dangermousie: (BSG: Helo/Athena by lyssie)
Tonight Mr. Mousie and I watched a movie that was totally fun and highly recommended: We Own the Night, a cop/family drama set in the 1980s New York, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, and Robert Duvall.

The plot is rather kdrama: Joaquin Phoenix is Bobby, the prodigal son of an upstanding New York cop family. Brother, Joe (Wahlberg) is a decorated policeman, and so is Dad (Duvall). But Bobby is content to be a club manager, and to spend time with his beautiful and awesome girlfriend Amara (Eva Mendes) and stay far far away from New York's finest. Until family loyalties draw him in to confront the mob and it goes nowhere good from there.

The movie is not perfect. It's rather old-fashioned, which might not be your thing. And the first half is better than the first. But it's interesting, character-driven, with those awesome 1980s touches, and Joaquin Phoenix is, as always, marvelous as a man whose life begins to fall apart. He angsts so well.

And I loved the characters (which felt real, somehow), and the sheer sense of fun Bobby and Amara had in the beginning, and the angstiness and revenge of the second half.

The thing I liked the most though is that, oddly (because this is in a lot of ways a male-bonding movie), WOtN features one of the healthiest, strongest steady romantic relationships I've seen in a movie for a while. I mean, Bobby/Amara just work. From the giddy fun to the angst and fighting, and the sex (the way the movie opens? Hoooo, boy) is just is really really really functional and interesting and AWESOME.

So yeah, go see for the angst, and 1980s fashion, and car chases and gun fights, and family loyalties, and sneaky mobsters. And if that doesn't work for you, go see it for Joaquin Phoenix kissing Eva Mendes' feet. Or elsewhere.

'I'll be in my bunk.'

Here is a trailer:



This is totally not related, but this made me remember Quills, so this is a Quills kissing scene:

Behind cut )
dangermousie: (BSG: Helo/Athena by lyssie)
Tonight Mr. Mousie and I watched a movie that was totally fun and highly recommended: We Own the Night, a cop/family drama set in the 1980s New York, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, and Robert Duvall.

The plot is rather kdrama: Joaquin Phoenix is Bobby, the prodigal son of an upstanding New York cop family. Brother, Joe (Wahlberg) is a decorated policeman, and so is Dad (Duvall). But Bobby is content to be a club manager, and to spend time with his beautiful and awesome girlfriend Amara (Eva Mendes) and stay far far away from New York's finest. Until family loyalties draw him in to confront the mob and it goes nowhere good from there.

The movie is not perfect. It's rather old-fashioned, which might not be your thing. And the first half is better than the first. But it's interesting, character-driven, with those awesome 1980s touches, and Joaquin Phoenix is, as always, marvelous as a man whose life begins to fall apart. He angsts so well.

And I loved the characters (which felt real, somehow), and the sheer sense of fun Bobby and Amara had in the beginning, and the angstiness and revenge of the second half.

The thing I liked the most though is that, oddly (because this is in a lot of ways a male-bonding movie), WOtN features one of the healthiest, strongest steady romantic relationships I've seen in a movie for a while. I mean, Bobby/Amara just work. From the giddy fun to the angst and fighting, and the sex (the way the movie opens? Hoooo, boy) is just is really really really functional and interesting and AWESOME.

So yeah, go see for the angst, and 1980s fashion, and car chases and gun fights, and family loyalties, and sneaky mobsters. And if that doesn't work for you, go see it for Joaquin Phoenix kissing Eva Mendes' feet. Or elsewhere.

'I'll be in my bunk.'

Here is a trailer:



This is totally not related, but this made me remember Quills, so this is a Quills kissing scene:

Behind cut )
dangermousie: (BSG: Helo/Athena by lyssie)
Tonight Mr. Mousie and I watched a movie that was totally fun and highly recommended: We Own the Night, a cop/family drama set in the 1980s New York, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, and Robert Duvall.

The plot is rather kdrama: Joaquin Phoenix is Bobby, the prodigal son of an upstanding New York cop family. Brother, Joe (Wahlberg) is a decorated policeman, and so is Dad (Duvall). But Bobby is content to be a club manager, and to spend time with his beautiful and awesome girlfriend Amara (Eva Mendes) and stay far far away from New York's finest. Until family loyalties draw him in to confront the mob and it goes nowhere good from there.

The movie is not perfect. It's rather old-fashioned, which might not be your thing. And the first half is better than the first. But it's interesting, character-driven, with those awesome 1980s touches, and Joaquin Phoenix is, as always, marvelous as a man whose life begins to fall apart. He angsts so well.

And I loved the characters (which felt real, somehow), and the sheer sense of fun Bobby and Amara had in the beginning, and the angstiness and revenge of the second half.

The thing I liked the most though is that, oddly (because this is in a lot of ways a male-bonding movie), WOtN features one of the healthiest, strongest steady romantic relationships I've seen in a movie for a while. I mean, Bobby/Amara just work. From the giddy fun to the angst and fighting, and the sex (the way the movie opens? Hoooo, boy) is just is really really really functional and interesting and AWESOME.

So yeah, go see for the angst, and 1980s fashion, and car chases and gun fights, and family loyalties, and sneaky mobsters. And if that doesn't work for you, go see it for Joaquin Phoenix kissing Eva Mendes' feet. Or elsewhere.

