Wednesday, September 2, 2009

What I've been watching: Confessions of a Shopaholic, Blow-Up, I Love You, Man, Soloist

Confessions of a Shopaholic
This is the story of a young woman journalist with a serious shopping problem. Instead of landing a job at a fashion magazine, she ends up working for a finance magazine, & surprise, surprise, she’s a huge success. I enjoyed this movie but it never ceases to amaze me that films can make you buy into the most unbelievable of plots.

Made in 1966, this was director Antonioni’s first non-Italian film and it is a great one. It’s very quiet: there is only music when necessary; it’s a bit stream-of-consciousness: we follow the photographer around not knowing what his intentions are but, it appears that he witnessed a murder. It’s an unusual film, very arty and very 1960’s mod-London. It is a classic and a definite must-see. Antonioni is a master at drawing you in to his films.

I Love You, Man

I’ve heard this called the funniest picture of the year. It may be…it was pretty funny. The story is: a man is in search of a friend. Paul Rudd’s hilarious as the totally stiff, out-of-date guy. It’s a lot of fun!

True story from a reporter who wrote a series of articles on a homeless man who was a Julliard trained cellist. I was pleased that they didn’t make this too sentimental, but it was also not very inspirational. It did give you an eye-opening look at the plight of the homeless. Downey and Foxx give great performances.

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