‘Up In The Air’

In the past couple of years, George Clooney’s movies have not been ones that have peaked my interest. However, after seeing the Oscars this month, I was curious to see his new movie ‘Up In The Air’. It seemed to be a movie that I just may like. And to my surprise, it was.

We follow Ryan Bingham (Clooney), who seems to be “running away from life” in a way, by immersing himself into his job. Traveling is the main part of his job which keeps him on a plane more days out of the year than one can count and he couldn’t be happier. Unmarried and childless, Ryan has no obligation to be on the ground, especially in his hometown, more than he needs to. Making a living by laying people off, Ryan makes does more than well financially and has acquired so many frequent flier miles that soon his name will be added to the side of a plane with the other few elite fliers, just as he had always envisioned.

Much to his surprise, things change at his company when a fresh, young face, Natalie Keener (Anna Kendrick), is hired. With a brilliant idea to lay people off via the web, Ryan’s boss is eager to try Natalie’s idea and invokes a drastic new rule — no more traveling. Ryan opposed to this greatly, is then stuck with Natalie on a long business trip to show her how the layoff process is done in person. Although peeved by Natalie convincing the boss to implement this new idea of hers, during their long trip Ryan and Natalie seem to bond in a way Ryan was not expecting; sort of like an older brother, younger sister relationship. Both teaching each other things they never saw coming, Ryan soon meets Alex (Vera Farmiga), a woman in the same industry as he, who travels just as much as he does. They soon develop a relationship which most women would be opposed to but little does Ryan know what lies around the corner for him. I definitely recommend this movie!

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‘The Duchess’

As a new member to the popular movie rental club, Netflix, I was excited about receiving my first pick ‘The Duchess’ starring Keira Knightley as none other than the Duchess. Re-playing the trailer online practically every day, I was certain I would love it. I thought to myself, “Why rent it? I just need to buy it already!”

Yesterday, while at work, I was anticipating arriving to my townhouse, opening the mailbox and pulling out the movie I was so anxiously waiting on. Suddenly, an old friend came to mind whom I was almost certain had seen the movie already (she and I have almost the exact taste in movies). With the help of Facebook, I wrote on her wall immediately asking what she thought of the movie and if it would meet my expectations. Sadly, I received a response from her soon after citing “…It was semi-disappointing.” And sadly, she was right.

That evening, eating dinner on the couch with my boyfriend, we popped in the DVD only to encounter betrayal, a loveless marriage, royal politics, “imprisonment”, rape, and more. About 45 minutes into the movie I was certain I would run out and purchase, I turned to my boyfriend and said, “I can’t take this anymore.” Although, “just a movie”, you could feel Georgiana’s pain and suffering. And then, if you have ever experienced anything she went through, it was even worse to watch. I hated the woman Georgiana so desperately wanted as her best friend; for sleeping with her husband. However, many would challenge me on this seeing as how she claims to have slept with him in return for being able to see her three children her husband took from her. I didn’t care though. It made my skin crawl. It made me want to reach into the t.v. and hug Georgiana telling her I knew how she felt. And then to know that this was all based on true events made it even harder to watch.

You may be thinking to yourself, “How ignorant can she be?” Listen, I knew that there would be drama and betrayal to some extent but, this definitely went above and beyond that. I love and have a passion for these royal, 18th century times so I’m not as ignorant as you may be thinking but, I wasn’t expecting to see such sadness take place and how someone could hurt another so much. I’m hoping that ‘The Young Victoria’ is not as sad.