Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2)

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The saga continues...

This movie was awful. I am a Twilight fan too, I admit to owning all of the movies and I've read all the books twice, but this movie was horrible. Nothing happens. I knew it was going to be bad because the first half of the book is all talking and working up to this big surprise in the story but they stopped the movie just as this surprise happens. Now I am worried that Part 2 will suck as well because they have to fit SO MUCH story into the next part and I'm worried it will seem messy. Bleh.

Kristen Steward and Robert Pattinson seemed far more irritating in this movie than in the past. Before they were kind of cute together and it was funny but this time around it was just painful to watch. Their connection was still there but because the movie was so slow I was looking to the actors to up their performances but that didn't happen either.

I was impressed with Taylor Lautner though. I think his acting has really improved over the last few years and it was GREAT to see some talent in this movie. He was the best part of this film, hands down. He was still Jacob but his performance was stronger than in the past and I was so glad when he would enter a scene. Thank you Taylor, thank you.

This is easily the worst movie of the Twilight Saga so far and maybe one of the worst movies I have seen all year. Which sucks to say because I was looking forward to it for so long and I am a huge fan but it was brutal. Lame. They didn't even get any emotion from me during the damn wedding and the big surprise was a big let down but I guess they couldn't have gone into lots of detail like in the book or it would've turned into more of a horror movie but in the movie it just didn't seem as dramatic as it should've been.

Wait to rent it if you really want to see it.


(I'm only giving it a 2 because I am a fan so I am still glad I watched it and for Taylor Lautner)

The Change-Up (3.5)

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This movie was waaaay more hilarious than I thought it would be. I felt like this was a really lame idea for a script and that the whole change-up thing had been already done time and time again, which it has, but some how they figured out a way to make this movie funny.

I think it had a lot to do with Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern, The Proposal, Buried) and Jason Batman (Horrible Bosses . These two together are hilarious. They are naturally quite different people and when put into their separate characters they fit the mold perfectly. Without them this movie would've probably sucked hard, they were both equal parts funny.

I was laughing pretty hard for a lot of the scenes. Some of the emotional scenes were really painful, mostly any of the scenes with Leslie Mann. Sorry lady, but you were painful to watch any time you were crying or complaining or anything. Yikes. No idea why but she just really sucked in this movie.

This movie is kind of stupid but I still laughed and found it entertaining. Some of the lines especially had me laughing really hard. If you're looking for a light and slightly ridiculous comedy then this is the movie for you.


Gulliver's Travels (2.5)

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A mail boy of a company takes a travel job writing about the Bermuda Triangle in order to try and impress a girl from work. He lands on the island of Liliput, an island full of tiny people.

I used to be a huge Jack Black fan (Kung Fu Panda 2). I still find him funny but his tricks are getting old and therefore he is becoming slowly less and less hilarious. I still think he's got talent but I'm not sure he is using it as well as he should. I suppose if I could get away with doing silly little movies to make a buck and just keep on keepin' on then I would too but still, I need more Jack.

Emily Blunt (Gnomeo & Juliet, The Adjustment Bureau) and Jason Segel (The Muppets) were cute but they weren't in the movie enough for me. I was happy to see Jason Segel when he came on and I think he was my favourite in this film. They were sadly both victims of the script and their characters had some really stupid moments but it wasn't their fault.

This was pretty cheesy and also pretty corny at times. I couldn't help but be entertained but some parts of this movie had me rolling my eyes. Most of the time though it had a good pace and made general sense but then they would go and throw in a song or something weird and I would get taken completely out of the movie.

I liked it more than I thought I would but not as much as I wanted too. It was funny now and again but it was over all silly and some times way too weird for me. I wonder if kids would like it better than I did...

Bonus: Billy Connolly and Catherine Tate.


Nell (3)

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A wild woman is found in the woods and doctors are given 3 months to observe her to see if she can survive on her own.

Jodi Foster's performance as Nell was incredible. I can see why she was up for an Oscar for this movie. She completely became this 'wild woman' and yet at the same time won our hearts. This is one memorable performance.

