October 7th, 2012 at 7:56 pm by Sy Becker under A Look at the Movies
1 hour 45 minutes
Starring: Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt
Bruce Willis is on a collision course with a much younger version of himself in the clever time travel thriller “Looper.” A lot of thought went into this futuristic science-fiction yarn, along with a lot of good actors.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is an elite assassin who is very good at what he does. Gordon-Levitt’s target just happens to be himself in the person of Willis 30 years into the future.
Willis intentionally puts himself in harm’s way, which only intensifies Gordon-Levitt’s worsening identity crisis. Trying to decipher the mysterious characters who appear along the way helps create the element of intrigue.
What role does Emily Blunt play in this people puzzle of alternate realities? And can Bruce Willis survive being assassinated by the younger version of himself?
You should know that “Looper” doesn’t provide any easy answers to its maze of mystery. The more you get into it, the more complex the picture becomes. The fun is all in the unraveling of this intricate adventure.
For all of it’s mind-bending, “Looper” deserves a cerebral 3 stars. No matter how complicated things become, “Looper” is always entertaining.
May 6th, 2012 at 12:05 pm by Sy Becker under A Look at the Movies
2 hours 5 minutes
Starring: Jason Segel, Emily Blunt
True love just won’t run smoothly during “The Five Year Engagement”. Emily Blunt and Jason Segel are a match made in a clever screenwriter’s imagination. Emotional mood swings fill their long term engagement with alternating humor and heartache. Usually the guy puts off the wedding but this is a different world.
Their road to the altar is strewn with romantic triangular complications when Blunt’s boss becomes infatuated with another man’s fiancée. There’s also the pre-nuptial bargaining between lovers of different faiths.
Emily Blunt delivers a glowing performance that could melt away any of your misgivings about “The Five Year Engagement”. I admire the director’s courage by allowing Blunt to keep her British accent. But in any dialect, Emily Blunt is one of the screen’s most glittering treasures.
“The Five Year engagement” has just the right blend of lighthearted and serious moments stretched out over more than 2 hours, but for manipulating our emotions so beautifully, “The Five Year Engagement” deserves a ringing 3 stars.
I look forward to Emily Blunt’s next movie, with or without Jason Segel.
April 7th, 2012 at 10:57 am by Sy Becker under A Look at the Movies
1 hour 40 minutes
Just the title, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, is enough to make you chuckle. This amusing romantic political satire will truly tickle your funny bone.
With Mid-East tensions being what they are, you can imagine how badly the British need a positive story for a change. Such as an Arab ruler whose a Salmon fishing fanatic. The prime minister’s press secretary Kristin Scott-Thomas knows a good story when she seed one and Scott’s sure this is something her boss will like.
And what’s not to like? One of my favorite directors, Lasse Hallstrom, has created a sensitive story about the visionary sheik who charms the skeptical British bureaucrat, Ewan McGregor, around to his way of thinking, that fishing has a profound impact on the human spirit.
It’s not just salmon fishing but young love that flourishes in the Yemen. McGregor and Emily Blunt become the most unlikely soul mates. How their relationship grows makes for delightful moviemaking along with the sheik’s world view that one day when war will be at an end and everyone will go fishing instead. It’s an inspirational point of view that we’ll accept right now as wishful thinking.
Let’s go to the movies for the beguiling pleasures of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. It’s quite a catch with 4 stars.
Go enjoy this movie as much as I did.