Movie Review: Begin Again (2013)

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Plot:A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents.

Rating: 7.5/10

Everything about this movie just screams romantic comedy – the title, the posters, the plot, everything. It has Adam Levine in, and no one in their right mind would actually think Adam Levine in any movie could be a good idea – the man is obviously a talented singer, but his artistic capabilities obviously run towards being behind a mike and not in front of a camera.

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Begin Again was such a solid, entertaining film to watch that I am surprised it didn’t get a whole lot more press when it was released. I am such a fan of Mark Ruffalo – he is a good, dependable actor that manages to develop his characters and make you believe in them. His character in here has so many problems – a career that is falling apart, a daughter who is acting out to catch the attention of her missing father, a wife who has lost all hope in him and his own alcohol addiction that is making his situation that much worse. When he meets Keira Knightley’s character, he is moved by her music and hopes to produce her, but, nursing her own heartbreak and having a fairly large amount of artistic arrogance about her art, there is a whole lot of dancing around each other before they settle on a really unique idea (watch the movie to find out what it is)

What a really liked was:

As mentioned, Mark Ruffalo. He is my favorite guy and I should give more effort into watching movies with him in.

Keira Knightley, who, for once, didn’t irate me and had (if it is her own), a really good singing voice.

Adam Levine: Not only was there a fair amount of teasing about how he succumbed to what the music industry expects from an artist, but he acted quite well. It is really interesting to see how clean cut he appears when you put him in some decent clothes and hide all those (fascinating) tattoos.

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The score – I actually would really like it as part of my collection. The music is thoughtful, unique and sad.

The development and pacing of the plot, and the end. The end had me mildly annoyed and confused, but that has since cleared and I appreciate it now. The development is never really concerned with getting your approval and does what it wants, and the characters progress naturally throughout the movie that makes you understand them a bit better.

I am really happy and really surprised by the way the film worked out in the end. It was glorious to behold!

Have you seen Begin Again? What did you think?

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Life Lately – November 2015

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Phew, I know I often say this when I write these posts, but it really feels like I’ve been waiting ages to write one of these up again. Life has just been lifing around, busy and stuff.

So what’s new? It’s been more than a month now since my father’s passed away. It is still incredibly hard and I miss him very much. You can’t really understand the feeling if you’ve never been there. I was able to sit with a friend who lost her father last week and empathize, so I am grateful that this loss has enabled me to actually help someone else too.

I have had the worst Pharyngitis and Bronchitis for a week now. I’m nearly back to a subhuman level where I can talk without coughing my lungs out, so there has been improvement. Lessons learnt: 1) go to the doctor 2) I am a terrible patient.

I’m in the middle of exams now. I have no idea what made me choose Physiology as a major. Talk about HATE. So bleak that I’ve done all my Microbiology work already because that is interesting. I hope to struggle through and pass these monsters. Also, writing Medicinal Botany the 20th, but after watching the Martian I have accepted that Botany has value and will study hard in the likely event that I get stuck on Mars.

I am also currently way behind with Blindspots – I have three left (The Prestige, The Good Life and Pulp Fiction), and I’m sure you realize that it is way too many. I hope to get through two of them within next week when I have a really quick break between my last two tests.

I’m currently reading way too many Nora Roberts romances – they are such silly, quick reads that my exam brain just laps it up. Have you ever noticed how improbable the men are in these? Amazing. I am also reading the Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger, and am having such a good time with that. It really is just chick-lit but it is well written and a really good look into the politics of a first job. I am about half way with Angels and Demons – it really isn’t bad and of much better quality than The DaVinci Code, but goodness, can Langdon be anymore pompous and annoying??

Listening – mostly to Adele’s new song (yeah, totally on that boat). I have to say I’m shockingly impressed with the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack. You can see what I thought about the movie here, but I think the soundtrack was really well put together. Also – Ed Sheeran. He is not really my ideal idea of a date, but he can sure sing. Rampant thought for the week: Am I getting old or is most music just truly shit these days? I so rarely enjoy anything I hear on the radio these days.

Excited about: Firstly, my new job. I initially thought that I could hold out at my current company until I received my degree, but I don’t think so. I am starting a new job in December and I have to say that I’m pretty amped. This year has been so terrible and a part of that has come from the fact that I’ve reached my expiration date with my current company. It’s not a bad place and I really love some of the people here, but you know when you’re done, you’re done, right? Anyway, I am terrified and excited and everything, so I just can’t wait anymore.