Liam Neeson (Unknown, The A-Team) can do no wrong. I heart that man. He certainly was an interesting character in this movie and while the movie is called Nell thus is should be more about Nell, I felt like a lot of information about his character was kept from the audience. I needed to know more in order to become connected to him and really understand why he was so obsessed with Nell...guess I'll never know. Still, Liam is awesome.

Natasha Richardson was interesting. I guess it was her character in general that I didn't like. Still, for a doctor, she wasn't that smart. Some of the stuff she did or said seemed ridiculous to me. Not her fault but didn't make me like her performance very much.

I think I was mainly distracted by the way it was filmed because of when it was made. Dramatic movies had a different sort of pace, tone and style to them. While it;s nothing compared to the old black and white days this movie is coming up on its 20th anniversary.

The story is amazing and I think they did a great job of slowly introducing us into Nell's world in a way that brings you closer and closer to this stranger without really knowing it.

I liked the movie and throught Jodi Foster's perfomance was fantastic but the way the movie was written and edited stopped me from being completely sucked into Nell's world.


Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Muppets (5)

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Muppet fans REJOICE!! This is easily one of the best movies of the year and one of the best family comedies I've ever seen AND a new fav all time movie of yours truly.

This movie is HILARIOUS!! I was bursting with laughter from the very start. This is easily the best comedy of the year. I'm being honest here, I haven't laughed that consistently without having to force myself or without actually laughing AT the awfulness that was a movie in a very long time. Every bit of it was hilarious. Okay okay, you get the point.

Not only was it hilarious but it was heart felt, thoughtful, full of life lessons and great musical numbers.

The songs are beyond amazing, for the first time in a long time I might have to purchase a movie soundtrack. Jason Segel and Amy Adams (Miss Pettigrew Livs for a Day) are FANTASTIC and The Muppets are better than ever. I seriously loved this movie even more as an adult. I liked The Muppets when I was a kid but I never loved them like I do now. It's amazing, I can't get over how good this movie is!

The story is obviously nothing Oscar worthy, of course it's not, it's a family friendly movie after all. That being said, there is nothing wrong with this movie at all.

Thank you Jason Segel, thank you. You were the Walter of this movie in real life, you made it happen and therefore stopped The Muppets from skipping another generation. You deserve 1,000 rainbow hugs and all the ice cream you desire.

The worst part about this movie is when it was over. I could've watched at least another hour of it. When it was over all I wanted to do was watch it again. I will be buying this movie as soon as it comes out. I might need to see it a few more times before it leaves the theatres too.

SEE THIS MOVIE!!!! Especially if you like The Muppets. You will not regret it!!

...I feel like a kid again.

Bonus: ALL THE AMAZING CAMEOS!! There were so many and they were all AMAZING! Ahhh! *runs away*

Bonuseses: Amy Adam's calf muscles. Wow. Just, wow.


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Puncture (3.8)

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A druggie lawyer gets a case to fight the big medical companies of America over their use of regular plastic needles instead of buying into a safety needle that is proven to stop accidental needle punctures among medical workers.

Chris Evans (Captain America) has been impressing me a lot lately. Maybe not a lot in terms of me watching all these movies with him in it but in terms of me watching some of his movies and being impressed every time. His performance in this movie was bang on. I thought he really took the form of his character and I was generally concerned and interested in him for the whole movie.

The subject of this movie at first was boring to me. I don't know anything about medical stuff and I also don't know how hospitals and what not work in the States. Regardless, the information that was given me over the course of this movie was intense to say the least. Especially near the end of the movie...I had no idea. I really had no idea that any of that was going on. I wonder if any one does know except for the big medical companies? Insane, that's all I can really say about that.

Not only was this movie informative like a documentary but the characters and performances were well done and the flow of the movie kept me interested and my mind always moving - just like the main character.

The only thing I didn't like about this movie is that I felt some of the time spent on showing us the dark side of Evans character Mike, stuff we were already shown before, seemed a little repetitive. Especially after the big drop of information. After that mind bomb I needed a big story jump or at least for the movie to have no ended the way it did but I suppose that this movie was more about Mike than about the needles. Still, after a certain point I needed more when it came to information instead of more when it came to the characters.

