Thursday Movie Picks 2020

Thursday Movie Picks: Actors or Actresses Playing Themselves

I almost forgot todays post so this one is going to be a quick one. Luckily I thought about this theme last weekend and figured out two of my picks real quick. The third one was rather easy too because for one very memorable performance. But I especially love the actresses playing themselves part I picked here. Anyway I’m sure there are more roles where actors and actresses play themselves but these were the ones that popped into my mind first.

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August: Osage County (2013)

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Tracy Letts’ Killer Joe was probably one of the most shocking, out there and pushing boundaries movie that came out in 2011 and that put Letts somewhere high in my list until August: Osage County brought him right back down. It doesn’t matter that it had Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts face to face and insult to insult, and that the director John Wells is behind Shameless US, the movie is messy and over the top, never really exploring the story lines that actually spike interest and overall disappointing.

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# 156 – Pretty Woman

I listed this as a classic cause it kind of is a classic for me. I was a year old when it came out, I of course didn’t watch it then but I think I was quite young when I first laid on my eyes on this lovely and a little raw love story that made Julia Roberts famous. Julia and Richard Gere took upon roles that aren’t your typical romantic comedy types, which I find  a little funny because nobody based on my knowledge has ever tried to do the same story: hooker meets rich man, rich man hires hooker for a week, woman (not to name her a hooker the entire post) falls in love with man, woman leaves, man fallows – happily ever after right there on the fire-escape!

Basically, it is an odd couple in the sense that you wouldn’t think that a hooker is as lovable as Julia Roberts ends up playing her. With those big red curls and that big smile and what is only to be described as a hysterical laugh she shows that being a woman who sells herself for money isn’t something that defines her.

I have seen Pretty Woman quite many times, it isn’t the best story and you know, not even the best movie out there but I think this is my guilty pleasure. I’ve kind of like grown up with it, I haven’t tried to imitate it!, but I have had the same kind of “Cinderella” story in my mind for years in the past – now I’m more into the reality like Erin Brokovich which will be reviewed soon after I get all the drafts finished as planned. The last one compared with Pretty Woman just makes me laugh because Erin is so much like Vivian in Pretty Woman but stronger.

Some little facts for you about the film, originally a dark drama turned into the comedy is one of the highest grossing movies of its kind in the States, getting over 436 million dollars.  Julia Roberts received a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination. It has a 6.7 score at IMDb and the second movie Richard Gere and Julia Roberts made together 9 years later Runaway Bride has a 5.2 score. While I am not surprised that Pretty Woman is basically thought one of the most successful romantic comedies in the 90’s I find it weird that the IMDb score is not so great. But it tends to be like this with romantic comedies I think, because the idea of a happily ever after is so disappointing that people end up disliking the movie. People like romance and people enjoy comedy but put them together and you might have a disaster on your hands. But I think Pretty Woman in nowadays context is definitely not a disaster, it is a story that has heart and great acting with a logical story building. Better than any other rom-com in the cinemas at the moment. End of story.. besides every woman wants to be a pretty woman in some ways.

# 96 – Eat, Pray, Love

Ugh, Stop, Drag! Now, let me explain.

(This review is based solely on the movie and the fact that it is based on a book has been ignored by me just because I can.)

I get the whole “I want to live my dream” thing, I get it to the point that I’ve been thinking about my future for the past week and a half after I saw this movie. But I didn’t think about the movie, I thought about the idea behind it which in Eat, Pray, Love was over shadowed by Julia Roberts monologues and pointless dialogs. After all, it was a movie about Julia Roberts eating, praying and going from being married to the arms of a hunk and then crushing his heart in order to fall in love with a new man.

The story begins with Julia being unhappy, unsatisfied with her life as a wife – she wants to travel and see the world but she feels stuck. I have no idea why she has to get a divorce in order to do the traveling thing, she can travel alone with a ring on her finger or at least that is my opinion. I mean, her husband lover her very much and it wasn’t ever implied that he had done something wrong. But no, she had to file for a divorce and loose all her money and then, she didn’t even leave the city but got right back into the arms of a man, younger one, a hotter one, one who looks exactly like James Franco! This was actually my favorite part of the movie and since it’s not a secret I’m gonna tell you that the reason is of course no other than James Franco personally. I think he is wonderful and I’m really surprised when people don’t know who he is but after Eat, Pray, Love and 127 Hours I’m sure he will be well known to everybody!

After a weird comment towards Julia and James (the characters names were actually Liz and David) they split, the guy again seemed heart-broken and Julia finally went on her year long trip to Italy, India and the last destination was Bali. The saddest thing about this movie  seemed to be the way the story progressed – it took forever! It seemed like the editor didn’t cut anything and all the scenes that they filmed stayed in the movie, it was over 2 hours long and right now I’m thinking that cutting 30 minutes would’ve given the movie a better vibe. It was like Sex and the City 2, too much scenes that didn’t go anywhere and made the movie boring. Especially in the middle, when she was in Italy and India – cause there was nothing except eating and praying which I get it is 66% of the movie title but nothing really happened! By the time she got to Bali I was so tired that I didn’t even get excited when Javier Bardem aka Felipe entered the picture as Julias’ new love interest. And by the time I sort of woke up the movie was over, so much for the comeback of the most expensive actress Julia Roberts! I don’t even know if it was supposed to be a comeback but it felt like she tried to do just that and my strong opinion is that she failed – Eat, Pray, Love has a great idea but the execution makes it a mediocre movie.