Three Must-See Movies for Book Lovers

Who doesn’t love a love story?  I know I do.  Of all the movies I watch, a lot of them end up being romantic movies.  Within that genre, my hands down favorite sub-genre is literary romantic movies, or movies with a strong writing/art component.  Because there is no one here to stop me, I will christen the sub-genre “Writerly Romance”  (if this catches on as a concept, don’t forget that you heard it here first).  Three great ones I’ve seen recently are Words and Pictures, Not Another Happy Ending, and The Longest Week. Continue reading

Before Sunset- Movie Notes

On one of those rare occasions where I found myself with both the afternoon and the television to myself, I came across Before Sunset (starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy), just starting, and I sat down to watch.  I had never heard anything about the film, but the opening shots of the streets of Paris captivated my interest.  Continue reading

Definitely, Maybe: Movie Review

Can you stand the cuteness?

Okay, I know I have been on kind of an anti-chick-flick tear here.  I make no secret of the fact that I am not in love with the genre.  But, as these these things go, Definitely, Maybe isn’t bad.

First of all, Ryan Reynolds is: (1) attractive, (2) funny, and therefore (3) a compelling love interest.  Nothing kills a romantic comedy’s appeal quicker than unattractive/annoying main characters or implausible chemistry between the would-be lovers. Continue reading

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: Movie Review

I just finished The Curious Case of Benjamin Button starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett.  It was a beautiful, if unusual love story, and I found it very touching and thought provoking.  I love Brad Pitt, and his acting is exceptional.  But I also liked the idea of aging in reverse, as I think it calls attention to the journey that we are all taking. Continue reading