Girlfriend’s Day which stars Bob Odenkirk, Natasha Lyonne and Amber Tamblyn takes place in a a world where greeting card writers are celebrated like movie stars. Romance writer Ray (Odenkirk) used to be the king and since becoming a ‘has been’ was never in his plans, he’ll do what ever it takes including getting entangled in a web of murder and deceit to be back on top…
I’m intrigued because it looks different to what most of us can usually expect to be watching on Valentines day and the cast is reliable.
TV news producer Mary Mapes, news anchor Dan Rather and the events that led to very harsh scrutiny, especially aimed at Mapes (Cate Blanchett) is what Truth is about. It is also a movie worth seeing especially for Cate Blanchett fans.
Directed by James Vanderbilt, I appreciate Truth as a film that features a few good people who make decisions based on factors including how easy it will be to live with themselves afterwards. I enjoyed the dialogue towards the end, especially since I want to believe that I would perform as well as Mapes – should I ever find myself in a similar high pressure predicament.
I watched Truth because I knew it would be worth it for Blanchett’s performance alone -and it is. By the end I was also happy to learn a few hard truths about the world of news journalism.
John Benjamin Hickey’s portrayal of a dedicated, thoughtful and unflinchingly supportive husband is another personal highlight. I always love such stories of great friendships. Joy (2015) comes to mind as a recent example that features a great friend played by Dascha Polanco.
Robert Redford, Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid, David Lyons,Stacy Keach and Elisabeth Moss are all good in their roles of course, but watch it for the main performance. I’ve seen Blanchett in many films and picking a favourite still proves impossible.
Directed by R.J. Cutler and based on a best selling book by Gayle Forman, If I Stay is the story of a teenage girl named Mia and played by Chloe Grace Moretz) who’s chasing her dreams of a career in music. All with the support of a loving boyfriend, family and friends.
Mia’s world is turned upside down after an accident leaves her and several other people in a bad way. Now stuck in a coma, Mia is faced with the most important decision of her life.
Though certainly not a perfect movie, there were parts that I enjoyed in If I Stay. Two of the best scenes featured Mia and her grandpa. Namely the scene where he talks to her in the car and the one when he’s in the hospital by her bedside.
Jamie Blackley’s performance as Adam, Liana Liberato in the role of the best friend and the actors playing Mia’s family are good. I did however find myself not entirely buying into the anguish portrayed by Moretz after the accident. Something to do with the absence of tears perhaps.
Did anyone else find themselves expecting Mia to be able to walk through people and walls in the hospital? She wasn’t technically a ghost so maybe it’s just me.
Watch If I Stay if you find yourself very curious indeed, especially since the concept is rather interesting.