Begin Again is a new movie from John Carney, the writer-director of Once. Like Once, this is a movie about music and relationships. Starring Mark Ruffalo as a washed-up record producer and Kiera Knightley as a heartbroken singer-songwriter, it looks like a sweet movie for fans of music-themed movies. It also stars Adam Levine of Maroon 5, so there’s that. Once managed to snag an Oscar and a Grammy nomination so it will be interesting to see if anything like that happens this time around.
, I am struck by how much it looks like some lost Farrelly Brothers/Ben Stiller movie. Comically vulnerable guy gets dumped and then trembles and pratfalls his way to true love with fun/foxy lady. With a cast of distinctive television actors Jason Segal (“Freaks and Geeks,” “How I Met Your Mother”), Kristen Bell (“Veronica Mars”) and Mila Kunis (“That 70’s Show”), it looks a little like action figures put through the romantic comedy motions in your sister’s dollhouse, complete with the goofiest take on a rock star boyfriend since John Corbett rocked the recorder in 2001’s Serendipity
. What we thought would be as guilty a pleasure as the happily massive bowl of spaghetti featured in the trailer turned out to be the most appalling bit of neglect porn served up since Gwyneth Paltrow languished away in her equally-creepy apartment in Se7en (shame on you, Catherine Zeta-Jones). So when Definitely, MaybeDeadgirl dvdrip showed up in the coming attractions recently, I considered throwing my precious popcorn at the screen while Laura howled, “Leave that poor girl alone!” (more…)