During the last few weeks, I've been finding my way back to one of my great loves...movies. I've watched so many it's sort of sad and makes me feel extremely lazy, but it's helped me remember how much I love them and, quite frankly, I've enjoyed watching them ALL!
Some of them have been watched purely for pleasure and not for their artistic value, and others have been watched because the trailer looked interesting - and they've turned out to be really great. 2 cases-in-point: Chaos Theory & Definitely, Maybe. Both of these have one thing in common: Ryan Reynolds. I first heard of RR back in the day (I'm talking WAY back in the day) when he was on this HORRID teen soap opera on Nickelodeon called "Fifteen." He was one of the youngest kids on there and when the show went off, Ryan disappeared and I really had no interest in him. But I've seen him pop up through the years and always remembered where I first saw him act. He was on "2 Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place" and then...nothing. Then I heard he was engaged to Alanis Morrisette, then....nothing. Then I watch 2 movies back to back with him in them and I've got a new fave actor for the moment.
Chaos Theory was an interesting movie. Ryan plays this husband and father who pretty much lives his life by his lists and down to the very minute - no spare time for surprises or being spontaneous. Then one day, his wife sets the clocks forward causing him to miss his ferry to work and his whole day gets crazy messed up but in the end, is very revealing. It's a cool movie to watch, I'd highly recommend it (although The New York Times wouldn't). We found it on AppleTV, otherwise I hadn't heard of it and might not have watched it otherwise. I will give this to AppleTV - it's cool to flip through movies and be able to watch the trailers before deciding which one to rent or buy. I'm sure Seth appreciates that as well since it's hard to get me to watch something I've never heard of just going by the title.
Definitely, Maybe was GREAT. I watched it last night and it's one of the most creative and interesting ways to tell a love story I've ever seen. It made it really enjoyable and kept me on my toes the entire time. Plus, the chemistry between RR and his on-screen daughter, Abigail Breslin, is just too adorable. He plays a great dad and she's the fun, cool, sweet daughter you'd love to adopt. Basically, the little girl wants to know the story of how her dad met her mom, but he's always told her he'd share that when she was older (complicated love story!). But one night she insists so he decides to tell her, but changes all the girls' names and the little girl has to figure out which of his former girlfriends is her biological mom (she actually knows her mother, but when we meet the characters, the father is signing divorce papers...she has to figure out which story matches the mother she knows). It was really good - also highly recommended.
Movies were one of the first things Seth and I bonded over. We both love them and I had forgotten how much I love them. Heck, I had dreams of being a director when I was in college! I can't think of anything more rewarding than being able to immerse yourself into a project and see it come out as magic on the big screen. Guess that will always remain a dream of mine :)