Monte Carlo (2011)
I’m not a big fan of chick flicks and I don’t think this was one, but regardless I quite liked it. Three young women go vacationing in Paris but fly to Monte Carlo when one of them (Selena Gomez) is mistaken for a British socialite. It’s a pretty low-key film with a bit of drama, and I do enjoy the significant character development in all three girls.
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Another Keira Knightley film that I just did not get at all. I will say that it was refreshing to see Ms. Knightley in something other than Pirates but I was surprised that she looked much younger in this film than in Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)! Anyway, I did foresee and gush at the budding relationship between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth, and I appreciated the class themes which I assume incited the titular pride and prejudice. Need to read that book.
Samurai Girl (2008)
This isn’t technically a movie but it’s too short to be a TV series. The ABC family miniseries Samurai Girl centers around the life of Heaven, a Japanese girl whose family is killed in a plane crash. She is then adopted by the powerful Kogo family and leads a privileged life until her arranged wedding is attacked, and thus begins an adventure to unravel the dark secrets of her adoptive family and a journey of self-discovery. The miniseries stars the brilliant Jamie Chung as Heaven, Brendan Fehr as her ninja sensei Jake, and the professional female wrestler Stacy Keibler. Spanning about six hours, Samurai Girl is quite intense and absorbing, and I would definitely recommend it to any action/adventure junkie out there.
True to the genre, this film truly was a thriller. When I told my friend Tim about what a brilliant movie it was, he told me to “get with it.” Guess I’m late to the party again. I don’t really watch a lot of movies. But anyway, it’s about a retired FBI agent whose daughter goes vacationing in France (Why does everyone go to France? Why not Germany, or Estonia?). He’s concerned that it’s dangerous, but both his daughter and his ex-wife are all like “Whaaaaat chillax man nothing’s going to happen.” So of course, the daughter gets kidnapped which takes Liam Neeson on a 96-hour adventure to rescue her. I loved this movie despite all the coincidences that led to Neeson’s inevitable success. The film moved at a breakneck pace and the acting was very well done.
Okay, pretty much everyone knows what Thor’s about so I’m just going to skip all that. Chris Hemsworth is an amazing actor who I thought portrayed Thor quite well. And of course, I’m always a fan of character development. I also enjoyed seeing Natalie Portman as a nerdy astrophysicist and not some ethereal ballerina or galactic queen—I think she pulled it off. But okay, the end. Seriously, who didn’t see the whole redemption thing coming? Nevertheless, definitely worth a watch. And Thor: The Dark World will be released later this year so I’m excited for that!
Tristan and Isolde (2006)
Genre: Romantic Drama
I stumbled upon this film after researching the Tristan and Isolde characters in BBC One’s Merlin. I have to say, I like BBC’s version a lot better although it doesn’t adhere to the medieval legend at all. In the film, the Cornish soldier Tristan is wounded in battle against Ireland and presumed dead by his fellow soldiers. They float a still-alive Tristan in a boat down to the ocean where he is found by the engaged Irish princess Isolde. Their treacherous affair begins and only continues to cause problems when Tristan returns to Cornwall and Isolde to her father’s castle. The film stars Doctor Who’s Madame de Pompadour (Sophia Myles) as Isolde and James Franco as Tristan. My thoughts on this movie are few—I remember the basic plot points but I don’t remember all that much happening. The tragedy did leave me feeling kind of sad and empty afterwards though.