Posts Tagged ‘Ryan Gosling’

The Notebook – Minute Movie Review

Samstag, Juni 27th, 2009


In 1940, a debutante and a young man working in a lumbermill fall in love. Seperated by her parents and the war, their love seems doomed. Meanwhile, in the present day, a man reads their story to a woman with Alzheimer’s. The film, based on the bestselling novel by Nicholas Sparks, is a straight-up love story without any real drama since the outcome is known. It has some touching scenes, is beautifully shot and well-acted, but ultimately there is not enough tension to keep the viewer interested.

Random Observations:

The Notebook at the IMDb

I wanted to see the film because I really like the two leads, Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, both of which have done some great work. And they are fine here, but the plot just isn’t enough.

It’s amazing how the production manages to make the two leads look younger in the early scenes. Especially Rachel McAdams doesn’t look a day over seventeen.

I might be suffering from Joss-Whedon-Syndrome and only enjoy stories of doomed love.

The film takes place in South Carolina. I was always under the impression, that segregation was still pretty strong at that time, but in the film almost the opposite is depicted. Of course, most films and books dealing with “the South” tend to romanticize it and gloss over those nasty little details…

There is no way that Rachel McAdams will look like Gena Rowlands when she is old. And the same is true for Ryan Gosling and James Garner.

The Ten Best Movies of 2008

Mittwoch, Januar 7th, 2009

Everybody loves Top Ten Lists, right? You can never get enough of them, correct? If you read one to the end, you want nothing more than start looking at the next one, or am I wrong? In any case, I like Top Ten (or basically any other number) Lists. I know they are silly and arbitrary and highly subjective, but they are still fun – even if one just reads them to poke fun at the author(s). So to start my own habitual list-making off, I hereby offer you the TEN BEST MOVIES OF 2008!

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Minute Movie Review – Lars and the Real Girl

Donnerstag, März 20th, 2008


Lars is a quiet shy man that prefers to be alone. Living in his brother’s garage, only his sister-in-law seems concerned about him. That is, until he orders a sex doll over the internet and treats her as his girlfriend. Believing he is crazy, he is taken to a doctor – who urges his family to help him by playing along. And before long, the whole town does. What sounds like a ridiculous premise used for a low-brow comedy of the worst kind is actually a moving (and also often extremely funny, but never silly) tale about life. Lead actor Ryan Gosling once more proves his talent for picking unusual roles and transforming them into memorable performances while a supporting cast including Emily Mortimer and Patricia Clarkson make the viewer feel as if Bianca (the doll) were real. Go watch this movie and laugh some, cry some and maybe learn something about loneliness.

Random Observations:

Lars and the Real Girl at

The movie can also be seen as a promotion of North American small-town life. That’s where people still care!

This is the directorial debut Craig Gillespie and the first movie screenplay for screenwriter Nancy Oliver. I guess we should watch out for those people in the future.

Minute Movie Review – Fracture

Sonntag, Januar 20th, 2008


A man shoots his cheating wife and signs a confession – easy work for a Deputy District Attorney who is just about to change jobs to a private law firm. But he soon discovers, that not everything is quite so easy and that the accused will probably walk free, so he does everything he can to solve the mystery. The film lives and dies with the performance of the husband, played by Anthony Hopkins. He really is the brilliant scheming man that has planned everything from the beginning. But while the movie is thrilling to the end, the fact that the surprise is not quite in line with actual law, is a real let-down.

Random Observations:

Fracture at

I really liked this movie. Everything was almost perfect – apart from the ending. It was nice how the mystery was resolved, but it wasn’t realistically possible.

For some strange reason, the German title for this movie is “Das Perfekte Verbrechen” (The perfect crime). In the list of the worst translations of movie titles, this just missed the Top Ten.

I know we are all supposed to marvel at Ryan Gosling’s acting abilities, but I just don’t see it. Sure, he’s a decent actor, but he can’t really carry a whole movie.

The DVD includes a (or rather, two very similar) different ending – it is rather obvious while they didn’t use that for the film…

I didn’t know David Strathairn until I saw “Good Night, and Good Luck“, but his role here proves once more: When you want a statesmanlike actor, you can’t do better.