Blast from the past
Bound (1996) -  Corky (Gina Gershon), a tough female ex con and her lover Violet (Jennifer Tilly) concoct a scheme to steal millions of stashed mob money and pin the blame on Violet’s crooked boyfriend Caeser (Joey Pantoliano).
One of those movies you forget that exist, but I remember it being quite good. Quaranteed moviefun from the The Wachowski Brothers, who gave us The Matrix Trilogy. 

Blast from the past

Bound (1996) -  Corky (Gina Gershon), a tough female ex con and her lover Violet (Jennifer Tilly) concoct a scheme to steal millions of stashed mob money and pin the blame on Violet’s crooked boyfriend Caeser (Joey Pantoliano).

One of those movies you forget that exist, but I remember it being quite good. Quaranteed moviefun from the The Wachowski Brothers, who gave us The Matrix Trilogy. 

Philomena (2013) 

A world-weary political journalist Martin Sixsmith (fantastic Steve Coogan) is dismissed from the Labour Party in disgrace and in desperation picks up the story of a Philomena (marvellous and Oscar nominated Dame Judi Dench) search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. Martin arranges a magazine assignment about her search for him that eventually leads to America.
Though the subject matter will get you mad and wanting you to scream at the screen as to how people could be like this, this is a beautiful film and it has lot of heart, yet it manages to be funny at the same time. Dame Dench is amazing and gracious as Philomena and Steve Coogan gives performance of a lifetime as cynical political journalist, who thinks her life and story is not worth telling to begin with.
In my opinion a must see movies if you like human interest stories, Dame Judi Dench and drama.

Philomena (2013)

A world-weary political journalist Martin Sixsmith (fantastic Steve Coogan) is dismissed from the Labour Party in disgrace and in desperation picks up the story of a Philomena (marvellous and Oscar nominated Dame Judi Dench) search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. Martin arranges a magazine assignment about her search for him that eventually leads to America.

Though the subject matter will get you mad and wanting you to scream at the screen as to how people could be like this, this is a beautiful film and it has lot of heart, yet it manages to be funny at the same time. Dame Dench is amazing and gracious as Philomena and Steve Coogan gives performance of a lifetime as cynical political journalist, who thinks her life and story is not worth telling to begin with.

In my opinion a must see movies if you like human interest stories, Dame Judi Dench and drama.

Chief – Feast for the eyes

Last night I had the absolute pleasure to see the new film Chief with Grazia Film Club from writer and director Jon Favreau (directed Iron Man 1 & 2, Elf and in 1996 wrote brilliant indie flick Swingers)

Carl Casper, a chef in a middle of the road restaurant loses his job after creative differences with the owner (Dustin Hoffman) and as a last resort starts up a food truck in an effort to cook the food he loves, while trying to connect with his son after divorce.

Though the plot is predictable in places, it does not take away from the visual feast that the film serves. I don’t think I have seen a foodie movie like this ever. Besides the film being hilarious, most of the leg work done by the Chef Carl’s sidekick Martin played by fabulous John Leguizamo and a scene stealing appearance from Robert Downing Jr. You can tell that Favreau was in charge of the casting, because his girlfriend in the movie is played by talented and ridiculously beautiful Scarlett Johansson and the role of the ex-wife with shared custody of their son goes to Sofia Vergara, who is not only brilliant at comedy, but gorgeous. I don’t blame him, I am pretty sure I would cast some pretty faces as my exes and current partners (Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling come to mind), if ever having to make that choice!

Besides the movie being a feast to the eyes and a love letter to food and kind of a road trip flick, it has one of the best soundtracks there has ever heard. Last time I almost got up and started to dance in the cinema was 8 Mile (another story) and I can’t wait to download the soundtrack should it become available!

As a foodie and a movie lover, I really loved the film even if somewhat predictable. It is visually stunning what comes to food. After the film we went directly to Wahaca (Mexican Street food) as it was closest to Cuban food we could find in such short notice.  Do not go there without dinner…or at least have an exit plan when leaving the cinema, because this film will make you hungry and also be warned, some rather curious noises were made during the food scenes.

See if you like: foodie films, funny films with heart or Jon Favreau.

Happy Birthday John Goodman!

The man who starred in The Big Lebowski (1998) and who is the voice of Sulley in Monsters, Inc. (2001) celebrates his 62nd birthday today! Though this man has made many fine movies and given us great performance…I have two to add to the above mentioned. In 2003 - 2004 he appeared in 4 episodes of The West Wing as Speaker of the House Glenallen Walken and damn near stole the show! And in 2006 he had a small, but important part in as Judge Robert Bebe in short lived TV show Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. This time he stole the show; amazing performance full of humour, but with heart. That seems to be his best quality. A role that is naturally funny, but same time realistic and warm.

Happy Birthday John! I adore you!