Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Can't Wait: Midnight in Paris

Sometimes Woody Allen films are like a sweet, sweet indulgence as they take you on a journey into an international fantasy world. That might sound creepy coming from an asian gal with a middle name similar to the likes of Woody's ex-adopted-stepdaughter-now-turned-wife. Oh get over it, will you?

I'm excited to see his upcoming film, "Midnight in Paris", which stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen (hmmm, now it makes total sense how him and Rachel hooked up in real life!), Marion Cotillard, Alison Pill, Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody and even the First Lady of France, Carla Bruni. What a freaking kick-ass cast!

I am overall a huge fan of Woody Allen but sometimes he can go a bit far off the deep end to where I just don't have the energy to participate in. But lately, I have grown so fond of the way he brings an audience and viewer in by creating these gorgeously shot films on location in the perfect international cities. For instance, when he shot on location in Barcelona (ummm, hello - "Vicki Christina Barcelona") and shot in London for "Scoop" and "Match Point" with his muse in both films - Scarlett Johansson, you really felt like you were there in that city, experiencing what those characters felt in their own visual journey. I feel like it's similar to Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation", where in some certain scenes, she showed you a Tokyo that you might not have been familiar with.

So save the date of May 11th when this film releases in the U.S. and go see it!

Finally Saw: "Love & Other Drugs"

Aw yes, let me first start by saying that I took a hiatus away from life and writing. But I am now re-energized after taking a mini-break to London last week where in a future post(s) will explain my love for british tv sitcoms and dramas. But that's a whole 'nother time, so I digress while I sit here eating my Maltesers and Wymans Wine Gums...

...I must give a shout out to Air New Zealand as I was a bit hesitant at first with this airline, but I give them a hefty two thumbs-up if you're taking a non-stop trip from LAX to Heathrow. With it being such a long flight, you are offered a plethora of newly released films which made me salivate. I fought my chronic narcolepsy on a plane as much as I could and in the end, only one film won in it's entirety and that was "Love & Other Drugs" which stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway. I enjoyed this film, as I usually would enjoy any film where you might catch a glimpse of a nearly naked Jake, and found the relationship between his character, Jamie, and Anne Hathaway's character, Maggie, quite the opposite as to what happens in real romantic relationships. Never would you find the ultimate "player" guy falling for a girl with parkinson's disease who chooses to only use him for sex and denies him the right of being his girlfriend. Never would you find a girl who is afraid of commitment after this guy actively pursues this girl and even confesses that he loves her. Okay, I may sound a tad cynical but I liked this film because it showed a complete reversal of emotion in how we generally perceive how a "player" operates. This is also a fictional film, might I remind us of that.

"Love & Other Drugs" was directed by Edward Zwick and I found it a nice departure from his previous epic and profilic films such as: "Defiance", "The Last Samurai", "Courage Under Fire" and "Legends of the Fall". I enjoyed the cast which included Oliver Platt, Hank Azaria (loved him from my "Simpsons" days - yes, I used to work on the show and no, I was not the voice of Bart), Josh Gad (why does he seem familiar? He played Jonathan Ame's arch-enemy ex-BF of his lover on "Bored to Death" and was also in "21"), George Segal, Gabriel Macht and Judy Greer.

So go see this film - and thank me later.