Archive for Shannyn Sossamon

The Holiday

Posted in Movie Reviews, Comedy, Romantic, Chick Flicks with tags , , , , , , , , on August 28, 2016 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Stuck in a vicious cycle of dead-end relationships with two-timing men, Los Angeles resident Amanda (Cameron Diaz) and Londoner Iris (Kate Winslet) decide to swap homes. In the process, their trade paves the way for romances they never imagined possible.

What people are saying:

“Loved this film. Typical romantic comedy but got to see all the old guys- which is always special. Eli Wallach and Shelley Berman! What more could you ask for?” 5 stars

“There’s nothing authentic or personal about The Holiday — it’s as chilling as heart-warmers get.” 2 stars

“Watching Kate’s character hopelessly follow an obviously broken relationship was heartbreaking… But seeing her find love in an unexpected, yet genuine man gave me hope.” 4 stars

“Not too bad but a bit long. Sorry but Jack Black just doesn’t cut it as a serious actor in this one. Combination of poor dialogue and bad facial expressions by his character didn’t help. ” 3 stars

“I adore this movie and have watched it many times. The four leads, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jack Black, and Jude Law all play their parts perfectly. Yes, it is somewhat of a fantasy, but after all it is a romantic comedy. It has plenty of laughs but enough tears to hold the viewer’s attention. It is definitely a “chick flick,” so husbands and boyfriends hold your breath and endure. You will have the everlasting gratitude of your significant other.” 5 stars

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40 Days and 40 Nights

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews, Romantic with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2010 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Matt and his roommate, Ryan, are co-workers at a San Francisco dot-com company. Matt is obsessed with his ex-girlfriend, Nicole, who has just become engaged to marry. He confides to his brother, John, a priest-in-training, that he has sexual problems because of his obsession. Matt vows to go without sex, kissing, or masturbation for 40 days and 40 nights for Lent. John warns Matt that celibacy is not easy, and Ryan starts a popular office pool to bet on how long Matt can last.

Matt meets Erica, a fellow dot-com employee, and begin to date. They face many challenges in their relationship, including her discovery of his celibacy vow and Matt’s continuing feelings toward Nicole. Matt’s co-workers make many unsuccessful attempts to persuade him to have sex in order to win the pool, and as the days pass Matt’s obsession with sex grows to almost the breaking point.

Erica and Matt plan a special encounter for the 40th night to celebrate his successfully completing his vow. On the 40th day, however, a newly-single Nicole learns of the pool. She makes a large bet and rapes Matt while he is asleep dreaming of Erica, causing her to believe he was unfaithful. Matt wins Erica back by reminding her of the special moments they shared during their relationship. The movie ends with the two of them in Matt’s bedroom for many hours (with Matt’s co-workers betting on the duration of their stamina).

REVIEW:

When this film came out, I hesitated taking the girl I was dating at the time to see. for fear she may have put me on a 40 day fast, for lack of a better term. I assumed that this was some kind of chick flick, but after watching it this afternoon, I can now say that my assumption was wrong!

EXcept for some over-emotional female reaction (go figure), there is nothing chick flick-y about this.

40 days without sex. How many of us could make that, I wonder? I may or may not be able to endure. You have to admit, the premise of this flick alone is intriguing on its own. The story takes that and delivers and excellent story.

As far as romantic comedies go, this wasn’t bad. I was kind of expecting a bit more on the raunchy side, due to this being, more or less, about sex. With the exception of some of the final scenes, it didn’t come anywhere close to that, and yet, I wasn’t surprised.

The acting in this thing isn’t believable. I’ve always thought that Josh Hartnett is one of the more wooden actors in Hollywood, and he doesn’t change my perception of him with this flick, but he does seem to have more life. Shannyn Sossomon seemed to overreact to every little thing he did. I don’t know if that was how her character was written or if that was her doing, but I didn’t like it. The other side women just seemed like they were trying too hard to be sluts. Maggie Gyllenhall was wasted here, although, at the time she wasn’t a big name actress yet, I believe.

The guys in this film really pissed me off. I know that if I ever embarked on a journey like this and my friends started a pool to see how long I would last, and then some even tried to sabotage everything just to make some money, then I wouldn’t have many friends left. These guys were just pathetic, and just unlikable, with the exception of the token fat guy, who seemed liked he was there to get a laugh or two.

Of course, everything has to unravel at the end when the ex somehow takes it upon herself to attempt to ruin his life. I kind of saw that coming, especially when she all of a sudden showed up at his door and said he was making her hot, but one would think they would have found something more original to do with her than having her “rape” him.

The Catholic church didn’t approve of this film very much because they felt Lent was portrayed in a negative light. I can kind of see where they were coming from, but at the same time, they have to remember this is just a movie, and not someone trying to rewrite the Ten Commandments.

I didn’t love this film, but I did find it very likable and entertaining. There are more comedic moments than I thought there would be, but I felt it could have been a little more on the light side. Still, I believe anyone would enjoy this picture if they wanted to see it, so I recommend it to you all.

4 out of 5 stars

A Knight’s Tale

Posted in Action/Adventure, Comedy, Movie Reviews, Spoofs & Satire with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2009 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Set in late Medieval Europe in the 1370s, the story begins with the protagonists and squires, William (Heath Ledger), Roland (Mark Addy) and Wat (Alan Tudyk), discovering their master, Sir Ector (Nick Brimble), dead of his wounds in the middle of a jousting tournament. He was ahead “three lances to none” and merely had to finish the final round to win the tournament. William Thatcher takes the armour, importantly the helm, of Sir Ector, and poses as the noble to finish the match. William’s inexperience is evident, as he receives a lance blow to the face mask, but regardless wins the tournament due to Ector’s previous lead. This gives William the idea that, with proper training, he, and his companions, could make a living in jousting.

