Monday, December 28, 2009

Matinee Monday

Up in the Air
Once again, George Clooney (Ryan Bingham) hits it home. For some reason his job reminds me a bit of the one he had in Michael Clayton. This film explores the role of connections and relationships, of baggage and the ways we protect ourselves, of loneliness and unemployment. Vera Farmigna is fantastic in her role as a "female version of Ryan Bingham" and Anna Kendrick (Natalie Keener) plays an uptight 23 year old who has a lot to learn and some teaching to offer too. I'd recommend it.

It's Complicated

This film provided fodder for dinner conversation and was a refreshing take on romantic comedy, looking at a couple at the other end of the age spectrum. Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin explore the what ifs in their relationship ten years after their divorce. John Krasinski is really fantastic as the future son in law. Hunter Parrish of Weeds plays their son Luke who is graduating from college and together the siblings on the film look like they might actually be related. Steve Martin plays Adam, the architect who is showing interest in Jane (Streep) and his role is charming and funny. The film explores marriage, divorce, family, the older man/younger woman phenomenon, infidelity, therapy and is sure to leave you craving delicious food since there are a number of yummy baked goods and delectable meals.

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