The Words (2012)

Rating: 4.5

I remember that I was really excited when I started seeing trailers for this movie, which was released in September of 2012. This was a movie whose main character was a writer. Naturally, my boyfriend and I had to see it when it came out in theaters last year.

Now, why did I randomly pick this one for this week? Because it was on TV last night, so we watched it again on ShowTime, which was great because there weren’t any commercials. Although, that did make doing laundry rather difficult. It’s hard not to fall under the spell that this characters cast in this movie. The director/writers, Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, have created a beautifully complex story with a story within a story. One of the most amazing things about this story weaving is that it’s impossible not to become invested in all three of them and they’ve made it so easy to follow each of them. To me, that’s master storytelling.

words_ver2_xlgThe Words is about a man named Clay Hammond (played by Dennis Quaid) who has written a book called The Words. He is reading two large sections from his book, in which we meet a young man named Rory Jansen (played by Bradley Cooper) and the love of his life, Dora (played by Zoe Saldana). Rory is an aspiring novelist who has been living off of his dad’s (played by J.K. Simmons) generosity for a couple of years in order to make writing his profession. But, as he a Dora move in together, he comes to realize that he needs money in order to support the two of them. He gets a job with a publishing agency and, with their new funds, Rory and Dora get married and honeymoon in Paris. While there, Rory does some research for his novel and, while the two are shopping one day, they come across an old, leather briefcase that’s perfect for Rory to carry his manuscript and other writerly things with him. Little do they know that the contents of this briefcase will change their world.

When they return to America, Rory finishes his book and tries to get it published. All he receives is rejection and after rejection. The only positive response he gets is that his novel is beautiful, but can’t be published in the literary market. Rory is, understandably, crushed by the lack of success he has with the novel that he spent years creating and begins to doubt himself as a both a writer and a person. But, when he finally opens that leather briefcase from Paris to transfer his things from plastic portfolio he’s been using, he finds that it’s filled with the most wonderful words he’s ever read–the manuscript of another writer’s masterpiece. In a desperate attempt to connect with the words and this writer of long ago, Rory types up these words on his laptop and setting himself on a journey of deception. He submits the book as his own because of Dora’s encouragement, who thinks that it really is his own work. This book, “The Window Tears,” is wildly successful and Rory enters a world of literary fame. But, then we meet the actual author (played by Jeremy Irons) of the book Rory found in that briefcase from Paris, and he shares his story of war, love, and heartbreak–the very story contained in “The Window Tears.”

I adore this movie, and I highly recommend it. But I didn’t give it a full five rating because the end left me wanting. I have a love/hate relationship with stories that leave their reader/viewer’s brains grasping for answers that can’t be answered except by their own minds.

Frozen (2013)

For a long while now, Mondays have been for sharing poetry. I’m not sure if I’m going to continue that, but I am planning on changing what I do on Mondays. This doesn’t mean that I’m going to stop accepting poetry submissions.

My new plan for Mondays is literature reviews. I was going to say “book,” but I also love poetry, movies, TV shows, and other forms of creative expression. We may not have access to it, but all of these start out, in part, with the written word.

As I’m sure you’re already aware, reviews of any nature are subjective, so I’ll essentially be expressing my opinion. I’m open to discussion; that is one of the main purposes of a blog, after all. There isn’t going to be any real rhyme or reason to the works I chose each week. I will, of course, write about works after I finish reading or watching them. But, I’ve read and seen plenty of other works that I have much to talk about in between.

I’m thinking that I should do some sort of rating system, especially for movies and TV shows. I keep forgetting that, along with revamping the posts of this site, I need to update and change the pages. For part of this, I’m going to change the weekly posts pages and will include a rating system for my weekly review posts.

Also, in regards to movies and TV shows, I’m going to attempt to refrain from giving any spoilers. I’ll warn you if there are going to be any though.

Rating: 5

Frozen_castposterToday, I’m going to talk about a movie that I saw with my boyfriend on Saturday December 14–Frozen. Now, when trailers first started coming out for this movie, we weren’t sure whether or not we wanted to see it. All of the previews we saw didn’t really tell us what the story of this Disney film was.

While the teaser trailer is funny, it’s bordering on goofy and seemed rather strange, to me at least, for what I’d usually expect from Disney. But then I found an official trailer on YouTube for Frozen today, and I don’t think I’ve seen it anywhere else. In this preview, we meet the main characters and learn the major conflict of the movie. This is something that would have really piqued my interest and made me want to see the movie for the movie, not simply because I love Disney and animated flicks.

In the above photo, you can see the main cast of characters from Frozen. From the left there is Elsa (voice by Indina Menzel), Kristoff (voiced by Jonathan Groff), Olaf the snowman (voiced by Josh Gad), Sven the reindeer, Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell), and Hans (voiced by Santino Fontana).

These characters were unleashed on the world on November 10. Considering the fact that this was a Tuesday, we should have been expecting the swarm of parents and their children at the theater. If we’d considered this, we would’ve left sooner for tickets and seats. As it was, the 3:45 show only had seven seats left that weren’t guaranteed to be near each other, so we decided to see the 4:20 instead. This showing also wound up being packed, but considering the fact that we were there almost an hour early, we were able to get the seats we wanted before it got too crazy.

The story focuses on Anna and Elsa, the only children of the queen and king of the Arendelle. As small children, the sisters were extremely close. Then one day, with no explanation given to Anna, Elsa locks herself away and refuses to have any interactions with her younger sister. On top of that, their parents lock the gates of Arendelle so Anna is essentially left by herself. Later in the story, when the Elsa comes of age, the gates are once again open in celebration. Anna is elated while Elsa can’t wait to get it over with so the gates can once again remain closed. During the course of the day, Anna meets her prince charming, Hans, and they instantly fall in love and decide to get married. Elsa is dumbfounded by this and become angry when Anna and Hans insist that they’re getting married. In her anger and fear, Elsa out lashes with the magic no one knew she had. Their guests call her a monster and start yelling to have her captured, but Elsa escapes, finally releasing herself from her self-made bondage of hiding her true self. Sadly, the release of her powers causes all of Arendelle to turn into a freezing winter despite the fact that it’s summer time. So, Anna sets out to confront her sister and try to stop winter. On the way, she meets Kristoff, Sven, and Olaf; all of them help her in her quest.

And, you’ll have to find out what happens on your own.

I loved this movie. It was warm, comical, at times romantic, adventurous, and a movie for people of all ages. Part of why I enjoyed this movie is because it didn’t focus on the romance. The movie is wonderful whether or not Anna gets the guy, and there aren’t really a lot of those movies out there right now where the main character doesn’t have to find the perfect significant other.

The story and characters are so easy to connect with and become invested in that some parts of this movie can become a tearjerker.

I highly recommend that you see this movie. Even if you aren’t a theater goer, make sure that you find yourself a copy after it’s released on DVD.