Along the way to his first tournament in Rouen, William and his friends come upon Geoffrey Chaucer (Paul Bettany), ‘trudging’ down a road with no clothes or money. William persuades the writer to forge his patents of nobility, as it is illegal for peasants to joust, and joins the jousting circuit, under the pseudonym of Sir Ulrich von Liechtensteinfrom Gelderland. Chaucer is then discovered to have a terrible gambling problem, which William saves him from, by paying his debtors with his tournament winnings, and therefore gains Geoffrey’s true loyalty. Along with his two fellow squires, Wat and Roland, he begins to win match after match. When his armour, still the same suit taken from Sir Ector, becomes loose and damaged, he gains an addition to his fellowship, Kate the Farrier (Laura Fraser), who makes him revolutionary armour and travels with them. He soon meets and falls in love with a noble lady Jocelyn (Shannyn Sossamon), who has already been noticed by the evil yet powerful Count Adhemar (Rufus Sewell). A rivalry begins between the two of them for the affection of Jocelyn and the accolades of the tournaments, but Adhemar defeats William in his first tournament.

In the following tournament, Adhemar withdraws after refusing to joust against Prince Edward, who is under the secret guise of Sir Thomas Coalville (James Purefoy). However, William’s competitiveness overcomes his need to withdraw and jousts with Edward, to his surprise and pleasure, and wins the tournament, along with Edward’s respect. Will’s companions, Wat, Roland, Kate and Geoff, then gamble all of their share of the money, that William will win the French tournament in Paris. Coincidentally, and simultaneously, Jocelyn tells William that he must lose the tournament to prove his love to her. After openly accepting defeat after defeat, she changes her mind, that is, he must now win to prove his love. He does win the tournament, which is followed by their having sex.

The group travels to London for the World Championship, and an important ‘flashback’ of William’s childhood is shown. His father, wanting the best for his son, reluctantly gives him over for squire services to Sir Ector, so that someday, he can realize his dream of becoming a knight and ‘change his stars’ to live a better life than his father. Returning to the present, William, assumes that his father had long passed away, visits his childhood neighborhood, and inquires with a young girl with whether or not she remembers his father. She informs him that he is in fact still alive and well, albeit blind. William visits his father, concealing himself at first using his alias Ulrich, until he tells his father that his son William had ‘changed his stars’ after all. His father, overcome with joyous emotion, realizes it is actually his son, and they embrace.

Although everything appears well, as Adhemar was previously absent, fighting in the Battle of Poitiers, he returns, and discovers William’s humble origins. He alerts the authorities to his secret and William is arrested and sent to prison. Adhemar visits him in prison and gloats that he will marry Jocelyn, whilst beating a defenseless William. When in the stocks, William’s companions all rise to defend him, though accidentally cause the crowd to raise up against them, and about to attack. However, Prince Edward emerges from the mob, and tells the crowd that his historians have discovered that William is descendant from an “ancient royal line.” He then dubs him ‘Sir William,’ and he goes on to resume his place in the tournament and compete against Adhemar.

Adhemar proceeds to wield himself with an illegal lance, having a sharp point on the tip, which stabs into William’s shoulder during the first round. William, unable to grip his lance, or breath properly due to his injury, has his armour removed, lance strapped to his hand and competes in the final round wearing his mere cloth clothing. The two adversaries charge for the final bout, with William’s life in the balance, he shouts his finally accepted true name “WILLIAM”, and knocks Adhemar from his horse, winning the tournament. Chaucer states that he should write this whole story down, in reference to The Knight’s Tale of the Canterbury Tales. Jocelyn runs out ecstatically to meet William and they embrace in a long kiss.

REVIEW:

The first time I heard about this film, I thought it was going to be the first film based on The Canterbury Tales. I was mistaken, though, as the on;y thing this film has to with said tales is the name and Chaucer is a character in the film.

This is one of my favorite Heath Ledger films, second only to 10 Things I Hate About You. Throughout the film, you begin to see Ledger’s acting chops really shine, especially near the end. On top of that, he goes toe to toe with Rufus Sewell.

Rufus Sewell makes an excellent villain. His character isn’t psychotic, but rather refined and cruel, which makes him that much more despicable. This is not mention his jealousy, of course.

Shannyn Sossamon is not a household name, but she is a true beauty. To me, she looks like a mix between Angelina Jolie and Rosario Dawson. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have their acting chops, but she does try.

One of the best things about this film is that it makes the jousting tournament seem like modern sporting events. Especially when the crowd starts clapping “We Will Rock You.” The first time I saw this, I thought it was going to be like THe Flintstones,set in a different time, but with modern advances. That was not the case, but it would have been interesting to see.

The idea of including the character of Geoffrey Chaucer in this film and making him a pompous herald was a sheer stroke of genius. It really added to the experience, not to mention, the film’s title was no doubt inspired by Chaucer’s works.

Let me take a moment to say that this is one of Heath Ledger’s best performances. It truly is a shame we lost such a great talent this past year. Regardless what you think of the film, Ledger’s performance, as in The Dark Knight, is enough to justify seeing this film.

4 1/2 out of 5 stars