Change of Plans

French comedy.

A cute movie about relationships where some are good, some not so good, some mend-able, some not. A few twists and turns and it takes awhile to figure out what is really going on – okay, so I’m slow. Starting out as a simple dinner party, the group interacts socially and romantically and no matter how dysfunctional they are they surely are comedic in a chaotic simplistic manner. Fabulous music though and the characters are lovable. 3 popcorn boxes.

 

Play The Game

Indie Comedy

A grandson provides his grandfather, who is residing in a retirement community, with some tips on how to “play the game” to get women interested in him without letting them know he’s interested in them. The tips seem to work quite well as Grandpa’s sexual escapades renew his interest in being happy again. However, the same tips don’t seem to be working with David, the grandson while he attempts to woo Julie. All along you know how it’s going to end with “boy gets girl” or is it? A surprise twist at the end. Andy Griffith plays a stellar part as the grandfather. 3 1/2 popcorn boxes.

Priceless/The Ultimate Heist

April is double feature presentation month.

Priceless

Foreign comedy – French.

Irene (played by Audrey Tautou, a staple in French comedies) lives to deprive men of their riches. When she seduces Jean, she’s unaware that he is a bartender where she is currently a guest. Irene finally realizes she’s made a terrible miscalculation but poor Jean has become enamored with the charming Irene. There are some twists and turns in this French comedy but if you have nobody to see, nowhere to go, or nothing to do, then this movie will help you pass the day. 3 1/2 popcorn boxes.

The Ultimate Heist

Foreign thriller – French.

Jean Reno (one of my favorites) is cast as Milo, head of the Malakian clan emigrated from Armenia during the Turkish wars. Anton Malakian, Milo’s son, does not want to follow in his father’s footsteps and falls in love with the nurse that comes to his father’s estate to treat his grandmother. To begin a new life, Anton must end the old one. He conspires with his father to commit one final and ultimate heist – one that will free him forever. Jean Reno is in a role that I am not used to seeing him in but he pulls it off anyway. 3 1/2 popcorn boxes.

Amelie/Sophie Scholl: The Final Days

April is double feature presentation month.

Amelie

Foreign comedy – French.

Living alone, a mischievous imp Amelie, discovers by happenstance an old tin box full of toys. She sets out to track down its original owner and return the contents not knowing who the owner is. Through due diligence and in the process she’s also inclined to spark more fun-filled benevolence and acts of generosity that will keep a smile on your face the entire movie. We should all look more closely at our surroundings to catch a glimpse of the little things that make up this world as they are precious. 4 popcorn boxes.

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days

Foreign drama – German.

Based on true events, Sophie Scholl, her brother, and a friend are arrested for treason by distributing leaflets at the university and for aiding and participating in the White Rose resistance. This is an emotional film detailing the German justice system during World War II delineating the steps of the arrest, interrogation, trial, and sentencing and the German sentiment toward the war. 4 popcorn boxes..

Calendar Girls

Indie Comedy/Drama.

Women of the Rylstone Women’s Institute of North Yorkshire get innovative as they bare-all in a philanthropic endeavor when one of its member’s husband is diagnosed with cancer. Changing the scenery for their yearly calendar from the typical hill and dale Yorkshire country side to something candidly risque proves a smash hit. This remarkable movie stars Helen Mirren. 4 1/2 popcorn boxes and a box of whatever suits your fancy..

New Year’s Eve Bonus Review 2010

Here are a couple of inexpensive bubblies and a movie that will keep you in stitches for the new year!

The Movie

Death At A Funeral

This 2007 dark comedy centers around the death of the father of an eccentric and wealthy British family. During the funeral a stranger appears to bring the sons some disturbing news about their father’s infidelity and in their attempt to quell the stranger’s claims as all is turned upside down. With the wit only the British are famous for, this black comedy directed by Frank Oz will guarantee your insides will eventually stop shaking from the immense laughter prompted from the dysfunctional clan. 4 1/2 popcorn boxes, a box of Dots and a box of Sno-Caps too.

The Bubblies

Freixenet NV Cordon Negro Extra Dry. This is a fruity sparkling wine with peach and honeydew melon flavors. $9.99, 86 rating.

Cristalino NV Brut Cava. This sparkling wine has citrus and apple flavors sure to thrill all. $8.99, 88 rating.

From the Witless Whiner wishing you a Happy New Year!

WW.

Chaos & Cadavers

Mystery.

Upon arriving at their honeymoon hotel the happy couple soon find they are neck deep in an undertakers convention.  The groom wants to leave immediately but the bride wants to spend the night. It was a dark and stormy night… Sorry, I got carried away. Lo and behold the overnight brings death to one of the morticians and the happy couple become wrapped up in this British whodunnit made for the telly. 3 1/2 popcorn boxes..