The Shipping News | Spacey and Hallström doing it right

Yup, rocks and house is all I need!  photo courtesy by

Yup, rocks and house is all I need! photo courtesy by www.theguardian.com

Jesus h christ, how in the hell did I miss The Shipping News movie? Let me add, how did the world miss this movie? The movie had a reported box office of $11.4 million (RottenTomatoes.com) while the budget was $35 million (IMDB.com).

I was 22 when it was released on January 2002. Lets just say I wasn’t the most productive person, but I always made room for movies. You must choose wisely for tickets are expensive for the movie theater. So, my time was prob taken by the following movies:

  • Ocean’s Eleven
  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Black Hawk Down
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

On top of the competition; The Shipping News had bad reviews from The Rolling Stone, US Today, New York Times, etc (currently 55% on RottenTomatoes.com). Now we know why this one fell through the cracks. Why did it take till March 2014 to finally see this movie?

Well, this little video streaming site Netflix calculated that I would give this movie 4 out of 5 stars. After some investigating, I found that Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Hachi: A Dog’s Tale) directed an incredible star studded cast (Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett). Play button goes click.

The very timid Quoyle (Kevin Spacey) loses the horrible wife/parents. To make a fresh start, Quoyle decides to accompany his aunt to their ancestral home in Newfoundland. He just has no idea how much his life will change.

Hallström beautifuly directs the superb Kevin Spacey on the portrayal of a man overcoming many challenging situations throughout his life. Laced throughout the story, supporting characters slowly surface their own pain. No matter how hard it gets, you can see Hallström’s rainbow in the distance. You just got to keep on truckin’

P.S.  I think Julianne Moore was too sexy for her role.

Title:  The Shipping News

Genre:  Drama Romance

Rating:  R

Length:  111 minutes

Year Released:  2002

Viewed Through:  Netflix Streaming

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Netflix Streaming Gems – I Love You Phillip Morris

You don’t look so good bro.

like the Farrelly brothers tossed a fresh Leonardo Decaprio’s Catch Me If you Can salad with Heath Ledger’s Brokeback Mountain sprinkled on top.

Can you remember the first time you experienced Jim Carrey? For me, Once Bitten where he plays a virgin high school student being stalked by a milf vampire. I warn you now, do not waste your time on this 80’s disco vampire movie. Who would have thought that Carrey would become one of the top actors of our generation? Hmmmmm nada. Until Let me show you something, Fire Marshall Bill was introduced on In Living Color.  A superstar is born!  Fast forward to 2009 after completing 20 featured films 9 of which are a must see, I Love You Phillip Morris is released, That’s a spicy meatball.

What would you do for happiness? Steven Russell (Jim Carrey) would pour oil on a grocery store aisle and create a law suit classic Carrey fall. Russell grows up seeing wieners in the clouds while learning a life changing truth of being adopted. He evolves into a relentless charming liar who falls in love with the sweetest man in the world Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor). The movie feels as if you are a racing rally car with Jim Carrey behind the wheel hugging effortlessly around a sharp corners of cons while Ewan McGregor sits faithfully in the passenger seat.  You will consistently laugh for the entire ride while sensing a dreadful cliff ahead.

You guessed it, I’m a Jim Carrey fan.   But don’t let my Bias detour you in another direction, so put this movie on your queue and relive why Jim Carrey is the man. Can you dig it?  If not, JERK OFF.

Title: I Love You Phillip Morris

Genre: Comedy Drama Romance

Rating: R

Length: ~0.071 day

Release Date: 2009