I'm loving the A to Z challenge. So far I've found many great new blogs that were love at first read. If you're new to this blog from the challenge, thanks for dropping by. As I'm figuring on doing mostly comedy this month on this semi movie review site, I figured I should try to get at least the odd movie post in.
By 'best movies' I don't mean of all time, but the best movies you probably haven't seen. It's a column I like to run here from time to time, trying to focus on films that have seemingly slipped through the cracks largely unnoticed.
In a Day (2006)
Netflix: Available to stream or DVD
Lorraine Pilkington (Human Traffic, Monarch of the Glen), Finlay Robertson (Life Begins, How Not to Live Your Life), Rose Keegan (Match Point, Driving Lessons)
Ashley Branstead (Pilkington) is a struggling musician working at a deli. After a day that starts with being sent home from work and getting hit on by a creep who assaults her with a cup of coffee, she meets Michael, a mysterious man who whisks her away for the most incredible day of her life.
Why You Should Watch It:
It's sweet and charming with touches of whimsical humor. One of the things I enjoyed most about the film is that afterwards I didn't feel weighed down at all. It's light and happy, like a spring day. There's also some pretty decent music in it. With as many bad romantic comedies as there are floating around, it's always refreshing to find a good one.
Why You Probably Haven't Seen It:
It played some festivals in the states and had a wide release in Spain. Other than that its only real release came on DVD.
Scene To Savor:
Michael's confrontation in the club. It's just one of those moments that are perfect.
The first few minutes run a little slow so you have to give it a chance to get rolling. But once you do, you won't regret it. The leads are excellent. In particular Finlay Robertson's performance makes the film. The language is a bit harsh in a few places, but even that seems appropriate most of the time in context. There were a few things I could nitpick at, but it's not really enough to bother with.
Overall on the scale of missed gems: 4 out of 5