Unforgettable (2017)

Its been since September and Queen of Katwe (review here) but finally, we got selected for the advanced screening for the next movie. Its funny because I didn’t even know about this movie until we went to the theatres for Ghost in the Shell (review here) a few weeks ago. Unforgettable snuck in without really a lot of previews or trailers and totally under the radar. Since Grey’s Anatomy, I had my eye on Katherine Heigl but it seems that she has vanished the last few years and well, Rosario Dawson is quite the opposite especially with her involvement in the whole Daredevil and such Netflix Original series. With that said, not sure what to expect with this one.

This is the first time we had the advanced screening at a Cineplex VIP lounge and at the theatre near us so it was quite a unique experience. Not only did we get the advanced screening but it also came with some appetizers (buffet-style) and a ticket for beer or a glass of wine. Pretty classy and enjoyable. I actually didn’t expect the whole nine yards so it was pretty awesome.

Now for the main feature, let’s check it out!

Unforgettable (2017)

Unforgettable

Director: Denise Di Novi

Cast: Katherine Heigl, Rosario Dawson, Geoff Stults, Cheryl Ladd, Isabella Kai Rice, Whitney Cummings, Simon Kassianides

A woman sets out to make life hell for her ex-husband’s new wife. – IMDB

If you haven’t been to these free advanced screening before, when you leave the theatre, there’s these people running these events that ask you what you thought about it. I had a lot of thoughts that had solidified during the film already. Its a pretty rare occurance to be so clear about where I stood with the pros and cons. I’ll dive deeper into it later but I could stand there for 10 minutes talking about the film if I had to but I just gave a score of 6 out of 10. Honestly, I could be convinced to bump it to a 7 out of 10 but various reasons did drop it down a point and we’ll talk about it. I’m not one to do a rating system (unless I’m writing for That Moment In), so that is just a guideline of what to expect.

Unforgettable

Let’s start with the pros. Unforgettable has a solid cast. The majority of the cast delivered on their performances. Rosario Dawson was fantastic as the new woman with a secret past trying to just live her life in this new reality with the love of her life and learning to be a mom. She is plays Julia and probably has the most depth and character development. Playing across her is Katherine Heigl, as Tessa, the ex-wife who just can’t let go, channeled her crazy and did a pretty good job. They were really the focal points of the film so it was important that they delivered. Her character also did have some depth. On the side, we have the husband David, played by Geoff Stults. While he was here quite a bit, the script didn’t write his role to be too much and that is okay. For what he needed to do, he did his part pretty well. The little girl who was the daughter Lily is played by Isabella Kai Rice and she wasn’t annoying at all, in fact, she did alright. My fave does go out to the most uplifting part as Rosario Dawson’s Julie’s friend, played by Whitney Cummings. It was a supporting role and yet her character brought a nice contrast. Please note the emphasis here is on performances. I will elaborate further on it later on because the nitty gritty con is about the other part of the equation.

The next pro goes to capturing the suspense with camera work. There are a few shots in this film that really do a good job of using a first person perspective with the camera to create suspense. Now, I say this as various shots and a lot of them are in the first act, because things start falling apart really quickly and it doesn’t have much to do with the camera work or the potential for suspense but rather the downfalls of Unforgettable.

Unforgettable

The downfall of Unforgettable is that it is quite forgettable. A movie can have fancy performances and a solid cast that delivers everything but a good script, intriguing dialogue and even more than that, executing it well is a must. What makes it hard to swallow is that there was such great potential especially with this cast and some scenes showed it off so well, like I said, in the first act, then things just fell apart. Act 2 was supposed to hit a climax. It was supposed to give character development and meaning and yet, it was just a contrived and predictable sequence after sequence. There was no subtlety in it. It was like they were scared the audience was too stupid to link one thing to the next to there was an over focus on certain movements. It made the next scenes incredibly easy to figure out taking away all the thrills it had as it reached closer and closer to the end. Not to mention, the dialogue sometimes just couldn’t hit the right note and gave off a rather awkward feeling. Its not a “I’m talking to a crazy person” awkward, but a more forced sort of awkward. As it closed to Act 3 and we stepped near the finale, it started hitting the right notes for a second before falling even farther apart with some nonsensical conversation between these ladies which made the entire movie want to hit something deeper that felt like it was really just trying to find a way to end this with a little twist or something extra and yet, somehow it didn’t work that well.

