Movie Me Now
So if you’re in need of something to watch this weekend or just reminding of an old favourite, I hope this gives you a little bit of inspiration. Let me know what you think and if you too have seen any of the below-I’d love to know what you think.
A heady mix of love, loss, addition, grief and one rollercoaster of a wedding, Rachel Getting Married is an amazingly real portrayal of a normal family dealing with extraordinary circumstances and emotions. A far cry from her Princess Diairies days, Anne Hathaway is really brilliant as damaged Kym while Rosemarie DeWitt is fast becoming one of my favourite actors for her incredibly natural way of performing.
Desperate, tragic and hopeful all at once, Rachel Getting Married might not be one for a Sunday evening (you’ve been warned), but its beautiful cinematography and intense performances make it well worth a watch.
Buy the DVD here.
I never had myself down as a much of a weeper when it came to movies, but in the last year or so I’ve become much more of crier and The Sessions is case in point of this more emotional me.
I actually saw this a little while ago, around Christmas time, but couldn’t not include it in my first film post. Telling the story of Mark O’Brien, a man reduced to a horizontal life in an iron lung after contracting polio at 6 years old, who employs a sex surrogate to help him lose his virginity, The Sessions is more heart-warming, charming and funny than its subject matter might belie. The fact it’s an entirely true story just makes it all the more moving.
On a visual level, I loved the 1970s San Francisco setting but it’s the performances that really sets the film apart. Having only seen him in pretty sinister roles previously, John Hawkes was a revelation in terms of talent and sensitivity.
Engaged from start to finish, I was left feeling incredibly humbled in a flurry of bittersweet tears that took a full afternoon to recover from.
Buy the DVD here.