Mr Nobody (2009)

How this film evaded me I have no idea as I found it truly spectacular. Beautiful visuals and perfect nuances in sound design only went one step further on evoking the imagination whilst the compelling narrative and plot kept me well indulged.

It was a feast of scenery and twists, every moment was consequential, with terrific performances from a strong cast. Full of emotional and quirky rivets that exploit the surreal to its maximum, creating only a feeling of lust and discovery for the viewer.

Jared Leto played the ever tormented and desperate lead character “Nemo Nobody” with great support from a generous cast. Including strong performances from my favourite attitude driven female, Juno Temple and emotional Rhys Ifans.

Morning Glory (2010)

Morning Glory is the charming and humorous tale of how a producer from a top morning show is forced to take on the challenge of saving a struggling morning show. Simple. Charming and funny full of typical relationship struggles (love and work), happy endings and life fulfilment.

Rachel McAdams stars as our lead ‘Becky Fullyer’ a victim of the financial crisis and corporate cuts that quickly lead her promising career to a halt. She soon discovers her strength as she takes charge of “Daybreak” where she works with long time host ‘Colleen Peck’ (Diane Keaton) and new her new anchor, big time political journalist and serious news reporter ‘Mike Pomeroy’ (Harrison Ford).

Though this does all lend its self to being a cliché ‘love and conquer’ tale, which it is, I do not put it down because of it. Such an easy watch but not completely blank and unforgiving. Good performances though nothing exceptional.

Burlesque (2010)

Small town girl finds home in raunchy performance. Not the family musical, or the most overly adventurous piece of cinema. That being said, I enjoyed it. There were two big reasons for my initial reservations though, Christina Aguleria and Cher. Not that i’m not a fan of either, more that when it comes to cinema I like my actors to act and not want to show off. Of course there was a bit of showing off, and it even worked in Christina’s favour playing Ali, the girl with the accent who just really wants to perform. She must convince Burlesque club owner Tess (Cher) to let her perform and put on a live show. Of course there is love to be had and barman Jack (Cam Gigandet) is first on the list though gets put to one side for rich man Marcus (Eric Dane), who is trying to buy the club and turn it into flats. Of course all is well by the end, but that’s not really a spoiler, just a cliché.

Cher and Christina put in their best vocals to make it more special than it would have been without. The best feature of the production is the sets and staging, the gorgeous setting for, what is really, a chick flick love story. Watch it for an easy, yet thoroughly entertaining experience. Then put on the sequins, heels and grab a fan for you will want to be practising your ‘bend and snap’.

Love and Other Drugs (2010)

A lovely love story, perfectly formed, though a little bit dull. That may be because I was not watching it with a bottle of wine and a box of chocolates. Plus i’m not a thirty-something woman.

The ideas were there and the foundations of a good heart-warming story were present. It was just in the narrative & performance that lacked the sparks of meaning and sentiment that would have made it great. This is sad for me to say as I am a big fan of Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal.

There were some touching moments in which Hathaway played out the real despair that she was facing in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. This plus the gratuitous nudity throughout made it a little more than the usual ‘rom-com’, but not much more. The scenes seemed placed without any junction or passing leading to some scenes being redundant and without purpose to the plot, development or emotion.

Overall, I was expecting a better, more emotional watch then I got. Instead cliché characters, plot and even locations that lead this movie to be a bore.

Blue Valentine (2010)

There is not a better look into love, life and relationship as Blue Valentine. Examining the tale of two young in love and their marriage, we get a look at the past and the present to give a most in-depth look at their connection, the passion and entanglement. Whilst allowing for revelations and plot/ character development, without following a simple time line.

We see the present, somewhat cold relationship between Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams) as they are carrying on with their lives, working and raising Cindy’s daughter of another relationship. Traversing to a warmer, past of the couple as they meet and have their lives ahead of them. I have not seen a present and past tale told so well, and to intertwined, for realism is something that makes this movie raw and passionate.

Directed by Derek Cianfrance as his second feature, the realism comes a lot from this, with very few scenes having more than one take, and taking the time to work with the actors relationship before hand and omitting rehearsals. The past scenes were shot on film and the present in digital which helps the aesthetic, for the film adds warmth whilst digital is said to be a colder, harsher image.

It may seem quite cold, bleak and generally miserable, but there is something within Blue Valentine that shows real love and a true relationship of which time takes its toll.