ABC Film Challenge – Romance – # – 500 Days of Summer (2009) (Revisited)

Director: Marc Webb

Writer: Scott Neustadter, Micheal H Weber (Screenplay)

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Geoffrey Arend, Chloe Grace Moretz, Matthew Gray Gubler, Clark Gregg, Patricia Becher

 

Plot: An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn’t believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her.


Tagline – Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love. Girl doesn’t.

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Perfect Relationship Movie

 

Story: 500 Days of Summer starts as we meet Tom (Gordon-Levitt), he has just broken up with Summer (Deschanel), this is the 248th day of these 500 Days of Summer. Tom’s sister Rachel (Moretz) is called to help him with the recover process by his best friends McKenzie (Arend) & Paul (Gubler). We proceed to the how Tom and Summer, met started dating along with the aftermath of their relationship.

As the story unfolds, we see the ups and downs the two have through their relationship, showing us how the modern day relationships are more difficult than people think they are.

 

Thoughts on 5000 Days of Summer

 

Characters – Tom is a greeting card writer with unrealistic visions of love, he is coasting through life with this job, even though he has a degree in architecture. When he meets Summer, he believes he has fallen in love and we see him at the best and worst moments of the beginning and aftermath of the relationship which will redefine his life. Summer is the new girl to the city and workplace of Tom’s, she isn’t looking for a serious relationship, though she does want friend, which sees her befriend Tom for a casual relationship. She does make this clear from the start which we do see from the subtle signs she is making that this isn’t for the serious moment in life, not ready to follow in her parent’s footsteps. McKenzie and Paul are the two best friends of Tom’s who have been through different relationships, one doesn’t date the other met their wife at a young age. Rachel is the older than she should be younger sister of Tom’s, she is still in school, but seems to know more about relationships then Tom. Vance is the Tom’s boss who treats his staff very well, willing to see they might be going through problems and discussing them with their staff.

PerformancesJoseph Gordon-Levitt gives one of the best performances in any romantic comedy film that you will ever see, he makes his character feel like an everyday person that we can relate too. Zooey Deschanel is fantastic too, she has always been able to play the girl-next door with ease and this is no different. The supporting cast compliment the two leads excellently giving us the moments of comedy that we need while handle the serious moments too.

StoryThe story here paints the modern relationship through the eyes of Tom, somebody who believed in love only to end up in a relationship with a lady that doesn’t believe in it. We see the beginning where everything is going smoothly and the aftermath, which shows us just how romance isn’t going to be easy to get over. For me this is one of the most realistic looks at love because it shows just how you can fall in love, you can be coasting through life and you need moments in life help put you back on course to reach your own potential. This is easily the most relatable stories you will ever see, it tells us just how difficult love can be in the modern world and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy in the film mostly comes from the supporting cast, it all hits well giving us the laughs we need to lighten the mood without turning into a laugh out loud scene. The romance in this film shows us just how difficult love can be in the modern world.

SettingsThe film is set in the big city, which show how people can come from around the country to be together in the unlikely outcome.


Scene of the Movie –
You Make My Dreams Come True.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The girl at the interviews name, always has pissed me off.

Final ThoughtsThis is easily one of the most perfect romance movies in modern cinema, it shows the realistic vision of love unlike most of the romantic movies that are getting thrown out there.

 

Overall: Must watch romance.

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ABC Film Challenge – Romance – X – 10 Things We Should Do Before We Break Up (2020) Movie Review

This is under X because of the struggles with relationships

Director: Galt Niederhoffer

Writer: Galt Niederhoffer (Screenplay)

Starring: Christina Ricci, Hamish Linklater, Mia Sinclair Jenness, Brady Jenness, Lindsey Broad, Jon Abrahams

Plot: After Abigail, a single mom of two, becomes pregnant following a one-night stand with Ben, the unlikely pair try to make a go of it.


Runtime: 1 Hour 14 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Nice Little Romance Film

Story: 10 Things We Should Do Before We Break Up starts when single mother Abigail (Ricci) get tricked into a blind date with Benjamin (Linklater) the two have a spark, an unusual date of planning what they would do on in a relationship before it ended, which does start like a normal fun date, only after the relationship is going well, Abigail becomes pregnant.

The two must decide what to do with this news, with Benjamin being unsure of what to do next, with Abigail knowing what it would be like to have a child, deciding whether they could be a couple that raise a kid or not.

Thoughts on 10 Things We Should Do Before We Break Up

Characters – Abigail is the single mother that has gotten to the stage of her life where she has accepted her life, seeing her kids over certain days, not searching for love, until her friend sets her up with a stranger. She gets pregnant and wants to keep the baby, believing this would be the change to help her feel whole again. Benjamin is the man that has been set up with Abigail, he never wanted kids or to be involved with someone with kids, until he tries to grow up to maybe have his own family. We do meet the kids, they are Wallace and Luke, who are like against Benjamin to start with, but can be won over in time.

