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When Wallace Met Chandry

It’s no accident that the movie poster for What If places good friends Wallace and Chandry at a diner.


The film is clearly trying to be the When Harry Met Sally for this generation…and does a decent job.

Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan are quirky and appealing, their friendship believable,  their banter quick and smart.

She has a boyfriend (who made me laugh), and Daniel has emotional baggage — plus best friend Adam Driver of Girls who has huge energy…and is huge standing next to Daniel (which is pretty funny right there).

This is a rom-com, so there are misunderstandings, yearning, romantic postcards (in this day and age), implusive international flights, fist fights, and at least two weddings — babies, too.

What if that stuff still worked in films?

You know — it kinda does.

Scream and shout

The novel Fifty Shades of Grey did not become a best seller because of its subtlety and good taste.

(From what I’ve heard)

But I have to admit, the first poster for the movie — set to premier in 2015 — is remarkably restrained…

Fifty Shades poster…except for the lettering at the top, which I understand to be a direct quote from the book.

Did Mr. Grey shout it at Anatasia?  It certainly looks like it, in that large, all-caps font.  Everyone knows all-caps means somebody’s yelling.

But considering the film’s subject matter, maybe that was the producers small nod to all the screaming that lies ahead.

Wink, wink, nudge, nudge — know what I mean?

Please don’t cry

I like movies.

I like actress Kristen Bell.

She loves sloths.

This is for you, Kristen.


Motion pictures

Happy New Year!

Now that 2012 is in the rearview mirror, websites are talking ‘best of.’ My favorite conversation encountered today was

Best Movie Poster

Obviously there are lots of posters to choose from over the course of a year. (Thank goodness these websites posted images to jog my memory.)

But for me, my favorite poster lined up with what I think is the front runner for the Oscar:

argo poster












(Check back in a week or so and see if I’ve changed my mind.)

Bear it

Yesterday I attended an advance screening of 50/50, the new Seth Rogen film starring Joseph-Gordon Levitt as a 27-year old cancer patient.

It’s obvious from the marketing that this movie is taking a more lighthearted approach to this terrible disease.

(Actually, Seth Rogen’s involvement alone is a pretty big clue.)

I smuggled my bear Snuffles into the theatre with me.  As you may recall, Snuffles was a huge help to me and my family when cancer changed our lives forever 20 years ago.  And I valued his opinion of the movie’s success or failure in its quest to portray a cancer patient as he encounters the painful hurdles (and unexpected hilarities) on the road to wellness.

Snuffles posted his movie review below:

Shockingly, we are in agreement on all points.  That’s some bear.

(We’ll work on the lighting next time.)

The name’s the thing

I haven’t seen “Hot Tub Time Machine” yet.

But it’s on my short list.

I don’t need to know the plot.  I don’t need to know who’s in it (although, I’ll admit, I did accidentally see John Cusack in a poster).  I don’t even care what critics are saying.

“Hot Tub Time Machine” is one of the greatest movie titles of all time.  Based on that alone, I will take my chances at the theatre.  It deserves to be seen.

And whether “Hot Tub Time Machine” is a good movie or not, let it be a lesson to movie makers everywhere:

The title matters.

The name of the movie alone can put butts in the seat.

“Hot Tub Time Machine” has inspired me to write — not a great movie — but a great movie title.

(I’ll worry about the rest later.)