When Your House Is A Dream (Movie Thoughts: The Architect)

kinopoisk.ruI never liked Parker Posey as an actress. I guess I have always been immune to her ‘party girl charm.’  But here she is here, playing Drew, one half of a ‘yuppy’ couple (Eric McCormack plays Colin, the other half) who is building their dream house. They hire eccentric architect, Moss Miles (well-played by James Frain)  and as you can probably guess, things just go from weird to bizarre after. ‘The Architect’ never really gets it tone right – is it one of those stalking-thriller types, a la ‘The One Who Rocks The Cradle’? Perhaps it is a melodramatic divorce story? I ended up confused and slightly entertained by it.

All Is Fair In Love (Movie Thoughts: Fair Haven)

Photo Sep 04, 8 55 34 AM‘Fair Haven’ got me. In my youth, I had a lot of dreams of what I want my life to be like. And some of those dreams have true, and some I still hoping for. But I am realist as well, and honest enough to say that there are dreams I had that will never true. So I can’t help to identify with the character of James, played by Michael Grant. He is 19 years old, ready to start his life.

But he had a detour. He was sent to ex-gay convertion therapy, and has pretended that he has been ‘healed.’ His father spent his tuition money (He got accepted to Berklee School of Music in Boston) and is now back in his rural Vermont town. His father wants him to abandon music and work at their apple orchard.

It’s all predictable, you may say. But Grant’s heartbreaking performance is so believable, and the directions so effective that even though we know where the film is eventually go, the journey hits every mark effectively. Sure this plays like a upgraded gay Lifetime movie of sorts, (Gregory Carradine and Tom Wopat are both here ) but such a bad thing?

Social Media Stalker Climber (Film Thoughts: Ingrid Goes West)

images-1I have to admit that, at some point, at some point I was getting addicted to Facebook. But I started to realize a lot of what I was reading was white noise. What I liked about Facebook was taking a slice of friends’ and acquaintances’ lives. But then everything else seem to have been dumped in there, and posts about politics drove me insane – with fake news on both sides, and I was starting to take political sides personally, like unfriending people who had opposite opinions. That’s when I started to pull back.  I know where I stand, and don’t need to be convinced by it. I started to look at Facebook and concentrated more on Instagram where it’s a little less personal, and more private.

So what’s my point? I would like to think that I am a sane person. But what if a real certifiably crazy person gets obsessed with social media? That’s the story of Ingrid, the main character Ingrid on ‘Ingrid Goes West,’  which is Matt Spicer’s directorial debut. She is played by Aubrey Plaza. She really is a monster of a character but Plaza plays almost endearingly. When she reaches rock bottom, you feel sorry for her, even as you acknowledge everything she did to her Instagram obsession, Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen) From the ‘depths’ of her nowhere, she moves to California so she can insert herself into Taylor’s glamorous life. Think of it as the Kardashan syndrome. Then what happens to her? The film comes close to a modern morality tale, but the film has other plans.

I like the film a lot, enough to recommend to people. I am honest enough to admit that I sometimes get excited if I saw someone who I have been following on Instagram so I can relate to Ingrid. But probably not enough to move across the country to move for that person. As a film, you will connect and disconnect with different characters here. This film entertained and made me think.

 

Chronicles (Movie Thoughts: Chronically Metropolitan)

Photo Sep 04, 8 54 39 AMI don’t understand the title of this movie but it intrigued me.  Anything that has Mary Louise Parker cannot be bad, right?  But it’s not too bad,  and also not too good. Basically, this is a story about rich people from the Upper East Side, and probably those are also the only people who can relate to the stories here. A young man returns home after leaving his family and friends because same family and friends were shamed by a short story he wrote about them in The New Yorker.

I get it. Films about New Yorkers always interests. I have been on a wistful mood lately, as I face crossroads in my life and think of happier times.  That was only redeeming factor here, as I look at familiar streets and corners in the city where I once lived.

Regarding the film. I really have no interest in these rich privileged people’s problems.

P.S. Still have no clue about the title

The Lady’s In Love With You (Film Thoughts: Lady Macbeth)

f2682c1a30a95dd67c3d32de5c0e56deSet in 1800s countryside of England, ‘Lady Macbeth’ starts out unassuming, but based on the tone, you can sense there is somebody foreboding. There’s horror in the film, and there’ suspense, and in the end there’s a ghost looming.

Florence Pugh is a revelation as Kathrine who is bought as a wife parceled with some land (was she bought with the land, or was the land bought with her?)  But once she is inside the house, you know there is more behind the seemingly innocent lass. She powers through the house and asserts herself. And there’s a whole lot more.

To tell you more would be a betrayal to the film. Needless to say, the film goes on different journeys that will infuriate you.  Some parts of it you will not bear to see. This is the kind of film that will assault your sense. However you will feel about it, I assure you that you will not feel bored. This film is one of my favorites so far this year, and I am positive Pugh will emerge as the name to hear during Awards Season.

Love For Diner (Movie Thoughts: The Food Guide To Love)

Photo Aug 24, 9 28 58 PMNowadays, we don’t really get a lot of simple old-fashioned love stories on screen. So when I find one, I enjoy a lot more than I should. From Ireland and Spain  comes ‘The Food Guide To Love,’ and it was such a random choice. I realized it was from 2013, so it’s old-ish. But the sentiment of the film isn’t. The whole thing seems -well, is – a formula, which has been followed by every  single rom-com ever created, But you know what? It works, all because of the wonder chemistry between the two leads (Richard Coyle and Leonora Watling) Oliver and Viviana. Even with the precariousness of the story, you still believe because you actually see and feel how the two of them fall in love. So when the relationship starts to crumble, you get a pinch in your heart. It’s a told as old as time, as they say, and is effective then, now still, and I bet to the next generation. It’s never failed yet.

In KINÓWKI.pl‘Gang Bang,(A Modern Love Story)’ there is a lot of sex. Even in rural France, all the teenagers think about is sex, just like any place in the world. But it is as if these kids do not really want to have sex, but only do it to express emotions they feel inside. I read an article that millennials have a lot less sex in general. Maybe with all that’s happening in the world that’s the last thing on their mind.

The kids in this film have a lot of tangled emotions. One manipulates a girl to have sex only to ignore her the day after. A deep friendship gets broken over a man. But they talk act and have sex like zombies. At a young age, they are oblivious to another.

I sound like these kids as the subjects are boring.  On the contrary, I was fascinated by the characters. I don’t really know much about the post-millennial generation and this gives me a glimpse on what they feel, how they act, how they live.  I felt like I was watching art, daring me to contemplate about what I am seeing and feeling. Even the sex and nudity was more challenging and not for arousal, akin to seeing the statue of David. Take a chance on this.