May, 2009

I <3 Flickhart

Posted by Shay on May 27th, 2009 (0 comments)

FlickhartFlickhart.com is absolutely addictive! A site where you simply choose the best of two options for you favorite movies. i.e. A Beautiful Mind or Memento. Hands down (for me) A Beautiful Mind wins every time.

I’ve already spent half an hour on the site without noticing. Go get an invitation and see what your top 20 will be then come back and list them here in the comments.

Not Obsessed With The Soloist

Posted by Shay on May 8th, 2009 (0 comments)

So I did a double feature last week at Regal Cinemas at New Roc City. The theater is nice, staff is halfway decent, pricing as per other cinemas. But they do have an IMAX.

First up was Obsessed starring Idris Elba, Beyonce Knowles, and Ali Carter. Elba is a successful businessman with a young wife (Knowles) and son when Carter begins to temp for his office and becomes obsessed with the niceties that Elba dishes out. It’s an obvious take on the tragic story of a woman getting the wrong idea a la Fatal Attraction. It not a total ripoff. There’s no bunnies in this one.

I did found myself talking at the screen (as I did not have a movie mate that night) due in most part to how believably crazy Carter’s character was and Elba’s character’s naivete. As for Knowles (the reason I wanted to see the film), her character left something to be desired. I’m not sure what it was. I think it was the way the she was written. She played jealous very well but I think there’s a part of the script that was left out. I can’t go into too much detail, but I wish they would have explained the motivation for her lack of trust. What they did offer would not have been enough for me to distrust my husband. But this is all my opinion.

All in all it was a bit of a disappointment. C-

Now the next movie is one I viewed after reading the book for a book club. I’m not sure I would have gone to the theater to see if I hadn’t read the book and didn’t have time to kill after Obsessed, but I saw it nonetheless. Steve Lopez is a writer for the L.A. Times who come across a schizophrenic homeless man playing a 2-string violin. That man is Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, formally of Julliard.
A relationship ensues after Lopez writes an article on Nathaniel and he is weighted with getting Ayers the proper care. That is the central theme of the book and the movie. However, there are many aspects of the movie that differ from the book. I found the movie’s characters to be one dimensional. Lopez is a character you hate when for being selfish and Nathaniel’s history is different in the movie – practically incomplete if you’ve read the book.

Downey and Foxx do great portrayals of their characters but I didn’t believe them. I think I biased because I’ve read and loved the book. I’m actually going to stop here because I can’t say much more without merely comparing the differences between the page and the screen. I’m sorry I can’t give you more than B-

S.D.