Glad I watched this movie. It's not overly dark or emotional but it is a powerful movie and Chris Evans does a great job.


The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (3)

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Edmund and Lucy return to Narnia just in time to stop evil from spreading over the land.

I completely forgot about the latest Narnia movie until I was on Netflix and saw it there. I remember being excited last year when I heard it was coming out and then after seeing the first trailers my excitement went away so I put it on the back burner. While it wasn't the best movie ever and my least favourite of these films I still thought it was a good adventure.

The acting in these has never been anything to talk about. While the kids are way older now, and even with Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes, see also Dorian Gray) running around looking all handsome, I found this movie a little dull. There was no great battle but more like an escape. The wonderful adventure filled with danger seemed more like a giant storm and a not-so-close encounter with invisible "beasts". The one plus of this was that there was a dragon but it wasn't a scary dragon.

I gather that because it being PG had something to do with the boringness of it but still, the other movies had sword fights and battles and beasts all over the place. Compared to the first one this movie just doesn't stack up.

The movie is beautiful with it's sunset backdrops and cool looking islands but I didn't find myself being pulled into the fantasy world as much as I would've hoped.

Still good for a family night and/or a sleepy Sunday when you don't really want to pay close attention to anything or over think a movie.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Killer Elite (3)

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Yup, Jason Statham. This guy was made for action movies and for some reason, even after all of his characters being pretty much the same, I am not tired of him. He can do the action well and has at least minor talent which is more than I can say for most action stars. Solid.

I am tired of Clive Owen. I have liked a lot of his movies in the past but I am slowly realizing that he is a very 2-dimensional actor. He has his happy character or his manly/action character and that's about it. Bored with him. Need him to switch it up and make me understand why he is still in so many films.

Robert De Niro is the man (Limitless, Brazil, Everybody's Fine). 'Nough said.

The hand-to-hand comabt was pretty awesome in this movie. You can't deny that Statham was made for action flicks. The big and happy surprise for me was seeing De Niro kick some major ass, he was pretty badass in this movie. Maybe the most badass.

The suspsense for me just wasn't there. Except for the action, I found this movie kind of dull. That being said, most of the movie is action with car chases and hand-to-hand combat but as soon as the music died down and conversations began I lost interest. I guess the story wasn't interesting to me. Too many fingers being pointed with (to me) an obvious ending.

I was happy with the action but not much else. The ending was meh. I'm sure the book that this movie was based on would be a good read. I usually enjoy based on true story type movies but this one didn't do it for me.

Worth the action though it was too long in my opinion.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Like Crazy (3.5)

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Two people fall in love while in college but there's one catch: she has to go back to England once her VISA expires. Is patience enough to keep love alive?

I thought this was going to be a cute, happy movie with a struggle and a happy ending but instead this movie decided to break my heart and make me sad. It was good though, I loved the characters and how they both seemed very realistic. Their struggle seemed real to me and I'm sure lots of people could relate to this story in some way or another. Love isn't always honey and sunshine and this movie showed that really well.

Anton Yelchin has really grown on my since I first noticed him in the new Star Trek movie. I started to follow his career and so far I have liked everything I have seen. He is a little out of the spotlight but still well known and doing some blockbuster films but he still has this thing about him that I find appealing to watch. Looking forward to more stuff Anton. High five.

Felicity Jones was cute at first but I really felt like I watched her character grow and change during the movie. By the end of the movie I could tell what she was feeling by just watching her eyes...strong performance. Really well matched with Anton. Loved it.

There were some emotional scenes that I felt seemed a bit staged but at times they didn't really know each other so it was like they were strangers but at the same time...

I get the ending, I know that the movie couldn't have gone on further at that point because it was sort of the next chapter type thing but I still hated it ending from an emotional point of view. Now I am kind of sad and feel all emotional instead of filled with love and happiness. Laaaame. Why you gotta hurt my heart film?

The story is realistic and because of that I found myself getting sucked into this movie. It was shaky at first but then I was glued to the screen. The energy between these two comes and goes but like they say in the movie, there is something between them that cannot be explained. Good cast and a good story made for an emotional rollercoaster that I enjoyed.

