Saturday, April 12, 2014

Draft Day

Going on here with the motto of "it is what it is"....Kevin Costner looking natural, a really botoxed or somethinged Jennifer Garner, the cast offs of a lot of HBO/SHO series, a pulled tight Ellen Burstyn, and Denis Leary looking a lot like your older PE teacher at a girls school, share the somewhat fast paced action in this sports film about football Draft Day for the NFL.  It takes a while to get going, but once it is all figured out, it is sort of fun.  There is not much meat to it- you won't walk out wondering how the world could produce such amazement and emotion. But it is what it is- a sort of guy movie about draft day negotiations with a teensy bit of romance, some dearly departed dad/adult son issues, a few mommy moments, and a lot of phone calls and BS.  I sat long enough and listened well enough to get pleasantly entertained by it. It's pretty easy to watch, and you'll feel okay that you saw it. If you like Kevin Costner- you'll like the movie.  So there is your info. If you bring your significant male other, they will love it, but they will say, at least twice, "what did Jennifer Garner do to her face? It is frozen." Yep. It sort of is. Maybe ladies, if you get bored, you can drink every time you notice someone who has had bad work done!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Lunchbox

The Lunchbox is a subtitled Indian film that is touching and so heartfelt. The basic story involves a wife who makes a special lunch for her husband in order to get him to pay attention to her- the lunchbox delivery service (yes, they have those) brings it to the wrong man, a quiet and stern about-to-retire widower who is surprised at the bounty.  Trying to figure out why her husband doesn't mention it to her, she encloses a note in the box. And the lucky widower recipient replies. Thus begins a tentative but sweet exchange of her sadness and his grief, all over some Indian food delivered in a tin. The relationship deepens, and when the time comes to meet....well, I won't ruin it.  There is so much charm to this movie. I really believe it to be one of the best movies of this year and last. If you have a chance to see it, please go.   Perhaps you wonder why I would give it 4 stars- well, because it does everything a movie should do. And it does it well.