Thrillers are hard to do. I get that. The effort here was solid. In fact, the director here may have produced a long list of movies in her filmography but this is the debut full-length and in that regards, does a decent job at it. The main issue here is the script and the execution of the story. The thrills just aren’t consistent. The scenes are predictable. While the performances were great and everyone did what they could with what they had, it just wasn’t enough to pull it all together which is a complete shame because the potential was there. However, this isn’t the bottom of the barrel, in fact, its probably a good choice for a rainy day or a lazy Sunday afternoon because the performances here are pretty impressive.

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Netflix A-Z: Jenny’s Wedding (2015)

This week’s Netflix A-Z is for J! I ended up choosing Jenny’s Wedding!

Before my blogging days (or maybe I was but before TV Binge days), I used to watch Grey’s Anatomy and loved Katherine Heigl, even if her character didn’t really work that well and eventually just left the show. Then she did a really fun 27 Dresses. You can disagree all you want but I liked it a lot plus there’s James Marsden. I don’t have reason why I like rom-coms anymore. Jenny’s Wedding’s cover looks a lot like Bride Wars but this one is not about the same thing. Oh, and I like Alexis Bledel because of Sisterhood of Travelling Pants. I didn’t see any Gilmore Girls yet (which I probably should eventually.) Reasons for why Jenny’s Wedding is on my Netflix list.

Let’s check it out!

Jenny’s Wedding (2015)

Jenny's Wedding

Director: Mary Agnes Donoghue

Cast: Katherine Heigl, Alexis Bledel, Tom Wilkinson, Linda Emond, Grace Gummer

Jenny Farrell has led an openly gay life – except with her conventional family. When she finally decides to start a family and marry the woman they thought was just her roommate, the small, safe world the Farrell’s inhabited changes forever. They are left with a simple and difficult choice – either change with it or drown.-IMDB

When you look at Jenny’s Wedding’s ratings online, its really not good. You might even turn away from it. However, Jenny’s Wedding is worth something, even if its a courageous coming out story.  Jenny’s Wedding does do a good job at showing the potential hurdles of coming out. Its never easy to live in a lie especially to family who are the people someone loves the most. Jenny’s Wedding does a good job at showing the journey of not only Katherine Heigl’s character Jenny breaking free from those lies and confronting her family and showing the opposite side of her parents and siblings trying to decide if they can accept it and still see her for the person she had always been. While that is the dominant story, Jenny’s Wedding has a little more simply about honesty, family and being true to yourself but also realizing that what you assume of others may not be true just like when others assume something of you.

Jenny's Wedding

The intentions of Jenny’s Wedding is commendable. However, the one downfall that made me resist liking it more was that Jenny is courageous but at a certain point, in a very frustrating way. She’s a grown-up woman who decides to take this huge step to marry the woman she loves impulsively after being inspired by her father’s words but she never takes into consideration of how this sudden news that doesn’t even give them time to warm up to is thrown at them with somewhat of an ultimatum. The frenzy that is causes between each member of her family brings out something different. One of the scenes with the most impact scenes is when she gives her dad (played by Tom Wilkinson) a huge lecture about taking her for who she is or leaving it.  It shows how great of an actor Tom Wilkinson is because you can see the devastation and shock on his face even though he doesn’t say much. In the end, you realize that she midjudged him all along. It is moments like these that make us feel frustrated about Jenny’s character but it feels deliberate to allow to see that no one here is perfect and this is a difficult and conflicting situation for both sides.

Jenny's Wedding

On the other hand, Jenny’s Wedding is an independent drama. One of the enjoyable choices are the cast and the personalities they have. Some of the best parts here portray their confusion of not being able to grasp what just happened and in that process, everyone shows a quirky silly side as they struggle. For example, the mom played by Linda Emond is quite adorable when she cares but doesn’t know how to but at the same time, while she doesn’t know what she is doing, people have already assumed her actions and she will ask them back what she is doing. And then there’s Grace Gummer who plays Jenny’s sister who looks at her marriage, Jenny’s happiness and relates it to the grass in her yard and obsesses over it. These are at times silly moments and to some, it may even.be unnecessary but it also made it feel more objective to see that everyone takes a little something different away from the same scenario, just like real life.

