Sunday, March 16, 2008

Youth Without Youth

This weekend's movie choice was Youth Without Youth. Their plot outline is that it's a love story wrapped in a mystery.

Mystery is a very good choice of words for this one. In fact, it was so much a mystery that the mystery was never revealed. I guess you have to be one of those high IQ types of people to understand this one because I totally did not get it.

This was the longest two hour movie I've ever seen. There were a couple of times when I started to doze off but I was afraid if I fell asleep I might miss something that would explain it all. Unfortunately, that never happened...

Personally, I didn't care for this one but I'm sure there's some highly intelligent person out there who would be happy to disagree with me...

Sunday, March 9, 2008

The Eye

This weekend mom and I decided to go see The Eye. This one's been out for a while and it looked like a movie that we would enjoy, but we just never got around to seeing it.

Sydney Wells (Jessica Alba) is an accomplished concert violinist who has been blind since a childhood tragedy. Sydney undergoes a double corneal transplant, and her sight is restored. But soon afterwards unexplainable shadowy and frightening images start to haunt her. Are they a product of her imagination, or something horrifyingly real? As Sydney's family and friends begin to doubt her sanity, she believes that the images are part of the life experiences of the deceased cornea donor, and she's convinced there is a message she is supposed to be receiving through all of this.

This film considers the ramifications of newfound sight more thoughtfully than you'd expect. Overall, The Eye is a tense, shudder-filled movie with suspensful scenes that make it passable, if not wet-your-pants scary.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

The Other Boleyn Girl

This weekends movie choice - The Other Boleyn Girl.

Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson co-star as the infamous Boleyn sisters, who use passion and persuasion, delusions of grandeur and deceit to vie for the love of King Henry (Eric Bana) and advance their family’s status.

Their father, Sir Thomas Boleyn and his brother-in-law, the Duke of Norfolk suspect that Henry, convinced that his aging queen, Katherine of Aragon, will never provide the male heir he so desperately desires, will soon be searching for a mistress. Their first idea is to offer the headstrong, dark-eyed Anne as a candidate for the king's consort and maneuver her into the monarch's line of sight. Upon meeting her, Henry is momentarily intrigued, but she's too much of a handful. Instead he fixates on Mary, the sweet, gentle sister -- it doesn't matter that she's already married.

The stage is set for a lifelong rivalry between the siblings.

The Boleyn family is installed at Hampton Court Palace. Together, Henry and Mary conceive a son, but it's not long before Henry's eye begins to wander again, this time back to Anne: After an imprudent secret marriage, she's been packed off to France, where her brazen manner has supposedly been toned down. Now she's back, and Henry seems to like her much better and the machinations that eventually sever England's connection with the Catholic church and Anne's head from her shoulders begin.