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10424259_10103004280469659_3866994420354283130_nWithin the first five minutes of watching Joss Wheden’s film, In Your Eyes, I was completely hooked and immersed in the story. While there are certain edits I would have made to the film, it is beautifully breathtaking, one of the best things I have seen in a while and a perfect date night movie. Romantic, funny, with a hint of supernatural. Two people connected in the most unusual way. It’s not to be missed.

The film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and then it was announced that it would also be available on Vimeo. So I immediately rented the film and watched it. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I started to try explaining it to friends who asked me what it was about but my summary always ended with, “you just have to watch it.”

About a week after viewing the film I got an email with the subject line: THANK YOU! from In Your Eyes and the following text:

“Dear Evan,
Hello!
Thank you for watching IN YOUR EYES!
Joss and the team would like to thank you for supporting the film. We’re thrilled to be able to share it with fans and movie lovers like you. This helps independent projects find their audience in new and exciting ways.
We’d like to send you a token of our gratitude for your support. Would you please reply to this email with the best (snail mail) address to send it to?”

I was surprised that they wanted to send me a reward for watching the film. I replied and about a month passed.

Yesterday, to my surprise, I received a box in the mail. Inside was a note and an Apple TV thanking me again for watching the film. I couldn’t believe it. Did everyone get one? What was the motive behind it? I imagine that those who received the same gift turned immediately to social media (as I did) to mention the gift and the film. It’s a great idea, if you have the budget for it. And it works. I want to tell everyone about this film. I want to watch everything Joss Wheden does now. Similar to the characters in the film, I feel more connected to the cast and crew of this film, never having met any of them. Bravo!

 

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A neighbor of ours who loves to read and always shares his recommendations once told me about this fabulous book, Cloud Atlas. After he gave me a quick summary of the novel I decided to purchase the ebook and recently began reading it knowing that I would be seeing the film adaptation soon. I’m not too far into the book and had I been when I saw the movie last night, I might not have liked it as much as I did.I wanted to give the film some time to mull in my mind and now I can’t get it out.

I’m always leery when I hear that a movie exceeds the 90-120 minute mark and Cloud Atlas clocks in at 164 minutes. If I made it through Avatar, I could make it through this.  Jim Broadbent can do no wrong and Tom Hanks for me will always be “Tom Hanks” on screen no matter how much makeup, fake dentures or facial hair you slap on him to make him look old.  The rest of the cast is also excellent and almost everyone appears throughout the film in different skins. The film is directed by (yes, three directors) Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer and Andy Wachowski and they pull off the storytelling beautifully. The weaving (ahem, not Hugo Weaving, although he is quite good in the film) of all of the characters and places in time flows as smoothly as the waters that Adam Ewing sails. It’s an impressive feat. The jumping back and forth will bother some moviegoers but not once did it bother me.

I really don’t want to say too much more about the film.  I’m anxious to see it again though and that is definitely a sign of its power. For now, I will savor the book.

I can’t really say that I normally wake up humming Jefferson Starship’s “We Built This City,” but this morning wasn’t like all other mornings. After a screening of “Rock of Ages” the new movie musical directed by Adam Shankman (Hairspray) and adapted from the hit Broadway musical of the same name, I’ve been humming all the tunes in my head since. Did I enjoy it? Well, yes I did. Was it very cheesy and over-the-top? Well, yes it was.

The year is 1987, and Sherrie (played by Julianne Hough) lands at the epicenter of the rock ‘n’ roll scene. She arrives in LA from the Midwest and is immediately rescued by Drew Boley (Diego Boneta) who is able to get her a waitressing gig at The Bourbon Room, a place where Sherrie, even in her wildest dreams, would never have thought she would end up. Sherrie crawls into Drew’s cleft chin and finds comfort there, then falls in love with him. But The Bourbon Room is in trouble (dum dum dummm) and Patricia Whitmore (Catherine Zeta-Zones), wife of the mayor, has declared war on the Sunset Strip and she will stop at nothing to close The Bourbon Room owned by ex-rocker Dennis Dupree (Alec Baldwin). Dupree isn’t worried about the closing of his club because he’s got the  lead singer of Arsenal, Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise), coming to do one last show with the band before he goes solo.

Without giving any more of the plot away let me say that Tom Cruise is usually hit or miss with me. In Rock of Ages he is  excellent in this role, and he sings too! He plays 80’s drunk rocker very well. Also quite enjoyable is Paul Giamatti as Jaxx’s sleazy mustached manager. Mr. Giamatti can do no wrong in my book.

The movie features such rocking anthems as Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” and ballads like Foreigner’s “I Wanna Know What Love Is,” Poison’s “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” and REO Speedwagon’s “Can’t Fight This Feeling.”

Grab your friends and get ready for a rockin’ two hours of campy musical fun.

Rock of Ages opens in theaters nationwide this Friday. For more information visit www.rockofagesthemovie.warnerbrothers.com