Remember Me

Once in a Blue Moon (not to be confused with New Moon) a film comes along that knocks me on my arse.  Remember Me is such a film.

~Shelli Carlisle, Living Life…Boomer Style Magazine

Cast: Robert Pattinson, Chris Cooper, Lena Olin, Ruby Jerins, Pierce Brosnan, Emille de Ravin

Revolutionary Road

He said, She said

To have her there was kind of reassuring and nice. To have the three of us (including Kathy Bates) together it was kind of like a neat coming of age party. It’s been 12 years since Titanic. ~Leonardo DeCaprio (On working with Kate Winslet on Revolutionary Road 12 years after Titanic.)

He’s probably the world’s most beautiful looking man [Leonardo DiCaprio], yet he doesn’t think he’s that gorgeous. And to me, he’s just smelly, farty Leo. ~Kate Winslet

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates, Michael Shannon, Kathryn  Hann

Quantum of Solace

A car chase, a foot chase, a boat chase, a plane chase and a run for your life!  Quantum Solace starts with a bang and continues on high octane until the very end.  I love this Bond.  No silly gadgets or cars rigged with smoke and mirrors, just pure adrenaline, sweat and brawn. ~Shelli Carlisle,  Living Life…Boomer Style Magazine

Cast: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench, Gemma Arterton, Jeffrey Wright

The Secret Life of Bees

“I have more mothers than any three girls off the street. They are the moons shinin’ over me.”  ~Lily

Great Lines

Zach Taylor: Miss August told me about you being here helping out. She didn’t mention anything about you being white.

Lily Owens: Maybe she didn’t notice.

Cast: Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okenedo

Sex and the City, The Movie

The Raves

It gives you everything you ever loved about the series, and blows it out into super-size cinematic proportions. 

~Emily Rems, Premiere

In its cinematic incarnation, Sex and the City has lost none of its bawdiness yet gained a more profound sense of soberness. Parker, especially, who in the last season of the show bordered on insufferable in her affected squeaks and shrieks, is allowed to go to very dark places – to be, in fact, quite unfabulous.

~Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle

A movie that taps directly back into the show’s primal appeal, which is the sweet, sad, saucy delight of sharing these women’s company.

~Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

Cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Mario Cantone, Chris Noth, David Eigenberg, Evan Handler, Jason Lewis, Michael Bloomberg, Kim Cattrall


Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

Sisterhood Trivia

The final scene of the movie in which the girls jumped off the cliff was requested by Amber, America and Blake. While in Greece they had seen two teenage boys jump off the cliff; the boys were fans and convinced them to do it too, and the girls asked the director that this be a scene in the movie.

Cast: Amber Tamblyn, Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, Rachel Nichols, Tom Wisdom

Slumdog Millionaire

Seeing this movie on the heels of India’s latest tragedy in present-day Mumbai gave me pause to reflect on not only the senselessness of the terrorists’ motives in killing innocent victims, but also on the senselessness of the poverty that surrounds those same posh 5-star hotels.  I cannot equate the murder of guiltless persons with the destitution of poverty-stricken individuals as portrayed in the film, but there seems to be a paradox about the cruelty humans inflict on one another—in one case deliberately and in the other as a result of being born into the lower echelons of a society. ~Nilda Andrews, Living Life…Boomer Style Magazine

Cast: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Madhur Mittal, Anil Kapoor, Ifran Khan, Tanay Chheda, Tanvi Ganesh Lonkar, Ashutosh Lobo Gagiwala, Ayush Mahesh Khedekar, Rubina Ali, Azaruddin Mohammed Ismail

Swing Vote

Clearly Swing Vote’s not a public service announcement, but I think it might be better than that because it doesn’t preach, it doesn’t hit you over the head. Everyone one of who you sit in the dark and get to the end, and you can ask yourself a fundamental question. Because you’ve had this comedic ride, you’ve even maybe had a tear well up—because you know at it’s essence it’s about a man and his fifth grader set against the backdrop of politics. But interestingly enough when you get to that last speech that somebody brought up, and we were talking about why we worked so hard on it, you can ask yourself that fundamental question, ‘Am I Bud? Or am I a participant? And who am I going to be going forward?’ And it’s not going to change the world, but I feel good about what we tried to do. ~Kevin Costner

Cast: Kevin Costner, Dennis Hopper, Nathan Lane, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, George Lopez,  Madeline Carroll

Synecdoche, New York

Image courtesy Philip Seymour Hoffman Fanclub

Memorable Dialogue

Caden Cotard: My father died. They said his body was riddled with cancer and that he didn’t know, he went in because his finger hurt. They said he suffered horribly, and that he called out for me before he died. They said that he said he regretted his life. They said he said a lot of things, too many to recount, and they said it was the longest and the saddest deathbed speech any of them had ever heard.

Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams, Catherine Keener, Emily Watson, Dianne Wiest, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hope Davis, Madeleine Gravis, Tom Noonan

Taken

Memorable Dialogue

Brian Mills: I don’t know you who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you’re looking for a ransom, I can tell you, I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills acquired over a very long career in the shadows, skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that will be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you. And I will kill you.

