Thursday, February 7, 2008

just rent it

the days are short, the nights are long, it is cold, there is nothing on TV, so the movie rentals are keeping the mailman busy...

License to Wed ~ Newly engaged Ben Murphy (John Krasinski) and his fiancée, Sadie Jones (Mandy Moore), plan to live happily ever after. But first they have to pass the marriage prep course by Reverend Frank (Robin Williams). I admit the trailers seen for this did not look that good, but boy was I wrong! It was hilarious, Robin Williams was at his best in this one, a must-see!

Catch and Release ~We kept passing this one by, as it was dubbed 'tearjerker' by Netflix, but finally watched it, and it was very good! Jennifer Garner stars as "a woman who must deal with the untimely death of her husband and the revelation of secrets he kept from her". The many secrets discovered in the days and weeks after her fiance's death are both surprising and entertaining. Also starring Juliette Lewis (the daughter in Cape Fear) and Timothy Olyphant (the bad guy in Live Free or Die Hard). Life is is messier.

The Contract ~ Two of my favorite actors, John Cusack and Morgan Freeman, with those two this movie has to be good, and we weren't disappointed. Described as a drama and thriller - "While on a hiking trip to reconnect with his son after the death of his wife, Ray Keene stumbles into a nightmare scenario of paid assassins and ex-military guns-for-hire." Morgan Freeman was the bad guy, well not too bad. A great movie for edge of seat and popcorn!

In the Land of Women ~ Adam Brody stars as a "guy who takes a vacation from his recent breakup and develops a relationship with a mother and daughter he didn't expect". Meg Ryan stars, and Olympia Dukakis gives a hilarious performance as the dying grandmother. This movie was described as comedy, drama, romance, and it delivered all of those. Relationships abound (mother/daughter, grandmother/grandson, older woman/younger man), all making for a very entertaining movie.

Music and Lyrics ~ Hugh Grant stars as Alex Fletcher, a washed-up '80s pop star. He is trying to write a new song and finds the perfect music writing partner in Sophie, played by Drew Barrymore. Costarring Brad Garrett (Raymond's brother) and Kristen Johnston (3rd Rock from the Sun). Another romantic comedy, but a surprisingly fun story, with the added perk of seeing Hugh Grant shake his booty!

So stock up on popcorn, rent some movies, and try to beat the winter blahs!


The Calico Cat said...

I have to agree with Music & Lyrics - the only one that I have seen on your list. (We don't get to the movies or videos that often.) With that said, I did just see Charlie Wilson's War & it was good & funny.

Motherkitty said...

Hi, Susan. I have to agree with The Calico Cat. The only movie on your list that we have seen is Music & Lyrics which I thought was pretty "cute" and kind of funny. I have always liked Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore. Would love to see the others but we will have to wait until they come on DirecTV. Don't rent many lately.

Thanks for visiting me. You are true-blue, as always. I think I'm going to have to make an effort to write at least every other day about something, interesting or not, just to let people know I'm still alive.

jellyhead said...

Why would we ever need a movie review site when we have you?!

Like the others, I've only seen 'Music & Lyrics', which I enjoyed, to my surprise (thought it had the potential to be squirmingly bad!).

I'll look forward to these others - for us it will be in the balmy evening, trying to keep cool under the fan, relaxing, with the kids safely tucked up in bed for the night!

colleen said...

You got a greatest hits list here! I only saw Catch and Release recently and loved it. And also Music and Lyrics. All the rest look right up my alley and I wrote them down. Thanks for the tips! You should do these more often.

Kerri said...

I think it's time we rented something too. It's been quite a while and I was wondering what's good out there lately. Thanks for the reviews. As Jelly said, who needs a review site when we have you?
I'm making a list.....
And I love your 'mom' sign :)