Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I SAW IT: Paper Heart, The Way We Were, and The Graduate

This post will unofficially be titled, "3 Girls and a Pizza Box."

This past weekend, we watched a few movies, which we were way overdue on seeing. I must add that this movie night was complete with pizza, snacks, alcoholic beverages, and LOTS of chocolate.

Now for a brief review of these cinematic adventures:

Paper Heart (2009)
starring Charlyne Yi and Michael Cera
This movie is pretty much a mockumentary with Yi taking us on a quest to find out people's opinions on love, the one thing Yi doesn't believe in. Cera also stars as
the guy Yi, who would have guessed, falls in love with on this quest.

Cera is (actually was... now) Yi's real life boyfriend, which is pretty cool and makes the story way cuter. On that note, Cera's from Brantford (local boy!) which is the reason I wanted to see the movie in the first place. I've been a fan of Cera's since Arrested Development (may it rest in peace) and he has gone on to do some very very funny films. (On a side note, we had a discussion the other day and some of us agreed that it's time for Cera to break out and do a drama or dark comedy, instead of indie films or regular comedies)

Back to the review..... overall, the movie was good. I wouldn't buy it, but it wouldn't kill me to see it again either. Yi can be a little too weird for me at times, but hey, everyone's different. Cera is adorable as always and the storyline was solid. I give it a 3.5/5. Do yourself a favour and rent it for Cera.

The Way We Were (1973)
starring Barbara Streisand and Robert Redford
Is there any point in reviewing this movie? Everyone else in the world has probably already seen it since it's a classic. Well, short and sweet then.... great great movie. Great acting, great story, great music (go Babs!), great scenery.

This movie was special for us because it's filmed partly in New York City, where we had an encounter with Barbara Streisand this past September at the Russian Tea Room. And wouldn't you know it? Barbara Streisand stars in the movie. That is the formula for a perfect film.

It rates as a 4.5/5 for me. (Oh, and wouldn't Hubble be a really cool name for a kid nowadays? Yeah... it would.)

The Graduate (1967)
starring Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, and Katharine Ross
Again, any point in even reviewing? This movie is LEGENDARY! An affair with an older woman and then falling in love with her daughter? Ok, I take it back. THAT is the actual formula for a perfect movie. I want to go buy it and watch it again this very minute.

It's so refreshing to see some older films and the quality in how they were produced. Nowadays, quality goes out the window. It's all CGI and sex (not that there's anything wrong with that.)

This movie garners the almighty 5/5 rating. (BTW, Dustin Hoffman was pretty good-looking in his younger days. And a stellar actor)

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