Cast: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Leland Orse, John Gries

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Haunting, Touching, Unforgettable

A deeply touching film. The director’s artistry in unfolding a fragment of unbelievable cruelty where the audience member feels he or she is experiencing the same event is a tribute to his understanding of human emotion without being manipulative.  I recommend this movie with the caveat that the twist of fate you will experience will leave its mark on you. ~Nilda Andrews, Living Life…Boomer Style Magazine

Cast: Asa Butterfield, Zac Mattoon O’Brien, Domonkos Nemeth, Henry Kingsmill, Vera Farmiga, David Thewlis

The Duchess

It is rumored…

The film was heavily marketed with links to Princess Diana (who is a direct descendant of Georgiana’s family, The Spencers), using her image in the trailers, and with a tagline (“There were three people in her marriage”) which is a play upon a quote attributed to the late Royal. Keira Knightley came out and denied the film had any links at all, stating that her character was interesting enough without any comparisons.

Cast: Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Charlotte Rampling, Dominic Cooper, Hayley Atwell

The Fall

A beautiful, exotic fantasy… ~Ron Smith, Living Life…Boomer Style Magazine

Cast: Catinca Untaru, Justine Waddell, Lee Pace, Kim Uylenbroek, Aiden Lithgow

The Incredible Hulk

A Very Hunky Hulk

First of all, you never make all things for all people and can`t always pander to the broadest denominator. I keep an eye toward doing the themes that interest me. Do they move me? Interest me? Make me think? When I run across something that is provocative in an unsettling way, it appeals to me. ~ Edward Norton

Cast: Edward Norton, Tim Roth, Liv Tyler, William Hurt, Tim Blake Nelson

The Lucky Ones

Witty Dialogue

Colee Dunn: Hey Cheaver! Guess what?

Fred Cheaver: What?

Colee Dunn: His penis works!

[Points at T.K]

Fred Cheaver: What do you mean? You got wood?

Colee Dunn: Yeah, definitely wood!

Fred Cheaver: So we don’t need these ladies anymore?

Colee Dunn: No, He is all fixed up. He could pound nail with that thing.

Fred Cheaver: Pound a nail? How do you know that? Have you touched it?

Colee Dunn: No, I didn’t have to, it was just poking right into me. Its a miracle!

Fred Cheaver: You are one lucky bastard T.K.

Cast: Rachel McAdams, Tim Robbins, Michael Peña, Molly Hagen, Mark L Young

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

This is the largest picture ever shot on Chinese soil. It’s a Western production. The cooperative elements that go into that…if you think about the hurdles and the red tape and things that I really can’t answer to, but I just do know that there’s a common vocabulary in filmmaking that to my eye and experience seems to be universal. It transcends the boundaries of the fact that there were five working languages on the set, the locations were difficult to get to. In the end filmmaking is about, ‘Hey, we’re only here once. Suck it up. Do this the right way. Get the job done,’ because it’s going to last forever if you’re doing the job right. ~Brendan Fraiser

Cast: Brendan Fraiser, Jet Li, Maria Bello, John Hannah, Michelle Yeoh, Luke Ford, Isabella Leong

The Unborn

The Unborn: Trivia

The doctor that Sofia is talking about as she recounts her time in Auschwitz is the infamous Dr. Josef Mengele. He was notorious for selecting those that came off the cattle carts for those who lived or were sent to the gas chambers. He was particularly interested in experimenting with people, whether it be freezing people in sub-zero water or changing the color of the iris of eyes. He also had a deep interest in twins and would do organ switching, blood transfusions or sewing twins together.

Cast: Odette Yustman, Gary Oldman, Cam Gigandet, Megan Good

The Women

The Women: Literally, there are no male characters shown in the whole movie, not even in the wide street and shop shots on background.

Barbara Delacorte: Everything was wonderful, Mary. I must have the name of your caterer.  So yummy.

Mary Haines: Oh, no. I made everything myself. I think people appreciate the personal touch.

Barbara Delacorte: You cooked? Oh, Mary, how could you. What were you thinking? Now we’ll all have to do that.

Cast: Meg Ryan,  Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett smith, Bette Midler, Candice Bergman, Carrie Fisher, Cloris Leachman, Debi Mazar


The X-Files I Want to Believe

For the uninitiated, The X Files: I Want to Believe may seem as musty and forbidding as one of those dank secrets that Mulder and Scully were forever digging up from some backyard, or fetid swamp, or their own aching hearts… — Time Magazine

Cast: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly, Xzibit

Transporter 3

From Transporter 3

Valentina: “Do you ever kiss like you mean it Frank? I’m thinking it may be nice. I’m thinking you live alone. Inside and outside. I think it’s not dying you’re afraid of, it’s living. Live with me. just this once, just this moment, live with me…”

Cast: Jason Statham, Francois Berlande, Natalya Rudakova, Robert Knepper and Jeroen Krabbe

Under the Same Moon

“This film not only shows the strong bond between a mother and her son but also touches on the issue of the plight of Mexicans who illegally come to the United States to try to better their lives and take care of the families they leave behind. It is thought provoking while tugging at your heartstrings. So move over honey and pass me some of that hot cocoa—just add a little rum! ” Nilda F. Andrews, Living Life…Boomer Style

Cast: America Ferrera, Adrian Alonso, Jesse Garcia, Kate Del Castillo, Eugenio Derbez

Valkyrie

“We have to show the world that not all of us are like him. Otherwise, this will always be Hitler’s Germany. God promised Abraham that he would not destroy Sodom if he could find ten righteous men… I have a feeling that for Germany it may come down to one.” ~ Henning von Tresckow

“We have to kill Hitler.” ~Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg .

Cast:  Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Wilkinson, Carice van Houten, Thomas Kretschmann, Terence Stamp, Rddie Izzard