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Sunday, October 05, 2008

Movie weekend

Got to see a couple of movies this weekend, though certainly not all the movies that I wanted to see - in theaters now are Frozen River, Religulous and Blindness, among others. But I did get to two, both based on novels (coincidentally), the first by Nicholas Sparks and the other by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.

Nights in Rodanthe. Great casting, great performances, but ultimately an unsatisfying movie. It was so terrific to see Diane Lane and Richard Gere, who actually look like real people (really attractive real people), who have not resorted to gallons of botox and collagen. They have excellent chemistry and the setting (Hatteras Island off the coast of North Carolina) was, of course, beautiful, but the movie missed the mark somehow and I walked out feeling disappointed. Not as epic as The English Patient or Atonement, but no happy ending either.

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. If they gave an Academy Award for"Most Adorable Movie," this would definitely win. I'm not a teenager, so I'm certainly not the target audience for this movie. But that said, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and Larry did too. I thought the casting was perfect, the performances were delightful and the music was terrific. What more do you want from any romantic comedy, except for it to be funny and romantic? This qualifies on both counts. You're rooting for Nick and Norah, almost from the first frame. And all the supporting characters are wonderful. Also, there are some fun cameos, which gives the movie that Inside Baseball feel that makes it that much more of a hoot. I may even buy the DVD (which makes this a rave review!) Bonus - Norah (as played by Kat Dennings - someone to watch, and she's from Philly!) is a hip, smart and pretty Jew, who even makes reference to Tikkun Olam - how cool is that?



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