PerformancesChristina Ricci brings the spark to her role, we can see the struggles she is dealing with, as well as the desire to have more in her life, the happiness she desires in her life too. Hamish Linklater shows how reluctant someone would be to getting into a relationship, while showing how much they will try to change.

StoryThe story here follows a single mother that gets involved in a relationship with a man that isn’t ready for kids, with her ending up getting pregnant. We follow how the two try to make a relationship out of the situation and figure out whether they can make it or not. This is a story that starts of like a meet cute style of trying to bring us a new idea of trying to get something fresh out of relationship. Saying, this we do get to deal with the traditional relationship, showing the ups and downs through one as the couple need to figure out if they are right together or not. It is a nice easy watch, that will get a few laughs.

RomanceThe romance side of the film shows us just how difficult love can be for people in different stages of their life.

SettingsThe film uses the home setting of the most part, it shows us just how the lives of everyone in that house will change during the pregnancy.


Scene of the Movie – The list being made.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Too short, with an ending that could have seen more.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun and enjoyable romance that does show us just how complicated relationships can be for everyone involved, with Christina Ricci take the front and centre role with ease.

Overall: Enjoyable.

ABC Film Challenge – Sci-Fi – # – The 12 Disasters of Christmas (2012) Movie Review

Director: Steven R Monroe

Writer: Sydney Roper, Rudy Thauberger (Screenplay)

Starring: Ed Quinn, Magda Apanowicz, Holly Elissa, Roark Critchlow, Andrew Airlie, Ryan Grantham, Greg Kean

Plot: It’s Christmas Eve when an ominous dark star appears in the sky; could this star be a sign that Judgment Day is near? When massive earthquakes and natural disasters tear apart cities, it seems that the day of reckoning is upon us – and now a small band of heroes must come together to save the world!

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Enjoyable Disaster Film

Story: The 12 Disasters of Christmas starts on Jacey’s (Apanowicz) 18th birthday as she has a climbing day with her father Joseph (Quinn), the day takes a turn when Jacey’s grandmother gives her a ring claiming she is the chosen one.

Once the sky starts raining shards of ice, it becomes clear that this is just the latest disaster which is claiming the end of the world is coming, through different disasters, with only one person that can stop it, Jacey

Thoughts on The 12 Disasters of Christmas

Characters – Joseph is the husband and father that has been fighting to save his town from new control after seeing the jobs disappear, when the events of the disasters start happening, he will join his daughter in putting the clues together to try and stop the world ending, even if people do try and stop them. Jacey has just turned 18, she enjoys the physical hobbies including climbing, she wants to move away for college, which is the biggest strain in the relationship between her and her father, until she learns she is the chosen one that can stop the disasters, she gets put through pain whenever one is about to hit too. Mary is the mother and wife that is always around for medical problems the town is facing. Kane owns the town, he did grow up there, but has been looking to turn the town around to make more money for himself.

PerformancesEd Quinn does well enough in the leading role, this is a Syfy movie, so we know the performances aren’t going to be winning any awards, they just need to make sure they are passable for a film like this, which they whole cast is strong enough through the film.

StoryThe story here follows a small town that happens to be the epicentre of the end of the world after the prophecy claims that 12 disasters will signal the end of the world, unless the chosen one can stop it. The story does spin the idea of the 12 days of Christmas by turning it into different theories about disasters, which sadly is one of the weakest parts of the film because the disaster doesn’t match the songs ideas. If you look at this as a series of disasters, this is a fun enjoyable story, it plays out just like you would imagine, knowing who will die and when, usually just after giving the message, but it does feel fresh compared to most of the disaster films that don’t feel like they can be stopped with the power of one.

Action/Sci-FiThe action is a lot of different disasters, we have slow chases, nothing is truly ground breaking or leaves us with a giant set piece like most disaster films, while the sci-fi side of the film focuses on the idea of the world coming to an end, where the fantasy elements could be the one thing to stop it.

SettingsThe film is set in a small mountain town, which shows how close everybody is and how they would react to crisis.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are the low-budget ones we would expect, there is a couple of moments that work very well, even with the budget.


Scene of the Movie – The invisible wall.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The disasters don’t match the song lyrics which is implied by the title.

Final Thoughts This is a fun disaster movie, it keeps things simple, has plenty of peril and an idea that bigger things could happen if they are not stopped.

Overall: Simple and Fun.

