The Blonde and The Maven Review
Due to the fact that there are
several wonderful films out there, we didn’t want to just focus on
one! Being that we see so many movies in a month’s time, we would
like to share more than just one with you. Hopefully you have been
too busy shopping to have already seen these. We hope all your
holiday dreams become reality!
The Blonde: Let’s start with
“Blood Diamonds”…This film announces loud and clear to the world
just how much death is caused in the name of this (rare?) stone.
It’s an extremely important film. We Americans sometimes bury our
heads in the sand and don’t pay attention to what goes on outside of
our own borders. We need to wake up. This film is a BRILLIANT wake
up call. The story involves so-called conflict diamonds, illicitly
mined stones that have been used to finance some of the most vicious
wars in Africa. If films were judged solely by their hopes to change
the world for the better, this film would win the Nobel Prize! I beg
you to run and see “Blood Diamonds.” The acting is sensational.
Leonardo DiCaprio displayed his finest performance to date. It was
nothing short of amazing how accurately he captured his character’s
accent. It was breathtaking. OSCAR, OSCAR, OSCAR! Jennifer Connelly
(“A Beautiful Mind”) exquisitely portrays a reporter hoping to bust
the real diamond story to the world. I rate “Blood Diamonds” an A.
For your film snacks, I suggest some rock candy!
Let me guess! You’re no longer wearing your DIAMOND tiaras and you
don’t want any diamonds as gifts!
The Blonde: You’re kidding
me right? OK NOW… Let’s not go that far into la la land. MY diamonds
are not blood diamonds. Well maybe they are. I had to live with the
men who gave them to me. That was like MILKING blood in and of
itself. I earned those diamonds!!
The Maven: Lucky for you,
Congress passed an act that no blood diamonds can be imported into
America! Lucky TOO, for Miss USA, as she gets to keep wearing her
diamond tiara crown for the rest of her reign!
Not to change the subject, but I am going to stop wearing underwear
like Britney Spears. Victoria’s Secret sent her a ton of underwear
for free. Their underwear is so expensive, so I’m doing it too!
The Maven: Hey Blonde, you are not rich and famous enough to
get freebies… and who are you kidding anyway? Your skirts are so
short, you have to wear undies.
The Blonde: Oh right. Did
you SEE the length of Brit’s dresses in the news?
Ok! Britney is in her early 20’s and you Blonde, you are how old?
The Blonde: Well excusssse me! I am in my late 20’s!
The Maven: You must think I believe in the time travel that
they used in the film “DÉJÀ VU”! And speaking of that film… “DÉJÀ
VU”… Maybe this is the perfect season to release this film. After
all, so much about the way and the why we celebrate depends on
suspending what you normally know to be fact and taking things as
they come. This movie is basically unbelievable. Folding space and
going back in time to prevent a catastrophe is slightly more
unbelievable than a fat, white haired man sliding down the chimney
to bring our presents to us or super long lasting oil to light our
way. However, as farfetched as the idea is, Denzel Washington
(“Inside Man” and “Man on Fire”) makes the movie work. I suppose I
should give credit to Tony Scott (“Man on Fire”) for his solid
directing of this film. The movie flows well, but the time folding
technology was confusing. I especially liked that “DÉJÀ VU” was one
of the first movies made in New Orleans post-Katrina. There is
plenty of action to keep you in your seat.
The Blonde: “THE
PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS”…What a wonderful story this film told! Chris
Gardner played by the ever versatile Will Smith (“Hitch”) is a
bright and talented, but marginally employed, salesman. Struggling
to make ends meet, Gardner finds himself and his five-year-old son
(played brilliantly and totally believably by his real life,
adorable son Jaden Smith) evicted from their San Francisco apartment
with nowhere to go. When Gardner lands an internship at a
prestigious stock brokerage firm, he and his son endure many
hardships, (unbelievably so) including living in shelters, in
pursuit of his dream of a better LIFE. I cannot begin to describe
how much I loved this film. In addition, I must declare that Will
Smith, too, deserves an Oscar for his stellar performance. This film
proves the phrase, “Anything worth while doesn’t come easy!” I don’t
want to spoil the ending, but it is well worth the pain of watching
all the struggles Gardner endured. Note that this is a true story! I
rate this film an A+. For your film snacks, go ahead and have a
Payday and a Rocky Road candy bar.
The Maven: “The Holiday”
was a sweet movie that reinforces why I like Kate Winslet (“Titanic”
and “Finding Neverland”) so much. Cameron, Jack and Jude were great,
too. The movie is very predictable. There are no surprises in this
script. I loved the cottage in Surrey and can't wait to go there. I
will be disappointed if Jude Law does not show up drunk my first
night there, though. This was a very toned down Jack Black. Eli
Wallach stole the film. He is still very much a charmer. This was
the kind of movie that you shut down your brain for. Just enjoy the
emotions it elicits from you, and don't overanalyze it.
Blonde: Oh come on. Yes, this film was a tad slow and predictable,
but what has happened to you, Mav? This is all about romance and the
holidays. It is a sweet romantic comedy. You have to go with that
attitude. By the way, I thought all the actors were made to look
their very best. Kate never looked better. I heard she preferred
roles that ugly her up! Hey Mav, you and I really need to do that
house swap thing and go to Europe and find our soulmates!
The Maven: Maybe you should fold space to go back in time
too… perhaps your late 20’s and do just that!
What a total FITCH! Here I am thinking of you and getting you out of
the house and taking you to Europe with me. Forget it, I am calling
The Maven: You’d have more fun if you call Paris!
The Blonde: What, now you want to go to France?
Maven: NEVER MIND!
The Blonde: A final note: Movie-goers
please don’t miss the adorable film, “Happy Feet”! I know there has
been so much controversy about the political messages in this film.
I say, GOOD and SO WHAT! It happens to be true! In addition, the
controversy should not take away from this wonderful, intelligent,
fun, amusing, and entertaining film’s credibility to just be an
enjoyable day at the movies! This is a film for all ages! Go and