down the sidewalks as you listen to whatever comes on shuffle. Continue reading