Shameless – A Love Story

Spoilers in this video for episode 7×11 Happily Ever After

One of my favourite couples to ever grace my television screen. I hope one day they have a happy ending together. Fantastic job done by both actors! Everyone deserves someone who looks at them the way Mickey looks at Ian.  Gallavich 💖 

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The Lucky One – Movie Review

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Starring: Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner, Riley Thomas Stewart, Jay R. Ferguson, Adam LeFevre, Robert Hayes & Courtney J. Clark.

Screenplay by: Will Fetters

Novel by: Nicholas Sparks

Directed by: Scott Hicks

Logan Thibault has just returned from his 3rd tour of duty with the US Marines from overseas and is on a new mission. He will track down the girl from the photograph he found in the desert, to thank her for saving his life.
He walks across 5 states to find this girl but when he finally sees her he can’t bring himself to telling her the truth.
Instead he works for her and her grandmother as a way to thank her. He becomes close with her son Ben, and her Nana and ultimately with Beth herself.
But what does Beth’s ex-husband Deputy Sheriff Keith Clayton (son of Judge Clayton) have to say when he discovers his ex-wife’s new friend is the mysterious man asking about Beth in the local bar weeks before.
And how will the truth affect Beth & Logan’s relationship.
And just who did the photo of Beth that was found in the desert belong to?
Why was Logan meant to find it?

I want to start first with the performances.
I thought Zac Efron did a great job in this role. Physically and mentally I believed him.
I liked Taylor Schilling in the role of Beth but I’m not totally convinced on her and Efron’s chemistry.
Blythe Danner I thought was great as Nana. However I missed her witty phrases. I think there one in the whole movie.
I thought Ferguson was great as Keith. Not as douchey as in the book but still an ass.
Stewart as Ben was adorable. Well done little man.

I going to try and not be spoilery when I mention comparisons to the book. Apologies if it is.

Firstly I want to say while I did really like this movie (despite feeling rushed) I must say I much prefer the book. And it still doesn’t go beyond The Notebook. That was ultimate!
However I thought this movie could have come close if it had left in a lot more from the book.
There was a lot of information missing from the film.
We really didn’t get to see why it was so important to Logan to find this girl and what went down overseas. We saw a bit but not enough. I wanted to see more Victor.
We didn’t get to see as much of Zeus’s impact on his human friends as in the book. In the movie Logan follows in his fathers footsteps (like in the book) but in the book he only has his mother and Zeus as family members. Whereas in the movie he had a sister, bother in-law and nephews.
There also wasn’t enough emphasis on the treehouse (and the photo) for the ending to really have a strong impact.
In the book we know that the structure is very old and not the most stable. It is quite prominent in the book. Here I found that it was kind of thrown in with no real attachment to story. It felt like a filler.
I really wanted more emphasis on Zeus and the treehouse. And I think considering Logan walked 5 states for a picture we should have had more story on that like there was in the book. All the talk of destiny wasn’t really a factor in the movie.
In the book Logan fixes a car and not a boat like in the film. Didn’t like that change too much.
I also wanted to see more of Keith and Ben’s rocky relationship.
I thought the location was absolutely stunning and overall performances were great. Especially Efron. I really thought he did a great job (and not just because he’s hot).

All in all I liked the movie but I thought there was a lot missing that was in the book that could have helped explain more in the film. And I don’t think the slight changes really needed to be made. I don’t think changing his college career from anthropology to philosophy was necessary.
The group I went with hadn’t read the book and they felt the same in that the movie felt a bit rushed and a bit lacking.
If I had to choose book or film I would say book. But I will still like this movie and will still buy this DVD when it is released. It’s still a beautiful story.
Hasn’t surpassed The Notebook though. But having read The Lucky One and seen the film it makes me wonder what was left out of The Notebook.

What did you think of the book/film? Would love to hear your thoughts.

The Vow – Movie Review

Starring: Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Scott Speedman, Sam Neil, Jessica Lange, Jessica McNamee, Tatiana Maslany & Wendy Crewson.

Screenplay By: Michael Sucsy, Marc Silverstein, Abby Kohn & Jason Katims.

Story By: Stuart Sender

Directed By: Michael Sucsy

Based on the true story of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter.

Newlyweds Paige (McAdams) and Leo (Tatum) were madly in love and loving life, until one day their world is turned upside down. After a horrible car accident leaves Paige with memory loss for the last 4 years of her life – in which she met and married husband Leo- he has to try and win her love all over again. This doesn’t go as smoothly as he would like as he has to compete with her absent family (Neil and Lange playing her parents) back in her life and her old fiance Jeremy (Speedman) back on the scene. Who Paige still remembers being engaged to.

Will Paige and Leo find love together again?

I have been waiting to see this movie since the trailer was released early last year. I went on Friday with my grlfriends ready to have a tearjerking experience. But alas I did not. While I am a fan of McAdams and Tatum, I am a big fan of Speedman (thanks to his Felicity loving Ben Covington days). Even though I figured (knew) what the ending would turn out like, I was secretly hoping that Paige would choose her ex Jeremy. I wanted more Speedman on the screen damnit!

In any event, I am normally a sucker for a romantic movie. I am pretty much like Kristen Bell in the way that my emotional scale is usually between two certain points. If it’s remotely sad I’m crying and if it’s really happy I’m crying. However I don’t like crying in front of people so I try to supress it. But this movie didn’t actually make me cry which is very odd. I got a hint of tears in my eyes when Jessica Lange was talking about the affair. That was it. To me that was the most moving part.

I personally didn’t see much chemistry between McAdams and Tatum. Not like a married couple. More like siblings. So it didn’t really get me. I actually thought McAdams and Speedman had really great chemistry (and it’s not just because I like him. I know how to be objective and professional thank-you very much), and would love to see them do another movie together as love interests. Contrary to what others are saying I didn’t find his character so awful. He loved this girl so of course he would think of trying to win her back. And I thought their scene towards the end was gracious and sweet. Not douchie at all.

I liked the movie but felt it was lacking that chemistry for me. My friend said she liked that Tatum always seems to play the same type of characters and so that must be what he is like in real life. Ok fair enough, but it would be nice to see him play someone different and a little rougher.

I read articles about the real couple Kim and Krickitt Carpenter and was more moved by their story than the movie version. What a remarkable couple.

I don’t like when you know so much about an actor, because then it starts to take away from their performance. You are not watching a movie about Paige and Leo finding love, you are watching a movie about McAdams and Leo pretending to be Paige and Leo fall in love. Personally I blame the paparazzi and tabloids for this. They have ruined the mystique of the story telling experience.

I like to be objective when I go sit to watch a movie. I’ve been watching movies and tv and all the award shows since I was a baby. While I am no paid expert and currently don’t work in film/tv apart from this blog, I do know as an avid movie/tv viewer what an audience needs and what they don’t. At least for me I do. A movie, like a song is a personal experience. We all interpret them differently and apply it to ourselves differently.

While I liked this movie, I did not love it. I would probably still buy it on DVD but compared to other romances of the past few years it was average. The Notebook is still the ultimate sweeping romance. That movie is perfection. It was written, directed and acted beautifully. Dear John I am not a huge fan of. It was ok, but not one of my favourites and I wouldn’t buy it on DVD. Remember Me was heartbreakingly beautiful. Tragic yet beautiful.

In closing I would like to say that I am dissapointed that I didn’t feel the urge to cry during this movie, and McAdams and Speedman need to make another movie together this instant. AND someone PLEASE give Scott Speedman a lead in a movie! The guy is brilliant!
What did you all think? Write your thoughts in the comment section.

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