Just enough to shake my heart but not enough to rip it out. Good thing, I was looking for a light hearted romantic movie. Yeesh.


Monday, November 14, 2011

Immortals (3.5)

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Theseus is chosen by the Gods to stop King Hyperion and the end of humanity.

While the movie was stunning and the story strong this movie is sadly forgettable. While watching it I was completely entertained and all my movie needs were met but not that it's been a couple of days I find myself not remembering why it was so enjoyable at the time. The action is pure and the feel of the movie was great but it didn't impress me.

Henry Cavill who played Theseus wasn't my favourite but he grew on me during the film. At first I was disappointed and was worried his performance would distract me but once the action got going I didn't pay too much attention to it. He does the angry face well and the man-in-action face even better. I'll give him that.

I'm sorry to say this, even after The Wrestler was such a good film, I do not get Mickey Rourke. I hear he could act in his day but I found him boring, one dimensional and just over all too comical when it came to being this badass guy. I'm not sure why, his costumes were amazing so it wasn't that...I just, don't really like him.

The costumes in this movie were very cool. Some of them were weird and too abstract for me but most of them were stunning and really matched the characters.

While the story wasn't as amazing as 300, which is one of my all time favourite action films, I found the characters interesting enough. I wanted to know more about the Gods and that whole back story but I didn't get anything so any chance of an emotional connection didn't happen. To be honest, I didn't feel anything towards any character. I just loved the beauty of each shot and the action was wonderful.

That is what this movie is all about and the reason why I was glad to see it on the big screen: the action. All of the scenes with the Gods fighting were beyond fantastic. The basic slow-mo action scenes were great and there was a good amount of gore to action ratio.

Not huge on character development but giant with amazing action, this movie is entertaining and exciting but nothing more. If you like action movies, see it! Just don't expect 300.


The Rite (3)

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2011 horror film by Mikael Håfström about a young man who is training to be a priest but questioning his faith and attends an exorcism course in Italy.

I thought this movie was going to be really cheesy and lame but I like exorcism movies and Anthony Hopkins so I thought I would give it a shot.

Turns out that not only was this movie scary, interesting and full of Anthony Hopkins but that the cheese factor and lameness I was expecting was not fully there. Yes, there were some funny moments where the movie was flawed but it wasn't near as bad as I thought it was going to be. Also, Hopkins was classic Hopkins and he was awesome as the main exorcist priest guy. He kicks some solid ass. Fact.

I'm still not sure how I feel about Colin O'Donoghue who played the young priest. His character was all right but I didn't feel sold on his performance. Some scenes were better than others but I felt like he was too much of a pretty boy and every emotion was forced. Although, I suppose it was hard to not seem that way next to Hopkins.

This movie isn't terrifying but the scares are more scary images. I liked the story but it's another book to film type movie so the stories are usually bearable. I'd like to read the book to see how American they made it.

While this film was forgotten by most I suggest it to those who enjoy a good exorcism/demon/scary film. It would ruin your sleep but it's interesting and Hopkins is in it. Win.


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Dangerous Method (4)

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2011 David Cronenberg film looking at the lives of Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud and the time they spent as friends.

I am sure that everyone knows who Jung and Freud are but I doubt they know the story as it is told in this film. I was surprised by their collaborations as I only know a little about either doctors/professors but I found both of them utterly interesting and powerful. No doubt this was because of who they got to portray them.

Michael Fassbender (Hunger, Inglorious Basterds) is quickly becoming a face that everyone should know and appreciate. There is something magnetic and strong about this man and he is beautiful and talented when he becomes his characters. I found his performance to be powerful and complicated but I think he did a great job being Jung.

Viggo Mortensen as Freud. Yes please. I was looking forward to him in this movie and he nailed it. He really did. Never a disappointment that man, high five to you Viggo. Also, I don't think Freud was as good looking as you with that beard and cigar...just sayin.

