Two Marvelous Movies: Don’t Count the Stars!

Despite the fact that Woody Allen’s latest movie, Magic in the Moonlight, received only 2 stars and The Hundred Foot Journey produced by Spielberg & Winfrey  and directed by the director of Choclat, Lasse Hallström, received 2 ½ stars in the Philadelphia Inquirer….

Despite the fact that neither movie has any torrid sex scenes or car chases…..

Despite the fact that there are no special sound effects or gangsters….

Despite all this, these two movies are wonderfully entertaining, with views of the French countryside and jazz era music in Allen’s movie and Indian music in 100 Foot Journey.

In Magic in the Moonlight, a movie that takes place in 1928, we are happily entertained by Colin Firth and Emma Stone. A debunker of so-called mediums, Firth scrutinizes Emma Stone as she performs séances with amazing results. Actually, the entire upper class cast does a sterling job of creating the illusion needed for this “magical” love story.
The French Rivera is beautiful, as are the 1920s era open-air roadsters.  And Woody Allen’s sets the mood with music of the jazz age, as well. The sound track alone is worth hearing.
While Colin Firth is a pessimistic disbeliever, Emma Stone is a positive “kid” from Kalamazoo, Michigan. Her clothes are much less sophisticated than those of the upper crust hosts, who wear beautiful clothes of the time, but her American ways are still charming.
If you like Woody Allen, you will like the little twists and turns of this movie and come out smiling and humming a tune from the roaring twenties.

The Hundred Foot Journey, a culinary cinema like Chef, features a father and son duo, but from India. And Helen Mirren, who owns the French restaurant across the road in a village a couple of hours from Paris, is their formidable rival. The son of the Indian restaurant, played by actor Manish Dayal, wants to learn French cooking and takes the 100 steps across the road to learn to be a French chef, much to his father’s dismay.

The young chef becomes well-known and leaves behind his French country life and girlfriend, just as he left India after the family restaurant was destroyed a couple of years earlier. Becoming famous in Paris does not make him happy, but you will have to see the movie to learn how he resolves his culinary dilemma.

Along the way you will get a visual taste of Indian cooking that will make your mouth water. And the young Dayal is also easy on the eyes: handsome and winsome!

Both movies are pure entertainment. You won’t miss the torrid sex scenes, the car chases, or the gangsters. What you will learn is the importance of family, magic is everywhere, and that food is love.  Don’t miss them!

5 Responses to “Two Marvelous Movies: Don’t Count the Stars!”

  1. Paula Says:

    Thank you.

  2. hillsmom Says:

    Sounds delightful. You forgot “no giant alien transforming robots”, either. Thanks…

  3. Mary-Lou Meyers Says:

    they sound entertaining to me, I am not particularly entertained by torrid sex scenes. It seems to make
    up for a good script. I’d rather have a compelling story. It might be a great idea to review
    some of the recent movies, I haven’t seen many of them.

  4. Jackie Says:

    Just saw “The Hundred Foot Journey” last night — we loved it! You are so right — we shouldn’t pay attention to the “stars”. Will definitely try to see “Magic in the Moonlight” soon.

  5. ellen sue spicer Says:

    I think you will like it, as well. After all, it’s Woody!! es

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