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MV5BMTg0NTIzMDgzNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTIzODQ0OQ@@._V1_SX214_Jess Weixler, Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Ritter, Halley Feiffer, Tippi Hedren

A day in the life of Jillian, a law school drop out who has escaped to LA to find a more artistic side to herself. Jillian agrees to staff her friend’s sample truck for the day. As she gives out free ice-creams, she has time to think about what she’s doing with her life. When her fiancé arrives, he gives Jillian the shock she needs to wake up. Maybe she’ll take a chance on a boy she just met, and then figure out the hard stuff later.

I quite like these types of films that are very contained. Most of the focus is on Jillian and Weisler is more than able to carry this off on her own. The script is purposeful, yet non-directional at the same time. It’s slow, but it’s at ease with itself, giving Jillian the space to work things out.

Don’t expect a lot from this film and you’ll be happy with what you get.

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To Rome with Love

MV5BMTcwNTg4MDMxM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjAzMzY3Nw@@._V1_SX214_Alison Pill, Judy Davis, Greta Gerwig, Penelope Cruz, Ellen Page, Alessandra Mastronardi, Alec Baldwin, Woody Allen, Jesse Eisenberg

Set in bustling, loveable Rome, here are four separate stories:

American tourist Hayley meets Michelangelo, they fall in love and get engaged. Her parents come to Rome (Allen and Davis) to meet his family. Hayley’s father tries to make Michelangelo’s father into a huge opera star, even though he can only sing in the shower.

Antonio and Milly are newly weds and new arrivals in Rome. They go off in separate directions and each experiences their own sexual fantasy before they come back together and decide to go home.

Leopoldo becomes a star and is hounded by the Paparazzi, just for being his normal, boring old self. And when it all comes to an end, he’s not sure he wants to return to a world without fame and glamour.

Well known architect, John, holidays in Rome where he lived 30 years ago. He meets a young architecture student, Jake, and his girlfriend. They have a friend come to stay who provides a dangerous love interest for Jake. John acts as Jack’s conscience and tries to give him advice.

This film is a little like Allen’s last work “Midnight in Paris“. There are places where you can get confused, and you need to allow yourself to wander off into the bizarre Woody Allen sub-conscious. There are at least six women protagonists in this flick, but as usual, it is the male psyche that is being examined in detail.

I enjoyed this movie. The four story lines are not meant to meet up. They are four separate little films in one. Definitely worth a watch or adding to the Woody Allen library.

Adventureland

Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart

James (Eisenberg) meets Emily (Stewart) when he takes a summer job at the local amusement park in his home town. He is supposed to be travelling around Europe now that he’s graduated from college, but a shortage of money means he has to take this shitty job. Meeting Emily eases the pain. He’s a cute little virgin and she is not. Perfect potential couple if they can manage to get it together.

Kristen Stewart didn’t smile once in all those vampire movies she was in.  And you know what, she’s not smiling in this movie much either!  Can her mouth go up?

Nevertheless, set in the eighties with a fantastic soundtrack, this is a great little movie (should be good for the younger crowd) that is not hard to watch. Eisenberg is as cute in this flick as he was in Zombieland. And the nice little nerdy guy gets the girl in the end. The moral is that the young, modern woman wants an honest guy who they can trust, communicate with, and who openly shows their vulnerability (perhaps an ode to John Hughes’ films).

Supporting roles played superbly by Kristen Wiig (Knocked Up, Date Night, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Bridesmaids) and Bill Hader (Forgetting Sarah Marshall).

Zombieland

Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin

The US has become a virus-ridden country. Only a few people have survived being turned into flesh eating zombies. Our protagonist, Columbus, is a young college student with a lot of hang ups and phobias. He’s a loner with a long set of rules that save him from being turned into a zombie. And he wants to find love – well he did before he had to dodge zombies to stay alive.

Woody Harrelson plays Tallahassee, who has his own very different set of rules and when he meets Columbus, they team up to cross the country together. They eventually meet some sisters on their own mission. After a number of deceptions, the four travel together. In the end, they help each other with their missions and there is even the chance for love.

I don’t like gore and guts. I like comedy and romance. So why do I like this movie? The gore and guts are just props for a classic rom com.

This is a pretty funny movie and very cleverly made. There’s a great scene with Bill Murray that really makes the flick. You do have to ignore the violence, it’s not against people, it’s against zombies. That said, you get used to it as the movie goes along and you notice the romantic sub-plot more than the killings. Great film, you have to watch it but maybe not with little kids.