recent dvd rentals

Valentine’s Day- Yes, it’s pure fluff. No, it would never win any awards.  But it is cute as hell and pretty funny.  It’s one of THOSE movies that has an abnormally large amount of *big name* celebrities (think Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Garner, etc).  The movie itself is all about one day (ahem, guess which day…) in the lives of these semi-connected souls.  And if you’re in the mood for some fun, just let-go and smile movie watching, then this is a great way to spend a couple of hours.  It’s also a cute date movie- even the husband thought it was worth seeing.

Invictus- You know it.  It’s that movie with Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as a rugby player recently post-apartheid South Africa.  Honestly, I was completely bored for most of the movie.  I didn’t think the characters were well developed nor was the plot line shown in a clear continuum.  As much as I love both actors, I couldn’t wait for the film to be over.

It’s Complicated-  A Meryl Streep/Alec Baldwin comedy about older divorcees … reuniting *ahem*.  When it came out in theaters, it was welcomed to some pretty horrific reviews, but I’m not sure why.  It turned out to be really funny and a very entertaining movie.  There are several laugh out loud moments, and I, for one, welcome the presence of Steve Martin in pretty much any film.

Young Victoria-  A period piece starring Emily Blunt about Queen Victoria’s coming of age and ascendancy to the throne of England.  It’s an interesting look at a monarch who is best remembered for the mournful, dower year of her later life.  I’m a sucker for historical films (who can resist castles and costumes????) and this movie didn’t disappoint.  While most guys (and non-historically minded females) probably would be bored to tears, if you enjoy a British history, turbulent love stories, or stories of strong-willed young women, you will enjoy YV.

so behind on oscar movies

i feel so behind on my movie watching.  at this point last year, i’m pretty sure that we had seen most of the main oscar nominees for different categories. but this year… not so much.  there are several that look great that we just haven’t gotten around to seeing.

i did talk the husband into taking me to see precious last weekend and am really glad that we saw it.  it’s a powerful movie, sad at times and mindboggling at others. but it’s not depressing, as amazing as that sounds.  it offers glimmers of hope for people who suffer similar situations every day in this country. from the movies that i have seen, i definitely think that mo’nique deserves the supporting actress award for this one.  she does a great job of playing someone is basically a pitiful excuse for a human being, while giving her some humanity at the same time.  i thought the actress who played precious, gabourey sidibe, also does a fantastic job in her role (especially having seen how perky she is in interviews), but i still love meryl streep in julie and julia for the best actress win.