Jenny’s Wedding isn’t long but it still won’t  be for everyone. It might sit in the convoluted territory at times or it might feel like not a lot is going on. It might even watch our characters in silence or talk in other parts. While it is an indie drama about coming out, there is still much to learn from it. The overall movie is average: harmless and has good intentions. If this is your type of movie, check it out.

Next up is K! That might be after October. I’m still deciding 😉

New Year’s Eve (2011)

Its New Year’s Eve and I couldn’t let it go without watching this movie (since I bought it a few weeks ago at Plattsburgh for this)!

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NEW YEAR’S EVE

DIRECTED: Garry Marshall (Valentine’s Day, Pretty Woman)

CAST: Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Hillary Swank, Robert De Niro, Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Katherine Heigl, Russell Peters, Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Abigail Breslin, Josh Duhamel

This movie has so many stories that interlink that I don’t even know how to start.  So lets start it off as they did it and sending a GIGANTIC thanks to IMDB.  We start with Claire Morgan (Hillary Swank) who is responsible for the ball drop in Times Square and making sure that things go smoothly up until the ball starts to descend. That is the Times Square story. Next up, we go to Ingrid (Michelle Pfeiffer) who is somewhat of an introvert and scared woman who needs to find her courage to complete her resolutions with the help of Paul (Zac Efron). This story is referred to as Resolutions Tour.  Afterwards, we have the snapshot of two couples waiting for their babies and trying to get the first baby born in new year’s reward of $25,000 with Tess (Jessica Biel) and Griff (Seth Meyers) competing with Grace (Sarah Paulson) and James (Til Schweiger). This story is Maternity Ward.  Following up, we get introduced to Randy (Ashton Kutcher) a hater of New Year’s because of his past bad experiences, who gets stuck in an elevator with Elise (Lea Michele) who is in a

rush to get to Times Square. Also called Elevator Story.  Then, we go to Sam (Josh Duhamel) who is the witness of his friends’ wedding and needs to get back to the Ahern Party, also the name of this story.  After that, we run over to the Ahern Party where we meet Laura (Katherine Heigl) who is the chef for this party where Jensen (Jon Bon Jovi) is performing for this party. This one is Laura and Jensen’s story. After that, we get to Mr. Harris (Robert De Niro) who is dying in the hospital and has a Nurse (Halle Berry) keeping watch over him. I think I missed a story back there with Kim (Sarah Jessica Parker) and her daughter, Hailey (Abigail Breslin) where its a mother who doesn’ t want to let her daughter go with her friends to see the ball drop because she’s protective over her. Thats the general idea of the movie and their short stories.

Did you get all of that? I just watched this yesterday and I needed to recap with playing this movie in the background and IMDB. Its a crash landing of a movie with lots of different actors and actresses into a whole bunch of diferent stories. There are some stars that are my faves like Michelle Pfeiffer, Hilary Swank, Abigail Breslin, Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl.  I’ve had enjoyment watching Lea Michele as well as Zac Efron before.  But if asked what would I call this movie? A mess! A big mess! My highlight when I wasn’t rolling my eyes was when I saw Russell Peters talking in his Indian accent.  Now if you have about half the amount of love that I have for Russell Peters as a comedian, then there are parts you will enjoy.  I’m not saying it was all bad.  I can tell you that I HATED Michelle Pfeiffer in this movie and she was paired with Zac Efron in a role acting like he was wanna-be cool or something and it was a bit annoying.  Thats okay though. The story that grew on me was the elevator story because it was fun and cute.  The Times Square story and the Hospital one was quite heartwarming also.  There was even some Bon Jovi singing to bring it up so I’m alright with that.  I’ve never seen him act before and I did like him pretty much.  I also do enjoy Katherine Heigl so I felt it was an interesting match.  This movie was far from great.  Nothing like Love Actually, of course. There are some parts here and there that I was alright with and seeing as its New Year’s Eve, its okay.  I don’t want to be too harsh.

I’m off to party it up till midnight with a potluck and countdown at my friend’s NYE party.  I just had to post this up before I left, or else it wouldn’t be appropriate.  I’ll be back tomorrow to update some more of my post in the morning.

My 10 Favorite Romantic Comedies! (Happy Valentine’s Day)

I’d like to start off by wishing everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day! If you’ve already celebrated that you had a really awesome one!

People who know me would consider me a romantic, but the most girly interest I may have is watching romantic comedies.  I love watching them all the time.  This list is made up of 10 of my favorite romantic comedies.  My boyfriend pitched in two that he really enjoyed (which are also my favorites). At the end I’ll put down  which ones he would sit down and watch with me willingly.