This is the first time in a long time that I actually thought Keira Knightley (Never Let Me Go) could act/was talented. She owned in this movie. She really did an amazing job and I hate to say it but her character was the most complex but she seemed to flow into the role with ease and power. Really amazing transformation and it was refreshing to see.

If you like psychology/social sciences, the work of Jung and/or Freud or any of the actors mentioned above I high suggest seeing this film. Even if your interests are not peaked by those things I suggest watching this movie when you want a drama with some intelligent conversations and strong performances.

Good movie. A little sidetracked at times I found and it didn't focus on what I really wanted to see but that's not what the script was made for. Still, solid flick.

Bonus: Vincent Cassel (Irreversible)


Forks Over Knives (5)

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2011 documentary by Lee Fulkerson about wholefood plant based diets.

This is the most powerful documentary I have seen to date because it is about me and everyone I love. At the same time it didn't make me feel helpless or shameful. It didn't make me feel like an idiot for the way I live (well, kind of, but that's because I'm hard on myself). It just made me realize that I can help myself and others by eating things that are best for me.

I have watched numerous movies about not eating animals and why to be vegan and have read many articles and blogs and talked with vegan/vegetarian friends, yet this movie makes me want to convert more than anything ever has before.

The facts are there. They don't aim for over all shock factors or to dangle things in front of you only to talk about who's right and who's wrong (they do kind of touch on that but not much). They just tell you exactly what is true and from different perspectives with honest case studies and BAM. As a movie the information and interviews could've been edited different and arranged better so the movie flowed better but who cares, it's the information that matters.

Try it or not, you have to agree that what you see in this movie is proven in every way it could've been.

I'm starting right now.


More info: http://www.forksoverknives.com/

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Season of the Witch (3.5)

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Nick Cage as Nick Cage being a knight of the church.

I joke. I actually am one of the few who still really like Nicholas Cage (Moonstruck, Kick-Ass, The Sorcerer's Apprentice). I know he is the same in almost every movie but I like him in every movie so I will keep liking him. I find him entertaining and he does fun[ny] and different kind of movies. N. Cage for life.

This movie is not what I thought it was going to be at all. I thought it would be painful, corny and ultra lame but a solid N. Cage flick that I could sit back and be entertained by. It was a little bit of those things but then it also had all this history and THEN the story turned into this crazy paranormal adventure with this creature and what not...cool. Knights, swords, battles, witches, demons, the plague and Nicholas Cage. Win win win. So much win. I liked this movie way more than I should have.

Yes, it was corny at times. Yes, a lot of the history is laughable and they make shit up but who cares it's all about imagination and acceptance. Yes, the ending is hilarious. Yes, sometimes Cage has an accent sort of and sometimes he has blond hair and then not.

Who cares. You knew it wasn't going to be great.

If you like stories like this or Nicholas Cage then you will like this movie. If you watch the trailer and roll your eyes then don't watch it. It's perfect for those of us in the first category.

N. Cage, you rock. I will add a .5 just for you.


Ju-on:The Grudge (4)

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The 2002 original horror flick by Takashi Shimizu (Japan).

The best thing about this movie is that it isn't just a horror movie. Mind you, it's scary now and again, but I found it more creepy than anything. By not just a horror movie I mean that apart from the scares it's a dramatic, mysterious thriller that involves a murder investigation, teenagers, many families and strangers over a long amount of time. It was so interesting. Then on top of that they decide to scare you...magical. All you ever need in a movie (unless all you watch are comedies...not so many funny parts).

I didn't find it scary but it definitely was really creepy. I bet that most people would pull the blanket up close to their eyes during most of this movie. They really start off with a bang and don't stop until the credits roll. I heart Asian horror, they really know how do to it.

I have to watch the American version now but I'm guessing it's not as scary. The cat-kid alone was creepy enough to cause most people to turn the lights back on.

Not surprised, like I said, Asian horror is the only way to go. It's guaranteed to be good.


It's Kind of a Funny Story (3.8)

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2010 comedy/drama by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.

A sixteen year old checks himself into a psych ward when his dreams of suicide become too real.

