Franchise Weekend – Before Sunset (2004)

Director: Richard Linklater

Writer: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke (Screenplay) Richard Linklater, Kim Krizan (Story)

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy


Plot: Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse’s book tour.

Tagline – What if you had a second chance with the one that got away?

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes


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Verdict: Beautiful Character Piece


Story: Before Sunset starts as Jesse (Hawke) is in Paris on his book tour, the one telling his story from 9 years ago, meeting Celine. When Celine turns up at the store, the twos spark is still there and today they have only hours to catch up and answer the big question, did they meet up in Vienna.

The two have seen their lives fly by as we learn how their careers have gone in directions that make them happy and the natural catch up just relights the fire they had, only now they have more responsibilities now they are in their 30s.


Thoughts on Before Sunset


Characters – Jesse is now a best-selling author, his book is about the time he spent with Celine, he has still has unanswered questions about what happened with Vienna. Married he has moved on with his life. Celine has followed her career choice, seen more of the world and has been left wondering if Jesse has ever made it to Vienna, after she hadn’t. the chemistry between the two is still strong, as we get to learn what happened in the last 9 years of their lives.

PerformancesEthan Hawke and Julie Delpy are back carrying this movie, they are involved in every scene and the chemistry between the two still shines and is something you can barely see in any movie, while this isn’t as strong as the first film because they feel even more comfortable than before when there should be moments of awkwardness.

StoryThe story sets up to answer the big question the fans of the first film had, did they meet up 6 months later. We do learn this answer and how the two didn’t meet, we learn how they have lived their own lives, forever changed by their time together. This story is told in real-time as the two only get a couple of hours together, to learn if the life had gone the way they had planned and whether they still think about that time they spent together, which is both brilliant and heart-breaking to watch. This story gives everyone that has ever thought they met the one a chance to see how things could have gone for them with a second meeting.

RomanceThe romance shows us how that one moment with someone magical can affect your life for many years to come.

SettingsThis time we are set in Paris, yet again we have a beautiful backdrop to discussing life for the two characters.

Scene of the Movie –
Boat trip.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Partly knowing what happening with Vienna 6 months later.

Final ThoughtsThis is a wonderful sequel, it gives hope to people that have had that one meeting with someone and it can happen again, but life is someone out there can change things.


Overall: Beautiful sequel.




Spent (2018)

Director: Lisa Mikitarian

Writer: Lisa Mikitarian (Screenplay)

Starring: Connie Lamothe, Darren Barzegar, Nick Nerangis, Madeline Mikirarian, Tony Villa


Plot: Poor Herbert…if only the brain tumor had killed him… A charming dark comedy with a vintage vibe. A wife and son live it up while their miser-rat of a husband/father lies in a hospital bed–death by brain tumor imminent. It’s all fun and games until he experiences a miraculous 4th of July recovery.


Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes


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Verdict: Quirky Funny


Story: Spent starts with Lonnie (Barzegar) son of Herbert (Nerangis) is ready to spend his father’s money and Evelyn (Lamothe) is preparing to remarry with her husband’s money, the plan goes wrong when Herbert recovers.

With Herbert recovered, Lonnie and his lover Margot (Mikitarian) and Evelyn with her lover Gregory (Villa) must plan a new way to get rid of Herbert which leads them down an elaborate plan to poison him and pocket the money.


Thoughts on Spent


Characters – Evelyn is the unhappy wife ready to see her husband die, so she can move on with her life and new lover, she enjoys spending and this new life would give her this chance. when he survives she is left wondering just what to do next. Lonnie is the son that quits his job at the cinema when he knows when he father should be dying, he wants to use the money to get a fancy sports car to get the lovely Margot, he is the first not to believe going through with anything would be a good idea. Herbert is the one everyone thinks is going to die from brain cancer, only he makes a miraculous recovery leading him to become the target to be poisoned, but his new love of life shows just how much he has changed. Margot and Gregory are the lovers waiting to get their hands on the money that could come back their way.

PerformancesConnie Lamothe, Darren Barzegar and Nick Nerangis are good to watch as the family members, they each bring a quirk to their character which will get a laugh along the way which makes them standout through the solo or group scenes.

StoryThe story follows a mother and son that have been planning their life after their husband and father dies, planning what to spend all the money he will leave them. The problem comes when he doesn’t die and they must figure out how to get him out of the picture. We get to see how a plan starts to come together with multiply people trying to stay ahead of each other it plays into the idea that Herbert is always finding a way to get away from any situation. We can see how the ideas can come together to add in the story to keep us guessing to just what will happen to Herbert. There is also a serious element to parts of the story which will become clear as the story unfolds.

ComedyThe comedy seems to come from the mishaps the family suffer trying to bring about the end of Herbert, this will get the most laughs through the film with ease.

SettingsThe film keeps the locations around the idea of a close community who know the secrets to each other’s lives.

Scene of the Movie –
Off to feed the ducks.

That Moment That Annoyed Me We could focus a little bit longer on why Herbert was the way he was before the miracle.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun dark comedy about life, death and rat poison which does offer the biggest questions about where people can go after a sudden change in life.


Overall: Deliciously dark.