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Picks of the Weeks
Rachel's Pick: Match Point - There's something to be said for going into a film completely blind, or with the wrong expectations altogether. All I knew about Match Point was that it was written and directed by Woody Allen, starred ScarJo and Jonathan Rhys Meyers and dealt with tennis at some point in the story. Having seen the posters, I just assumed it was a crappy romantic drama, a more serious twin to the abysmal Wimbledon, perhaps. Maybe if I had known the tagline ("Passion Tempation Obsession") beforehand, I would've been more prepared for this lovely little thriller. To be fair it does start off in the straight romance department as Meyers lusts after his brother-in-law's fiancée, played by the oh-so-tempting Miss Scarlett. But in the third act, things take an abrupt dark turn, the kind I live for, and I'm happy to say I've found another Woody Allen film I like.
Jess' Pick: A Love Song for Bobby Long - I wanted to like this, and there are quite a few scenes I keep thinking about. But, John Travolta should NOT have had blond/gray hair. And there were a few other things that might have made the movie work, starting with a better script. However, I still liked the concept and parts of the execution. ScarJo is a high school dropout who hasn't seen her mother in ages, and now finds out that she's died. Since her life sucks she goes to check out the house. She has all these memories that she can't confirm or deny and returning to New Orleans has brought back a lot of the people she knew as a kid (confirming memories). She stays with Bobby Long (a former literature professor) and Lawson (Gabriel Macht) who are squatting in her mom's house. They're basically alcoholics that are mooching off ScarJo's mom. They convince her to go back to high school and let the horrible past go. They're odd characters that I would have watched more, but the movie itself doesn't really go anywhere original. The soundtrack is pretty great and I wanted to like this much more than I did.