3 Generations (2015) Movie Review

Director: Gaby Dellal

Writer: Nikole Beckwith, Gaby Dellel (Screenplay)

Starring: Elle Fanning, Linda Emond, Susan Sarandon, Naomi Watts, Andrew Polk, Marcos A Gonzalez

Plot: After Ray decides to transition from female to male, Ray’s mother, Maggie, must come to terms with the decision while tracking down Ray’s biological father to get his legal consent.


Tagline – In this family change is relative

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Important

Story: 3 Generations starts as we meet the three generations of women, Dolly (Sarandon), her daughter Maggie (Watts) and Maggie’s daughter Ray (Fanning) living in one apartment in New York City, Ray is starting her transition into a man, which sees Maggie willing to support the decision, Dolly struggling to understand it, while the biggest problem comes, from tracking down Ray’s father who must agree to the decision.

Thoughts on 3 Generations

Characters – Ray was born a woman, that wants to become a man, she has started the treatment, but must wait for parental consent to go through the procedure, he wants to start a new school, to have a new life as a man, which isn’t going to be easy for the rest of the family. Maggie is Ray’s mother who is trying to make the right decision, she has the fears and questions about how she raised Ray, thinking it could have been her fault and is worried he might change his mind, she will say yes to helping though it means going into her past to ask for help. Dolly and Frances are the women that raised Maggie and are trying to help even if they are not the most understanding of the situation, with Dolly usually saying the wrong thing.

PerformancesElle Fanning is brilliant in the leading role of the film, balancing the last stages of being a woman and first steps to being a man, showing the struggles she is facing. Naomi Watts shows the conflict she is facing through the film with ease, with Susan Sarandon adding moments of comedy to the serious side of the film.

StoryThe story here follows a teenage girl that is looking to go through the transition to become a man, with only the support of the women in her life, as we follow the family struggling to come to terms with the decisions being made. This story does show the difficulties in family’s that are going to go through this process, the complications if the family isn’t together still and the emotional damage it can do to the person who wants the change. Outside of this, we do look at the relationship between the generations involved, seeing how they do have their own problems to get through too.

SettingsThe film is set in New York City, which always is a wonderful place to have a backdrop for life stories.


Scene of the Movie – Family dinner.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Certain moments are overly complicated for no reason.

Final Thoughts This is an important look at the transitional process for a teenage girl, we get to see how families could always be fixed and how coming together can change things in life.

Overall: Importantly Well Acted Story.

ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – # – 120 BPM (2017)

Director: Robin Campillo

Writer: Robin Campillo, Philippe Mangeot (Screenplay)

Starring: Nahuel Perez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adele Haenel, Antoine Reinartz, Felix Maritaud, Ariel Borenstein

 

Plot: Members of the advocacy group ACT UP Paris demand action by the government and pharmaceutical companies to combat the AIDS epidemic in the early 1990s.

 

Runtime: 2 Hours 23 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Important Drama

 

Story: 120 BPM starts when Nathan (Valois) looks to join the ACT UP group for homosexuals with aids fighting for their rights, Sophie (Haenel) and Thibault (Reinartz) lead the campaign which they make peaceful with fake blood being their only props.

As the fight continues to gain moment the group get to discuss issues in an open light which see them question a pharmaceutical company who is denying them medicine which could help prolong the life of the suffers, all while Nathan starts a relationship with one of the members of the group Sean (Biscayart).

 

Thoughts on 120 BPM

 

Characters – Sean is one of the active members of ACT UP group, he has been part of the group and will challenge the options of the group without going against them, he starts a relationship with Nathan as the two get to see just how much more they are fighting for. Nathan is the newest member of the group, he gets the chance to join after seeing what they are all about and it isn’t long before he knew this was where he was meant to be fighting for his right to live. Sophie runs eh campaigns for the group, she keeps them peaceful believing this will be the only way to keep their priorities in the right direction. Thibault helps run the group working with Sophie leading the campaigns for the rights of the people.

PerformancesWhen it comes to the performances here we get wonderful performances from the whole cast, each one shows the ability to have a calm and desperate side which is what the characters require if they are to get their points across. Nobody looks out of place in this movie.

StoryThe story here shows how the campaign to give the AIDS sufferers in France gained a movement through the 1990s, it showed how the homosexual community joined forces to peaceful protest to have the right to prolong their lives, while having their own tragic stories of how they became infected with AIDS. This story falls into the important genre because it shows just how important what these people fought for would be for the future of millions, be it through awareness of he disease or the potential cur that could one day save millions.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to show us the everyday life of the people involved, then the meeting locations with the campaign locations too.


Scene of the Movie –
The meetings.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It does feel like a long movie.

Final ThoughtsThis an important movie and shows the struggles for equal rights when it comes to health care the people went through.

 

Overall: Important drama that needs watching.

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