Garden State (2004)

Garden State (2004) is an indie movie about Andrew, a troubled young man returning to his hometown to attend his mothers funeral after being shut out by his family for more than a decade. His return coincides with his decision to stop taking his antidepressants after being dependent on them for the major part of his life. He happens to run into many of his childhood friends but also Sam, a like-minded and troubled woman he instantly connects with.

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Upside Down (2013)

Upside Down (2013) is a movie about Adam and Eden and their improbable love story.

In an alternate universe where twinned worlds have opposite gravities, a young man battles interplanetary prejudice and the laws of physics in his quest to reunite with the long-lost girl of his dreams in this visually stunning romantic adventure that poses the question: what if love was stronger than gravity?

While this movie is visually stunning and provides interesting conundrums, it is sadly filled with plot holes and has a terribly weak story.

Score: 5/10 (Meh)

Secretary

Secretary (2002) is an award-winning movie about Lee, a former mental patient trying to get back on track with her life. She starts working as a secretary for a paralegal, and he changes her life forever by challenging her and leading her into uncomfortable situations.

Score: 7/10 (Good)

This is a story about finding yourself, and be true to who you are, regardless what other people think is right or wrong. Maggie Gyllenhaal does an exceptional performance portraying Lee, the former mental patient with a psychological disorder. Her character grows from being completely insecure about herself and the world to the very opposite, where she is in control (or lets someone else take control, on her terms).

2 Days in Paris

2 Days in Paris (2007) is a movie about Jack (Adam Goldberg), an anxious, hypochondriac-prone New Yorker vacationing throughout Europe with his breezy, free-spirited Parisian girlfriend, Marion. But when they make a two-day stop in Marion’s hometown, the couple’s romantic trip takes a turn as Jack is exposed to Marion’s sexually perverse and emotionally unstable family.

Score: 7/10 (Good)

The Invention of Lying

The Invention of Lying (2009) is a movie about a universe, much like our own, but people have the small inability to tell lies. This is where the story of Mark begins; a loser in his 30’s who loses his job as a screenwriter. When he basically hits rock bottom and tries to do a manual withdrawal from his account, something happens.

My first thought was that it is nothing like the trailer, which was almost entirely focused on the comedic parts of the movie. There was however a sad reality and this somehow reminded me of Hancock.

The writers have really gone all the way with the no lying part, as there are no white lies, and no being quiet instead of telling an inconvenient truth about someone. There is naturally no religion either, which means that religious people may have some difficulty enjoying this movie, since it points right to the core of why religions may have started long ago — to “save” people from the fear of life and death.

Score: 7/10 (Good)

How I Met Your Mother

How I Met Your Mother is a series about five close friends living in New York. We follow them as they struggle through their lives, helping and supporting each other. They all have their own unique personalities and it is amazing to see them develop and enrichen during the course of the five seasons that have currently passed.

I had high hopes when starting to watch this series. Friends and reviewers have all said that it is one of the best sitcoms ever made — and after watching all five seasons, I agree wholeheartedly. The script is genious and well thought out, dealing with work and personal issues as well as love and relationships. Since the characters are so diverse, it is easy for anyone to identify with at least one of the main characters.

This series can easily be compared to Friends and Seinfeld, and exceeds them on many levels. If you are into these types of series, I strongly recommend you to start watching How I Met Your Mother today! You will not be disappointed.

Score: 8/10 (Great)

When in Rome

When in Rome (2010) is a movie about Beth (Kristen Bell) a hard-working woman, who is attending her sisters wedding in Rome. At one point she steals coins from a fountain of love, which has some unexpected consequences in the future for Beth.

The main actors are doing a good enough job, but the script is boring, predictable and there are not that many funny moments. This is a movie to watch if you just want to zone away for a while while having a casual laughter from time to time.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2009) is a movie about Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell) and Peter Bretter (Jason Segel) who have just broken up. Jason is devastated about the break-up and decided to go on a vacation to Hawaii. The thing is, Sarah also happens to be on the very same resort with her new boyfriend, a rockstar named Aldous Snow (Russell Brand). Peter runs into Rachel Jansen (Mila Kunis) who works at the hotel.

Up in the Air

Up in the Air (2009) is a romantic drama about Ryan Bingham (George Clooney), who makes his living traveling around the US firing people for executives who are too afraid to do it themselves. He lives a simple life with few personal possessions and is happy about it until one day — the day his company decides to ground him.

I think Clooney did an outstanding job with this movie. The first half was filled with his usual better-than-everyone-else kind of way, which is fun in itself. The second part however, he was in a completely different state of mind; vulnerable, showing true emotion and like the tagline of the movie says — “ready to make a connection”.

This is definitely one of the better movies in this genre of the 2000’s.