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MOVIE RECOMMENDATIONS - Early Spring 2011
05 Mar 11 - By TheRazzLine Compilation

MOVIE RECOMMENDATIONS - Early Spring 2011

There's something for everyone in this latest edition of movie club recommendations! This edition includes TONS of great movies recently in theaters, as well as classics and just plain good movies.


MOVIES! - Early Spring 2011






Leap Year
(2009)
OMG, if you like romantic comedies and haven’t seen this one, you will love it.  It is funny, very well acted (I love Amy Adams) poignant and a good lesson in the importance of choosing what really matters in a relationship.

Netflix: Anna (Amy Adams) chooses February 29 to propose marriage to her "perfect" boyfriend, Jeremy (Adam Scott), sure he'll accept because of an Irish custom. But after meeting charming innkeeper Declan (Matthew Goode) en route to Dublin, Anna must evaluate her original plans. Anand Tucker directs this charming romantic comedy about finding what one really wants in the most unexpected places. John Lithgow co-stars.

Being There (1979)
I just saw a 1979 movie called Being There, a subtle political satire starring Peter Sellers who was nominated for an Oscar. I saw it when it came out but it bears watching again. I recommend it.


Netflix: In director Hal Ashby's Oscar-winning satire, illiterate gardener Chance (Peter Sellers) is run over by wealthy Eve (Shirley MacLaine) and suddenly becomes educated gent Chauncey Gardiner, thanks to Eve's misunderstanding of his mumbled introduction. Taken in by Eve's family, Chance simply regurgitates what he's heard on TV -- from gardening instructions to economic predictions -- and Washington's political elite hail him as their next star.

Micmacs (2009)
We loved Micmacs.  It has spirit of play and is very creative in its script and is by the same director who did Amelie.  It is not your usual standard Hollywood script and leaves you guessing until the end.

IMDB: Avid movie-watcher and video store clerk Bazil has had his life all but ruined by weapons of war. His father was killed by a landmine in Morocco and one fateful night a stray bullet from a nearby shootout embeds itself in his skull, leaving him on the verge of instantaneous death. Losing his job and his home, Bazil wanders the streets until he meets Slammer, a pardoned convict who introduces him to a band of eccentric junkyard dealers including Calculator, a math expert and statistician, Buster, a record-holder in human cannonball feats, Tiny Pete, an artistic craftsman of automatons, and Elastic Girl, a sassy contortionist. When chance reveals to Bazil the two weapons manufacturers responsible for building the instruments of his destruction, he constructs a complex scheme for revenge that his newfound family is all too happy to help set in motion. Written by the Massie Twins.

Stairway to Heaven (1946)
1946 film staring David Niven with Raymond Massey about a British pilot who cheats death, falls in love, and when death comes to take him as scheduled he must plead his case before a celestial court to stay alive. Excellent acting, special effects, and great writing. Most reviewers of this movie say it is one of their all-time favorites, and I agree.

Despicable Me (2010)
I watched this movie and enjoyed it a lot! It's a great story with unique characters and the music is fantastic. It's a movie for all ages.

Synopsis: A mysterious criminal mastermind has stolen one of the pyramids in Egypt, sparking a fit of jealous envy in evil genius Gru (Steve Carell) who hasn't managed to make headlines since he and his minions swiped the Times Square JumboTron years back. Ever since Gru was a little boy, he dreamed of going to the moon. Now, if Gru can just build a rocket and get his hands on a powerful shrink-ray, he can cement his reputation as the greatest thief who ever lived by stealing the Earth's satellite right out of the sky. Gru adopts cookie-selling orphans Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Agnes (Elsie Fisher), and Edith (Dana Gaier) and commissions a new line of cookie robots from the evil Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand), his personal weapons specialist. But as Gru and his diminutive yellow minions prepare to carry out the biggest heist in history, something strange happens. Gru discovers that the three little girls who have come into his life are much more than simple pawns.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)
Awesome movie! High adventure, funny moments, very good!

Netflix: With their dour, bookish cousin Eustace (Will Poulter) in tow, the youngest Pevensie offspring -- Lucy (Georgie Henley) and Edmund (Skandar Keynes) take an unexpected trip back to Narnia and join noble King Caspian (Ben Barnes) for an epic high-seas adventure. Setting sail aboard the Dawn Treader, the young heroes head for the end of the world, determined to rescue seven once-powerful lords banished by Caspian's evil uncle.

The Young Victoria (2009)
Loved this movie.  Wonderful period piece and a great demonstration of personal integrity!

Netflix: Eighteen-year-old British royal Victoria (Emily Blunt) ascends to the throne and is romanced by future husband Prince Albert (Rupert Friend) in this lush period film that chronicles the early years of the British monarch's larger-than-life reign. Produced by Martin Scorsese and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, the Oscar-nominated film also stars Miranda Richardson as the Duchess of Kent, Jim Broadbent as King William, and Paul Bettany as Lord Melbourne.

Shall We Dance (2004)
Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez and Susan Sarandon star in this remake of the Japanese movie. The movie is great, so is the soundtrack, and the ending is well worth watching the movie for. I am not a dancer, but it makes me want to take ballroom dance lessons. Stanley Tucci has a role in this that he just nails!

IMDB: John Clark is a man with a wonderful job, a charming wife and a loving family, who nevertheless feels that something is missing as he makes his way every day through the city. Each evening on his commute home, John sees a beautiful woman, staring with a lost expression through the window of a dance studio. Haunted by her gaze, John impulsively jumps off the train one night, and signs up for dance lessons, hoping to meet her. At first, it seems like a mistake. His teacher turns out to be not Paulina, but the older Miss Mitzi, and John proves just as clumsy as his equally clueless classmates on the dance-floor. Even worse, when he does meet Paulina, she icily tells John she hopes he has come to the studio to seriously study dance and not to look for a date. But, as his lessons continue, John falls in love with dancing. Keeping his new obsession from his family and co-workers, John feverishly trains for Chicago's biggest dance competition.

The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
Preposterous, but enjoyable.

Netflix: After years of unabated global warming, the greenhouse effect is wreaking havoc all over the globe in the form of catastrophic hurricanes, tornadoes, tidal waves, floods and, most ominously, the beginning of the next Ice Age. Paleoclimatologist Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) tries to save the world while also shepherding to safety his son Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal), who was in New York when the city was overwhelmed by the beginnings of the new big freeze.

We received two additional Christmas recs after posting the Holiday edition:

A Christmas Carol (1951)
The British version of A Christmas Carol has the definitive Scrooge - Alastair Sim.

Scrooge (1970)
It is the most uplifting, delightful version I have ever seen. The realization about being good from now on alone is worth the price of admission so to speak. Enjoy!

The Mysteries of Pittsburg (2008)
Netflix:
 Stuck in a terrible job, recent college grad Art Bechstein (Jon Foster) struggles to enjoy the last summer of his youth. Things begin to look up when he meets a beguiling couple (Sienna Miller and Peter Sarsgaard) who show him a new side of his hometown, Pittsburgh, and of himself. But as he and his new friends get into increasingly intense situations, Art is forced to choose between family, friendship and love.

Look (2007)
The Post-9/11 world has forever changed our notion of privacy. There are now approximately 30 million surveillance cameras generating more than 4 billion hours of footage every week in the United States. And the numbers are only growing. The average American is captured over 200 times a day - in department stores, gas stations, changing rooms, and even public bathrooms. No one is spared from the relentless, unblinking eye of cameras hidden in every nook and cranny of day-to-day life.

Shot entirely from the point of view of the security cameras, Adam Rifkin's "Look" follows several interweaving storyline