Tuesday, November 13, 2007

 

Some Recent(-ish) Films

2 Days in Paris

Two Days in Paris was written and directed by Julie Delpy and is the story of the relationship between Marion, a French woman played by Delpy, and Jack, an American man played by Adam Goldberg. On their way back from their vacation in Venice they spend two days in Paris living in Marion’s apartment above her parents’ home before returning to New York. The story is about the differences between France and America, how he gets on with her parents and how he copes with meeting so many of her ex-boyfriends. There is a lot of humour in this film and Adam Goldberg gives a great performance as the somewhat bewildered boyfriend de jour. If you are looking for something a bit different, this is an enjoyable film.




The Savages

I saw this film during the Cork Film festival back in October. It’s about two siblings Jon and Wendy, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney who end up having to take on the responsibility of caring for their ailing father. The father is played by Philip Bosco and the film centres around how Jon and Wendy cope with caring for a father that they have had very little contact with in the previous twenty years. The siblings come face to face with the reality of placing their father in a nursing home. They each have different ideas about how he should be cared for and sibling rivalry also rears its ugly head during the film. This is an excellent film but not necessarily the easiest to watch as it reminds you of how life comes full circle and children end up taking care of their parents.




Stardust

This is a lovely easy film to watch and a very enjoyable story. The script was written by Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn and the main story is about a young man that promises the girl he is in love with that he will bring her back a fallen star for her birthday. He sets off on his quest and from then on we are introduced to a myriad of characters that range from Lamia, the youth obsessed witch played by Michelle Pfeiffer to the cross dressing Captain Shakespeare played by Robert De Niro. There are several different subplots in the film and lots of great characters played by well known faces to keep you entertained.

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