'I'll be in my bunk.'

Here is a trailer:



This is totally not related, but this made me remember Quills, so this is a Quills kissing scene:

Behind cut )
dangermousie: (Atonement by alexandral)
(In addition to already playing Shoot ‘em Up and 3:10 to Yuma which are already playing).

Here they are in order from most interested to least:

Eastern Promises
With: Naomi Watts, Viggo Mortensen, Armin Mueller-Stahl
About: While trying to learn the identity of a dead prostitute, a hospital midwife (Watts) encounters a mysterious crime boss (Mortensen) who illuminates a path through London's underbelly that may lead to her answer.
Why: Where do I start? It’s my most anticipated Hollywood movie of the year. I love David Cronenberg and thought History of Violence should have won every award there was, so the mere thought of him and Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts doing another movie together fills me with glee beyond measure. Add in Russian mob, and some amazingly good early buzz and YES. Oh YES.

Atonement
With: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Romola Garai, Brenda Blethyn
About: Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a 13-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's (Keira
Knightley) lover (James McAvoy) of a crime he did not commit.
Why: You are kidding, right? Right? (Btw, my icon is from it and made by the amazing [livejournal.com profile] alexandral)

Se, jie (Lust, Caution)
With: Tang Wei, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Lee-Hom Wang
About: An espionage thriller set in WWII-era Shanghai, in which a young woman, Wang Jiazhi (Tang Wei), gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with a powerful political figure, Mr. Yee (Tony Leung).
Why: You have seen my LJ and you wonder? I love period movies, war movies, Asian movies, Tony Leung movies, Ang Lee movies, love movies, and movies with hot men. And this has all of the above. Btw, this is rated
NC-17. Whaaaaa? But it’s for explicit sexuality, so my ‘whaaaaa’ is not an upset one :P

Rest of list here )
dangermousie: (Atonement by alexandral)
(In addition to already playing Shoot ‘em Up and 3:10 to Yuma which are already playing).

Here they are in order from most interested to least:

Eastern Promises
With: Naomi Watts, Viggo Mortensen, Armin Mueller-Stahl
About: While trying to learn the identity of a dead prostitute, a hospital midwife (Watts) encounters a mysterious crime boss (Mortensen) who illuminates a path through London's underbelly that may lead to her answer.
Why: Where do I start? It’s my most anticipated Hollywood movie of the year. I love David Cronenberg and thought History of Violence should have won every award there was, so the mere thought of him and Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts doing another movie together fills me with glee beyond measure. Add in Russian mob, and some amazingly good early buzz and YES. Oh YES.

Atonement
With: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Romola Garai, Brenda Blethyn
About: Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a 13-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's (Keira
Knightley) lover (James McAvoy) of a crime he did not commit.
Why: You are kidding, right? Right? (Btw, my icon is from it and made by the amazing [livejournal.com profile] alexandral)

Se, jie (Lust, Caution)
With: Tang Wei, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Lee-Hom Wang
About: An espionage thriller set in WWII-era Shanghai, in which a young woman, Wang Jiazhi (Tang Wei), gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with a powerful political figure, Mr. Yee (Tony Leung).
Why: You have seen my LJ and you wonder? I love period movies, war movies, Asian movies, Tony Leung movies, Ang Lee movies, love movies, and movies with hot men. And this has all of the above. Btw, this is rated
NC-17. Whaaaaa? But it’s for explicit sexuality, so my ‘whaaaaa’ is not an upset one :P

Rest of list here )
dangermousie: (Atonement by alexandral)
(In addition to already playing Shoot ‘em Up and 3:10 to Yuma which are already playing).

Here they are in order from most interested to least:

Eastern Promises
With: Naomi Watts, Viggo Mortensen, Armin Mueller-Stahl
About: While trying to learn the identity of a dead prostitute, a hospital midwife (Watts) encounters a mysterious crime boss (Mortensen) who illuminates a path through London's underbelly that may lead to her answer.
Why: Where do I start? It’s my most anticipated Hollywood movie of the year. I love David Cronenberg and thought History of Violence should have won every award there was, so the mere thought of him and Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts doing another movie together fills me with glee beyond measure. Add in Russian mob, and some amazingly good early buzz and YES. Oh YES.

Atonement
With: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Romola Garai, Brenda Blethyn
About: Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a 13-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's (Keira
Knightley) lover (James McAvoy) of a crime he did not commit.
Why: You are kidding, right? Right? (Btw, my icon is from it and made by the amazing [livejournal.com profile] alexandral)

Se, jie (Lust, Caution)
With: Tang Wei, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Lee-Hom Wang
About: An espionage thriller set in WWII-era Shanghai, in which a young woman, Wang Jiazhi (Tang Wei), gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with a powerful political figure, Mr. Yee (Tony Leung).
Why: You have seen my LJ and you wonder? I love period movies, war movies, Asian movies, Tony Leung movies, Ang Lee movies, love movies, and movies with hot men. And this has all of the above. Btw, this is rated
NC-17. Whaaaaa? But it’s for explicit sexuality, so my ‘whaaaaa’ is not an upset one :P

Rest of list here )

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