The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Starring: James Woods, Kathleen Turner, Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, A.J. Cook, Hanna R. Hall, Leslie Hayman, and Chelse Swain
After their youngest daughter commits suicide, two parents try their hardest to shelter and protect their other four daughters. Meanwhile, the daughters have some completely different ideas.
I’ll be honest, going into this I didn’t really know how I was going to feel about it. I’ve read the book and I really liked it, but I felt like this was one of those movies that gets hyped up so much that it just wasn’t going to live up to the hype. BUT I really enjoyed it. It was executed really well and the acting was completely phenomenal. I always love the cinematography in Sofia Coppola’s films, and this one was no different. The setting was perfect and it made the story even better. It’s a bit dark and I don’t really know if it would be for everyone, but I thought it was really great.
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, and Paul Dano
After two families’ daughters are abducted, one of the fathers takes matters into his own hands to find them when he decides that the police aren’t working fast enough.
This movie was absolutely amazing. It was pretty dark, but it was an amazing story. The acting was absolutely phenomenal. It was interesting and definitely kept my full attention all the way through. The setting fit the story perfectly, and it made it all the more enthralling.
Stuck in Love (2012)
Starring: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lily Collins, and Nat Wolff
Put simply, this movie follows the lives of a family as they love and lose and figure things out.
I loved this. It was sweet and emotional and just overall really lovely. it was really realistic and that was one of the main things that I loved the most about it. The acting was wonderful and the whole thing in general was just really good.
Starring: Claire Foy, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Shaun Evans
A married couple return to the husband’s hometown and then are surprised by a visit from his long lost brother, who stirs everything up.
I’m a little… unsure about this movie. I liked it, but it also had its boring parts and sometimes I felt like the plot points were almost a little confusing. The acting was great and the setting was lovely, but overall I’m just a little unsure about it.
End of Watch (2012)
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena
Two police officers patrol the streets of South Central Los Angeles, which is an area full of drugs and gangs.
This movie was really, really good. It’s supposed to be a bit of a documentary, seen through one of the officers’ eyes, and that is one of the things about it that made it so interesting to me. The characters are amazing. It’s emotional and a bit dark, but it also has some very funny moments. I really liked it a lot.
Source Code (2011)
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, and Vera Farmiga
An army pilot gets sent into the depths of a computer program to figure out a train bomber’s identity, but all is definitely not what it seems.
This movie is really so much more than that little blurb I put up there, but it’s really hard to describe it in more detail without giving things away. Anyway, I absolutely loved it. It was so different and interesting and it was one of those films that really pulled you in and made you feel like you were in the story. The acting was amazing and the whole plot was absolutely amazing as well.
Starring: Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers, Graham Greene, Fionnula Flanagan, Burt Young, Carrie Preston, and Elizabeth Pena
Shortly before her gender change surgery, a transsexual woman finds out that she has a teenaged son who just so happens to be in prison. Upon the request of her therapist, she bails him out and tells him that she’s a member of a church sent to retrieve him. Together, they set off on a cross-country road trip to Los Angeles and the adventure that ensues is one neither of them will soon forget.
I absolutely loved this movie. Now, I know I say that about a lot of movies here on this blog because like I’ve said before, it’s not very often that I come across a film that I really don’t like. BUT in this case, I really, really mean it. I didn’t have much of an idea of what to expect going into it, and to be honest I only really watched it because of the fact that I absolutely love Kevin Zegers (as I’ve made obvious here before), and he notes this film in a lot of interviews as being one of his favorites that he’s done so I really wanted to watch it, and I am SO glad that I did. It’s different and brilliant and funny and so well written and well executed. It’s a lovely coming-of-age family story and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite films that I’ve seen.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)
Starring: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Kevin Zegers, Lena Headey, Aidan Turner, Jemima West, Godfrey Gao, and Johnathan Rhys Meyers
A normal girl turns out to be very abnormal when her mother is abducted and she’s suddenly introduced to a whole new world that she never even knew existed that’s full of demons and demon hunters.
I loved this movie. I know there were a lot of mixed feelings about it when it first came out, and there are a few things that are sort of disappointing about it, but it’s really amazingly casted, and I absolutely love the way the characters were brought to life. It’s interesting and new and has some little funny moments and I really really enjoy it.
The Colony (2013)
Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Zegers, Bill Paxton, and Charlotte Sullivan
Set in a future post-apocalyptic world, it snows constantly and the only shelter is in underground “colonies”. Food is scarce, and most of society has either starved or gotten sick and died off. On top of everything else, it quickly becomes evident that the humans that are left aren’t alone and soon they get invaded by a group of cannibals and have to learn how to protect themselves.
For whatever reason, I read quite a few reviews on this film before watching it, and most of them seemed to say that it was the same as every other post-apocalyptic movie and that it was an old concept. But personally, I actually REALLY enjoyed this. It was interesting and heart-pounding and acted very well. I liked it a lot.
It’s a Boy Girl Thing (2006)
Starring: Kevin Zegers and Samaire Armstrong
Two completely opposite former friends accidentally switch bodies and then have to deal with the repercussions.
To be completely honest, I only watched this movie because I searched Kevin Zegers’ name on YouTube and the full movie was one of the first results and I figured ‘what the heck’ and clicked on it. I’d never heard of it before, but I am SO glad I gave it a chance. Admittedly, it’s a bit cheesy at times, but it’s also really funny and even heartwarming. I ended up actually completely loving it.