Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Film Review: Trust

Production Year: 2010
Drama, Thriller
106 min
Directed by David Schwimmer
Starring Clive Owen, Catherine Keener and Liana Liberato

Trust, a movie directed by the funny guy David Schwimmer, who is best known for his role as Ross Geller from the hit show FRIENDS, truly hits to the spot and keeps the watcher on his heels throughout the whole movie. The issue the movie discusses and the way the actors portray feelings of ordinary people on a completely new and horrible situation is touching and realistic. 'Trust' is a movie you will keep thinking about for weeks after you have seen it.

Annie, a 14 year old girl of a normal suburban family, meets a guy of her dreams on a online chat. Everything about this guy Annie meets seems perfect. Annie is happy. She has found one with who she can share her worries, her problems and her successes. This new crush also provides Annie a way to search her own sexuality. 

The communication between Annie and her new friend gets more serious when they start to talk on a phone and eventually Annie learns that the guy she has fallen for isn't who he said he would be. The guy Annie has been talking to isn't 16, 19 or even 25. He is way older than that. He is a pedophile, but Annie, who has been lured into the world of that guy, does not see it. She thinks that age does not matter. She thinks that he loves her and thus trusts him fully.

When everything comes to the knowledge of the parents of Annie, the life of Annie and her family crashes. Annie's father wants revenge, Annie's mother wants Annie to be okay. Annie does not want problems for her new friend, the man that has hurt and lied to her. Annie's innocence has been lost, her world has changed completely and it seems that the only one that does not know it is Annie herself.

I have always associated David Schwimmer with FRIENDS. And because of that association it was so hard to believe that this guy who has always made me laugh could have directed something this serious and realistic. The reviews I read of 'Trust' promised a lot, and I must say that the movie was even more than I expected. The realism of the movie is amazing; nothing has been made same easier of more beautiful than it actually is. Clive Owen does great job as Annie's father and I bet we will hear a lot more from Liana Liberato, the young actor playing Annie. 

Trust is a movie we all should see! It is a movie that should be shown in every school when teaching about the hazards of Internet. It is a movie which parents with teenagers should watch. It is a movie that truly touches everyone. 

I promise, it will shock you!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Book Review: Love Story by Erich Segal

Description (from Goodreads):
He is Oliver Barett IV, a rich jock from a stuffy WASP family on his way to a Harvard degree and a career in law.
She is Jenny Cavilleri, a wisecracking working-class beauty studying music at Radcliffe.
Opposites in nearly every way, Oliver and Jenny immediately attract, sharing a love that defies everything... yet will end too soon. Here is a love that will linger in your heart now and forever.

My thoughts:

I while ago I watched 'Love Story' the movie and cried my eyes out. Probably everyone who has seen that movie has felt somewhat emotional while watching it. While skimming through the database of the local library I bumped into the novel from which the movie was made from. 

If you have seen the movie, you pretty much know what the book is about. The movie and the novel are extremely similar, so while reading the book I did not find any surprises from it. Usually when there is a book and a movie, I always like the book better, but I must say that this time I have to go with the movie. 

Oliver works as the narrator of the novel. The reader sees everything through his eyes and thoughts. I feel that the way the movie was told (also, in a way, through Oliver's perspective) brought more emotion to the situation. Especially the end of the novel lacks emotion which can be found from the movie. In no way I am saying that I did not like this novel. I did. But when comparing it to the movie, I felt that the emotion which made me cry wasn't there.

Love Story by Erich Segal is a nice and fast read. It is only about 130 pages, so you can skim through it in one sitting. It is a nice read for the fans of the movie. It is a beautiful and sad story with interesting characters. It is a must read (and the movie is a must watch) for the lovers of love stories.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Film Review: Something Borrowed

Something Borrowed
Production Year: 2011
Comedy, Drama, Romance
112 min
Directed by Luke Greenfield
Starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson and Colin Egglesfield

Something Borrowed, a romcom directed by Luke Greenfield is a based on a novel by Emily Giffin. Since I read the novel a couple of years ago, and really liked it, I knew that this movie is a must see for me. 

Recently I have been watching movies of a more "serious" kind. Seeing a movie like this was a nice change to that. Kate Hudson plays Darcy, a New Yorker about to get married with Dex, a handsome lawyer. What Kate does not know is that her best friend Rachel, played by Ginnifer Goodwin, is also in love with Dex. A night after Rachel's birthday party Rachel and Dex end up having sex which works as a catalyst for the upcoming events. Dex realizes he has feelings for Rachel, feelings that he has actually had since they were together in law school. 

The relationship of Rachel and Darcy is a long one. They have been friends since they were kids and they share everything together. But when Rachel has sex with Darcy's future husband, things get complicated. Rachel cannot tell Darcy what has happened. She has to keep pretending everything is okay when in reality she is a wreck. 

You would think that the one you sympathize with is Darcy. But in reality the one you feel for is Rachel. She has always been in the shadow of Darcy. She has always been the one who has been notified as a "friend of Darcy". Pretty much throughout the whole movie Darcy acts like an asshole. And since I think Kate Hudson is pretty annoying, she was perfect pick for the role. 

'Something Borrowed' is one of those movies that you watch even though you already know what is going to happen in the end. I must say that there is a surprise in the end for the ones that haven't read the novel. If you are familiar with the novel, you pretty much know throughout the whole movie what is going to happen.

Something Borrowed isn't a masterpiece of movie making. It is one of those movies that you watch and then forget. But it is also a movie that makes you giddy with it's ├╝ber-romantic scenes. And I have to say that watching Colin Egglesfield does not hurt either...

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Book Review: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Description (from Goodreads):
Some people say Anna Karenina is the single greatest novel ever written, which makes about as much sense to me as trying to determine the world's greatest color. But there is no doubt that Anna Karenina, generally considered Tolstoy's best book, is definitely one ripping great read. Anna, miserable in her loveless marriage, does the barely thinkable and succumbs to her desires for the dashing Vronsky. I don't want to give away the ending, but I will say that 19th-century Russia doesn't take well to that sort of thing.

My thoughts:

When the summer break started I decided to read something that I had not read yet from my shelf. I was pending the decision for a long time until I decided on Anna Karenina after seeing the main character of 'The Last Song' movie reading it. 

I bought Anna Karenina a couple of years ago from the local bookstore. I just wanted to add it to my collection; I never actually thought of reading it. Now that I have read the novel, I am happy that I picked it up. 

The story Tolstoy tells in Anna Karenina is so amazingly complex. There are so many characters to follow and it is amazing to see how Tolstoy brings all these characters together in different ways; they are friends, lovers, enemies etc for each other. I must admit that at the beginning it was hard to follow all of the characters especially because of their Russian names. But as the story went on, following the characters got easier.

Even though the name of the novel is Anna Karenina, I must say I was surprised to see how little there actually was about Anna in this book. When I started the novel I thought it would be all about her, but while reading I realized that I had thought wrong. The novel touches so many areas of the lives of the people in Russia that through Anna all those aspects could not have been touched. Because of that the novel centers around characters like Levin from time to time.

Anna Karenina is one of those novels that many people are just scared to start to read. I was one of those people, but now I am happy and proud to say that I have read through it all. Anna Karenina definitely isn't a novel you read through in one night (you will need a very long night for it). I would rather call it a novel you really need to go into in order to stay focused in the story. 

Challenge yourself and pick up Anna Karenina! It truly feels rewarding after you are done with it. :)