I usually enjoy doing movie marathons for certain events in the year.  This year I didn’t do a Valentine’s Movie Marathon because I’m doing one of my whole movie collection but if I were to have one, here’s what it’d look like!

(Please note that these are not in any particular order)

LETTERS TO JULIET

 

Not only is the story very cute, its also about all the things we’d like to have.  Some crazy romance goose chase looking for a long lost love while a younger love is developing.   Along with that, its paired up with a lot of happy love songs from Colbie Caillat in the background.  Every time I finish watching this movie, I just feel absolutely fantastic.

 

 

THE PROPOSAL

 

 

Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock is really a combination that cannot be a disaster.  I’m a huge Sandra Bullock fan and this movie was so hilarious.

 

 

VALENTINE’S DAY

 

I don’t think this one needs a whole lot of explanation.  Valentine’s Day to watch on Valentine’s Day seems to be reasonable.  Aside from that point, this movie was pretty  lighthearted.  I particularly loved Anne Hathaway’s character as she brought this crazy humorous take to her story.  In general, this movie was extremely fun to watch.

 

 

P.S. I LOVE YOU

 

I’m still a bit confused as to whether this can be considered a romantic comedy but then I did find the movie rather funny.  For sure, the beginning wasn’t as funny.  We all know losing a loved one is not funny but then the way she had to do everything she was told to pick herself up was a very sweet on the part of her husband.  The point of romantic comedies is to live through a situation that you’d hope could happen to you.  In this case, it wouldn’t be being widowed relatively young, but to be able to have someone who would have thought through so much because of his love, that he’d want you to move on and be happy after he had passed on.

 

27 DRESSES

 

This is possibly Katherine Heigl’s best romantic comedy.  She’s done multiple after but this one was pretty good.  I’ve personally watched many times and I still always like to watch it.

 

 

 

CLUELESS

 

The modern day Emma movie adaptation.  I first saw this movie in one of my English classes called Movies and Cinema and we were reading the book Emma.  I was never a fan of romantic comedies nor Alicia Silverstone but this movie was hilarious.  Maybe its because it had an amusing take of the story and of growing up and finding true love.  It was a very funny and uplifting movie to watch.

 

 

LIFE AS WE KNOW IT

 

This is one of my most recent romantic comedy additions.  Another Katherine Heigl movie with Josh Duhamel.  I found this movie quite entertaining.  Getting thrown responsiblities before they were ready and dealing with it step by step.  About how people can grow up and change to adapt to sudden situations in life, I think its a very encouraging movie for anyone.

 

 

MY LIFE IN RUINS

 

I had a debate over this one or My Big Fat Greek Wedding but this one won.  I liked this movie because the actor was just crazy.  You had never imagined what the guy was like through the whole movie, then unexpectedly she falls for him.  Turns out the guy that looked horrible in the beginning  becomes this charming man.  It shows us how love is unexpected and comes when we least expect it to.

 

 

Finally, my guy’s pick (because we all know despite loving watching romantic comedies with the girls or watching all the action movie with the boyfriend, its important to have him willingly sit next to you and enjoy a nice romantic comedy once in a while).

JUST GO WITH IT

 

This is another new addition to my movie collection and I watched it recently with my boyfriend and he totally loved it.  Adam Sandler usually makes pretty decent comedies.  Although, that is more the case in his older ones such as Spanglish (I’m not completely sure if there were other romantic comedies though).  I don’t really know how to describe this movie without sounding repetitive but this movie was downright hilarious.  The whole cast was fantastic and the dialogue was just absolutely great.  It was definitely fun to watch. We all need a good laugh.

 

HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS

 

Kate Hudson and Matthew McConnaughey had crazy connection in this movie.  This movie really was a great trip.  How much can a guy take before you reach his breaking point in a relationship?  Although I’m not sure any girl would go to that extreme because if they did, they would be pretty scary stuff.

 

 

So my Valentine’s marathon had started in January when I did end up watching most in these movies before today (Valentine’s Day)! Okay, its a bit late!  its technically not Valentine’s day anymore, but what better to match the season than to give fantastic choices of rom-coms.

I’m always up for more romantic comedies suggestions as they are one of the best solutions to relieve stress in my life.  Seeing my list, how many of you would agree with my choices? What are yours?