Goldfish Memory

I enjoy most of the movies I watch, I admit it.  So it's no big surprise that I loved this film. 

The premise is that much like goldfish who forget everything after several seconds, people in love are the same.  They fall in love, fall out of love, feel great angst, and forget and do it all again with the promise that this time it will be different! 

I believe this movie takes place in Ireland.  There is a smarmy professor who doesn't want to date anyone over 30, and likes to play the field with his students.  He gives them all the same book of German poetry and wants them to whisper German in his ear. 

I can't really talk more about the plot without giving things away.  But I definitely enjoyed this film, and would recommend it for a couple hours of interesting discourse on romance.

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Treading Water

I wasn't sure what to expect when I watched this movie, and it was by no means the best movie ever, or containing new information that can't be found in other movies.  However, the thing I loved about it was the atmosphere and the dynamics between Casey and Alex, the two main characters.

The premise of the story is Casey is from a well-to-do family and her mother does not approve of her being a lesbian.  Consequently, Mom refuses to meet her partner Alex.  The movie takes place over Christmas, so there is a visitor, Carmen, who adds interest, as well as interesting goings on from Casey's brothers. 

This is the sort of movie I would be apt to watch over and over, just for the feeling of belonging and comfort that Casey and Alex have.  I also like the water, and the seaside landscapes. 

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The Winter Guest

I found this movie to be rather enjoyable in a quiet serene way.  Directed by Alan Rickman, this stars Emma Thompson and her mother Phyllida Law.  They have a wonderfully frustrating chemistry.  Law is charming, and annoying as only a very caring mother can be. 

The best part of the movie are the two boys Sam and Tom.  Sam is played by Douglas Murphy and Tom is played my Sean Biggerstaff (who is Oliver Wood in the Harry Potter films).  They have the funniest teenage boy dialogue. 

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The Illusionist

Finally saw this movie this morning!  I was anticipating it being a good movie, and I think it was!  I won't give away the ending, but it surprised me. 

While it was a good movie, I felt it could have had a lil extra something.  I'm not sure what.  Maybe it will come to me.  I thought Jessica Biel was excellent in this role.  So different from her usual ones.  And Ed Norton was sexy and totally on, as usual.  Paul Giamatti was excellent as well.  I am a pretty big Giamatti fan, and I'm glad he's gotten some different roles lately.  I especially loved him in Lady in the Water.

I still believe magic is real.  I can't help it!

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