Created July 2013.
The first 50 films are some of my favourites that have been viewed by less than 100*…
One person can change your life forever.
An international soccer star (Eduardo Verastegui) is on his way to sign a multimillion dollar contract when something happens that brings his career to an abrupt end. A beautiful waitress (Tammy Blanchard), struggling to make it in New York City, discovers something about herself that she's unprepared for. In one irreversible moment, their lives are turned upside down...
I thought at times, it flirted with becoming something pretty good, something meaningful, but with every moment of this, it was followed by something trite that hindered it. As the movie moved along, it began to feel more and more artificial.
The incredibly powerful story of an international soccer star whose career is tragically brought to an abrupt end. Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief disturbing images, the film certainly has a dark, tragic beginning. But sometimes, it's when we're in the dark that we truly learn to see the light.
Though dark, this is a beautiful story of hope.
'Bella" tells the story of two people who fall in love because of an unborn child. Winner of the People's Choice Award at Toronto 2006, it is a heart-tugger with the confidence not to tug too hard. It stars an actor named Eduardo Verastegui, who I would describe as the next Antonio Banderas if I ever wrote cliches like that, which I do not. Tall, handsome, bearded, he plays Jose, the chef of his brother's Mexican restaurant in New York, until his life changes one day when his brother fires a waitress named Nina (Tammy Blanchard) for being late.
Jose and Nina are not a couple. All the same, he walks out of the kitchen, chases her into the subway,…
Bella is every budding filmmaker's dream. Picture this: You're a young film student. You work hard for years in college, and finally make your first short film. That short receives a very strong positive reaction, prompting companies to sponsor you. You gear up to write, produce, and direct your first feature-length film, a gargantuan task for any young filmmaker. You manage to achieve your vision with sufficient financial support from producers. You enter your first movie in film festivals. Then your wildest dreams come true. Your little movie wins the "People's Choice Award" at the largest film festival in the world (the Toronto International Film Festival). From there, you travel for a year, showing your movie to anyone who will…
An intelligent and pretty movie. Once in a while, it feels like it's sinking into trite, Paul Haggis-type bullshit, but each time it manages to pull itself out. The filmmaking is superb (very serious, with no room for tricks or tropes or ironies), and the acting and script are crisp and decent. Maybe a little short or thin, but a great movie overall.
All you need is love... = ]
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Revisited after several years. That'll do. I won't need to see it again. Mediocre, not the worst melodrama.
"Special thanks: ... Jeb Bush..."
BEAUTIFUL MOVIE! WONDERFUL SCRIPT! MUST WATCH
The ending was too abrupt and made me lose a lot of sympathy for the female lead...but up until that point I was enjoying the slow, meandering style of the movie and especially the charms of the super-hunky Eduardo Verastegui.
Sweet, unassuming, pulsing with life. The beauty is in the film's simplicity. Captures how New York feels, captures how characters connect. Never launches into ecstasy, but never boring. The type of material an actress of Tammy Blanchard's caliber deserves.
- Man Facing Southeast
- A Somewhat Gentle Man
- The Girl in the Café
Created July 2013.
- Lost in Translation
- Waking Life
- Old Joy
- All the Real Girls
- The Station Agent
This is a list of my "favorite" movies of the this first decade of the 21st century. So not necessarily…
- The Unbearable Lightness of Being
- Sleep Dealer
- Turn Me On, Dammit!