Review: Carrie (2013)

Carrie

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Lohan’s Mean Girls with some bloody scenes

Imdb synopsis

A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

Director: Kimberly Peirce

Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Judy Greer, Gabriella Wilde

Duration: 100 minutes

Genre: Horror

Watch if you like: Warm Bodies, Let Me In, Mama and Fright Night

I thought this movie was like Mean Girls with a horror twist. And not even that frightening, but simply amusing. It starts off with a dubious scene with Julianne Moore. First off, I find Julianne Moore to be a great actress and a beautiful woman. Why would she be cast as the over-religious crazy mom? Frankly, I don’t get it. She does an okay job, but let’s be honest here. Why not cast Nicole Kidman, Sharon Stone or “American Horror Story’s” Frances Conroy? I think they would make better crazy mums. But they didn’t ask me, so moving on.

Back to the movie. I thought “Carrie” was amusing, but nothing more than that. Other than the weird casting, the modern take on the story was nice. Simple, but nice. I was rooting for Carrie and hoping she’d choose the good side. (If you’ve seen the movie, you know which side she chose.) I thought Gabriella Wilde as Sue Schnell was doing the best acting in the movie. And that’s saying something, because I love Julianne Moore, and I have no clue who Gabriella Wilde actually is. (Apparently she’ll be in a movie this year with Alex Pettyfer!)

Carrie isn’t really one to watch, but if you’re a movie fanatic like me, go and knock yourself out. I am very curious what you guys think of it, so let me know in a comment!

My rating: 6 out of 10

My favorite quote: “Go to your closet and pray”

My suggestion: If you are in for a scary night, try another movie. Try “Carrie” if you’re in for some mean girls terrorizing a naive girl who you’ll probably root for.

Review: Enough Said (2013)

Enough Said

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Enjoy, relax, sip, and watch!

Imdb synopsis

A divorced woman who decides to pursue the man she’s interested in learns he’s her new friend’s ex-husband.

Director: Nicole Holofcener

Cast: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette

Duration: 93 minutes

Genre: Drama

Watch if you like:  Bridget Jones’ Diary, Silver Linings Playbook, Midnight in Paris and Gilmore Girls.

This movie has a simple and nice story, great for a quiet evening at home with a glass of wine. Divorcee Eva (Dreyfus) meets the beautiful and serene Marianne (Catherine Keener) at a party and befriends her pretty quickly. At the same party she meets the adorable Albert (James Gandolfini) which she has things in common with and he makes her laugh. They decide to date and they fall in love. Simple, right? After a while she figures out from the stories that Marianne and Albert are exes and share a daughter together. This makes for some funny and entertaining scenes. And it unfolds into a lovely movie.

With the accompanying stories of Eva and her daughter and Eva’s best friend, this makes for a great overall movie.

I think Julia Louis-Dreyfus is really a surprisingly nice actress, and this movie proves that very well. I also like her new tv series “The new adventures of Old Christine”. Toni Collette, I never was a fan of, but she proves herself to be quite nice in this movie, and I warmed up to her a bit. James Gandolfini I know from The Sopranos. I’ve never actually seen the show, but I can imagine he plays a big, scary mafia boss. Well, Enough Said turns James Gandolfini in a likable, huggable and lovely man. Quite the accomplishment, I would say. May he rest in peace, so sad to hear of his passing in June at such a young age (51). He could’ve been a great leading man in movies, but, unfortunately, he never got that break.

I think the three main actors (not including Catherine Keener) really proved themselves to have outgrown their alter-ego’s as Elaine (Seinfeld), Tony (The Sopranos) and Muriel (Muriel’s Wedding). Alright, the last one was a stretch, but for me, it’s hard to see Toni Collette in a different lighting than the weird characters she used to accept.

My rating: 7 out of 10

My favorite quote:  “I’m tired of being funny.”

My suggestion: Truly great for a nice evening inside, with a glass of wine (or a cup of tea) on the couch.