“Boys and Girls,” “Dream House,” and “Colombiana”


Boys and Girls” with Freddie Prinze Jr., Claire Forlani, and Jason Biggs (2000)

(2.8.2011)

After watching “Dream House” (listed below) Celeste and I decided to throw on a romantic comedy by the name of “Boys and Girls.”  I have always enjoyed a good romantic comedy; growing up my Mom and I watched them vivaciously.  “Boys and Girls” was one of our favorites and one that I had not seen for a very long time.  Luckily, Netflix was there for the win and has “Boys and Girls” in their Instant Queue, so Celeste and I divided into a Romcom that follows the relationship Ryan Walker and Jennifer Burrows from their childhood and to their college years as they become friends and eventually…more?  Overall, “Boys and Girls” is a light film that provides solid laughs and can be easily classified as ‘cute.’  A great romantic comedy that still holds its own.  Don’t miss out the Car Wash nightclub scene—it still makes me laugh after all these years.

 

“Dream House” with Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, and Naomi Watts (2011)

(2.8.2011)

Does anyone else ever walk through a movie store and see a film that they’ve never heard of, but has some serious heavy hitters on the masthead?  This exact phenomenon happened to me last week at Hastings, while passing by the rental section.  I had the night off, so I decided to rent the movie in question (Dream House) and see if the marketing team behind it seriously bungled.  Answer: they did.  I absolutely loved it.  I can’t go into the plot too much, because the story is what drives this film and it is best to watch the crazy twists and turns that this film takes with your own eyes, rather than reading about it in a hastened review.

Basically, “Dream House” stars Daniel Craig as a family man who is quitting his job in order to focus on his family and their new ‘dream house,’ in the suburbs.

“Dream House” is one part psychological thriller, one part ghost story, and one part murder mystery all wrapped up in one and even though the genres are biggies the plot does them all justice by combining them all excellently into a wonderfully written and acted movie.  Definitely check this one out.

 

Colombiana” with Zoe Saldana (2011)

(2.2.2012)

“Colombiana” is a revenge action film that begins with Cataleya (Zoe Saldana) as young girl in Bogota, Colombia witnessing the murder of her family at the hands of a corrupt drug lord, Don Luis Sandoval.  After witnessing the death of her family Cataleya flees to the United States and spends the rest of her childhood becoming an assassin in order to avenge her family.  As an adult she partakes in contract jobs funneled to her by her uncle Emilio in order to retain a cash flow, while killing known associates of the Don in an effort to find his whereabouts, which are hidden by the C.I.A.

After reading the synopsis and watching several trailers I was pretty excited to watch “Colombiana”; however, the plot had numerous inconsistencies that prevented me from thoroughly enjoying the movie.  Most action movies are known to fall into this dilemma (quite easily in all honestly), but for whatever reason “Colombiana’s” plot holes particularly thwarted my experience.

It is a decent flick and if action movies are your forte and films like Jason Statham’s “The Mechanic” strike your fancy then this would be a good one to watch.

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3 thoughts on ““Boys and Girls,” “Dream House,” and “Colombiana”

    1. Thanks! I’ve definitely had fun keeping track and digging into some of the films that I’ve watched this year. I’ll probably be keeping the ‘Cinematic Adventures’ page and posts around for a while. I think “Safe House” and “Johnny Mnemonic” will be up next!

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