Posts Tagged ‘Movie Reviews’

Mao’s Last Dancer

March 20th, 2010


A great movie!  So refreshing to see an original storyline – probably because it is true.  It brought back fond memories of my travels off the beaten track in Asia, and also reminded me how precious our freedom is, and how lucky I am to be born in a country where we simply take this for granted.

A moving true account of the life so far of Li Cunxin – a Chinese born ballet dancer of international acclaim, currently living in Australia.  This movie managed to make me laugh AND cry – the measuring stick of a good movie in my book.


February 1st, 2010


I absolutely adored this movie when it came out on the big screen in 2003, and continue to love it today.  I bought the dvd over the holidays and have taken great delight in sharing this movie with overseas visitors and now my own daughter.   It is the favourite dvd at our place at the moment for both of us.  I’ve probably seen it at least 20 times now and it still brings tears to my eyes.  A very special movie and thoroughly deserving of the international acclaim it received at various film festivals around the world.

The Jane Austen Book Club

January 27th, 2010


A lovely, no brain power required, chick flick.  Heart warming, light entertainment at its best.  A friend gave me this movie for Christmas on dvd.  One of those movies you can watch again and again.  Best enjoyed with chocolate biscuits and a snuggly rug.

Alvin and the Chipmunks – The Squeakuel

January 24th, 2010


This didn’t rate very highly with me, I’m afraid.  Trying to mix reality and animation doesn’t work in my book, I like a movie to be one or the other.  So when I took Samantha to the movies for a rainy day holiday treat, I was hoping for The Princess and the Frog, but I got vetoed.  It was supposed to be her treat, after all.  The chipmunks, and the chipettes, were cute and the music was cool, but the accompanying storyline and cast was disappointing in my opinion.  To be fair, though, Samantha really enjoyed it.

Up in the Air

January 17th, 2010


I have to admit to having a bit of a soft spot for George Clooney, so any movie with him in it has a head start in my book.  An interesting, and I guess timely, look at issues of company restructuring and redundancy.  The makers of the film took  interviews of Americans who have been made redundant in the last year, which gave the movie genuine authenticity.  It also takes a look at individuals who bury themselves in their work at the cost of having real relationships.  I’ve made it sound like an intense documentary, but it still falls in the light entertainment category, albeit touching on real issues.

Happy Feet

November 4th, 2009


I had been wanting to watch this movie for ages.  It’s a lovely story illustrating many life messages such as the importance of being true to yourself,  celebrating our differences, as well as standing up for what you beleive in and that no matter what, no matter how small we are and how big the challenge, our actions can make a difference.   Fun viewing for all the family.


October 4th, 2009


I’m old enough to have seen and loved the first Fame movie, so I’d have to say I was disappointed with the modern day version. I was expecting a similar storyline to the first one – but if there was a storyline, then I missed it. Very average to say the least. I wouldn’t rush out to see it on the big screen.

Nim’s Island

October 4th, 2009


What a wonderful holiday surprise this turned out to be. Great family entertainment for all ages. A delightful, funny, inspiring, fantasy/adventure story. Not so fantasy as to be too far- fetched. Good wholesome family fun.

Mamma Mia!

October 4th, 2009


Being the mother of a six year old girl, means that this dvd has had serious airplay at our house over the last few months. If I had a dollar for every time I heard Money, Money, Money I too would be a rich woman! Seriously though, I’d have to admit to being a closet Abba fan, and there is a good selection of eye candy too. I’m a Pierce Brosnan fan, but there’s also Colin Firth and a very cute Stellan Skarsgard if you prefer the younger look. A great way to spend some quality mother-daughter time, no matter what age you are. Be sure to crank the volume and boogie around the living room to get maximum enjoyment.

500 Days of Summer

October 4th, 2009


Well I guess you’d have to call this a chick’s flick, but I think most guys I know could happily sit through this and find it funny. It’s a great role reversal story of a guy going through a relationship breakup when he really thought the girl was “the one”. I laughed out loud several times and really enjoyed it. Nothing too deep or philosophical but great, light entertainment.