I’m also pretty excited about the New Year, mostly because I am 100% certain that nothing will suck as bad as 2015. It is going to be hectic – I already have three weddings lined up (pretty sure that I will soon star in the sequel to 27 Dresses!) and have three practical modules due, but I am so ready to drown this year in a substantial amount of alcohol.

List of things I really hate at this point of my existence:

Paper finishing in the printer. I mean really, who needs such negativity in their life?

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Scanning things into a PC. Most hated part of my job.

Sitting in an office next to the big boss.Really not on.

Studying, for obvious reasons.

Things to get done:

Watch Pulp Fiction

Watch The Prestige

Watch A Good Year

Mockingjay, Spectre, Possible Star Wars in cinema.

Finish: Angels and Demons, The Devil Wears Prada, this list.

Make new tabs on blog for: Links I Love, Blindspot.Possibly new theme for Blog. Used to love the minimalist lay out, now it only looks meh.

I really want to watch Vikings Season 2 now. It is terrible that I’m this behind!

Really amused by:

I’m pretty sure this one guy isn’t wearing underwear to work. It’s quite hilarious, though it does get awkward from time to time.

Well, now that I’ve left you with that titbit of information, what’s going on in your life?

Thoughts 1.4

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Happy end of January! I am so happy the month is ending. It feels like this month took ages. Some last thoughts to round the month off with:

This has been coming along for a while: Children are not supposed to take care of their parents. Is thinking like this about people who dedicated their lives to raising you selfish? Probably, just a bit. I don’t really care if it is selfish. I think a healthy dose of selfishness is necessary for happiness. It is not only applicable to me and my parents. Everywhere I look there is some young adult running errands for their parents. I love them a lot and love to help them. Sometimes they ask too much. I am no robot able to do everything they want. I have a life I have to live too. Comments?

Another question: How is it the people who’ve known you the longest have absolutely no idea who you are or how to handle you, and then there are people who know you five minutes and understand you perfectly?

If we believe that everything is set to end in a certain way, do we still have free will?

Enjoying the following songs right now:

Katy Perry: It takes Two

Staind: Everything Changes

Staind: Tangled up in You

How long will I love You (the song is originally by the Waterboys but I am particularly fond of Ellie Golding’s version)

Eminem: “Beautiful”

I’m considering actively starting to write a book again. I have a couple of unfinished novels floating around on my harddrive, but I am not feeling them anymore. One thing is for certain, I will need to improve my attention span before anything like that commences.

Happy about: My 32GB memory card. I worked with a 2GB for a bit, but honestly, who is able to do survive with 2GB?

Things I hate:

BAD INTERNET

Sites labelled: Top ten funny moments then you have to go to a NEW page every time to catch another moment. What the fuck is wrong with you? PUT IT ALL ON ONE PAGE!

Just found out that one of my subjects this year is some bull-crappy-earth-kissy-thing without tests and lots of discussions. DO I LOOK LIKE A HIPSTER?

Really over being so negative. Actively working on becoming more positive, but that makes me look like I’m thinking too hard about something. Cannot win this fight.

What’s happening in your life?

Friday things

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I am so happy it is Friday. This week has flown. I am so busy right now I barely have a concept of time. It saddens me, it feels like life is moving past me and I am barely noticing. But there are some happy things happening right now.

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I am helping plan a dear friend’s baby shower. I can’t wait to see the beautiful baby finally (begin April). My friend will be such a good mommy.

The planning for my sister’s wedding and bachelorettes. It is going to be so awesome.

Our little puppy at home curling up next to you and sleeping. It is just so damn sweet.

My baby steps to getting out of debt seem to be working effectively, if very slow.

Being able to read again – I was in such a reading rut.

Listening to music, and discovering new artists.

Listening to the one true boy band – Westlife

Watching the Mentalist. My happiness is complete.

My boss bringing me homemade cookies because I work too hard. She is really awesome.

Winter is coming along. I am completely over this intense heat.

Amusing things.

The South-African parliament. Minister of women, children and disabilities (seriously, why group the three together?) claims White Afrikaans Christian men are the most abusive in this country. It is pretty much discriminating and racist towards three types of people in this country. I was much impressed when she was chased out of parliament. Now she has withdrawn her comments, but honestly, the damage is done.

What is making you happy right now?

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