Any movie that says it has Zach Galifianakis (Puss in Boots, The Hangover Part II, Due Date) in it means it will be funny. The one thing I never expected with this movie was how heartfelt and character driven it would be, especially concerning the one and only Galifianakis. He was a really strong character in this movie and really made it worth the watch. He was funny but emotional and magnetic on screen (more than he usually is). Being funny isn't as easy as you would think but being funny and also being able to stay diverse is even harder and I truly believe Zach Galifianakus has the art of awesomeness down. Yup. Like.

The teenaged boy Craig (Keir Gilchrist) was interesting. I didn't like him at first and thus found the start of the movie a little slow and messy but once you get to know the kid and he starts opening up you kind of have to love him. He grew on me.

The other characters are all interesting and some of the scenes are just ridiculous but not in a stupid way, in a "this takes place in a mental institution" kind of way. Hilarious and awkward. I liked it. It was a cute little film about depression and how you can find yourself in the most unusual places.

There was some corny moments and the ending was less than amazing. Still...



Friday, November 4, 2011

Attack the Block (4)

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2011 independent sci-fi/action/comedy by Joe Cornish.

A teen gang defend their block from an alien invasion.

I loved this film. I thought it was new, exciting, scary, hilarious and with some really cool aliens.

At first I didn't know what to think of it because the kids are actually dicks and they mug people and just want to beat things up. That's ultimately what the majority of the movie is, angry teenaged boys chasing dog-like aliens around and saying hilarious British slang. Once the action really started it was more than that though. Some of the characters started to develop and the story thickens. They are the unlikely heroes and I liked that about this film. A sci-fi with a thin line between good and evil. Well done.

Some of the effects were awesome, especially the gore. I was surprised by how well done it was. There were times when they didn't show a lot of attacks and other times when they zoomed right in. Because of that the movie had a great pace and even better suspense.

This is one of my new favourite sci-fi action films. I also think it's borderline horror/thriller but nothing too scary.

Loved the look of the aliens. Really liked the plot and the characters (by the end).

Bonus: Nick Frost.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Puss in Boots (4.5)

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I would just like to mention how I do NOT liked the Shrek movies and I have no idea what caused me to watch this movie besides wanting a short, mindless flick. I am happy to confirm my dislike of Shrek but my love of Puss in Boots.

This movie was such an adventure tangled in with fairy tales that make the imagination sore. I can fully understand why every child wants to see this movie and I highly recommend taken them because it is awesome. It's also awesome for parents because they add in some cheeky jokes that are a little more PG-13 but the kids wont know they even happened.

LOVE Puss. The cutest cat ever. Love the story between him and Humpty and LOVE that Zach Galifianakis is the voice of Humpty. Rockin.

I love cats and am a crazy cat lady and love this movie. I want to teach my cat how to fence. I think that would be awesomesauce.

I have nothing more to say except this movie rocked and I loved every minute of it and think you will too.

Heh. Fighting kittens.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Another Year (3)

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A look at the life of an older couple over the course of a year.

As soon as I saw that Jim Broadbent was in this movie I wanted to see it. I love that guy, he's such a cute, old man. He was the best part of this movie. His facial expressions and side glances were amazing and I felt connected to him more than anyone else even though the story mostly focused on other characters.

This movie was very real. It was just like going home to your own family and hanging out. I did like the way they paced the year (because the movie looks at the lives on people over one year) but I found it slow. Slow because although a lot can happen in a year there are also those days where nothing overly important happens...which doesn't make for a very interesting film.

I found it hard to keep track of characters. They would mention someone in a scene and then 30 minutes later they would just turn up and not explain who they are and you sit there trying to piece it all together. A little bit distracting when the conversation has no relevance because the context isn't there when you have no idea the relationship between them.

Mary was a bit much for me but I think Lesley Manville nailed the character...she just drove me crazy and I felt sorry for her and it was like hitting my head against the wall.

While I was watching the movie I found it depressing and long with hints of cute. When it was over I thought of it a little more and liked it a bit more as I thought of the characters and how they evolved over the year. Really though, it wasn't enough for me.

If you like dramas, British films or slow paced, day to day life sort of films you'll probably like this.

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