Annie (2014)

Director: Will Gluck
Writer: Will Gluck, Aline Brosh McKenna (script), Greg Kurstin, Sia (new music)
Based on: the play written by Thomas Meehan (book), Charles Strouse (music), Martin Charnin (lyrics) which is in turn based on Harold Gray‘s comic strip Little Orphan Annie
Cast: Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David Zayas, Cameron Diaz, Michael J. Fox, Patricia Clarkson, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Rihanna, Sia
Seen on: 23.01.2015

Annie (Quvenzhané Wallis) is an orphan and lives with the difficult Ms Hannigan (Cameron Diaz) and several other foster children. She dreams of finding her parents and whenever possible she passes her time coming up with ways she could find out more about them. But her life takes an abrupt turn when she is saved from getting hit by a car by the self-involved businessman Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) who is running for mayor. Stacks’ PR person Guy (Bobby Cannavale) sees the perfect opportunity to make Stacks more likeable and convinces him to take in Annie, despite the misgivings of Stack’s assistant Grace (Rose Byrne). But Annie is not just a passive thing to be used – she makes her own life.

I don’t know whether I have actually ever seen the film from the 80s and I know for a fact that I didn’t see any of the other adaptations of this. And as practically an Annie virgin, I really enjoyed the film, even if it had its weak spots.

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No Strings Attached (2011)

No Strings Attached is Ivan Reitman‘s newest film, starring Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Kevin Kline, Cary Elwes, Greta Gerwig, Lake Bell, Olivia Thirlby, Ophelia Lovibond and Ludacris.

Emma (Natalie Portman) and Adam (Ashton Kutcher) keep bumping into each other. And after Adam finds out that his father (Kevin Kline) is sleeping with his ex-girlfriend Vanessa (Ophelia Lovibond), he gets drunk, lands on Emma’s couch and then in Emma’s bed. But since Emma isn’t that much into commitment, they agree that it shouldn’t become more. But can that really work?

No Strings Attached is exactly what it promised to be: a funny RomCom – and definitely one of the better sort. Is it a cinematic revelation? No. But it’s very entertaining.

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Valentine’s Day (2010)

Valentine’s Day is the newest movie by Garry Marshall, starring (and it’s almost easier to list who is not in this movie) Jessica Alba, Kathy Bates, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Eric Dane, Patrick Dempsey, Hector Elizondo, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Ganer, Topher Grace, Anne Hathaway, Carter Jenkins, Ashton Kutcher, Queen Latifah, Taylor Lautner, George Lopez, Shirley MacLaine, Emma Roberts, Julia Roberts, Bryce Robinson and Taylor Swift. *phew*

Valentine’s Day is an episodic film about various couples on Valentine’s Day (SURPRISE!). I can either go into very much detail right now or none at all and I choose none. :)

I went into the movie seriously expecting to cringe all the time. To my surprise, Valentine’s Day was not completely aweful. Yes, it’s a RomCom as full of kitsch as they come. There are hardly any surprises and there’s nothing that hasn’t been done yet (and probably better). There are so many people, the characters suffer. But it entertains and is definitely watchable (something that can not be said about other movies in this category).

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Answering Questions Asked Through Google V

Today’s question is:

“who did ashton kutcher play in 3:10 to y[uma]”

I have to admit, the question made me doubt myself a little… Did Ashton Kutcher appear in 3:10 to Yuma, and I, who prides herself in recognising most actors, when they make “surprise appearances”, didn’t recognise such a known face?

Of course, I immediately asked the imdb. And thank goodness, I was right all along.

So, honey, Ashton Kutcher was not in 3:10 to Yuma. At all.

Chick Flicks, again

Yesterday brought me to the cinema again, to see Dan in Real Life and Love and Other Disasters.

Dan in Real Life is nice, but not really remarkable. I wouldn’t spend any money for it (again). The story is not surprising, but you can find comfort in the old and known schemes of a RomCom. Special mention of the soundtrack (by Sondre Lerche) though, it’s really good.
[Just a small sidenote: I am from a big family myself but I couldn’t stand this family. No way. I have learned in the course of my life that you can only survive family meetings, no matter how close you are, if you have the possibility to leave for a bit and go into reclusion. That’s not possible in this family, they have programme 24/7. And they have never heard of tact. Never.]

Love and Other Disasters on the other hand is really good. The only thing that is a disaster about it, is its marketing. That’s a lesson in how to make sure you attract the wrong crowd.
I was expecting something in the way of Just Married – a lot of slapstick, no brain. What I got was a really sweet, funny and *gasp* intelligent comedy which doesn’t take itself too seriously and therefore is able to have jokes on the meta-level, about the film biz, about making movies, about writing a screenplay.
Writer-director Alek Keshishian is somebody to look out for. Though I’m afraid that his movies will never be huge productions, especially if marketed as Ashton Kutcher style comedies which will make the audience seeing it disappointed and the audience who would enjoy it, stay away.