MOVIE REVIEW: THE POST (Steven Spielberg, 2017)

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“In the First Amendment, the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors.”

This was a direct quote from the film, definitely not fake news.

Rating: ★★★★★

(Originally published February 22, 2018.)

MOVIE REVIEW: 13 GOING ON 30 (Gary Winick, 2004)

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In retrospect, it was actually a bit creepy watching a grown man kiss a teen trapped in a woman’s body.

Still, this was a great showcase for Jennifer Garner. Her performance reminded me so much of Jamie Lee Curtis’ in Freaky Friday and a little bit of Tom Hanks’ in Big. She was incredibly charming here that I wondered why her career as a rom-com leading lady never really took off.

The young Jen was played by Christa B. Allen. Yup, Charlotte Grayson of Revenge. 😳

Loved the Liz Phair song!!

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“Why can’t I breathe whenever I think about you
Why can’t I speak whenever I talk about you
It’s inevitable, it’s a fact that we’re gonna get down to it
So tell me
Why can’t I breathe whenever I think about you..”

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published July 3, 2017.)

MOVIE REVIEW: EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE (Stephen Daldry, 2011)

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I remember watching United 93 and thinking that it might be just too soon for a 9/11 film. I was proven wrong though since that movie was raw and powerful without ever feeling exploitative.

This movie seemed to be the exact opposite (and I wasn’t surprised given Daldry’s filmography). Even with strong performances, everything about this movie felt manipulative. Every scene was perfectly staged to tug at your heartstrings and if that wasn’t enough, relentless voiceovers were added to do the trick. Unfortunately, it was just a wild goose chase full of uneasiness.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