Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

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Stanley (Colin Firth) is a magician during the forties who specializes in pulling the wool over his audiences’ eyes.  He goes to a friend’s mansion off the coast of France to de-bunk a young psychic, Sophie (Emma Stone).  After a series of magic and mystery, true love is found between both characters.

Woody Allen movies are like Christmas presents from weird family members (or whatever holiday you choose to celebrate, we are very inclusive here at Annie and the Adventures), they come every year whether you actually want it or not.

Magic in the Moonlight is a good representation of that.  It had that bizarre, light magical feel that all Woody Allen movies seems to have, but I think it would have been a better on-stage play than a film.  It had the same time setting with the same title sequence font and same use of a “jazz horn” soundtrack.  There is consistency in his films which can be great, but it is now starting to become too repetitive.

Now, I love Colin Firth with all my heart and all my soul, but I thought that this wasn’t his best performance.   I also had the same feelings with Emma Stone.  Both had roles that were very different than their other films.

Maybe I didn’t like Magic in the Moonlight as much as I expected to because I’m still in L-O-V-E LOVE with Midnight in Paris. But as far as movies go, Magic in the Moonlight is a still worth seeing especially because it will almost certainly be nominated for a couple academy awards this winter.

All in all, it was a very whimsical film that was a great addition to my day.  I just wish that there would be a lot more variety in Allen’s films, but then again he wouldn’t be Woody Allen without all of his specific trademarks.

4 out of 5 stars.

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One isn’t always the loneliest number

Going to the movies has always been a group affair. Typically you spend a lazy Sunday going to the movie with your friends to see the latest blockbuster hit.  People choice their first dates at the movies for a reason: It’s socializing enough, but still requires a lot of silence.  Every year there are Christmas specials on ABC Family and any basic cable shows because it is easy to get a group together and bond over cheesy love-stories with semi-predictable endings. Netflix makes that even easier by being able to stream a semi-forgotten movie as long as you have an Internet connection.

But what happens when one ventures out to the theatre, dare I say it, by yourself.

The horror.

Now, I’m the first to admit that I may or may not have a co-dependent friendship with a lot of my friends, so I completely understand the fears of getting in your car, driving to the theatre, and purchasing a ticket for one.

“Just one ticket for today, ma’am?”

You’re darn right. Matinee movie: party of one.

So let’s now explore the pros and cons of this potentially good/terrible idea.

Pros:

Don’t have to share popcorn with anyone

That’s right all of the snacks are yours.  You can order whatever you want with whatever drink you want.  Get made fun of for eating Junior Mints with popcorn and have a Coke slushy on the side?  Not today, my friend.  Going to the movies by yourself allows you all of this freedom.

Both armrests are yours

No longer do you have to awkwardly claim arm rest territory that can sometimes break friendships. We all have that one friend that decides that both armrests,  (Hint hint: that person is usually me.  Sorry everyone!)  but today they are both yours.

You can see whatever you want

Absolutely. Anything.  Cheesy Rom-Com? You got it.  Something slow and painfully dramatic? All you.  That one actor that was a child star and now is trying to revive his career?  Better bring the popcorn and get ready.  This is the perfect opportunity to finally see that kinda weird movie that none of your friends/family/significant other want to see.

Yet seeing movies on your own also has some cons like…
Cons:

Lots of phone time pretending to text friends and look social while waiting for the movie to start

It’s sad but true, there isn’t enough Twitter or Instagram feeds long enough to look occupied before a movie.  If you are going to venture this alone, I suggest you hold off of the social media before you sit down for 10 minutes.
Looks of pity from happy couples

People keep looking at me and having that sad face that read “aww look at her, she is here by herself. That’s so brave…” blah blah blah.  It was uncomfortable, but no need to fear, the whole room gets dark for at least an hour and a half.  Sit in the back so no one can see you.

Going to the movies isn’t for everyone, but it is definitely a completely different experience that going with friends or your significant other.  So if you have two hours to kill on an afternoon, go see that one movie that you have been dying to see.  Order a large Coke slushy and a large popcorn.  Treat yo self!

Skeleton Twins (2014)

Estranged twins, Milo (Bill Hader) and Maggie (Krsiten Wiig), are reunited after 10 years of separation after Milo tries to commit suicide.  Maggie flies out to L.A. to see him, and invites him to stay with her and her husband, Lance (Luke Wilson) until he gets back on his feet.

When I first saw this trailer at my local theatre (shout-out to you, Ragtag!), I thought that this would be another dorky, SNL-actor filled comedy.  I was pleasantly surprised by how deep the plot went.  Skeleton Twins pegged exactly how it is for arguing siblings to learn to love each other again.

I was mostly surprised by Bill Hader’s performance.  He had perfect comedic and dramatic timing.  Him and Wiig had great chemistry and that showed throughout the movie. Luke Wilson was also hilarious and was an excellent supporting character by acting like the dorky husband.

Even though some parts were slower than other, it was still a great movie to watch on a casual Saturday.  It does deal with issues like suicide and a dysfunctional family, but there are also funny parts like when Milo tries to cheer Maggie up by lip-syncing “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now.

Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars