Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Nights in Rodanthe Review

I had such high hopes for this movie when I saw the trailer two years ago. It looked like a movie filled with gorgeous people (Richard Gere and Diane Lane) and breath-taking surroundings. A house on the beach - who could ask for anything more? Also, the theme of getting divorced - what married person, happy or not, doesn’t fantasize about getting divorced and being carefree? At least for a weekend. Especially when you get to have a fling with Richard Gere or Diane Lane for that matter (she makes 40 look like the new 25, now if only she could change her character from movie to movie).

For the most part it did not disappoint. Richard Gere was as handsome in his tortured way (he is the EMO of the over-forty crowd minus the black clothing). Diane Lane was beautiful, though her clothing could have been improved upon. However, the wallpaper in Richard Gere’s house - oh my goodness! Revolting is too mild a word for that debacle. No wonder the guy left. Also, the beach house was a little too cluttered for me - however, the artist studio was absolutely magnificent. It would inspire anyone to create masterpieces.


Titanic Review

This is one of the first films that began my love with the aesthetics of movies.

Blah, blah, blah - the discovery of the ship. The first 20 or 25 minutes could have been cut. The good stuff comes into play when they are on the ship. That’s when the gorgeous people, costumes, d├ęcor, lighting and a great musical score (which always adds that extra element of beauty to any movie) come in. Even if I had to go down with the ship, I would want to live in this movie.

Kate Winslet is the most beautiful she has ever been in this movie. From her full, wavy red hair to her meticulously applied make-up, she is spectacular. If I got a chance to wear any of the dresses that Rose (Kate Winslet) wears in this movie, I would die a happy woman. My personal favorite is the one she is wearing at the top of the stairs when Jack (Leonardo DeCaprio) is waiting for her at the bottom. The night that Jack convinces Rose not to jump off the side of the ship, his reasoning should have included the fact that she would be destroying a stunning dress! For this reason, this is the most tension-filled moment in Titanic. Also, the blue velvet dress from the “king of the world” scene is very lovely.

The men in this movie in their tuxedos…heaven! There is the handsome Cal (Billy Zane) with his dark mysterious eyes (pity he is such an abusive jerk), and the dashing Thomas (Victor Garber)…and really all the men because they look so spiffy in tuxedos.

And, is there anything sexier than having your nude portrait sketched by a gorgeous man? The answer here is no. This is by far one of the most erotic scenes in any movie to date.

The off-putting thing, however, is that Leonardo DeCaprio looks like he is 16 and Kate Winslet looks like she is at least 20. The scene in the car where she is lying in his arms is particularly unsettling. At one point in the movie Jack says, “I’ve been on my own since I was 15.” Was that a year ago?

Stunning Dress, Spiffy Tuxedo


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Shutter Island Review

This movie was beautiful to look at except, of course, for the creepy patients and their sad accommodations. The landscape and scenery was breath-taking. If I need to go to an institution to get that kind of view then lock me up! I also love all of the rain. Who wants sunshine when you can have clouds and rain – divine.

Of course, as I have mentioned in previous reviews, I would love to be a psychiatrist and if I could live in the place that Ben Kingsley’s character lives in this movie that is an added bonus. I want to have cigars and drinks in that gorgeous house. And the bookshelves in this movie…To. Die. For.

One of the central appeals of the film – the handsome Leonardo DeCaprio. To me, there has always been something off-putting about Mark Ruffalo , however, he does look better with a fedora. Every time I look at him though, I can’t help thinking that he’d have bad breath. Love those 1950’s suits, but those hideous ties! Hideous. To my surprise, the awfulness of the tie is addressed in the movie.

Mr. Scorsese does a good job of making tragedy look pretty.