The Layover is a new comedy starring Alexandra Daddario, Kate Upton and William H. Macy. With Macy also directing, the story centres around two friends who go on a road trip and end up fighting over a handsome guy they meet…
I’m tuning into this one because I’m open to a few seemingly cheap laughs. Who knows, maybe there’ll be more to this movie than I ever imagined. I’ll be OK if there isn’t because I’m curious about Mr. Macy as a director. He’s an actor I’ll always appreciate thanks to Magnolia (1999), one of my favourites.
If you’re a movie fan, you know who Ryan Gosling is. If you know who Ryan Gosling is, then you’ve probably at least heard of The Notebook (2004) – that hugely romantic movie loved by lovers of love, all over. And, if you’ve heard about the notebook, you may know that Nicholas Sparks is the writer. I’ve seen The Notebook once and it was a great experience. I cried like many who may or may not admit to doing so. Today actually isn’t really about the The Notebook. It’s about the The Choice (2016), the latest of Sparks’s books to be adapted into a movie.
Starring Teresa Palmer, Benjamin Walker and Alexandra Daddario, The Choice is unfortunately not the greatest of Nicholas Sparks’s movies. There may have been one or two very brief moments where my disbelief may have been completely suspended, but overall, most of the time I was only too aware that I wasn’t just watching a movie – but I was watching one and thinking, ‘wow, this really isn’t very good.’
The Notebook is in no way everyone’s ‘cup of tea’ but can it be accused of being unconvincing as far as some of the acting goes? Can it also be accused of containing romantic dialogue that feels forced and inauthentic? I don’t think so.
I tuned in to The Choice because the mood for a romantic movie hit. By the endof the film, the only real great thing I could find about the experience is that the location where it’s shot is beautiful! I think I maybe want to vacation there one day. Also, at least it wasn’t so awful that I had to quit before the end. There is always that, I suppose.
Directed by Brad Peyton; Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Ioan Gruffudd, and Paul Giamatti are the stars of San Andreas – that California earthquake movie you may have heard about over the summer.
You may also have heard that the visual effects are breathtaking and they are. However, the thing I enjoyed most is actually the unique father daughter relationship. San Andreas isn’t a bad movie, there’s just nothing that feels particularly new about it, therefore making it feel not quite as epic as I’d hoped.
Some random things came to mind as I watched:
On account of all the dust, running, falling and screaming, how much fun was being an extra on this movie, really?
I honestly don’t recall the last time I saw such excellent mother/ daughter casting.
You’d have to be blind not to notice Alexandra Daddario’s eyeballs. If you’ve seen the film, I know you noticed!
I better be careful because I don’t know anyone that would come and rescue me at a time when the traditional emergency services cannot. But then again… you never know. Just don’t rely on it, of course. But still, you never know…
If by this point you’re still curious, watch it for the impressive visual effects and all else that appeals.
I love the music in the new trailer for San Andreas (2015) – nothing to do with Grand Theft Auto.
The general pace and rhythm of this preview provides a welcome contrast to the chaos of the film’s reality.
When I like a trailer, I always really hope that the film is equally good, if not better. To this end, seeing Paul Giamatti’s face helped provide some reassurance. My fingers are crossed for the end result.
One more thing, you don’t see her face in the trailer, (at least I didn’t) but this film is additional evidence of Pop Singer Kylie Minogue’s return to acting.
For those wondering, the song is a version/ sample of The Mamas & Papas ‘California dreaming…’ by Robot Koch & Delhia de France